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What's the risk if I accidently type my password into a username field (Windows logon)?

I'm used to logging into my personal Mac which is a password-only field (like waking from sleep mode). Sometimes I have to use a Windows network on which I have an account, but of course I have to ...
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HIDS detection system and registry changes

I use OSSEC HIDS to monitor XP and Windows 7 Operating Systems. When OSSEC flags changes in the Windows registry, I have no idea where to go for to look for information and identify if the changes ...
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Maintain User Privileges After Shutdown in Windows XP?

Is it possible, in Windows XP, to maintain user privileges of a command shell after a reboot? For example, I'm running as a non-privileged account LocalMachine\Pete, but have a shell running as ...
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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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Will winlock virus really delete information after 12 hours? [closed]

I've got virus which tells that all data will be deleted after 12 hours. I cleaned autorun and now scaning my computer with anti-virus, but still is this message just to scary people or is this virus ...
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How can winlock virus change Windows Registry without admin permission?

When you try to install program you'll always asked about administrator permission. Same thing when you try to user 'regedit' command. So I'm interested in how does this virus works. How can it edit ...
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Preferred UAC configuration in Enterprises that use Login scripts to map drives

In Windows 7, Vista and newer OS's, UAC will prevent logon scripts from mapping hard drives so that the following logon script code won't work: Dim WshNetwork Set WshNetwork = ...
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Hidden Registry Strings - possible rootkit? [closed]

Win server 2003 R2 SP2 - no noticeable issues on the machine. When I create new strings in regedit, I hit refresh and they are gone! I try to re-add and it complains the string already exists. I am ...
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Secure use of psexec or better alternative to it

I want to remotely start VMWare virtual machines (I own VMWare Workstation) and to this end I need to execute on host something like "vmrun -T ws H:\VMWare\VM1\VM1.vmx nogui" with user desktop ...
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Should I use Windows' Cryptographic Service Provider to generate RSA keys?

If I want to generate strong high quality RSA keys, is there any reason not to use Microsoft's built-in cryptography system? Or should I use something open source like OpenSSL or Bouncy Castle? I'm ...
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CDNs used by Windows Update

My question is about CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) and their simultaneous use for legal and questionnable stuff. One specific example is the following. I'm noticing taffic from our network to the ...
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IIS password protected website

I have a website built upon windows IIS and to use password to protect the website and disable anonymous logon to that website, the ONLY way is to disable the anonymous logon in IIS and use a windows ...
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eBay account compromised/Credit Card used/Hosts files changed

To preface this, I'd just like to let you know that I'd consider myself an intermediate security guy(Definitely not a novice, not yet an expert) I do have a story to tell, and would like to know if ...
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How can I assess the strength of user passwords in my office environment?

I want to assure the compliance of password policy in my office. Environment Intro My environment is all windows based (server 2003/2008) user base is not more than 400 employees. Nearly 90% of all ...
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Network abnormally slow during night hours

My network recently the last week as become abnormally slow around 11 pm. Very slow buffering youtube videos during all hours. Ive recently purchased the new router about two months ago but not ...
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Why is system32/ntoskrnl.exe blocking port 80? [closed]

Today I've tried to start the Visual Studio Developer IIS as usual on Port 80, but this time it has quit with an error that port 80 is already in use. With netstat I've found out, that an application ...
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What are the risks of removing ISATAP from the default global block list?

The process of installing Microsofts pseudo VPN called Direct Access requires me to remove the ISATAP name from the default global block list by running this command: dnscmd /config ...
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Is a self signed certificate sufficient to prove the integrity of my executable?

I have an EXE file on Windows that I have to distribute around. It's based on tclkit so an adversary could unpack it, change some tcl script inside and repack the exe. I would like to know if this ...
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Reading keystrokes of other applications

Is it possible for other application running in the OS to read the keystrokes that my application uses? What about mouse events and window handles? Is there any security wall that the OS uses to ...
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Reading keystrokes of other applications

Is it possible for other application running in the OS to read the keystrokes that my application uses? What about mouse events and window handles? Is there any security wall that the OS uses to ...
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Physical computer security, how to disable USB ports when the computer is 'locked'?

Lets say my PC & server is in an environment where a theoretical attacker has physical access to the machine while I'm not there. Now the data is encrypted on the hard drive with TrueCrypt. ...
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What are possible approaches and arguments for securing corporate IT systems with most computers being portable?

I was employed as the only system administrator by a company where half of computers are portable ones being taken away for work at home, business trips, visits to clients, etc. having access to ...
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Added value of Windows Server 2008 over 2003 in terms of security

What is the added value of a Windows 2008 Server over Windows 2003 in terms of security? Does Windows Server 2008 has enhanced/new security features compared to 2003?
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If password is changed on Active Directory, can I ensure that PC must be restarted before logon with new password

Basically, if I have a Windows computer connected to a domain, how can I ensure that if the password is changed on Active Directory that the computer must be restarted before the new password takes ...
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Why does Windows 7 require a password hint during setup?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I think Windows 7 is the only operating system out there that requires a hint for the first user created on the system (have not had a chance to check out Windows 8 ...
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Is diskcryptor really secure?

Diskcryptor is an open-source competitor to TrueCrypt for Windows. It has an edge over Truecrypt for system encryption, because it allows for more than one independently encrypted system partition, ...
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Is opening port 3389 on a router and forwarding this to a Windows SBS 2003 server secure?

I know of a company who has port 3389 open on their router and forwards this to a Windows SBS 2003 server. The server has the Windows firewall switched on, is patched and has an up to date antivirus ...
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Is CIFS/SMB (Folder Sharing in Windows) secure?

I have to back up some data from windows 7 machines over the internet, and I rarely use windows so am distrustful of it in general. Specifically: Is there any sort of check that the server is the ...
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Locking down Windows 7 and only allowing outbound calls on 80/443

I need to harden a windows 7 PC running in a kiosk type device. Basically the hardware on the PC only needs to make outbount HTTP requests and communicate with some peripherals over USB(COM ports). ...
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Active Directory: Should Workstations be separated from servers to protect from related domain hacks?

How should I protect domain joined hosts in the same AD domain from the Related Domain Cookie Attack? Suppose there is an AD forest called example.com. This company has a variety of internal and ...
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Do you give local administrator account password to notebook users?

My notebook users need to travel a lot. Quite often, they need elevated privileges on that machine, like when adding a printer or change network settings. Should I give them local administrator's ...
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Reboot to clean state daily, on Windows

I already know that this can be done on Linux, One can boot to a flash drive that is write protected. Live modify folders can be symlinked to to a swap partition, and this prevents viruses from being ...
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Automating PGP encryption? (Windows)

Let's say I have daily files that need to be encrypted using PGP (and then emailed) and I want to automate this task. I would be using Windows PowerShell to manipulate the files (examine date/times ...
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How is something as simple as a keylogger detected on a computer?

I found one online, which I wanted to try out at my house and see if it actually worked. It's written in C, and it is not very big at all considering half of it is just a bunch of cases for which key ...
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How to securely delete a table in MS-Access?

I have a Windows 7 computer which currently has a large working Microsoft Access 2007 database on it containing some tables with confidential data. I would like to securely delete/remove the tables ...
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Checklist for configuring WinRM Security settings on servers

WinRM has a very difficult to use command line interface and that leads me to believe some settings will be easily reconfigured, overlooked, and eventually exploited. In other words, insecurity ...
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Are COMET installations immune to “Slow TCP Reading” DoS on Windows? (Such as SignalR or WebSync)

My understanding is that COMET implementations of WebSync and SignalR do not directly use IIS and are a few layers lower on the ISO model. After reading Qualys's blog regarding slow TCP reading, I ...
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How can I restrict users' connection attempts to my FTP server?

Is there any way possible to restrict user to make a connection to the FTP server on my Windows XP computer? I have an FTP server established in Windows XP and now I want to make access to that FTP ...
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Can I determine if my computer has a key logger installed?

A friend of mine just started a job at a security sensitive company. They've provided him with a laptop with Windows XP Professional installed. He's heard a rumor from other employees that the laptops ...
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Token Based Authentication & Pass-the-hash Attacks

Do token-based authentication solutions (such as RSA SecurID) mitigate tools like incognito and/or pass-the-hash tools?
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Can accounts still be logged onto if Password Caching is not enabled?

This is kind of an extension of my other question.. If you were not storing any of the passwords locally (caching disabled), would a user some how still be able to circumvent around this security ...
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Running Untrusted Software on Local Network

So I need to run a bit of software on my local network that I just have the .exe for. The caveat is: The software needs access to the internet to produce a bunch of files. I need to access those ...
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User Account Notification under Windows useful at all?

IMHO the 'screen dimming'-and-displaying-of-warning-window feature (?) in Windows is extremely annoying, since I routinely run software that does require the permission to modify a lot of things. I ...
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windows security alert windows firewall has blocked some features of this program message coming for every new build of my application

I made an application which uses ftp so windows shows windows security alert windows firewall has blocked some features of this program message for every new version of my application any idea how to ...
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Difference between vulnerabilities on windows/linux/mac for same program

If someone finds a vulnerability like buffer overflow in a program such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox running on a linux machine, are there any chances that this vulnerability will persist on ...
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ltd.exe, “Vista Antivirus Security 2012”, any info?

I was taking a look at someone's computer who had a virus. It called itself "Visa Antivirus Security 2012". It turned out to be ltd.exe. It would seemingly randomly block programs, it turns out it had ...
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what is the best keylogger for security uses? [closed]

Today we were robbed. A thief come to our home at night and stole some stuff including my brother's laptop. I think that the right thing to do is to download a keylogger on my PC, just in case... I ...
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Why do you have to be an admin to create a symlink in Windows?

In linux every user can create symlinks, but in Windows I need an admin command line, or mklink fails. Why is that?
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How secure is Windows Auto-Logon?

Obviously, if auto-logon is enabled, anyone who can gain physical access to the PC can use the PC. That's not the question. The question is, when I enable auto-logon for my Windows 7 box, will there ...
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Introduction/refresher course on Windows security [closed]

Can someone point me to a blog or recommend a book with an introduction (or refresher course) to Windows security. I am not a newbie programmer, actually have more than 10 years of experience, with a ...