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Is “real salt” the same as “initialization vectors”?

In the question about real vs. fake salt, the answers describe how real salt 'perturbs the encryption algorithm.' I know roughly how initialization vectors work; is this the same concept, or something ...
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7answers
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“Real” Salt and “Fake” Salt

During a Q&A period at DEFCON this year, one member of the audience mentioned that we're using "fake salt" when concatenating a random value and a password before hashing. He defined "real salt" ...
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2answers
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How large blocks does AES-cbc use with a 128 bit key and with a 192-bit key?

I read on wikipedia that the AES with cipher block chaining and a 128-bit key uses blocks of size 128 bit to encrypt the data. However, it also said that with a 192-bit key, there were still 128-bit ...
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5answers
307 views

How to verify new accounts against a known persons database?

I need to (try to) solve the problem of new account creation for a patient portal for a medical records system (electronic health record). That is, a way to activate a patient online and match her ...
7
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3answers
842 views

Server to server encryption: Key rotation over the air. Can it improve security?

In my other question, I explored whether to write my own encryption or use an existing one. I was advised to use TLS or AES or something that is established. This question is about key rotation. It ...
3
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2answers
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Security logs on Linux, Solaris and Windows

As the company's security department, our system administrators ask us what they need to log for SIEM (Security Incident and Event Management). We don't have any prepared documents and are seeking ...
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Is finding vulnerabilities in the major browsers easy or not?

If young hackers can detect them, why can't security analysts get and patch them? Also, I dream of finding a vulnerability in a major software, like IE or Chrome. Is it easy? Is it systematic or is ...
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How can an access point spoof me into connecting?

I was reading through the answers of the question "How can I ensure that I connect to the right wireless Access Point?" and was wondering how it is possible for an access point to imitate another wifi ...
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Dictionary Attack on Wifi

I know a few people with pretty weak passwords. What kind of systems exist to prevent dictionary attacks? Would it make sense to restrict the number of connection attempts in a certain timeframe? ...
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3answers
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Bruteforce attack on my FTP server

I recently setup VSFTPD on my personal server for sharing files over FTP. In the vsftpd.log file, i see hundreds of failed attempts to login with usernames like "adminitrator" , "adminitrator1", ...
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2answers
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Is doing credit card transaction via 3G secure?

3G, GPRS or other mobile-based connection. Because it seems like it's easier to intercept, than, say, land-based connection or encrypted WiFi. If it matters, the transaction I want to perform is ...
7
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2answers
388 views

Geographic equivilent of RFC 3161 (X.509 PKI Time-stamp Protocol)

First time poster here, hope to be around more often. I'm in need of a cryptographically secure 'stamping' system that allows not only time but also location to be attached to data, while still ...
8
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1answer
355 views

How many iterations of fuzzing is enough?

Fuzzing is a convenient, relatively low-cost way to detect some kinds of vulnerabilities, particularly in C/C++ code. My question: How much fuzzing is enough? Are there are any standards or best ...
6
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2answers
442 views

Outsourcing security evaluation

Does anyone have any experience with outsourcing security code review via freelance sites (like Rent-a-coder, Elance, Guru, Getafreelancer, etc.)? Is this effective? What are the best practices? ...
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2answers
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Smartphone / GSM Sniffer

This question would be in the category of SmartPhone Sniffers. So we have sniffers that can show the packets that are being sent across a wired or wireless (802.11) network. I am just performing a ...
8
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3answers
409 views

How do researchers “gain control of an attacking PC” and not themselves be considered attackers / criminals?

In reference to this Network Computing Report article titled "'Operation Shady Rat' Perpetrated Five Years Of Long-Term Attacks On Government, Enterprises" The Cliff's Notes to the article is thus: ...
8
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4answers
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Where do I securely store the key for a system where the source is visible?

I have a customer with an Access database (ugh!) in which credit cards are stored in plaintext (yikes!), so amongst other changes I'm doing in the app, I'm applying some encryption in there. I've ...
3
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1answer
455 views

Is there a viable open source antivirus for OS/X? [closed]

I am interested in finding an antivirus program for the Mac, but not one from Symantec, because I don't trust them. I wonder if perhaps there is an open source solution for antivirus for OS/X? Or ...
12
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1answer
391 views

What did Blackberry do wrong?

The NIST defines a vulnerability in RIM Blackberry encryption discovered last October. Apparently, Blackberry's flavour of PBKDF2 was weak. They say: The offline backup mechanism in Research In ...
5
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2answers
558 views

Security Manager job description

I work in a growing, family owned business. The company has 300 employees and has landed some big clients who require major policy changes in order to give us their continued business. Among those ...
3
votes
1answer
190 views

How can I assess the trust worthiness of a browser add-on?

Having learned a bit more about what add-ons/extensions can do in Firefox, I want to minimize my risk and use some safer mechanism to download videos (FLV in particular) for later viewing. ...
4
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1answer
851 views

Which encryption algo should be best for an Android application [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which type of encryption algorithms android supports, and which would be better? I am confused about to use of DES. Triple DES, RSA and AES algorithms, I think I ...
15
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2answers
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Network policies under AppArmor/SELinux

I am attempting to sandbox some untrusted processes using Linux's MAC frameworks -- either SELinux or AppArmor. I see that both SELinux and AppArmor allow the selected granting of socket level access ...
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3answers
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Convergence - an SSL replacement?

Today, Moxie Marlinspike, a security researcher famous for his research on Android and SSL and related protocols (author of sslstrip/sslsniff), released "Convergence" which says is "an agile ...
4
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3answers
2k views

Is it necessary to encrypt an ASP.NET view state hidden field when using SSL certificate?

If you have an SSL certificate for a web site, is it necessary to make the ViewState more difficult to decode. Without any extra development, it appears that ASP.NET encodes it as a base 64 string. ...
3
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2answers
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Truecrypt hidden partition deleted original drive data

Help! I created a hidden partition within a harddrive encrypted using truecrypt, and instead of creating a second partition, it seems to have deleted all of my data instead. what did i do wrong? I ...
5
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1answer
2k views

What are the security implications of enabling WINRM on all domain members?

As Powershell becomes more and more popular, it appears that using WINRM may end up being a better option than using PSEXEC from SysInternals for remote management. Given that WINRM is disabled by ...
5
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2answers
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Frameworks or any Solutions for authentications/security/ login management in Java Web Applications

I am looking for a framework/solution for authentication/ user-login management/ security in java web application that can make the naive developer's job easier/faster and make the application ...
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7answers
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Facebook account keeps getting hacked, can't seem to figure out why or how?

One of my mate, she has a lot of friends on Facebook, uses it for marketing. Her account keeps getting broken into. Her password gets reset and/or gets locked for changing resetting password too many ...
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4answers
2k views

Web browser password management security [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are browser saved passwords vulnerable? How secure are the password managers that are built into modern web browsers? Currently I use lastpass plugin as I believed ...
2
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1answer
769 views

Zone elevation protection in Google Chrome

Internet Explorer has a security feature called "Zone Elevation Protection", in which sites outside a list of trusted sites (which can be configured) are not allowed to navigate to the ones on the ...
4
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1answer
643 views

Slow client key exchange in TLS?

I've been benchmarking my TLS performance, and I noticed that during the "write client key exchange" phase, there's significant overhead compared to all other actions. I'm wondering if there's ...
1
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4answers
228 views

Learning the role of intruder legally [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can you become a competent web application security expert without breaking the law? I was reading this article earlier U.S. government hankers for hackers , and ...
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15answers
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How to write an email regarding IT Security that will be read, and not ignored by the end user?

I've observed that several of our users are ignoring messages sent from IT Security managers, and also the system generated "You just sent a virus" notifications. The problem seems to be among people ...
11
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2answers
958 views

Can a Firefox add-on or plug-in access the user's websites' saved passwords in decrypted mode?

Going deeper into the previous question on Firefox plugins and add-ons malware risks: Could a Firefox add-on potentially decode and capture the encrypted websites' passwords saved in the browser?
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1answer
200 views

OSSEC New Install: Scan and analyse full log?

When OSSEC is installed and started, it starts analyzing configured logs starting the date it was installed. Is there a way to have it scan and analyze the full logs?
7
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5answers
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Browsing on a USB OS (Linux) safe from malware?

Let's say I have a computer. It's a personal computer - the one you'd typically find in homes. In this scenario, it's running Windows XP SP3, although it could run 7, Vista, etc. I have a USB drive ...
1
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1answer
133 views

WebServices Security [closed]

Do we have any good resources on WebServices Security? Any book, pdfs, articles and even the detail answers regarding the securing web services would be appreciated.
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6answers
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What are the security implications of people downloading addons, wrongly thinking that they are safe?

I recently learned about a plugin for Firefox called Fire Sheep, which was featured on the Security Now podcast. I downloaded F.S. and began examining it. To my surprise it includes C++ code that must ...
4
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2answers
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What happens if a pro-censor ISP has Telex key(s)?

I've been watching more and more people jump on the idea of Telex as a way to prevent internet censorship (e.g. http://www.technologyreview.com/communications/38207/ -- not my comments at the bottom ...
7
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4answers
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Testing clean urls with sqlmap

Is it possible to test for SQL injection vulnerabilities with using sqlmap with a url that is using mod rewrite (or something like it) to make the urls clean? I know how to test my sites that have ...
18
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5answers
881 views

Is there any legal reason to save a cleartext password?

I called customer service of a well known company and discovered that the operator had the ability to view my website password in clear text on her screen. I asked her about this and she defended the ...
1
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5answers
314 views

Is there something similar to DNSBL's for protecting against forceful browsing?

I want to protect a couple of Apache webservers against forceful browsing. Lately there have been multiple scans querying for non-existent applications on them like phpMyAdmin, notably known for their ...
7
votes
8answers
840 views

Is the following authentication scheme secure?

I was trying to design an authentication system that would make it much harder to guess a password via brute force, and reduce the risk to a user if the hashed password was stolen through a snooping ...
0
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1answer
319 views

Wordpress online pharmacy hack? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Protecting WordPress installations anybody knows how to protect your WordPress website from online pharmacy spam, even after deleting all spam files and deleting spam ...
5
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3answers
372 views

DHE exchange and client authentication

If a server has a known public key and a Diffie-Helman exchange is performed and signed by that key, is there any benefit to authenticating the client before establishing a secure channel instead of ...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

Native rsync protocol security

Is the native rsync protocol (port 873) secure? Does it encrypt data or credentials? I'm planning on using rsync to store encrypted files in the cloud, I'm wondering whatever the password is ...
11
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4answers
5k views

Looking for botnet IP address feeds to protect against DDoS

I would like to get a live feed of botnet IP addresses delivered from a service and block them under certain conditions. Preferably community based/open source but open to looking at worthy commercial ...
2
votes
3answers
438 views

Security Implications of setting passwd as suid

When the passwd command is executed, it runs as the root user. Can't this be exploited? If not, why?
7
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2answers
319 views

Are there any independent organizations doing (publicly available) IT security research?

When looking up security risks on the net I find that all research being cited (if any is cited) always seems to come from the Anti-Malware companies. (just e.g., this article cites F-secure, AVG and ...

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