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Where to start with security testing?

Starting with a QA team that deals mainly with functional requirements testing and has little real security testing experience, what simple practical things should the QA team start doing to start ...
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4answers
164 views

pesudo random password

I post a question before about one password repeating to make it longer, now its a new way want to ask about, if take the word 'secure' and instead of repeating it put somenumbers between it, exp: ...
3
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4answers
321 views

Is there a crypto system which detects decryption somewhere between sender and receiver?

I was wondering if there exists (or if it could be created) a cryptographic system in which a message is encrypted and sent from A to B, and some nodes in the middle could intercept and decrypt the ...
21
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1answer
12k views

My understanding of how HTTPS works (gmail for example)

I want to ask if my below understanding is correct or not regarding the HTTPS used for the webpage we are visiting. I will use Gmail as an example: My laptop tries to connect to the Gmail server ...
3
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1answer
331 views

Encryption on the GPU, safer or not?

I was just wondering whether performing encryption on the GPU was safer than on the CPU, with regard to the difficulty of reading the encryption key from memory and/or various other hardware attacks. ...
6
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7answers
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What is the danger of hosting your SSL certificate yourself?

I have Active Directory Certificate Services on my server, which makes it possible for me to deliver an SSL certificate for the websites hosted on the same server. I know that normally, I need to ...
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2answers
588 views

How secure is Stack Exchange's reputation?

I recently read an article about researchers being able to penetrate the Facebook network and making lots of friends with about 100 "Social" bots. What would prevent somebody to do the same on Stack ...
5
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2answers
4k views

Is it possible to connect to a proxy with an ssl (or otherwise encrypted) connection?

What i want to know is whether it is possible to connect to a proxy with an ssl (or otherwise encrypted) connection? (I'm suspecting this is possible because TOR encrypts user connections to it's ...
3
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1answer
701 views

exponent value in certificates

I have seen that in gmail, there are 3 certificates in hierarchy. I noticed that all the certificates have the same exponent(65537 with 24bits). Why is the exponent value same for all certificates and ...
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3answers
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Demo of web site that is vulnerable to command injection

I'm looking for a demonstration web site that shows an example of a web site that is vulnerable to command injection: where I can inject something and get the web site to run a shell command. (This ...
2
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2answers
1k views

NSA RHEL5 Checklist

The NSA has came up with the "Guide to the Secure Conguration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5" (http://www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/os/redhat/NSA_RHEL_5_GUIDE_v4.2.pdf) I have read through this guide and it is ...
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4answers
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Security risks of scanning an unknown QR code

What are the security risks of scanning a QR code from an untrusted source? If the QR code was constructed by an attacker, what can the attacker do to me? Do widely used QR scanners have any known ...
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4answers
399 views

Will passphrases always be secure?

In a world where most people used passphrases instead of passwords, wouldn't an attack that generates a random string of words (alternating between word delimiters) be similarly effective to a brute ...
2
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2answers
690 views

Allow apache to write to users' .ssh dir's

I know the title is just baiting the "your setup is insecure", but allow me to explain. I'm working on an application which aims to allow clients to rsync over SSH to our server. We need a web ...
0
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1answer
252 views

Looking for virus under Linux [closed]

if I am looking for a virus/spyware under linux, where should I have to look for to find it ? I suspect to be the target of very skilled hackers. 5 or 6 years ago I found a spyware on my linux box, ...
3
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1answer
194 views

Complex Consumer Matching Queries with PGP Universal

For group membership I am using LDAP for performing the consumer matching. I can pretty clearly see how to do simple matches with ORs or ANDs, but I would like to match in a more complicated fashion. ...
0
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1answer
1k views

nessus scan against metasploit exploits

I am thinking about launching wide nessus scans (in the "IP range" sense) against exploits present in metasploit. The idea is to limit the number of plugins so that that the scan finishes in a ...
4
votes
4answers
29k views

how safe is the 256 bit encryption used in bank transactions

Most of the banks use a 128 bit or 256 bit encryption. What does this mean? Does it mean that the keys used in ssl are 128 bit long or what? If they are the ssl key lengths then 128 bit rsa keys are ...
6
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2answers
2k views

Security drawbacks for using short-lived access token in javascript client side

I intend to build a front end site entirely in javascript (NodeJS) and i would like to do ajax calls to a REST WS which is on another domain on client side. I intend to use oauth2 and SSL to secure ...
9
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6answers
948 views

Does repeating one word to form a password result in a similar pattern in its encrypted format?

If i use a single word to form a password by repeating it like the examples below: securesecuresecuresecuresecuresecure SeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuReSeCuRe ...
1
vote
2answers
385 views

Our company needs to conduct an audit of a large ASP.NET solution that was developed for us by a development company. [closed]

What professional standards and practices are recommended for guiding such an effort?
6
votes
4answers
4k views

HMAC/PBKDF2 vs Simple hashing algorithm for web service authentication?

We are in the process of creating a web service and have been investigating ways of securing it. In reality, the service is likely to get very little traffic and the data is likely to be of little use ...
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1answer
833 views

Truecrypt with a short password and one keyfile [closed]

If I use short password like ' myvolume ' and use a key file with it says WARNING: Short passwords are easy to crack using brute force techniques! We recommend choosing a password consisting of ...
2
votes
1answer
350 views

Is there a way to identify the client using SSL Handshake Messages?

I have an SSL Server and it can be connected by two types of Clients, one for which Client Authentication is needed and the other for which Client Authentication is not needed. Is there any mechanism ...
1
vote
2answers
527 views

Using a tabula recta to store passwords

Reading an answer to another question ("Is there a method of generating site-specific passwords which can be executed in my own head?") I came across this link, describing a way to use a physical ...
3
votes
1answer
217 views

eBay account compromised/Credit Card used/Hosts files changed

To preface this, I'd just like to let you know that I'd consider myself an intermediate security guy(Definitely not a novice, not yet an expert) I do have a story to tell, and would like to know if ...
3
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6answers
2k views

Best resources to learn web security attacks? [closed]

Can anyone suggest good resources to learn about vulnerabilities in and attacks on web sites, in a hands-on way, for someone with limited programming experience?
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2answers
3k views

How could the hacker tamper with the 'configuration.php' file in my Joomla web server?

I have a web server hosting Joomla 1.5. I discovered that the Joomla configuration file configuration.php was modified by a hacker. How could he do so? Note that the file has 777 permission. Also, ...
1
vote
2answers
358 views

Really secure webmail

If I'm feeling paranoid about the CCDP (UK) - requiring ISPs to intercept communications across the internet - then what would be the most secure approach to a webmail system? Obviously, there's some ...
0
votes
2answers
401 views

Why was the Hail Mary Cloud named so? [closed]

The Hail Mary Cloud was a botnet that slowly and intelligently attempted to bruteforce SSH logins. Why was it dubbed the Hail Mary Cloud though?
18
votes
12answers
34k views

Public DMZ network architecture

Years ago, when I was a student, a network security professor taught me in a class what a DMZ is. The architecture he used in his slides was similar to this one: Now that I got employed, my boss, a ...
1
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2answers
681 views

Appropriate strategy for preventing brute forcing of logins?

I am currently building security into a website. So far, I have the following rules, and am wondering if this seems sufficient. 5 failed login attempts for a particular username will cause that ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

Does the endianness used with an encryption algorithm affect its security?

I'm implementing the AES block cipher, which reads/writes data in 16 byte blocks. The implementation I'm working with usually read data in the little endian format. But in my platform the endianness ...
1
vote
3answers
289 views

If the encryption algorithm broken or analysed, can an attacker find my password?

If the encryption algorithm broken or analysed, can the attacker know what my password was?
5
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1answer
180 views

Notifying Website w/Security Hole

As a hobby, I find security holes ranging from XSS to SQLi to LFI etc in random websites I find. (I don't exploit them). I've decided to to do a little more; I want to create a volunteer group ...
0
votes
1answer
712 views

Which CTF Penetration Test? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What “hacking” competitions/challenges exist? I want to test my penetration test skills.And i solved a few CTF.But it is not enough.I want to solve more ctf ...
3
votes
3answers
460 views

Possible holes in this ASP.NET security design?

So I plan on updating some data via an ASMX web service on a web server via .NET programs running elsewhere. The primary security concern is that this web service needs to spawn a process to handle ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Firefox Flash plugin malware?

I am running firefox 11 on ubuntu 10.04 and every time I close the program it continues to run in the background. What worries me even more is that the flash plugin is also running in the background: ...
15
votes
5answers
7k views

SQL field level encryption, how safe is it?

I am considering encrypting my database and/or encrypting only certain columns in a few tables. Is it worth the time? I mean, how much of a burden would it be on someone if they were to get a hold of ...
3
votes
2answers
569 views

How can I assess the strength of user passwords in my office environment?

I want to assure the compliance of password policy in my office. Environment Intro My environment is all windows based (server 2003/2008) user base is not more than 400 employees. Nearly 90% of all ...
2
votes
1answer
128 views

Network abnormally slow during night hours

My network recently the last week as become abnormally slow around 11 pm. Very slow buffering youtube videos during all hours. Ive recently purchased the new router about two months ago but not ...
6
votes
2answers
692 views

The safest way to access GMail on mobile devices

There are three ways to access your GMail account on iPhone or iPad devices: 1. Use safari browser 2. Use Apple's default mail app 3. Use Google's Gmail app What is the safest way to access gmail ...
1
vote
1answer
182 views

What privacy methods exist for P2P transfers?

I love my VPN, it gives me to a certain extent privacy from isp & to what I connect. I also use P2P to get & provide data, but I would like to create a level of privacy. What methods exist ...
7
votes
3answers
1k views

Hashing length for storing password

Does larger hash size improve the security? Is it overkill to use 512 bit hash? If I stored only 256 bits of the PBKDF2-SHA512 derived key, is it less, equal or more safe than 256 bits of ...
2
votes
1answer
214 views

network improvements over ipsec

I have a specific environment in which TCP is not optimal due to its general assumptions, and thus needs to be improved. This small improvement has been done successfully. It operates at various ...
6
votes
2answers
208 views

Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next?

Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next? I am referring to finding vulnerabilities and developing exploits in various applications. I am ...
6
votes
7answers
21k views

Are services like Hide My Ass and UnoDNS reasonably safe to use?

While in Germany, I want to keep using my Netflix account, watch PBS, CNBC. I have found following services: A VPN: https://hidemyass.com/vpn/promo/1/5/ A DNS: http://www.unotelly.com/unodns/ I an ...
9
votes
4answers
920 views

Is it safe to binary-deserialize user-provided data?

AppHarbor has a blog post containing sample C# code which reads data from an unsigned cookie and passes it through .Net binary serialization. Is that safe? Obviously, the data is completely ...
10
votes
2answers
3k views

Is encrypted email doctor/patient communication required by HIPAA, HITECH or Meaningful Use

I want to point out, from the start, that I know all about the Direct Project and I am huge fan of work to provide easy-to-use standards based secure email for doctor-patient communication. I am not ...
0
votes
1answer
300 views

block changing IP addresses on port 25 SMTP

A script is currently being run against my exchange server attempting to access resources on port 25 SMTP. This is generating event 4776 within Windows event logs. How can I stop this? Would I need to ...

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