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Scam caller claimed to have elderly friend's “Windows unique identifier”

An elderly friend received a telephone call similar to this Information Security SE post and this one. The caller claimed that my friend's computer had a problem that needed to be fixed. My friend ...
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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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Why do you have to be an admin to create a symlink in Windows?

In linux every user can create symlinks, but in Windows I need an admin command line, or mklink fails. Why is that?
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why Windows Firewall in XP cannot block outbound connections [on hold]

wikipedia say: XP's Windows Firewall cannot block outbound connections; it is only capable of blocking inbound ones. another article says: XP defends you with your traffic coming from the web but ...
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Just how intrusive IS Cortana? [on hold]

According to Microsoft's privacy statement: To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device ...
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How to figure out if someone has been using TeamViewer 8 to access my computer when I was not here?

I came to my computer today and have not been here since monday afternoon. I am using windows 7. There were some error messages showing even on the log in screen about memory violations done by ...
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Limiting Concurrent Login For System Admins On Windows Domain

Quick background: we are a smaller sized team meaning that we perform multi-function roles. Thus a developer is typically a DBA as well and some developers do have domain admin access. As a rule our ...
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Identify Malicious/Suscipicous Processes from Process List

I have a list of 1000 processes and I want to identify which of them are legitimate and which are not. I only have the name of the processes and I want to categorize them. Is there any way to get ...
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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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Using Tor browser on a Windows machine

Suppose a person is running a Windows 7/8 operating system. If she/he uses the TOR web-browser, can Microsoft see what they are browsing? Would that not defeat the point of using TOR in the first ...
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How do you properly setup Tor on Windows 7?

How do you properly setup Tor on a Windows 7 box to guarantee that ALL connections will run through Tor?
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Open source database of malware signatures [closed]

I'm looking for an open source database of malware signatures/hashes (if possible regularly updated and well documented) that I could use in one of my software for scanning a huge numbers of files ...
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What exactly is IE / Chrome checking when I view the “certification path” tab on cert connection details?

When I bring up certificate details for a web page in IE or Chrome, I have the option to view the certificate hierarchy (under a tab called "Certification Path"). Here's an example for ...
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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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Git server security

I want to install a Git server for my company. I'm able to get a Windows virtual machine. Now I've been asked to assess its security aspects. I'm lost on how to achieve this goal. As it is a Windows ...
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Will it improve security if I place both SHA1 and SHA256 signatures inside codesigned binary on Windows?

My application targets platforms starting with Windows 7 32bit. Many of them aren't up to date (i.e. may be missing many recommended updates from Microsoft). Given the constraints I must use SHA1 ...
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Malicious programs that takes advantages of Windows vulnerabilities [closed]

I was wondering if the majority of the viruses and worms are created to exploit vulnerabilities of the Windows system (not a third party app), also I would like to see a report. In Windows a normal ...
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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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Windows: unknown program/service etc. sends HTTP request to download a file; how can I find the origin of that request?

The firewall of my company has detected and blocked a repetitive (every 15 min) HTTP request from a PC, which tries to start a download of a file called ..._chrome_installer.exe(or so) from the host: ...
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Does Chrome OS Allow Executable Files?

My company has some real security issues and I am wondering if using Chrome OS can be some solution to my problem. Typical Windows computers seems all to vulnerable to attacks from malicious images ...
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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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Are the Microsoft Windows images found on the internet safe?

Microsoft has stopped offering the Windows images for download. It is now only possible to get the image if one has a key of a retail version of the corresponding OS. The question is now, whether the ...
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Can I connect to a network without being detected? [closed]

Some people use software like whoisonmywifi and so on. Is there a way to bypass this software? I think it pings all IP addresses like 192.168.1.0/24 so it will ping all addresses. Can I disable ...
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Windows NFC login [migrated]

I have a motorola RFID enabled phone. I would like to scan the card for a sector with a certain password, then be able to log me into my Windows computer. How to do that? I have tried a bluetooth ...
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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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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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What are the chances of a normal Internet user being hacked or infected by malware?

Say I'm a normal Internet user, I visit some well-known social networks like Facebook, twitter, play flash-based games in Facebook, visit some big websites that are known to be safe and trusted and ...
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A Solution for Block/File Encryption that is Corruption Resilient? [closed]

Question: What encryption features/(configuration options) are implemented that mitigate issues with device/block corruption? For example, if the external hard-drive gets dropped, the damaged ...
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Windows 7 Password Hash Security

I recently came across a number of sources that suggest that cracking Windows user account passwords is easy by examining their password hashes. I understand that these hashes are stored in the SAM ...
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Windows Firewall - how to block inbound for all .exe files in a folder

In Windows Firewall with Advanced Settings I can create a rule which blocks all inbound or outbound traffic for particular program by pointing to its .exe file. The problem is that this program has ...
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Detecting reflective DLL injection

In the past few years, malware (and some pen-test tools like Metasploit's meterpreter payload) have begun to use reflective DLL injection (PDF) to load a DLL into the memory of a process. The benefit ...
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Protecting Uploaded Confidential Files [closed]

We have a web application in Linux (App A) using PHP and Zend and another in Windows using Asp.net C# (App B). They both access the same database. App B is for internal use only while App A can be ...
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enumeration and MS DCERPC

Enumeration, enumeration, and even more enumeration is the generic pentesting mantra, but enumeration is worthless if you can't read the results. I came across the Windows RPC service, where ...
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Windows Credentials - read password

What is the cipher used by windows Credential Manager to generate credentials backup files (*.crd)? With a backup file from Credential Manager and the password used to created that backup file is it ...
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Webserver | IIS | Configuring to not run certain files [closed]

I currently have a webserver running Windows Server 2012 which is running IIS as its webserver and using PHP. Lets assume the a user is able to upload a trojan onto my server, either through a ...
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What are these hexadecimal .tmp folders in my windows root containing WiseCustomCalla dlls? [migrated]

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? [closed]

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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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 [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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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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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 ...