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Popular Security “Cargo Cults”

In Information and IT Security there is a nasty tendency for specific "best practices" to become inviolable golden rules, which then leads to people recommending that they are applied regardless of ...
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Changing picture as characters entered into password

When Lotus Notes asks for the password, it displays a screen with a picture that appears to change after a new character is entered after the fifth character. I have noticed the sequence of ...
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Could SQRL really be as secure as they say?

I just came across https://www.grc.com/sqrl/sqrl.htm With Secure QR Login, your phone snaps the QR code displayed on a website's login page . . . . and YOU are securely logged in. This ...
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Effectiveness of Security Images

Do security images such as those presented upon logging into banks provide any tangible security benefits, or are they mostly theater? Per my understanding, if somebody is phishing your users, it's ...
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Why don't banks get hacked?

From reading a lot of info on this website I came to the conclusion that if someone with enough skill really badly wants to gain access somewhere, then there is absolutely nothing stopping them from ...
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Tripwire - Is it security Theater?

Tripwire type intrusion detection systems supposedly protect your system from rootkits, by monitoring the checksums of important binaries for changes. Let's say I have tripwire configured to run ...
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What are the security threats of zip file uploads and what preventive actions should be taken?

We have a Drupal application developed for sharing files. We are allowing zip files to be uploaded by logged in departmental user. We are using Drupal private file system (outside webroot). We are ...
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When secure email, is not really secure

We have a vendor who sends us "secure" messages. The messages come as an email message that contains a link to an SSL encrypted website that has the real message. There is no username/password on the ...
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Is a “security measure” that doesn't provide a security benefit actually harmful?

If a security measure is implemented that doesn't provide any additional security benefit, can it be considered harmful? As an example, consider a login page where the user is asked to enter their ...
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Would making an IIS web server appear to be running Apache instead improve security?

As you can see from the tag, I know that security by obscurity is not true security. So consider a server available to the Internet on port 443 (SSL) of a fixed IP address in the dialup range of a ...
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Security of pronounceable passwords

Some random password generators support the generation of pronounceable words of any given length n. Assuming that words are derived using 26 lowercase letters, the number of possible words of length ...
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Are you aware of any CEO that went to jail because of Security Flaws?

I need to make a real motivation for a security talk to a board of management. I know that in case a company ships products ignoring (so knowing and on purpose not caring) then it is held liable. ...
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How can I explain to the client that rfc2385 TCP MD5 Checksums can't be turned on for linux webservers?

I've had a long running conversation with a client where they perform a Rapid7 security scan which then warns about TCP MD5 checksums missing on port 80. This is what I think I know: RFC 2385 was ...
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Database table name prefixes and security by obscurity

One of the most common pieces of advice with respect to securing WordPress, Magento, and other widely-used pieces of software is to add a prefix to database table names or change the default prefix. ...
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What is the purpose of yubikey

I've been doing some reading about YubiKey (for example What is a Yubi key and how does it work?) and found the information to be incomplete. It's my understanding, that when the user is prompted to ...
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Android Kitkat reports: “Network May Be Monitored by an Unknown Third Party” when using non-default root CA

My company uses a private PKI to handle such scenarios such as Mutual auth (TLS) to a website using client certificates SSL web server certificates on an Intranet (once a VPN session is ...
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How to choose a linux for learning? [closed]

I am beginner in Security. My first assignment is about "Linux firewall using IPTABLES" . I know about Ubuntu, backtrack and kali Linux. How to choose a Linux distribution to learn about security?
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Is it safe to auto-fill credit card numbers using Chrome?

Is it safe to auto fill credit card numbers using Chrome? Does it safely store the credit card information? As far as my understanding goes, it just shows asterisk values but on click it reveals the ...
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Checking SSL/TLS servers for NULL encryption support

I have a web server supporting SSL 3 and TLS protocols, the following are the supported cipher suites: TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5 TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA How can I ...
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Do I need to secure a computer from physical attacks when attackers can already harm in many other ways?

Recently, I was working on a computer system for a model railroad club. This computer system is capable of monitoring and controlling the positions of all the (physical) trains which could be ...
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Is there any way a website can show it hasn't been “hijacked” by the authorities? [closed]

I heard about warrant canaries and thought the idea was interesting. My understanding of what they are is a website or online service publishes a statement periodically that they have not been served ...
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Is there any good (or less bad) way to handle a web portal or website with awful security?

Background: I'm facing a situation with an online site I must (for the immediate time being) use for financial and HR-related matters that just sucks. In every sense, but security in particular. As ...
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How much security information to publicise?

Apologies if this in the wrong section, not sure if it should go in Server Fault or not. I am preparing to launch a new web app. We have put a lot of effort into offering good security. From a PR ...
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Are mail-servers removed from security concerns in contrast with cloud storage?

I have meet people and even businesses that are against using the cloud for data storage invoking security risks. In the same time they seem perfectly fine using email services (usually from obscure ...
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Firewall egress filtering / quick whitelisting

Suppose your Aunt or Uncle is easily fooled by phishing attempts and their computer has multiple root kits and key loggers running. Assume their computing habits will never change. Looking at his ...
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How to restrict SSH access outside of LAN? [closed]

We have several dedicated servers. We need to ensure "root" user can not be accessible through SSH outside of LAN. I have searched and found the followings # ...
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cookie issue with same domain same path but different port

I have two web app running on same host on same path but on different port http://somedomain.com/ and https://somedomain.com/ now when I visit first app it serves the cookie say with name abc, and ...
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Add a supplementary credit transaction to improve online payment security?

An online company from which I regularly buy goods apparently recently upgraded their security policy. Let's say I bought something for 73,31€. As usual this company uses 3D-Secure for the checkout ...
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programming language and security threats

I am working mostly on C/C++ based enterprise applications. Now few modules are migrating to Java. Also in parallel, there has been stress on ensuring that the application has highest benchmark with ...
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What question(s) can someone ask an individual to quickly determine their 'hacking ability'?

Scenario: You are on Craigslist searching for cheap electronics and come across an add for cheap E-reader. It's a bit of a deal with about 20-40% off the retail price so you contact the seller and all ...
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How does Remote Access Trojan / Backdoor Software work?

How does a RAT works? I understand it as once we visit the infected website, the browser might download the Trojan to our PC automatically. Will it be executed and auto-installed in our computer? I ...
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Capturing text messages on the fly

Suppose your phone is not connected to any network. You are sitting in a cafeteria with 50 other people, everyone is communicating to each other via text messages. Is it possible through any device or ...
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Is LastPass secure enough? [closed]

They said: Private Master Password: The user’s master password, and the keys used to encrypt and decrypt user data, are never sent to LastPass’ servers, and are never accessible by ...
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Does having a separate e-mail account only for security, increase security?

In this article about increasing the security of LastPass the author suggests: For additional security, you can have LastPass send security-related emails to a special security email address ...
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Preventing phishing of few critical websites

Suppose $S$ is a set of known websites which are very important. Assume there is an anti-phishing tool company $A$ which is aware of such websites. Can the company A reliably develop an anti-phishing ...
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Does Disabling Right Click In Windows Explorer Do Anything?

I am at a student at a school which blocks the right click in Windows Explorer and the desktop, as well as on the taskbar. I don't exactly understand why they do this, since most of the commands on ...
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How to Stop DDoS Attacks by simple function on web server?

I have an overview ideas of the preventing ddos attacks, in a simple way. Please clarify me, if my thinking is wrong. Option 1 From the basic understanding of the DDOS attacks is that the attacker ...
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In what sense is Knock to Unlock safer than a password?

I've recently seen a youtube video, which is advertising an iphone app which will unlock your mac computer by knocking on your iphone. The ad is claiming that it is faster and safer than typing your ...
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Can I bypass my own networked camera?

We have networked camera on my house. My brother is protected by user name and password. When I check my network in laptop, I can see the networked camera in my network but when I click to open, it ...
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Notification or report for security problem of unix systems? [duplicate]

I have unix systems(Solaris,Oracle,Redhat vs).I have to control all system for security problem,bugs,patch,vulnerabilities I'm looking for securty information for all security issue After that I'll ...
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What is the fight-back mechanism in OSPF?

I want to know more about the fight-back security mechanism in OSPF routing protocol. When is the mechanism activated and how does it work? I found the source description of OSPF fight-back, but the ...
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iLivid infection/ iLivid behaviour analysis

Although lots of surveys and reports have been done on iLivid by lots of malware analyzers, I decided to inspect iLivid independent of previous research. I have read lots of reports about iLivid but ...
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Vulnerability NTP:Traffic amplification in clrtrap feature of ntpd affect or not affect to Cisco device?

I am using CCSVM tool SCAN for Network devices (Cisco). Below you can find the scan result: Title vulnerability: NTP: Traffic amplification in clrtrap feature of ntpd Solution fix: Disable NTP ...
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Separate normal traffic [closed]

Is there any tool or method to separate normal traffic and malicious traffic from pcap? For example : if malicious traffic detected with snort i need to store those packets .only if malicious traffic ...
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Transaction without 3DS in some online websites is Fraud prone? [duplicate]

I use my MasterCard credit card for online transactions which uses SecureCode for preventing online frauds even though hackers knows our credit card details. I have come across many sites which is ...
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So, how dead is antivirus exactly? [closed]

Symantec recently made a loud statement that antivirus is dead (http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702303417104579542140235850578-lMyQjAxMTA0MDAwNTEwNDUyWj ) and that they don’t ...
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Key Distribution using multicast

I am trying to come up with a solution for a system where i need to generate a key (Kn) from time to time and distribute it to a large number of servers in a private network. Since it has to be a ...
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What is the smallest possible Windows shellcode? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any tools that focus on shellcode analysis? Any tools available that is for shellcode analysis? what methods are used in reverse engineering?
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CMS security issues

I have a desire to make my own CMS , to improve my programming skills. I would use PHP as a server side programming language. So my question is, on what security issues I must pay attention when ...
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How to secure my website's FTP?

When I opened ftp command prompt and typed open mydomain.com, it gave me the following and I think that this is a security vulnerable. connected to mydomain.com. 220----- Welcome to Pure-FTPd ...