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Security Risk of Disabling forceguest in non-AD Environment

Our application group is looking to deploy a product which requires that we disable forceguest in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa. We are running on a Novell network (I know, I ...
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How to hack a Win95 machine?

While playing with old operating systems, I came across that there are no remote code execution exploits available for Win95 machines, running just file share (no IIS or anything else). Win95 neither ...
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does switching to linux remove existing computer virus

if you change from a malware/spyware infected windows setup to a linux setup will infections migrate to linux if they were on the computer? (when you are hacked/infected is it the op system that is ...
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what is the best keylogger for security uses?

Today we were robbed. A thief come to our home at night and stole some stuff including my brother's laptop. I think that the right thing to do is to download a keylogger on my PC, just in case... I ...
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Shared hosting vs VPS

I have an Asp.net site. Which hosting system do I need to secure it adequately* against anyone reading private information that's on the server? This is assuming I'm not worried about the sysadmins ...
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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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Encrypt web.config file using Data Protection API

I have encrypted part of my web.config file using the Data Protection API. Now, my question is, what does a hacker need in order to decrypt the web.config file? Does he require physical access to ...
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Reboot to clean state daily, on Windows

I already know that this can be done on Linux, One can boot to a flash drive that is write protected. Live modify folders can be symlinked to to a swap partition, and this prevents viruses from being ...
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Time server security error

Today at work, we brought out some PCs that were not used for a long time (were not in use when I joined this company so I have no idea about their history). After booting one of them (Windows XP ...
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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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Setting up Windows laptops to require a smartcard for unlocking

I am looking for details on how to secure a windows laptop using smart cards. The scenario is that we have laptops in vehicles, which remotely connect (via https) to an application server over the ...
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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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How secure are iPhone/Android/Windows 8 “PIN”/Pattern Lock features?

Most modern (and tablet-oriented) operating systems now offer alternative ways of logging on other than a strong password. For example, iPhones offer a 4-digit PIN, Android devices offer this and a ...
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Is there is a way to lock my USB port over the device physically?

Is there is a way to lock my USB port over the device physically ? For example I am connecting the USB mouse and keyboard on an public computer but I do not want anyone to remove them physically. I ...
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Difference between vulnerabilities on windows/linux/mac for same program

If someone finds a vulnerability like buffer overflow in a program such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox running on a linux machine, are there any chances that this vulnerability will persist on ...
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Potentially unsafe files on second hard drive, how to get my files back?

I have my files on a second hard drive (disconnected for now). This drive was connected to a system infected with Virus:W32/Virut. I have formatted my main hard drive and reinstalled Windows XP. Now I ...
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Could “system volume information” and $RmMetadata pose information leakage on a nuked HDD?

I recently nuked my HDD(s) via a Windows program (Disk Wipe to be precise: http://www.diskwipe.org/), now everything is fine when I try to retrieve the information on that disk by any program I can ...
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What risks are involved in exposing our home computers over the public internet?

I'm currently running a webserver from home accessible on the public internet via a static IP. Exactly what kind of risk is there in doing so? From what I understand, the setup will not allow ...
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Degree of Obfuscation

Let us assume that I have the following code: namespace MobileApp { public class Storage { public Storage() { } public bool Save() { bool ...
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why blocking incoming traffic does not block chatting or VOIP

I just recently blocked all incoming traffic(all local ports and all external ips) in my windows 7 firewall and I understand that will not stop me from accessing websites as browsing needs outbound ...
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A SW system constructed with Microsoft CNG can be FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Compliant?

We have to design and construct a system that signs files with sensible data, like evidences/proofs. The sign process is simple, basically calculate MD5 of the file content and encrypt the MD5 result ...
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How can I assess the strength of user passwords in my office environment?

I want to assure the compliance of password policy in my office. Environment Intro My environment is all windows based (server 2003/2008) user base is not more than 400 employees. Nearly 90% of all ...
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Do you give local administrator account password to notebook users?

My notebook users need to travel a lot. Quite often, they need elevated privileges on that machine, like when adding a printer or change network settings. Should I give them local administrator's ...
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ltd.exe, “Vista Antivirus Security 2012”, any info?

I was taking a look at someone's computer who had a virus. It called itself "Visa Antivirus Security 2012". It turned out to be ltd.exe. It would seemingly randomly block programs, it turns out it had ...
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What ways are there to elevate from a non-priv account to system on windows?

I have a few computers at home on which i hack for fun. Until now google has been able to answer my questions. But now I need your help. What ways are there to elevate from a non-admin user to NT ...
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Need to secure (and add SSL?) RPC port 443 on Win2003 server

So I received an email from my system administrator who wants me to secure a server I own that seems to have a vulnerability in port 443 (which is Windows RPC over HTTPS). Disabling it I know causes ...
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SIEM and Windows Event Logs

When considering what Windows event logs to incorporate into a SIEM solution, should I be looking at just the Security event logs, or all categories of event log? How useful are the other categories ...
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What is the risk that Windows 8's loopback protection feature protects me from?

Windows 8 requires Fiddler to set up an exemption when sending traffic to localhost. Since this is a default setting (and affects many computers): What security benefit does this provide How can I ...
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Security of a Windows XP system after April 8th when running the latest Firefox or Chrome

As we all know, Microsoft stops developing security patches for Windows XP very soon. If a bug in the kernel was to be found that would allow an attacker to take control by, say, sending a specially ...
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Windows Phone and Hardcoding Values

Let us say that I have a Windows Phone application. If I hardcode a private key in the Windows Phone application, can people extract it once the application is released to the public on the Windows ...
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How can I identify / discover files hidden with ADS?

ADS, or alternate data streams, were added in to Windows in 1993 (First Windows NT version) as a feature of the new NTFS file system to help support some features of the Mac OS at the time. I like to ...
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Is it possible to prevent user from dumping hashes?

I run a Windows server, is it possible to prevent user from enumerating user password hashes? Also can someone explain how the hash dumping tools works? As I didn't find it with google
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Using Window Servers 2003 after security updates are discontinued

Let's say that Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows Server 2003 now so there is no any security updates and I use that system for Domain Controller (Windows XP/7 Professional Clients) and File ...
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Are Windows password hashes salted with the user name?

I'll readily admit I'm pretty clueless when it comes to cryptography, so there may already be some false assumptions in the question title itself :-) Still, I "heard" that it is more secure to store ...
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How do I ensure that my computer is 100% worm-free?

Ok say I have a brand new laptop that was is brand new. Is it true to say that as long as I keep the bluetooth turned off, and I am not connected to the internet, and only copy files that are 100% ...
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Does Windows have a built-in password store?

What passwords are stored in Microsoft Windows? How can I know what password are saved in computer?
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Watching for applications like WireShark and other eaves dropping on corporate network

Are there ways to monitor and check for network monitoring like WireShark? Or would it just be more ideal to ensure every application uses SSL to ensure no employee or anyone could packet sniff ...
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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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Possible to use a YubiKey in HSM mode to secure a Windows CA infrastructure?

I'm looking for a low-cost Hardware Security module, and discovered that YubiKey has a HSM mode. I'm not entirely clear if this HSM mode is what I'm thinking, but I'd like to use it as the offline ...
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Best practice advice - folder security (windows environment)

An executive at the company I work for has asked me to set the permissions on a specific network folder so only they can access it. I don't usually do this, but in this case I need advice on the best ...
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Potential services.exe infected file?

I was asked by a coworker to help solve a problem with a remote client site through VNC. Immediately after connecting I've started noticing some strange behaviors that I am lead more and more to ...
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Mitigations for Windows clients that don't support OCSP Nonces

Windows 7 clients (and older) don't support NONCES, a key feature used in securing the revocation check. Without a NONCE a MITM could replay a previously signed response and alter the validation of ...
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Is CIFS/SMB (Folder Sharing in Windows) secure?

I have to back up some data from windows 7 machines over the internet, and I rarely use windows so am distrustful of it in general. Specifically: Is there any sort of check that the server is the ...
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Website file being altered

I have recently had random spam links inserted into 3 ASP.NET websites. The links are inserted into the physical file so it is not SQL injection attack. The websites have very little in common other ...
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How do I use Windows 7 virtualization features to prevent transitive trust of admin credentials?

I am exploring using VMs to separate my administrative actions from standard user actions in Windows 7. The goal is to limit my risk and exposure when using "RunAs" to open an application or file ...
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Setup and record outbound traffic from a botnet in a sandbox/secure environment

How do I record the outbound 'attack' traffic from a botnet on a Windows XP machine? The captured traffic will be in the Windows XP firewall log. I need to setup some kind of an experiment where I ...
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What criteria do you use for evaluating Client-Side / Endpoint security products?

What features are important to you in client-side AV and Firewall products? Who benefits from these features? Managment, the end user, helpdesk. Are there features that are being 'sold' by the ...
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Protect partition from formatting

How can i protect my Linux and Windows partitions from being wiped,from a windows installation CD,with password?
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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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Cryptolocker: can servers be protected?

I'm IT in a small company. The network is about as ancient as most of the staff (at 30, I'm the company's youngest), and the staff also is notorious for spreading viruses around the network despite ...