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WebDAV automatically attempting to connect remotely because of DFS namespace?

I recently bought and Installed a WAF (after much begging). I have a DFS namespace called \\mycompany.com\ which is based on my Active Directory domain name mycompany.com. My website domain is ...
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Why does Windows 7 remove Authenticated Users from file permissions when a folder is shared?

When I try to share a folder using the share tab in file properties, if I go back and remove sharing options from the Share tab, it also affects the Security tab, removing inheritance of permissions ...
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How does Remote Access Trojan / Backdoor Software work?

How does a RAT works? I understand it as once we visit the infected website, the browser might download the Trojan to our PC automatically. Will it be executed and auto-installed in our computer? I ...
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ms08_067_netapi not performing expectedly on Windows XP Sp1/Sp3

I tried the exploit with meterpreter reverse tcp on both Sp1/Sp3 machines and both returned a statement of exploit completed but no session was created. Both machines have firewall off. I want to have ...
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NMAP scan fails

I started to read a metasploit guide book so I set up 2 Machines in VirtualBox for pen testing (host - BT 5, the second - WinXP SP2). When Im trying to scan open ports with NMAP on the Windows ...
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When using Dropbox to sync Keepass db, is it ok to open it in synced folder?

I'm going to be storing a Keepass 2 database file (.kdbx) in a local folder that's synced by Dropbox. Is it safe to use Keepass to open the database directly considering everything in the folder is ...
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USB as a key to show hidden partition [on hold]

I'm looking for a solution, where the USB will become a key, so upon connecting it to the Windows computer, some partition/folder gets visible and/or decrypted.
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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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Is possible to prevent input emulation with SetWindowsHookEx in specific application?

The one of technique of input emulation protection with automation toools like AutoIt or ACTools used most of simple game bot programs is SetWindowsHookEx usage WH_KEYBOARD_LL flags. This solution is ...
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Windows certificate verification with timestamping

I have been trying to replicate the behaviour of the Digital Signatures tab on windows file properties. I'm using WinVerifyTrust api and X509Certificates namespace to achieve my goal. I've managed to ...
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Are there any consequences of clicking on a URL to a facebook.com link?

So I stupidly clicked on a suspicious link on a Facebook post today. Guest account for shame. In my defense, it was a link to facebook.com itself, but it loaded a Facebook page, then seemed to ...
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Logging in as administrator in windows 7, is there a downside?

I have a very straightforward question. Is there any downside to logging in as an administrator all the time in windows 7? I mean, it asks you whenever a program asks for permission to do something ...
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Are .dll files normally found in system32 but now in a user’s AppData folder always suspicious?

I recently had to read over some malware reports and associated logs for a confirmed malware detection and subsequent infection of a Windows asset. The logs clearly show .dll files in a user’s AppData ...
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Security of Windows Processes using “RunAs A Different User”

I've struggled to find much information on this topic. What I'm interested in is the following: Scenario A user is logged into a Windows (7, 8.1, etc) workstation as a standard non-administrative ...
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Does enabling EnableLinkedConnections pose a security risk?

As shown Microsoft's TechNet, network shares that are mapped by logon scripts are shared with the standard user access token instead of with the full administrator access token. Here's the gist of it: ...
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Track cmd executions history logs?

I bought a new notebook with Windows 10 Home edition installed on it. The notebook also had tons of other software pre-installed: all kinds of drivers, keyboard back-lighting managers and so on. I've ...
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How does Zeus (and other malware) inject code into other processes

Recently, I've been studying how malware works, most recently the infamously known Zeus bot, and I've noticed one thing that I don't seem to understand: The malware is said to be able to hook APIs in ...
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Is there any way to discover why Windows Smartscreen is flagging your download?

Since Windows Smartscreen is now marking downloaded files signed with SHA1 post 1/1/16 as potentially unsafe, we have had to get a new code-signing cert. With it being a new cert, it has no ...
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Is the Windows paging file safe in the encrypted partition?

I came across this setting called ClearPageFileAtShutdown. The setting is described here and says: If you are truly worried about security, boot Windows off a fully-encrypted drive. Then you ...
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How to protect Windows Registery from being changed or from programs trying to add keys

This question is with regards to Windows Personal PC. How to protect Windows Registry from being changed or from programs trying to add keys? I understand that the following general good practices ...
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Checklist for configuring WinRM Security settings on servers

WinRM has a very difficult to use command line interface and that leads me to believe some settings will be easily reconfigured, overlooked, and eventually exploited. In other words, insecurity ...
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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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Does a Mailbox Export Request modify the mailbox data?

The procedure suggested by forensics companies to make a copy of a users's mailbox in a forensically sound manner is to use New-MailboxExportRequest. What information is modified (if any) by the use ...
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Path Disclosure without ability to read files

So I am a pentester, and I have discovered "feature" on a server that allows me to, essentially, blindly traverse a web server's files (without executing or reading them). The problem is that I ...
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Is it possible to gain control of a Windows computer with no browser notifications when a user clicks a URL?

If so, how? Currently working on a spam filter for a large company and trying to determine the level of risk involved with this. We run many different Windows versions. This CNN video seems to imply ...
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How to find Windows version from the file on a remote system

I need to find out what Windows and Service Pack system is currently running. All I have is ftp access, it means I cannot run any the software. Is there a way to determine what version of Windows, ...
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How does DCOM authentication compare to RPC based authentication/auth?

The following paragraph from MSFT Best Practices for 2003 PKI says Windows 2000 authenticated via RPC vs 2003 that authenticates using DCOM A CA running Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, ...
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In Windows, what should I do to run a program with admin rights without concerns?

I'm currently using Windows 8.1 - 64 bits. In my computer, I have 2 accounts, 1 with admin power (used to install programs), and another without admin power (for everyday usage). There's a certain ...
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How to make / dump contents of memory for forensics analysis?

I work as a Information Security analyst and was recently tasked to look into Incident response + computer forensics related topics. For starters, I am experimenting on my PC which is running Windows ...
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AirVPN, DNS Leaks on Windows 8.1, but not Ubuntu

I've noticed when I visit dnsleaktest.com using Windows 8.1 & Chrome a bunch of UK IP addresses (Belonging to my ISP) are displayed alongside the Netherlands IP address I should be appearing as ...
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Any idea to prevent on this case of security breach on Windows 7

I'm using a Windows 7 64 PC in my company. Today I found a strange username on the login screen. I checked and found some users' folders inside my Windows directory. Only my account from company ...
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How to reinstall Win7 from a D-drive on an infected laptop

The laptop is infected with some sort of bad stuff (virus? Trojan? malware? etc). I am thinking of wiping it clean and reinstal Win7 "from scratch". I am running Win7 from an HP Probook, which has a ...
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AuthentiCode Launcher runs everything

Imagine a vendor uses AuthentiCode only to get rid of the yellow UAC warnings. To avoid buying new certificates each year, the vendor could create a Launcher EXE which is signed, requests UAC ...
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Meeting HIPAA standards in a server-to-domain-client application?

Similar, inconclusive question by someone else found here: HIPAA requirements for local server The requirements are that the application runs on a Windows server and can be expected to connect to up ...
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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 do I identify which PC made a suspicious DNS query?

Our IDS detected a suspicious DNS packet going to a Botnet (or similar). Since that DC is a recursive relay, how can we identify the client who made that request. (Windows DNS server)
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Can I trust my antivirus' assessment of my computer as clean, if it previously found threats?

Yesterday, I went to my Recycle Bin (for the first time in a while) to purge a bunch of files I had sent there. When I clicked on the folder, my antivirus warned me of a trojan out of the blue. Later, ...
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Security of natural Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 behind no firewall

I've often been wondering today in 2016 how secure is truly an up-to-date natural Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 OS on internet behind no firewall other than its internal windows firewall. Is ...
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Can the windows Remote Procedure Call subsystem be modified from the default without causing Windows 8/8.1/10 to break?

This is a question that personally as a security professional has bugged me for a long time. So, a default Windows installation, from XP up to 10, typically has a few services listening on the ...
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File shredders and free space wipers, are really safe to use?

I was wondering these days about , how really secure are the file shredding software , or free space wipers? Lets say we are using PC Windows, and software CCleaner (from piriform) or File Shredder ...
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How do I clear cached credentials from my Windows Profile?

Windows seems to be saving my credentials for a variety of applications (terminal servers, etc) and I'd like to purge this data. How can I backup and purge this data?
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multiple authenticode signatures

Is it possible to have multiple Authenticode signatures in an executable? The Digital Signatures tab suggests you can, so I was wondering if, for example, you can sign an executable with Verisign's ...
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A seemingly innocent program is attempting to connect online. Should I be worried?

OS: Windows 10 64-bit updated, usually used for development and Steam-CSGO. Straight to the point: Solitaire just tried to connect to the internet. Details: After tightening my firewall rules after ...
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Can I see the contents of SAM file with a plain text-editor? [migrated]

I have exported the SAM and SYSTEM as Registry Hive Files and I was wondering if it is possible to look inside those files to see what they contain? I opened them with Notepad but I didn't ...
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Do I need to change my host OS to something like Tails if I already have Tails running in a VM if I want to be protected on the interenet?

First let me say sorry if I sound like a script kitty, because I am. Now on to my question. So I want to be protected on the internet when I go on the deep web, do banking etc. I use Tails to protect ...
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Can Keyloggers get passwords from Windows 7/8 Logon Screen?

If yes, do you know some examples of Keyloggers capable of perform this? EDIT: I mean when logon in the windows right after power on the PC and/or when locked with Win+L.
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How to completely remove all traces of a file in Windows 7?

I'm curious to know how to completely erase all possible traces of files in Windows 7. For example, let's say I have a subfolder containing five different files at work deemed sensitive (A document, ...
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Is reskinning work computer desktops a practical security measure?

Recently, I opened a new checking account a national US bank. The branch of this bank was very modern, and they even had a wall of screens behind the teller's desk. When I was meeting with an advisor ...
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Security Benefits in Replacing Windows Desktop Programs with New Windows Store Apps for Higher-Risk Uses?

Question: I'll put this as concretely as I can: For a small business-owning user of a Windows 10 PC who's highest-security-risk activities involve opening plenty of email attachments of PDF and ...
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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 ...