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How can I list all self-signed certificates in my stores on a Windows client?

I'm on a mission to list the self-signed certificates ('issued by' and 'issued to' match) on my machine via an automated method. PowerShell is available for use. Preferably the results would be ...
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How to prevent illegal file transfer or copying of video files from a PC? [closed]

I have developed a windows desktop application using VB.NET. My applications main purpose is to play videos. I have some videos which has copyrights on them, that are not suppose to be distributed or ...
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Are keyboard hooks inherently malicious?

My software is using low-level keyboard and mouse Win32 hooks for legitimate reasons (if it's any relevant, it's for determining a change in the caret position of the active code pane in the VBA IDE). ...
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Work wants to create an admin account on my system that I don't have access to? [closed]

This is on a Windows 10 system, and they want to create an administrator account that only my manager will have the password to. This is apparently to enforce some new "security policies" that haven't ...
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Change NTLM hash in memory on the lock screen?

Is there a way to change the ntlm hash in memory to bypass Windows login? For example, I have the NTLM hash of a Windows machine and I have physical access. Is possible to write the NTLM hash in ...
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Scheduled tasks that need domain admin privileges

I have a Windows 10 box that runs a whole bunch of Powershell scripts, some of those contain cmdlets that need to be run against a DC, or mail server, for eg. Get-ADComputer, and Get-DhcpServerv4Scope....
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Decrypting SSL using Wireshark on Linux vs Windows

I'm working on decrypting my own traffic that gets sent through Wireshark and I've been following this guide for reference. I have been using the SSLKEYLOGFILE environment variable and I can get the ...
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Are there any alternatives to EFS for transparently encrypting the contents of a folder in Windows?

EFS is not an option for me because I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium. I am looking for folder encryption, not drive encryption.
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How can I do a Windows registry check with OpenVAS with out a port scan?

OpenVAS has the function to check Windows registries, but when i try to check a registry it also does a port scan. I used the scan configuration out off the manual. http://docs.greenbone.net/GSM-...
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Does enabling EnableLinkedConnections pose a security risk?

As shown Microsoft's TechNet, network shares that are mapped by logon scripts are shared with the standard user access token instead of with the full administrator access token. Here's the gist of it: ...
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Can a virus execute without user interaction? [duplicate]

I have seen a lot of malware infection techniques where the user is infected by drive by downloads through browser vulnerabilities or social engineering. But is there a way that a virus could execute ...
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How is encryption different for Windows yet they are identical?

I right clicked on C:\Users\USERNAME and did advanced -> enable encryption. On one laptop it turned green. The other it shows an icon on the files with a lock. What is the difference between these? ...
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How to check if I have a rogue SSL/TLS certificate?

It's known, that if someone manages to install their certificate as a trusted certificate on your Windows computer, they can read all you SSl/TLS traffic with man-in-the-middle attack and you won't ...
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Can Windows BitLocker encryption be broken by Live Boot?

I have a Windows system and I protected the drive with BitLocker encryption. Can BitLocker encryption be bypassed by live-booting with Linux or any other OS?
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How difficult is it to brute-force Windows EFS encryption?

With EFS I have C:\$USER\ encrypted so all files owned and used by said user are encrypted. If this laptop is stolen, am I correct that they could pull the microsoft user password hashes, crack them,...
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Windows Server 2012 disable MFA for a single user?

I'm having issues with this for whatever reason. I created a new user and MFA is supposedly disabled but it doesn't seem to be true. Is there maybe something I've missed or is there an easier (more ...
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Would a RansomWhere application be possible for Windows too?

This is related to RansomWhere? which is a OS X specific defense developed by a former NSA employee. The premise is that it will "generically" stop ransomware from encrypting files on the OS. ...
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Will WinVerifyTrust return true for a file signed by a revoked certificate, before it was revoked?

I've seen mentions online that drivers that were signed by certificates that were later revoked are still trusted by Windows' driver integrity. Apparently if the file was signed before the revocation ...
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How do I protect my passwords from WebBrowserPassView?

I just got shocked with what can be achieved with WebBrowserPassView. It basically shows every password I've saved in my browser (Chrome). I guess other users on my PC could get my passwords that ...
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Signing the Recovery Partition

Do any computer manufacturers sign (DSA, or just publishing a hash) their recovery partitions so that I can be sure that these bits are authentic? I'd like to buy a second-hand computer and reduce ...
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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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Does windows still use it's software based user keys when TPM-based EFS is enabled?

I have an infineon TPM installed, with ownership taken, and EFS enabled with the TPM taking control of EFS for me. I do know that regular EFS uses the windows user cryptography/login password to ...
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Why am I allowed to access protected Windows files when I boot Ubuntu from USB?

How come I'm allowed to reboot a computer that I don't own, put in a USB, boot ubuntu from it and then access all files stored on the drives available (even critical files such as system files on C ...
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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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Linux or Windows- the security issue [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Open Source vs Closed Source Systems Almost anyone who has grown up on Windows must have had the notion (that I had) of Linux being more secure than Windows- one of reasons ...
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Assuming UAC is enabled, does a non-administrator account offer any security improvements?

I've been wondering: assuming a modern Windows edition (>= 7), and that UAC is enabled, what benefits are there if I additionally use the system as a standard user? From what I understand, the only ...
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How secure is the Windows Credential Manager?

I'm a Lastpass user and many times I thought about switching to the Credential Manager, for auto sync and a certain comfort with the windows environment. The only thing that I'm worried about is its ...
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Does Windows 10 leak information about your IP address?

There are various reports of Windows 10 automatically sending out data when the user opens the start menu. Can that information or other information that Windows 10 automatically sends out to the ...
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What are some vulnerabilities of environment variables (on any platform)?

I am writing a small cross platform Python application (a package manager to be used internally by my corp), and I'm thinking of using something similar to this answer on Stack Overflow to check for ...
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Integrated Windows Authentication and Java/Unix

I have a specific scenario where we have existing ASP.NET Web applications/services hosted in IIS and accessible via Integrated Windows Authentication. The challenge is to have a new web application ...
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Antivirus monitoring activity: why do they not have an internal firewall to prevent processes' access to user's documents?

A question that arises after an updated and licensed version of Norton Internet Security has detected a trojan installed in my new laptop (Windows 7 installed on 26 Aug'15 and fully updated). Trojan ...
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Best efficient windows hardening audit script [closed]

Do anyone know of a script that uses no third party executables (preferably a batch file) that can be used to audit windows machine state security wise? (including best practices features - gpo, ...
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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 = WScript.CreateObject("...
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Does malware persist after wiping hard drive and reinstalling OS from manufacturer disc? [duplicate]

This question is related to a computer where users other than the owner have had access for periods of several hours at a time. The following steps have been taken to clean the computer: Used ...
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Script to emulate DNS for Windows machine in honeyd

I want to simulate virtual Windows hosts using honeyd. To do so I have installed honeyd. I have configured honeyd as Windows XP SP1, and now I want to emulate DNS services on it. I used UDPot as a DNS ...
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Is it safe to post dxdiag on the internet?

Is there any information that might be useful to damage me on the dxdiag.txt file generated by windows 7? A technical support forum from a big company (I guess they know what they're doing) asks me ...
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How does metasploit persistence work?

When we remote exploit a target with meterpreter, we can use the command run persistence -U -i 10 -p 12345 -r 192.168.1.1 to make a persistent program that will try to connect to the machine which IP ...
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What are the security implications of autorun and external drives?

I have some questions about the security implications of accessing internal and external storage since I cant find any more information on it from what I've read. I have read about a variety of ...
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How secure is Sandboxie?

Sandboxie is a very popular and useful program for handling suspicious executables on Windows. Due to flawed security properties of Windows systems (eg. compared to Linuxes), it is hard to rely on the ...
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With Ubuntu on Windows 10, could exploits and malware that work on Ubuntu (or related distros) work on Windows? [closed]

So apparently Hell has finally and completely frozen over: the next major update for Windows 10 will be able to natively run Bash, related tools, and even some broader set of Linux binaries/programs ...
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Single File Encryption in a Windows Environment

Would it be correct to assume that encrypting a single file in a Windows environment, for example a simple text file containing login credentials for a variety of accounts, is inherently insecure? It ...
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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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How to trace the actions performed by a virus?

Is that possible to trace the actions performed by a virus? Run Time , stolen data and the files consulted and get the relative impact on my pc.?
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Anti-live forensic programs

Against dead forensics acquisition we can use disk encryption (we can use TrueCrypt for example). I was wondering do software exists against live forensic ? Can you give me a list for windows and ...
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anti cloning hard disk [closed]

I'm trying to create an "anti-cloning" system. I'd like to know if there's a way to check a unique label on the hard disk, during the boot phase, in order to avoid the machine to continue booting if ...
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How to extract windows event logs from a hard disk forensic image?

I have created an image of hard disk using FTK imager. I want to extract the windows event logs. The system was running windows 7. What should I do?
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Will browsers trust an expired self sign certificate in the Trusted Root store

I recently discovered that if Windows AD LDS services are bound to a self signed certificate, that processes will continue to trust the cert even if it's expired. My guess is this is because the cert ...
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Windows command line does not check for revoked certificates: How bad is it?

I recently updated my D-link wifi dongle driver. However, I had to do this through the command line because Microsoft revoked the D-link certificates after a leak. The executable would simply not ...
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External Hard Drive Operating System [closed]

If I put a OS onto a External hard drive, would it allow viruses to infect my internal hard drive?
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Is ignoring share permissions ok?

For my small home network I've found that it is easiest to setup network shares with share permissions set to Everyone: Full Control share permission and then configure the NTFS permissions according ...