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Does KASLR really provide more security against exploits?

I know all about how ASLR works, and how it has been implemented on both Linux and Windows systems. It provides an extra layer of protection that malware has to take into account. But nowadays with ...
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Windows system password hashed - see which hash is used

How can I know / see if my windows is using NTML, LM, NTML2 for its user account passwords? What is the standard today, in windows systems?
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Is placing an `autorun.inf` folder in a drive's root a good safety precaution?

Is it possible for viruses to use Windows' autorun.inf mechanism to start their execution? If so, is placing an autorun.inf folder a good safety precaution? My reasoning is that it can help in one fo ...
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Dos Attack and other malwares!

I have been experiencing DoS attacks: ack scan and rst scan. Now I know these are supposed to be normal and the internet works that way but I experience severe internet disconnection when that ...
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Does dual boot hurt security?

On my laptop I have a well secured Linux installation that I would like to stay this way. It has in the past and could in the future contain confidential medical data I use for my study. I also have a ...
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About windows services and service control Manager

I was doing some study on Windows services, when I came to know that when an account other than Local System is used to run service, the SCM automatically grants the account certain security ...
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Git bash shellshock vulnerability [duplicate]

I have installed Git for Windows with bash shell support. Is it vulnerable to ShellShock? Refs: GitHub's Bash Shell for Windows is vulnerable to Shellshock. Can it do any harm though? ...
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Ordinary Windows desktop bash bug [duplicate]

I'm still trying to make sense of the new bash vulnerability (shellshock). I can't tell from what I've read if having a bash script work in a Command Window makes my Windows box vulnerable or not. I ...
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GitHub's Bash Shell for Windows is vulnerable to Shellshock. Can it do any harm though?

After the news of the Shellshock vulnerability broke out, I remembered I had GitHub's version of a bash shell for Windows installed. Just to see if it also had the vulnerability, I executed: env ...
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Tunneling Remote Desktop from DMZ Windows server to my Listening Linux Server. How to?

I have a situation in a penetration test where I got a meterpreter on an internal (DMZ) Windows box, and I want to connect via RDP to it, however the RDP port is blocked externally. The box I hacked ...
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Signed an executable; appears as unsigned on VMs?

I signed my binary with a certificate issued by GoDaddy. It seems that myself and everyone I could get to test it for me confirms that it is indeed signed (much like signtool verify) However, when I ...
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Running Windows Update when abroad

Is it safer or more dangerous to run Windows Update when abroad and using a WPA2 connection to a random cafe's wi-fi? Obviously good news: you get the latest security tweaks. Possible bad news: just ...
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User “ASP” logged in to windows server - hacking attempt?

I run a windows server 2008 which I connect to both via VNC and via remote desktop. Yesterday I noted when I connected to it via VNC that another user was logged in. See images. Notes: I have no ...
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Are windows users passwords easier to crack than linux?

If i set the same password in both linux and Windows, is it easier for a hacker to break the windows password? If so why and how can i create a windows password in the same security level as Linux?
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Read WMI stuff on offline system?

For forensic purposes, I want to work with WMI on an offline system (dd image disk). In particular I would like to read the WMI Event Subscriptions. How can I achieve this ? Are WMI stuff located ...
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High-Risk Intrusion Detected

I have an endpoint protection from Symantec. Recently, I have been receiving many Symantec Cloud Alert emails. wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=../wp-config.php They ...
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What are the differences in Linux and Windows security that cause Windows to get so many more viruses? [closed]

I am trying to gain a more detailed understanding of specific features of the Windows and Linux security models that makes Windows so much more prone to infection by viruses than Linux. As an example ...
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How does Bitlocker only-PIN method work?

Microsoft explained USB-key and TPM based BitLocker decryption process on this article. USB-Key process: The steps in the illustrated sequence are as follows: 1- The operating system starts ...
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Computer hasn't been connected to internet for 2 weeks

A computer hasn't been connected to the internet for 2 weeks but has still been used. It's running Windows 8 and various notices are complaining about virus definitions and updates not being current. ...
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How can I tell if I have the citadel virus without downloading an antivirus?

I recently received an e-mail from Virgin Media indicating that I might have the Citadel virus. It obviously sounds like a fake e-mail, but I am almost certain it is genuine, as they had my name and ...
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What security risks do you face when connecting to a server via RDP? [duplicate]

What security risks do you face when connecting to an (possibly foreign) RDP server? Opening an unsigned RDP file triggers the following warning: RDP is a one way street, right?
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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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How to check for presence of LM hashes in local SAM

To get rid of LM hashes in local SAM databases, one can rely on the famous NoLMHash domain GPO, which instructs clients not to store password hashes with the LM algorithm locally ("Do not store LAN ...
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Multiple “rundll32.exe mhunk.dme” instances. Is my PC Infected with Something?

So, I have this strange list of rundll32.exe There are quite a lot of rows of it (see attached image) when I open the process tab in my task manager I've already read the link here: Multiple running ...
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ByPass usb GPO with iphone -and probably other mobile-

So I am running pentest on a device running Win7 and admin user set group policy to disable all mass storage devices and all usb's. I have access to local user without privs. Although my usb stick ...
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Getting a log of computers that have remotely accessed a Windows server

I have suspicions that someone other than people on my team have obtained the credentials to remotely access a Windows 2008 Server. I need to get some evidence before I start pointing fingers or get ...
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File SHA256 checksum failed, but OK on reboot

I downloaded the Windows installer (.exe) for ImageMagick via http (both http and ftp downloads are provided at http://www.imagemagick.org/script/binary-releases.php#windows). Upon executing the ...
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Is possible to be hacked remotely? [closed]

I am a little bit afraid about remote hacking, since I'm using a Windows 7. I see what a hacker can do if he exploits the DCOM vulnerability in Windows XP, but does this sort of exploit exist on ...
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How do I continue pentesting with access to local station?

I started learning hobbyist penetration testing a while ago, and as far as penetrating a computer I have physical access to, all is good. Mainly using Hiren bootCD, it is easy to gain access to an ...
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Windows Print Drivers / Security Principal

Forgive me if this question seems a little "under the hood", but I think it's important to know from a security point of view. I see SPOOLSV.EXE runs with print driver DLLs (Type 3 - User Mode, I ...
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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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Does Reinstalling windows ensures removal of all malwares/spywares/virus/rootkits etc? [duplicate]

If I re-install Windows, will it ensure that all types of malware/spywares/rootkits and any other malicious software are removed from my laptop?
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Syncing service passwords during offline installations

Due to very paranoid customer requirements, we have to install several Windows services on two different systems that should run under a shared service account. Each system should each have a copy of ...
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Minimum access required to access LSA Secrets

I would like to know what the minimum access is to be able to dump from the lsass process on a Windows machine (any version) to try and grab LSA Secrets. The reason I am asking is because I had ...
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User Account Guessing [duplicate]

I'm doing some research on user account guessing, and wanted to ask a question about some "bad practices". My thought is generally this is a trade-off between great user functionality/UX and ...
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Cracking a 6-character alphanumeric password Windows dialog box

To put this problem in context, I have a touch monitor screen whose firmware program is protected by a password. The firmware program is downloaded over RS232 via a Windows utility program provided ...
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IT support and security concerns regarding local VM's

I started working at a large financial institution several weeks ago as a software engineer and despite every other aspect of this job being great, I am haunted by the constant restrictions that ...
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PCI compliant transparent data encryption at disk/folder level on Windows?

Is there a way to achieve PCI compliant data encryption at disk/folder level in Windows in a way that is transparent to applications(they must be able to write/read to encrypted folders/disks as if ...
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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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How can normal files hide a virus?

How can normal files supported in the Windows operating system hide a virus? Sometimes opening a .txt , .jpg or .docx files leads to running a virus. How is this possible?
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Does a virus need to be clicked on to function?

Can a virus infect my Windows XP operating system by its mere presence? I mean, if I copy/paste a virus on my computer and I never click on it, will it infect my computer or will it remain dormant, ...
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Intrusion Detected - OS Attack

I have recently gotten a prompt from my anti virus stating that there was an intrusion with an OS attack as describe in the link below: ...
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Makecab.exe at boot. is it malicious?

, I am trying to find out why this process appeared during 2 boot occasions. Autoruns does not show it anywhere. It appeared when I uninstalled google chrome and malwarebytes. The prefetch file for ...
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Windows - Revoked Binaries

I find it hard to believe that the majority of Windows system files aren't signed. I don't know whether my disbelief comes from naivety, or because Windows is used within secure environments worldwide ...
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SSRS custom assembly security issues

I want to invoke a custom assembly that uses protected services (like DirectoryServices, etc...) with reporting Services. On the web, I see a recurring example of configuration (inspired by this ...
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Does a VM keylogger listen to the keyboard activities of the host?

I am running a Windows XP virtual machine on a Windows XP host machine. I use the VM for suspicious websites and software/applications. In the case a kaylogger will be installed on my VM: will this ...
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Is monitoring registry hives enough to detect new malware installation?

Is checking the state of the supporting files of the Windows registry hives enough to detect if a new software/malware has been installed on the computer or a given Windows regsitry key has been ...
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Is it possible to keep your harddrive data safe from being copied and recovered

One of my friend challenged me that if my laptop is turned on then he can attach a device to it, just like in movies which will copy all data of my computer to his hard drive without touching a single ...
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Can benign software modify Widnows DLL files?

On Windows (XP, 7, 8, NT ...): can .dll files be modified (in any manner) by benign programs/software already installed/running on the computer ?
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What registry windows keys malwares target often?

I wonder what are the main registry windows keys malware target often ? I would love to code a program that will check the state of those windows registry keys for eventual modifications by malware.