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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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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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Could “system volume information” and $RmMetadata pose information leakage on a nuked HDD?

I recently nuked my HDD(s) via a Windows program (Disk Wipe to be precise: http://www.diskwipe.org/), now everything is fine when I try to retrieve the information on that disk by any program I can ...
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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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Is it safe to play around with this on a virtual machine? [duplicate]

I found a hard drive destroyer and I am trying to see exactly what it does and what it looks like while happening. I also do not want to lose my computer in the process. I downloaded VirtualBox and ...
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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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How trustable is third party root certificates?

i recently tried to use fiddler2 from third party vendor telerik,while decrypting the https traffic of my network it asked me to install its own root certifcate in my windows operating system : have ...
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How to check for presence of LM hashes in local SAM

To get rid of LM hashes in local SAM databases, one can rely on the famous NoLMHash domain GPO, which instructs clients not to store password hashes with the LM algorithm locally ("Do not store LAN ...
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Multiple “rundll32.exe mhunk.dme” instances. Is my PC Infected with Something?

So, I have this strange list of rundll32.exe There are quite a lot of rows of it (see attached image) when I open the process tab in my task manager I've already read the link here: Multiple running ...
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Delay time clicking of contextual menu on the mouse [migrated]

I have such trouble: when i choose a folder/softwares and clicking second right clicker of mouse on the my desktop or elsewhere context window needs time to appear. Why needs it time to appear? what ...
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Does a VM keylogger listen to the keyboard activities of the host?

I am running a Windows XP virtual machine on a Windows XP host machine. I use the VM for suspicious websites and software/applications. In the case a kaylogger will be installed on my VM: will this ...
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What are some good tips/resources/guidelines for a highschooler trying to get into IT? [closed]

I'm a sophomore in high school, and I want to learn about Information Security. Currently, I am taking AP Computer Science and I am also on a 15-member student team that goes to CyberPatriot, which ...
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Can hackers detect my operating system?

I've seen people demonstrating the use of backtrack to attack VMs. In one of the components of backtrack, it shows the operating system of the targets. Since support for Windows XP is ending soon, i ...
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File SHA256 checksum failed, but OK on reboot

I downloaded the Windows installer (.exe) for ImageMagick via http (both http and ftp downloads are provided at http://www.imagemagick.org/script/binary-releases.php#windows). Upon executing the ...
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Getting a log of computers that have remotely accessed a Windows server

I have suspicions that someone other than people on my team have obtained the credentials to remotely access a Windows 2008 Server. I need to get some evidence before I start pointing fingers or get ...
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Recover password or password hash from locked account

I have a locked administrator account. Other accounts are unlocked, but they have no rights. I want to get a password from the locked account, or maybe password hash, if possible.
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Are KIS 2014, Malewarebytes Pro and SpyBot sufficient to prevent internet attacks?

As mentionned in the title, I have KIS 2014, Malewarebyte Pro and Spybot installaed on my windows 7 (regularly updated). I regularly scan my pc for viruses and spywares and clean it with Glary ...
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Is possible to be hacked remotely?

I little bit afraid about remote hacking, since i'm using a windows 7.i see what a hacker can do if he exploit the Dcom vulnerability in windows XP. But is this sort of exploits exist on windows 7 or ...
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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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Windows Print Drivers / Security Principal

Forgive me if this question seems a little "under the hood", but I think it's important to know from a security point of view. I see SPOOLSV.EXE runs with print driver DLLs (Type 3 - User Mode, 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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What is the risk that Windows 8's loopback protection feature protects me from?

Windows 8 requires Fiddler to set up an exemption when sending traffic to localhost. Since this is a default setting (and affects many computers): What security benefit does this provide How can I ...
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Does Reinstalling windows ensures removal of all malwares/spywares/virus/rootkits etc? [duplicate]

If I reinstall windows, will it ensure that all types of malwares/spywares/rootkits etc are removed from my laptop ?
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Is monitoring registry hives enough to detect new malware installation?

Is checking the state of the supporting files of the Windows registry hives enough to detect if a new software/malware has been installed on the computer or a given Windows regsitry key has been ...
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How do I ensure that my computer is 100% worm-free?

Ok say I have a brand new laptop that was is brand new. Is it true to say that as long as I keep the bluetooth turned off, and I am not connected to the internet, and only copy files that are 100% ...
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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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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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Does a virus need to be clicked on to function?

Can a virus infect my Windows XP operating system by its mere presence? I mean, if I copy/paste a virus on my computer and I never click on it, will it infect my computer or will it remain dormant, ...
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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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Is it safe/correct to grant full access to Everyone on a Windows symlink?

Does it really matter what the permissions are on a symlink as long as the smymlink target is configured correctly?
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Syncing service passwords during offline installations

Due to very paranoid customer requirements, we have to install several Windows services on two different systems that should run under a shared service account. Each system should each have a copy of ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...