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Could “system volume information” and $RmMetadata pose information leakage on a nuked HDD?

I recently nuked my HDD(s) via a Windows program (Disk Wipe to be precise: http://www.diskwipe.org/), now everything is fine when I try to retrieve the information on that disk by any program I can ...
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Is it safe to play around with this on a virtual machine? [duplicate]

I found a hard drive destroyer and I am trying to see exactly what it does and what it looks like while happening. I also do not want to lose my computer in the process. I downloaded VirtualBox and ...
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How trustable is third party root certificates?

i recently tried to use fiddler2 from third party vendor telerik,while decrypting the https traffic of my network it asked me to install its own root certifcate in my windows operating system : have ...
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How to check for presence of LM hashes in local SAM

To get rid of LM hashes in local SAM databases, one can rely on the famous NoLMHash domain GPO, which instructs clients not to store password hashes with the LM algorithm locally ("Do not store LAN ...
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Multiple “rundll32.exe mhunk.dme” instances. Is my PC Infected with Something?

So, I have this strange list of rundll32.exe There are quite a lot of rows of it (see attached image) when I open the process tab in my task manager I've already read the link here: Multiple running ...
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Delay time clicking of contextual menu on the mouse [migrated]

I have such trouble: when i choose a folder/softwares and clicking second right clicker of mouse on the my desktop or elsewhere context window needs time to appear. Why needs it time to appear? what ...
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What are some good tips/resources/guidelines for a highschooler trying to get into IT? [closed]

I'm a sophomore in high school, and I want to learn about Information Security. Currently, I am taking AP Computer Science and I am also on a 15-member student team that goes to CyberPatriot, which ...
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Getting a log of computers that have remotely accessed a Windows server

I have suspicions that someone other than people on my team have obtained the credentials to remotely access a Windows 2008 Server. I need to get some evidence before I start pointing fingers or get ...
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File SHA256 checksum failed, but OK on reboot

I downloaded the Windows installer (.exe) for ImageMagick via http (both http and ftp downloads are provided at http://www.imagemagick.org/script/binary-releases.php#windows). Upon executing the ...
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Is possible to be hacked remotely?

I little bit afraid about remote hacking, since i'm using a windows 7.i see what a hacker can do if he exploit the Dcom vulnerability in windows XP. But is this sort of exploits exist on windows 7 or ...
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How do I continue pentesting with access to local station?

I started learning hobbyist penetration testing a while ago, and as far as penetrating a computer I have physical access to, all is good. Mainly using Hiren bootCD, it is easy to gain access to an ...
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Windows Print Drivers / Security Principal

Forgive me if this question seems a little "under the hood", but I think it's important to know from a security point of view. I see SPOOLSV.EXE runs with print driver DLLs (Type 3 - User Mode, I ...
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What is the risk that Windows 8's loopback protection feature protects me from?

Windows 8 requires Fiddler to set up an exemption when sending traffic to localhost. Since this is a default setting (and affects many computers): What security benefit does this provide How can I ...
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Does Reinstalling windows ensures removal of all malwares/spywares/virus/rootkits etc? [duplicate]

If I reinstall windows, will it ensure that all types of malwares/spywares/rootkits etc are removed from my laptop ?
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Syncing service passwords during offline installations

Due to very paranoid customer requirements, we have to install several Windows services on two different systems that should run under a shared service account. Each system should each have a copy of ...
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Locking a partition/drive [migrated]

I am working in an environment where people share the same PC running Windows 7. I would like to put my private files in an encrypted partition so that I can lock it when I leave the PC, yet leave the ...
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Minimum access required to access LSA Secrets

I would like to know what the minimum access is to be able to dump from the lsass process on a Windows machine (any version) to try and grab LSA Secrets. The reason I am asking is because I had ...
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User Account Guessing [duplicate]

I'm doing some research on user account guessing, and wanted to ask a question about some "bad practices". My thought is generally this is a trade-off between great user functionality/UX and ...
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Cracking a 6-character alphanumeric password Windows dialog box

To put this problem in context, I have a touch monitor screen whose firmware program is protected by a password. The firmware program is downloaded over RS232 via a Windows utility program provided ...
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IT support and security concerns regarding local VM's

I started working at a large financial institution several weeks ago as a software engineer and despite every other aspect of this job being great, I am haunted by the constant restrictions that ...
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How to stop auto-created files to happen?

I'm new to "Information Security" so I hope I'm in the right place. I'm experimenting a very disapointing problem on my hosting server: some files are automaticaly created and I don't know how. The ...
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All about executing Dlls and malicious dll

I was trying to execute kernel32.dll with rundll32.exe. I set the dll path to system32 but I couldn't do it. How can I do it. What is a malicious DLL. How do I create one How do I get linked with ...
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PCI compliant transparent data encryption at disk/folder level on Windows?

Is there a way to achieve PCI compliant data encryption at disk/folder level in Windows in a way that is transparent to applications(they must be able to write/read to encrypted folders/disks as if ...
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Does Windows have a built-in password store?

What passwords are stored in Microsoft Windows? How can I know what password are saved in computer?
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How can normal files hide a virus?

How can normal files supported in the Windows operating system hide a virus? Sometimes opening a .txt , .jpg or .docx files leads to running a virus. How is this possible?
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Does a virus need to be clicked on to function?

Can a virus infect my Windows XP operating system by its mere presence? I mean, if I copy/paste a virus on my computer and I never click on it, will it infect my computer or will it remain dormant, ...
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Intrusion Detected - OS Attack

I have recently gotten a prompt from my anti virus stating that there was an intrusion with an OS attack as describe in the link below: ...
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Makecab.exe at boot. is it malicious?

, I am trying to find out why this process appeared during 2 boot occasions. Autoruns does not show it anywhere. It appeared when I uninstalled google chrome and malwarebytes. The prefetch file for ...
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Windows - Revoked Binaries

I find it hard to believe that the majority of Windows system files aren't signed. I don't know whether my disbelief comes from naivety, or because Windows is used within secure environments worldwide ...
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SSRS custom assembly security issues

I want to invoke a custom assembly that uses protected services (like DirectoryServices, etc...) with reporting Services. On the web, I see a recurring example of configuration (inspired by this ...
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UAC bypass approaches

I am looking for a technique for bypassing UAC. Here are two solutions that I found on Google, but I need a different solution: Bypassing UAC with User Privilege under Windows Vista/7 Advantages ...
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Does a VM keylogger listen to the keyboard activities of the host?

I am running a Windows XP virtual machine on a Windows XP host machine. I use the VM for suspicious websites and software/applications. In the case a kaylogger will be installed on my VM: will this ...
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Is monitoring registry hives enough to detect new malware installation?

Is checking the state of the supporting files of the Windows registry hives enough to detect if a new software/malware has been installed on the computer or a given Windows regsitry key has been ...
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Is it possible to keep your harddrive data safe from being copied and recovered

One of my friend challenged me that if my laptop is turned on then he can attach a device to it, just like in movies which will copy all data of my computer to his hard drive without touching a single ...
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Can benign software modify Widnows DLL files?

On Windows (XP, 7, 8, NT ...): can .dll files be modified (in any manner) by benign programs/software already installed/running on the computer ?
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What registry windows keys malware target often?

I wonder what are the main registry windows keys malware target often ? I would love to code a program that will check the state of those windows registry keys for eventual modifications by malware.
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How should privileged accounts be secured in both Linux and Windows?

I have recently started work in application security at a mid-sized firm, having transitioned away from 5+ years in security consulting (pentesting, etc). One of the biggest challenges I see here from ...
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Securing a Windows PC

Currently I have an "Antivirus" and Anti Malware software installed. In addition I closed all remote assistance and unused port rules on my firewall. I'd really like to get a complete as possible ...
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Any network related security benefits using RODC (Read Only DC) in DMZ?

Windows servers in the DMZ need to communicate with the Active Directory. I do not like that the servers will have direct communication with my Active Directory, so I consider installing a Read-Only ...
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Securely wipe external drive with Windows only [duplicate]

Consider following 2 disk wipe procedures, using only vanilla Windows installation: First do a quick-format to make the disk appear empty, then do one of these: Just do full format of the disk. ...
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Credential In Windows [closed]

How can I view the Credentials stored in Windows? Is there any possible way to view the stored password? I can just export them..
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Is API hooking done by a process in a shared page, visible to all other processes?

Assume, I have an executable which hooks the API CreateFileW located in Kernel32.dll which is shared globally across the system for all other processes. From hooking I mean, that I have overwritten ...
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Can't log into Windows, mac-spoofing issue or malware?

My computer won't let me log into my account. On the Windows sign in screen it has my account name, but when I put in my password, it always says my password is wrong. No Caps Lock. This happened ...
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Is there a website or other resource that lists operating systems/platforms and the included root certificates?

I need to choose a certification authority (CA), to get a certificate, but I noticed that there are several of these only present in some operating systems/platforms like windows. I need to choose one ...
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Protect partition from formatting

How can i protect my Linux and Windows partitions from being wiped,from a windows installation CD,with password?
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Proccess to exploit an OS vulnerability [closed]

What are the steps to use an exploit on an OS vulnerability? I tried the popular ms08-067 on an XP machine, following a guide found on the internet, discovering Metasploit etc., but I can't figure ...
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Is Windows 7's Remote Assistance feature secure?

Are there known attacks that can intercept an ongoing Remote Assistance session, for example to take screenshots or even worse, impersonate the other computer and send arbitrary keystrokes, or to ...
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VPN disconnection and snooping

When you use VPN, what happens if the VPN server goes offline? Would Windows silently revert to using your LAN connection, without notifying you? This would be an OK behavior if you use VPN to access ...
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How does Network Discovery OFF protect my computer?

Yes, it seems that the computer will not respond to pinging. But any computer with a packet sniffer will be able to see my ip once I send any packet to the router. So basically, if I'm surfing the ...
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Security concerning using Windows 7 as a web server [closed]

Can Windows 7 be used for hosting a low traffic website which only use php and mysql and nothing else, like email, file hosting, etc.