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Who watches the watchmen? User empowerment over firewall behaviour on a personal computer

I've been exploring the gamut of free Windows firewall applications recently and have encountered the following problem: The better firewalls are excellent at stopping other apps from phoning home ...
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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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Hacking Windows Box via Directory Traversal

I am practicing directory traversal attacks and found a vulnerability in a windows XP machine that is running a vulnerable HTTP server that is prone to directory traversal. I can guess file names and ...
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What are the risks posed by “pass-through authentication” and how are they mitigated?

Related: Local Admin has Domain Admin rights "Pass-through authentication" on Windows systems allows for the possibility for user accounts with the same name and password to impersonate one ...
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Basic self-signed certificate questions

A few basic questions around self-signed certificates Question 1 Does a self-signed certificate has to have a CA? I realize that a "real" certificate must as it otherwise can be chain validated but ...
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How safe is it to provide my administrator account password for a 3rd party software: EasyUS Todo Backup?

I've been recently searching for a backup solution for my Windows desktop. That's when I came across this free software called EasyUS Todo Backup. (I know it's a mouthful but English doesn't seem to ...
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Stack Guard vs Stack Shield

I would like to know why nowadays Stack Guard is used everywhere (example: ProPolice in GCC, /GS in Visual Studio), instead of Stack Shield. Both the approaches (i.e. Stack Guard & Stack Shield) ...
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How secure is a Windows PC that is routed through a Linux PC?

I have a Dual PC setup. Two PC's are networked together via crossover cable. The Windows PC is running Windows 7 SP1 64-bit and the Linux PC is running Slackware 14 64-bit with iptables. My firewall ...
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Is it ever safe to install patches in parallel on a Windows OS? When must I reboot after each patch?

It comes to my attention that not all installers are aware of each other (Windows Update, vs some hotfix and service pack installers) and block concurrent execution. For example, I'm able to run ...
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Manual Checks for Signs of Infection on Windows 7

Suppose I wanted to run some manual checks to see if my Windows 7 machine has been infected. I don't usually do anything to get it infected, but I would like to check whether the below steps are ...
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Bitlocker lock drive on standby or switch users

Is possible to auto lock drive with bitlocker when the laptop go on standby or sleep mode? Or when the user is changed? I want the drive to be accesible only by one user.
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Open-source alternative for CryptGenRandom?

Let's say that for some reason I don't trust CryptGenRandom. Are there any open source software Windows entropy collectors to get cryptographically secure random numbers from for seeding purposes? ...
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Is it possible to spoof the mac address of a wireless adapter so that windows sees the spoofed mac as the physical?

I know that its possible to spoof a mac address out to a network. But is it possible to spoof the address, so that the Windows operating system and applications running on Windows see a spoofed ...
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What's the point of storing an copy of args? (the /gs flag)

When you add the /gs argument to microsoft's compiler, it would place a copy of args below the buffer variable. So, what's the point of keeping a copy of arg?
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USGCB on a non-networked computer

We will be getting some data that needs to be kept in accordance with USGCB regulations. Our intent was to keep it secure by storing and using it on a non-networked computer, but the regulations seem ...
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Remotely destroy all the data from a laptop having windows? [closed]

How can i remotely destroy all the data from a laptop having windows 7 as the OS? Is there a way to do that?
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Utilman.exe command prompt hack prevention?

This trick to hack windows and reset passwords(or create new logins)has been around for ages and still works on windows 7 and windows 8. Is there any way to disable the key combination that brings up ...
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Recover Windows Server 2003 admin password through restricted user

OK, so here goes after a lot of trial and error: background: My client recently took over another firm. However, apparently the administrator passwords to the server (along with some other non-IT ...
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Web Service Security Checklist - Tracing and Debugging

I have been reading this security checklist about web service design: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff648304.aspx One of the suggestions is that you should disable the following in ...
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Best security practices in internet cafe

For the next while I will find myself without a working private wifi connection. That leaves me with just a number of options, of which using an internet cafe is one of them. What are the best ...
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While copying data from any email client to a USB device what residue information is left on the PC?

I often end up using netcafe's for browsing web (Windows 7). I recently wanted to download some secure data from my gmail account on to the USB pen drive. So, I went ahead and opened the attachment ...
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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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Do the Windows shared source files compile into the same binaries as the retail version?

Microsoft makes the Windows source code available to certain third party organisations such as the US and foreign governments, universities etc. This is their Shared Source Initiative Is this a ...
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How does Windows know which part of memory is “intended to hold data only”?

I'm learning about DEP implementations, now I'm trying to figure out how does the OS know which part of memory is intended to hold data only?
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In Visual Studio, what are the risks of simply opening an untrusted project? What are the mitigations?

I'm looking at the source code of some potentially hostile code. As usual, VS 2012 is giving me the security warning: "You should only open projects from a trustworthy source" ... "ask me for every ...
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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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Would IT Security professionel people notice a backdoor in Windows 7 or SBS 2011 implemented by Microsoft? [closed]

I guess you have heard of Edward Snowden. Papers around the world published that the NSA invests much time, money and effort for a »full take« of the communication around the world. Given this, it ...
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Is Encrpyting Home Sufficient?

I currently have a fully encrypted Windows System, and I'm looking at switching to Ubuntu. Is encrypting my home directory (with ecryptfs) sufficient? On windows this would be problematic due to ...
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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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Why do some people think Linux is more secure than Windows? [duplicate]

I have no idea if Linux is more secure than windows. I think Linux is more secure but I want to know what is going at kernel level. Somebody told me that Linux have only one main kernel and has it ...
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Error150 (net::ERR_SSL_PINNED_KEY_NOT_IN_CERT_CHAIN): The server's certificate appears to be a forgery [duplicate]

Help me guys please i'm having an problem with my google account. I can't log in it keeps saying : Error 150 (net::ERR_SSL_PINNED_KEY_NOT_IN_CERT_CHAIN): The server's certificate appears to be a ...
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What is the easiest way for a newbie to RSA to create & use a key pair on Windows?

So I need to get a block of text sent to me over email from a friend, but before he sends it he wants a public RSA key from me. Am wondering what is the simplest way for me as a newbie to generate ...
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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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How do i know if I have moved or copied a file from my SD card to PC? [closed]

is there any way to know if the file I have on my mini-SD card was moved or copied to my PC? i have sensitive files on my SD card which is stolen and i cant remember if I cut or copied the file from ...
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Why IE/Windows forces you to install self-signed certificates as root CA to make them work?

In old versions of IE/Windows you could install a self-signed certificate for a web site and it just worked: the warnings disappeared. In more recent versions (and with Chrome) this just didn't work. ...
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Is there an SSL 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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How can this web page access the USB? [closed]

A friend bought a "smart" headset (working with voice commands). I had to install a software on Windows to be able to configure this headset. After downloading the software from the page, this page ...
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Examples for practicing reverse engineering/disassembly of win32 .executables

I remember back in the day, there used to be a website where users would post hackits in the form of win32 exes for users to crack. Usually the goal was to defeat some sort of DRM, such as a nag ...
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Do you recognise this suspicious folder: Malicious or Benign [closed]

Does anyone recognise this suspicious folder that sits on my C drive? The folder sits on my C drive at C:\cacde6d0fd849a939328ab\ The name obviously looks like a hash/encryption/or junk text. The ...
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How to run any application through a proxy with PUTTY? [closed]

Maybe I did not search for it the right way but I could not find the solution. Maybe I am misinformed but if I understand correctly I could use PUTTY to run any Windows applications through a proxy ...
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How to Protect SQL Server 2005?

My project's backend is SQL Server 2005 and I need to install this to customers' systems. The problem is when someone logs onto the computer, they can easily access the SQL Server with Windows ...
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Security of RDPs and infected host system

I currently use a lot of Remote Desktop Connections and even mRemoteNG and I am curious, do key loggers and other security threats have the ability to see what I type and do on the RDPs? Can they ...
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Can I use the same keyboard on both my infected and non-infected computers?

I have a computer which is virus infected. Can I use the same keyboard on both it and a "safe/clean" computer without fear? Keyboards these days seem to come with built in software and thus must ...
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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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How to prevent malware infection and file accessibility through a wireless router? [duplicate]

The answer suggested in the 'duplicate' is about a different issue. But since my original wording of the question seems to have not been clear - here's a second attempt: Is there any danger of any of ...
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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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I am always Hibernating my System, is there any risk for my Encrypted drive with BitLocker?

I am Always Hibernating my Laptop, for faster booting, I encrypted sensitive drive by BitLocker, what if my Laptop stolen and attacker knew that it was in hybernate mode, can he decrypt my hard?
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Disabling built-in Wi-Fi adapter and protecting Wi-Fi's MAC address on a laptop

I have an XP laptop with Wi-Fi issues - it connects / disconnects intermittently. Anyway, I bought a USB Wi-Fi that works well. My security question are: Is there a way to completely disable the ...
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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, ...