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What are these hexadecimal .tmp folders in my windows root containing WiseCustomCalla dlls?

A few minutes ago, i went browsing through my Windows folder to find the proper name of my flash version for http://decentsecurity.com/enterprise/#/flash-force-update/. In my Windows root, I found 3 ...
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Lock Windows to a specific app

Is it possible, using some program or application, to lock Windows 7 so only a specific app can be used, for example Word, until a password is entered? Thanks!
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Mobile App Security vs. Traditional PC Desktop Security In The New Era

I have been using a Windows PC for many years now. Since Android has come to market, I have been very wary of installing apps that require unrelated permissions. Obvoiusly, these extra permissions ...
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Are there any alternatives to EFS for transparently encrypting the contents of a folder in Windows?

EFS is not an option for me because I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium. I am looking for folder encryption, not drive encryption.
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Can a Windows 7 PC with folder sharing and remote desktop disabled, still be penetrated by a rogue computer on the same WiFi or LAN?

Assume the network is already penetrated, and the attacker already fully controls another PC. Other than setting up a proxy to intercept traffic from all other systems on the network and use that to ...
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How to make sure my HTTP server on Win 7 is secure? [on hold]

I'm hosting a HTTP server from home. I'm concerned about security issues since the machine has some personal files in it. I have forwarded data from external IP port 80 to my IP at port 80. The ...
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ISP glitch or a malware? Has this ever happened to you?

Brief background: I consider myself a relatively paranoid power-user, if not an absolute pro. I regularly update my AV and keep up with all the latest updates on my Windows 7 machine. But what ...
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Two user accounts, or UAC? [on hold]

What security implications does having UAC instead of two domain user accounts where one is not local admin and one is, on my windows 8.1 setup?
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Reformatting drive from a GUID partition to an MBR partition [migrated]

I understand that Truecrypt is not compatible with an GUID partition but that is the limit of my knowledge. I am currently using a system that has a GUID partition but doesn't have bitlocker ...
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SFTP on Windows - is it likely to be disabled?

I'm a software engineer and I'm maintaining a product that allows a user to run commands and scripts on Linux servers via an SSH connection. We now need to extend this functionality onto Windows. We ...
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How does process migration work in Meterpreter [on hold]

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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run runas in a shell [migrated]

I'm playing with a Windows 7 VM that I own. I started a reverse shell with ncat as listener. I can run commands except runas. Whenever I try to switch to another user I got prompted for the password ...
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Windows netsh pivoting

I am pentesting a windows box to which I have gained system privileges. This box has two network interfaces. I have been able to reach machines on the second interface via the below netsh command. ...
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Why is shared less secure than open when it comes to WEP?

According to this post, Jeffrey Tippet (Microsoft employee) writes: WEP can run in two modes: shared and open. Despite the names, shared is actually less secure than open. Because of this, our ...
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Anti-live forensic programs

Against dead forensics acquisition we can use disk encryption (we can use TrueCrypt for example). I was wondering do software exists against live forensic ? Can you give me a list for windows and ...
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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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Is diskcryptor really secure?

Diskcryptor is an open-source competitor to TrueCrypt for Windows. It has an edge over Truecrypt for system encryption, because it allows for more than one independently encrypted system partition, ...
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Performing a vulnerability assessment on Windows Tablets?

How do a security auditor can perform a vulnerability assessment for Windows Tablets including Surface RT tablets deployed ones and any management application that comes pre-installed with it? Also, ...
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Protection of information terminal running Windows OS [closed]

I need an information computer terminal to work 24/7 in a protected public area. Operating system is Windows POSReady 7 EVAL. I need this terminal to send HTTP messages to a single IP address in the ...
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Create Incremental/complete backups from a disk encrypted using TrueCrypt? [migrated]

I have a tricky question about whole disk encryption and its backups particularly TrueCrypt for which I have never found a great answer What method do you recommend/use for create automatic backups ...
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output from CryptGenRandom [closed]

Can we capture the output of Windows CryptGenRandom function. Suppose an application is utilizing CryptGenRandom, as a user can we know what is the Random Number generated and given to the ...
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Suspicious behavior from explorer.exe [migrated]

The explorer.exe process on my computer is repeatedly trying to connect with some kind of remote host, I do not know exactly what this process is trying to do. Why do I suspect Explorer.exe ? First ...
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Is This A Run32dll.exe Virus [migrated]

I have two run32dll.exe processes, one in System32 and another in SysWOW64. Is one of them a virus or is it normal? Sometimes only one is there (SysWOW64) and this one uses 60-90 Mbs Of memory. ...
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Did DKOM trigger PatchGuard on x64 Windows?

DKOM can be used to hide processes and drivers. It works well on x86 system. However, there are PatchGuard on x64 system. Can PatchGuard detect DKOM?
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Windows Certificate Store - Generating / importing personal certificates using a smartcard?

I think we all know Windows can store and handle certificates which is a nice feature as this enables many appliations to rely on this (like Putty-CAC). Now I'm having the problem, that I own a ...
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How can I scan open ports through Windows Firewall?

I use Kali Linux and VMWare for testing some penetration techniques. The problem is that when I scan ports with Nmap to my Windows IP "all ports are filtered". I know that the firewall is blocking the ...
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What is SAM Account\F as reported by chntpw? [closed]

I am working through some study material and decided to explore the chntpw tool. I have a listing for SAM Account\F and it is off (0). I am wondering what this is as I am curious why it is off and ...
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secure use of psexec?

As of March 7, 2014 PsExec now "encrypts all communication between local and remote systems, including the transmission of command information such as the user name and password under which the remote ...
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Windows Firewall Connection Security with Certificate

I've been fiddling with the Windows firewall configuration of some computers within a VMWare based LAN (no domain). To aid in my testing and debugging, I created a small, self-hosted console ...
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How effective is antivirus software? [duplicate]

On one hand, most antivirus websites claim their products are highly effective, and I've seen antivirus "test" videos claiming 95%+ detection rates for new malware (as in less than a day old, not old ...
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CryptoAPI to CommonCrypto with RC4

I have cryptographic code used in the Windows platform, which uses the Crypto API functions and need to convert this to using Common Crypto on OS X. Essentially the original code is this, with error ...
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How to properly deploy internal self-signed scripts (Powershell) [migrated]

Completely new to certificate usage so be gentle. I'd like to deploy Powershell scripts that I made to other employee computers so they can use them, but I will need to sign them in order for them to ...
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Finding user who deleted files on a shared network folder [migrated]

We have windows 2008 r2 server without a domain and guest account is enabled on it. Users are accessing a shared folder from their computers and can write, modify, and delete files. One shared folder ...
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Convert RSA openSSH key/putty key to gpg key [closed]

Scenario Two work sites, site 1 and site 2. Two Linux servers, server A and server B. Server A is reachable from both sites, while server B is reachable from site 1 only. Two Windows workstations, ...
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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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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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Windows Passwords

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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Warning message about Git on IE 11: “a website wants to open web content using this program on your computer”

This is about something that happened while using IE 11 on Win 7 x64. Not sure if it matters but IE is running in "Protected Mode". I was posting a support request for a software that I use at that ...
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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 ...
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How to generate self-signed EV SSL Certificate?

I configured XAMPP / Windows on my laptop so that this URL: https://www.supersite.com/ points to XAMPP / localhost rather look elsewhere. I basically generated a self-signing certificate, imported ...
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Why does Windows Ship with Expired SSL Certificates?

I am cleaning up the certificate stores on my Windows machines, and considering which certificates I should keep, and which ones I should delete. Why does a fresh install of Windows Server 2012 R2 ...
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Is google.com/webhp malicious?

Lately, I've noticed the addition of "/webhp" in the url of Google searches along with some additional variables, "sourceid", "rlz", and a few others. Together, they make a URL in the form of ...
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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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Can I create an SSL certificate on windows signed with the machine's certificate?

From MMC > Certificates I can see there's a certificate for the current machine under 'Trusted Root Certification Authorities > Certficates'. e.g. on my workstation called 'RoryWorkstation1' there's a ...
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How can I detect users that have requested AD Administrators to reuse an expired password?

There is a trend among companies I've worked at where administrators (or helpdesk folks) give a user a courtesy extension of the old expired password... rather than forcing the user to change it. ...
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Windows Update - Interception

I'm trying to monitor the HTTP requests/responses made when performing a Windows Update. I have a Windows 8 machine configured with a proxy in IE. I've also imported via netsh for winhttp: netsh ...
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Restricting C drive access on windows by limited User but allow to install new software [migrated]

I want to restrict the user to access C drive but want to allow installation of new software. scenario is user is downloading a software and installing from a wizard but he can access to installation ...
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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 ...
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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 server administrator dump memory remotely thru Dell iDrac card?

I might at some point to invite another person into my software project. I don't mind sharing the code but the data I use is very sensitive. Once he gets hands on both pieces I wont see him again (if ...