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Wireless Positioning System (WPS) works without Internet?

As I understood it (correct me if mistaken); Wifi Positioning System has a network of routers of some sort, and when I plug in my new device, by using existing devices whose locations are known, they ...
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1answer
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Does restarting an encrypted session increase security and deter attacks?

When a user initiates a SSH connection for example, keys are exchanged and a session is established with a new "passphrase" each time. If an attacker were to attempt to brute force this connection, ...
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2answers
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Why are SSL handshakes secure and why can't a hacker look at that and decrypt the data? [duplicate]

If I understand right, there is a "handshake" where both the server and the browser verify who they are and agree on an encryption key. Why cannot a hacker just watch the network for the keys going ...
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Hash user id securely

In my app I'm using Facebook login and creating a local user in my DB after retrieving the data. When saving the Facebook ID in the DB I need to hash it, as I don't want the ID to be in clear text if ...
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1answer
192 views

Starting out, where should I be looking for vulns? Big bounty sites vs. smaller projects? [closed]

I'm an amateur web application security enthusiast with what I would say is an intermediate level of knowledge at this point. I'm interested in finding full time work as a web app pen tester. Up ...
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1answer
108 views

Where to offer money for cracking check [duplicate]

I made a software and I would like to distribute it as a demo that can be registered. I would like to know if there is a site where I can offer some reward for some one try to crack my software and ...
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1k views

How are .NET websites hacked? [closed]

I have heard many times that hacking .NET websites is different from others. What's the technique used by hackers to hack .NET websites, and how can we secure .NET websites?
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1answer
227 views

Is two phase authentication using SMS/voice dead?

I'm looking at implementing a two-factor authentication system for my web site, utilizing a user's cell phone as the "something you have" part of a two-factor system. It seems like there are two ...
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248 views

Is a pre-shared secret enough for encryption?

Suppose: A and B are initially configured to possess the same key. -- the key is only known by the pair -- no key needs to be public A has an algorithm, a, that takes a message(plain ...
2
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1answer
400 views

What attack requests “wp-admin” URLs without login cookies?

Looking through my Apache log files ("combined" log file record format), I see a large number of requests for URLs ending in "wp-admin". This is pretty weird, as my server doesn't run WordPress. I ...
3
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2answers
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Identify SSL version and cipher suite

We have a Java application running on a Linux server and we are transmitting some files using a third party Java library which uses HTTPS internally to connect to external servers. These are legacy ...
3
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2answers
588 views

How big is the threat of Desktop Linux malware? [closed]

Most malware one hears about on the news seems to fit into one of two categories: Windows viruses, trojans, rootkits etc. Linux server "worms", backdoors and similar How big is the threat of ...
3
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1answer
103 views

Optimal flags to specify when using nmap to guess the OS on remote devices?

Optimal flags to specify when using nmap to guess the OS on remote devices? I'm currently using the following: nmap --privileged -sS -sU -sY -sZ -O --osscan-guess -F -r 192.168.200.223 This seems ...
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1answer
548 views

Is BitTorrent Sync a spyware?

Source: http://www.infoworld.com/t/development-tools/bittorrent-sync-gaining-major-traction-peer-peer-alternative-dropbox-232144 and the average usage has hit 20GB per person. How can they know ...
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132 views

Any vulnerabilities in allowing users to choose path of S3 file?

I'm building a web app that uses S3. In some of our operations, we're creating a file on S3 with a path that's directly dependent on user input, so an attacker might cause a file to be created on S3 ...
4
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2answers
234 views

TLS with non-repudiation; what happened with 'TLS Sign'?

TLS Sign was proposed as an IETF Draft in June 2007. I have not found further information, besides that the draft expired in November 2007. Can someone tell me what happened with this extension or ...
3
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1answer
280 views

security clearance for programmers

I am programmer by day and night, I work within security at the moment working on some security products. I have noticed a few non software engineering based roles which require security clearance. I ...
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1answer
2k views

How to decrypt passwords gained by wireshark? [closed]

We are trying to see who is using network VPN. I used Wireshark to sniff the network, I gained some users and passwords. The usernames were in plain text, but the passwords were in two different ...
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0answers
152 views

How to generate DSA keypair for browserID

As a bit of a learning exercise, I'm trying to understand and implement a client for the Firefox Accounts Browser sync API. I'm up to the point where I'm trying to ask the server to give me a ...
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3answers
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Don't understand how my mum's Gmail account was hacked

My mum (on Gmail, using Chrome) received an email from a friend's Hotmail address. She opened the email (very obviously a phishing email) and clicked a link in it. This opened a webpage with loads of ...
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2answers
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How to encrypt more than 16 bytes using AES?

I am trying to implement AES on an image of size 256x256 (65536 bytes) but AES works on 4x4 size of image (16 bytes). What should I do? Can it be implemented or not? And if yes, then how?
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1answer
598 views

XSS attack vector without forward slash?

is there an XSS attack vector that allows the inclusion of a external .js file without having to use forward slashes? let's say the path of the file is somewebsite.com/js/xss.js Is there a way to ...
2
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1answer
570 views

EIP pointer is overwritten but EBP remains intact

I was trying out a simple stack buffer overflow exploit by creating a malicious crash.m3u file. as you can see the EIP pointer is overwritten by "A" but EBP hasn't changed. isn't EBP supposed to get ...
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3answers
2k views

What is the correct way to make a password salt?

I've made the below function to make a completely random 64 character long hash function password_salt($password){ $salt = hash("sha512", mt_rand(1,100000) . strtotime("now") . $password . ...
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2answers
239 views

GPG key trust after a signing party

I might be totally misunderstanding the concept of web-of-trust, but imagine the following scenario: I generate my key, then go to a key signing party, and after, I import all the keys which ...
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0answers
997 views

External hard drives: 'date last accessed' file?

I'm trying to figure out if there's a way to figure out when files on my external hard drive were last opened. I'm using a Seagate Backup Plus, and it's both mac and PC compatible. BUT, I've also read ...
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2answers
361 views

How to use ESSIV to avoid seeing repeated patterns?

I'm trying to implement an encrypted file-system. The file-system consists of 512-byte sectors. I encrypt/decrypt the contents of a sector as follows: Compute the SHA256 sum of the user password. ...
5
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1answer
379 views

Security Consequences of compromised passport data

In light of the recent hack of the EC-Council site, where the hacker makes the point that he has access to passport data a general question arises. What, if any, are the security/privacy consequences ...
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2answers
106 views

A special file as the second factor in 2FA

Can a file e.g. containing some random key that is generated by my web site/app be acceptable as the second factor (the first factor being a normal password) in 2FA? Someone said so to me in the ...
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1answer
111 views

What makes it difficult for Facebook to implement restriction/ACL for accessing uploaded photo? [closed]

Facebook claims to allow restrict sharing to friends, certain network, or even custom when I upload photos. But it appears that this security is only in effect for the page where the photo is ...
2
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1answer
199 views

Why don't servers vulnerable to NTP and DNS reflection attacks get blacklisted immediately?

With these reflection attacks, the source IP should be the IP of the vulnerable server. So shouldn't nodes which see abnormal amounts of NTP data be able to add the source to a blacklist and therefore ...
0
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1answer
70 views

Security implications of putting virtual hosts source code in /var/www/[domain]

A friend pointed out that putting virtual hosts as sub folders of the default /var/www was a bad idea. (linux example path; this applies to all OS) I see that it's possible to reach the virtual hosts ...
4
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1answer
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Is Enabling DEP (Data Execution Prevention) For All Programs Worth the Risks?

Data Execution Prevention in Windows supposedly is a line of defense against malicious code by "by monitoring your programs to make sure that they use computer memory safely". However, I also know ...
3
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1answer
2k views

The overlapping fragment attack using Scapy

How to use Scapy to overwrite a part of the TCP header information of the first fragment, which contained data that was allowed to pass through the firewall, with malicious data in subsequent ...
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5answers
308 views

Should you notify software vendors that their software has been cracked?

Apologies if this is not the right place to ask this question, I will happily move it to another Stack Exchange site if need be. Before I explain the rationale behind the question, let me clear up a ...
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2answers
752 views

Directory traversal & default filesystem permissions (755) for web server

I'm trying to get a better understanding of the potential security holes my default filesystem permissions might be creating. It appears I am capable of traversing my filesystem, serving simple php ...
2
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1answer
259 views

How can I prove to a third party that I'm sending the emails I'm supposed to?

Suppose one of my duties for a small organization is to send out statements to clients by email. Suppose one of the directors / owners / trustees want to be able to audit the numbers. Specifically he ...
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0answers
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Secure channels without web-of-trust or CA

I was reading about Impagliazzo's five worlds and I have some questions about cryptomania and minicrypt: What is difference between them? I cannot find one? How does cryptomaniac MitM protection work ...
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3answers
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Retrieve files from possibly infected USB

I work in a lab environment, and save data to a shared PC. This PC is not networked, and so the only way to get the data from that PC to my own, is through USB. The lab director has mentioned that the ...
0
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1answer
147 views

Should I log wrong passwords? [duplicate]

I have a public-facing web application where anyone can register an account. The passwords I store are salted and hashed. When someone tries to overtake the account of someone else through guessing ...
0
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1answer
36 views

Ads embeeded in phone apps - what is accessible?

Imagine you are developing a "free" app for android & iphone and want to refinance yourself through using some sketchy ad service. Does an app delveloper have to worry that the ad content he ...
4
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1answer
2k views

Keep receiving delivery failures for emails im not sending

I have my own domain, and a few email addresses on it, including a catch all address, with Google Apps. Recently, my catchall address has been receiving "delivery failure" emails from many different ...
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4answers
15k views

Is using SHA-512 for storing passwords tolerable?

I know that the best options to use for storing passwords are bcrypt/PBKDF2/scrypt. However, suppose you have to audit a system and it uses SHA-512 with salt. Is that "fine"? Or it is a vulnerability ...
0
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1answer
467 views

Questions about RSA/asymmetric key encryption?

I've been reading a lot about quantum computers and RSA. I know RSA security relies on the difficulty of factoring an extremely large number with just two prime factors. Apparently quantum computers ...
8
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4answers
703 views

Why does password strength matter?

I understand from a cryptographic standpoint that you want a password to be as random as possible to resist brute force or dictionary attacks. That is fine- but in what circumstances can those ...
4
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1answer
98 views

Google Chrome Apps phishing

What prevents an attacker from copying and pasting a Chrome packaged app (which is just a zipped web app) then distributing it on the Chrome webstore under a slightly different name?
0
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1answer
52 views

How could a comments plugin be securely loaded from domains people are already logged into?

The fundamental idea is to load a blog comments plugin (like Disqus) from a domain someone is already logged into to save users time and increase engagement. I like the facebook comments plugin ...
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0answers
239 views

“Keyset does not exist” when using SignData function with RSA

"Keyset does not exist". I know that there are tons of question about this error, but mine is totally different. I'm not gona use the key from windows certificate store, but load the public key & ...
2
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1answer
208 views

Can an inaccessible uploaded PDF harm a server?

Is it possible for an uploaded PDF file to harm an Apache server, if the filepath can't be found? That is, the PDF file can't be viewed from the browser or accessed by a known path once uploaded. I ...
0
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1answer
248 views

WireShark and Facebook [closed]

Some time ago i try Wireshark at my home local network just for see how it works. I scan the connection of my mac to the router and also to other external ips. The flow of connections were high when i ...

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