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Why don't computers check whether there are memory contents in some memory space?

Buffer overflow occurs because it writes to memory spaces that are used by, or will be used by other parts of the program. Computer programs usually write to the memorylocation that has been ...
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Should we block all plaintext authentication and require authentication over an encrypted channel?

Should we configure our servers to require the authentication happen over an encrypted channel and block all methods of unencrypted, plaintext authentication over? I recently configured my servers to ...
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How to counter or fix banner grabbing vulnerability

During an audit i came across banner grabbing findings,and would like to know how to mitigate that on IIS and apache server.
3
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2answers
967 views

Hide web.xml file from public view

I have found a vulnerability in a sun java application where the web.xml file is publicly viewable as the application is not using any .htaccess nor web.config. I don't how to restrict. I tried with ...
2
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1answer
93 views

What is this hardened computer called? [closed]

After undergoing a security audit, it was suggested that a hardened computer be placed in the DMZ to run firewall software. What is this hardened computer called?
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what scanning tools are unlikely to set off network IDS?

What network scanning tools have a stealth option to avoid detection?
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Why would you want to initiate a DoS attack on a system you are testing?

What is the value of a DoS attack as part of a security assessment? this is the question asked to me in EC council's exam preparation, so need to know. not intending any attack
3
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2answers
154 views

What information will dig leak to an attacker?

What information will the axfr and ixfr commands in DIG provide to an attacker?
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Why do some Java APIs bypass standard SecurityManager checks?

In Java, normally permission checks are handled by the SecurityManager. To prevent untrusted code from invoking privileged code and exploiting some bug in the privileged code, SecurityManager checks ...
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Is it proper to be prompted that I entered an old password

I changed my Facebook password a few days ago. Today, I entered the old password chronically, and saw the prompt: Sorry! You Entered An Old Password And even shows the date&time when I ...
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1answer
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OpenSSL fails NIST AES-128-ECB test vectors?

I'm having trouble getting OpenSSL's ciphertext to match the NIST test vectors. Example : in "ecb_e_m.txt" from http://csrc.nist.gov/archive/aes/rijndael/rijndael-vals.zip, the first test is (in hex) ...
5
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1answer
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IPSec Domain Isolation with Windows Server

I'm looking for a good way to secure my servers, I have a set of dedicated servers that are not in my office but hosted by an external provider. ALL the servers have only one public (WAN) IP. I don't ...
8
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1answer
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How do I store Diffie-Hellman parameters in a X.509 certificate?

In there paper Authentication and authenticated key exchange Diffie, van Oorschot and Wiener recommend to insert the DH parameters into the certificate of Alice. As a result an attacker can not change ...
8
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Is it a risk to highlight text while reading a webpage?

Whenever a user selects or highlights text on a webpage, an OnClick() event is generated. Some of the web browser security models depends on explicit end user interaction, such as OnClick(), before a ...
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How can one defend against DoS attacks at the physical layer?

Of course, there's always the odd issue of old microwaves and wireless telephone handsets interfering with Wi-Fi performance. And, in many areas, there's a fair chance that you're going to have to ...
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How to manage admin rights for helpdesk staff?

My question is about issuing administrative rights to helpdesk staff in a large Active Directory setting. Helpdesk staff commonly require administrative rights to provide support for end users. I ...
5
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1answer
263 views

Where does the responsibility lie for a XSS vulnerability

I am an avid user of Workflowy (online outliner/note taking tool) and I installed the Chrome extension 'Workflowy for Coders', which formats the text within notes. I discovered that one of my notes ...
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2answers
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Help understanding basic user authentication with salts and hashing

I for some reason am not understanding how to execute a secure authentication between client and server for a user. I've read many resources, and I understand how to use the hashing and salting tools, ...
2
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4answers
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Current best practices to prevent persistent XSS attacks

I have a text field that allows the user to type whatever he/she wants. After saving, the results are later displayed on the screen to potentially many people. XSS seems a bit like black magic to ...
3
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2answers
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Remove Password Protection from XLS Document

Similar to what is listed here, http://datapigtechnologies.com/blog/index.php/hack-into-a-protected-excel-2007-or-2010-workbook/, is there a way to remove the password from an XLS (Excel 2003) ...
4
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2answers
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Is it okay to just secure (using SSL) the login page, but not the rest of the site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the pros and cons of site wide SSL (https)? I'm creating a custom PHP/MySQL CMS for a client (because Wordpress is overkill for this client's particular needs). ...
2
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5answers
160 views

Documentation Platforms for Information Security Team

I am looking for ideas on documentation platforms focused specifically for information security and response teams. Is there anything that has worked well? What are some of the unique advantages of ...
4
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4answers
340 views

How to securely share files with other individuals?

I have a collection of files I would like to securely share with a small number of other people. The collection is mostly static; no more than one or two new files will be added per month (after the ...
2
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2answers
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What number of bits does a browser use to generate a key?

The question comes from the accepted answer in this thread: My understanding of how HTTPS works (gmail for example) The Gmail server sends your client a certificate. The certificate includes the ...
5
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1answer
522 views

What level of anonymity do VPNs provide?

When I use VPN is entire Internet usage protected or only some subset of traffic? For example, Is my IMAP email provider only going to see VPN's IP address? Is my DNS provider only going to see ...
2
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1answer
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What kind of wifi network does not have any protection and yet it's not an open network?

When I browse thru the list of wifi networks in my neighbour, I see a couple of unprotected networks (with no wpa/wpa2 or wep protection). When I try to connect, I cannot. These networks belong to ...
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Understanding 2048 bit SSL and 256 bit encryption

On DigiCert's page, they advertise a 2048 bit SSL with a 256 bit encryption: http://www.digicert.com/256-bit-ssl-certificates.htm What exactly is the difference here and why are two encryption bits ...
5
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4answers
643 views

Is not checking the src url a vulnerability?

By using a system of special tags you can allow users to add custom images, for example, tags like [img]user_url[/img]. Then you replace the tags by their real HTML tags like <img src="user_url" ...
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1answer
424 views

Any safety with private IP addresses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can someone hack my PC if I am connecting to the internet through NAT? Private IP addresses (172., 192. etc.) are not routable addresses, and not visible to the ...
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Neural networks & anomaly detection

Neural networks, with their ability to learn behavioural patterns from arbitrary data, seem like a natural way to deal with intrusion detection. There are many academic papers on the topic which ...
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2answers
1k views

Requiring regular password change but storing previous paswords?

My bank requires me to change my password regularly but then they can detect if my password was used before. They probably store the old password (possibly hashed) in order to detect it. I think this ...
3
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4answers
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How can attackers bypass firewalls? [closed]

I have read the Wikipedia article on firewalls but don't understand firewall security and how an attacker from the outside can bypass the firewall to hack target system. We all know it happens but ...
3
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1answer
190 views

Malicious php scripts in word press theme folder?

I am running a server on Ubuntu 10.04 running a word press website, and recently a virus scan revealed that I have several malicious scripts sitting in the word press folder. In particular they are in ...
2
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1answer
689 views

Encryption key token

How to securely store an encryption key in USB drive? Here is my idea. I would like to write a program (let's say PC) and it will store data to a database encrypted at the record level or field level, ...
2
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2answers
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How to make a simple file integrity checker

I've seen many PHP file checker on the net. Basically they computes the sha hash of a requested file. Your PC queries periodically the script and alerts you if the returned hash changes. The problem ...
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5answers
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How do I respond to a published security vulnerability in my application?

In my spare time I write some PHP code the purpose of which is to block link spam and other various malicious activity. On May 11 someone who discovered an XSS vulnerability in the WordPress version ...
3
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1answer
600 views

Does setting a firmware password add security if FileVault 2 is enabled?

On an up-to-date OS X computer with FileVault 2 (whole-disk encryption, minus the recovery partition), is any security gained by setting a firmware password, as well?
3
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2answers
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openssl equivalent to des command line

I have a simple des command line: des -D -k "whatever" file.enc file.dec des is version des(1) built with libdes v 4.01 - 13-Jan-1997 - eay I would like to use openssl (version OpenSSL 0.9.8a 11 ...
2
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2answers
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How does Remote Access Trojan / Backdoor Software work?

How does the RAT works? I understand it as once we surf the infected website, browser might download the trojan to our PC automatically. Will it executed and auto install in our computer? I can't ...
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7answers
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Dealing with excessive “Carding” attempts

We are currently setup using Magento on a LAMP stack for our e-commerce platform. As of a month or two ago we began noticing a lot of carding attempts against our website. All attempted transactions ...
5
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1answer
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What security controls should be in place for online updates of user's correspondance address?

Addresses are one of the key pieces of security information for an account. They're used for authentication, determine where statements go, and changing an address on an account provide enough ...
3
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2answers
64 views

securing unpatched websites

I have a client with a lot (read several thousand) websites in several old cms solutions that are no longer maintained. Now moving all of them to a maintained solution isn't really an option at this ...
2
votes
2answers
386 views

Is it a weakness to be able to see server side scripting?

Are languages such as Cold Fusion and PHP less secure because they are embedded in HTML which is sent to a client? Someone told me they are less secure because they lack abstraction. CLARIFICATION: ...
6
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2answers
1k views

Production ready bcrypt implementation for .NET

Which, if any, .NET / C# bcrypt implementations are considered suitable for production environments? I have seen CryptSharp and BCrypt.Net mentioned in answers to other questions but without any ...
4
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2answers
655 views

Can you encrypt a password using that password itself? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to securely hash passwords? https security - should password be hashed server-side or client-side? I need to make a request to a web server, the only information I ...
4
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3answers
320 views

Secure File Encryption/Decryption Capabilities

As a preface to my question, let me state that I'm a relative newbie in the field of security. I work for a back-office financial software provider that is responsible for processing, generating, ...
11
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5answers
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what would be a good way for a doctor to send xrays encrypted to another doctor?

As a dentist, I often want to send medical information including digital xrays to another doctor. What would be a good/easy way to do this encrypted? Our organization currently requires that all ...
0
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1answer
117 views

What is a preferred method of security-conscious creation of login cookies [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it safe to store the password hash in a cookie and use it for “remember-me” login? I am working on a webapp that uses localStorage alone ...
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1answer
81 views

Two questions regarding Mixor worm

According to Symantec's write up "it also infects .exe and .scr files in folders containing [RANDOM CHARACTERS].t". What if one of the .exe/.src files is run on the same computer - then all the ...
4
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1answer
2k views

Server monitoring for security

We do a lot of web hosting management and have started to get into selling server management packages. However, we want to start monitoring servers for security related threats. Our clients may use ...

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