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Is this a valid Windows update page

In my chrome browser if I google for Windows Update the first hit is windowsupdate.microsoft.com/‎ When I click on it I am redirected to ...
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Time based event, console application on Windows Server — security implications

I'm a software engineer, and I've written several discreet utilities that run at specific times on Windows Server 2008. Generally speaking, they are console applications, need to access SQL Server, ...
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Windows' default certificate store for intermediate vs trusted root certificates - my self signed root CA cert goes to 'intermediate' by default?

Is it possible to create self-signed root CA certificate that Windows will import to Trusted Root by default instead of Intemediate certificate store ? Obviously, it won't do it without the big giant ...
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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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How can I use linux and disguise myself as a windows computer over a LAN? [closed]

My computer is currently running windows XP on a LAN Network. I'd like to use linux but I want to hide myself. I don't want to be the only linux system on a network full of windows XP computers. Is ...
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Does Centralisation Decrease the Probability but Increase the Damage of Exploits?

This question is, perhaps, a tad too abstract for a Q&A site. But it's been playing on my mind for a while, so I'm throwing it out there. Modern systems seem to be increasingly centralised. An ...
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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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Code-signing application from different locations

In our company, one of the software group is using a certificate from a trusted provider to sign their drivers manually on their local machine. My group wants to start to sign our installers and some ...
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How can I misuse the information of DCE service enumeration?

Nessus reports almost on any Windows machine "DCE service enumaration". With the metasploit module tcp_dcerpc_auditor I get the following information: 192.168.1.23 - UUID ...
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Changing User Account Type - User to Guest - File Deleted [closed]

One of our staff PC has a problem, the scenarios: Specs: (Alias Names) Company Name: Contoso Staff PC under Domain Alpha PC Name: Contoso1-PC Local Users are: administrators and john User profiles: ...
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mprotect at kernel level

What would happen if a kernel-level process sets some of its memory pages as PROT_NONE with mprotect and another kernel-level process tries to read one of these protected pages? What is the ...
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Is there a combination of Windows permissions that allow execution of a .NET executable but not reading nor copying its content?

I suppose that if a file is executable by anyone, in other words, if a user has enough permissions to execute an executable in Windows, it will be possible to read the contents of the executable and ...
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How to protect Linux partition from access from Windows partition?

In a dual-boot environment (windows? and linux mint 15) What would be best best way to prevent access to the linux partition(s) when the system is booted into windows 7? The goal would be to ...
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If windows already has all admin rights, wouldn't a malicious program just need to pretend to be windows?

Windows can do things that require UAC without prompting for UAC. For example, Windows can change any file in C:\Windows without requiring UAC. Could a malicious program "pretend" to be windows and ...
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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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Possible to safely send money via Paypal on public wifi networks?

I will be away for 1 month and during that time period I will have Internet access only via public wifi networks. I tried finding on the net tutorial on how to safely access and handle paypal ...
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Virus Removal Boot Disks — a few questions

I'm new to working with and using a backdoor/virus with a boot disk. Can they be mounted to a USB drive? What options are out there and what should I look for in one? Are they practical? Do they ...
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How secure is the Windows 8 included Anti Virus known as Windows Defender?

How secure is the new Windows 8 anti virus known as Windows Defender? Does it have a protection against malware which uses UAC bypass/process injection/rootkits/process persistence/running the binary ...
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Unknown Asian/Chinese registry keys

On a Windows Server 2008 machine found registry key "潓瑦慷敲卜湹潣敶祲" under HKEY_CURRENT_USER of the administrator account. It contains a value "敓癲捩剥湵楮杮" of type REG_DWORD which is set to 0. I scanned the ...
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My Computer hacked?

I have Window 7 and believe it has been hacked. On two occasions, as I was reloading my operating system, I got a message that my computer had been counterfeited. I get the impression that my computer ...
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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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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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What are Non-linear/backward overwrites?

I read some slides from the Black Hat USA 2012 conference, and I stumbled across the term non-­linear/backward overwrite, mentioned on slide 5 of the Exploit Mitigation Improvements in Windows 8 by ...
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Recover Server 2008 R2 Domain Admin Password

So I did the ultimate silly thing: I lost my domain admin password for my Server 2008 R2 box. Sure, I could just re-install but that's going to be a huge pain. I tried rebooting with the Windows ...
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Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile

I was reading about Windows Local Policy of "Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile". I need some clarification on this brief policy description: What do it mean by operating system that allow ...
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Does Chrome OS Allow Executable Files?

My company has some real security issues and I am wondering if using Chrome OS can be some solution to my problem. Typical Windows computers seems all to vulnerable to attacks from malicious images ...
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How secure is the Windows event log, and how is it secured?

I'm curious as to just how secure the Windows event log is, and exactly what security measures it uses. Does it include any defenses against tampering - for example, does it use digital signatures or ...
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How can I view the NTFS $MFT using correct field names?

I am trying to view an NTFS master file table. Each tool I have used so far extracts all of the entries, but puts non standard headers such as STANDARD_INFORMATION_ON instead of say ...
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What about AD2P vulnerability?

My goal is to create a simple one-way intercom using B Speech TX2 and B Speech RX2, an Audio2Bluetooth and Bluetooth2Audio converter. My question is, how secure is the audio(in my case voice) being ...
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Can Windows 7 hibernation files be recovered?

As curiosity, according to my knowledge, hibernation basically moves memory data from memory to hard disk. First of all, is this true? And if so, is it possible to recover the deleted hibernation data ...
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Application to monitor software activities

I am doing black box testing on a software which is installed in my local machine. I want to analyze and see the list of files and registry entries that software create/modify/delete. Basically ...
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Designing a Sandbox for Windows

I am thinking about the design for a sandbox, which is able to execute arbitrary unmodified, untrusted binaries. The goal is to implement an application Unlike something like e.g. Google Chrome's ...
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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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Virus with PGP Encryption Preventing Virus Scan

A user reported having a virus that was causing pop up windows asking for money. When he turned on his laptop and logged into PGP encryption (whole disk) the desktop quickly showed but then a white ...
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User Account Control and outside processes

I was using TeamViewer (a remote desktop client) to log in to a remote computer running Windows 7. While logged in, the Java updater prompted me for administrator access to run an update check. Out ...
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Activation Protection Technologies in Windows 8

Microsoft has implemented a new activation protection with SLIC 3.0, how does this technology work - specifically as compared to the SLIC used in Windows 7?
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Who to assign read/write access rights for a single-user application to run correctly?

My application installs for a single user on a Windows machine. Any user may install the application for himself, but the application will save some information common to all users in a separate ...
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MPPE-Send and Receive key derivation from MS-CHAPv2

I am trying to get the MS-MPPE-Send-key and MS-MPPE-Recv-key from the MS-CHAPv2 challenge material. I am able to follow the RFCs 2548 3078 and 3079 to the step of getting the GetNewKeyFromSHA() it is ...
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Does Disabling Right Click In Windows Explorer Do Anything?

I am at a student at a school which blocks the right click in Windows Explorer and the desktop, as well as on the taskbar. I don't exactly understand why they do this, since most of the commands on ...
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Are there any Windows permissions management applications?

I am currently dealing with permission issues with an IIS app pool. I am tired of clicking through window after window to set permissions on folders for domain and local users. Also, I would like ...
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Is access to the caller API in mobile phones a real security threat?

From time-to-time I receive "Unknown" caller on my mobile phone. I do not want to answer those calls as I do not trust the identity of a caller. I feel safer if I can see caller name or at least ...
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How to figure out if someone has been using TeamViewer 8 to access my computer when I was not here?

I came to my computer today and have not been here since monday afternoon. I am using windows 7. There were some error messages showing even on the log in screen about memory violations done by ...
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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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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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What's the rationale behind Ctrl-Alt-Del for login

Why is Ctrl+Alt+Del required at login on certain Windows systems (I have not seen it elsewhere, but contradict me if I'm wrong) before the password can be typed in? From a usability point of view, ...
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Spoofed DDoS mitigation / DNS amplification mitigation [duplicate]

Recently my server has been attacked multiple times, after looking at my firewall I've come to the conclusion that the IP's are spoofed. (10,000+ IP's connect at once) I'm running Win server 2012 x64 ...
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Security Scanning for Desktop Applications

Our company develops Windows desktop applications. We offer off the shelf solutions - not custom development. A potential new customer wants to add a section to our standard contract that requires ...
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How do I make or get computer certificates to use with IPSEC user authentication on Windows?

I am having trouble and need some direction using computer certificates with Windows 7 firewall IP Security rules, using certificates only for user authentication. I can get everything to work ...
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Using a Web Server to steal NTLM credentials

I am trying to design an attack vector against an organization in which the pen tester (myself), steals NTLM credentials through HTTP. I am thinking of these scenarios: 1- I set up a web server on my ...
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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?