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

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“No hack no fee” pen-testing agreements [on hold]

A common theme in security engineering is that perfect security is impossible (or at least highly unlikely). Consider Johnston's Infinity Maxim: There are an unlimited number of security ...
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What makes it illegal to use the information learned by exploiting a bug?

According to news reports, arrests have already been made in relation to the Heartbleed bug. It sounds like this person managed to gain access to the website's database by capturing the credentials ...
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Aside from Remote Exploit Code/Physical Security or Social Engineering - Is there another way to gain access to a network? [on hold]

After spending some time looking into security and remote attacks on a client/network, I feel like I've hit a wall - Every remote attack seems to boil down to one of the following approaches: ...
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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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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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Failed to connect to netcat reverse shell

I am doing an exercise of PentesterLab, I've got a webshell called 1.pdf, and it can be included in index.php as a PHP file. It contains code like this: %PDF-1.4 <?php echo system($_GET["cmd"]); ...
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Auto deploy war file (backdoor/shell) to particular folder

I am in the midst of a pentest. I have managed to uploaded a war shell (backdoor) in c:\test\ which is automatically deployed in a folder, for example c:\test\tmpbrowser.war. The application which I ...
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Ethicality of websites that test other sites for Heartbleed [closed]

I realize that this may be more of an opinion type question, but I see a lot of questions on ethics in this forum so I hope mine fits in. I was reading a BBC article about Heartbleed, and in the ...
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Nexus 7: Can I set its WiFi to monitor/promiscous mode? If so, how? [migrated]

Related question: Nexus 7 (Or any other good android tablets) For pen testing Also asked on: the android forums (no success so far): Nexus 7: Can I set its WiFi to monitor/promiscous mode? If so, ...
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Identify an attacker's web vulnerability scanner by IP request rate [closed]

When conducting a penetration test, I run into difficulties because the defense system can identify an attack due to the high rate of requests, and then block the IP address Is there a way to avoid ...
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Techniques for enumerating enabled apache modules

A common issue noted by security testers is that the Apache web server is reporting a version in headers which is older than the latest available one. This usually leads to CVE listings detailing the ...
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Learn penetration testing in home environment without a lot of money [closed]

I saw this post How to learn penetration testing at home? and I decide to ask about my self. I want to get into cyber security. So the post I send is about web security, I'm not interested in it. I ...
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Is sqlmap traceable?

Is sqlmap still traceable when we use --tor --user-agent and macchanger? For example: sqlmap -u "[vulnerable_website_link]" --tor --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; ...
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What features should I look for in a Wifi card used for wifi snooping / penetration testing?

I'm looking to purchase a wifi card to help me learn about wifi network penetration testing and other associated issues but I was wondering if there were any features of a wifi card I should look out ...
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Error selecting Public Page from database. Contact System Administrator

I am pentesting a website: http://www.membermanager.net/summerchallengeride/index.php?ID=3719' I a having this error: Error selecting Public Page from database. Contact System Administrator. After ...
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Help writing metasploit module (not getting any output) [migrated]

Complete beginner with Metasploit, so please be gentle! I noticed that the enum_ie module doesn't work for Windows 8 clients so was trying to put a script together to download the cookie files in our ...
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Someone knows about online labs? [closed]

I'm looking for an online training lab for pentesting/hacking and security. I've found one at hacking-lab but it's seems troublesome to work with and it has some issues on VPN server authentication. ...
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How can I Bypass ip block mechanism?

I want to pentest a specific web application with automatic tool like Burp Suite and IBM Security AppScan. However, the website uses a prevention mechanism for attack. When I started automatic tool, ...
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Fuzzdb detected as Trojans [closed]

I recently downloaded fuzzdb from http://code.google.com/p/fuzzdb/ and my antivirus kept on detecting some of the files as Trojans. I need to know if these files are safe?
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What are good resources to do hands-on practice on network penetration testing?

Can anyone provide a good list of resources to learn network penetration testing? I am specifically looking for those having hands on exercises (kind of virtual labs/ISOs) which are free. I know ...
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Are there any free, premade penetration testing labs? [duplicate]

I've already assembled a lab consisting of Kali, Metasploitable, and a Windows XP machine, but are they're any premade lab solutions available that offer up a bit more complexity or even predesignated ...
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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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Fragroute in Windows 7? [migrated]

Has anyone had any luck running fragroute in windows 7, or is there any other application you can recommend which does the same? I notice that the last compatible windows was 2000 which makes me think ...
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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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Is there a way to program to discover sites transmitting user/pass in plaintext (Not using SSL) for penetration testing? [closed]

I have a CSV/Excel file which in which I want to test out the links which do not have SSL but ask for Username / Password. Is there a program which determines if each site on a list encrypts its login ...
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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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Why does Hydra return 16 valid passwords when none are valid?

I've been playing around with Hydra and DVWA and I've hit a bit of a snag - Hydra responds letting me know that the first 16 passwords in my password list are correct when none of them are. I assume ...
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Internal / external Penetration testing a webserver - PCI

the PCI DSS document states: 11.3.2 Perform internal penetration testing at least annually and after any significant infrastructure or application upgrade or modification (such as an operating ...
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File upload vulnerability

I am trying to pentest a webapp challenge. Is the following control code vulnerable to file upload? I would like to upload a php shell... I am able to upload shell.php.jpg file but I receive the ...
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Impersonating Law Enforcement

Obviously impersonating a law enforcement officer on an engagement is illegal but badguys don't care about the law. If a company wanted to allow impersonating LE and have it in clear writing in the ...
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How to start career as Penetration Tester? [duplicate]

I'm currently studying BTEC Diploma in IT LVL3, and so far have basic command of C#, C++, and am going to learn Java basics soon, as we start a new class unit. I also plan on going to the university. ...
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Automatic exploit searches

How to automatically search and download exploits which matches for example with kernel release ? Is there for example a public REST web service which provide data in XML or JSON format to a client ...
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The overlapping fragment attack using Scapy

How to use Scapy to overwrite a part of the TCP header information of the first fragment, which contained data that was allowed to pass through the firewall, with malicious data in subsequent ...
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Nessus Scan Port ID mapped to Metasploit Vulnerability exploits

My Question: Is there any sort of website that maps Nessus Scan IDs to Metasploit Vulnerabilities? My Situation: I'm learning about penetration testing and I'm beginning to get frustrated seeing a ...
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Using Python for security

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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Security standard for web-based Tele-Radiology software

I am preparing a test plan for the security penetration testing of a software solution that manages patient information (HIPAA compliance) and allow the user to access to it from the web. Does anyone ...
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Is it reasonable to do a pentest (or other non-theoric security audit) over a critical infrastructure?

Almost all agree that during a pentest it is impossible to guarantee the integrity of the target (Is it acceptable that a skilled professional pentester deletes or modifies sensitive data in ...
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Trying to reproduce a file upload compromise on Joomla

After telling my workmates and boss that we had a very critical lack of security controls, finally we got compromised! They had a Joomla 1.5 which was exploited using a file upload vulnerability. WSO ...
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API Security Testing Methodologies

I have been encountering more and more clients needing their API (usually REST) endpoints tested for vulnerabilities and wanted to reach out to see if anyone has some recommendations beyond what I ...
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Deliberately-Vulnerable webapp for security education [duplicate]

A year or so ago I was playing around with an apache webapp I found that was designed for web exploitation practice. It was simple to use, I just downloaded the file, unzipped it, and placed it in the ...
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Hydra gives wrong passwords

I've been trying to use hydra (educational way) but with no success. The site method is http-post but performed by ajax (should it be a problem? I think not). After execute the command I got an output ...
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How can XML Injection be exploited , need example?

So I found this explanation for a vulnerability on some cms : The XML parser at /WorkArea/Blogs/xmlrpc.aspx is vulnerable to XML external entity attacks which can be used to Scan behind ...
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Problems with l0phtcrack

I recently wrote a website for my company and have been asked to Pen test it as well as the server. Have run SQL map and no vulnerabilities there, however I want to check if my hash and things are ...
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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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Where is the Line? [closed]

A comment posted on one of my questions the other day raised a question in my head. I know that many site admins appreciate users reporting bugs and security holes, and as a user I appreciate people ...
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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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Where does Active Directory store user hashes?

During a penetration test for a client, having an infrastructure with multiple (5) Active Directory Servers (Win Serv 2008 R2)... I found a nice exploit to drop a system shell in one of the servers, ...
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CentOS for security testing?

I am a QA Engineer, but have been tasked with creating a security testing platform. I have many years with Backtrack/Kali and my primary OS are Arch and Ubuntu. The Systems guys here gave me a CentOS ...
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Can webcams be turned on without the indicator light?

I want to know how secure I am. I've made a series of pentests in my network and one of the things I've tried was to record webcam and microphone. Recording an end-user's microphone seems to be a ...