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Using EncFS on a USB drive

I am using EncFS with a USB drive. How secure is this if my USB drive gets stolen? I ask because the .encfs6.xml file is saved in the USB drive and I can open it with a normal text editor. Do I ...
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517 views

Is this where a nonce comes into play?

I'm reviewing a website a friend developed, and was looking for general errors and concerns. In reviewing I noticed he is very heavy on ajax calls using JSON to a RESTful API that he maintains on a ...
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651 views

What are the benefits to a two-page login system for a webapp?

I have noticed many website going to a two-page (not two-factor) login system - where you enter your username on page 1 and click submit, and then enter your password on page two and click submit. ...
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1answer
339 views

Is bcrypt suitable for modern use? [duplicate]

When the subject of password hashing comes up, a lot of developers get exasperated by people using outdated, broken, or hand-rolled hashing schemes, and I frequently hear "just use bcrypt!" repeated ...
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1answer
1k views

What does a Remote Desktop Connection risk for both computers?

I recently had a malware issue called "mysearchdial" that installed itself into my home computer's browser because someone didn't pay attention to what they were installing. I RDP'd into my work ...
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302 views

Snort sfportscan does not log in unified2 file format

I'm running Snort version 2.9.6.0 and I'm not able to log events from the sfportscan preprocessor using the unified2 file format. This is the conf (actually is the default one): preprocessor ...
0
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2answers
527 views

Is my hashing method secure? [duplicate]

I use bcrypt (32 rounds) and once the hash is produced, I get the sha512 of that hash and I then hash that with blow fish and once that is done, I hash it again with sha512 with a salt that has been ...
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460 views

Outsourcing software development and its effect on security

Some companies build their own software. Others outsource software development by hiring contractors or other companies to build software they need. When we need to build new custom software, is ...
2
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1answer
113 views

Danger of having my website make arbitrary web requests

I'm setting up a small code-hosting web site, in the vein of github or bitbucket. I would like to allow users to specify an arbitrary URL from which my site's server will initially clone their ...
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2answers
117 views

Protecting against/detecting a specific Man in the Middle attack

I'm working on a specific (hypothetical) situation, where I have two client machines attempting to perform a public key exchange, via a server. There's no possibility for a direct connection between ...
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0answers
171 views

msfelfscan with x64 support? [closed]

I'm trying to lookup all call rax instructions with msfelfscan, but %> msfelfscan -j rax /bin/ls Invalid register "rax" Was it not supported?
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3answers
303 views

Howto pass overly protective corporate firewall

My Corporate Network was always being monitored, but a few days ago they started to block and censor all HTTPS traffic. Recently IT guys forged certificates for all major HTTPS web sites and acts as a ...
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1answer
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Recent Fritz Box exploit

Background info: About 50% of the ADSL and cable internet access in Germany (and presumably parts of the EU) goes over AVM Fritz routers, either verbatim or rebranded as e.g. "1&1 Home Server" or ...
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Does hiding version numbers increase my security? [duplicate]

I’m currently trying to improve the security at our work. This sounds very broad, but, for example, I’m penetrating our systems and checking whether servers are vulnerable to certain exploits. As an ...
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3answers
773 views

Is there a way to exploit unused GET POST parameters in web application?

So there is an application that accepts some data from the outside. Assuming that it accept only finite number of different POST/GET parameters and the application is correctly handling all the data ...
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1answer
594 views

Hash Security of Windows 7 Password

I need to find some materials about how Security Accounts Manager(SAM) works in windows 7+. I am confused with the storage format of hashed value. Many materials (such as, 1) tells me that it uses ...
4
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1answer
238 views

DOS safe alternative to delay response to an attacker with sleep()?

tl;dr sleep() costs my servers resources. Using it to delay response to the attacker might cost him/her time, but allows for DOS. Is it possible to keep him/her waiting without costs of mine? Long ...
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218 views

How bad is to buy domain name with .ext from another country even if they allow non citizens to own one?

I'd like to purchase a domain name from a country that does not require citizenship, since they can make nice urls, they are more available and sometimes not too expensive too! But few things annoys ...
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1answer
571 views

Is the Litecoin Scrypt hashing technique a threat to hashed passwords?

The Bitcoin alternative, Litecoin uses a different algorithm to protect the block chain, namely Scrypt (not Sha256). Given that GPU accelerators exists, and ASICS are due to be released, does the ...
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3answers
1k views

Storing passwords in reversible form - a genuine use-case

What's wrong with you, you crazy fool, you're not supposed to be able to retrieve a password in plain text! I know. Hear me out. Assume I've got a service that's similar to Mint.com. For those that ...
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1answer
297 views

Does reinstalling ubuntu eliminates all existing rootkits/ malware/spyware/ virus etc?

If I do a fresh installation of ubuntu from an uninfected cd, will it remove all the existing rootkits/malwares/spywares/viruses etc if any ? Is formatting the hard disk required before reinstalling ...
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1answer
124 views

Digitally signed scripts as a way to thwart XSS

As a blanket approach to dealing with XSS attacks, rather than having to remember to escape user-generated code, is there a way to instruct the browser not to execute any script or script-function ...
3
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3answers
183 views

Are some passwords more vulnerable to password crackers?

Suppose I have a password made of n alphabetic characters. An attacker is given the hashed password and will attempt a brute force attack on cracking it. I can envision a naive password cracker ...
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8answers
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Why am I allowed to access protected Windows files when I boot Ubuntu from USB?

How come I'm allowed to reboot a computer that I don't own, put in a USB, boot ubuntu from it and then access all files stored on the drives available (even critical files such as system files on C ...
2
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3answers
356 views

Which Secure Development Lifecycle model to choose? [closed]

We are going to secure our software development life cycle and have been researching for a good model to start with. I have found 3 major models (methodologies?) which are : Cigital SDLC (7 touch ...
2
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2answers
3k views

wireshark does't show HTTP requests from other devices

My machine along with several other machines are connected to wireless router. When i open some http page on same machine(M1) where wireshark is installed, it captures the packets such as HTTP GET or ...
8
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1answer
230 views

How to force “expensive calculation” when clients connect to my server?

Page 183 of Secrets & Lies on countering denial-of-service attacks: Some researchers have proposed defenses that force the client to perform an expensive calculation to make a connection. ...
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1answer
65 views

PGP keys varying only in attached signatures

Here is a few questions revolving around the same core problem. Let's say I generate a PGP keypair. I now get the keypair signed by person A at signing party X. In the evening, I give my now-signed ...
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1answer
361 views

What causes a powershell payload to run the first time but not the second?

I created a windows/meterpreter/reverse_https powershell payload using the python script provided at the end of this article. In the first run, the meterpreter session opened successfully, when I ...
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0answers
2k views

blueimp jQuery-File-Upload getting PHP Hacked [closed]

I really like this upload package and want to use it, but from the time I set it up on my server, I've been hacked twice by something called the AnonGhost virus (anonghost.com). I tracked the ...
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2answers
319 views

Storing database password in application

Let's say my application connects to my database. This requires me to have the username and database in my config as follows: postgresql://scott:tiger@localhost/mydatabase I have an automated ...
2
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2answers
722 views

Can a Ubuntu live usb be infected with spyware/ virus?

I have a Ubuntu 13.10 live usb. I gave it to somebody so that he can install ubuntu. Now I have received it back. I was wondering if it is possible to infect a live usb with spyware or virus ? If yes, ...
4
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1answer
540 views

entropy of FIPS-181 automated password generator

From wikipedia article on password strength: NIST recommends 80-bits for the most secure passwords Is there any estimation of entropy for FIPS-181 automated password generator? Recommended ...
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2answers
351 views

understanding and getting over the SSL performance issue

There are many great articles explaining how SSL/TLS works on this site, but I would like to bring in the performance issue. The thing is that I am serving my web content over HTTPS and the SSL ...
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1answer
420 views

How do I find out what kind of encryption this is and how to decode it? [closed]

0xugm5chUcCO+KqKV58YwSwh3kMOHDFju8wtSIuZCbBAAFJaHkYDloRXz9qLEz3unGiAwZEyTvlRhnt6slOFZQ== Im wondering how to figure what this is and how to decrypt it.
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2answers
31k views

Sniffing, Snooping, Spoofing

Could somebody please explain me the differences between the following attacks? sniffing snooping spoofing My professors used them all in his documents, but I'm not sure, if those are 3 ...
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3answers
179 views

Are clients blocking all incoming connections secure?

When clients (which are using both Linux and Windows) block all incoming traffic in a network, and the router is also blocking all incoming traffic, are we (almost) 100% secure? Maybe excluding silly ...
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1answer
597 views

Exploiting XP SP3 with local privilege escalation [closed]

I'm trying to exploit my virtual machine (windows xp sp3) by cve-2013-5065. I created exe from python script and ran on my virtual machine. It successfully spawned new shell but cmd.exe was not with ...
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1answer
535 views

Is my AES/CTR/RIPEMD encryption correctly implemented?

Below is my encryption implementation in PHP. It's based on mcrypt, and uses AES-128 in CTR mode along with a RIPEMD-128 HMAC for integrity checking. For brevity, I've inlined the functions for ...
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2answers
242 views

How does my bank knows my second and forth chars of my password [duplicate]

I see that the new login mechanism used by some banks in UK and also used by visa debit authentication is to ask for three random characters from your password at login (for example second, ninth and ...
4
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1answer
226 views

Why is it bad encrypt to with plain passwords as encryption key?

It's my understanding that using "normal" passwords, such as an easy to remember sentence, is bad practice. Is that because such a string will not be random enough, or something else? From Ruby's ...
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3answers
2k views

How does encryption/decryption work when one generate random key?

I am new to this and want to ask a basic question. Suppose I used my password (say "ABC123") to generate a key using the PBKDF2 algorithm (or any such algorithm). For encrypting a file I'll input my ...
17
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4answers
3k views

Why are there few (none?) easy to use encryption libraries?

If I search stack overflow for how to safely encrypt data, one of the first hits is someone's custom encryption scheme. I've seen several similar questions on this site, and in general they are all ...
3
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3answers
343 views

How is a “commonly used password” determined?

When I try to create a virtual machine on Azure, and use the password P@ssw0rd I get an error message saying The password you provided is too common. Now, from my basic understanding, a provider ...
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2answers
395 views

Protecting the remote database against tampering in a mobile app

This is the first time I face a mobile app deployment at big scale. This app needs to connect to a remote server where to store and retrieve data. I discarded connecting directly to the MySQL ...
5
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3answers
635 views

How to protect against a determined harasser

My girlfriend is an admin on a German speaking site that for some time has been harassed by what we presume is a disgruntled user. At first it was merely an annoyance but a couple of days ago the ...
0
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2answers
2k views

How to secure communication between server application and client mobile application through HSM

We are planning to deploy HSM with our application. The solution we are thinking is : Mobile applications talks to server application, Server application talks to HSM for authentications, ...
1
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1answer
177 views

How could a third-party know the contents of an email I sent to someone?

Apparently, a third party knew the contents of an email I sent to someone within an hour after I sent it. The following possibilities come into mind: The recipient forwarded the email to the third ...
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1answer
101 views

Is a PGP revocation certificate sensitive?

In relation to an openpgp key on a smartcard: Besides revoking the key, is there anything else it can be (ab)used for? Can I just ensure it's reliably stored but not worry about it's confidentiality? ...
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1answer
2k views

Should Access-Control-Allow-Origin need to be domain specific

Infosec has recommended us to use this header : Access-Control-Allow-Origin:http://domainA.mycompany.com,http://*.mycompany.com But I also own domain : http://domainB.mycompany.com So, if i just ...

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