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Security through obfuscation [on hold]

Well, the obfuscation part is something everyone thinks about, most significantly it's a well proven method to force an attacker into a longer reconnaissance period, providing more time to catch them ...
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6answers
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Site is being redirected to Viagra store; all the usual suspects turn up nothing

I have a client's site (http://changewise.biz) being redirected to a Viagra store (mywifeishappy.com). We've gone through all the usual suspects but cannot find the culprit that's causing the ...
0
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2answers
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What are the security threats when Googling and surfing when my Gmail account is open?

Suppose I log to my Gmail account. After that, I use Google to search for random websites and visit some. Are there any security threats on my Gmail account when Googling and surfing the net while it ...
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Resources fo Security Awareness training [on hold]

as part of security awareness for the company, I am looking for something that I could use to spread the awareness. Maybe a web based application/portal which I can create quiz forms easily or share ...
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JavaScript written only with brackets?

I once saw JavaScript code which was only written as multiple brackets (). Does anybody remember this kind of code? There was also an online converter to convert "normal" JS into this style of code. I ...
35
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4answers
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Can a neighbour who installed my router access it?

I have a bit of a security concern. I'm concerned that my neighbor sees everything on my computer, web sites I have visited, my passwords, etc. Background: He installed a Linksys router in my house ...
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24 views

Password Encoding/Encryption on ODC connection Strings

I'm interested to understand how passwords provided in ODC (Office Data Connection) connection strings are encoded or encrypted. The format of the connection string is ...
43
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1answer
3k views

Why does Windows Ship with Expired SSL Certificates?

I am cleaning up the certificate stores on my Windows machines, and considering which certificates I should keep, and which ones I should delete. Why does a fresh install of Windows Server 2012 R2 ...
52
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8answers
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Is it possible the person sitting across from me at Starbucks was trying to hack my laptop?

I was using my laptop at a Starbucks on a table, and a person was using a laptop on the same table across from me, a couple seats to my side. He flicked some plastic thing across the table towards my ...
1
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2answers
75 views

Is listening to an audio stream through Tor (using Tails) hazardous?

If someone were to listen to a SHOUTcast server through Tor using VLC (not just downloading the M3U playlist through the Tor browser, of course, but while running Tails), would it put their security ...
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62 views

How to hide my ip and browsing history from others on my network?

I need to hide my activity and IP address from those I share this network with. I'm unsure if a VPN will serve my needs, because I'm not concerned about the sites I access tracking me. I'm concerned ...
31
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Why are hand-written signatures still so commonly used?

Why are hand-written signatures still so commonly used? Can they actually prove anything? Two assumptions: If anyone wants to forge my signature I'm sure they will be able to do it. Even my own ...
1
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0answers
13 views

Cannot contact my realm for credentials

I have created a KERBEROS.TEST realm on my ubuntu 14.10 virtual machine and after addprinc root/admin also I added mu client machine as principal, I checked kinit and with sudo klist command I ...
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Session cookies not been retrieved or copied anymore? [on hold]

Can sessions cookies be retrieved now Google changed they way they are created? Any php examples would be appreciated
0
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1answer
24 views

Algorithms for transaction authentication

It's unclear to me how transaction signing and transaction authentication work. Industrial solutions use both symmetric and asymmetric algorithms to compute the signature. What does RSA add the ...
1
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1answer
53 views

What are empty requests in web server log?

In my nginx access.log I have plenty of request logs like this: 1.2.3.4 - - [18/Aug/2014:12:09:33 +0200] "-" 400 0 "-" "-" As you see there is neither browser specification nor any target url. I ...
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36 views

CLI API that requires plaintext user details

I've been tasked with writing a module for my company to interface with an external api. This api has a syntax similar to ssh where I have to incorporate the user details as well as the host address ...
61
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10answers
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Would it be good secure programming practice to overwrite a “sensitive” variable before deleting it?

Is it good secure programming practice to overwrite sensitive data stored in a variable before it is deleted (or goes out of scope)? My thought is that it would prevent a hacker from being able to ...
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2answers
49 views

Which all ports are in danger and needs to be closed with immediate attention?

This is the nmap scan results on my server (used for email and web serving) from a remote scan. Which all ports are in danger and why? PORT STATE SERVICE 21/tcp open ftp 25/tcp open ...
0
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1answer
28 views

Possibility of Correlating Certain User Groups in low-latency Networks

Lets first assume some things: There exists an Adversary There exists a known Group of Users of a certain System. The User can communicate to the System through a small set of (to user and ...
0
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1answer
46 views

Security threat in File Download Functionality [closed]

Normal Web Application allows users to download one or multiple file. (i)Attacker Approach: What are the different types of attacks that i can try with the download functionality to compromise the ...
5
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1answer
198 views

Exploit SoakSoak injected in Wordpress

I have recently received an attack to my website and Google is warning visitors to not load the page. The malware is located in wp-includes/js/swfobject.js of my Wordpress and I had deleted it but ...
0
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1answer
102 views

Asymmetric vs Symmetric Encryption Benchmarks

I have found these benchmarks in Crypto++'s site. http://www.cryptopp.com/benchmarks.html But I am, quite honestly, not entirely sure how to interpret them. I am really looking for a set of ...
11
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2answers
592 views

Skype called someone and connected to them with no action on my part. What do I do?

This happened to me today, September 12, at about 6pm. Any ideas about what happened, what's going on, and what I should do? I was at home alone with my 2 year old -- I was feeding her dinner. All of ...
80
votes
8answers
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Can webcams be turned on without the indicator light?

I've made a series of penetration tests in my network and one of the things I've tried was to record webcam and microphone. Recording an end-user's microphone seems to be a stealth thing, but what ...
48
votes
4answers
61k views

How does Amazon bill me without the CVC / CVV / CVV2?

The card in question is a VISA, if that's of any importance. I've noticed this only on Amazon. All other sites I've purchased something from, ever, have needed the CVC code for the card. However, I ...
58
votes
8answers
122k views

How to determine what type of encoding/encryption has been used?

Is there a way to find what type of encryption/encoding is being used? For example, I am testing a web application which stores the password in the database in an encrypted format ...
52
votes
7answers
13k views

SQL injection — why isn't escape quotes safe anymore?

Raw SQL When you're writing SQL -- for anything that takes human input really, a lot of things have been done to avoid the injection. Everyone that's heard of SQL injection knows that (I'm going to ...
12
votes
6answers
4k views

Index page has been compromised, suspicious files are showing up

My website has been hacked lately and it has been defaced. Now I have weird files, don't know where they coming from. I just want to know, what of these files are harmful or can cause that I get ...
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2answers
76 views

What can IT see and log? [on hold]

First of all, I'm a co-owner of my company and I am using my own computer on my company network. Occasionally I'll browse some websites throughout the day to kill some time. My business partner ...
46
votes
6answers
5k views

Does injecting querystring values directly into HTML pose a security risk?

Someone reported a bug on my site that I don't really consider an issue. My site has an URL akin to this: www.site.com/ajax/ads.asp?callback=[text injection] So filetype is application/json, and I ...
71
votes
8answers
16k views

Why would someone trust DuckDuckGo or other providers with a similar privacy policy?

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that claims it will not share your results with others. Many of my skeptical coworkers think it may be a scam. Is there any proof that any web search engine will ...
1
vote
2answers
189 views

Getting Loads of Emails 'linking' my account to Gmail accounts I know nothing about

I have just come out of hospital and have in the region of 30 e-mails from gmail over the past few days 'linking' a gmail account to my (hotmail) email address. I have not done this once never mind ...
1
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4answers
98 views

Strange device in routers client list

Due to a high number of clients connected to one of my routers I recently changed it's password and reboot it. I also disabled WPS. The router is a ZyXEL Prestige 660. After the reboot the client ...
1
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1answer
41 views

What are the risks of encrypting a database with a single symmetric key

An application is required to store sensitive data* on each user. Additional columns are added to the database which store cyphertext encrypted on the application server. The algorithm of choice is ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

Reflected file download Scenario

I'm making a Java-based web application that is intentionally vulnerable to Reflected File Download (RDF). White paper is here I read the requirements of reflected file download vulnerability as ...
1
vote
1answer
213 views

What is a AUTH-KEY in the security of the computers?

I don't know if this is the right section to post my question and if it is not I apologize. I'm studying security in computers and in particular the URL Spoofing. I understand that a form of URL ...
2
votes
2answers
36 views

Determining PCI DSS SAQ level

I have a b2b SaaS that my clients then use with their own customers to gather data in a face to face scenario with iPads, I would like to expand it to take credit card details. The credit card details ...
1
vote
1answer
50 views

Is there a way to mimic http request of a compiled program?

Lets suppose my program makes a http request and uses it response to update some values. Is it possible to somehow mimic the response in order to modify it so the program believes the server responded ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

Force a connection via SSL3 to detect POODLE vulnerability

I have been reading up on the POODLE vulnerability. From my understanding, and correct me if I am wrong, you need to allow connections to be made via SSLv3 on the server. The server I am currently ...
7
votes
5answers
9k views

nginx recommended ssl_ciphers for security, compatibility - with PFS

I'm currently using nginx with the following ciphers: ssl_ciphers HIGH:!aNULL:!eNULL:!LOW:!ADH:!RC4:!3DES:!MD5:!EXP:!PSK:!SRP:!DSS; I would like to maintain compatibility to older browsers, ...
4
votes
2answers
70 views

How do honeypots remain secure to 0days and newer exploits?

If honeypots are designed for a specific set of exploits, such as SQL injection and XSS, how do they protect themselves against other exploits? For instance, if I created a honeypot a few months ago, ...
7
votes
5answers
10k views

How to trace a DDOS attack on a dedicated server and block it?

I have a dedicated server and I'm hosting a game, and the web page (using Apache) for account registering. The server is being ddosed since 8 months ago till today. I've tried to talk with the server ...
0
votes
2answers
49 views

Separate database column for salt

Is it advisable to store the salt in a separate database column or should we concatenate it together with the password? Is there any difference? I have come across implementations of both types. ...
2
votes
2answers
6k views

XSS cookie stealing without redirecting to another page

I'm practicing in VM following the OWASP guide. I know that is possible to steal the cookie by redirecting to "False" page etc. but I would like to steal the cookie without redirecting on another ...
7
votes
5answers
2k views

Fastest way to “lockdown” CentOS and have network intrusion detection, firewall, etc up and running?

Are there any proven concepts or "installers" to get up and running based on the best practices securing and locking down a CentOS installation? I'm hoping for an automated tool that would scan the ...
6
votes
5answers
4k views

Does IPSec use IKE or ISAKMP?

Does the IPSec protocol suite use IKE or ISAKMP? RFC 2828 states ISAKMP is the protocol used in IPSec to handle SAs, key management and system authentication. Other sources say IKE is the protocol ...
16
votes
4answers
2k views

Is sending plaintext passwords to a SQL Server database a security risk?

I have a database which has stored procedures which take plaintext passwords. It hashes them and inserts them into the DB. If an attacker has access to the DB connection, it is possible to intercept ...
7
votes
0answers
370 views

Find the service creation date in Windows? [migrated]

If on a compromised system you are trying to analyze newly installed services or when services were installed, how do you do that. Where can I find the creation date for a certain service in the ...
2
votes
2answers
56 views

Ubuntu/Debian Is it okay to use a sudouser account as my primary on a workstation?

This question comes to you from the the common WindowsNT advice that "I", as the computer administrator, should login with a normal unprivileged user account for day to day use. Does this concept have ...

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