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901 views

In this case, does Virtualization gives more security?

A: running an OpenBSD machine with a httpd and a smtp server? vs. B: running an OpenBSD machine as virtualization host with QEMU having two guest OpenBSD system: one for smtp and one for httpd. ...
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1answer
533 views

Is it possible to spoof the mac address of a wireless adapter so that windows sees the spoofed mac as the physical?

I know that its possible to spoof a mac address out to a network. But is it possible to spoof the address, so that the Windows operating system and applications running on Windows see a spoofed ...
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1answer
498 views

Sending a skype message by ip or mac addresses [closed]

If I know someone's ip, mac addresses and a computer name in a local wifi network, and also that there is skype running on their computer (and port), can send them a message through skype? Can I find ...
5
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2answers
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Is there a problem with issuing a HSTS header in PHP?

I want to trial a HSTS policy on my blog without enabling it site wide initially. As a HSTS policy is just a HTTP response header would there be any problem with sending the header in PHP like so: ...
0
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2answers
640 views

Storing email adress encrypted but deterministically

As part of an application I am developing, I am required to store user email adresses on a cloud DB. The email address is not required to be in plain text for the normal operation of the application. ...
1
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0answers
88 views

PCI Compliance customer data being made available to another system?

Not completely au fait with PCI compliance, however we have our server checked each month by our host to check it is PCI compliant, because we have to keep it PCI Compliant for a specific ...
7
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3answers
1k views

Does Google's SSL encryption for searches thwart NSA spying?

Given everything that is suspected about NSA (and GCHQ, DGSE, etc.) access to user data: Avoiding speculation, can and do we know whether Google's recent action to make all searches use SSL ...
0
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1answer
319 views

Luhn algorithm applied to file access

I am in the following setup: given department ids, employee ids and file ids I want to check whether employee xy of department AB is allowed to access file f. E.g. department id = "012", employee id ...
3
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1answer
97 views

Test suite for a white-box fuzzer

I have created a white-box fuzzer by extending the Crest. Now, I'm looking for a test suite (a set of c programs with known vulnerabilities) to test the functionality of my tool. where i can find ...
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6answers
2k views

Infecting a vehicle with a virus?

Referring to the security experts who demonstrated taking control of two popular vehicle models using a laptops connected to ECUs (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23443215), what are the ...
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0answers
78 views

How did these websites see through the VPN tunnel? [duplicate]

I'm using privateineternetaccess to VPN my internet connection. Recently I've noticed some web sites appear to know my real location and IP address. The most alarming incident I've seem to have been ...
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2answers
65 views

Handling security with sub-domains pointing to boxes

Generally, despite running hardware+software firewall combos and keeping every layer 7 aspect of the box secure, I don't like to disclose the direct IP addresses of our servers to the public as a ...
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2answers
2k views

Google Authenticator - Counter Based [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand How google authenticator - counter based work. I have tried googling around finding a demo or at least how this work. I understand its a one time password but not like TOTP. I ...
3
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2answers
116 views

System for securely authenticating content acquisition

I'm having trouble designing a system for authenticated content from my site distributed by other people. I'm working in Ruby on Rails, but I don't think that at a theoretical level my question isn't ...
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1answer
104 views

Is my invitation based file access authorization scheme worthwhile?

I need to allow users to upload files with sensitive data to a server, then invite other authenticated users to access specific files. This is my proposed solution: Each user will have his own ...
0
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2answers
4k views

Issues setting up DVWA for SQLMAP [closed]

I am starting on sqlmap, and have dvwa for practicing web app penetration. I am having the error "Could not connect to the database - please check the config file." Not sure what the problem is but ...
4
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1answer
796 views

Explaining a buffer overflow vulnerability in C

Given this C program: #include <stdio.h> #include <string.h> int main(int argc, char **argv) { char buf[1024]; strcpy(buf, argv[1]); } Built with: gcc -m32 -z execstack prog.c -o ...
0
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1answer
163 views

Can plain text be hidden/accessed in laptop Firmware? (or elsewhere, not HDD/SSD)

Scenario: I just took 1 page of text (.odt) and copied it into a plain text document, that happens to result in a 3KB file. With that as a random size criteria for discussion, CAN code be written to ...
0
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1answer
4k views

What is the most secure operating system out there? [closed]

Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it. -Edward Snowden Would it be safe to assume that every popular linux distro out there has a ...
0
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3answers
2k views

On a public wifi I just tried to access google over HTTPS and was forced on to HTTP, how?

I'm on a coffee shop wifi. I just typed https://google.com in to my browser and noticed that I got redirected to http://google.com. I tried other google domains (google.ie) and these work fine, so ...
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0answers
36 views

Removing PHP Shell from server [duplicate]

I have looked at a few other questions related to this but nothing specifically answered what I was wondering about. Say for example you have a server that is infected with a php shell such as c99. ...
1
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0answers
232 views

Tools to perform benchmark of block/stream ciphers on Linux? [closed]

I would like to perform some benchmarking of different block and stream ciphers for general data (lossless and lossy data) encryption and decryption (with focus on power consumption). To get general ...
1
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1answer
268 views

Does Google Analytics collect any information about the contents of the web page?

If I enable Google Analytics on my web application, does the Google Analytics Javascript collect any information on the web page (any of the content on the page)? Does it collect any information ...
9
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2answers
2k views

Is SSL terminated at a load balancer PCI compliant?

I've read this nice question: Should SSL be terminated at a load balancer? And I have the same question, but with PCI-DSS compliance in mind. Is SSL terminated at the load balancer, with clear ...
4
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1answer
1k views

Dangers of hosting an internal web application on a public web server?

Is it a bad idea from a security perspective to host both a publicly accessible website and a website that is only intended to be used internally on the same server? Obviously the web server would be ...
0
votes
1answer
238 views

How to modify data sending by application to the server?

Let's suppose that I have a simple application which is sending data to the server (placed not in my network), for example 0 1 2 3 4 5 (explicit data) in one second delay between each other. Is it ...
11
votes
1answer
528 views

Is using a CA more secure if I'm self-signing anyway?

We have a web application that we run for clients at their booth on fairs. The communication between clients and the server was done over HTTP until recently. We're currently working on improving ...
1
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2answers
673 views

Email spam targeted at a pair of users

Two users on my domain are receiving spam emails that have both of their emails in either the To: and/or CC: fields. There are many other users on the domain, but only these two are receiving spam ...
8
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4answers
531 views

Password-less network in skyscraper office

If a company has offices way up in a skyscraper, is it acceptable to have an open network without a password, as an easy-to-use courtesy to visiting guests? The only ones that possibly would be able ...
27
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1answer
6k views

Vehicle remote key security

How secure are car remote keys? When you lock or unlock your car, can someone spoof or make another remote key? How do car remote keys work? Do they use some kind of private/public keys, encryption? ...
1
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1answer
113 views

How to respond to a request for information on a system's architecture without compromising security?

Let's say that I am a Federal CIO and need to respond to a request for information on the architecture of a financial management system. I want to demonstrate that the system is capable of supporting ...
1
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1answer
1k views

Force browser to use higher security connection

How can I force my Chrome broswer (or even Firefox) to always use a higher security encryption?, for example 256bit (or more) encryption when using https. I guess it should be some flag to force the ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

In C, not using 'void' if a function does not accept any argument is a potential vulnerability

In CERT secure coding standard, there is a recommendation that "Always specify void even if a function accepts no arguments". A possible security vulnerability is proposed in it. /* Compile using ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Algorithm to generate NTLMv2 Hash in PHP

I am trying to develop a PHP function to calculate NTLMv2 hash by providing server & client challenge, domain, account and password. The resulting hash appears to be not correct. Can someone ...
1
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2answers
249 views

Can IPS system be used as IDS and vice versa

I would like to know can an Network Intrusion Prevention System[IPS] be used as an Network Intrusion Detection System[IDS] and vice versa. Can the Host based IPS be used as a host based IDS and vice ...
6
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4answers
857 views

Secure authentication: partial client-side key stretching… please review/criticize my idea

I am trying to figure out what would be the 'perfect' authentication system for a website. On one end, we know that simple hashing algorithms can be brute-forced or cracked in other ways. Hence why ...
1
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3answers
1k views

Can Paypal be used to verify a user's identity?

As I use my Paypal account for various online services, I noticed that vendors integrate differently with Paypal for on-demand payment, and scheduled payments. I also noticed that Paypal offers a ...
1
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1answer
854 views

ReverseProxy and PCI Compliance

My company has a PCI compliant billing gateway and they expose a service for submitting credit card payment details. I am writing a (Single Page Application/end-to-end javascript) website for them ...
1
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0answers
139 views

How dangerous is Exploit.LNK.BadLnk.a (v)?

I have encountered a supposed low level eploit on my network at work, by the name of: Exploit.LNK.BadLnk.a (v). I have torn through pages of entries on google trying to find information on this bit of ...
1
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5answers
288 views

Deep international spy forensics: what hw really needs to be destroyed?

True Scenario: Representatives from the GCHQ went into The Guardian newspaper corporate office in London and demanded top secret data (leaked by Edward Snowden) be returned to authorities. The senior ...
2
votes
1answer
133 views

What are the benefits (if any) of changing TLS certificates frequently?

As I understand it, a certificate is used only for verifying the identity of the server. Are there any security benefits for changing them frequently (once a week for example)? If this is done so ...
2
votes
2answers
266 views

Hide logging server from DMZ

I have a server on my DMZ whichs relays syslog and OcsInventory messages to a server on a vlan for logging servers. In order to allow the packets to go through I must allow port 80 (OcsInventory) and ...
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votes
1answer
215 views

mifare classic security [closed]

We know mifare Classic has been broken. My question is, say I store encrypted data (using some out of band RSA encryption) instead of plain data on Mifare Classic card. And also store a signature ...
7
votes
2answers
8k views

Which is better for server-to-server-communication: IPSec or TLS?

Maybe you could help me with a small problem. Would you recommend IPSec or TLS for a Server-to-Server-Connection? I need two or three arguments for reasoning a decision within my final paper, but ...
0
votes
1answer
3k views

Why is /dev/random so slow on Linux? [duplicate]

If it's true you only need about 128 bits of entropy to fuel enough data forever, why is it that /dev/random is so slow? My system has uptime of 214 days! Is it really only gathering .000000001 bits ...
1
vote
0answers
441 views

Configure Asterisk for lan with SRTP enabled SipDroid [closed]

I want to have a secured call over internet between two android phones. I have found SipDroid which is an open source SIP client for Android. And also I have followed this to install Asterisk, Dahdi ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

What's the point of storing an copy of args? (the /gs flag)

When you add the /gs argument to microsoft's compiler, it would place a copy of args below the buffer variable. So, what's the point of keeping a copy of arg?
1
vote
2answers
795 views

Is it illegal to use Fake User-agents? [closed]

Is it illegal to impersonate user-agents when you are crawling a website? If so, what and how a legal action can be taken against the faking requester? Is this law applies only for crawlers or a user ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

China CCTV System UDP protocol isn't working

My boss is trying to invest on a CCTV solution that he orders from China, his idea is to market it here after we fine tune the process and configuration and make a few tweaks of our own. It consists ...
3
votes
1answer
840 views

Is there a way to process a credit card transaction asychronously and be PCI compliant?

If I had to store credit card details temporarily to shove it to the processor using an asychronous worker, I know that that information must be encrypted. To get it to the worker, however, it must ...

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