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Possible to Derive Private Key from Public Key Given Enough Computing Power? [closed]

Is it possible via brute force to derive a private key from a public key (such as a website's SSL certificate)? If so, how much computing power would you need to make it feasible, compared to say, ...
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179 views

Need help designing an encryption workflow

Background: I'm building a .NET application, a very small part of this application allows for users to communicate with a third party application. I am designing this aspect. The third party simply ...
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37 views

security management and security engineering difference [closed]

Is there a difference between "security management" and "security engineering"? I read about security engineering in some places and security management in others, but I really can't find what the ...
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1answer
124 views

Good reason to continue using fraudulent certificate?

A relative of mine used a favorites link to login to yahoo. The favorite link is https://de.mg40.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch? However, this link uses a fraudulent certificate. Visiting the Yahoo ...
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12answers
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Is Google overreaching by forcing me to use TLS?

Gmail was recently changed to require HTTPS for everyone, whether they want to use it or not. While I realize that HTTPS is more secure, what if one doesn't care about security for certain accounts? ...
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SSL/TLS : Authentication mechanism

I have these doubts regarding authentication in SSL/TLS : Will there be an authentication involved for all SSL connections ? For eg. when I browse the internet, using the most up-to-date browser, ...
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1answer
498 views

Better than brute-force way to find the “lowest” sha1 hash?

While pointing out a SQL injection flaw on another question, I was able to show that an arbitrary sha1 hash could be inserted into a query such that it would be taken for a real hash, and was ...
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How to protect myself from future fraud? [closed]

Recently, I had my credit/debit card from my bank "stolen." The thieves somehow got my card number and information and took quite a bit of money from my account. Fortunately, I was able to recover it ...
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What popular online services allow passwordless authentication using digital signatures? [closed]

I am looking for web services that allow clients to authenticate using digital signatures. Especially with e-commerce and payments, clients generally authenticate using name and password (sometimes ...
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How does gpg know that a passphrase is bad in symmetric encryption?

Following from, What information is leaked from an OpenPGP encrypted file?, which was very helpful, I'd like to ask a similar question regarding symmetric encryption. For example, in a file encrypted ...
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1answer
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What is the purpose of derivation of encryption and authorization keys from master key?

We're using AES-CBC and HMAC to encrypt and authenticate our messages (using encrypt-then-authenticate method). Sometimes I see solutions (like this one) which are deriving encryption and ...
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What threats come from CRLF in email generation?

I have an application where a code scanner has identified CRLF injection possibilities in some classes related to email generation. I understand how CRLF injection could be used against me on ...
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479 views

When and where do I hash a password?

Say I have a client and a server. I want the user with the client to login to the server with a username and password combination. To login, they have to enter the right password which (when hashed) ...
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How one would typically detect systems vulnerable to “NULL Session”? [closed]

I got the question "Explain how one would typically detect systems vulnerable to “NULL Session” " ,but I do not know how to answer this question. Could you help me?
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Does a stolen phone mean losing access to Gmail? [duplicate]

If one steals someone's phone, he can easily use the password recovery mechanism to gain access to the person's Gmail account. Even if the victim had a alternative mail for a password recovery, the ...
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1answer
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Webpage sent me my password in clear text can it be secure? [duplicate]

I registered for a webpage years ago and have been using it without issues, today I made some changes to my account and they sent me an email containing my username and password in clear text. I ...
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Random salt - necessary for a single user?

Based on: http://security.stackexchange.com/a/33520/42220 and http://security.stackexchange.com/a/41630/42220 I can see the benefits of a completely random salt per user. If I am implementing an ...
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GSM mobile messages with the first octet 01000000

In GSM networks, it is found that there are so many mobile phone messages (uplink) with the first octet 01000000. For example, the 28-octet message ...
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1answer
302 views

A renamed exe automatically running

We are currently developing a web app that allows users to upload files to act as attachments to information they provide. Obviously allowing users to upload any file types is very dangerous, ...
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516 views

Linux security books [closed]

I am trying to find an updated book (preferably from 2012-2013) that can cover linux security aspects comprehensively. I searched on Amazon and found that most Linux security books are from back in ...
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314 views

Making a bitcoin-like secure mail protocol, how to tackle public keys?

I'm making a new mail protocol (probably already exists, but I've learnt a lot of things about security and privacy on the way). Here's the summary(much simpler if you know bitcoin's inner workings): ...
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Why does Evil twin works?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_twin_%28wireless_networks%29 My question: it's OK that someone can make an AP with the same MAC and SSID as the original AP. And with stronger signal. But what I ...
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How to detect the “Hello packets” sent by a wifi enabled smartphone

Actually I have a case where I should able to detect the mobile phones and get some data about the device available in my network range without connecting to the network. I have seen somewhere that a ...
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1answer
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XSS with style attribute background-image

I've tried to verify some vectors from OWASP XSS CheatSheet which exploits style attributes STYLE tag using background-image ...
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Is it possible to produce incorrect Metadata?

There is an app on xposed installer called XPrivacy for android that let's you decide what information you want your device to give a specific app and for information you don't want to give it ...
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Why should one not use SSL? [duplicate]

I see a lot of posts all over the web asking whether or not they should be using SSL to secure their website, or if it's really necessary to do so when the content of their site does not contain or ...
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1answer
283 views

What kind of encoding/hash it is [closed]

I have email which is stored in Cookie : %2FGl%F8%7E%06%F1S%FEF%10%E0T%B3%95%82BK%D9%D3%94%BC%AE%E1 which is sth like this after convert it with this tool : ...
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1answer
215 views

Implementing a product key system?

Say I have a piece software that allows people to download a trial version that can then be unlocked. Would the following steps below be an effective way to implement a key system for unlocking the ...
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1answer
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Username Enumeration as a Threat

I have found a Username Enumeration Vulnerability through which I am able to determine whether a particular user is registered with that site. While trying to brute force, after 5 attempts it asks for ...
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3answers
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SSL Certificate for an email server

I am completely new to SSL/TLS and would appreciate any help you guys could give me. To give you some background info, our company website is hosted externally by our ISP, however our email is ...
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Does RNG play a role in PGP signing?

We have a Jenkins system that builds and PGP-signs software releases, and we are considering moving the signing component to an isolated VM instead of running it as part of the overall builder ...
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1answer
637 views

What is the exactly mean of these CPE file fields?

I am working in the development of an application that have to download and parse this CPE file definition: http://static.nvd.nist.gov/feeds/xml/cpe/dictionary/official-cpe-dictionary_v2.3.xml My ...
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396 views

Can viewing an email message in Outlook 2013 install malware on my computer?

I routinely get spam messages which state "Your account for [Insert game here] has been flagged. If you don't click this link/send us this info/go to this website in the next 72 hours, your account ...
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4answers
918 views

Is compiling source code from github a big security risk?

I have several programs (Emacs el-get, oh-my-zsh and Homebrew) that occasionally load source code from github and compile it on my machine. Is this a big security concern? What can I do to prevent ...
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263 views

session security in php

This has been asked a bunch of times. I am just curious to see if the below code provides a fairly significant level of security. Are there any other cases I should consider? Below is just an ...
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804 views

Unsolicited credit card in email?

I work for an insurance company who will randomly (3-5 times per year) have a consumer who emails their credit card to our customer service department. We don't ask for the number, they just send it ...
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2answers
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Why do public key certificate “Trust anchor”? Does this introduce a single point of failure?

When you look at currently used concept of Root CA (primarily in SSL/TLS context), you can see a single-point-of-failure vulnerability, which means, if your private key is disclosed, you automatically ...
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SSL can stop MiTMs … but on the long run, can it really? [duplicate]

SSL uses CAs which sign certificates for the domains after they validate that the person requesting is truly the owner and by a public/private key pair a encrypted connection is achieved which cant be ...
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3answers
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TLS encrypted passwords on my Android - safe? [closed]

i just get an answer from IM+ (instant messenger client android app) support and they told me that my auto saved ICQ, Googletalk, YM passwords are encrypted using TLS, so i want to ask if i need to ...
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3answers
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Bittorrent Sync encryption

Sync, a new product from BitTorrent, Inc., has been cited as a viable alternative to other cloud-storage platforms. The Sync FAQ indicates that an encryption scheme is being used, but does not comment ...
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Why should I care if a site uses encryption or not if I'm not exchanging any sensitive data? [duplicate]

Lots of sites these days, that don't deal with sensitive data, enable encryption. I think it's mostly to make (paranoid?) users feel safer. In cases where there is a user's account being logged in, ...
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2answers
377 views

WordPress Hacked. Deny access via admin - helpful or not?

Does it actually help keep a site more secure to deny all access to WP admin and make changes directly on the FTP only? Our WP has been hacked twice now. It seems that everyone has a different idea ...
2
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1answer
142 views

Can IP phones be eavesdropped upon if administrator access is available?

I am interested in demonstrating an attack to my university's security team on IP phones installed at the university. The IP phone models are Siemens optipath410. Basically, using nmap, I identified ...
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2answers
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How to get MAC addresses of devices which are not in the network

Can I get MAC addresses of devices (mobile phones) which are near to my network but not connected to it? (Linux) I have been trying to get the MAC addresses of devices connected to my network through ...
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4answers
470 views

Can I use elliptic curve DSA in a secure message service?

I'm looking to design a system that allows a user of a crypto-coin such as Bitcoin to both have an online wallet and to be able to send and receive encrypted emails in the same system. The relevant ...
2
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4answers
5k views

Malicious code in image. Harmful?

In my website, a user can upload his profile picture. After analysis of some pictures, I have found some pictures with malicious PHP code, just like the upload script. As an example, I have found a ...
0
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1answer
308 views

what information can be accessed with just the bank account number? [duplicate]

one of my friends wants to deposit money into my other friends bank account. obviously she needs the bank account number to do this. Can she access any other information in with just the bank account ...
0
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1answer
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Are there any free, premade penetration testing labs? [duplicate]

I've already assembled a lab consisting of Kali, Metasploitable, and a Windows XP machine, but are they're any premade lab solutions available that offer up a bit more complexity or even predesignated ...
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REST security standards

As far as I know, SOAP services have security standards recognized by OASIS and W3C, such as: XML-Encryption XML-Signature SAML Are there any security standards for RESTful services?
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773 views

Up to date books for OpenSSL coverage of TLS 1.1 and 1.2 [closed]

I currently have Implementing SSL / TLS Using Cryptography and PKI Joshua Davies. It is very recent and covers even newer TLS version 1.1 and 1.2 and ECC. It is based on many C sample that are ...

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