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How to hack a Win95 machine?

While playing with old operating systems, I came across that there are no remote code execution exploits available for Win95 machines, running just file share (no IIS or anything else). Win95 neither ...
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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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Locking a partition/drive [migrated]

I am working in an environment where people share the same PC running Windows 7. I would like to put my private files in an encrypted partition so that I can lock it when I leave the PC, yet leave the ...
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User Account Guessing [duplicate]

I'm doing some research on user account guessing, and wanted to ask a question about some "bad practices". My thought is generally this is a trade-off between great user functionality/UX and ...
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How can normal files hide a virus?

How can normal files supported in the Windows operating system hide a virus? Sometimes opening a .txt , .jpg or .docx files leads to running a virus. How is this possible?
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Cracking a 6-character alphanumeric password Windows dialog box

To put this problem in context, I have a touch monitor screen whose firmware program is protected by a password. The firmware program is downloaded over RS232 via a Windows utility program provided ...
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UAC bypass approaches

I am looking for a technique for bypassing UAC. Here are two solutions that I found on Google, but I need a different solution: Bypassing UAC with User Privilege under Windows Vista/7 Advantages ...
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Are there any logic-bombs that execute when the file is deleted?

I want to delete a suspected malicious file from a server. For the purposes of this question assume that the infected machine is Windows Server 2003 or later. Is there any risk in deleting such a ...
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How does the Windows “Secure Desktop” mode work?

Can anyone explain (or provide a link to a simple explanation) of what the Windows "Secure Desktop" mode is and how it works? I just heard about it in the KeePass documentation (KeePass - Enter ...
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UAC and Windows Services

A user has a PowerShell script that does some things that require administrative access on Windows Server 2012 with UAC enabled. When they run the script as a Local Administrator, it fails with ...
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system Idle process in windows [on hold]

I was looking at core system process in windows 7 through process explorer when i came by system idle process,this process captured my attention as it has no image so i thought i should research on ...
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IT support and security concerns regarding local VM's

I started working at a large financial institution several weeks ago as a software engineer and despite every other aspect of this job being great, I am haunted by the constant restrictions that ...
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does switching to linux remove existing computer virus

if you change from a malware/spyware infected windows setup to a linux setup will infections migrate to linux if they were on the computer? (when you are hacked/infected is it the op system that is ...
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Windows Firewall netsh equivalent of iptables u32 module

I have looked everywhere and I can't seem to find a netsh equivalent of the u32 module for iptables. I want to create a rule to Drop a packet that starts with a specific set of bytes. Similar to: # ...
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How to stop auto-created files to happen?

I'm new to "Information Security" so I hope I'm in the right place. I'm experimenting a very disapointing problem on my hosting server: some files are automaticaly created and I don't know how. The ...
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How does Network Discovery OFF protect my computer?

Yes, it seems that the computer will not respond to pinging. But any computer with a packet sniffer will be able to see my ip once I send any packet to the router. So basically, if I'm surfing the ...
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All about executing Dlls and malicious dll

I was trying to execute kernel32.dll with rundll32.exe. I set the dll path to system32 but I couldn't do it. How can I do it. What is a malicious DLL. How do I create one How do I get linked with ...
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PCI compliant transparent data encryption at disk/folder level on windows?

Is there a way to achieve pci compliant data encryption at disk/folder level in windows in a way that is transparent to applications(they must be able to write/read to encrypted folders/disks as if ...
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Makecab.exe at boot. is it malicious?

, I am trying to find out why this process appeared during 2 boot occasions. Autoruns does not show it anywhere. It appeared when I uninstalled google chrome and malwarebytes. The prefetch file for ...
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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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Can Windows malware harm a Linux computer when it's executed with Wine?

I am an (Ubuntu) Linux user. Sometimes, I have to use Wine for running Windows executables. I would like to know if Windows malware (virus, trojan, worm,...), i.e. malware that was not intended to ...
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How to install dual system on PC? [closed]

I would to install linux OS alongside to my Windows 8.1 OS, i tried once but failed. Please help me how to do that. thanks in advanced.
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Intrusion Detected - OS Attack

I have recently gotten a prompt from my anti virus stating that there was an intrusion with an OS attack as describe in the link below: ...
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unexpected thumbprint when connecting via remote desktop - what now?

I have an Amazon EC2 instance in a VPC. I have not logged into it for some time, so I used the Amazon EC2 CLI with ec2-get-console-output to check what the thumbprint should be when I connect. To my ...
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Bitlocker lock drive on standby or switch users

Is possible to auto lock drive with bitlocker when the laptop go on standby or sleep mode? Or when the user is changed? I want the drive to be accesible only by one user.
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Windows - Revoked Binaries

I find it hard to believe that the majority of Windows system files aren't signed. I don't know whether my disbelief comes from naivety, or because Windows is used within secure environments worldwide ...
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SSRS custom assembly security issues

I want to invoke a custom assembly that uses protected services (like DirectoryServices, etc...) with reporting Services. On the web, I see a recurring example of configuration (inspired by this ...
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How to compare two Truecrypt volumes [migrated]

I have used up too much space on my C drive. When I set the system up, I created a 100 GB Truecrpt volume on an external 1 TB drive and was going to use it for all my data. Somehow I copied the same ...
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How to deal with a person who gets easily fooled by internet and mail scams?

alternative title: How to deal with a person who has gotten paranoid and doesn't want to go online anymore? A person, who has over the years been scammed many times, by bad spam/fraud emails, and ...
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Isolate two hard drives with two operating systems

I did an extensive search and still couldn't find the answer I'm looking for, so I decided to post my question here to see if I could get some help. I would like to install a second hard drive on my ...
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How isolated are 2 operating systems on 1 harddisk?

Lets say I have 2 windows dual booting on the same harddrive (windws 7), How isolated are they? I am thinking that there should be up to date antiviruses software on both Windows, and they should be ...
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what is the best keylogger for security uses?

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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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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Monitoring file access on Windows

I need a way to monitor user file access on windows. What I need is: monitoring of user opening, modifying (don't need to know what the changes were, just that a file was modified), copying, pasting ...
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Is it possible to keep your harddrive data safe from being copied and recovered

One of my friend challenged me that if my laptop is turned on then he can attach a device to it, just like in movies which will copy all data of my computer to his hard drive without touching a single ...
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Can benign software modify Widnows DLL files?

On Windows (XP, 7, 8, NT ...): can .dll files be modified (in any manner) by benign programs/software already installed/running on the computer ?
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What registry windows keys malware target often?

I wonder what are the main registry windows keys malware target often ? I would love to code a program that will check the state of those windows registry keys for eventual modifications by malware.
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Windows Scheduled Task passwords

When you create a Scheduled Task in Windows, it gives you the option of running the task as a different user, including saving the password. How secure is the password that is stored?
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What are the most common files to check with File integrity monitoring software?

I have a file integrity monitoring suite and in it I have to select specific files and folders for it to monitor. There are some obvious services that I want monitored like our web-server. Is there a ...
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How should privileged accounts be secured in both Linux and Windows?

I have recently started work in application security at a mid-sized firm, having transitioned away from 5+ years in security consulting (pentesting, etc). One of the biggest challenges I see here from ...
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What is “Multi-Protocol Unified Hello” and what are the impacts of disabling/enabling it?

This article describes how to disable old versions of TLS, but in addition to doing so, "Multi-Protocol Unified Hello" is also disabled. # Disable Multi-Protocol Unified Hello md ...
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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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Simple Windows 7 honeypot: is this safe?

I want to share a "honeypot" folder on a Windows 7 machine connected to a router. The only shared folder in the local workgroup connected to this router is the honeypot folder, which allows ...
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Cannot get access into a vulnerable Windows 2000 (MS03_026)

I'm trying to get access into a Windows 2000 server through the vulnerability MS03_026. An exploit is provided by Metasploit but I don't know why it isn't working. After filling the options (basically ...
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Securing a Windows PC

Currently I have an "Antivirus" and Anti Malware software installed. In addition I closed all remote assistance and unused port rules on my firewall. I'd really like to get a complete as possible ...
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Any network related security benefits using RODC (Read Only DC) in DMZ?

Windows servers in the DMZ need to communicate with the Active Directory. I do not like that the servers will have direct communication with my Active Directory, so I consider installing a Read-Only ...
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NTLM/LM Hashes on Domain Controller

I've noticed that when extracting password hashes from a domain controller (using Elcomsoft proactive password auditor) sometimes I'll get LM and NTLM hashes and other times I'll only get NTLM hashes. ...
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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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Securely wipe external drive with Windows only [duplicate]

Consider following 2 disk wipe procedures, using only vanilla Windows installation: First do a quick-format to make the disk appear empty, then do one of these: Just do full format of the disk. ...
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How widely deployed is TLS with cipher ECDHE?

Microsoft deployed a patch for Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 that adds the following ciphers. Cipher suite Exchange Encryption Hash TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 DH ...