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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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File SHA256 checksum failed, but OK on reboot

I downloaded the Windows installer (.exe) for ImageMagick via http (both http and ftp downloads are provided at http://www.imagemagick.org/script/binary-releases.php#windows). Upon executing the ...
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Getting a log of computers that have remotely accessed a Windows server

I have suspicions that someone other than people on my team have obtained the credentials to remotely access a Windows 2008 Server. I need to get some evidence before I start pointing fingers or get ...
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Recover password or password hash from locked account

I have a locked administrator account. Other accounts are unlocked, but they have no rights. I want to get a password from the locked account, or maybe password hash, if possible.
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Are KIS 2014, Malewarebytes Pro and SpyBot sufficient to prevent internet attacks?

As mentionned in the title, I have KIS 2014, Malewarebyte Pro and Spybot installaed on my windows 7 (regularly updated). I regularly scan my pc for viruses and spywares and clean it with Glary ...
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Windows Print Drivers / Security Principal

Forgive me if this question seems a little "under the hood", but I think it's important to know from a security point of view. I see SPOOLSV.EXE runs with print driver DLLs (Type 3 - User Mode, I ...
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What is the risk that Windows 8's loopback protection feature protects me from?

Windows 8 requires Fiddler to set up an exemption when sending traffic to localhost. Since this is a default setting (and affects many computers): What security benefit does this provide How can I ...
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Does Reinstalling windows ensures removal of all malwares/spywares/virus/rootkits etc? [duplicate]

If I reinstall windows, will it ensure that all types of malwares/spywares/rootkits etc are removed from my laptop ?
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Is monitoring registry hives enough to detect new malware installation?

Is checking the state of the supporting files of the Windows registry hives enough to detect if a new software/malware has been installed on the computer or a given Windows regsitry key has been ...
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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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Does a virus need to be clicked on to function?

Can a virus infect my Windows XP operating system by its mere presence? I mean, if I copy/paste a virus on my computer and I never click on it, will it infect my computer or will it remain dormant, ...
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Is it safe/correct to grant full access to Everyone on a Windows symlink?

Does it really matter what the permissions are on a symlink as long as the smymlink target is configured correctly?
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Syncing service passwords during offline installations

Due to very paranoid customer requirements, we have to install several Windows services on two different systems that should run under a shared service account. Each system should each have a copy of ...
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How to hack a Win95 machine?

While playing with old operating systems, I came across that there are no remote code execution exploits available for Win95 machines, running just file share (no IIS or anything else). Win95 neither ...
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User Account Guessing [duplicate]

I'm doing some research on user account guessing, and wanted to ask a question about some "bad practices". My thought is generally this is a trade-off between great user functionality/UX and ...
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How can normal files hide a virus?

How can normal files supported in the Windows operating system hide a virus? Sometimes opening a .txt , .jpg or .docx files leads to running a virus. How is this possible?
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Cracking a 6-character alphanumeric password Windows dialog box

To put this problem in context, I have a touch monitor screen whose firmware program is protected by a password. The firmware program is downloaded over RS232 via a Windows utility program provided ...
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Are there any logic-bombs that execute when the file is deleted?

I want to delete a suspected malicious file from a server. For the purposes of this question assume that the infected machine is Windows Server 2003 or later. Is there any risk in deleting such a ...
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How does the Windows “Secure Desktop” mode work?

Can anyone explain (or provide a link to a simple explanation) of what the Windows "Secure Desktop" mode is and how it works? I just heard about it in the KeePass documentation (KeePass - Enter ...
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UAC and Windows Services

A user has a PowerShell script that does some things that require administrative access on Windows Server 2012 with UAC enabled. When they run the script as a Local Administrator, it fails with ...
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IT support and security concerns regarding local VM's

I started working at a large financial institution several weeks ago as a software engineer and despite every other aspect of this job being great, I am haunted by the constant restrictions that ...
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does switching to linux remove existing computer virus

if you change from a malware/spyware infected windows setup to a linux setup will infections migrate to linux if they were on the computer? (when you are hacked/infected is it the op system that is ...
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How to stop auto-created files to happen?

I'm new to "Information Security" so I hope I'm in the right place. I'm experimenting a very disapointing problem on my hosting server: some files are automaticaly created and I don't know how. The ...
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How does Network Discovery OFF protect my computer?

Yes, it seems that the computer will not respond to pinging. But any computer with a packet sniffer will be able to see my ip once I send any packet to the router. So basically, if I'm surfing the ...
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Can Windows malware harm a Linux computer when it's executed with Wine?

I am an (Ubuntu) Linux user. Sometimes, I have to use Wine for running Windows executables. I would like to know if Windows malware (virus, trojan, worm,...), i.e. malware that was not intended to ...
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Intrusion Detected - OS Attack

I have recently gotten a prompt from my anti virus stating that there was an intrusion with an OS attack as describe in the link below: ...
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unexpected thumbprint when connecting via remote desktop - what now?

I have an Amazon EC2 instance in a VPC. I have not logged into it for some time, so I used the Amazon EC2 CLI with ec2-get-console-output to check what the thumbprint should be when I connect. To my ...
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Bitlocker lock drive on standby or switch users

Is possible to auto lock drive with bitlocker when the laptop go on standby or sleep mode? Or when the user is changed? I want the drive to be accesible only by one user.
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Windows - Revoked Binaries

I find it hard to believe that the majority of Windows system files aren't signed. I don't know whether my disbelief comes from naivety, or because Windows is used within secure environments worldwide ...
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SSRS custom assembly security issues

I want to invoke a custom assembly that uses protected services (like DirectoryServices, etc...) with reporting Services. On the web, I see a recurring example of configuration (inspired by this ...
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How to deal with a person who gets easily fooled by internet and mail scams?

alternative title: How to deal with a person who has gotten paranoid and doesn't want to go online anymore? A person, who has over the years been scammed many times, by bad spam/fraud emails, and ...
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Isolate two hard drives with two operating systems

I did an extensive search and still couldn't find the answer I'm looking for, so I decided to post my question here to see if I could get some help. I would like to install a second hard drive on my ...
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How isolated are 2 operating systems on 1 harddisk?

Lets say I have 2 windows dual booting on the same harddrive (windws 7), How isolated are they? I am thinking that there should be up to date antiviruses software on both Windows, and they should be ...
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what is the best keylogger for security uses?

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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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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Is it possible to keep your harddrive data safe from being copied and recovered

One of my friend challenged me that if my laptop is turned on then he can attach a device to it, just like in movies which will copy all data of my computer to his hard drive without touching a single ...
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Can benign software modify Widnows DLL files?

On Windows (XP, 7, 8, NT ...): can .dll files be modified (in any manner) by benign programs/software already installed/running on the computer ?
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What registry windows keys malware target often?

I wonder what are the main registry windows keys malware target often ? I would love to code a program that will check the state of those windows registry keys for eventual modifications by malware.
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Windows Scheduled Task passwords

When you create a Scheduled Task in Windows, it gives you the option of running the task as a different user, including saving the password. How secure is the password that is stored?
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What are the most common files to check with File integrity monitoring software?

I have a file integrity monitoring suite and in it I have to select specific files and folders for it to monitor. There are some obvious services that I want monitored like our web-server. Is there a ...
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How should privileged accounts be secured in both Linux and Windows?

I have recently started work in application security at a mid-sized firm, having transitioned away from 5+ years in security consulting (pentesting, etc). One of the biggest challenges I see here from ...
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Simple Windows 7 honeypot: is this safe?

I want to share a "honeypot" folder on a Windows 7 machine connected to a router. The only shared folder in the local workgroup connected to this router is the honeypot folder, which allows ...
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Securing a Windows PC

Currently I have an "Antivirus" and Anti Malware software installed. In addition I closed all remote assistance and unused port rules on my firewall. I'd really like to get a complete as possible ...
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NTLM/LM Hashes on Domain Controller

I've noticed that when extracting password hashes from a domain controller (using Elcomsoft proactive password auditor) sometimes I'll get LM and NTLM hashes and other times I'll only get NTLM hashes. ...
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Securely wipe external drive with Windows only [duplicate]

Consider following 2 disk wipe procedures, using only vanilla Windows installation: First do a quick-format to make the disk appear empty, then do one of these: Just do full format of the disk. ...
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Credential In Windows [closed]

How can I view the Credentials stored in Windows? Is there any possible way to view the stored password? I can just export them..
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Is it possible to protect my Windows XP users now that Microsoft is no longer releasing security updates?

My office has about 20 PCs running Windows XP. I got a message saying that Microsoft is no longer releasing any security patches for Windows XP. However, we find that XP is very convenient for our ...
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Can't log into Windows, mac-spoofing issue or malware?

My computer won't let me log into my account. On the Windows sign in screen it has my account name, but when I put in my password, it always says my password is wrong. No Caps Lock. This happened ...
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Proccess to exploit an OS vulnerability [closed]

What are the steps to use an exploit on an OS vulnerability? I tried the popular ms08-067 on an XP machine, following a guide found on the internet, discovering Metasploit etc., but I can't figure ...
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Is API hooking done by a process in a shared page, visible to all other processes?

Assume, I have an executable which hooks the API CreateFileW located in Kernel32.dll which is shared globally across the system for all other processes. From hooking I mean, that I have overwritten ...