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How many qubits are needed to factor 2048-bit RSA keys on a quantum computer?

I've been reading about quantum computing and turns out that 512-bit quantum processors are already a thing. I also read about Shor's algorithm, which can break RSA and several asymmetric encryption ...
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how IKE (Internet Key Exchange) protocol reacts to the replay attack?

I mean how IKE in any mode (quick,aggressive, main) responds to an attacker that tries to replay one or more messages?
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Can any dangerous file(Virus, Trojan, Malware, etc) cause harm inside a zip or rar?

I am using Windows 8.1 pro with Mozilla Thunderbird for my email requirements. I have my Thunderbird set to auto download all email attachments, however upon runnning a Virus scan I am seeing many ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to obtain the login credentials submitted by users?

It's a question at computer security textbook Assume that user A is about to use some website that requires login credentials. User A starts his web browser, types the website’s URL, and submits the ...
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In Oauth what is the benefit of the access token being opaque

Why was the decision taken that the Client doesn't need to be able to parse the access token? It seems to me that if the token included, in addition to the current fields, a client_id and a user_id, ...
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Insecure https connection to reputable companies' domains?

I'm getting notifications of untrusted https connections on reputable domains such as paypal.com and skype.com. Since big companies like those probably employ the top security professionals and best ...
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1answer
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Does iPhone home button act as Secure Attention Key?

On an iPhone, does pressing the home button act as a Secure Attention Sequence? The home button is a physical button. You can press the home button whereever you are and go back to the home screen. ...
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2answers
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What is the impact of removing TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA from my server's cipher suite?

I run a website that supports many clients via webservices. I'm setting up some new certificates and load balancers and when doing ssllabs's server test, it's flagging all my ciphers as OK except ...
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If the public key can't be used for decrypting something encrypted by the private key, then how do digital signatures work?

I'm learning asymmetric encryption in the use case of ssl/tls protocol. I can understand that the public key (like a padlock) can encrypt (lock) something and only the private key can decrypt ...
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Is it possible for someone to send messages from my phone and seem like if I send it to them? [closed]

Ok so there's this guy who pays my iPhone6 and lately it's been sending messages to him as if I was the person who typed it but it wasn't me... Does anyone get me? Someone please help!!
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ESI and EDI Overflow [duplicate]

I tried fuzzing an application and ended up with my fuzz string in the EDI register and my program stopped with access violation when reading ESI. I checked the SEH, but it seems un affected :( I am ...
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Distinguish between Wi-Fi Captive portal and MitM attack

Not sure whether this should be asked in Super User or here. How does Chrome distinguish between a Wi-Fi access point intercepting with a captive portal and a man-in-the-middle attack on HTTPS? Are ...
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1answer
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Asymmetric Encryption Digital Signatures

Here is the paragraph I can't quite get my head around. Alice sends a message to Bob and wants him to be sure the message has come from her. • She publishes her public key. • She computes ...
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Is there a use-case that renders the password manager obsolete?

Background Trevor posed a question about the nature and validity of using a password manager, given the current prevailing model of authentication on most web resources. Caveat: this is not the ...
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Exploiting a desktop application

I'm studying application security and now I have a question which I couldn't find a good answer. Assume I have a vulnerable desktop application in my virus-free windows 7 PC. Let's say when the file ...
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Unsolicited opt-out from data brokers

I received several automated emails at an early hour from several data brokers (e.g., Spokeo) asking me to confirm an opt-out for my email address and name. I did not request these, but did so about ...
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Is TLS 1.0 more secure than TLS 1.2?

I just wanted to confirm, my system admin is telling me that TLS 1.0 is more secure than TLS 1.2 and told me I should stay on TLS 1.0...is this accurate? He mentioned that TLS 1.2 is more vulnerable ...
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Is testing for SQL injection vulnerabilities still relevant in modern web applications?

First some background: I'm an Infrastructural Engineer with 5 years of experience mainly in Virtualization and Networking. I've spent the past year doing a lot of self study about security, passed ...
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1answer
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Why aren't the TLD registries the TLS CAs?

Here's one thing I don't understand - why is it possible for a Chinese organization to forge an SSL certificate for an American website and the other way round? What led to a design decision of ...
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How is the session ID sent securely?

I'm learning session management and I have two questions for which I could not find answers on the web. Once the user is authenticated, the server creates the Session ID and sends it to the client ...
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0answers
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WPA2 ephemeral key derivation

I'm trying to learn how ephemeral keys in WPA2 4-way handshake are derived. Starting from 4 EAPOL packets sniffing, I successfully derived PMK and PTK reading ANonce, SNonce, and knowing ASCII-PSK ...
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1answer
105 views

Difference between Oracle Label Security and Oracle Virtual Private Database?

I am working on a class project, and our lecturer ask a question with this title, I searched in net but I could not find a clear answer. if there is difference what are they? thanks
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1answer
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Are multiple applications of a salted Linux MD5 hash easier to break than one? [duplicate]

I hashed the same password a lot of times (approximatively 1000 times) using the salted Linux MD5 format. I want to know if it's easier to recover the clear password or not. Is there something that ...
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1answer
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How to get my GNUPG Elgamal private key exponent?

I have tried googling around. The closest solution I get is: private.key contains the private key file. $pgpdump -i private.key But this only gives me the following: ElGamal p ElGamal g ElGamal y ...
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Why is a public key called a key - isn't it a lock? [closed]

I'm totally confused by the public key and private key terms. From my understanding, the "public key" is used for encrypting data, it's more like a lock which can lock something in and only the ...
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1answer
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Search Engine security for searches associated with the same searcher [closed]

A number of years ago AOL leaked potentially identifiable information, because all of the searches leaked were associated with the same 'user', and as such they could be put together to identify the ...
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2answers
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Is it a secure encoder and hasher?

I want to ask if my code secure or not. if this is not secure please tell me the reason. This code is mixed of Rjindael-256, base64_encode and SHA-512. function xencoder($input,$key) { $salt = ...
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2answers
64 views

Anonymity against web analytics and site operators [closed]

My question is not about people who are proficient in hacking. I am wondering about websites run by acquaintances or friends of friends, who can use website analytics services provided by the website ...
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1answer
165 views

RSA vs DSA Digital Signature Message Digest Recovery

I'm learning about signatures using RSA and DSA, I've come across this little fact: RSA can recover the message digest from the signature, whereas in DSA this isn’t possible – you have to have the ...
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1answer
46 views

In What Ways Can X-Foward-For Header Information Be Used In An Attack

By enabling X-Foward-For on our proxy, we would essentially be advertising our internal IP addresses externally. However, we use a private range. Everything goes through NAT. So, the best anyone would ...
5
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2answers
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PKI/Why does Microsoft require my cert before encrypting an email?

Microsoft doesn't allow sending public-key encrypted messages using Outlook 2003-2012 on Windows 7-8x environments without first creating your own Digital ID or private key for signing. Per ...
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1answer
153 views

What would a typical packet of a DDOS attack look like? [closed]

In terms of header, size and payload? We've been learning about DDOS attacks in class and they've been telling us all of the abstract ideas, but haven't told us what the actual makeup of the packets ...
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1answer
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Threat Modelling Application Decomposition

I am doing a piece of work on a imaginary device which allows the user to lock/unlock their vehicle and access a wireless hotspot in their car using an application on their smartphone via bluetooth. ...
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0answers
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Categories for Information Security Learning [duplicate]

I'm learning Information Security, Actually I'm a software developer but for my work I need to learn a lot of Information Security, you know attacks and defenses, But I really don't know where to ...
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2answers
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token based authentication attacks

JSON Web Token seems to be a very good tool to authenticate users. But I wonder if an attacker can take the token used by another user and use it for his own attacks. And to be more precise what makes ...
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2answers
233 views

How can I detect unencrypted self-executing code in JPEG images?

Assuming that I have an infected image containing a self-executing malicious code that targets my image viewer and executes when I open the file. Supposing also that my computer is completely clean ...
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2answers
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Malicious self-executing code can only exist in EXIF data in JPEG images?

Let's say we got an infected JPEG image that just by viewing it can automatically execute the malicious code stored inside it. It can do this either by taking advantage of the image viewer's security ...
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Is there any reason that captive portal server can't block the ICMP echo request/reply packet

We can get connected to those public WiFi hotspot without the account but can access to no website but the login page. As I tested, all those login website would respond to my ping even I was an ...
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1answer
72 views

Electronic voting, follow up [closed]

As a follow up to this great question and the answers provided I (as stubborn and naive as I am) still don't get why creating a secure voting system is practically impossible. First off why is ...
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2answers
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Someone Copied Our Site Code (Including Analytics) and Put Adult Content on It [closed]

Someone copied our WordPress based website and put it on another server and added adult content on it. It also includes our Google Analytics code so the traffic to this site also shows on our ...
5
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1answer
2k views

Are these access.log entries successful wordpress login attempts?

I am hosting some wordpress sites on an apache 2.4 webserver, and I have discovered thousands of entries in my server logs like this: 221.219.219.248 - - [09/Mar/2015:03:29:25 +1300] "GET ...
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2answers
574 views

How does a Tor exit node know the public key of the client?

When the Tor exit node executes the client's request and receives a response from the server, it must create an onion cell that can be reversely decrypted along a circuit through the Tor network. ...
0
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1answer
324 views

putting my password in a php file (phpmailer) [duplicate]

I'm using phpmailer and to use it you have to set $mail->password I worry that my password is going to be accessible by hackers. Do I need to do something to protect it? I could put the password in ...
0
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1answer
144 views

Is a handwritten scanned signature equivalent to its paper counterpart? [closed]

In terms of Authentication, Integrity and non-repudiation, is a handwritten scanned signature equivalent to its paper counterpart? For example, if you have a paper contract and you obtain a digital ...
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2answers
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What is the relationship between “SHA-2” and “SHA-256”

I'm confused on the difference between SHA-2 and SHA-256 and often hear them used interchangeably (which seems really wrong). I think SHA-2 a "family" of hash algorithms and SHA-256 a specific ...
9
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3answers
386 views

Linux Plausibly Deniable File System

Is there any way to encrypt a linux filesystem in such a way to maintain plausible deniability? E.g. "Hidden OS support," the way Truecrypt and Veracrypt work, they only support Windows OS due to low ...
1
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1answer
86 views

How to fully mask my computer without using tor? [closed]

I want to mask myself and therefore I configured a proxy server. I use debian and squid 2.7. It actually works fine, however, I visited the site whatismyip.com and I can still see that I'm accessing ...
2
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2answers
445 views

Best practice for caching sensitive data

My server returns private data in the body of an HTTPS response. It's not passwords or credit cards, but it is user-generated text and images, which should not be accessed by others. The data for a ...
2
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1answer
55 views

How is composed “public host key and certificates (K_S)” in SSH_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REPLY message? (SSH2 key exchange)

I'm trying to implement SSH2 key exchange in Java, and having some difficulties. The RFC4419 states, that: The server responds with: byte SSH_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REPLY string server public host ...
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1answer
68 views

PTES: Diferences between Internet Footprint, OSINT and footprinting

I'm trying to understand what are the differences between an Internet Footprint, OSINT and footprinting. I'm reading the pentest-standard and it seems the same.

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