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Does the md5 (or any hash for that matter) of a string include the null terminator?

Does the md5 (or any hash for that matter) of a string include the null terminator in its calculations? That is does the hash of a string equal the hash of the sequence of bytes that represents the ...
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What is the difference between Exploit and Payload?

In computer security, we know that weak points in software are called vulnerabilities (if related to security). And once the vulnerability is found, theoretically it requires a piece of code as proof ...
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What is the distinguishing point between a script kiddie and a hacker?

When I think of a script kiddie I think of someone who might barely research a tool then point it at a website - things like the recent question about LOIC come to mind when I think of that. A hacker ...
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What is the origin of the three factors of authentication?

The three factors of authentication - something you have, something you know, something you are - are ubiquitous in security literature, but I have yet to find a reference to the origin of the ...
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What sort of security method is this called (if it has a name)?

I have thought of a way of securing access to an application interacting with another application. Using this method Application 1 - "What is the sum of 1+1?" Application 2 - "3" Application 1 - ...
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Is there a term for a “Master + extension” style password scheme?

I personally have (and preach) a password system using a "root" password shared amongst many passwords, plus a unique password component. So for Gmail my password might be correcthorsebatterystaple + ...
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What is a “cuckoo's egg”? [closed]

I remember that Clifford Stoll wrote a book called "The Cuckoo's Egg". In the book, the reader follows him as he pursues a hacker through networks across the world. I seem to recall that the title ...
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Are all vulnerabilities security related?

Are all vulnerabilities security related? When people talk about vulnerabilities and security vulnerabilities, are they the same concept? My understanding is that a vulnerability is the a weakness in ...
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Taxonomy of Ciphers/MACs/Kex available in SSH?

SSH offers a large variety of algorithms for Ciphers, MACs and KexAlgorithms configuration options. Sometimes I need quick and light (my own internal network), and sometimes I want all the ...
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When should I use the word hacker, cracker, or black hat?

Everybody seems to have their own meaning of the word "hacker". To some, it's the good-guy vigilante with some non-professional characteristics. To others, it's the aggressor, bad-guy, cracker, or ...
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What terms should I use to define security assessment work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment? I am tasked with hiring a consultant to do an analysis of our infrastructure security ...
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What does colluded truncation attack mean?

I'm doing my final year engineering project. I went through some ieee papers and came across something called colluded truncation attack. Can someone explain what it is. I'm planning to do the project ...
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What is SQL injection?

What is the meaning of SQL injection? I am not able to understand the term. And what problems may be caused by SQL injection?
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Looking for a taxonomy of anonymization or re-identification properties

We are working with personally identifiable information that needs to be de-identified. Is there an existing hierarchy or taxonomy of different kinds of re-identification properties?
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Security fields: AppSec vs. InfoSec vs. NetSec, etc

When reading about computer security, there are a lot of different areas mentioned: Application Security, Information Security, Network Security, IT Security, etc. What are the distinct fields within ...
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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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Oligomorphism vs polymorphism vs metamorphism in malware

What is the difference between these three? As I understand it, polymorphic malware code actually is always the same, and it's just that it appears to be different (through encryption, data ...
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Vulnerability Assessments - Vulnerability Taxonomies?

All, First question on here so please be as gentle as you can :-) I've been looking around for any writings or papers on a standard for classifying vulnerabilities. Not from a severity/risk/impact ...
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How do I clearly distinguish between groups of formal and informal models?

I'm currently studying for the CISSP exam and would like to ensure that I'm using proper terminology when referring to models. I'm a little confused because I'm coming across generic and specific ...
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What is War Dialing?

The topic says it all - I encountered the term in a PDF given to me. So ... what does the term/phrase 'War Dialing' mean?
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What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment?

What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment? Why would you choose one over the other? What deliverables would you expect to receive and how would you rate the ...
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Malware nomenclature

If there a generally agreed upon naming convention for types of malware/virus? For example, are there agreed upon terms for virus, trojan, worm and the like? If one exists could someone explain it or ...