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How can user credetials be leveraged when doing a penetration test for a Windows network? [closed]

Assume the following scenario: NTLMv2 only Only Vista machines or higher Remote desktop disabled throughout network No open shares psexec needs administrative level access. Without any shares ...
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How can I determine the domain controller when it's not in DNS?

On a penetration test going in blind for an organization, meaning no knowledge of network topology of design, no idea what the domain(s) might be, and domain controller is not apparent in DNS...how ...
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Undelete-secure AES software and software for carrying out “full undeletion” free-partition-space zeroing/reformatting on Windows?

It is fairly well known that on Windows, when you delete a file (or folder which may contain any number of files and subfolders possibly containing other files and subfolders and so on), Windows just ...
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Is it possible to “fingerprint” the “patches” applied to a Windows system?

Two situations with a similar goal: 1) You have access to a target network, and you a Windows host. Is it possible to remotely finger print which (operating system security) patches are applied to ...
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How does RealVNC Enterprise Know My System Credential?

After the installation of RealVNC on a Windows computer, the default login username and password via VNC is the same as the system username and password. Can anyone tell me how RealVNC can access such ...
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How to find what has been added to my hard drive [closed]

Why is my hard drive being filled up when I am not installing anything? How would I find out the cause, e.g. is it malware, a hacker, or potentially something else? Every few days I come home to ...
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How does LSARPC protocol work?

I'm trying to understand how does the LSARPC protocol work internally. In particular, I would like to know how secured is it. I couldn't find anything in the internet or in different books.
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Mitigate DDos on Windows box

I would love to know, If you know some way to mitigate DDos/Dos attacks on Windows. In Linux we can Mitigate using the IPTables Almighty, but I wonder If there is something like that in Windows. ...
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Controlling variables used by an application

One thing that I have seen commonly used by game cheating engines it to control variables that the game is using. The idea is to edit the variables used by the game to say, give ones self unlimited ...
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Detecting reflective DLL injection any other ways?

any way to detect it? maybe using mcafee hips rules? Are there any known Techniques to detect it ? like walking the VAD tree or something?
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IIS 7 World Wide Web Publishing Service service account

We have a security requirement for IIS 7 (Windows 2008R2) that reads as follows: The service account ID used to run the web site must have its password changed at least annually. ...
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Can I create an SSL certificate on windows signed with the machine's certificate?

From MMC > Certificates I can see there's a certificate for the current machine under 'Trusted Root Certification Authorities > Certficates'. e.g. on my workstation called 'RoryWorkstation1' there's a ...
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Using “Security Compliance Manager” to audit a Windows system

I found a few posts which suggest using Microsoft SCM (Security Compliance Manager) to audit the security of Microsoft software solutions: Windows security policy analysis tool How do I apply a ...
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Why are keyloggers a problem for password managers?

Reading the API definition of SetWindowsHookEx, I see Calling the CallNextHookEx function to chain to the next hook procedure is optional, but it is highly recommended; otherwise, other ...
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Unregistering keyboard hooks by timeout expiration

I'm writing a password manager for Windows which I want to protect against keyloggers. There is a timeout of 5000 ms for keyboard hooks. The hook procedure should process a message in less time ...
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Microsoft recommended patching period - Security Patch release and updates

Ideally a security patch released by a vendor such as Microsoft for the Windows OS is required to be patched immediately. What would be the recommended patching period that Microsoft or best practices ...
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How can one restrict Windows shared folders access to specific applications?

There are few shared folders in my company that are accessed by applications from different branches across the country for different transactions. Hence they are kept "open". During a recent PT ...
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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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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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Should I install my subordinate Certificate Authority on the domain controller? Why?

I must install a PKI in my organization. I work in a windows environment. I already set an offline CA. I must now install a subordinate CA. I have the choice between installing the subordinate CA on a ...
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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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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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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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secure use of psexec?

As of March 7, 2014 PsExec now "encrypts all communication between local and remote systems, including the transmission of command information such as the user name and password under which the remote ...
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What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them?

What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them? Usually all apps from desktop or mobile app stores, MMO clients, Steam and many utilities, and many games and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to configure routing infrastructure so that the appropriate network traffic gets passed to the honeypot machine (windows xp)

I would like to configure local honeypot on windows xp which is installed on vmware, to do so I follow instruction on this link, but as I am new I don't know how can I configure routing infrastructure ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...