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A simple example for showing the use of Data Execution Prevention (DEP) security feature

I am finding it really hard to figure out why we need a DEP! Microsoft states this about DEP: The primary benefit of DEP is to help prevent code execution from data pages. Typically, code ...
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How is mail automatically sent from my account?

Today I have received an email with an 'out of office' notification, as a reply to one of my emails, which I actually didn't send. I think it was sent automatically from my address, as a result of ...
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How to defend against invalid UTF7/8 that hides a <script> tag?

I'm scanning HTML before it reaches a browser, and I've just heard about a type of exploit that uses invalid UTF7 or UTF8 sequences to embed an otherwise invisible script tag, which is used to execute ...
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Where do organizations store their sensitive documents? How do they protect them?

Where do organizations store their sensitive documents? How do they protect them? What are the pros and cons for each method? (If there are multiple common ones) EDIT: I am more referring to ...
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Am I a Hosting service provider in a sense of PCI-DSS SAQ D Appendix A?

My company provides web applications to third parties. We develop, host and manage the applications ourselves. All access that third parties get is the application itself and a separate ...
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Antivirus for Thesis

I just want to ask if you know any book or technical papers and theses regarding computer viruses and anti-viruses. 'cause we're having a hard time looking for updated books regarding ...
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Request/Creating a Code Signing Certificate

I have need for a code signing certificate which is trusted by a CA in the windows domain. How do I request/create this certificate? Do I have to request a code signing certificate on the ...
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Will session_regenerate_id() without true parameter improves security? Should I use it right before login?

I want to decrease session fixation attack vulnerability, hence I used session_regenerate_id() before login. Somehow I'm in dark now and not sure the right answer for questions below: When we ...
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How would one make a network resistant to the unknown?

I play in a game which includes normal risks, but also a wide range of supernatural powers which could affect the security of a network. These may be as prosaic as a retrieving data directly from a ...
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Security Review - password_hash implementation for PHP

I'm currently working on a "helper function" for PHP's core to make password hashing more secure and easier for the majority of developers. Basically, the goal is to make it so easy, that it's harder ...
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Using passwords made of words

People say don't use passwords in the dictionary but if you use two words isn't it alright? Dictionaries have at least 10,000 entries so just two words will be 100,000,000 possibilities (and that's ...
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Web Application security

I am a web app developer, and recently one of my apps was hacked. I wanted to know what are the possible kinds of attacks done on web application (in detail) and methods on how to prevent those. What ...
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Possible trojan/virus in memory?

I've extracted objects (JPEGs) from processes` memory dumps (obtained with memdump command from volatility framework) and got strange results after searching the memory pages of the main thread of ...
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Why does Antivirus Softwares have an Issue with EXE Packers

Im trying to pack an Executable using an Exe Packer like UPX.I packed and checked the File with VirusTotal.com.Here some 9 Antivirus Products say its a Virus actually its a harmless exe.I think the AV ...
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Improving the privacy of a casual Web user

I am interested in improving the privacy available to me as a casual internet user with a default browser. I think that Tor is too slow and that the "Privacy Mode" in browsers isn't really practical. ...
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How do I protect user data at rest?

I want to encrypt the username, email, and password fields in the database AND encrypt user files at rest. How can I do this? I am aware of software such as Gazzang and since there is not cost ...
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What is the real risk from trusted forests / domains?

I am trying to identify specific attack vectors that occur due to domain/forest trust in Active Directory. Microsoft in their KB Articles Domain Trust, section "Considerations About Trusts" write ...
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How to be completely anonymous online?

I recently saw this post on reddit: http://www.slashgeek.net/2012/06/15/how-to-be-completely-anonymous-online/ But the majority argument, both on reddit and on comments on that post seems to be that ...
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Ways to make it more difficult for data to be lifted from a website?

Assume for a moment that I run a public-facing website that hosts pictures and names of people in a "billboard" fashion (i.e. you do not have to register to view the information) and that my site ...
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How do hacking groups register domains remaining anonymous?

Let's take lulzsec as an example; they registered lulzsecurity.com. There are two problems that I don't understand how they solved: They had to pay for it. Tracking down money is generally much ...
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How does a server obtain the IP Address of a user?

How does a server obtain the IP Address of a user? Is it possible to fool the server by spoofing the IP Address?
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Detecting or preventing process memory injections on Windows (anti-hack)

Standard hacking case. Hack injects into a started game process and writes over process memory using WriteProcessMemory call. The situation is like this: we are hosting a game server clients join ...
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Why do password strength requirements exist?

Password strength is now everything, and they force you to come up with passwords with digits, special characters, upper-case letters and whatnot. Apart from being a usability nightmare (even I as a ...
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Is using “HTTPS everywhere” extension secure?

I would like to know if one should use 'HTTPS everywhere' extension? Is it secure to use it? Are there any better alternatives? HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts ...
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How do governments carry out computer surveillance?

If https is really secure as companies tell us, how do governments manage to eavesdrop on terrorist and criminal communications? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_surveillance
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Impact of attack occured in Radius, DHCP and HTTP servers on VOIP?

Assume we can crash the RADIUS server in a VOIP system. What would be the impact on the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of VOIP service. What would be the impact if the same question if ...
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Send new password by email is bad practice but what to do if user forgot his password?

According to http://plaintextoffenders.com/post/7006690494/whats-so-wrong-about-sending-a-new-password-in it's bad so what to do ? Just ask him to set a new one ?
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Does the CVSS impact score correpond to probability?

From http://nvd.nist.gov/cvsseq2.htm , I noticed that the CVSS standard attributes the following impact values ​​for confidentiality, integrity and availability: 0 for none impact , 0.275 for partial ...
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Amazon S3 Encrypted File Backup System

I am designing my backup system to Amazon S3 (probably Singapore) and I would like to have all my files strongly encrypted on the server. I use ArchLinux x64. My system will append only once an ...
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How to trace malicious hackers?

What are some of the ways law enforcement agencies can trace a hacking attempt back to the hacker? IP and MAC addresses can be spoofed easily, hackers can easily hide their tracks using compromised ...
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ASLR in Ubuntu 11.10

In many of the exploits I see nowadays, brute forcing is a common method of bypassing ASLR on 32 bit machines. However, many of these exploits crash the current process, for example, PHP. Isn't the ...
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Signing up on a paid site with a credit card

I'm building a subscription-based website that needs to accept recurring payments. The concept is much like that of Netflix, but there is also a variation between the two. When a user attempts to ...
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Skype security (linux)?

From the following article skype & from archlinux skype wiki some major skype insecurity in linux are: The skype binary is disguised against decompiling, so nobody is (still) able to reproduce ...
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Web Hosting companies asking for password in plain text

Recently, on live chat, a representative of a web hosting company (will not disclose the company name for liability issues), asked me for my password to the server in plain text in order to verify the ...
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LastPass application architecture

I'm trying to find details on the application architecture of the Lastpass browser app for Firefox and Chrome. All that seems to be out there is this security analysis: ...
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How do I use a TPM to protect my BIOS/EFI from “remote” attacks

I have a work/gaming computer. The work side is a SSD with linux and the game side is a SSD with Win7 (all security turned off, planning to get viruses and rewipe every LAN). Only one of the drives ...
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How do I remove or anonymize file names and path that are stored in compiled .NET exe output?

When an exception occurs in a .NET application, the exception output also includes the path and file name of the code file that resided on the developer's machine. This shares some information that ...
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Can a TCP connection with a VM be “escaped from” to reach the host? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How secure are virtual machines really? False sense of security? If a VM (e.g. VirtualBox) on host A opens a TCP connection to a hacker Z, are there any possible ...
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Looking for information about CVE-2006-6876 vulnerability

In order to study vulnerabilities of a SIP server and the impacts of DOS attacks on the QoS of VoIP service, I have found this vulnerability which can be exploited to cause DoS on SIP server. But I ...
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Hardening a perimeter router

What are some of the steps that could be taken to harden a perimeter (internet facing) router from attacks by potentially malicious users?
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How to install client securely?

I'm writing a program in PHP that sends data from one master to many clients (all Joomla websites). When the client software is installed, it should send a message to the master identifying itself, ...
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How to properly secure OO PHP CMS?

I have OO PHP application which serves pages as well it does payment card processing via external RBS payment gateway. There is also reporting database. The problem is when somebody exploits this PHP, ...
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What governing body is responsible for the use of GSM SMS alphanumeric SenderID's?

Currently, I am writing a paper about GSM sender spoofing and how this flaw is possible with the use of different techniques and attack pattern in the GSM 2G implementation both technically and ...
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How to prevent my website from getting malware injection attacks?

My website was banned as a malware website by Google. When I checked the code, I found out that some code injected many files on my server. I cleaned everything manually, edited all files on my server ...
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What's the advantage of using PBKDF2 vs SHA256 to generate an AES encryption key from a passphrase?

I'm looking at two comprable pieces of software which need to encrypt data on disk using a passphrase. One uses PBKDF2 to generate the encryption key from a passphrase, while the other uses two rounds ...
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MX record Man In The Middle Attack?

In theory it should be possible to change a MX record of site A (aspmx.exampleA.com) to site B (aspmx.exampleB.com) and send the mail back to site A (aspmx.exampleA.com) So you can intercept all the ...
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Blocking direct access to ajax source

I made a calculator. I want to prevent that people can use the ajax.php to get the results without accessing the webpage. They have to use the API for that purpose. I suppose I can add a key ...
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How to best present 'Security Vulnerability Feedback' to devs in the IDE (like VisualStudio)

I posted today a pretty cool PoC where I was able to provide real-time 'security vulnerability feedback' to a developer as he is writing code in VisualStudio. You can see the video at Real-time ...
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Can a biometric device serve as a user based entropy source?

I am wondering if a biometric device can be used to generate some entropy or key material that would be stable across each authentication. The contrary would be for biometric devices to act like an ...
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Risks of serving untrusted content under HTTP Content-Type: text/plain?

Am I gonna run into XSS attacks by doing this, or will a file download be prompted? Are there security problems that would rise in a modern browser?

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