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Setting up a security lab, looking for a little guidance

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 ...
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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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Use cases for IPC security windows communication

There are two processes on windows machine. One is in user space and second is a service. User space process sends data to service. Because iam starting to think about securing somehow communication ...
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File Transfer on Lan or Internet Via Local Service Or System Account in windows

Since Local Service, Network Service And System Account are always logged on, Can these accounts be used in dail up connection or file transfer over Lan via other Service or Program? or is any ...
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Are Secure Desktop and separate process enough for hiding sensitive information in RAM?

In my program, I have an encrypted database on the file system with a password. It is decrypted in RAM, and the sensitive data get spread out too much in RAM for mistake to be auditable easily enough. ...
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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. Encrypting the entire drive with VeraCrypt or Bitlocker is not what I'm looking for because I am dual booting with Debian.
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PowerShell / Windows - Security best practices for enabling Windows Remote Management

As the title indicates, I'm looking for industry best practices for enabling Windows Remote Management on a mix of Windows Servers (from 2000, 2003, 2008/R2 and 2012) to allow PowerShell to execute ...
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Is it necessary to purchase an OID for ADCS? [migrated]

I am interested in utilizing ADCS to generate trusted certificates for internal web applications. However, from my readings it appears that I need to purchase an OID, which looks pretty expensive. Is ...
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what is the best keylogger for security uses? [on hold]

Today we were robbed. A thief come to our home at night and stole some stuff including my brother's laptop. I think that the right thing to do is to download a keylogger on my PC, just in case... I ...
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Know username who is working on remote desktop [migrated]

We are a team of 20 people we have a machine that is used by everyone. We take remote desktop of that machine to work on. so if somebody is working and i want to take that i have to ask everyone in ...
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What useful security reports can be extracted from a Windows-based machine and its' related logs?

What logs and event IDs should I be paying attention to when looking at a Windows-based machine (workstation, server, Domain Controller)? Assuming I can aggregate them into a report what ...
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Security risk: Digitally sign communications for SMB

I have a computer (Windows) on a network where an industrial process is controlled. There is an option in Local Security Policy >> Local Policies >> Security Options >> "Microsoft network client: ...
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Understanding and trying out buffer overflow attacks [closed]

I came to read this article (It's a bit old) demonstrating stack based buffer overflow attack in an unpatched version of Windows XP Service Pack 1 (Later versions of Windows are reasonably secure to ...
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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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Confused about SSL certificates needed for Windows proxy [migrated]

I am completely new to security, and I'm confused about what kind and how many SSL certificates I need. I have a REST API server running on a windows server 2012. It's currently listening to HTTP ...
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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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What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them?

What are analytics APIs accessing when they run, and how do you block or spoof them? Usually all apps from desktop or mobile app stores, MMO clients, Steam and many utilities, and many games and ...
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Which Windows Files Should be Monitored by HIDS?

I highlighted my question below. Here is some background. It's easy to find data showing the most commonly trojaned/modified Linux binaries and config files. ps, ls, find, kill, lsof, passwd, ...
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Can an old operating system webserver be made secure?

I have an old laptop with far too little RAM to run Linux (including specialty distributions). It can however run Windows 98 just fine, and I'm looking into turning it into a tiny retro webserver. Is ...
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Is my data secure in locked screen if I use bitlocker

My SSD is currently encrypted by bitlocker right now. So let say if I leave my laptop on locked state (Win+L). Is it possible for someone to get access to my data? Few thing I noted are: If someone ...
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Windows integrated Kerberos authentication

I understand Kerberos as "a computer network authentication protocol which works on the basis of tickets to allow nodes communicating over a non-secure network to prove their identity to one another ...
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Can a physical attacker compromise a Windows machine with UEFI, secure boot and bitlocker?

Machines such as the MS Surface Pro 3 comes with bitlocker encryption and UEFI secure boot out of the box. However, the default boot order is network -> usb -> ssd. If an attacker gets physical ...
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Migrate a x509 key using KSP (CNG) to CSP (CryptoAPI) in Windows

I have a code signing certificate issued to me by a commercial CA, and the key was generated on my local development machine using the new Cryptography Next Generation storage providers. ...
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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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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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IIS 7 World Wide Web Publishing Service service account

We have a security requirement for IIS 7 (Windows 2008R2) that reads as follows: The service account ID used to run the web site must have its password changed at least annually. ...
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Possible to change the CA that a keypair is using?

Pretend I take the same CSR and send it to two different CAs as described in the following scenario: I create a CSR on Windows I submit the CSR and edit my SAN names. Request is pending at the CA ...
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How to enforce TLS on Windows [duplicate]

In Windows 2008 R2 and 2012, how do you enforce TLS-only and how do you demonstrate that posture? I am in IP Compliance and have a strong background in practical system administration and support. I ...
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Resources to learn about Windows systems exploitation [closed]

I'm a beginner in penetration testing, and I'm struggling with finding decent material to learn. I used book about nmap, Metasploit, exploit writing etc..., but they contained too much information ...
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Does Miranda-IM/Miranda-NG encrypt all messages?

Since the demise of GTalk a few weeks ago, we've found that MIM seems to be the lightest instant messaging client out there. It connects to multiple chat services (MSN, Skype, Yahoo) Our main concern ...
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Translating BUILTIN\Users Privileges and Security Settings

I would like to rid my CustomUsers security group from it's dependency on the BUILTIN\Users security group. My goal is to achieve the following: Tightened security (the OS is also hardened) Easy ...
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How can I determine the domain controller when it's not in DNS?

On a penetration test going in blind for an organization, meaning no knowledge of network topology of design, no idea what the domain(s) might be, and domain controller is not apparent in DNS...how ...
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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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How secure is Windows 8's Picture Password login?

The final Windows 8 build has been released to manufacturing. One of the new features of Windows 8 is "Picture Password", where the end user logs on to Windows by clicking a specific pattern on the ...
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Can I create an application that can decrypt data but the administrator of the application cannot?

I have a windows application with a configuration file that contains some database passwords. I'd like to encrypt this data in such a way that my application can decrypt the data, but that the ...
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Use WebGoat on Windows 8 [migrated]

I need to use webgoat, but I can't install it on my Windows 8 computer. Do you know how to proceed ?
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Can someone explain, in simple terms, how the FREAK attack on browsers works?

Is there a reason it only affects browsers on Windows machines and not Mac's or UNIX/LINUX environments? A lot of the wording on this site is particularly complicated and I don't understand fully what ...
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Open source database of malware signatures

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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Should I install my subordinate Certificate Authority on the domain controller? Why?

I must install a PKI in my organization. I work in a windows environment. I already set an offline CA. I must now install a subordinate CA. I have the choice between installing the subordinate CA on a ...
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Any reason for a user to use an email scanner if they don't use any offline mail clients?

I typically recommend that users enable a real-time email scanner (aka a mail shield) in order to detect a possible vector used by malware. Even if they don't use an email application, the rationale ...
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How does driver install with an expired cert?

I'm working on making a silent installer of WinpkFilter driver. In my silent installation, I'm always getting a (not so silent) prompt that says "Windows can't verify the publisher of this driver ...
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Checklist on building an Offline Root & Intermediate Certificate Authority (CA)

Microsoft allows a CA to use Cryptography Next Generation (CNG) and advises of incompatibility issues for clients that do not support this suite. Here is an image of the default cryptography settings ...
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What is the security of Powershell “TrustedHosts”? (is it just a name match)?

Powershell has a TrustedHost section that is configured like this: winrm s winrm/config/client '@{TrustedHosts="CorpServer56"}' What security is implied for CorpServer56? Is it just an ASCII name ...
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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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Implement KHOBE attack in practice [closed]

How I could implement this attack (KHOBE) in practice against kernel hook described in this article : ...
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IIS | Block execution of files in directory

I am dealing with user uploads via a PHP application. I want to secure the server so no exploits are available to the user, such as uploading a php shell and executing it. I have set it so all ...
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Windows 2000 System Profile [migrated]

I have found a computer (W2000 operating system) with a System Profile under Document and Settings Folder. As far I know this user doesn´t log in the computer. In a new W2000 PC this system profile ...
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CTF competitions/challenges that are Windows based?

I've been messing about in CTF's for a while and I also do pen-testing professionally, what i've noticed is a distinct lack of CTF competitions using windows environments. This is in stark contrast ...
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Save application autostart login token on computer

I need to login desktop application while autostart on server (like skype does). What is the best practice to save authentication token (password)? Should I use something like RSA encryption (which ...
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How do I request a certificate from CEP / CES on a Microsoft CA on OSX or Linux? [migrated]

This article describes how to request a certificate from AD CS (Active Directory Certificate Services) from a non-domain joined windows computer. I would think the same principals apply to non ...