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Three-Factor Authentication for Windows

This HowToGeek article... http://www.howtogeek.com/67556/how-to-unlock-your-pc-by-being-nearby-with-a-bluetooth-phone/ ...got me thinking. Is there any software (or combination of software) that ...
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Hiding user account names from unauthenticated RDP sessions

This is for a Windows 7 Ultimate system, which is not a member of a domain. When I log into the system locally, I am required to either manually enter my user ID or authenticate with biometrics. The ...
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How does Windows 8's Microsoft Account authentication work?

One of the new features to Windows 8 is the ability to log in to your PC using your credentials from a Microsoft Account. How is this implemented, and what steps are taken to prevent hijacking of ...
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Can an old operating system webserver be made secure?

I have an old laptop with far too little RAM to run Linux (including specialty distributions). It can however run Windows 98 just fine, and I'm looking into turning it into a tiny retro webserver. Is ...
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Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?

I'm a professional Windows system administrator, but I've been caught off-guard (or maybe some malware writer has been very clever) and I caught some unknown malware on my home computer (Windows 7 x64 ...
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How do you discover what permissions an AD group has, if you have no documentation?

You just got hired at company A and the old administrator is no longer there. Requests start coming through for adding users to the internet restrict group. When you look at the groups none of the ...
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Is my modem compromised?

My modem automatically changes its DNS server from Norton DNS server to AdClick server. How do I prevent this from happen again? Is it possible to have protection from these for modem? How do I check ...
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Detecting reflective DLL injection

In the past few years, malware (and some pen-test tools like Metasploit's meterpreter payload) have begun to use reflective DLL injection (PDF) to load a DLL into the memory of a process. The benefit ...
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How can I prevent someone from accessing a Windows XP system via boot disk?

Apparently a computer system protected by a a login password, e.g. Windows XP, can be easily hacked by someone with physical access to it using methods like this one: ...
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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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Prevent acccess to the C drive on Windows systems

Is it possible to prevent regular users from accessing the C drive via Windows Explorer? they should be allowed to execute certain programs. This is to ensure that employees cannot steal or copy out ...
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How to safely synchronize time over Internet?

All modern OS now keep accurate time by regularly synchronizing time over an untrusted network - Internet. Could an attacker conducting a MITM attack, influence or change the time of a computer while ...
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When using multiple operating systems, can they affect each other?

Let's say I have two different OS on my PC, Windows 10 and Linux. It is well-known that Windows collects a significant amount of information and sends it to Microsoft's servers, but I wonder if it ...
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how to import a private key in windows

Say I have an X.509 cert and a private key that corresponds to it. I can import X.509 certs easily enough into Windows but what about private keys? Is the only way I can do that by converting both ...
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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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Encrypting files in a windows environment

We have certain client data which must be encrypted at all times. The part we have been struggling with is encrypting files on network shares. Currently we have network folders encrypted using PGP ...
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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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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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Can you extract memory contents from a hibernated Windows machine?

In a recent discussion about hardware hacks, attacks surrounding Windows hibernate popped up. I am not entirely convinced that it would be viable to get stuff out of the memory saved to disk. When ...
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Attacks against windows kiosk software

I am interested in potential/actual attacks against kiosk software. I am not talking about physical access, or specifically designed kiosk operating systems or shells, bur rather software that runs ...
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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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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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Does Centralisation Decrease the Probability but Increase the Damage of Exploits?

This question is, perhaps, a tad too abstract for a Q&A site. But it's been playing on my mind for a while, so I'm throwing it out there. Modern systems seem to be increasingly centralised. An ...
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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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Is Changing a File Type and Name an Effective Security Solution?

Is renaming folders & files and changing file types an effective solution for file security of a PC? I am an application programmer and have an extensive background in it. I have written a ...
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How can I mitigate the threat that DPAPick poses to my DPAPI protected data?

The Windows Data Protection API (DPAPI) is the suggested method for storing secrets on Windows systems (such as database passwords required by ASP.Net applications). DPAPick was presented at BlackHat ...
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Why is Windows Explorer making external connections?

McAfee is seeing Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) establishing connections to external IPs: Also verified with cmd: C:\Windows\system32>tasklist|find "explorer.exe" explorer.exe ...
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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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What security requirements do you have for Domain Administrators?

With regard to managing a Windows network, what security polices and processes do you use? For example Do you require/support Smart Card Authentication? Restrict logins from a particular ...
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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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Git server security

I want to install a Git server for my company. I'm able to get a Windows virtual machine. Now I've been asked to assess its security aspects. I'm lost on how to achieve this goal. As it is a Windows ...
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How insecure is PowerShell Web Access?

Windows Server 2012 comes with a new feature that allows you to administrate the server via a PowerShell command line in any modern browser including Smartphones. This sounds cool and scary at the ...
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How is UAC a security improvement?

What does User Account Control on Windows offer in terms of security? It's just an extra click to potentially run a virus.
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How does LSA authentication on Windows work?

I'm trying to understand the security protocols on Windows from a high level as part of legal research into cybercrime, and I'm having difficulty figuring out where to focus my research. I've already ...
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Is ECDH for SEC P-384 and P-521 broken in Windows 10 / Windows Server 2016 TP3?

UPDATE: Proof of concept code here, console output shown below and all involved certificates are here. Just noticed that ECDiffieHellmanCng.DeriveKeyMaterial(...) behaves differently on Windows 8.1 ...
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Where does a Hyper-V guest get its entropy when generating a certificate authority key pair?

According to findings by the EFF's SSL observatory, there are "tens of thousands of keys that offer effectively no security due to weak random number generation algorithm." My understanding of that ...
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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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How can I enumerate all the saved RSA keys in the Microsoft CSP?

I have an application that is creating several keys and storing them in various stores (in this case the Machine store). How can I enumerate all the keys on a given Windows system? ...
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Running Windows Update when abroad

Is it safer or more dangerous to run Windows Update when abroad and using a WPA2 connection to a random cafe's wi-fi? Obviously good news: you get the latest security tweaks. Possible bad news: just ...
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Does http.sys vulnerability affect Windows not running any webservers?

Windows kernel level HTTP driver http.sys is affected by remote code execution vulnerability (MS15-034). This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability ...
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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 ...
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How can TOCTTOU vulnerabilities within the Windows OS be mitigated?

What are some ways to mitigate the time-of-check-to-time-of-use issues that apply to Windows permissions? Example: End-user is added to the local Administrators group in order to install software, ...
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Do the Windows shared source files compile into the same binaries as the retail version?

Microsoft makes the Windows source code available to certain third party organisations such as the US and foreign governments, universities etc. This is their Shared Source Initiative Is this a ...
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How to manage admin rights for helpdesk staff?

My question is about issuing administrative rights to helpdesk staff in a large Active Directory setting. Helpdesk staff commonly require administrative rights to provide support for end users. I ...
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Can a web server be secured with just a firewall?

I'm about to go online with my first web site, it is a small project hosted on a regular home PC running Windows 7. I want to keep the software footprint at minimum, so it only contains the operating ...
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A firewall without any extra features [closed]

I have Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS) installed on my system. I always keep it disabled, yet using a few practices, I kept my system virus free for years: I disabled autorun using these tricks; 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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Is disabling auto-run enough to protect against malicious code from removable media automatically infecting a machine?

If I block auto-run on a windows machine, is this enough to protect it from malicious code (assuming I don't run any files manually)? Or are there known vulnerabilities that may cause infection?
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Can I use the same keyboard on both my infected and non-infected computers?

I have a computer which is virus infected. Can I use the same keyboard on both it and a "safe/clean" computer without fear? Keyboards these days seem to come with built in software and thus must ...
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Using linux to combat windows flash drive malware?

I just put an old flash drive which i used with a windows machine into my linux. I noticed many files, mostly exes which were never visible in windows (my windows does not hide hidden files and ...