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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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Floppy disk partition showed up when USB Flash drive inserted

For one of my course's midterm lab portion, the professor provided us flash drives to put our project in. Everyone had their named labeled on one, so she gave me the last one left out, which had a ...
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TeamViewer: I'm worried the user who used my PC stole some data [migrated]

How can I be sure that the user yesterday connected to my PC with TeamViewer downloaded some data with the file transfer? Does the file transfer shows a notification to say that he is downloading ...
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How do I encrypt external drive with Password which is compatible with both Linux and Windows? [on hold]

I wanted to encrypt my external drive with password, which is compatible in both Linux and Windows. Truecrypt is an option. But the development of it is stopped few months back. I came across ...
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Hardware USB Key to Reset Any Windows Password

This tool requires physical access of course, and there are many things you can do once you have physical access, but this peaked my curiosity. The tool in question: ...
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Windows Sever Access Control [on hold]

Windows server manages access control through DAC and MAC. What can be the possible reasons for using DAC and MAC and not using RBAC?
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Will Ad Block Plus block the ads that give someone Cryptowall 2.0?

Now I already know that making sure your browser plugins are either non-existent or up-to-date is one way of being on the safe side against ransomeware like Cryptowall 2.0; but since clicking ads are ...
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What agency digitally signed Cryptowall 2.0 so that it can run without being detected?

What agency issued a digital signature for the Cryptowall 2.0 ransomware virus? Is it too early to tell? As far as I know this is how Microsoft planned to prevent malware, by adding a digital ...
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How do you discover what permissions an AD group has, if you have no documentation?

You just got hired at company A and the old administrator is no longer there. Requests start coming through for adding users to the internet restrict group. When you look at the groups none of the ...
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Is possible to be hacked remotely? [on hold]

I am a little bit afraid about remote hacking, since I'm using a Windows 7. I see what a hacker can do if he exploits the DCOM vulnerability in Windows XP, but does this sort of exploit exist on ...
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Log-on and log-off audit [on hold]

I guess I need to rephrase my question. I understand that you can enable or disable the log-on and log-off event. I know how to do it for the log-on event, but how about log-off event? how do I ...
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Recover Windows Server 2003 admin password through restricted user

OK, so here goes after a lot of trial and error: background: My client recently took over another firm. However, apparently the administrator passwords to the server (along with some other non-IT ...
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Windows OLE Vulnerability CVE-2014-4114 “Sandworm”

Just heard about a new vulnerability and am using the same format as the POODLE guy for this one. What is the Sandworm vulnerability? I use [product/browser]. Am I affected? Is [product] ...
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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 ...
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How does Bitlocker only-PIN method work?

Microsoft explained USB-key and TPM based BitLocker decryption process on this article. USB-Key process: The steps in the illustrated sequence are as follows: 1- The operating system starts ...
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I need help on how to hack into a scammer computer via IP/DNS [closed]

I really need your help in this one. Today I got scammed by a "trader" for 100$, but I managed to get his IP, reverse DNS and Hostname but I am unskilled in hacking. I need help here, I just want to ...
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automatic connection from LSASS to different IPs. Is this the usual behavior?

I'm using windows 7. firefox 22. connecting through a regular residential wifi router. In the last month I've noticed that when I connect to the internet and once in a while my firewall indicates me ...
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Computer hasn't been connected to internet for 2 weeks

A computer hasn't been connected to the internet for 2 weeks but has still been used. It's running Windows 8 and various notices are complaining about virus definitions and updates not being current. ...
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Free alternatives to Windows nap? [migrated]

NAP was depreciated in 2012R2 and now Microsoft says it is not even present in Win 10 Server. I read this article which explains NAP is not as relevant today as there are better technologies to ...
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Due to which reason might a windows 7 password been reset to empty?

A user reports on monday he cannot access his windows 7 account anymore due to a "wrong password", which perfectly worked on friday. It turns out the password has been reset to empty for that account. ...
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How secure is my DPAPI Master Key if I enable biometric login?

I understand that Windows DPAPI master keys are encrypted (directly or indirectly) with the user's login password - see e.g. Does DPAPI works if a user hasn't a login password? If I understand ...
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How would one go about setting up a system with security in mind? [closed]

I run a standard laptop at home (dual-boot Fedora 20 and Windows 7; the Windows side is almost never used). Soon my other computer will be working again; it will have Windows 8.1 and some flavor of ...
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Does KASLR really provide more security against exploits?

I know all about how ASLR works, and how it has been implemented on both Linux and Windows systems. It provides an extra layer of protection that malware has to take into account. But nowadays with ...
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Windows system password hashed - see which hash is used

How can I know / see if my windows is using NTML, LM, NTML2 for its user account passwords? What is the standard today, in windows systems?
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How to securely use Process.Start?

I am using Process.Start in a Windows Service I created to execute an exe that I have on my server that is used for audio conversion. I am passing some user input as a parameter to this exe. The ...
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Is placing an `autorun.inf` folder in a drive's root a good safety precaution?

Is it possible for viruses to use Windows' autorun.inf mechanism to start their execution? If so, is placing an autorun.inf folder a good safety precaution? My reasoning is that it can help in one fo ...
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Does dual boot hurt security?

On my laptop I have a well secured Linux installation that I would like to stay this way. It has in the past and could in the future contain confidential medical data I use for my study. I also have a ...
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Is there any reason to windows appdata to be shared with local network? [migrated]

We just had a security issue here at company. Someone entered in appdata\local\temp\skype folder of an employee, copied some parts of some conversations and sent by email to others. When we started ...
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About windows services and service control Manager

I was doing some study on Windows services, when I came to know that when an account other than Local System is used to run service, the SCM automatically grants the account certain security ...
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Dos Attack and other malwares!

I have been experiencing DoS attacks: ack scan and rst scan. Now I know these are supposed to be normal and the internet works that way but I experience severe internet disconnection when that ...
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Are windows users passwords easier to crack than linux?

If i set the same password in both linux and Windows, is it easier for a hacker to break the windows password? If so why and how can i create a windows password in the same security level as Linux?
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GitHub's Bash Shell for Windows is vulnerable to Shellshock. Can it do any harm though?

After the news of the Shellshock vulnerability broke out, I remembered I had GitHub's version of a bash shell for Windows installed. Just to see if it also had the vulnerability, I executed: env ...
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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 continue pentesting with access to local station?

I started learning hobbyist penetration testing a while ago, and as far as penetrating a computer I have physical access to, all is good. Mainly using Hiren bootCD, it is easy to gain access to an ...
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Minimum access required to access LSA Secrets

I would like to know what the minimum access is to be able to dump from the lsass process on a Windows machine (any version) to try and grab LSA Secrets. The reason I am asking is because I had ...
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Git bash shellshock vulnerability [duplicate]

I have installed Git for Windows with bash shell support. Is it vulnerable to ShellShock? Refs: GitHub's Bash Shell for Windows is vulnerable to Shellshock. Can it do any harm though? ...
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Ordinary Windows desktop bash bug [duplicate]

I'm still trying to make sense of the new bash vulnerability (shellshock). I can't tell from what I've read if having a bash script work in a Command Window makes my Windows box vulnerable or not. I ...
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Tunneling Remote Desktop from DMZ Windows server to my Listening Linux Server. How to?

I have a situation in a penetration test where I got a meterpreter on an internal (DMZ) Windows box, and I want to connect via RDP to it, however the RDP port is blocked externally. The box I hacked ...
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Task Manager shows higher total CPU usage than the sum of all running processes. Keylogger? [migrated]

In Windows Task Manager and AVG Task Manager (included in TuneUp Utilities), I see that the sum of all the running processes is much lower than the total CPU usage shown in "performance" tab. Does ...
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How can Network Disconnect be implemented for RDP on a Windows system (2003/XP or later)?

From NIST SP 800-53, Rev. 3: SC-10 NETWORK DISCONNECT Control: The information system terminates the network connection associated with a communications session at the end of the session or ...
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Signed an executable; appears as unsigned on VMs?

I signed my binary with a certificate issued by GoDaddy. It seems that myself and everyone I could get to test it for me confirms that it is indeed signed (much like signtool verify) However, when I ...
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How to use windows 2008 as router [migrated]

i have a windows 2008 server with 3 network cards and 2 internet lines. i want to separate apps traffic and usual traffic as below. i tried RRAS as bridge but can i use windows 2008 as router using ...
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Running Windows Update when abroad

Is it safer or more dangerous to run Windows Update when abroad and using a WPA2 connection to a random cafe's wi-fi? Obviously good news: you get the latest security tweaks. Possible bad news: just ...
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Using OSSEC to monitor windows services [migrated]

I'm using OSSEC to trying and monitor services on servers such as Windows Event Log. I would like to know if a service has stopped or started and get emailed accordingly. I have tried a rule that ...
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Does Windows have a built-in password store?

What passwords are stored in Microsoft Windows? How can I know what password are saved in computer?
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User “ASP” logged in to windows server - hacking attempt?

I run a windows server 2008 which I connect to both via VNC and via remote desktop. Yesterday I noted when I connected to it via VNC that another user was logged in. See images. Notes: I have no ...
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Read WMI stuff on offline system?

For forensic purposes, I want to work with WMI on an offline system (dd image disk). In particular I would like to read the WMI Event Subscriptions. How can I achieve this ? Are WMI stuff located ...
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High-Risk Intrusion Detected

I have an endpoint protection from Symantec. Recently, I have been receiving many Symantec Cloud Alert emails. wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?action=revslider_show_image&img=../wp-config.php They ...
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What are the differences in Linux and Windows security that cause Windows to get so many more viruses? [closed]

I am trying to gain a more detailed understanding of specific features of the Windows and Linux security models that makes Windows so much more prone to infection by viruses than Linux. As an example ...
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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?