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What are the career paths in the computer security field?

What sorts of jobs are there, in which organizations, with what sorts of day-to-day responsibilities? What areas are good for folks coming out of school, vs what are good 2nd careers for experienced ...
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Recent Facebook XSS exploit details

There was a recent XSS exploit on Facebook that posted a vulgar message and got users to click on a link to spread the payload. What vulnerability was exploited, and what can other sites do to avoid a ...
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How do I learn Cryptographic/Mathematical notation

I asked a question earlier where it was recommended that I describe my issue using standard cryptography notation. How do I learn this notation and how to convey my approach? How can I annotate this ...
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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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CEH or GIAC - Which one should I pursue?

After a lot of Google and forum searches, I found out CISSP is one of the few valuable certs. Unfortunately, I only have 2 years of experience and don't have any specific experience in security ...
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What is this spam used for?

Recently my secondary e-mail address was exposed by an incident, and soon I received this spam. What is this spam used for?
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What's the difference between an access control method, security model, and security policy?

(I should apologize in advance because this question is going to be messy -- I'll try to refine it as the subject becomes more clear to me). I'm studying for the CISSP exam and I'm getting confused ...
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How does LastPass' grid multi-factor authentication work behind the scenes?

I understand how to use the Grid multi-factor authentication as a user but how does it work technically? Specifically how can just a few letters from the grid be enough to decrypt any secret defined ...
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Additional security of keyfile on top of a master password for KeePass

I use KeePass + Dropbox to manage and synchronize my passwords across my devices. This system works really great and I trust KeePass' security model. However my biggest remaining concern is the ...
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Peer review of C# cryptography for Azure Table security

Edit: Update - I am researching how to implement AES with authentication in an efficient way for this project. If you have the time I'd appreciate your skill in finding the best implementation for ...
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Access to other local files from a local HTML file

I tried this question on programmers site with no luck Do you see any reason to block a local html file from accessing another local files located in the same folder? I mean, if a user downloaded an ...
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In what ways does Full or Partial Homomorphic Encryption benefit the cloud?

Can someone explain, in plain English, the practical ways FHE and PHE can be leveraged in the cloud? Some interesting (and confusing) links include this Microsoft Research PDF and this wiki entry. ...
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Browser hijacked - how to fix and prevent?

For the second time in a month, my work PC has been infected with malware that is hijacking my Google search results in Firefox. A search for the URL hijacked searches end up at turns up nothing on ...
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How would you reason with and work with the security paranoiac on your team?

The question of how to balance pragmatism with an absolutist view of security has been discussed here already. But I need the answer to a concrete variant of that question. You're the security expert ...
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Is there a way to identify the host of a malicious VM from across the network?

Scenario: Someone is attacking your network. However, they're not exactly using their machine to do it - they're using a VM running on their system. The VM's network adapter is configured in ...
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Are GIAC exams open book (Unlike CISSP)?

I am currently CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certified. As part of maintaining compliance with the DoDD 8570, I will also be sitting for the ISC^2 CISSP exam in the near future. I have noticed ...
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RDP vs. VNC when looking them from security side

Regarding: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/12924/ssh-tunnel-with-vnc Which one would be better, if we look it @security side? I heard that RDP is very very poor when it comes to security.
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How to review code for backdoors?

I have a codebase that needs a code review to evaluate it for backdoors. The code is far too big to review it all, how would you recommend approaching the problem. It is a java web application with ...
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How are browser saved passwords vulnerable?

Most browsers offer to save the password after entering it on many logon pages. What types of vulnerabilities are there for such saved passwords. I'm interested in what ways malware on web pages ...
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1answer
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What are the main issues and best practice security controls when exposing SIP and H.323 to the Internet?

What are the main issues and recommended controls when exposing SIP and H.323 to the Internet (could be for voice, video, and instant messaging traffic or all three)? Specifically I'm looking for ...
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distributing files to VPN partners

suppose i've created VPN certificates for a certain VPN-RoadWarrior-Client, expressed in the files VPN-RoadWarrior-Client.key and VPN-RoadWarrior-Client.crt*, however VPN-RoadWarrior-Client is ...
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How to best defend against Targeted Attacks?

We have seen this attack method grow as part of Advanced Persistent Threats (operation Aurora against Google or the G20 French Finance ministry attacks come to mind) but I have no doubt that even ...
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What malicious things can happen when clicking on links in email?

I've received a spam from one of my friends (well I'm sure he didn't send it). so there's this link, and i'd thought what exactly would be the implications of clicking the link (i've not clicked it ...
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1answer
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Long running SMTP session

I recently noticed an SMTP session on my server which started when a remote host connected but never seemed to result in any emails being delivered. I could see that it was probably a SPAM site and so ...
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561 views

Incorrect use of HTTPS?

When I open https://java.com my browser says “untrusted connection” but when I open https://www.java.com my browser says it’s ok. But it's the same site. So my question is: Is this a security bug? ...
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What is the real function and use of a DMZ on a network?

I read the article on Wikipedia describing what a DMZ (demilitarized zone) is on a network, but am still failing to grasp both how it is set up (ie: is it within the main network or sequestered away?) ...
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SSL replay attack when client/server random is missing

Hey studying the SSL protocol, I'm wondering how can someone be able to do a replay attack if the server nonce is missing? All the material I find says that nonces prevent it, but theres no examples ...
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symmetric encryption session keys in SSL/TLS

This question concerns the session send and receive keys used in SSL/TLS protocol. my understanding is that this key uses symmetric encryption (DES, AES, BlowFish, etc.) I'm wondering, if ...
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Is flash or javascript a bigger security concern?

Many flash website whitelisting extensions for chrome (such as flashblock and flashcontrol) use javascript in order to selectively block Adobe Flash from functioning. Thus, In order to get this ...
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2answers
675 views

security of PKI, Certificates, certificate authorities, forward secrecy

I want to understand how certificates add to the security of information exchange. Suppose i have a encrypted bidirectional connection between Alice and Bob, using a public key/private key pair. As ...
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5answers
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How to find out that a NIC is in promiscuous mode on a LAN?

How to find out that a NIC is in promiscuous mode on a LAN?
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How to persuade average people that security matters?

If people could be fooled in life so easily ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/realhustle/ ) then in computing.... So what are the best tips, to persuade a regular user to pay a little more attention to ...
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Question about dictionary attacks on GnuPG symmetric encryption

They say algorithms like AES can't practically be broken given a long enough key length (> 128 bits). If I use GnuPG to encrypt a file using AES: gpg -c --cipher-algo AES secretfile it asks me for a ...
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Suggested Steganography Program?

I would like to try a Steganograghy program - know of one? How 'heavy' can it be: 1- Can I run the plaintext through a SHA-2 hash, THEN.... 2- Encrypt the digest with my private key (Digital ...
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673 views

Smartcards for Dummies

Are there any defacto resources for understanding the basics of smart cards? My problem is that I don't know what I don't know about the technology. Any good primers?
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2answers
138 views

Protection against synthetic queries

Note: One, I am not sure if synthetic queries is right word for the risk I am talking about. Second, though I am considering 3-tier model of web-applications general answers are welcome in ...
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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 ...
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1answer
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Is the Gmail activity log still missing activesync?

Is the Gmail activity log still missing activesync as described in this blog post? As it is "someone with my credentials could be reading and sending [email] messages with my account" without that ...
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extract from pcap all protocols found

I have some pcap files, and i would like just to get a list of protocols that are present on that pcap file. I would like it in a batch mode, not using wireshark I think tshark is able to do it, but ...
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4answers
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what is a good public available iptables script for ddos mitigation?

what is a good public available iptables script for ddos mitigation?
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Certificate based authentication vs Username and Password authentication

What are the advantages and drawbacks of the certificate based authentication over username and password authentication? I know some, but I would appreciate a structured and detailed answer. UPDATE ...
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2answers
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What steps can I take to identify what type of compromise of my computer has occured

I got involved in a strange scenario today :-) . Some 'UDPAgent.exe' file/worm/virus was trying to access my collegue's system and the antivirum program was showing that this particular thing is ...
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CAM table attack in 2011?

Today's switches are vulnerable to CAM Table attack? https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/CAM_Table
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Standards for hiring trusted personnel - American or Canadian Government?

Is anyone familiar with an ISO standard outlining the hiring of labour for vendors being hired by DHS or Canadian government? I've found security standards but nothing for hiring practices. Edit for ...
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TCP / UDP port monitoring programs for mac?

Does anyone know of a free and effective port monitor for mac? Also, can a laymen, in relatively short order, learn to use such software to detect and thus prevent unauthorized remote access/control ...
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Has SHA-3 Arrived?

I know NIST called for contenders (in 2007) regarding the new hash algorithm to replace SHA-2. Has there been a selection, or finalists selected?
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What “hacking” competitions/challenges exist? [closed]

I have always enjoyed trying to gain access to things I'm not really supposed to play around with. I found Hack This Site a long time ago and I learned a lot from it. The issue I have with HTS is that ...
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1answer
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Passive and active attacks via X11. Is Wayland any better?

In The Linux Security Circus: On GUI isolation - The Invisible Things Lab's blog, Joanna Rutkowska describes attacks from one X11 app on another and the general problem of the lack of GUI-level ...
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How do you compare risks from your websites, physical perimeter, staff etc

In assigning budget rationally - ie proportionally to the risk in a particular area, how can you calculate the relative risks? I can think of examples where clients of mine have secured their ...
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1answer
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Security track record of SSHD on Windows machines?

How do the various SSH daemons that run on Windows compare in terms of security? Vulnerabilities found, reviews by respected reviewers, source code availability, etc. I only need access to a cmd ...

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