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antivirus/anti-malware vs rootkits on Windows [on hold]

As I read about rootkits I wonder how well the current antivirus vendors are with detecting them. Does anyone know of a site with a current comparison test? For example, this ...
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How do I request a certificate from CEP / CES on a Microsoft CA on OSX or Linux? [migrated]

This article describes how to request a certificate from AD CS (Active Directory Certificate Services) from a non-domain joined windows computer. I would think the same principals apply to non ...
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Ease of Getting Data On Self-Encrypting Drive From Screen-Locked Windows 7/8 Computer

Hypothetical: a Windows 7 or 8 computer has a self-encrypting hard drive. It is stolen with the power on, but with the Windows lockscreen on. Are there easy off-the-shelf ways to access the data on ...
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Can changing a MAC address give an attacker more leverage in a network?

Security lessons force us to use limited users (Standard User) on Windows networks. I found that an administrator account can change his MAC address from Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network ...
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How can I restore my Windows certificate cache so I only have those from trusted CAs? [duplicate]

All this talk about Superfish and other adware crap has made me healthily paranoid that a wrong certificate can enter my certificate cache at any time. I have no reason to assume that there is a ...
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How to change default cipher in GnuPG on both Linux and Windows?

How can I change the default symmetric cipher used by GnuPG from CAST5 to another? I'm using GPG4Win on Windows, but would also be interested in a solution for Linux.
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How to monitor upload/download on multiple machines [migrated]

There are 3 windows machines on my home network. I'm hard wired to the router whilst my parents and younger sister are on wifi. I've noticed the occasional drop in connection speed recently and I ...
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How to turn off need for bitlocker to go on Windows 7

I am the system administrator of my local computer (Windows 7) and I am unable to write to an external hard drive if it is not encrypted using Bitlocker to go. The local computer is not encrypted and ...
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Has the security of PuTTY been examined?

I am wondering how PuTTY stacks up against other SSH implementations with respect to scrutiny and security of its SSH2 protocol implementation. PuTTY is probably the most-used SSH client on the ...
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Getting System Account Locally and Remotely By exploiting an executable in windows 8.1

I am trying hard to locate weakness in recent windows os and report it to Microsoft,I don't research for buffer overflows and other bruteforce method but what I look for most is design flaw in ...
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Is UAC actually worth it? [duplicate]

Windows UAC: It's annoying. It seems pointless. Should I just disable it? Or in other words - is there actually a real risk of something malicious happening if I do? Is there malware out there that ...
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Is RDP susceptible to the BEAST attack?

I have Windows 2008 R2 servers which are failing a PCI vulnerability scan because they have RDP enabled (needs to be disabled). I have applied the PCI settings of IISCrypto tool, but I have to leave ...
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multiple authenticode signatures

Is it possible to have multiple Authenticode signatures in an executable? The Digital Signatures tab suggests you can, so I was wondering if, for example, you can sign an executable with Verisign's ...
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Are there other roots of trust on my computer aside from these 46 root certificates?

I've heard many people imply that modern browsers and OSes trust a myriad of root certificates. The implication is that it is impossible to ensure the private keys of all of the root certificates ...
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Does a valid code signing certificate mean that an installer has not been tampered with in transit?

Several dominant software vendors distribute updates over HTTP or over HTTPS with bad certificates. In general, it doesn't seem like I can expect to rely on a secure channel to ensure that an ...
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Share Intranet through VPNs [migrated]

Site (#S1) has a internal computer quiz system of the PCs in the subnet of 192.168.8.0/24, the web server is located on 192.168.8.2. Those PCs do not connect to Internet. There is a PC (#A) joined to ...
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ISP glitch or a malware? Has this ever happened to you?

Brief background: I consider myself a relatively paranoid power-user, if not an absolute pro. I regularly update my AV and keep up with all the latest updates on my Windows7 machine. But what happened ...
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How to secure a compromised computer while getting proof against the attacker [migrated]

I have evidence (non-technical) that my company is spying on me, not on my company PC but my private PC at home. These evidences won’t hold in court, so I am in need of technical proof. I suspect that ...
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what is MAX_ALLOWED in security event [migrated]

I was wondering to understand that what is "max_allowed" and "ACCESS_SYS_SEC" in security event logs in windows. I can reckon that max allowed : pointing at connection limit has exceed. but I'm not ...
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Which Windows Files Should be Monitored by HIDS?

I highlighted my question below. Here is some background. It's easy to find data showing the most commonly trojaned/modified Linux binaries and config files. ps, ls, find, kill, lsof, passwd, ...
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How do I get the thumbprint of an SSH2 public key on windows?

I have a SSH2 public key with a .PUB extension and when viewed in notepad it has this header: ---- BEGIN SSH2 PUBLIC KEY ---- How do I view the thumbprint of this key? I've attempted ssh-keygen ...
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I cannot get TinyWall to add Skype to my exceptions [migrated]

I've installed a personal firewall called Tinywall. 2.1.6 and I can't seem to add skype to the exceptions in such a way that it will go through the firewall. It's application executable has been ...
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Security of Windows Screen Saver Password

How secure is the Windows screensaver password? Seeing that screen saver passwords are used in the corporate world, is there any way of bypassing the screen saver after it is already running? Could a ...
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i want to know the mac address of my stolen system having windows 10 installed in it? [closed]

My dell laptop has been stolen and i want to know the mac address of the device to track it. the system is sync with google and windows 10 OS is installed.
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Using Startup Repair to gain local admin [migrated]

I came across this video which shows using "Startup Repair" (which doesn't require credentials like "Repair My Computer" or "System Recovery") to gain local administrator privileges. To summarize: ...
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On Windows, how to restrict access to a folder, sub folder and files to only some applications (not users)

We have an application which is not per user and can be used by multiple users simultaneously. Data is also shared by all users. The path to the data folders we use is ProgramData\OurAppName\Data ...
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How can I encrypt Kali Linux after the install? [migrated]

Okay so here is some useful background before we get started. I booted a Windows 7 install disk, split the hard drive into two partitions, installed windows. Rebooted, installed Kali, then booted into ...
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How can user credetials be leveraged when doing a penetration test for a Windows network? [closed]

Assume the following scenario: NTLMv2 only Only Vista machines or higher Remote desktop disabled throughout network No open shares psexec needs administrative level access. Without any shares ...
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How can I determine the domain controller when it's not in DNS?

On a penetration test going in blind for an organization, meaning no knowledge of network topology of design, no idea what the domain(s) might be, and domain controller is not apparent in DNS...how ...
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Undelete-secure AES software and software for carrying out “full undeletion” free-partition-space zeroing/reformatting on Windows?

It is fairly well known that on Windows, when you delete a file (or folder which may contain any number of files and subfolders possibly containing other files and subfolders and so on), Windows just ...
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Is it possible to “fingerprint” the “patches” applied to a Windows system?

Two situations with a similar goal: 1) You have access to a target network, and you a Windows host. Is it possible to remotely finger print which (operating system security) patches are applied to ...
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How does RealVNC Enterprise Know My System Credential?

After the installation of RealVNC on a Windows computer, the default login username and password via VNC is the same as the system username and password. Can anyone tell me how RealVNC can access such ...
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How to find what has been added to my hard drive [closed]

Why is my hard drive being filled up when I am not installing anything? How would I find out the cause, e.g. is it malware, a hacker, or potentially something else? Every few days I come home to ...
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How does LSARPC protocol work?

I'm trying to understand how does the LSARPC protocol work internally. In particular, I would like to know how secured is it. I couldn't find anything in the internet or in different books.
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Mitigate DDos on Windows box

I would love to know, If you know some way to mitigate DDos/Dos attacks on Windows. In Linux we can Mitigate using the IPTables Almighty, but I wonder If there is something like that in Windows. ...
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Controlling variables used by an application

One thing that I have seen commonly used by game cheating engines it to control variables that the game is using. The idea is to edit the variables used by the game to say, give ones self unlimited ...
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Detecting reflective DLL injection any other ways?

any way to detect it? maybe using mcafee hips rules? Are there any known Techniques to detect it ? like walking the VAD tree or something?
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IIS 7 World Wide Web Publishing Service service account

We have a security requirement for IIS 7 (Windows 2008R2) that reads as follows: The service account ID used to run the web site must have its password changed at least annually. ...
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Can I create an SSL certificate on windows signed with the machine's certificate?

From MMC > Certificates I can see there's a certificate for the current machine under 'Trusted Root Certification Authorities > Certficates'. e.g. on my workstation called 'RoryWorkstation1' there's a ...
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Using “Security Compliance Manager” to audit a Windows system

I found a few posts which suggest using Microsoft SCM (Security Compliance Manager) to audit the security of Microsoft software solutions: Windows security policy analysis tool How do I apply a ...
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Why are keyloggers a problem for password managers?

Reading the API definition of SetWindowsHookEx, I see Calling the CallNextHookEx function to chain to the next hook procedure is optional, but it is highly recommended; otherwise, other ...
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Unregistering keyboard hooks by timeout expiration

I'm writing a password manager for Windows which I want to protect against keyloggers. There is a timeout of 5000 ms for keyboard hooks. The hook procedure should process a message in less time ...
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Microsoft recommended patching period - Security Patch release and updates

Ideally a security patch released by a vendor such as Microsoft for the Windows OS is required to be patched immediately. What would be the recommended patching period that Microsoft or best practices ...
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How can one restrict Windows shared folders access to specific applications?

There are few shared folders in my company that are accessed by applications from different branches across the country for different transactions. Hence they are kept "open". During a recent PT ...
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How is the file overlay read by an exe/virus?

According to what I know ,Overlay is the part of PE file that is not covered by the PE header and therefore isn't part of the virtual image in the Loaded PE. My question is if the overlay is not ...
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How to protect against viruses that takes files as hostages by encrypting them?

Today I was infected by CoinVault, a new malware similar to CryptoLocker I believe. Before today I was unaware of this entire type of malware. Fortunately I was protected by offline backups, but I ...
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Can folders [alone] have viruses?

I know that files can be infected, but can a Folder itself have a virus/trojan?
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C:\Users\Public\ for sensitive data

Installing a MS Windows based system that is to handle various sensitive data (accounting, personnel etc.). Somewhat to my surprise it consistently want to put everything under c:\Users\Public\ ...
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Right security architecture for SQL Server access in a distributed Windows-based system [closed]

I am designing a software product for which multiple SQL Server databases will be accessed by multiple applications residing in different Windows environments. Some of the environments are process ...
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PKI Installation

I must install a PKI in my organization. I work in a windows environment. I already set an offline CA. I must now install a subordinate CA. I have the choice between installing the subordinate CA on a ...