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Is there a way I can search URL's on google/bing verbatim with dots? [migrated]

I'm trying to do some security related research with google but it filters out . and fuzzy matches across the whole page? Is there search engine that will let me do exact in-url matching? I realize ...
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Do home video surveillance cameras work as deterrents?

After an alarming uptick in automotive and household burglaries, Our neighborhood is chatting about installing video cameras on their houses. I'm looking for research that shows whether or not they ...
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Verification of implementations of security protocols

I'm interested in how an implementation of a security protocol can be verified correct and complete. The AVISPA project (http://www.avispa-project.org/) can be used to verify the protocol. I guess ...
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Hashcat Turkish character problem [closed]

I'm using cudahashcat, it haven't special chars like "öçşĞÜ" in standart charsets. I defined charsets with windows-1254 and other encoding types(and -1 öÖçÇğĞşŞüÜıİ?a parameter), i tried but they ...
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Lighteater - BIOS/UEFI vulnerable

I am currently a bit confused, I have read today an article about the BIOS-rootkit Lighteater made by John Loucaides and Andrew Furtaki. In their presentation 'How many million BIOSes would you like ...
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Why do researcher need to control all C&C servers of a botnet?

Why do researcher need to control all C&C servers of a botnet? Wouldn't it be easier to spread a deinstall command to all reachable PCs to cripple the botnet? This could be done over and over ...
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how to extract a valid digital certificate and put it on other program

I am working on this matter as a graduate, but I need some help. how can extract a valid digital certificate to put it on other program? can I put a digital certificate on other executables and be ...
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How should I document my Public Key Infrastructure?

I'm preparing to document a 3 tier PKI (with multiple second level policy CAs) and want to create a document that is useful, technical, and not too overwhelming to the non-PKI expert. I suppose the ...
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Codeigniter RESTful web api creation for mobile and web applications general guidelines

I'm having application with running good in codeigniter, mysql and jquery. Currently we are planning to evaluate our web application with mobile application. So we planned to develop web application, ...
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Where can I download the Sony hack malware (for analysis)? [closed]

I want to analyze the Sony hack Malware as there have been a lot of stories on who is responsible; from the US government implicating North Korea to news articles stating it's an inside job. The fact ...
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Who defined the term “fully homomorphic encryption”?

Rivest et al. proposed the concept of privacy homomorphisms, but did not distinguish between partial versus fully homomorphic encryption. Gentry seems to take for granted the idea that fully ...
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Search engine forensics?

I read an article that th3j35t3r (hacker alias) had written awhile ago and could not find it again to reference so I will do my best to explain correctly. An anonymous individual tried to dox ...
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I want to filter Snort rules by date written [closed]

I would like the ability to look at Snort rules that were written in specific date ranges only given a collection of .rules files from either Sourcefire or Emerging Threats. Is this possible?
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E-voting: receipt-free, verifiable, and anonymous

Background In response to a system design concept, a question was posed: How do you achieve electronic voting, anonymity, and verifiability at the same time? I was informed that most experts in ...
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Best and most current sites for security breaches [duplicate]

I'm taking my masters in cyber-security and as a student I come across a lot of garbage when doing research. What are sites with the latest security breaches? Thanks for the help in advanced. My ...
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Tools to make a security researchers life easier - tracking vulnerability research [closed]

I've been a developer for quite some time, and as part of my on-going learning process I've learnt how to spot and remedy broken (and insecure) code written by others. Recently, I've found myself ...
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How many passwords does the average user know?

Looking for research on the count and complexity of passwords that an average user is actively using. Note: Also, just to be clear, by research, this is not a request for you to respond with an ...
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Botnet fingerprinting

Does anyone know of any research of papers on fingerprinting botnets? If a given target is being brute forced or DDoSed do methods exist to determine if a brute force or DDoS on another target are ...
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Valid Characters For Magnetic stripe

We bought some Magnetic stripe cards and I'm writing a program that will get talked to by a mag card reader. What I need help with is that I can't, for the life of me, find out what characters are ...
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Where to publish security research?

I'm considering doing some research in to an attack vector which I think doesn't get enough attention. It's not an earth-shaking vector but I think I can demonstrate an attack where none have been in ...
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DUKPT - more specific materials

I'm working on a simple project that implements DUKPT. I've tried searching the web for more specific information than on wikipedia and it seems that the algorithms are only covered in ANSI X9.24 part ...
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Site Executing control characters in title tag

I am currently pentesting a site for a client of mine and I found a very strange 'bug'. They have a search box on the home page which if I enter te\tst and hit search, it redirects to the search ...
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Security-themed Masters Thesis Topics [closed]

I am currently in progress in a MS in Computer Engineering program. I am looking around for thesis topics related to security (my specialization is in distributed computing). I've been given some ...
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How do you search for new vulnerabilities? [closed]

I've been asked this question, and I really don't know how would I do it. My answer was to take known vulnerabilities and try to exploit them on a different way, but this is not really a new ...
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Breaking into your own systems [closed]

So as security professionals, most are overly paranoid about external hackers, leaks, etc. I'm looking for ideas on how one would go about testing their own systems, without signs that they were ...
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Maltego transform samples

I'm playing around with Maltego for target recon and investigation, and have started writing my own transforms in Python. Unfortunately, the current developer documentation is a little light on ...
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Where can I find statistics on security breaches?

I am putting together a security presentation, and I would like statistics on the occurrence of and damages from security breaches. Does anyone know of a reliable, recently-updated source?
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Tutorials, Exercises and Environemnts for Penetration Testing Mobile Environments

I'm looking for a list of exercises or distributions to practice penetration testing on mobile environments. There are plenty of existing things like the environments found at pentesterlab.com and ...
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Opinons: To report or not to report? CFAA vs the White Hat [closed]

As I'm sure most people here are aware, there has been quite a lot of attention brought to the USA's Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) recently. Brief back story: A security researcher discovered ...
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where to get the latest trends about penetration testing systems? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student, who want to do a project in penetration testing automation, and i want a conference or some official source to obtain some latest researches from inorder to see what to ...
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applications of linear algebra to “security”?

I am taking a course in linear algebra which was to be credited towards a program in applied math. My interests have moved towards matters of "security" (information, network, cryptographic, etc.). ...
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How secure is Stack Exchange's reputation?

I recently read an article about researchers being able to penetrate the Facebook network and making lots of friends with about 100 "Social" bots. What would prevent somebody to do the same on Stack ...
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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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How to protect data on your hard disk if it is in an unfriendly environment?

The essence of the problem as follows: There is a server located on the side of our company. There is a hardware client module, which is in a public place, which communicates with the server via a ...
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What Twitter #hashtags apply to IT Security

I'm trying to search twitter for evidence of near-realtime alerts or updates regarding security issues. What hashtags are common or popular in the IT Security world?
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Open Problems in Security?

I know it might seem a bit too much theoretical, but I was wondering if there was some list of known open problems in security? In a similar way that there are open problems in Theoretical Computer ...
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References to issues of putting backdors into opensource (like OpenBSD) by FBI or CIA [closed]

There are articles on the Internet (e.g. this) that claim that the FBI/CIA injected security backdoors into OpenBSD. I'd like to know if there are any other references to this issue. This would help ...
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Difference between vulnerabilities on windows/linux/mac for same program

If someone finds a vulnerability like buffer overflow in a program such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox running on a linux machine, are there any chances that this vulnerability will persist on ...
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What's the Security equivalent to SICP? [closed]

For those of you who don't know any developers and/or didn't go to MIT, The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs is the Canonical reference on it's title subject. It is often used as the ...
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what is the use of stolen personal details?

What can hackers do with personal information that includes this: First name, last name, snail mail address, mobile phone number and email address?
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Encouraging security researchers to disclose vulnerabilities

What are approaches to forming solid relationships with security researchers? For example, is publishing a public PGP key on the "contact us" page of a company's website for high levels of risk ...
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Vuln research: reverse engineering, debugging or fuzzing?

I wonder how hackers find vulnerabilities. If they use fuzzing, security engineers do it, and it's probably that security engineers (that work in a firm) have more resources than a group of hackers. ...
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How does sound signature recognition work and how to override it?

Today a lot of websites that allow the upload of media content are implementing automatic sound signature checks to prevent the illegal distribution of videos containing copyrighted content. How ...
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Are there state-of-the-art techniques or theory specifically for attacking passphrases over passwords?

With passphrases becoming more and more common based on length being more important than complexity, I'm assuming there must be some work going on involving techniques aimed specifically at cracking / ...
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Amount of simple operations that is safely out of reach for all humanity?

Cryptographic primitives usually assert some security level given as number of operations to mount an attack. Hash functions, for example, give different security levels for collision attacks, ...
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How do researchers “gain control of an attacking PC” and not themselves be considered attackers / criminals?

In reference to this Network Computing Report article titled "'Operation Shady Rat' Perpetrated Five Years Of Long-Term Attacks On Government, Enterprises" The Cliff's Notes to the article is thus: ...
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Are there any independent organizations doing (publicly available) IT security research?

When looking up security risks on the net I find that all research being cited (if any is cited) always seems to come from the Anti-Malware companies. (just e.g., this article cites F-secure, AVG and ...
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NSA crypto Suite B - historical

I'm looking for information on what NSA suggested for use in commercial systems in past times. 90's and early 2000's. I'm mainly interested in PKI and symmetric cyphers for SSL and file/disk ...
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Definition of Software Security

I'm looking for a theoretical definition of Software Security. And I need to quote some book in an article. Most of the books starts already assuming that the user knows what that is, and they're ...
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Resources for data on security incidents

What resources exist to research data on actual security incidents? I would prefer an online resource but offline resources are acceptable. The cost of access should be less than $100 (US) for ...