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

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Using mysql root account to execute root commands

Suppose that I have full root access to mysql databases, but not root user shell (linux). How can I use the full root access to mysql databases to execute root commands?
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How does BeEF work? (working understanding)

I have recently come across the BeEF- a browser exploitation tool. In most of the articles, it is said time and again that it is developed for research and pen test purposes! Has anyone worked with ...
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Is OSX or Mac hardware used in the InfoSec world? What resources are available? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mac OS X from an IT Security Practitioners' Perspective? I'm new to the OSX world (formerly Windows background) and am interested in understanding what is or isn't ...
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Telnet local privilege escalation exploits possible even when telnet is running under a normal user account?

http://www.exploit-db.com/exploits/8055/ says: The telnet protocol allows to pass environment variables inside the telnet traffic and assign them to the other side of the tcp connection. The ...
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How have DNS recursion attacks happened?

There are a few resources describing how to carry out DNS recursion attacks. Is there any good explanation to help me understand how these attacks work and if systems on my network are still ...
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What defines a programming language as useful for hacking?

I know that scripting languages (Perl, Ruby, Python, javascript, and even Lua!!!) are most suitable for hacking and penetration testing. My question is: What is it that makes those languages ...
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Hack scenario when a person has a non-superuser shell [closed]

Suppose that there are following three machines in the network: Machine A: Microsoft Server 2003 Service Pack 2 FileZilla 0.9.29 beta ftp server (TCP 21) Mcafee ePolicy server (81), remote desktop ...
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can an attacker find WPA2 passphrase given WPA key data and WPA MIC

Can some one with these two pieces of information get a hold of the psk key, or its a blind attack that can be done using dictionaries or/and word-lists ? If so please add some resource like a link ...
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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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How to prepare for a career in Pen-Testing

I am currently a sophmore in Penn State's SRA:ICS program (Cyber Security) and IST:Dev program. My goal is that when I graduate I can become a Pen-Tester. I'm looking for advice on how to learn how to ...
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MDK3 warns about WPA2 downgrade - how do I find the key in Wireshark?

While stress testing my router using MDK3, I got the message "REALLY BIG WARNING!!! Seems like a client connected to your target AP leaks PLAINTEXT data while authenticating!!" I viewed the tool ...
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Is there any more attacking points for this server? [closed]

Here is my situation: I already compromised the webserver. I want to attack the database server which has a IP of 192.168.100.2 which is a network that cannot be reach from outside. Through pivoting, ...
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Need help with searching a file in mutillidae webserver

My school has setup a webserver with mutillidae installed for us to train our hacking skills. Our goal is to find a text file. After some hacking done, I'm currently able to use remote desktop ...
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Building list of vulnerabilities that should be verified during pentest

I am currently studying how to do server pentesting and need some advice/protip related to methology/best practices. People often mention that it is a good idea to gather intelligence and enumerate ...
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Tools to help test the security of Android applications

What are some decent frameworks to test the security of Android applications? With frameworks I mean either software based to automatically scan these applications or a guide (like OWASP has for ...
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Why is tunneling so important in pen testing?

I am curious why tunneling is so important in pen testing. If one has control of one machine in a network, then using that machine, one can run nmap and web apps and try to find out vulnerabilities.. ...
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What is this hardened computer called? [closed]

After undergoing a security audit, it was suggested that a hardened computer be placed in the DMZ to run firewall software. What is this hardened computer called?
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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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What does WEP access point show during aircrack-ng attack?

I bought an old, used WRT-54G () which strangely enough, was running DD-WRT v24-sp2. Weird what turns up at yard sales. I want to try the "aircrack-ng" WEP cracking procedure on it. The criteria ...
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How useful or beneficial is participating in CTF contests for my security career?

Yes, there are already some great questions and answers about CTF contests on StackExhange Security. But before I go down the rabbit hole of comparing all the CTFs out there, trying to find a team to ...
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Are SQL injection scans considered illegal? [closed]

I know that this thread mentions that Essentially, if you are seen to be someone who knows what you are doing, then even typing in a single-quote to a web form has been enough to be arrested ...
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Ethical Hacking - Penetration Testing Book(s)

I am an IT student who wishes to seek a career in the field of Ethical Hacking, more specific in Penetration Testing. Due to the nature of my course, none of my classes go deep enough into this ...
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How to pentest Flash file on webapp with alowscriptaccess=samedomain?

In the course of a pentest I found a Flash movie file (swf) that loads another Flash movie through loadMovie. The HTML is this: <embed width="388" height="350" ...
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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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Web application penetration testing resources? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best resources to learn web security attacks? I'm very interested in web application penetration testing. I went over every good Youtube video on that subject and most ...
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Should companies use Crowd Source Audit Platform for Manual Penetration Test?

As a CIO, CISO, CTO or Sys Admin, would you use a crowd sourced platform for penetration tests in order to improve your security issues? LE: So most of you guys downgrade, and said it's wrong to have ...
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How to intercept an application that bypasses local proxy

I am behind a corporate proxy and the application that i have to test will work only if it is given an exception for using proxy server(i.e it is added to the exceptions list of the sites that do not ...
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What is Penetration Testing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment? What is Penetration Testing? When a security professional throws around these words, ...
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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 ...