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How is the file overlay read by an exe/virus?

According to what I know ,Overlay is the part of PE file that is not covered by the PE header and therefore isn't part of the virtual image in the Loaded PE. My question is if the overlay is not ...
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How to protect against viruses that takes files as hostages by encrypting them?

Today I was infected by CoinVault, a new malware similar to CryptoLocker I believe. Before today I was unaware of this entire type of malware. Fortunately I was protected by offline backups, but I ...
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How is Thread local storage used by malware/Virus?

I have been told that code in TLS is run before the entry point of an exe is reached ,so if one puts a breakpoint on this TLS address he/she could debug the behavior of the virus.Can Fiber local ...
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Can folders [alone] have viruses?

I know that files can be infected, but can a Folder itself have a virus/trojan?
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C:\Users\Public\ for sensitive data

Installing a MS Windows based system that is to handle various sensitive data (accounting, personnel etc.). Somewhat to my surprise it consistently want to put everything under c:\Users\Public\ ...
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Right security architecture for SQL Server access in a distributed Windows-based system [closed]

I am designing a software product for which multiple SQL Server databases will be accessed by multiple applications residing in different Windows environments. Some of the environments are process ...
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Upgrade my Dell Inspiron laptop for PenTesting [closed]

I have a Dell Inspiron N5110 & wanna upgrade it to start practising pentesing with virtual machines. What do u suggest from specs below to upgrade (I have Kali Linux, Tails OS, XP, Metasploitable ...
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Corporation Best Practices for Encrypting Locally Stored Email Data

Since the recent Sony hacks took place, the attackers have published troves of data from users' email accounts. Some of this data is very detrimental to the company's image. I suspect that based on an ...
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Why does Windows Ship with Expired SSL Certificates?

I am cleaning up the certificate stores on my Windows machines, and considering which certificates I should keep, and which ones I should delete. Why does a fresh install of Windows Server 2012 R2 ...
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Corporate Domain-Joined PC Used in China [closed]

What would be the disadvantages of allowing a user to travel to China (business trip) using a domain-joined corporate Windows PC as opposed to a non-domain-joined PC?
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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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Quick question regarding suspicious disk space use: [closed]

Quite some time ago I used a friend's computer. I can't remember exactly what I was doing; but as part of whatever it was, I needed to use a USB flash drive. At a point in time soon after connecting ...
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Security in Windows 7 vs Ubuntu

I have two semi-related questions about the security-related reasons I hear for switching to Ubuntu over Windows 7 (or from other Windows OSs to other Linux distributions). Someone people say that ...
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If I visit a https site from a Family Safety-enabled computer, and someone drops in on the connection, will I be notified?

While reading about Family Safety and HTTPS: Since HTTPS is designed to prevent snooping, Microsoft Family Safety would be unable to monitor the encrypted traffic unless it performs what is ...
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Obtaining login scripts for a domain?

I have read that a useful technique in penetration testing is to obtain the login scripts for a domain, as they may often have passwords obfuscated in there or other useful information. However, in ...
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csh http shellshock on a windows 2008 server

My company's McAfee system detected many "http CSH bash ShellShock code injection attacks" attempts on a Windows 2008 server running Apache Tomcat Coyote. Does this config present a potential attack ...
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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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How to trace a DDOS attack on a dedicated server and block it?

I have a dedicated server and I'm hosting a game, and the web page (using Apache) for account registering. The server is being ddosed since 8 months ago till today. I've tried to talk with the server ...
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What is the difference between certified and non-certified drives for Windows To Go?

Microsoft suggests "certified drives" for http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/devices/windowstogo.aspx, but it appears that other than confirming that these ...
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monitor port scan on the same segment

if theres a port scan on the same segment and it does not reach the firewall at all, it is not detectable by anything. is there any solution to that ? maybe using the windows fw on ach workstation to ...
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Chrome is denying me access to the youtube website and it says incorrect certificate for host

I've been trying to access the website of youtube but it keeps denying permission. It says Incorrect certificate for host. The server presented a certificate that doesn't match built-in ...
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How can Stolen Laptop tracking softwares survive OS reinstall?

Some softwares such as Computertrace claim that it can survive on a laptop even if the thief successfully reinstalls the operating system, reformats the hard drive, or (in some laptop models) swaps ...
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Is the process Wslxrqjet.exe, tagged 'Google Chrome', malicious?

Multiple instances (between 3 and 15) of this of this process Wslxrqjet.exe are running on my Windows 8 system at all times. Windows Task Manager 'Description' field for all instances is "Google ...
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Does anything stop applications from reading your saved passwords and cookies from your browser's AppData folder?

Obviously the first answer is "a malicious application can do much worse than that." However, it seems like a really easy thing for an application to read your cookies, saved passwords, etc. from your ...
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Which antivirus scanners detect malicious files like image files / text files that seem harmless? until double clicked?

I'm on win7 64bit, and I just found out that you can embed scripting data into images and plain text files where it would run the cmd.exe file to execute other scripts. What type of antivirus scanners ...
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Remote Registry allows bypass of 2FA enforcement with 1FA

Some organizations will configure their Windows systems to require Smart Cards for all account logins, as part of a two-factor authentication implementation. However, this can easily be bypassed ...
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What's the risk of changing permissions of the Security Eventlog registry key to IT operations?

Background Many developers are unnecessarily lowering the security of the event log, or requiring applications to run in Administrator mode just so they can use the event log with this C# or VB code: ...
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Is TrID a reliable alternative to the file command for windows?

I am doing malware analysis on Windows and am looking for a simple solution for file identification for an initial pass. TrID looks like a good candidate that prevents the overhead of installing ...
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Remote UAC bypass and Microsoft does not regard it as security Boundry [closed]

Microsoft has tremendously increased the security of Windows 8.1 but i found a technique to bypass UAC remotely I know that if User belongs to local group Administrators he is not given full Admin ...
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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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Computer hasn't been connected to internet for 2 weeks

A computer hasn't been connected to the internet for 2 weeks but has still been used. It's running Windows 8 and various notices are complaining about virus definitions and updates not being current. ...
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what is the difference between dll hooking and dll injection [duplicate]

I am confused and would like to know the difference between DLL injection and DLL hooking? I am familiar with its use in malware and I know that key-loggers use it. I also know that SetWindowsHooKEX ...
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what is the difference between dll hijacking and dll injection

I am confused. I would like to know if dll hijacking and dll injection are the same or are they different. I know that some malware use it to do malicious things. thank you in advance
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What process would add gdiplus.dll and msdia80.dll at the root of a hard disk

I added a new 4TB hard disk drive to my desktop computer, and noticed a couple of days later two .dll files at the root of the drive. The environment in question is a 64-bit Windows 7 Professional ...
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Should the thumbprint be SHA2 in addition to the Signature Hash Algorithm?

I'm looking at a Windows PKI and see that the Thumbprint is SHA1, while the Signature is SHA2 (SHA256). Is this an acceptable configuration? Should I recommend that the client update to SHA2 for a ...
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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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Detection of pass the hash

I have researched about PTH Attacks but yet found any solid way detecting it in a network.is there a way to detect a pass the hash ? analysing the windows message from the dcs or something ?
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Windows CTF/war games/reverse engineering/exploit challenges

War Games are fun but mainly deal with Linux reverse engineering. Example: http://blackbox.smashthestack.org:85/ Does anyone know of similar online games for Windows security?
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Create a unterminable process in Windows

I am a student, and am genuinely curious about unterminable processes in Windows. For educational purposes, I would like to create an application (possibly in VB6?) which cannot be terminable by a ...
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Any network related security benefits using RODC (Read Only DC) in DMZ?

Windows servers in the DMZ need to communicate with the Active Directory. I do not like that the servers will have direct communication with my Active Directory, so I consider installing a Read-Only ...
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How do I view a list of known unpatched windows xp arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities? [duplicate]

I know there is secunia and cve.mitre and ms kb database but I could not find a way to filter results only for operating system "windows xp" (or 2003 server, they share about the same code) with ...
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MITM on program with no proxy settings

I'm trying to inspect the traffic of a program (which is running on my computer) that uses SSL over TCP to a non-standard port. The traffic may or may not be HTTP traffic, likely isn't. Neither ...
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Add certificate authority to one browser only

For testing purposes, I'd like to add a "CA" to the list of trusted-CA's of one browser - and use it only for testing. I want to make sure that it won't get added to the computer's trusted CA list. ...
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Is it possible to modify the last time a user logged into Windows?

On my digital forensics course I need to analyze an image and look for evidences to ask a couple of questions. One question was to find out when was the system installed, and another one was to find ...
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Mcafee endpoint encryption doesn't see previously encrypted partition after Windows 7 reinstallation

My partitions C and D were encrypted and Windows 7 was installed on C. I copied all important files to D and then changed harddrive controller from IDE to AHCI, removed C and created it again and then ...
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Is this a valid Windows update page

In my chrome browser if I google for Windows Update the first hit is windowsupdate.microsoft.com/‎ When I click on it I am redirected to ...
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Trust relationship between domains

I am working in a organisation where it has a structure of parent company and Subsidiary. Both are individual domains without Trust. I work for Subsidiary Requirement is Subsidiary company should ...
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How widely deployed is TLS with cipher ECDHE?

Microsoft deployed a patch for Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 that adds the following ciphers. Cipher suite Exchange Encryption Hash TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 DH ...
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ByPass usb GPO with iphone -and probably other mobile-

So I am running pentest on a device running Win7 and admin user set group policy to disable all mass storage devices and all usb's. I have access to local user without privs. Although my usb stick ...
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USGCB on a non-networked computer

We will be getting some data that needs to be kept in accordance with USGCB regulations. Our intent was to keep it secure by storing and using it on a non-networked computer, but the regulations seem ...