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RAM memory data remanence and double boot, risky?

I wonder if my setup can be risky. To give a good starting point for answers I would briefly sketch the situation setup: double boot system GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows GNU/Linux is on 2 ...
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Are the problems with Window's CSPRNG still an issue on modern Windows?

The paper Cryptanalysis of the Random Number Generator of the Windows Operating System describes some problematic aspects of the Windows CSPRNG. However the paper was written in 2007, and looked at ...
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Does whosthere.exe of pth toolkit have to run with administrative rights?

To see the users that are connected to the machine and they're pass hashes with Whosthere.exe, do I have to run it as an administrator?
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Verifying integrity of text files

While I was away from my home I needed to do some work on a java program so I booted a friends netbook(windows 8) I had with me and finished most of the works I needed to do there. Tho when I returned ...
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How do I prove for my client that unused ports are closed and unused services are disabled?

I have seen advice that I need to close all unused ports, and disable any unused services in order to secure my servers. How can I prove, beyond any doubt, to my client that I have done this? I need ...
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Windows DLL Injection

In the past recent years of mine, I have been doing a lot of DLL injection with a few indie games and MMORPGs. I fully understand how to do it, and how it works for allowing these games to work not as ...
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Access control on a primarily windows LAN [closed]

This question is a bit broad, but I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I administer a small LAN at work with 15-20 machines on it. They are running Windows XP - Windows 8 and I have ...
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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 renamed exe automatically running

We are currently developing a web app that allows users to upload files to act as attachments to information they provide. Obviously allowing users to upload any file types is very dangerous, ...
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Can viewing an email message in Outlook 2013 install malware on my computer?

I routinely get spam messages which state "Your account for [Insert game here] has been flagged. If you don't click this link/send us this info/go to this website in the next 72 hours, your account ...
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Logging in as administrator in windows 7, is there a downside?

I have a very straightforward question. Is there any downside to logging in as an administrator all the time in windows 7? I mean, it asks you whenever a program asks for permission to do something ...
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Is it possible to keep several files on windows partition after re-installing windows? [closed]

Is it possible to keep several files and programs on windows OS after re-installing it? because of someone can steal the device that uses windows OS, then just removes the windows and install another ...
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Windows XP has many security vulnerabilities, So why many bank using Windows XP until now? [closed]

I know many banks using Windows XP on almost computers for staff working, WinXP has many security vulnerabilities. But rarely seriously problems occured with thier system. Is there good Firewall and ...
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Is a console application with NT Authority/System rights dangerous?

A developer managed to open a console application with NT Authority/System rights at the startup screen before logging in. From that command prompt it is possible to execute arbitrary programs like ...
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Hash Security of Windows 7 Password

I need to find some materials about how Security Accounts Manager(SAM) works in windows 7+. I am confused with the storage format of hashed value. Many materials (such as, 1) tells me that it uses ...
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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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Exploiting XP SP3 with local privilege escalation [closed]

I'm trying to exploit my virtual machine (windows xp sp3) by cve-2013-5065. I created exe from python script and ran on my virtual machine. It successfully spawned new shell but cmd.exe was not with ...
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Is “bug banking” occurring? [closed]

Reading about the fast approaching end of support for Windows XP, I seem to come across a lot of articles which speak about bug banking. Of it being likely that towards the end of 2013 and beginning ...
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Should I restrict Core Networking firewall rules in Windows server?

I have a server that I want to restrict access to by allowing only one IP address to be able to connect to it through desktop and make http request through port 80. Now in my firewall I only have ...
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Use the same IIS RSA key on all servers

I am working on standardizing our server builds where we currently have three different functional pools. For web pools I use the same IIS RSA key across all machines. It keeps life easy and ...
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copying roaming profile credential file of another computer

I am trying to recover login information of another computer. I have managed to copy the local/roaming profile credential files located in C:\users\%username%\APPDATA\local\Microsoft\Credentials\ and ...
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Storing Recoverable Passwords In An App

I'm working on a project where I need to store and recover a password. I can't use a salted hash for authentication because the password is used to secure an HTTP connection via HTTP Digest. I'm not ...
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Is Enabling DEP (Data Execution Prevention) For All Programs Worth the Risks?

Data Execution Prevention in Windows supposedly is a line of defense against malicious code by "by monitoring your programs to make sure that they use computer memory safely". However, I also know ...
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How to diagnose No Certificate alert

I have written an application (in C#) to communicate with one of our customers via a web service. Our customer requires us to use bi-directional SSL. The customer has sent us their certificate (in ...
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Is it secure to access web with Xubuntu in VirtualBox running in Windows XP?

Support for Windows XP is ending soon. Therefore, I am seeking a secure solution to continue with Windows XP. When I access the web from Xubuntu in VirtualBox running in Windows XP, is the Windows ...
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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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automatic connection from LSASS to different IPs. Is this the usual behavior?

I'm using windows 7. firefox 22. connecting through a regular residential wifi router. In the last month I've noticed that when I connect to the internet and once in a while my firewall indicates me ...
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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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Pgp Private key storage on windows server advice

Looking for a bit of advice really, here's the situation: I currently have a security minded client who will be sending PGP encrypted files. I have to decrypt the files on my server before ...
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In regards to GPG4Win, what does “use NAME as default secret key”?

1- what does "use NAME as default secret key" do in Kleopatra tool options? The reason why I ask this, is I have a looooong password for my certificate. And apparently this becomes a hassle when ...
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What does Windows's built-in encryption do, if I can seemingly always read my encrypted files?

I'm playing around with certificates and encryption on a Windows system, but either it isn't working or I don't know how it should works. When I encrypt a file its name changes to green. But then, I ...
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Malware threats from other mounted hard drives

I am going to install Linux on an external hard drive and my internal hard drive is currently running Windows. When I boot to my Linux and I still have my windows hard drive mounted is it possible for ...
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Windows XP expiry security vulnerability of POS

Now that Windows XP will stop being supported by Microsoft, it has become common knowledge that it should be abandoned for a modern operating system in most cases. However, I have the corner case ...
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Is anti virus software supposed to clean up registry entries made by malware?

I just cleaned up a virus infection on my computer (running windows) by running an Anti Virus Scan. The malicious executable files are now deleted. However, the registry entries made by it remain. ...
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I need two separate hidden volumes in disk encryption. What are my options? [closed]

C: for system (Windows) D: for my files Makes much more sense to me than packing everything on the same volume, right? Is there a disk encryption utility capable of doing this? I don't know much ...
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Unknown Website Linking to my Local Files?

I recently discovered a website that I am in no way affiliated with linking to the files of my local website stored on an external hard drive. This unknown website is actually executing the scripts, ...
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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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Hardware USB Key to Reset Any Windows Password

This tool requires physical access of course, and there are many things you can do once you have physical access, but this peaked my curiosity. The tool in question: ...
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Can I get a malware on Windows without administrative rights?

I'm a Linux user and I installed Windows recently, I need it for some software. I don't want to use any anti-malware programs, I don't plan on giving administrative rights to applications I don't ...
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Why are Windows computers open to network file access by default?

I'm on a work network, and I had some files I wanted to give to a colleague. I set up a shared folder and directed him to my computer name to open the shared folder. Then I remembered from a long time ...
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Are non-personal AD users a security risk?

After an IT audit of my company, the report said that our Active Directory contained too many non-personal user accounts. This caused a risk of misuse and unauthorized user access. I checked my ...
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Windows 7 password recovery [duplicate]

A few weeks ago I've changed the password on my old laptop, I forgot the password as I wasn't using it often. Now I need to recover the password because I used it to encrypt some important documents. ...
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Reverse TCP connection from exploited SearchIndexer.exe failing

I'm working on a tool that exploits SearchIndexer.exe on Windows 7 x86 and connects back to a metasploit multi/handler, using standard metasploit reverse TCP stagers. The exploit seems to function as ...
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How many security holes were discovered in the original version of Windows XP?

In order to steer our future, it is important to understand our past. Now as the end of Windows XP draws near it would be interesting to see how the worlds most popular operating system fared ...
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Can I exploit Windows kernel from user-mode application?

In this document is detailed technique of exploiting Windows kernel. But writer is talking about accessing kernel memory & doing exploit from user-mode application at the same time. Can I do this ...
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MS12-020: Remote Code Execution

I'm doing some exercises in the lab. My vuln. scanner detects MS12-020 on a few machines. The report indicates that this could be exploited to allow the execution of code remotely. To me this would ...
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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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Java Drive By & Stub - Explanation [closed]

I have been trying to make some extensions for chrome lately to block some unwanted stuff. I have also been searching for quite some time to find what a JDB does.So , the applet downloads a file , ...
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Problem with qgankgyefx..vbe virus

I am not sure if I am in right forum. But i am having problem with this virus. On affected computer, If we use a USB drive, all the file become hidden. I am using HFV.exe for retrieve all data in ...
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PC showed evidence of a phone being attached for no obvious reason. Theories on why? [closed]

Connecting via remote desktop to a Windows 7 machine today showed the last couple of seconds of a windows device installing and the "Your device is ready" popup for a Sony Xperia T. Going to ...