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Will a switch only send data to its recipient?

I have an ISP supplied cable modem/router over which I have almost no control. They can upgrade the firmware remotely, so I assume they can do virtually anything with it. When I transfer data using ...
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2answers
857 views

What happens when certificates further up the chain expires before mine? (Equifax/GeoTrust)

I just bought a certificate from RapidSSL. Looking up the chain, I found GeoTrust who is signed by Equifax. Then I realized that the ”Equifax Secure Certificate Authority” is due to expire on ...
2
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2answers
308 views

Temporarily save failed logins password hashes for using against brute force attack

My question is about online brute force attacks, that try to authenticate in the website. 1) For the first case if the requests are coming from the same ip, I think this are relatively easy as after ...
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1answer
69 views

Server Security Through Constant Check-ins [closed]

I've built a system and have put a ton of work into making sure is super secure. But I have a (potentially irrational) fear that if someone were able to break into my server, they could just change ...
2
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1answer
159 views

Is it possible to design a system where the client doesn't have to trust the server?

When you are using services like chat, file sending, exchanging etc., you always have to trust server providing these services. The only way to use services without having to trust third party is to ...
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3answers
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For an HTTPS web application, is it worthwhile to encrypt the password before POSTing it, to keep a MITM attacker from harversting it?

Our application has recently gone through penetration testing. The test found one critical security breach, which is essentially: The problem: Attacker sets up a WiFi spot. User enters our site ...
3
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3answers
146 views

How real is the threat of MITM when you have your own network

I never understood why I have to worry about MITM when I am at home connected to my simple WiFiless modem using an Ethernet cable. I can tell how serious the threat is when you are in an Internet ...
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1answer
40 views

Which encryption technique should be used for users name and passwords in my notebook [duplicate]

i writing all my passwords and users names on my notebook emails,amazons,facebook. and i have really Nosy little's brothers that will probably look at my notebook when i am not around, which ...
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1answer
664 views

Are SSH keys and PGP keys the same thing?

I have a 3072 bit RSA key that I generated for use with SSH. Can this key-pair be used with PGP/GPG, or do I need to generate a new pair of keys separately for use in email encryption? Are the two ...
1
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1answer
169 views

What security risks do you face when connecting to a server via RDP? [duplicate]

What security risks do you face when connecting to an (possibly foreign) RDP server? Opening an unsigned RDP file triggers the following warning: RDP is a one way street, right?
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1answer
287 views

Anonymity with TOR in wifi connection (student house)

I just moved in a student flat where several students are using the same wifi connection. A few days ago the internet was very slow and a guy (son of the owner) came in to ask if I was downloading. He ...
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2answers
475 views

Which encryption technique should be used for cloud computing data transfer?

I want to setup my application for cloud computing for Software as a Service. There is going to be a lot of data transfer between my server and client, to and fro. The technique I have envisaged is: ...
1
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2answers
100 views

How secure are SSL client certificate authentications? [duplicate]

As far as I understand it's possible to issue SSL certificates, which could be used by clients for authentication. So in theory only users with valid certificates would be able to access a certain web ...
5
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1answer
319 views

What are the risks of accepting URL param for automatic redirection?

Can anybody name all the risks of the following scenario: User visits a page, but his session is expired, so he is auto-redirected to login page with his previous page and params added as a single ...
2
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1answer
442 views

Is there a way to identify the location of a person trying to intrude your wifi network? my wifi router is picking up his attempts

Aug 30 20:28:09 dropbear[6799]: Child connection from ::ffff:5.10.69.82:38463 Aug 30 20:28:11 dropbear[6799]: login attempt for nonexistent user from ::ffff:5.10.69.82:38463 Aug 30 20:28:12 ...
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277 views

What to do about ssh breakin attempts [duplicate]

Our system used to get bombarded by bots trying to login to the ssh client on the standard port. After switching to another port number the failed login attempts basically stopped completely. ...
2
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1answer
356 views

Why do so many cracking attempts originate from China?

I recently put a Linux server online and it didn't take long until I had the first attempts to brute-force the SSH login. It's not that I am worried about that - I trust the security of my server. But ...
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3answers
532 views

Virus/Malware: Force Java Download

I have two separate pieces of security software that run regularly - Webroot and Microsoft Security Essentials, and even though neither of these have detected anything is wrong with my computer, every ...
1
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2answers
770 views

Can attackers be traced if they used public WiFi

I always thought it's possible to track attackers unless they try to hide their identities using some form of "physical" disguise. No matter how many proxies you use even TOR seems to be traceable by ...
2
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2answers
172 views

Does Non Repudiation offer proof of receipt ?

I understand that non repudiation intends to provide a mechanism that reliably proves that the sender of a message cannot deny sending the message. But does it also provide similar mechanisms to ...
5
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3answers
315 views

How secure is this method to remember security questions?

So I found an interesting method of remembering those pesky security questions. Basically, the guy takes a hash of the question (IE what is your mother's maiden name?) and then appends his own ...
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2answers
457 views

Problem with OpenSSL rejecting CA possibly due to 12 digit Serial No

I work as a tester at a VoIP software company. We've been running into a problem with using TLS to communicate with certain phones. The phones are from different manufacturers but both exhibit the ...
1
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3answers
341 views

Does WPA2 Enterprise protect against evasdropping from within the network?

At home, I have a simple ISP supplied router where I have set up a WPA2-PSK wireless network for our laptops and other devices. While I played around with Wireshark, I noticed that I could use my ...
4
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4answers
148 views

Which one to ask first in multi-factor authentication?

Let's say I have a system which use something you know, like a password, and something you have, like a code sent to a cell phone, to authenticate. Is there a preferred order to ask for the password ...
1
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1answer
734 views

Getting null byte injection attacks to work with PHP 5.2.17

I'm trying to understand how null byte injection attacks in PHP code used to work before it was patched in PHP 5.3.4. I have this sample HTML page that is a somewhat modified version of what's shown ...
2
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2answers
298 views

How can one secure Exchange 2010 cookies? [closed]

We have received the below finding from an IT audit. Missing Secure Attribute in Encrypted Session(SSL) Cookie: It is best business practice that any cookies that sent over (Set-cookie) an ...
1
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1answer
292 views

Shared Key vs Pre-Shared Key

Does Shared key and Pre-shared key mean different thing ? Currently reading Text , Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals.
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4answers
2k views

Why should I sign data that's already encrypted? [duplicate]

My question is about the difference between signing and encrypting. Why would you still sign something if you are already going to PKI encrypt it? Doesn't the PKI encryption inherently provide ...
5
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2answers
419 views

How safe can connecting to VPN really be?

I would like to make this story as short as possible since my question is not that long, I have worked with journalists previously in war zone where we investigated the involvement of EU IT companies ...
3
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2answers
2k views

Does a VPN hide what URLs I visit?

It's clear that someone listening on a network could still find out what website I visit over HTTPS (as discussed here) but what about when surfing in a VPN? What exactly can the underlying network ...
3
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3answers
208 views

Can firewalls get affected by the traffic they process

Does such attack exist? Forgive my wild imagination but is it possible for a hacker to pretend/try to communicate with a service on the server and when the firewall examines the traffic it get's ...
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4answers
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What is the point in having arbitrary username requirements?

I've looked around on Security.SE, but couldn't find much related to the following problem: I recently signed up for Chase Quick Pay as my method of being paid by a part-time job. I've heard of ...
1
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1answer
66 views

Early ChangeCipherSpec Attack

For the early ChangeCipherSpec attack, the attack would affect client with all version of OpenSSL and server with OpenSSL version 1.0.1 and above. My question: If two mail servers are communicating ...
5
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2answers
495 views

Why do the banks all use weaker TLS suites? [closed]

I've been checking out various TLS certificates lately and noticed that most of the banks seem to have the following two issues: 1) They do not offer perfect forward secrecy 2) They are still using ...
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9answers
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Can an HTTPS site be malicious or unsafe?

I know it's possible for a computer to be infected just by visiting a website. I also know that HTTPS websites are secure. To my understanding, "secure" here refers to "immune to MITM attacks", but ...
2
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1answer
124 views

How can I protect my “try it with one click” service?

I have a service with "try it now" experience that currently offers a "one click" effort. This service has a pool of N resources (lets say 50). Each new resource takes about 1 hour to generate. ...
1
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1answer
189 views

How to convert SSL Certificate for mobile app?

I am in the current process of renewing my SSL cert for my website. I also have a mobile app for my site. I want to use the same cert from my website in my mobile app. How can I do this? Thanks - I ...
6
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1answer
645 views

What is “c/s” in context of hash cracking?

I was reading hashcat's About page, and the stats are listed in terms of c/s....is that "Cracks per seconds"....the 'c' part seems wrong, I'm just guessing. What is 'c'?
1
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1answer
113 views

Is running a TOR node from device in home network secure?

I want to run a TOR node using a small ARM device mini server. I already have a good firewall set but feel a bit uncomfortable when giving away my IP address to the open web by opening a port. If I ...
10
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4answers
2k views

Can ISP block HTTPS selectively? [duplicate]

Can ISP block HTTPS selectively i.e. certain websites cannot be accessed using HTTPS while others can be ?
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3answers
122 views

TOR security if ISP blocks TLS channel?

If ISP blocks TLS channel while a user is using TOR, can he read the TOR traffic, since TOR uses TLS encryption ?
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2answers
345 views

How to secure a web service for web applications using same database?

I have 2 or more web applications that need to be able to communicate together using a web service interface. Information All applications are using TLS/SSL (https) All applications have access to ...
0
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1answer
251 views

Does microwaving a CD erase it?

I just read the question: Does microwaving a hard drive erase it? and now I am curious too... does microwaving a CD (or for that matter, DVD, or blu-ray) erase it? My initial thought is that some ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Does microwaving a hard drive erase it?

Kind of a silly question, but I'm genuinely curious: (in part because I recently saw several questions that refer to "nuking" a hard drive...) what would a microwave DO to an HDD? Would it erase data ...
0
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1answer
73 views

Good way to make a secure token for logged out users

I work for a firm that has a marketplace on the web. We want to make a link with a token that stops an ad on the marketplace without the user being logged in. Someone suggested that we make a token ...
6
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1answer
434 views

How could a system be zero-knowledge?

I'm actually interested about zero-knowledge storage system. Those system where the storage provider claims he can't have any access to the data stored. As far I know, the data are encrypted using a ...
0
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3answers
1k views

SQL injection filter evasion

During manual SQL injection testing I came upon this. Is there any way to bypass these filters that supposedly prevent a UNION based attack? <?php error_reporting(0); include('db.inc.php'); ...
2
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3answers
663 views

What's the difference between mitm attack and sniffing?

What's the difference between MITM attack and sniffing? Also could anyone name a few other attacks similar to those?
0
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1answer
151 views

Forward Secrecy not supported with referenced browsers?

I am running a scan against one of our servers from the Qualys SSL tester site and it says that my server "does not support forward secrecy with the referenced browsers". What exactly does that mean? ...
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2answers
55 views

how do vpns secure the encyption key? [closed]

VPNs are accessed by the user with credentials so that the information is encrypted. There are credentials that you download to allow this. Since you don't physically, in person get the credentials ...

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