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9answers
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Why is it a security problem not to update one's browser?

Is it in general a security problem not to update your browser. Firefox constantly prompts me to update my browser, but how dangerous is it to not update? As part of this question, I would like to ...
0
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1answer
4k views

Download Torrents on University network without detection [closed]

I am wanting to download some things using Bittorrent, but I have heard that they can detect when someone is downloading torrents. How can they detect this? And are there any precautions I can do to ...
3
votes
1answer
196 views

Will PGP signed email be blocked in China?

I generally sign all of my outgoing email with PGP. I don't usually encrypt it because most people I send mail to don't have a public key. Anyway, if I send an unencrypted message with a PGP signature ...
0
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2answers
82 views

Identifying Memorable Composition Rules [closed]

A single word can be transformed in so many ways to create the password. With any word of length l there are l! different permutations. Appending digits and symbols to the word create alphanumeric ...
5
votes
3answers
242 views

What are you saying when you sign a PGP key?

When you sign a PGP/GPG key, what exactly are you saying to everyone who sees your signature? Are you validating the person, or the email address? To explain what I mean, take the following two ...
0
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0answers
194 views

How are brute force attacks hitting my WP website after renaming wp-admin folder?

We maintain several wordpress websites which receive regular attempts at brute forcing the admin credentials. Part of our standard rollout package is installing the All in One WP Security and Firewall ...
1
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0answers
315 views

Extremely suspicious UDP network traffic when idle [closed]

My computer has been using about 7Mbps when idle, it does the same thing even I am playing games and such. This is the Wireshark capture ...
0
votes
1answer
205 views

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 ...
0
votes
4answers
233 views

Security of a Random Password

i. If I choose random password of length say 15 from the alphabet set of size 94 i.e. from the search space of 94^15, is my password protected against all kind of threats? ii. Will there be any need ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

How does credit card authorization work

Few days ago I heard a professional scammer explaining how he exploits the banks, I cant find the right word to describe his actions, even the word scam does not fit as he is not breaking the law but ...
2
votes
1answer
80 views

Which IPTables chains should I log from a security perspective

So far I've always been logging the INPUT and OUTPUT chains because I only used iptables as host firewall. Now I'm configuring network firewall which uses iptables, but I don't know whether I should ...
0
votes
3answers
381 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
484 views

How does authentication work without OAuth in mobile apps?

I have a (Drupal) website that needs a companion mobile app for some stuff (quite customized, not just creating/viewing nodes). I know I can use OAuth for this, but I was wondering about alternatives ...
13
votes
3answers
1k views

Trying to understand why signatures in root certs “are not used”?

Taken from here: Don't worry if the root certificate uses SHA1; signatures on roots are not used (and Chrome won't warn about them. Why are the signatures not used? Are not root certificates ...
1
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1answer
184 views

Verification code generation and expiration

I am trying to implement an application that includes registration, In order to register to the system the user shall enter his organization ID number let's say. To verify the user identity, a ...
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5answers
653 views

What is the difference between session fixation and session recreation?

I have read that both of them are conventionally the same. But there must be a few differences which differentiates the two terms. Anyone please explain.
2
votes
1answer
160 views

XSS: alert() not executed on different OS/computer

I've encountered a strange behavior while I was performing a security audit of a web application. Some user controlled inputs were displaying their values, unencoded, into the page that processed the ...
0
votes
1answer
97 views

which password was paired with my gmail address

Recently media have reported that a file of about 5 million gmail address and password pairs was published on a Russian Bitcoin forum. A media article on the leak Other media have reported that the ...
3
votes
2answers
142 views

One time passwords using Mobile phones [closed]

It is safe to assume that the majority of users accessing the internet also possess the mobile phones. So can we take advantage of this and relieve users of remembering any passwords. Instead of ...
0
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2answers
76 views

Is my Password Hashing Secure or not?

I have recently created a code for hashing password. Can you please give your advice over the security of my code? The function takes a password, then converts it to a number. #include <string> ...
0
votes
1answer
253 views

Creating a secure home network - Which firm ware should I use and how should I configure my firewall?

I am starting to take on more and more enterprise clients while working remotely from my home office. I have a pretty secure network at the moment, but I have a lot hardware that I am not using and ...
0
votes
1answer
133 views

How can I safely include the encryption key in the encrypted file?

I am encrypting text files using AES256 (no particular reason, that can easily be changed). Before granting access to a file, I need to verify if a party knows the correct key, but without necessarily ...
2
votes
3answers
246 views

Email account 'hacked'; do I need to regenerate my server's DKIM _domainkey?

I'm just learning about DMARC (DKIM/SPF), so I apologize if my question doesn't make sense. A few days after I installed a DMARC policy on my server I noticed that the reports from yahoo.com ...
6
votes
4answers
335 views

Does a separate internet connection increase security for remote users?

Our network admin has requested that a single remote employee purchase a separate modem in their house for "work" traffic. I question if this is a legitimate security practice of any kind especially ...
0
votes
2answers
376 views

Finding the IP address origin of malware attacker behind VPN and proxies

I have a client that wants me to begin doing research on finding the origin of a persistent attacker to their network and employees. I haven't gotten the specifics yet, but I'm trying to think of ways ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

What role do hashes play in TLS/SSL certificate validation?

After coming across this question in the Hot Network Questions section and reading the related blog post by Google, I'm starting to become curious as to what role these hash functions play in TLS/SSL ...
2
votes
1answer
253 views

How are Captive Wifi Portals secured?

I'm looking for a captive portal solution that prevents other users from stealing the session key from other active users. (or prevents the cloning the authenticated user's MAC) Is there a reliable ...
1
vote
1answer
108 views

Suspicious phone call claiming MS Office not updated lately

I recently received two phone calls where the caller indicated that according to their log activity, MS Office has not been updated lately. They offered to help me get those updates. What kinds of ...
0
votes
1answer
538 views

Is addslashes + htmlentities sufficiently secure?

I have addslashes(htmlentities($userInput)). It gets inserted into my database. (NOT a mysql db) Is it sufficiently safe from xss? Thank you!
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votes
2answers
982 views

Simple Ciphers to Create Secure Passwords

A shift cipher shifts every letter of a word by "n" amount and creates new word. The number of possible keys in the shift cipher is equal the size of the alphabet set from which the word is derived. ...
21
votes
3answers
7k views

Is SHA1 weak for SSL?

I noticed that today after I scanned a site on the Qualys SSL Labs site that SSL ciphersuites which use SHA1 are now highlighted as being "Weak". It seems this has just happened; I scan sites pretty ...
4
votes
3answers
814 views

PCI compliance if not storing or transmitting credit card data

I have a networked product that we install on customer networks. The device is does not pass any of the CC data, but only sits on the same network (think Nest or Dropcam). The customer networks ...
4
votes
1answer
807 views

Encrypting/decrypting our license key

We need to provide a license key to customers for our application. The actual license is XML but we need to encrypt it and then in our program decrypt it. I think it is the following, but am asking to ...
-1
votes
1answer
72 views

TPMs available on mobile with application access [closed]

I am looking for a mobile device, preferably a smartphone or a tablet, that contains a TPM (v1.2 or 2.0) and provides application access to it through an API. Does anyone know if any such devices ...
0
votes
1answer
267 views

Keyboard “eavesdropping” just got way easier, thanks to electromagnetic emanations

Just found this article which basically suggests that electromagnetic emanations can be used to eavesdrop on what you're typing. ...
0
votes
1answer
82 views

Privacy concerns while traveling with HDDs [duplicate]

I'm traveling to UK for college and I'm bringing 2x2TB drives with me. I'm concerned about my privacy when going through the border as they might search the drives. So I came up with the following ...
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votes
1answer
75 views

Wiretapping requests to VPN providers [closed]

What are valid issuers of wiretapping requests aimed at VPN providers except the court of the provider's country? Is it possible that country in which jurisdiction VPN provider does not act will ...
1
vote
2answers
337 views

Longer passwords vs Password Composition Rule [duplicate]

Password composition rule is being considered as a burden for the users and some experts are recommending the increase in the password length instead of enforcing users to comply with the composition ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

How to mask my IP using a proxy server? [duplicate]

I heard that it is possible to use a proxy server to mask my true IP address and surf anonymously online. Also I have a list of valid Proxy IPs and corresponding ports. How can I use them to get ...
0
votes
2answers
798 views

How session cookies work? [closed]

I want to know the basic working of session cookies. When i tried googling, most of the results came were based on any programming language. I am not good at coding. So it will be helpful if someone ...
0
votes
1answer
120 views

Encrypting the salt with password [duplicate]

Salts are stored in the plain text and readily available with the hashed passwords if the password database is compromised. What if we encrypt the salt using password itself? Doesn't it make offline ...
1
vote
1answer
165 views

Does the SSL/TLS client certificate “hash over all previous messages” step hash the entire TCP packets or just data?

We have which uses TLS client certificates as it's authentication mechanism between client and server. There is an IT department which wants to run this app through a firewall/proxy device of some ...
0
votes
1answer
529 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Can viruses steal MAC addresses? Why is MAC address bad?

Can downloaded executables get my MAC address and send it to somewhere else? Also, why is it a security risk to have someone else use my MAC address, considering that it can be spoofed?
2
votes
1answer
619 views

Python implementation of AES and SHA256/512 that are FIPS-140-2 validated?

For security purposes I need to use AES encryption and SHA256/512 in my Django/Python project. I know there are various libraries out there that provide different encryption methods but I can't seem ...
16
votes
7answers
6k views

My IP address (with a NAS) is targeted by a hacker. What to do? Should I be worried?

I've noticed, based on the logging of my NAS, that my IP address is targeted by a hacker. I already took action by automaticly ban the IP address permanently after five unsuccesful login attemps. ...
1
vote
1answer
296 views

OSSEC, what is it telling me about port changes?

I've been diving into OSSEC for the last couple of months, but I feel unclear on one of it's alerts. I've provided the alert below. The main difference I see in previous output and current output is ...
21
votes
3answers
4k views

What are the disadvantages of implementing HTTP authentication in a web application? [duplicate]

I know that there are different types of authentication mechanisms available. One among them is the HTTP authentication. What is the danger in using this method compared to other methods?
0
votes
1answer
191 views

Key Exchange using RSA

I'm trying to do key exchange using the following scheme. Server generates an RSA-2048 key pair and sends the public part to the client Client generates an RSA-592 key pair (I have to use RSA-592 ...
-1
votes
3answers
2k views

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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