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Logging and Metrics for DEP, EMET, and Related Mitigations

Is it possible to collect metrics or generate alerts when one of EMET's suite of mitigations prevents code execution? Ideally I'd want to be able to collect and analyze data to support statements ...
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How to mitigate SSL based DDoS attacks?

as you probably know the problem with SSL based DDoS attacks is, that the traffic cannot be analysed and filtered by a DDoS mitigation service provider such as Prolexic, Akamai, Radware, etc. without ...
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Where to check if a specific OS / service is vulnerable despite being patched, because of a vendor's decision?

I need to discuss how to mitigate the risk of services which are vulnerable despite being patched (typically because they are not maintained by the vendor anymore, or because the vendor does not want ...
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Fix OpenX Unvalidated Redirect In-House [closed]

We have an OpenX installation and has certain dependencies for it to be able to serve the web-network. The problem with the OpenX source code is that the dest parameter is vulnerable to open redirect. ...
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Are phone apps vulnerable to XSS or CSRF? (Webview, Phonegap, chrometab)

I need to provide evidence that CSRF or XSS is possible on a phone... using PhoneGap, a Webview, or specifically a "Chrome Tab" or iOS equivalent. I believe in theory this is possible, and mitigation ...
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Why does rfc6797 say “An HSTS Host MUST NOT include the STS header field in HTTP responses over non-secure transport.”

Why does the RFC prohibit the server from sending HSTS to the client over HTTP? I can see that if a HTTP client responds to that unsecure HTTP response it might cause that site to be inaccessible ...
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Data breach policy - immediate actions

We have a web application server and a database on AWS. Is there any "immediate action" policy somewhere we can adopt as to the steps we can take when we suspect or detect a data breach?
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Are there “secure” languages? [closed]

Are there any programming languages that are designed to be robust against hacking? In other words, an application can be hacked due to a broken implementation, even though the design is perfect. ...
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What steps can you take to make offline cracking of SRP harder?

In the aftermath of the Blizzard hack, what steps can I take to make offline cracking of SRP more difficult? My question assumes that your database is already gone and that you implemented SRP more ...
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Security devices other than firewall and IDS [closed]

I was just studying about firewalls and IDS/IPS and had a doubt. Are these the only two major security devices that a company invests in? or are there other equipment and security controls?
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Possible to use custom SSL or TCP/IP packets to detect VPN use?

What custom TCP/IP packets or other statistics can I use to detect VPN usage? I understand that this may generate a number of false positives, but my goal is to focus analysis on certain types of ...
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Installed some software over a public insecure wireless network — should I consider myself compromised?

A couple months earlier, I made the mistake of downloading some software over an insecure wireless network and running it without checking its integrity. I am now considering reinstalling my system, ...
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Is there an HSTS equivalent for DNSSec?

Is there any way to set a DNSSec-always policy similar to how HSTS commands Web Browsers to always use HTTPS? This would mitigate a DNSSec-strip attack (similar to SSLStrip) I'm also unclear if this ...
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In DNSSec, are Delegation Signer Records always SHA-1?

I'm creating a RSA/SHA-512 Zone Signing Key and Key Signing Key at Dynect Managed DNS (corporate offering) The Delegation Signer Record that was created is SHA1. Should I be concerned about this?
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Mitigation against MITM at Starbucks

Free public WiFi, for example Starbucks, is convenient. I wonder if there is a way to verify that a laptop has connected to the Starbucks wireless router and not to a man in the middle that tricked ...
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Is it unwise to use Redis to store PII, private keys, and other secrets?

I'm reviewing a system that is using Redis to store all client secrets, private keys, and other things. The problem is that Redis loads the entire DB into RAM Since SSL's heartbleed, Rowhammer, and ...
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How should developers handle Form POST variables that conflict with route variables?

In ASP.NET MVC, when I perform a HTTP post to /controller/action/UserID ... and have a corresponding route /controller/action/{UserID} ... and if I do a Form POST, the POSTed data UserID ...
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Combining Hash Visualisation (VisualHostKey) and SiteKey to prevent MITM

TL;DR Skip to the No SiteKey + Plugin if you don't want to read this whole thing. VisualHostKey shows an SSH hash like this: # Host github.com found: line 53 type RSA 2048 ...
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Encrypting files on Google Drive

It's my understanding files kept on Google Drive are not protected. I would like to have them encrypted so that to be able to view or modify them one must enter a password. I foresee a potential ...
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Possible to detect an/or shut off CryptoLocker by limiting total network bytes transferred?

Since a virus infected PC has to download (encrypt) reupload the entire file (to a file server), and repeat the process for every network drive, is is possible to detect this unusually high bandwidth ...
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Can a Radius server mitigate an ARP spoofing attack?

I'm helping my school network administrator to try to find a way to mitigate a current ARP spoofing attack on our wifi network. We detected an unknown host (MAC address seem to change, he is probably ...
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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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How does Wifi Blocking work? Can it be detected / prevented? [duplicate]

Marriott was accused of blocking personal Wifi access points by deauthenticat[ing] packets sent to targeted access points and thus to disrupt access to individual hotspots. Question How does ...
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If an ATM is stolen, how easy can the personal information of the users be recovered?

ATMs get occasionally stolen. How easy would be for the thiefs to retieve the PINs and other information of the users that have previously used the ATM? Is there a periodic wipe of all ...
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How do I block LinkedIn from extracting data from Microsoft Exchange Server?

LinkedIn now offers the ability to take a real user and password from the end user and connect to Exchange Server for the purpose of importing contacts into their system. (To do this yourself, click ...
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Possible to prevent Juice Jacking by only connecting USB pins 1 & 4?

According to this accepted answer, there is no phone on the market today that is immune from "Juice Jacking"*. I think an easy way to mitigate this threat is to have a filter that blocks USB pins 2 ...
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Linux password changed. Is this an attack or a hardware glitch?

My Linux (Ubuntu 12.04) password suddenly changed last night and I'm not sure if this is an attack or just a hardware/user error. This is on a personal/non-server box. Several strange events led up to ...
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How do I force kill an OWA, Activesync, or Outlook session?

A user with a BYOD is still able to access the email system, even after the user account has been disabled and password changed. Since it's clear that a re-authentication event doesn't continually ...
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How can I mitigate attacks that rely on poisoned data as a developer?

A few years ago, there was a high-profile attack on a Wired editor, where the hackers added a credit card to the target's amazon account, then used that self-added credit card to gain access to the ...
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What considerations should apply for self service Renewing, Revoking, or Unrevoking a certificate?

I need to design a self service portal for renewing, revoking, and unrevoking a certificate and have come up with the following rules*: Renewal Certificates have a short term validity and need to ...
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How do I Mitigate Directory Traversal when User-Supplied Input is a Mandatory Business Case?

I have an instance where we have an application that requires the ability to set up sftp commands that are specified by administrative users. They are configured through the front-end of the ...
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What's the mitigation strategy for when a CA's private key is stolen?

I'm new to SSL/TSL and was wondering if you could walk me through the following scenario. Scenario Let's say I am one of a thousand websites that has a certificate signed by some certificate ...
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What crypto prevents & detects “invisible” CAs? (e.g. in X509v4)

For this question, I'm calling an "invisible CA" one that Is signed by a root ca and exists as a 2nd or 3rd tier Is valid, not expired or revoked Has a different Public key than one that is ...
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Preventing a spoofing man in the middle attack?

I was humming along with my usual routine of listening to old Defcon videos trying to understand some of the basics of what's going on in the IT Security world, when I came across one explaining man ...
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What can an attacker do with Bluetooth and how should it be mitigated?

What are the security risks of Bluetooth and what technologies and best practices should be used to protect my device? What can an attacker do once a malicious device is paired with mine? ...
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What risks do Cookieless sessions have? What are the mitigations?

I'm debating if I should support cookieless sessions in my web app. It would look something like this: http://www.example.com/(S(lit3py55t21z5v55vlm25s55))/orderform.aspx Since the URL is never ...
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Cryptic threat names

I have logs from a security appliance from Damballa which has cryptic names for threats observed in a network which I am trying to make sense of. Some examples of these threats are "RedTreeBruisers" , ...
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Stolen Laptop - Next steps

My laptop (modded 2007 Macbook Pro) was stolen 2 days ago when I didn't pay attention to my backpack in a tourist spot in Europe and while I'm quite certain they won't have much use for it (the apple ...
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How secure are the new TLDs ( .us, .io, …) and do they compare to .com? [closed]

The introduction of the new top level domains (TLDs) such as .music, .books, etc. will increase the number of people and organisations adding and removing entries into the root DNS servers (.) for ...
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What are the risks of a rogue Access Point? What lessons can be learned from the Wifi Pineapple?

I'd like to educate colleagues and peers on rogue access points using the tool "Wifi Pineapple". What are some specific security-related lessons I could demonstrate? If applicable, what are the ...
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How effective is the iOS “Send All Traffic to VPN” setting at deterring Wifi-based attacks?

iOS version 5 and newer has a setting for VPNs to "Send All Traffic" over that VPN. I think that sending all data to a trusted VPN target would ensure privacy of all communication sent over that WiFi ...
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Do any Exchange hardening guidelines recommend disabling OWA Webready? Should they?

For the fourth time in over a year, Exchange OWA has put our internal network at risk due to a remote code execution flaw that exists on the server runtime. This risk is compounded by the fact ...
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What are the security measures to be taken before launching a site with credit card payments? [closed]

We just completed functionality testing of our new e-commerce site and going to launch.We are accepting credit card payments. I'm really concerned about it's security.What are the precautions to be ...
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Malware for testing [duplicate]

IS there websites and places where you can download all types of malware that you can run and test the security setup of your system? I am currently playing around with UAC+EMET4+MSE and would like ...
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How to intercept url to disallow Forced Browsing in simple Dynamic Web Project?

I found an issue related to Forced Browsing in my web-application.And I was able to verify that my static content(like text document...mainly help documents) can be accessed by simply hitting the URL ...
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How to stop/detect someone else registering a certificate for my domain

With the proliferation of low-cost automated CAs what can be done to mitigate the attack of someone doing a spear phishing attack to get a login to our webmail system, then using an automated service ...
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How to ensure that files uploaded by users do not contain any XSS code

I have been working on providing the security related to the XSS attacks. My website only allows following mime-types: XML, CSV, HTML, PLAIN, VND_WAP_WML, APPLICATION_ZIP, APPLICATION_PDF, ...
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What are the security risks of the Service Bus, and how do you mitigate them?

The Service Bus is software that can be installed on Windows or rented on Azure and allows someone to relay SOAP/WCF information over the internet in the form of a XML over HTTPS payload. One risk ...
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Should I test my SSL certificate for “RSA Shared Primes” before using it?

There are several papers from 2012 that say it's possible to factor several moduli by factoring shared primes. The link above includes python sourcecode to verify and test for this fact. Given this ...
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Are GET, POST and windows.location vulnerable to XSS in a Wordpress theme?

I created a Wordpress theme for my client. He told me that he scanned my theme with a vulnerability scanner, and that it has security issues with the GET and windows.location methods. Is this really ...