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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 ...
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School's computers auto-login and can run .exe's

Before this semester, to use any computer across campus, you had to log into Windows with a username and password. This semester, when the computers start up they auto-login to an account (with ...
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Can Keyloggers get passwords from Windows 7/8 Logon Screen?

If yes, do you know some examples of Keyloggers capable of perform this? EDIT: I mean when logon in the windows right after power on the PC and/or when locked with Win+L.
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Is Windows Firewall suitable for running in a production environment?

Is Windows Firewall suitable for running as the sole protection on a production web server? Is it hardened enough? Robust enough? and tested enough? I'm running a VPS with Rackspace on their cloud ...
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How to track a laptop after theft?

Our company had a break-in this evening and a laptop was stolen. The data on the laptop was not super-sensitive (luckily); however, we would like to be able to track the laptop if at all possible. ...
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Why would it be preferable for a system to shut down when the security log is full?

When running in a configuration that supports Common Criteria, Windows must be configured to shut down when the security event log is full. Why is this a preferable option?
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HIDS detection system and registry changes

I use OSSEC HIDS to monitor XP and Windows 7 Operating Systems. When OSSEC flags changes in the Windows registry, I have no idea where to go for to look for information and identify if the changes ...
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Windows groups and permissions: Authenticated Users group meaning

What is the purpose of the "Authenticated Users" group in Windows? Under Linux it doesn't exist and I'm starting to think this is another idiosyncrasy or over-engineering of the Windows operating ...
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Is there an SSL / TLS Certificate state-cache on Windows, IE, and Outlook and how it it managed?

Today I changed the SSL certificate that 3,000+ Outlook clients are using. In doing this I changed the certificate to an "older" one that had the same subject name, expiration and everything else. ...
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Can a webcam be turned on when disabled in Windows' device manager?

In addition to whether a webcam can be turned on without the indicator light, I was wondering if disabling the device in Windows' device manager is a good option. Of course when your system is ...
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Does setting a user password on Windows XP help protect against remote exploits compared to no password?

In a typical home user situation with a PC connected to the internet via a router, suppose we are not concerned with protecting the machine from people with physical access. Does setting a password on ...
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Local File Download vulnerability - What files can be downloaded to potentially compromise a windows system?

On Linux I have a good idea on what files I would like to get ahold of when you are sitting on a regular file download vulnerability. Any file on the entire OS system is accessible for download, which ...
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Can a malware infect just by right clicking?

Someone I know got infected. He sent me the file to analyze. I downloaded the zip and it contained a scr file. I unzipped it and right-clicked to open it in Notepad++. It immediately got quarantined ...
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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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How can I protect myself against software installing insecure root certificates?

With the recent news that Dell installed a root certificate with a publicly accessible private key on their notebooks, I'm wondering how I can protect myself against this kind of incompetence. Of ...
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Better way to import Win32 APIs from injected shellcode

I'm injecting native x86 code into a .NET application, via a TLS callback in the binary image. Unfortunately, .NET executables only import mscorlib.dll within the PE, and have kernel32.dll mapped ...
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How can Network Disconnect be implemented for RDP on a Windows system (2003/XP or later)?

From NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 3: SC-10 NETWORK DISCONNECT Control: The information system terminates the network connection associated with a communications session at the end of the session or ...
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Security of different OS

At my work we are given a computer to set up at home so if we ever feel like working from home we can do so. The thing is that whenever it comes to developing for java I always prefer using windows or ...
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How effective is something like Deep Freeze against boot sector infections?

I work for an embedded system manufacturer and on our older generation systems, which are powered by Windows Embedded, a number of customers have been experiencing virus infections. Due to the real ...
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How secure is Windows Auto-Logon?

Obviously, if auto-logon is enabled, anyone who can gain physical access to the PC can use the PC. That's not the question. The question is, when I enable auto-logon for my Windows 7 box, will there ...
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How secure is isolated storage on Windows?

I am using Isolated Storage with the following flags: IsolatedStorageScope.User |IsolatedStorageScope.Domain | IsolatedStorageScope.Assembly How much security will this provide? Are there any ...
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What features do you look for in an Enterprise Log Management solution?

This question is for IT Pros, and people who manage a company's infrastructure. Developers should see this related answer for tools geared for them. What are your requirements for such a Event Log ...
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How can I secure a network share from the insider threat?

We have a network share that contains thousands of files. I am concerned that anyone with access to the internet could copy that information to a CD. In addition to disabling all removable media, ...
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Finding date of last network access

I have a system that contains highly sensitive data that does not reside on the Internet. However, when I was going through the machine recently, I detected that it had cookies, and temporary internet ...
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Microsoft Office 2013 File Encryption

To what extent can the native file encryption provided by Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.) be relied upon to maintain the confidentiality of documents, especially within the ...
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Windows: unknown program/service etc. sends HTTP request to download a file; how can I find the origin of that request?

The firewall of my company has detected and blocked a repetitive (every 15 min) HTTP request from a PC, which tries to start a download of a file called ..._chrome_installer.exe(or so) from the host: ...
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Need a software that can monitor and log network traffic of installed applications [closed]

I need to monitor and log network activities of a specific software installed on my system. I know there are lots of network monitoring software out there, even system explorer has one built in. I ...
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When taking ownership of a TPM in Windows 7, how is the SRK derived from the password?

When you take ownership of a TPM in Windows 7 you encounter a screen like this: Based on this document, it is my understanding that completing this dialog box somehow results in the generation of ...
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How can IA-5(1)(b) be enforced on Windows systems?

Note: I've also posted a question for this issue on non-Windows systems. In NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 3, IA-5 is the control addressing "Authenticator Management". The requirements in this control include ...
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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 to whitelist an Amazon ELB in a(ny) firewall?

We have a customer with a very locked-down network. Any outbound connections require whitelisting of the port and IP address. However, we are running our system behind an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer ...
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Breaking out of a strict linux sandbox running virtually under windows: do the linux-sandbox access control policies even matter?

I am developing an application which will run untrusted code. I have been designing it for linux, thinking that I can just run it in a virtual machine on windows when the need arises. The linux ...
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What information is exposed by simply opening an RDP connection to the internet?

Microsoft, Rackspace and other hosted providers allows people to RDP into that server. Here are a few examples: Microsoft has something called "Azure Connect" it is very easy to expose a domain ...
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Can running a browser in Windows Compatibility Mode be a security issue?

I have several clients that are having trouble logging into vendor's web service. When talking to the vendor about the issue, they told me to set them up with Chrome running in Windows XP ...
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Preventing LSASS from storing clear-text passwords in Kerberos environment

It is a well known security risk that LSASS stores clear-text passwords if a user has performed a keyboard-interactive logon on a machine - be it local login to his/her workstation or using RDP to a ...
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Reconstructing bittorrent data from PCAP

I am doing a CTF flag for my school project with a PCAP flag based on this CTF write-up: eindbazen.net - Plaid CTF 2012 - Torrent I setup a local torrent file containing an .mp3 (the audio is my ...
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NVidia update service creates local account on system. Does anyone know the users password?

Nvidia update service has created a local user on several of my boxes. Does anyone know its password? I recon it could possible be leveraged as an entry way for an attacker. Details: wmic ...
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CTF competitions/challenges that are Windows based?

I've been messing about in CTF's for a while and I also do pen-testing professionally, what i've noticed is a distinct lack of CTF competitions using windows environments. This is in stark contrast ...
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When TrueCrypt prompts to re-enable automatic mounting, should I be worried?

Assume one day you receive the following error from TrueCrypt: is that a reason to worry that someone may have removed the disk (in my case disk 0) and used it offline and then put it back into the ...
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Physical computer security, how to disable USB ports when the computer is 'locked'?

Lets say my PC & server is in an environment where a theoretical attacker has physical access to the machine while I'm not there. Now the data is encrypted on the hard drive with TrueCrypt. ...
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Would running VMs inside of VMs be a more secure way to study viruses, etc?

I was reading this post on SuperUser, and it made me wonder about security. I've read somewhere else that some viruses/malware/whatever CAN break outside of a VM... and then infect the host OS. BUT, ...
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How to respond to attack made from my dedicated server?

There was a sudden unusual peak of outbound traffic from my hosted dedicated server (OS - Windows Server 2008 R2). The hoster threatened to block the server if the problem is not solved. There are an ...
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Windows 7 Password Hash Security

I recently came across a number of sources that suggest that cracking Windows user account passwords is easy by examining their password hashes. I understand that these hashes are stored in the SAM ...
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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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Any good free SSL proxy on windows? [closed]

I'm looking for SSL proxy capable of dumping requests. I want to test custom browser against SSL-MITM attacks. I'm able to re-route all traffic ongoing from browser to machine with proxy. ...
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Is it possible to catch a virus on my LAN without clicking on anything?

My unpatched PC running Windows is connected to a network which contains other "infected" computers, can I get infected by viruses without any interaction on my part?
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Where is my password stored on Windows 7?

Is there a specific location where the passwords are stored ? Are they salted ?
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How would I go about rebuilding the IAT of a packed executable?

When executables are packed with a tool such as UPX, the real code and data sections are encrypted or obfuscated, then loaded into memory using an injected decrypter stub. This makes static analysis ...
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Man-in-the-middle Blue Coat proxy SSL or what?

I have just discovered that my workplace has enabled some new features in the Blue Coat network proxy. It seems like all HTTPS certificates in Chrome on Windows are being issued by this internal ...
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Is opening port 3389 on a router and forwarding this to a Windows SBS 2003 server secure?

I know of a company who has port 3389 open on their router and forwards this to a Windows SBS 2003 server. The server has the Windows firewall switched on, is patched and has an up to date antivirus ...