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How secure is the Windows 8 included Anti Virus known as Windows Defender?

How secure is the new Windows 8 anti virus known as Windows Defender? Does it have a protection against malware which uses UAC bypass/process injection/rootkits/process persistence/running the binary ...
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Are shatter attacks still possible in the days of User Interface Privilege Isolation?

Before Windows introduced User Interface Privilege Isolation, any application could send all kinds of window messages to any window on the same desktop (a shatter attack), allowing elevation of ...
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Block OS fingerprinting without using iptables?

I have a Linux machine connected to a Windows 98 PC on port 104. Now I want to block the OS fingerprinting using nmap for the windows 98 PC. I tried using iptables (blocking that particular port) but ...
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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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Offline Bruteforce attack against a Bitlockered Windows PC

I am currently assessing the security of Bitlocker from the perspective of an offline attack against a stored password (used to secure the Full Disk Encryption key). My assumption is that the password ...
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How does Windows Server 2008 store local users' passwords?

It is not clear to me how Windows Server 2008 R8 stores local account passwords. Is there any salt added or just NT hash is computed and stored? The following article describes all the methods used ...
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What process would add gdiplus.dll and msdia80.dll at the root of a hard disk

I added a new 4TB hard disk drive to my desktop computer, and noticed a couple of days later two .dll files at the root of the drive. The environment in question is a 64-bit Windows 7 Professional (...
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Possible to find out the last person to open a file on Windows without specialist tools?

So I suppose this is specific to the OS you are using or the filetype or software used to open it, but my question stands open for all really but I am particularly interested in more common files such ...
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Secure sharing between Windows computers

I'm working on a project to setup a secure system to share files between 5 Windows computers. The computers are part of a domain so could have multiple different users logging in (based on an AD group)...
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Can I detect when a file is copied on Windows?

Can I detect when a file is copied on Windows? Will it create an event in the Windows log? Or can I not? I know you can detect when a file is created due to the file pointers and stuff, but can you ...
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Trouble with Metasploit framework (kali linux) [ms08_067_netapi]

I'm new to kali linux and just penetration testing in general. I'm having a bit of trouble with the metasploit framework in getting into my own pc. I've used this tutorial and I get an error that says ...
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Can a physical attacker compromise a Windows machine with UEFI, secure boot and bitlocker?

Machines such as the MS Surface Pro 3 comes with bitlocker encryption and UEFI secure boot out of the box. However, the default boot order is network -> usb -> ssd. If an attacker gets physical ...
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My ISP provider is spoofing DNS [on hold]

My ISP provider is DNS spoofing OpenDNS, Google DNS, Norton DNS, Yandex DNS and all other known DNS servers. So even if I use those, I still can't access some websites. So I need a DNS server which is ...
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How Do Rootkits & Other Low-Level Malware Still Manage to Load on Systems Protected by Secure Boot (and TB/MB)?

Let me try asking my question this way... Let's say that I'm a offensive cyber Bad Guy working for a foreign state-sponsored Advanced Persistent Threat unit. My unit is charged with, say, stealing ...
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Ransom32: How does it work?

Ransom32 seems to be a new ransomware written (partly) in JavaScript. As I understand it, it doesn't affect a user through a browser / by visiting a website, but by downloading some .rar file which ...
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Is Qubes OS more secure than running a set of activity related VMs?

I'd like to skip the argument about Linux being more secure than Windows, and purely focus on the security boundaries between Host OS and VMs. Is Qubes OS theoretically more secure than say - Windows ...
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How can I determine the common cryptographic suites I need to enable on my browser for common websites?

How do I determine the common cryptographic suites I need to enable on my browsers (I use IE11, Firefox/Nightly 49, Chrome 51) running on Windows for common websites, for eg, www.google.com, www.w3....
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Why is windows considered insecure? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux or Windows- the security issue I often see people complaining that Windows is "highly insecure" while linux is MUCH more secure. What exactly are the reasons/flaws ...
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Can I test my own network?

I'm currently trying to enter the field of information security and I was just wondering if there was anything barring me from testing my own network for security vulnerabilities? I only have a couple ...
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Can I use disk encryption and track my device at the same time, in case it's stolen or lost? [duplicate]

I would like to encrypt a single user profile but have been told EFS isn't the solution. I have a laptop that I leave in my bag and use for work and private purposes. I want to secure data in case my ...
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How to find Windows version from the file on a remote system

I need to find out what Windows and Service Pack system is currently running. All I have is ftp access, it means I cannot run any the software. Is there a way to determine what version of Windows, ...
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Can hackers detect my operating system?

I've seen people demonstrating the use of backtrack to attack VMs. In one of the components of backtrack, it shows the operating system of the targets. Since support for Windows XP is ending soon, i ...
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What anti-DDoS solutions for Windows are there?

I would love to know, If there is a way to mitigate DDos/Dos attacks on Windows. In Linux we can Mitigate using the almighty iptables, but I wonder if there an equivalent for Windows.
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What is the definition for different access attributes in object access auditing?

Though there is documentation available about configuring Object Access auditing, there is no place where I have found any documents explaining the different attributes in Object Access Auditing. Can ...
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Unable to PSEXEC into machine with admin hash

I'm doing a penetration test at the moment, and I am trying to PSEXEC into a machine for which I have the local administrator hash. I am attempting this with metasploit and metasploits psexec module. ...
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Running an app in docker on Windows

If I run an app in a docker container using Kitematic, does that help protect my system from that app? I mean: does it prevent any problems if the app tries to damage the Operating System?
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Possible to detect Metasploit trojan installation on Windows 10?

I'm concerned my Win 10 installation may be infected with one of Metasploit's trojan variants. How could I go about confirming or disproving this suspicion? Are there ways to detect Metasploit hacks?
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How attaching to a process with a debugger can compromise system's security?

Visual Studio shows a warning, trying to attach to a different user's process: Searching for an explanation, I've found the MSDN article, claiming that: An untrusted process that contains ...
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How secure is Windows 10 account control?

I have a Microsoft account in my machine (Admin). I set a guest account (Standard) for a friend so he can play games. Is there any way he could access my files/folders info? I mean, get data, view ...
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Is a computer more vulnerable if wireless is left on when booting?

Normally I switch off wireless on my laptop before I shut it down but I forgot to do this last night. So this morning, after I booted up the laptop, I saw the wireless notification on the bottom right ...
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Track USB activity on Windows

I want to know what happens in my USB Devices (file creation, file renamed, etc) without use an external tool. I'm using Windows 7, can I enable some GPO to log these actions? Here use the event ...
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“Extended Protection” primer and implementation guide to prevent MITM

Extended Protection (link) (link) is a feature in Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 that prevents certain MITM attacks. Does anyone have a primer (or explanation in plain English) what this feature is, ...
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security of libgcrypt when cross-compiling for windows?

Looking at libgcrypt, specifically secmem.c it seems that it does not account for windows-specific memory handling (e.g. VirtualLock) and in fact there is a very troubling comment: #elif defined (...
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Host process for windows services network activity between other computer on same network

Wondering if this is normal? I have two PCs hooked up to a router and when the other one powers up and I check my firewall I see that there's some sporadic network activity going on (mainly upload/...
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Does a Mailbox Export Request modify the mailbox data?

The procedure suggested by forensics companies to make a copy of a users's mailbox in a forensically sound manner is to use New-MailboxExportRequest. What information is modified (if any) by the use ...
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Limiting FTP privileges on Windows Server

I currently have a Windows 2012 Server which is acting as a webserver running IIS. I am using Filezilla to host an FTP server to allow some clients FTP access to their own websites. I have setup the ...
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Can viruses actually inject their code in other processes?

Can a virus really inject its own code into a process so it stays on your computer permantly? The only way to actually remove it is to reinstall your OS. My question is how can it do that without ...
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MPPE-Send and Receive key derivation from MS-CHAPv2

I am trying to get the MS-MPPE-Send-key and MS-MPPE-Recv-key from the MS-CHAPv2 challenge material. I am able to follow the RFCs 2548 3078 and 3079 to the step of getting the GetNewKeyFromSHA() it is ...
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AuthentiCode Launcher runs everything

Imagine a vendor uses AuthentiCode only to get rid of the yellow UAC warnings. To avoid buying new certificates each year, the vendor could create a Launcher EXE which is signed, requests UAC ...
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Corporation Best Practices for Encrypting Locally Stored Email Data

Since the recent Sony hacks took place, the attackers have published troves of data from users' email accounts. Some of this data is very detrimental to the company's image. I suspect that based on an ...
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Shared folders in Windows to/from unsecured PC on the same network

I have a Windows 10 desktop computer which is my main device. It's password-protected and I'm not concerned about it being physically accessed by bad actors. I have a Windows 7 laptop with a fresh OS ...
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checking if malware altered system files in windows

a friend called me today because he opened an attachment of an email. It was a double zipped exe file - and malware: I started to analyze the file: first with virustotal - then with radare2 and the ...
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Windows Firewall Connection Security with Certificate

I've been fiddling with the Windows firewall configuration of some computers within a VMWare based LAN (no domain). To aid in my testing and debugging, I created a small, self-hosted console ...
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Comparison and difference between CAs

While doing some Google searches, I learnt that there are a lot of different Certification Authorities like the Windows role named "Active Directory Certificate Services", the OpenSSL library or the ...
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Can the windows Remote Procedure Call subsystem be modified from the default without causing Windows 8/8.1/10 to break?

This is a question that personally as a security professional has bugged me for a long time. So, a default Windows installation, from XP up to 10, typically has a few services listening on the quad-...
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When taking ownership of a TPM in Windows 7, how is the SRK derived from the password?

When you take ownership of a TPM in Windows 7 you encounter a screen like this: Based on this document, it is my understanding that completing this dialog box somehow results in the generation of ...
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How to record the event that an attachment from Outlook has been clicked to run or downloaded to the disk? [migrated]

I am developing a solution to monitor security events on Windows. Two of the events to monitor are: an attachment from an email (Outlook) has been clicked to run or downloaded to the disk a link ...
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Why does Windows 7 remove Authenticated Users from file permissions when a folder is shared?

When I try to share a folder using the share tab in file properties, if I go back and remove sharing options from the Share tab, it also affects the Security tab, removing inheritance of permissions ...
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Possible security measures to put into place before allowing screen sharing

I have someone who is having their non profit small company receive a financial audit. They are prepared for it but the financial auditors have asked to also do part of it remotely and would like to ...
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Is Bitlocker trustworthy?

My question isn't about whether or not the encryption on Bitlocker works, but whether or not there has been any security audits about potential backdoors Microsoft may have installed. I don't have a ...