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

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web application security testing definition [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment? When people talk about webapp security testing, do they usually mean vulnerability ...
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How can I remotely detect versions? [closed]

I want to know how to remotely detect a software version. Once attacker knows the version installed, he can exploit published vulnerabilities. So it will be useful to know it when doing penetration ...
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Securely Store Credentials for Web Application Services in Apache

We are running a web application in python using wsgi with apache2, and must submit to a penetration test. The testers will be exploring the potential for damage if the attackers gain shell access as ...
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Using Python for security [closed]

I love using Python for the scripts I need and for work. But I really want to learn Python for network security since I will start a NS course next year. My question would be how would it be the best ...
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Pen Testing Practice Box?

Are there any windows based pen testing vms out there similar to Metasploitable based on ubuntu? Just starting to learn hacking and such a box would be very helpful.
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Can we predict the technology used from the URL?

As a person who is learning pentesting, I want to know if it is possible to predict the underlying technology used for the developement of the site from the URL? For example: This is the URL of the ...
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Example of attack trees in the web application security analysis

Here I am again asking for some informations about attack trees usage in web application analysis. For my master thesis I decided to study the usage of this formalism in order to reppresent attacks ...
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How to test for presense of antivirus?

I want to test that when user uploads file, then it goes through up-to-date and properly configured antivirus. I think that to test for it I need some malware that is likely to be detected (it doesn't ...
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Published data sets for IDS/IPS evaluation

I am looking for data sets published by researchers or freelancers which can be used for the purpose of IDS/IPS testing and evaluations. The data sets may be for portscans, DoS attacks, Remote to ...
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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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Is scanning a site directory considered illegal penetration testing?

Does anyone know if using Dirbuster [link] to scan for unlisted directories and their contents is (possibly) legal in say the US?
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How to Perform Vulnerability Assessment for WCF services

Does anyone know how to perform penetration testing/vulnerability assessment for Microsoft WCF services I couldn't find a tools till now , any tools available and guides are welcome
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How can I execute a XSS with these conditions?

I am trying to learn penetration testing and I have downloaded a vulnerable application called "Bodgeit Store". I have finished almost all the challenges except one which is to execute a Cross-Site ...
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OSCP certification for junior pen tester position any good?

Currently finishing my degree in computer security and have a few years experience in IT support and want to get into a junior pen testing job or similar. Would the OSCP certification do me any ...
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is it possible to test out remote host by using nmap?

I was trying to test out my friend's computer (with agreement) by using nmap remotely. But the result I got seems kinda awkward to me. It only showed 1900 as tcpwrapper and all other ports were no ...
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Disadvantages of metasploit Framework for windows

Are there any explicit disadvantages in comparison to running it on a UNIX machine these days?
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Is cracking really important systems possible?

We always hear about "hacking" (or cracking) banks, websites or the like. Nothing really "important" like centrals, or even satellites (like TV channels). Those we only see in movies - but are they ...
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Certified Ethical Hacking courses [closed]

I want to take a CEH exam, I'd like to know what tutorials and books are recomended for this kind of study. I also would like to know if there are certifications that are better-recognized, so that I ...
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Could Nmap scan switches/routers

Nmap can scan and sometimes successfully detect the running OS in the remote host. However, can nmap scan routers and switches? Most of them use an embedded system.
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Metasploit Closing Connections?

Whenever I attempt to use an exploit (that I know will work) from Metasploit in Windows on a machine on my LAN, I always get the error Exploit exception: An established connection was aborted by ...
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In Metasploit, how to use a custom exe as payload?

Question was once on a mailing list but wasn't answered. I want to use a custom exe as a payload in metasploit. For example when I use exploit/multi/browser/java_atomicreferencearray and want to ...
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1 PIX firewall, 2 routers, 2 switches. Please answer a couple questions about hack lab

I bought a bunch of cisco equipment for a project and I got 1 PIX firewall 2 switches and 2 routers This is my plan for a topology but I am new at this so I need help. I am basing this off the ...
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Notifying Website w/Security Hole

As a hobby, I find security holes ranging from XSS to SQLi to LFI etc in random websites I find. (I don't exploit them). I've decided to to do a little more; I want to create a volunteer group ...
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Which CTF Penetration Test? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What “hacking” competitions/challenges exist? I want to test my penetration test skills.And i solved a few CTF.But it is not enough.I want to solve more ctf ...
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Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next?

Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next? I am referring to finding vulnerabilities and developing exploits in various applications. I am ...
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Laws on Programming Security Tools

I am currently working on some POST GATHER modules for the Metasploit Framework the idea is that after a shell is spawned on the target, it will gather certain files from the target such as chat logs. ...
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Legitimately using tools like Havij

I'm a developer, not a security guru. My primary focus is ensuring that I'm not introducing security holes through bad programming. I understand how to code to protect against the OWASP Top 10, as ...
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What security measures to have before openly allowing security researchers to hack your site

As some kind of a follow-up from my previous question - which was asked from the security researcher/penetration tester point of view: (Thanks to Rory McCune for pointing this out) There seem to be a ...
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What security concerns should one bear in mind when hacking open-invitation websites?

There's a couple other questions already addressing legalities, ethics, and liabilities of hacking websites with open invitations. What are legal/ethical concerns to bear in mind, when hacking ...
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PING BLOCKING: How to do? How to break?

I can access each page of a site through the browser (firefox). I can also see the ip and port address in firebug, but when I open cmd->ping site ->it says "request timeout". I also tried traceroute. ...
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What are legal/ethical concerns to bear in mind, when hacking websites with open invitations?

I was reading another question which mentions a site that had a page inviting people to try to hack it, and it made me wonder. Lets assume, for the sake of this rather hypothetical question, that a ...
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I think I accidentally DoS'd a website. What should I do?

I was browsing a website, and stumbled across a sample scheme for password-protecting web pages. The owner of the website specifically had a page that invited people to attempt to hack it. I wanted ...
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Mac OS X from an IT Security Practitioners' Perspective?

What does the Mac OS X offer that it has been recently attracting users with IT security focus? There are sites that specifically focus on "hacking" with OSX, such as machacking.net. Defcon has an ...
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VirtualBox Pen Test Lab Setup

So i'm trying to set up a pen test lab in virtual box on my windows 7 host. I have 3 guest OS's installed: 1.) BackTrack5 2.) Centos 5 Server/Snort (My Snortbox) 3.) Win XP (Unpatched) I have 3 ...
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What is the best tool to anonymize your scans (network/ports)? [closed]

What are the best tools to anonymize my port scanners and vulnerability assessment tools (like nmap , metasploit ) ...? I have been using Backtrack and tor network with proxychains to do this, but ...
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What fraction of vulnerabilities does black-box pentesting find?

Black-box penetration testing is one to check a web application for vulnerabilities. It can find some vulnerabilities, but not all. What fraction of vulnerabilities does black-box pentesting find, ...
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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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pros and cons of a bootable BackTrack instance vs installed

I've been wanting to mess around some with BackTrack to get a better understanding of some of the tools out there for penetration testing. I have a Linux box that isn't doing much right now that I was ...
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BlackBerry handheld penetration testing

Are there any relevant resources, tools or documents about penetration testing of BlackBerry handhelds?
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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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How and where to begin on the Return of Web Application Security Investment?

While there is a vast trove of vulnerabilties, threats and their corresponding countermeasures, the amount of information on Infosec Economics (Specifically for web applications) seems scarce. What ...
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How do attackers gather remote feedback for identifying and exploiting buffer overflows?

Local buffer overflows are relatively easy to understand: throw some input at an interface and see if the process fails with a core dump or similar. However, in my mind, this kind of exploit works ...
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Expected cost and time frame for black box pen testing?

I work for a major publicly traded company and we need some external black box pen testing done on a Win32 executable. This exe is used in a large client server infrastructure and is a central piece ...
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Can fuzzing be considered a software testing technique for any vulnerability type

I'm doing a research on fuzzing and I would like to know the answer to the question in the title. The cvedetails uses the following categories for vulnerabilities: Bypass a restriction or similar ...
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Tiger team versus red team?

What's the difference between a tiger team and a red team? Are there any other "color" teams out there (relevant to IT security)?
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question for pentesters: PHP proc_open() in safe_mode

Can anybody explain to me how proc_open() is affected when PHP is running in safe_mode? As far as i have noticed, the command to execute is appended to a '/' - is there anything else and is it ...
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What is a simplest “Crash an application” demonstration to get access to a system?

For a presentation (10-15 mins) purpose what is the simplest demonstration of "crashing an application" on a machine can be done.
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Benefits to BlackArch over Kali

Besides BlackArch having a cooler name and the whole Ubuntu vs. Arch Linux thing, what are the relative benefits of BlackArch over Kali? Are the tools broadly the same, or does one have better ...
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Should a pentest report include the tester's opinion?

In this particular case, the webserver turned out to be a shared 3rd party system and was not tested. Examples: We do express grave concern at the overall security posture of that webserver and ...
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Intercept Connections Instead of Forwarding (using arpspoof)

I am doing ARP Spoof experimentation with arpspoof and have successfully set up a man in the middle between two machines. We set up IP Forwarding using: echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward ...