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Windows Certificate Services: Is it possible to enroll a SmartCard certificate AND have key archival?

I'm using ACOS5-64 Client Kit, I want to enroll for a certificate with key archival. I tried to do so by duplicating the SmartCard template and checked Archive subject's encryption private key option ...
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Windows language pack update with a gibberish name

This morning, I noticed that a new Windows update was offered to me. It looks very suspicious to me: Here are the update details: ...
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Is it that easy to crack a Windows SAM file?

My friend told me that he can easily crack a Windows SAM file using Ophcrack. Assuming that I have access to the whole config folder (the one which contains the SAM file) of a Windows machine, is it ...
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How do I purge Windows of my private data when formatting the drive is not an option?

I'm changing my employer, and I'm about to leave my office computer. Due to internal regulations and my supervisor's orders, I'm unable to format the disk drive. I was hoping I would be able to do ...
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Memory injection in games

I'm currently researching memory injection attacks on games in Windows 7/10. After reviewing several threads on this topic, there's a few questions which are still unclear. DLL injection can be ...
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Novicorp WinToFlash Lite, spyware etc

I used Novicorp WinToFlash Lite on Windows 7 to create a Windows 10 bootable USB memory stick. While creating the USB drive, I noticed that WinToFlash wrote something like adding blahblah files to ...
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Custom browser based on Internet Explorer - Uniqueness questions

I have developed a custom web browser for Windows using C# (based on Internet Explorer 11) and I'm trying to understand & solve the next issues: 1. I adjusted the User Agent string and the ...
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How does Trusteer Rapport make accessing websites more secure?

Trusteer claims that: Trusteer Rapport verifies that you are really connected to the genuine website as opposed to a fake website created by criminals. Surprisingly, it is not trivial to reach a ...
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When I connect my PC to a network, what (meta) information can the router/admin see that identifies my PC?

If I connect my Windows 7 PC to a third-party (wireless) network what information might the network admin be able to obtain about me? I know they can (sometimes) see traffic but that's not an issue ...
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Need help understanding Windows Authentication mechanism

Even if I enforce HTTPS and use anti-forgery tokens, it seems like Windows Authentication could be inherently insecure because it does not require that the user explicitly passes credentials from the ...
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Does a Mailbox Export Request modify the mailbox data?

The procedure suggested by forensics companies to make a copy of a users's mailbox in a forensically sound manner is to use New-MailboxExportRequest. What information is modified (if any) by the use ...
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Can the windows Remote Procedure Call subsystem be modified from the default without causing Windows 8/8.1/10 to break?

This is a question that personally as a security professional has bugged me for a long time. So, a default Windows installation, from XP up to 10, typically has a few services listening on the ...
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How to check which certificate is being checked for revocation?

I have a .net desktop application without a certificate on a network not connected to the Internet When I start it, there is a call to crl.microsoft.com that times out and slows down the application. ...
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Redirection Malware Infection

I have AVG Antivirus installed on my PC. My PC is infected with some kind of bonjovi redirection malware. It randomly opens up a new tab in Chrome and loads porn sites. I have had this infection in ...
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Java SE 8, Update 51 Added “Native Sandbox” Protection for Windows PCs. Wait, what?

So I was doing a little research about differences (if any) between the sandboxing models for Windows 8/8.1 applications and windows 10 applications when I stumbled across something rather ...
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Security Setting up personal web server [closed]

I'm sure something like this has been asked many many times over the Internet. I'm asking again because I need situation-specific response. I've already set up a home web server. My setup is like ...
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Chinese hieroglyphs appear on screen when signing out of windows [closed]

For some time now, when I try to sign out of windows or restart my computer, a message appears that a program forbids my computer from signing out and this program is a .exe file with Chinese ...
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How do we determine the SSL/TLS version of an HTTP request?

We are wanting to configure our Windows client to use only TLS 1.1 and greater. We've learned that we can do this by editing the registry. Now we want to make several HTTPS requests from different ...
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Many suspicious requests are going from my browser whenever open any site

Whenever I open any site there are so many suspicious request are shown in my network panel of browser. I scan my system with many antiviruses too, but still facing the same issue. And sometimes I ...
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Possible sources of repeated Adware infections

In the last couple of months I have had the same thing happen on separate occasions to two Android phones, a Mac laptop and a Windows desktop computer. In all cases, something infects Chrome making ...
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How to secure a service with Mutual SSL Authentication and Intermediary CA?

Given: A working SSL mutual authentication setup (a WCF service hosted in IIS) No Intermediary CA In the current setup any client in the world having a certificate signed be one of the well known ...
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WebDAV automatically attempting to connect remotely because of DFS namespace?

I recently bought and Installed a WAF (after much begging). I have a DFS namespace called \\mycompany.com\ which is based on my Active Directory domain name mycompany.com. My website domain is ...
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How can I hide a program from another program?

If program A scans RAM, running processes and whatever, can I hide program B from being detected by A? Basically, I don't want program A to detect program B, or at least, stop it from identifying ...
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What are the privacy and security implications of Windows Telemetry

There have been quite a few news stories relating to the use of "Telemetry" in Windows 10 (and also now Windows 7/8) with suggestions that users would want to disable or remove these updates due to ...
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How to store a file securely on the windows file system?

Problem: I have a windows service running under local system account. I have a blob of data that I want to store securely and persistently between reboots. I have decided to store it as afile( as ...
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How to access SQL server inside a Powershell script

I'm coming from a Linux world so I'm a bit at a disadvantage here. Assuming a windows Task scheduler script that calls a stored procedure to return some rows, and transmit a file over email or SFTP ...
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BitLocker : Update Volume Master Key and meaning of “keyed” vs “re-keyed”

Note: Below are some information from searching around the Internet. To skip to my main question, go to the last line of this post. I've been searching around on how to change the Volume Master Key ...
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What is the point of making a complicated PUBLIC password?

I have downloaded a couple of Virtual Machine images from http://modern.ie, in order to test different versions of Internet Explorer. When running these images, a complete Windows environment is ...
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Windows 10 privacy concerns for other accounts on same computer [closed]

What are the privacy concerns for a local account on a Windows 10 computer, which has all settings set to "private", if an additional "Microsoft" account is being used on the same computer with ...
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Can a piece of malware/virus inject itself into an ISO

Let's say that I have an infected PC. I download a copy of the Windows ISO(obviously clean) and burn it to an USB. Is it possible that the malware on my computer can inject itself in this process/ISO ...
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How secure is PIN login to Windows?

I've just noticed that Windows 10 allow me to change my login method to PIN which is obviously much more convenient than entering my long and secure password after every startup / wake. I am just ...
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How does Windows 10 allow Microsoft to spy on you?

Windows 10 is perhaps the most Internet-connected and cloud-centric operating system released by Microsoft to date. This, of course, has caused many users to be concerned about how the OS respects ...
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Can the FBI or government agencies decrypt my hardrive and/or force me to give them the password?

I have seen other TrueCrypt questions as well "Windows encryption with BitLocker" and "Mac OSX encryption with FileVault". Does the FBI/NSA or other government agencies have access to my data or can ...
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What artifacts to acquire when looking for IoC? [closed]

I want to hunt for the Indicators of Compromise (IoC) in a potentially infected Windows PC. I am writing a batch script that would record the information needed for analysis. It includes the ...
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How to tell if my Windows 7 copy is not modified?

I lost my windows cd I downloaded a copy from the internet. The guy who shared it said it's original without any modifications. However I get weird actions like I can't use mouse clicks or I can't ...
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Windows 10 installaton USBs sold by Microsoft [closed]

With the recent release of Microsoft's Windows 10, I dropped by a local Microsoft store to purchase a windows 10 installation media. To my surprise (somewhat) the employees said that they do not ...
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If there is a malicious attack on one partition, is the other one safe?

I recently have used Bootcamp to set up a new partition and run Windows 7. About half of my HDD is designated to my OS X partition and the other half is allocated to the new Windows 7 partition. If ...
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Is it dangerous to have the built-in Administrator account enabled?

I've seen it said that when using the built-in Windows Administrator account, the best practice is to enable it (net user administrator /active:yes), use it, and then disable it. I do realize it's a ...
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Are there technical differences which make Linux less vulnerable to virus than Windows?

What makes Linux so different than Windows in terms of anti-virus needs? My question is not if I should get an anti-virus for my Linux. I perfectly understand why an AV is important. I would like ...
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Why can't Windows 98/IE5 connect to HTTPS sites in 2015?

Recently I found an old installation CD for Windows 98 Second Edition, and looking for a bit of a nostalgia kick, I installed it inside VirtualBox. Win98SE shipped with IE 5.0, and browsing the web ...
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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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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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How to detect port scan on SIEM within LAN or same Network?

Let's suppose a host machine in the client environment has been infected and its performing port scanning on other machine within the LAN or same Network without passing through Firewall: On what ...
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Scam caller claimed to have elderly friend's “Windows unique identifier”

An elderly friend received a telephone call similar to this Information Security SE post and this one. The caller claimed that my friend's computer had a problem that needed to be fixed. My friend ...
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Just how intrusive IS Cortana? [closed]

According to Microsoft's privacy statement: To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device ...
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Identify Malicious/Suscipicous Processes from Process List

I have a list of 1000 processes and I want to identify which of them are legitimate and which are not. I only have the name of the processes and I want to categorize them. Is there any way to get ...
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Limiting Concurrent Login For System Admins On Windows Domain

Quick background: we are a smaller sized team meaning that we perform multi-function roles. Thus a developer is typically a DBA as well and some developers do have domain admin access. As a rule our ...
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Using Tor browser on a Windows machine

Suppose a person is running a Windows 7/8 operating system. If she/he uses the TOR web-browser, can Microsoft see what they are browsing? Would that not defeat the point of using TOR in the first ...
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What exactly is IE / Chrome checking when I view the “certification path” tab on cert connection details?

When I bring up certificate details for a web page in IE or Chrome, I have the option to view the certificate hierarchy (under a tab called "Certification Path"). Here's an example for ...
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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 ...