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How to encrypt or store data so that only a pool of processes can share it on Windows?

I am writing an application T1 which is using SQLite database to store some sensitive data and i am trying to encrypt it securely. The issue i am facing is that i don't want my symmetric key to be ...
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Security behind “Windows Security” Feature

Within the Windows Security authentication mechanism active, there are cases the user-login popup comes up. Are this username and password sent encrypted or they are sent as plain-text as the auth-...
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Execute cmd commands with http directory traversal attack

Question Summary: I am trying to create a lab scenario wherein the "attacker" is intended to perform a directory transversal attack from an HTML page and move into the Windows system directories. Can ...
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Protect Specific Services on Client PC

I am not sure if I am asking in the correct location for this, but will ask in the hopes you assist. I want to be able to lock certain services from being restarted/stopped/ended. I know most Anti-...
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secure notebook options [closed]

How can I secure my notebook with highly sensitive information stored in a spreadsheet. I am keeping the following options in mind: Password protect & encrypt BIOS Full disk encryption Password ...
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Can the Windows lock screen be attacked with software? [duplicate]

As a follow-up to this question, I am wondering how much care I need to put into my Windows login password, for when I leave my computer alone in "sleep" mode. (I know that Windows passwords can be ...
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Is my data safe if, with an encrypted hard disk, I put Windows in “sleep” mode

Both my boot partition and my data partition are encrypted with TrueCrypt. My password is lengthy, so I find myself avoiding a reboot of my system whenever possible. When going to lunch (for instance),...
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Is it possible to detect a honeypot? [closed]

Do techniques exists to know if a machine is a honeypot (or suspicious indicators)? What techniques can be used for a software inside the honeypot or outside it? What techniques uses malware to ...
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How does process migration work in Meterpreter [closed]

Did anyone try to figure out how process migration works in Meterpreter in Windows? I want to make my own script to learn that, but am failing to find a starting point for that. Well, I have an idea ...
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Utility to build IP exclusion list? [closed]

Are there any utilities out there that can assist in building an IP exclusion list? Scenario: Recently suffered a brute force attack where 50000 failed login attempts came from a multitude of ...
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Sysinternals tool suite not working on low priv shell

Currently oscp student. I asked this on the oscp forum yesterday, but no responses so far. I am new to infosec, but have 18 years of education / work experience in IT. As far as I can tell, ...
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Hooking an *unexported* API

I want to know is there any way to hook (inline hook) an unexported API of a PE? I have this binary (PE 32 bit) which does not uses any DLL (A statically linked binary) and I would like to know what ...
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How do I audit the effect of security policy on a computer?

I have developed different templates for local security policy. I have been using the program Nexpose to test the effects of those security policies but so far I am not able to detect the visible ...
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Disable a specific services in Windows 7 [closed]

I am using a Windows 7 and I want to Disable some Services, How can I do this? For my machine only? For some machines inside the Active Directory I can control? For all machines inside the Active ...
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Forensics: Any legitimate reason for code injection in artifacts?

I have two images I'm analyzing using volatility. I've found two instances where malfind found injected code in processes in which the code had well defined function prologues and returns. One was ...
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What are the new security features in Windows 10?

Title says it all really. I realise I can Google this, but the top links don't cover all the new features I am aware of, so people will benefit from a canonical answer here.
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Is the enforcement of only allowing signed application to run in a Windows server a safe rule in a prod environment?

There are various security tools that allow an administrator to enforce only signed applications to run in a Windows operating system. is this a realistic general enforcement rule in a production ...
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Windows passwords: Blank/non-blank, admin/non-admin

What are the security concerns of the following user account setups on a normal Windows 7/8/10 desktop machine compared to: Using a non-privileged account with a password and having an admin account ...
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Completely encrypting virtual machine (for free) [closed]

I know in VMware workstation there's the option to encrypt a virtual machine. Is there a free way to do this without VMware workstation? I'm aiming for the fullest encryption and encapsulation ...
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Possible to find out the last person to open a file on Windows without specialist tools?

So I suppose this is specific to the OS you are using or the filetype or software used to open it, but my question stands open for all really but I am particularly interested in more common files such ...
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Lowercase 'w' seen in C:\windows application paths from wmic services list

In reviewing several Windows 7 computers built from the same image (using wmic services command), I'm seeing most all the Window services paths displayed as C:\windows not C:\Windows. The 'w' is ...
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Can I add a new user to an unencrypted Windows installation from a Windows installation disk?

I recall hearing this before, the ability to boot up a Windows PC with an unencrypted hard drive using an installation disk/usb, and use the command line utility on the Windows installation disk to ...
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Forensics - trace back DNS query origin on host?

So I tried to search the web for answers but didn't find any. Is there any way to trace back which exe file or application caused the computer to make a specific DNS query?
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Bitlocker without TPM with both a startup USB and password?

On a Windows 8.1 Pro PC without TPM, how can I use Bitlocker with both a startup USB drive and password? I don't have the option to use both of them, is this possible via command line? Currently, ...
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Why is Windows Explorer making external connections?

McAfee is seeing Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) establishing connections to external IPs: Also verified with cmd: C:\Windows\system32>tasklist|find "explorer.exe" explorer.exe ...
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Can any dangerous file(Virus, Trojan, Malware, etc) cause harm inside a zip or rar?

I am using Windows 8.1 pro with Mozilla Thunderbird for my email requirements. I have my Thunderbird set to auto download all email attachments, however upon runnning a Virus scan I am seeing many ....
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ESI and EDI Overflow [duplicate]

I tried fuzzing an application and ended up with my fuzz string in the EDI register and my program stopped with access violation when reading ESI. I checked the SEH, but it seems un affected :( I am ...
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Determine in which process a virus is hiding [closed]

My computer got one of those Recycle bin viruses, e621ca05.exe. It's an old installation of Windows XP and I can't even enter safe mode because it was in a shaky state already. So I can't follow the ...
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Do I need dedicated firewall? [closed]

I have two servers in the datacenter. FreeBSD <--> Windows Server FreeBSD configured as a gateway for Windows Server. What is the best: FreeBSD has only firewall. All services are on the Win ...
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Minimize risk with Windows 2003 end of life

The company I’m at currently has over 500 Windows 2003 servers remaining globally in production and even though they have a refresh plan they are working through, they are not going to be done anytime ...
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Does http.sys vulnerability affect Windows not running any webservers?

Windows kernel level HTTP driver http.sys is affected by remote code execution vulnerability (MS15-034). This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability ...
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Windows / Sensitive Data / Prevent access by various process

It's my understanding if you're logged into your Windows PC as DOMAIN\DUDE.NAME and you have access to \DOMAINFILES\SECRET STUFF\SUPER SECRETS.xlsx any process you run can also access that file - ...
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Domain Exploitation [closed]

I have set up a domain testing environment on a couple of old computers that i had lying around at home. I have done a lot of information gathering and attempts at exploiting the machines via ...
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Accessing user accounts without asking for their password

I don't like asking my (windows network) users for their passwords, it doesn't seem like a good security practice. I also want to train my users to never give their password to anyone if they ask for ...
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Remote accessed? [closed]

I'm not an IT professional but I'm hoping someone will take the time to answer this. I'm not generally such an idiot but this happened: I was using Ancestry.com on Chrome and clicking links within ...
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Null Session Questions [closed]

Null Session means using unauthenticated SMB session to IPC$ share and accessing the resources anonymously using the RPC function calls in SMB Since The Processes running Under Local System Account ...
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How does Nessus send remote commands on Windows without RDP? [closed]

I would like to know how Nessus sends remote commands on Windows. I have a scan with credentials launched on a Windows machine without RDP enabled, and Nessus can launch commands (.audit with the item ...
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Hidden Malware on a windows OS able to startup [closed]

How do hackers hide there malware on windows, to startup and be impossible to find then delete. The results I found that a hacker can use to hide his malware: (found here) Windows: Setting hidden ...
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Why windows do not alarm when an application hook keyboard [duplicate]

In microsoft windows , we can simply develop an application that hook the keyboard and mouse or take an screenshot of display. Why windows do not alarm that a program uses hooking (for example ...
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Organizing results from netstat using find on Windows [closed]

I am trying to figure out a way to natively do this within Windows without having to load any 3rd party applications. When I run: netstat -ba I want to find established connections without losing ...
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How to wipe potentially infected SSD?

I recently fell victim to some Adware (and possible malware). I was installing Firefox and clicked an ad link in Bing and downloaded a "packaged" Firefox install. I believe the ad is still at the ...
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Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) - can I pivot to a client machine?

I'm considering setting up WSUS on a Server 2008 machine to push updates to my Windows 7 clients. If I do, I'll be following the hardening guidelines issued by MS (such as enabling SSL). One thing I ...
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I just found many facebook entries on my registry? [closed]

I don't have a Facebook account but I was messing with my registry deleting old stuff and I found a bunch of Facebook keys and folders. Facebook is notorious for being a tool for spy agencies and has ...
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VMware VM run on insecure OS

I run VMware with Linux through my Windows OS. I want to use the Linux VM for online transactions. Is it possible for a virus, spy or worm to attack my Linux VM from the Windows host? Is my Linux ...
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Secure point to point remote access to NAS drive

This question is very similar but also distinctly different (How do I ensure data encryption on Samba transmission on *NIX systems?) I'm looking to set up remote access to a NAS unit locally sharing ...
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How do I convert a GPG certificate to a CRT certificate that can be imported into Windows Certificate Manager?

I have a GPG certificate from someone used for email -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- Version: GnuPG/MacGPG2 v2.0.14 (Darwin) I would like to import that into Windows Certificate Manager So ...
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How can I spoof source ip address while making a ping request from windows command prompt? [closed]

I am using ping command to test my website which is running on a local server at the moment.
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Signing the Recovery Partition

Do any computer manufacturers sign (DSA, or just publishing a hash) their recovery partitions so that I can be sure that these bits are authentic? I'd like to buy a second-hand computer and reduce ...
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Looking for a (simple) utility to decrypt rsa-encrypted text in Windows?

Quick question: I'm looking for a simple utility program to be able to decrypt rsa-encrypted data (either base64-encoded or binary attachment) on a Windows workstation. Scenario: There is a group of ...
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Setting up a security lab, looking for a little guidance [duplicate]

I'm new here. Over the past couple of years I've had a growing interest in the security aspects of IT/CS. Recently, I've started setting up a lab for myself based on a kali/win7 dualboot and I've ...