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

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What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment?

What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment? Why would you choose one over the other? What deliverables would you expect to receive and how would you rate the ...
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Vulnerable OS's?

Which vulnerable OS's like for example DVL would you recommend for someone to use for the purpose of pentest/exploitation learning?
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Books about Penetration Testing

What are the books you advise describing methods or steps required to make a successful penetration test? I have a base knowledge of common security checks, but it would be great if someone more ...
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Servers for penetration testing

I am learning to use Metasploit as part of one of my college lessons. As you may know there are software builds like NOWASP (Mutillidae) or Damn Vulnerable Linux that allow you to exercise on pentest ...
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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 ...
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How can I spoof a phone call and make it appear to come from another phone?

I'm performing a penetration test against a company. Part of my social engineering procedure is to contact the IT department and try to convince them to that I'm an employee in the company and get ...
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New XSS cheatsheet?

There is a great list of XSS vectors avaliable here: http://ha.ckers.org/xss.html, but It hasn't changed much lately (eg. latest FF version mentioned is 2.0). Is there any other list as good as this, ...
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How to perform a security audit for a PHP application?

I have a PHP application that I would like to have audited for security. I'm familiar with most of the general security issues, but want to make sure I didn't miss anything. What steps should I take ...
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At what point does “hacking” become illegal?

Hypothetical situation: before I hire a web development company I want to test their ability to design secure web apps by viewing their previous client's websites. Issue: this situation raises a big ...
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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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Penetration Testing Jobs without Experience

There seems to be a late trend where firms are beginning to hire fresh graduates for security related jobs. This is counter to what I've heard from experienced security professionals (as well as the ...
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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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Automated tools vs. Manual reviews

What are the advantages of using automated tools, as opposed to manual review? What are the disadvantages? This applies both to external blackbox vulnerability scanning, and to static code analysis. ...
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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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Where can I find a vulnerable operating system to practice pentests on? [duplicate]

I am looking for vulnerable operating systems that are used for practicing pentests. Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is not maintained anymore. Are there any other simillar OS´s to download somewhere that ...
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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 can I find websites owned by a particular company?

I wanted to know how can I get info on what sites are owned by a certain company. I need it for bug bounty programs. For example, how can I find what sites are owned by PayPal, like what sites have ...
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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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Is it possible to write shellcode in C++?

Usually I write assembly programs and then dump their contents to get the shellcode. What I was wondering is whether I could write a C++ program instead of assembly, then dump and use that instead of ...
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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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How to test against DDoS in a controlled enviroment?

Can you suggest me methods or tools that can help in simulating a DDoS attack in a controlled enviroment (like my private lab)?
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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 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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How does this test prove my application is vulnerable to clickjacking attacks?

I want to know more about clickjacking. I have been reading an article about clickjacking, where the HTML code to test for clickjacking vulnerability was provided. I tried the same as described in ...
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How does System Memory Dump work?

So there are so many pen-testing tools that perform a memory dump on the system. How exactly do they work - what exactly happens ?
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Sqlmap testing HTTP headers

I was wondering whether sqlmap is able to test HTTP headers for sql vulnerabilities. I know that if I use --level>=3 then it will automatically check for User-Agent and Referer HTTP headers, but I ...
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Security review: “HTTP header user-agent has been set to (something)”

We got a security review done of our PHP code and they team advised this in their report (amongst other things): /appdir/ Details The HTTP header user-agent has been set to \" . Request GET ...
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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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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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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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Is it acceptable that a skilled professional pentester deletes or modifies sensitive data in production unintentionally during a pentest?

Today I experienced a situation where a person responsible for the security of a company required a pentesting company to withdraw a clause in the contract that says that: "during the pentest there ...
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Decent programmer looking to learn to Hack

I'm a decent programmer, fluent in several languages. Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Haskell, and Scheme are my favorites. I'm currently adding Perl to the mix. I haven't done much "low-level" ...
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What should a security audit report include?

Background I'm in charge of auditing a medium-scale web application. I have audited web applications several times before, but I've always wrote a short PDF quickly explaining what I encountered and ...
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What are some good website security scanning solutions?

What are some good web-based website security scanning solutions? I'm not too concerned if they are web-based solutions, or software that can be run locally. Generally, I'm looking for something we ...
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Comparing online security courses: eLearnSecurity vs. Offensive-Security

I'm a web programmer, using the Linux environment for 2 years.(I have experience with Web app hacks +Web app security techniques) I want to start studying security in-depth, but I have limited time ...
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Lightweight Live Pen-test OS

Does anyone know of any lightweight OSs that are great for Pen-testing? I would love to have a very lightweight live OS that I can boot off a USB and try some pen-testing against some of my ...
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What are the most important security checks for new web applications?

I'm wondering what are the top priority security checks you should make befor launching a new webapp? I'm guessing brute force vulnerabilities and cross-site scripting. What are the other things you ...
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iOS/Android Pen-Test

This question might be vague, that is because I am not sure where to start. There are a lot of books and courses on pentest focusing on networks, systems, and OS such as windows, yet I haven't been ...
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What tools are there to inspect Flash SWF files?

I am performing a penetration test against a website that uses Flash heavily. What tools can I use to examine the SWF file for vulnerabilities? From the Area51 proposal.
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White-box vs. Black-box

What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of each form of testing? I.e. What is the difference between static code analysis and runtime/dynamic penetration testing? What are the pros and cons ...
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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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How should one prepare himself for a job interview for penetration testing?

So, the title basically says it all. I would really like to hear out some of the more experienced friends here with their answers for this. Should it revolve around the ability to verbally explain ...
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SQL Injection How to inject Clean/Rest URLS

I have a question I'm hoping you could help me with? Unclean url's: http://example.com/index.php?page=foo http://example.com/products?category=2&pid=25 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Nexus 7 (Or any other good android tablets) For pen testing

I'm considering investing in an android tablet for pen testing. Does anyone know how capable they are with pen testing? Can they compile code or forward packets? Are any applications that work on ...
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How much does a security audit cost? [closed]

For a PHP CMS, what should I expect to budget for a security audit, both whitebox and blackbox? The codebase is about 85,000 LOC ("Lines of Code") and I would probably use a North American company for ...