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How to find out what programming language a website is built in?

I think that it's fundamental for security testers to gather information about how a web application works and eventually what language it's written in. I know that URL extensions, HTTP headers, ...
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What tools are available to assess the security of a web application?

What tools are available to assess the security of a web application? Please provide a small description of what the tool does. Update: More specifically, I'm looking for tools that assume no ...
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What's an easy way to perform a man-in-the-middle attack on SSL?

I'd like to perform a man-in-the-middle attack on SSL connections between clients and a server. Assuming the following: I've got a certificate that the client will accept, via poor cert validation ...
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Open-source penetration-test automation

What order do typical open-source penetration tests operate? Which tools are run first, second, third -- and how do you control them? Does one simply use Metasploit RC files? A network vulnerability ...
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Best way to administer all my passwords

I am trying to figure out what the best solution is to store different types of passwords: Personal passwords (my personal email, my company's email, all the services I use to buy things like ...
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How to keep an eye on upgrades, patches and security issues for used open-source libraries?

For a project with many open-source libraries as a part of it, I began to search for information source concerning all upgrades and security issues. The kind of sources I gathered are either ...
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What benefits does Nessus have over OpenVAS?

Nessus and OpenVAS appear to have fairly similar features. Why would you choose one over the other, besides the benefit of commercial support (which isn't available for Nessus Home Feed users anyways)?...
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Convenient cross-platform help on checking secure hashes like SHA-256

It is often helpful to be able to obtain a good cryptographic checksum of a file, e.g. the SHA-256 hash. This can be used to verify file integrity, so long as you have a reliable source for the hash. ...
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Computer Forensics: what is in your toolbox?

What tools do you use for collecting evidence, making disk images, inspecting live memory and so on?
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Backing up sensitive data - pitfalls and best practices

Obviously, securely backing up sensitive data is a challenge. A remote backup is important for surviving a variety of disasters. What are some of the "gotcha's" lurking out there, and what best ...
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Network Forensics - what is in your toolbox

In similar vein to this question on computer forensics, what tools would you have in your toolbox for infrastructure and network forensics. Typical example cases would be if you were called in either ...
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How can I intercept and modify HTTP requests?

Are there any free tools available that let me intercept and modify HTTP requests for testing? I am looking for tools which allow me to send custom HTTP headers.
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Lightweight Live Pen-test OS [closed]

Does anyone know of any lightweight OSs that are great for Pen-testing? I would love to have a very lightweight live OS that I can boot off a USB and try some pen-testing against some of my Windows/...
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What should be included in a jump bag and how often should it be reviewed?

What items should be included in a jump bag? How often do you review your jump bag?
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Are there any decent web app security scanners that can integrate with a build server?

I've spent a lot of time in TeamCity recently and the nightly code quality metrics coming from the dupe finder, FxCop and NDepend have been great. What I'd really like to do is find a decent web app ...
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VeraCrypt/TruCrypt - I can't understand why you'd want to create a “hidden” volume…?

I can't think of a reason as to why you'd want to create a hidden volume in VeraCrypt. It says because "you may be asked to hand the information," but why would I need to hand it over? Nobody has any ...
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Criteria for Evaluating Static Analysis Tools

As with any tools purchase part of the outcome is in how good the evaluation criteria are, so it is important to understand the criteria people might use when assessing Security static analysis tools. ...
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Smartphone / GSM Sniffer

This question would be in the category of SmartPhone Sniffers. So we have sniffers that can show the packets that are being sent across a wired or wireless (802.11) network. I am just performing a ...
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Browsing exploits with Metasploit console

Is there any way to browse certain exploits in MSFconsole? The show exploits command shows too many and I cannot find a way to show just Windows file format exploits, for example.
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Powerful security tools to use in penetration testing

I want to ask you about some good security tools you've used or heard about, please let us know the ability in every tool and the difficulty to use it and which is the best situation to use this tool ....
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Tools and methodologies to share pentest and/or source code analysis results [closed]

I would like to hear from you which tools (commercial and open source) do you use to share results during collaborative penetration test or source code/binary analysis. Well-known Dradis framework ...
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Good file encryption tools [closed]

Could you please help me find a good file encryption tool? The target OS is Linux, but tools for Windows are welcome, too. FOSS tools are preferred. The tool must be reliable both for the recovery of ...
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How to recover securely deleted data

Since we all know files are recoverable with programs after being deleted from the recycling bin, everyone is told to do secure wipes by putting random data over the files you're deleting on the disk ...
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Can anyone suggest good open source tools for scanning source code for vulnerabilities? [closed]

I'm particularly looking ones which detect vulnerabilities in C/C++ code. I've seen a bunch of proprietary tools but no open source ones.
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How can I remotely wipe the contents of a Linux Laptop if its been stolen?

I am currently investigating using Linux Laptops for my development team. We currently run Windows. The one advantage that keeps coming up for Windows over Linux from a system administration / ...
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extract from pcap all protocols found

I have some pcap files, and i would like just to get a list of protocols that are present on that pcap file. I would like it in a batch mode, not using wireshark I think tshark is able to do it, but ...
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Affordable web application attack tools

I've been using Burp Intruder (part of Burp suite), but in the free edition of Burp Suite the Intruder functionality is Time-throttled. As a student pen tester however, I can't justify the cost of $...
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Testing clean urls with sqlmap

Is it possible to test for SQL injection vulnerabilities with using sqlmap with a url that is using mod rewrite (or something like it) to make the urls clean? I know how to test my sites that have ...
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Why is FireSheep such a big deal?

We've had WireShark and other tools for a long time before. Why does everybody make such a big deal about FireSheep?
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How to evaluate a password manager?

How can we quantify the trade-off between password aggregation and convenience? Password managers such as lastpass are convenient, but aggregation of passwords into a common store may reduce security....
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Fingerprinting the webpage content

I'm moderating a closed section of a forum - think 'covered by NDA' (not actually, but it's a good equivalent of the situation), with restricted access. Sometimes we find screenshots from that forum ...
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How to detect hosts running in virtual machines with nmap?

I have to determine if a given subnet has virtual hosts. Are there any ideas about what switches to use?
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Fortify360 - Sinks & Sources - Vulnerability count

In an application security environment, I use Fortify Software's Fortify360 on a daily basis. One of my biggest hurdles is explaining the numbers (sources vs sinks) Fortify flags each location in ...
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Any MITM tool for forcing weak SSL cipher suite?

Let's say I'm trying to reverse engineering communctions between an Android app and a web server uing HTTPS. At beginning, I tried to do MITM using webmitm and a fake cert. But the app failed to ...
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Identifying, analyzing, and predicting weak session cookies

To elaborate on this, I'm looking at this from the perspective of a hacker/penetration tester. Many times I have seen web applications that I know have weak cookies. I can tell this because I can ...
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How to Perform Vulnerability Assessment for WCF services

Does anyone know how to perform penetration testing/vulnerability assessment for Microsoft WCF services I couldn't find a tools till now , any tools available and guides are welcome
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CERT FOE Fuzzing Framework documentation

So I read another post here about fuzzing local standalone applications. I have understood how to exploit basic buffer overflow vulnerabilities in standalone applications and am now looking on how to ...
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Which resources can help me learn how to use metasploit?

I tried google search but I can't find good resources to learn how to use the metasploit framework. Where would you suggest a beginner go to learn about using metasploit?
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Who (which process) is calling curl?

On my mac (Lion), I know that curl is bing used by some unknown process to communicate with a server. Basically I installed little Snitch and find out that "somebody" is using curl periodically. ...
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Classical Cryptography Tools

I'm wondering if there are any tools out there that can assist in solving classical cipher text. I'm looking into developing some tools such as frequency analysis, transposition tools and so on but ...
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What good, standard digital signature verification clients are widely or easily deployed?

I'm looking for a good way to publish data along with a digital signature (and ideally a timestamp) which is as easy as possible to verify. For example, imagine an election administrator who wants to ...
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Benefits of secure code review in-IDE vs. fatapp vs. webapp

For those of you who have worked with commercial secure code review tools such as: Klocwork Coverity Armorize Fortify Checkmarx Appscan Source Edition (formerly Ounce) Or perhaps a free or open-...
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Tools to scan for PII [closed]

I'm looking for well known tools that will scan for any PII within a network. For example, I would like to be able to use a plug and play method, meaning I drive to a client, plug my laptop in, and ...
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Firewall Reviews - What is in your Toolbox?

In the vein of the questions about forensics, I'd be interested to hear what tools/techniques people use on Firewall reviews, both in terms of periodic reviews as an auditor or consultant, or ...
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How can I view the NTFS $MFT using correct field names?

I am trying to view an NTFS master file table. Each tool I have used so far extracts all of the entries, but puts non standard headers such as STANDARD_INFORMATION_ON instead of say $...
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Is there a sms authentication that works like 10minutemail? [closed]

I remember reading on this site a user recommending 10minutemail.com as a way to register or give email address to non-trusted websites. Is there any similar site for disposable phone number for ...
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Virus detection with Process Explorer

Can Process Explorer ( Windows apparently) detect a virus? Is it even possible?
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What tools exist to manage large scale firewall rulesets?

For an enterprise firewall you may have over 50 thousand rules. With typical errors in firewall rules including things like mistyped network masks you couldn't hope to manually review the release. So ...
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Does setting a WiFi AP to channel 14 avoid the most common detection methods used in Europe or the Americas?

The legally allowable band for WiFI in the US covers channels 1-11. Europe goes to 13, Japan to 14. I suspect that most tools use the WiFi driver of the machine and only scan for the channels it is ...
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What are some good, free tools to run automated security audits for PHP code?

I've been looking for some time now and have come up short. The most promising I found was Spike PHP, which seems to no longer work. I'm looking to scan my code for potential risks of SQL Injection, ...