An attempt to penetrate a system's security in an effort to evaluate the protections in place.

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How to determine the size of payloads available in MetaSploit

I've noticed that there are a lot of different payloads to choose from in MetaSploit, and the choice (assuming there's enough room in the target) usually depends on what you're trying to do. However, ...
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How to determine which security testing method to use if resources are limited

My resources are limited, and thus i am wondering what methodology can I apply to know where black box testing is best fit, where white box testing is best fit? Or even where pen testing is better ...
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would preparing for CCNA add “significantly” to my knowledge as a penetration tester?

I'm a post graduate student and self taught programmer. I concentrated on Computer Networks & Operating Systems more during my undergraduate studies. I can explain usually used protocols by ...
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How to pentest an AngularJS based SPA (Single Page Application)

I am trying to Pentest an application which is built in AngularJS. The difficulties that I am facing: Burp Suite's "spider this host" option is not able to crawl all the urls as most of the requests ...
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How should I start security testing of python standalone application?

I'm looking for an answer specific to Windows/Linux standalone applications, for instance Dropbox has Windows Application written purely (I think so) in python, What steps should I follow? What are ...
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Rainbow tables/hash tables versus WPA/WPA2

In Wi-Fi penetration testing, is it possible to use rainbow tables/hash tables on WPA/WPA2 networks? Is there an advantage of one over the other? ...
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Executing arbitrary commands through iptables-restore input

During a pentest I found a way to add arbitrary iptables firewall rules to a server. These rules get applied by way of the iptables-restore command, and I've been wondering whether there is any way to ...
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SQL Injection - Extracting database data from the page content

I have a question I am hoping someone could help with.. I am in the process of writing an SQL Injection tool from scratch (I am aware there are already excellent tools out there such as SQL Map, but ...
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Trying to figure out Gmail login in Wireshark

In my pentesting lab I'm using ettercap for do a mitm to a XP VM. I go to gmail, accepting the false certification, and here I start to sniff with wireshark. I put some false account like ...
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Frameworks for collecting all activities in a pentest?

I work as a penetration tester for a company, and one thing we're regularly asked to do is to provide a forensic log of all of the activities we perform during the course of an assessment. I'm ...
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Would generic exception messasges be considered a security risk?

For example, if visiting a webpage you get the response: Error in exception handler. This has a high chance the website is using Laravel. Would this class as information disclosure? I'm guessing ...
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Spoofing LAN IP Address Traffic

To give as much detail as possible, I am doing a Pentest for a client that has quite a few "terminal systems" meaning that they are simply a box with a connection back to the main server. These ...
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Run NetCat as bat file instead of exe

I need to run a netcat on a remote lab machine. I can execute remote commands through the browser with Administrator rights (because of the application vulnerability) but I don't have access to the ...
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HTTPonly cookies

I was tasked to perform as scan against a lab and Nessus returned an "Apache HTTP Server httpOnly Cookie Information Disclosure" vulnerability. What I would like to know is what these cookies contain ...
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Securing client-side data from users

So my problem, in its general form, is encrypting test questions such that a client-side testing application can access the questions while students cannot. The naive approach, in my opinion, is to ...
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Proving SQL Injection Vulnerability

I have recently come across what I believe to be a serious flaw in the security of a 3rd party computer program used within my company. Apologies for deliberately keeping details vague, but I hope you ...
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Effectiveness of Interactive Application Security Testing

There are a number of IAST tools available on the market such as Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner and HP WebInspect Real-Time. How effective are these at finding vulnerabilities? Is there any ...
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Metasploit Get Shell Through NAT

Ok first of all this is legal and I have it in writing my friend and I are attacking eachother to get better and not break the law. Setup I have a VMWare image running BT5R3. It uses VMWare's NAT ...
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How to perform security exploits/penetration on devices like iPhone's, PSP's, and Android to run your owncode?

I was really interested in getting into performing exploits to install my own code on devices, instead of waiting for others. I figure its a great way for me to learn about security on devices like ...
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Do blackbox penetration tests make sense if a whitebox audit would be possible as well?

Lets assume I am responsible for an application in my company and I decide to hire security experts to perform a security audit. Lets assume further that my company owns the source code of the ...
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Command line Nessus/OpenVAS or NSE to find specific vulns?

Which methods do you use to quickly scan a network for certain vulnerabilities? I read in the O'Reilly book Network Security Tools that Nessus had the ability to test for one vulnerability only, but ...
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How to carry out a CSRF in a stealthful manner

I am a math grad student dabbling in network security. I was playing around with login cross site request forgery, and the whole point is to log somebody in. (I am a complete novice in HTML and ...
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Risks to company while performing the penetration test

I would like to know what the risks a penetration testing company faces while performing tests for clients. For example: A penetration testing company named "A" providing services for a client called ...
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Feedback for Study Plan (Kali Linux & Penetration Testing) [closed]

I started to study pentesting for two months with the book named Penetration Testing - A Hands on Introduction to Hacking by Georgia Weidmann, and now I am really hungry to learn more :) . I think I ...
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Setup of Kali Linux for reverse shell connections over the internet

I am running Kali Linux as a VM on my Windows machine which is NAT'd behind my company network, if I wish to pen test a website for a client and believe that a reverse shell is possible, what is a ...
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Verifying NLA support on Remote Desktop

What is the best way to verify if an MSRDP server has NLA enabled or not? My understand is that if enabled, it will not show a graphical screen when trying to connect, but ask for credentials first. ...
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SSH ciphers, MAC and key-exchange (and pen-tests thereof)

At work we've been trying to move our external-facing services away from a policy of inclusivity (where we tried to accept as many people as possible) to a more security-focused setup. The first step ...
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Best website to learn computer security basics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources to learn about security Can someone advice on which are the good sites out there to learn the basics of computer security from?
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Building my own Darkspace

I have searched through the internet about creating a darknet and there is a confusion. There are two definitions, the first one is network used for private p2p (like freenet) and another one that ...
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Building a Security Training Simulation environment

My university is keen to build a security training simulation environment/platform and it will be a good learning experience for students. I Googled around to find out how it is built, but I only ...
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Backtrack Footprints

I have been hired to to penetration assessment (scanning,testing and so on) ( I am new to the industry and learned through Offsec pentration training.) While training, I have been doing most of my ...
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Problems during Pen-testing of SCADA systems

Is there a way to monitor the way the SCADA systems behave 'during pen-testing or security audit', and find out the implications of just port scans and/or monitor the state of activity while sending a ...
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How was pentest performed in the era with no frameworks like Metasploit?

I have been interested in security lately, I have been reading mainly cookbooks on Metasploit framework, how social engineering has been employed exhaustively, I have started reading some IA-32 ...
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Efficient way for finding XSS vulnerabilities?

Manual (reliable) way: Put string containing characters that have special meaning in HTML into some parameter of HTTP request, look for this string in HTTP response (and possibly) in other places ...
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Literature about IT security from a hardware standpoint

Can you point me to any book, blog, paper, anything about IT security on the lowest possible level (hardware)? I'm primary interested in the motherboard, CPU & GPU, however, if you know any good ...
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Question on information retrieved from systems that could potentially lead to exploits

Usually it is advised, when one wants to secure an application, to "provide" as little information, or better yet, no information at all to unauthorized (possibly malicious) users. I'm thinking of ...
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Force a specific SSL cipher

Is there a tool or browser addon that will allow you to connect to a HTTPS website using a specific SSL cipher, and view the output? This would be useful when doing a vulnerability analysis and ...
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Comparing penetration testing suites

I've been using Backtrack for a while now. I was wondering if there is anything better, or on par with, that is worth looking into. Thoughts?
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Is it practically possible to spoof a WLAN access point?

I want to try something out, but I wanted to see other opinions from you guys. What I have: WLAN Access point, with WPA2, ESSID: testing. Home router, I can change the configuration and everything ...
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How to introduce delay in scanning tools that do not implement delay without touching source code?

Usually scanning tools implement a switch in order to delay requests and not flood the target. Sometimes there tools that do not implement this delay option. Is there a way to delay packets from ...
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Tools/methods helping to determine application/protocol serving specific port

I do blackbox testing of the server and figured out that there is a bunch of listening ports. I need to determine what services/protocols those ports are used for. What I've tried so far is to use ...
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Penetrate Testing Java Web Applications

First thing first; this is something I have never done before. I have a web application written in Java (JSP and Servlet) and use MySQL as the database. Application is deployed in Amazon EC2, an ...
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Regarding SQL Injection at Back End?

I have logged into SQL Server 2008 Database and executed following query: select * from USER_Main_INFO_Name where userid ='' or 'x'='x' After executing the query Database has given total user list. ...
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Web application security standards/certificates

I'm currently working on Web application/service that (hopefully) will be used in a wide variety of ways. Of course I'm looking to attracting some commercial users as well, and as we all know, they ...
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How to red team against firewalled architecture?

Prior Knowledge I understand the types and differences between firewalls. I have (what I believe to be) a relatively good mental model of a firewall. I understand routing, iptables, signature ...
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Tutorials, Exercises and Environemnts for Penetration Testing Mobile Environments

I'm looking for a list of exercises or distributions to practice penetration testing on mobile environments. There are plenty of existing things like the environments found at pentesterlab.com and ...
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Physical access: in-scope for penetration testing or not?

When pentesting a network, should a pentester consider physical access to devices (e.g. allow use of a USB stick)? Or is this out of scope?
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How would you test a new, individual SSL certificate (i.e., not a wildcard) is working properly?

I am running a web server in AWS and recently purchased an SSL cert to encrypt traffic, let's say for example.com. Since example.com is running in production, how would I actually test the cert is ...
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Android Pen Testing

I have been pen testing a random android app that uses POST method to send data to a remote server using HTTPS. I have set up a proxy and am able to intercept the traffic, however the POST method ...
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Is there a way to use multiple firewalls / antivirus for penetration testing?

I don't really know how to do either, but I was wondering if it was possible to have multiple firewalls / virus scanners installed at once, and use a 3rd party program to specify which one is running ...