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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 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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Malwares source repositories. Where?

As the best way to learn is to read the code, do you know where I can find malware/virus/whatever source code to read?
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which site do you use to view details of vulnerabilities? [closed]

Which site/sites do you guys use to view details of security vulnerabilities?
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Recommendations for honeypot software

A couple of us wanted to setup a honeypot/honeynet with the goal of learning; not planned to be in a production environment. What's a good recommendation for a high interaction or low interaction ...
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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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What do you see as the emerging threats for 2011

As we move in to the new year, what do you see as the emerging threats for organisational security? I see more chat around; Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) from foreign states. More fines from the ...
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Where are some Security Policies that are actually in use?

I know there are a lot of security policy samples and templates out in the web. I'm curious to know if there are security policies that are actually in use and still published publicly. I know they ...
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How to get into RFID auditing?

I would like to get more knowledge around RFID-systems auditing. Does anyone have a basic guide step-by-step which I can use to set up a lab with proper RFID "sniffing" equipment? I would like to ...
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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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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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Resources for physical security questions

What are good resources for the physical security questions that IT organizations face? Like best practices for locks and seals on servers and kiosks, personnel access mechanisms and policies, ...
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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 ...
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Applications of probability/statistics in IT security?

What are some areas of computer security that utilizes statistical modeling? I ask b/c I'm a studying statistics at school and have become interested after reading a few papers.. some of the areas ...
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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 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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Suggestion setting up a SQL injection honeypot

I just stumbled on a website vulnerable to an SQL injection attack by mistake ( http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6181248/is-this-site-vulnerable-to-an-sql-injection-attack ). That made me curious ...
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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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War dial research

Anyone know of any specific UK Law that would prevent the use of war dialling as part of a security research project?
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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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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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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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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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SSH Brute Force Dictionaries

Request for logs please. So, I had an interesting question posed to me around geographical trends in SSH brute force attempts. The question being "has anybody ever looked into the prevalent SSH ...
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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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Security papers or material focusing on the industrial control systems (SCADA)

Anyone know a good site or a list of resource to start to know issue related to the security of SCADA system ?
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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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Master thesis topic - mod_security

I've been playing with mod_security for some time and I'd like somehow to use it in my master thesis. I don't know exactly how this work could be more interesting than describing what mod_security ...
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Profiling attackers via adaptive games: “Strange game, the only winning move is not to play”

Use of Game Design to Profile Attackers: Interested in any research that links concepts in game design to security systems in an effort to profile the attacker's identity, motives, skills, etc.; if ...
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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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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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Design proposals for enhanced security for parts of Internet, e.g. for banking?

There is some recent discussion of some sort of "multilevel" internet, with e.g. a level defined for banking in which access is only granted after special authentication with "true names", special ...
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Video Conference Systems - Security Testing

Any one have any experience in testing ISDN based VC systems? What approach did you take, tools used? How did you approach fuzzing the protocol? What resources did you read up on prior to testing?
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Where is the best place to get descriptions of malware?

I'm looking for a source of descriptions of 1990s to early 2000s malware; I have searched for a very long time yet found very little. I require information such as payload activation dates, files ...
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CEH resources for exam prep

For an upcoming contract I'm required to have the CEH certification (even though there won't be much PenTesting) so I'm working through that now. I've gone through all of the reccomended EC Council ...
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Some good resources on viruses/worms?

I am searching good info on sophisticated viruses/worms. One example would be STUXNET and the very good analysis made by folks from Symantec. Any ideas?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...