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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 ...
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Iframe hack / done through FTP?

On two websites which I host for a friend, I found that there is an iframe at the bottom of each site's index.htm file. <iframe src="http://www.kunstsalen.dk" width=1 height=1 style="visibility: ...
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Time server security error

Today at work, we brought out some PCs that were not used for a long time (were not in use when I joined this company so I have no idea about their history). After booting one of them (Windows XP ...
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Breaking out of a strict linux sandbox running virtually under windows: do the linux-sandbox access control policies even matter?

I am developing an application which will run untrusted code. I have been designing it for linux, thinking that I can just run it in a virtual machine on windows when the need arises. The linux ...
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Website file being altered

I have recently had random spam links inserted into 3 ASP.NET websites. The links are inserted into the physical file so it is not SQL injection attack. The websites have very little in common other ...
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What information is exposed by simply opening an RDP connection to the internet?

Microsoft, Rackspace and other hosted providers allows people to RDP into that server. Here are a few examples: Microsoft has something called "Azure Connect" it is very easy to expose a domain ...
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Security of login-data saved in browsers

Most browsers provide an option to save login-data for later use. Suppose a Windows workstation is located in a well-protected corporate LAN and only a well-defined set of application can be launched ...
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Securing Windows 7 using Bluetooth

I'm thinking of using my iPhone as a device combined with a low power bluetooth usb key. So when the phone is gone the workstation locks. (I don't want it to unlock the workstation though, I'd prefer ...
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How do I ensure data encryption on Samba transmission on *NIX systems?

I have a heterogeneous system (both MS and *nix) that communicates with CIFS/SMB. How can I ensure proper data encryption at the application layer?
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Best efficient windows hardening audit script [closed]

Do anyone know of a script that uses no 3rd party executables (preferably a batch file) that can be used to audit windows machine state securitywise? (including best practices features - gpo, ...
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Strange Event Log Entry - Windows Server 2008

Reviewing some logs recently, and came across a strange failure in our Windows 2008 DC. An account failed to log on. Subject: Security ID: NULL SID Account Name: ...
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How effective is something like Deep Freeze against boot sector infections?

I work for an embedded system manufacturer and on our older generation systems, which are powered by Windows Embedded, a number of customers have been experiencing virus infections. Due to the real ...
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What is the background of the Reference Counter Overflow in Microsoft TCP/IP (MS11-083)?

How unique is this bug? Is there a more sophisticated and well-studied attempt behind? Is it accidence? The article below says "continouos stream to UDP". What stream? Just an hour stream of zeros? ...
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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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Why aren't applications sandboxed in Windows?

Sandboxing seem to be a way to restrict what an application can do. Today, I don't have much control of what my applications do with my computer. It feels more secure to use JavaScript based web ...
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Do any crypto libraries take advantage of Windows GPU API “Direct Compute”?

Are there any encryption (decryption?) libraries that take advantage of the Windows GPU API?
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What encryption prevents the tampering of Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) FedAuth cookies?

It occurred to me that the WIF FedAuth cookies contain identity information, that if tampered with, could permit someone to assume the identity of another user. Fortunately, WIF does ...
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How can I restrict what an application can do with my computer?

Often when I install applications on my computer, I realize that I need to trust the application because it can do what ever it want with my computer, e.g. accessing files, listen to my keyboard, ...
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Are Windows password hashes salted with the user name?

I'll readily admit I'm pretty clueless when it comes to cryptography, so there may already be some false assumptions in the question title itself :-) Still, I "heard" that it is more secure to store ...
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I'm having a DDoS attack, my hosting company is stupid, and I need to know what is hapening

So ok, right now my windows 2003 dedicated server is under attack by some guy who's flooding UDP packets (~90.000 packets/sec) on my 100Mbps server for the last 8 hours. I'm on a shared port, so I'm ...
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How secure is NTFS encryption?

How secure is the data in a encrypted NTFS folder on Windows (XP, 7)? (The encryption option under file|folder -> properties -> advanced -> encrypt.) If the user uses a decent password, can this ...
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Is there something like a “Windows Sandbox software Wrapper”? [closed]

I am facing the following problematic: I want people to send me softwares they develop, then I want to share them to other people, in sandboxed mode, that is to say with no need to have a sandbox ...
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Am I protected from USB autorun malware on Windows 7?

As far as I know, the autorun.inf problem (the possibility of automatically executing code when a USB stick is plugged in) was solved through Windows Updates for XP, and on 7 it is no longer possible ...
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My MP3 file is blocked, but still playable?

My computer is telling me that my MP3 file is blocked: I have no problems playing the song, so I was wondering what exactly does it mean for my MP3 file to be blocked?
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Local File Download vulnerability - What files can be downloaded to potentially compromise a windows system?

On Linux I have a good idea on what files I would like to get ahold of when you are sitting on a regular file download vulnerability. Any file on the entire OS system is accessible for download, which ...
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How do I ensure that my computer is 100% worm-free?

Ok say I have a brand new laptop that was is brand new. Is it true to say that as long as I keep the bluetooth turned off, and I am not connected to the internet, and only copy files that are 100% ...
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What configuration will allow another computer in the internet to probe my computer's ports?

I've just tested my computer with Gibson's port scan test: The test results stated that my system is "uncommon". It also said that my computer deliberately chose not to return. But I did not do any ...
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Is Windows Firewall suitable for running in a production environment?

Is Windows Firewall suitable for running as the sole protection on a production web server? Is it hardened enough? Robust enough? and tested enough? I'm running a VPS with Rackspace on their cloud ...
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Recover EFS encrypted folder after wiping system partition

We've recently ran into trouble while reinstalling one of client's desktop computer. Disk was split into two master partitions named C: and D:. We wiped out C: and reinstalled system (Win XP SP2 ...
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Microsoft Windows RPC (135/tcp) security risks

I was running a vulnerability scan against a Windows Server of mine, TCP port 135. I got the following output: By sending a Lookup request to the portmapper TCP 135 it was possible to enumerate ...
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Potentially unsafe files on second hard drive, how to get my files back?

I have my files on a second hard drive (disconnected for now). This drive was connected to a system infected with Virus:W32/Virut. I have formatted my main hard drive and reinstalled Windows XP. Now I ...
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Should Windows 2008 R2 be used as an externally facing DNS name server?

When compared to more traditional DNS name servers, what are the benefits / drawbacks of using a Windows 2008 R2 as a public ns record for a company. What limitations, or security issues would I ...
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How to know the windows security dialog asking for username password is genuine?

I recently faced one issue. It appeared my outlook launched a dialog saying it needed password. It looked like this I noticed the "->" character in the domain name which usually it auto fills. Also ...
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What ways are there to elevate from a non-priv account to system on windows?

I have a few computers at home on which i hack for fun. Until now google has been able to answer my questions. But now I need your help. What ways are there to elevate from a non-admin user to NT ...
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Should I only disable, but never delete an account from ActiveDirectory?

In the early days of NT4, I would never delete an account from the domain because I would lose the correlation between the SID and username in event logs and all related audit trails. Is this a ...
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What useful security reports can be extracted from a Windows-based machine and its' related logs?

What logs and event IDs should I be paying attention to when looking at a Windows-based machine (workstation, server, Domain Controller)? Assuming I can aggregate them into a report what ...
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How do I use Windows 7 virtualization features to prevent transitive trust of admin credentials?

I am exploring using VMs to separate my administrative actions from standard user actions in Windows 7. The goal is to limit my risk and exposure when using "RunAs" to open an application or file ...
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Which Domain Administrator created file X on a Windows 2008 R2-based server?

Someone created a file (web.config) in a location that basically caused IIS to not work. Is there any way I can determine who created this file? The creator/owner says "Domain Administrators". ...
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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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Minimum credential for WMI parameters Monitoring?

I'm developing a big project to monitor a remote machine's performance parameters like CPU, memory, disk space, and etc. through C# WMI. I want to use the minimum possible credentials to connect 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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Something is changing my hosts file without asking

First: I can't find any information on this phenomenon, not anywhere on the net. I don't know which application does it, but something in my Windows 7 Home Premium system (fully updated & legal) ...
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What is multi-path malware?

I would like to know, in malware analysis, what is meant by "multi-path execution". I read this when I encounter the words in malware detection literature related to Control Flow Graph (CFG).
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Monitoring file access on Windows

I need a way to monitor user file access on windows. What I need is: monitoring of user opening, modifying (don't need to know what the changes were, just that a file was modified), copying, pasting ...
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Advice for writing my first application security review

I wish to write a security review for a specific windows server/client application that runs on a closed LAN or WAN (between 1 and 200+ users across multiple sites); it's not a web-application. The ...
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How can I decrypt data with Java, without hard-coding the key?

I hope this is not a chicken-egg problem or reinventing the wheel but here goes. I have a Java application that needs to access a password protected file (actually during the application startup). The ...
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How to respond to attack made from my dedicated server?

There was a sudden unusual peak of outbound traffic from my hosted dedicated server (OS - Windows Server 2008 R2). The hoster threatened to block the server if the problem is not solved. There are an ...
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Security of passwords remembered by Windows

Does Windows XP or Windows 7 encrypt saved passwords? I'm assuming that the user uses local password to logon. The user then uses his own computer to connect to server in work and sets the "remember ...