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App permissions to access hardware “at any time without your confirmation”

On Android applications now some applications say that they want access to things such as speaker or camera "at any time without your confirmation". I wasn't sure if this meant that it does not ...
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Can I use 777 file permissions inside server virtualisation (that only I have access to) without worry?

For this question, please assume I have followed every possible security measure to secure my Linux server. Only I have access to the web server via one open SSH port. If there are security issues ...
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What is the most secure way to set up web server user permissions?

The default Debian way of setting up a common web server (Nginx) is to run the main process as root and unprivileged workers as www-data. In order to allow for the worker processes to read/execute web ...
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Why does Android mix phone state with phone identity?

The "Phone State" permission on Android is widely requested by many apps. The explanation often given by the developer is that the app needs it in order to determine when you're on the phone, to stop ...
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How much faster would computers be if not for security? [closed]

I was wondering, assuming a "The Invention of Lying" world, but where no one was able to steal or misrepresent themselves how much faster would computers be? Just to give two examples of what I mean, ...
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Can local Admin on Windows be given restricted permissions?

Looking at a lot of different security software on Windows, a lot of them rely on some settings on the computer which can probably be overridden by a local administrator. For eg. some DLP software ...
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Should a user be able to change another user's role to match their own?

Lets say a web application has four user roles. Standard, Supervisor, Manager and Administrator. Should a manager be able to promote someone else to a Manager, or only to a supervisor? I realize in ...
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Are there any Windows permissions management applications?

I am currently dealing with permission issues with an IIS app pool. I am tired of clicking through window after window to set permissions on folders for domain and local users. Also, I would like ...
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Security implications of granting IIS user group folder modify permissions

I have an Application Pool in IIS running under the standard AppPoolIdentity as part of the IIS_IUSRS group. What are the security implications of granting AppPoolIdentity modify and create ...
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What permissions should I give to a MySQL 'user' that searches my databse?

My site has a search form, which queries a few tables for whatever my end users want to find. What permissions should I give my MySQL user in order to search the database and update the 'times ...
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Localhost WebSocket defense

If a malicious application has found its way onto a computer running a localhost only WebSocket server, would it help if the communications used SSL? If so, how could SSL fail if a malicious app ...
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Does iptables work in kernel mode? [closed]

I am not sure about that. It should run in kernel mode in order to avoid some user-mode program to kill/suspend the firewall and do its dirty job. The malware would not be able to kill the firewall ...
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Proper Linux user authentication through PAM aware applications

Currently I'm building an authentication system using Linux PAM for a python daemon process. It will need to authenticate remote users from a variety of front-ends against the local user list. ...
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What are the dangers with creating MySQL databases on the fly?

I am building a site where people set up small, private, social networks. For ease of administration and portability, I would like each network to be stored in a different MySQL database. I ...
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Helpdesk role and local admins

I need to re-work our current security model for desktop computers, and would like some insight as to what changes can be made as well as best practices. Currently we have the helpdesk role that is ...
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Should I use sudo with the normal user or root or sudo with another user?

on a UNIX OS, ex.: OpenBSD (used as a desktop by me only), which one is the best choice in regards to security. I want to run desktop operations (like pkg_add) with root permissions. 1. having the ...
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Server security experiment? [closed]

Okay, so I am in a university class where we are using a server. Each student in the class has access to the server. We all share it. I can see their files and open them, and they likewise can see ...
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Reliability of windows OS security for “program files” safe guard

I want to do inter process communication between Firefox (via extension) and my application. Both reside in "Program files" (of windows 7 OS). I also assume that malware is running in the system and ...
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Local Admin has Domain Admin rights

While installing a new XP machine that had not been connected to the domain I was browsing to a UNC path and was not prompted for authentication. I then went to the different mapped drives and found ...
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Would adding root to a group open a security hole?

I have a server for which I have created a cron job "sendalerts" to users. Mind you this "sendalerts.php" should be runnable from two methods (via browser and also via a cron job) So cron's job is to ...
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Securing WebHosting Shell Access

If I provide SSH access to users who has paid webhosting service, what security measures should be applied ? What I can think of: SSH keys RSA of 4096 size (shall be secure for a while) Apache ...
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What's ownership concept for?

I fail to grasp the necessity of using concept of owner (ownership) and find clear explanation of its necessity. What cannot be done without concept of owner(ownership) in filesystem/database object ...
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Security implications of having files owned by the apache user?

Currently running a LAMP instance that developers are using for a variety of webapps. I have the following scenario: Multiple developers need access to create and modify files under ...
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Can i compare linux user permissions without root access?

I've compromised two Linux user accounts on a RHEL machine (neither of which have root permissions) and I want to determine which account is more 'useful' to me in terms of access and privileges. Is ...
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Difference between Privilege and Permission

I am a little confused on the contextual differences between permission and privilege from computer security perspective.Though I have read the definition of both the terms but it will be nice if ...
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WSO 2.5 Found on Apache

I have found on my web server the file wp-conf.php which when you call it from the browser with a url parameter like wp-conf.php?t7831n=any value shows an interface where you can control the entire ...
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How can winlock virus change Windows Registry without admin permission?

When you try to install program you'll always asked about administrator permission. Same thing when you try to user 'regedit' command. So I'm interested in how does this virus works. How can it edit ...
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Safe user/group for rsyslog to read application log?

I have an application which writes a logfile in /var/app/applog.log. This application has to be launched as root, but runs as app:app and can also be demoted to nobody:nobody What exactly is ...
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Does disabling .htaccess improve security?

I have a new WordPress website that has been installed on a server not managed by me. Its admin has enforced a few rules in order to increase security, I'm not entirely aware of its entirety but it ...
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Why do some Java APIs bypass standard SecurityManager checks?

In Java, normally permission checks are handled by the SecurityManager. To prevent untrusted code from invoking privileged code and exploiting some bug in the privileged code, SecurityManager checks ...
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What kind of attack was this?

So our website was hacked, and these are the things that were done: Some entries in the database were changed. I don't know if this was via SQL injection, or direct database access (only root is ...
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Securing Downloadable Files on Website Per User

I have an ASP.NET website serving up private PDF documents. The PDFs are stored unencrypted on a share on the internal network. The user logs in and navigates to the download page. The web server ...
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Does allowing everyone know when a server process was started pose a security risk?

I recently found that in Microsoft .NET framework an impersonated thread is not allowed to request "time at which the current process was started". This could be done intentionally or this could be ...
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How to protect files (cron files) frome being executed by everyone?

I wonder what read / write permissions should I set on my cron files (php files) so they can be executed only by our server. We're using CentOS 5.9 - 64bit and cPanel / WHM + Apache. Thanks!
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PHP injection on 777 file [closed]

Some one has modified a PHP file, which had permissions set to 777, on my VPS server. How can someone do that without administrative access to the server? What information I can give you? I know ...
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What's the secure way to change UNIX permissions on a harcoded file often?

I'm writing a daemon that monitors something in the OS and flips execution permissions on a file in /run/ back and forth. The file has static contents and the file name is hardcoded in the daemon. I ...
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What mechanism enforces user permissions in Unix/Linux?

One of the core pieces of security in Unix/Linux systems is limiting privileges by user. For instance, certain actions can only be done by the root user. In theory, this can keep a malicious process ...
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How should permissions be stored?

In a system where users have multiple permissions that may overlap (i.e. "Write" might not include "Read" etc.) what is the best way to keep them in the database? Both in terms of security and ...
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is it OK to grant permission for IUSR_ to cmd.exe?

One of my developers asked me to grant permission to IUSR_ user (the IIS user) to CMD.exe (console) now I'm wondering is it safe to do it? He is complaing, that his libraries had to use console for ...
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OpenBSD, fbtab and X Window [closed]

The afterboot(8) man page of OpenBSD advises "You might wish to tighten up security more by editing /etc/fbtab as when installing X. " I would like to know what entries in /etc/fbtab would make sense ...
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Does the “Special Groups” feature in Vista, 2008, R2, and Windows 7 apply to File System access?

The Windows 2008R2 "Special Groups" feature allows for detailed tracking of domain administrators when they log into the machine. This is accomplished by editing a registry key or the LSA. Is there a ...
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Security purpose of asking admin password to mount partition on Linux

So I divided my 250GB laptop drive into 2 partitions and some swap. On the second partition which is an ext4 60GB partition I installed Fedora 17. On the other bigger NTFS partition I've got Win XP ...
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website hacked and all its content erased despite the protections

i was hacked by a guy who erased everything. I spent the day to put everything in order, and i would like to find a solution for this : he erased all the files, and also changed the title for "www" in ...
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Security at writing in a folder

I would like to run with Runtime.exec() programs in Java (the programs' code are in C and Java ) - the users are uploading the Java/C code, and my app runs them. The code is saved in a separate folder ...
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Disable Perl for some/most Linux users?

One of my server's web accounts got hacked a couple of times. Each time someone downloaded a Perl script via some phpBB forum and used the Perl script to do whatever they wanted to do (mostly connect ...
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Are viewable permissions an issue?

Is it, generally, considered to be a security issue if a user in 3-tier application has read-only access to other users' permissions? I.e. Alice can see that Bob has or has not access to some ...
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What's the risk of changing permissions of the Security Eventlog registry key to IT operations?

Background Many developers are unnecessarily lowering the security of the event log, or requiring applications to run in Administrator mode just so they can use the event log with this C# or VB code: ...
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Sensitive information was placed in a publicly accessible folder. Who is responsible and how to proceed?

Background We have an IT staff who manages our server and a web developer who is not on the IT staff and has no root access to the server. All involved do very high quality work and I do not consider ...
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Can UNIX Domain Sockets be locked by user ID?

If I created a folder /tmp/me with permissions 700, and started a process under me that starts a listen socket under /tmp/me/socket. I currently assume that a connection to that socket originated ...
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Which Domain Administrator created file X on a Windows 2008 R2-based server?

Someone created a file (web.config) in a location that basically caused IIS to not work. Is there any way I can determine who created this file? The creator/owner says "Domain Administrators". ...