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Why does changing physical router not warn of possible man in the middle attack?

Situation I swapped out a dead router at home today. I setup the new router with the same SSID and encryption settings. The devices on my network acted like nothing had happened and are happily ...
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Is exploit researching different from penetration testing

I'm confused by some terminology - reverse engineering seems to me to be pretty similar to exploit researching. I mean if you can reverse one program probably you will be able to find a vulnerability, ...
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What is the safest way to copy a file from an untrusted system?

Scenario: There are two computers running GNU/Linux, U and T. U is untrusted and T is trusted. A non-executable file F (which may however have been infected with malware) resides on U. (For ...
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Authenticate user without knowing their password

I'm working on a project where each each user will have a public/private RSA key-pair. Users will be able to send encrypted messages to each other using the each target user's public key so that only ...
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How long is a 2048-bit RSA key? [closed]

On stackoverflow: '2048 bits, or 1400 decimal digits' http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11832022/why-are-large-prime-numbers-used-in-rsa-encryption On Wikipedia: 'RSA-2048 has 617 decimal digits ...
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VCS to manipulate returned trees to prevent leaks? [closed]

I am wondering if there is any system that would change source code trees in subtle from version control systems in ways that are hard to discover (i.e. whitespaces at the ends of lines, perhaps even ...
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Use brute force to mitigate brute force

Just an idea I had, and I am sure there is a lot of material about this subject, so I am looking for a pointer as to where I can find more information. My idea is this... When storing a password in ...
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Is the aggregate severity rating of “Important” for MS13-027 too low?

The Security Bulletin states that the "Maximum Security Impact" is "Elevation of Privilege"; however, the SRD blog post says code execution is possible. Additionally, SRD says "Other software that ...
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Cryptography key gathering tool [closed]

I am wondering if there exist a tools which can return the value of the one of the private key if the following are known: 1) Encryption Algorithm 2) Public key 3) Plain text 4) Cipher text Or may be ...
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What is the safest way to store a password in a single file?

I've been reading about it. This article helped me a lot. But the more I read the more complicated it seems. For example: Is it better to use bcrypt, or PBKDF2, sha2 or something else for the salt? ...
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How to protect against an attack where a person claims to be in a position of authority?

In an office if a person approaches an employee and claims to be a new IT staff and to give them access to their computer, what can prevent this kind of attack? I've worked a couple tech support jobs ...
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Site backdoor & eval()

I'm running a Joomla 1.7 site which was hacked today. Below script did the hack. ...
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Is SHA-1 encryption?

I have read that SHA-1 is a cryptographic hash function. On an exam, SHA-1 was given as a possible one-way encryption algorithm. Does SHA-1 require a key as input? Is a key required to qualify as ...
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How to generate a highly unpredictable random bytes

void vncRandomBytes(unsigned char *bytes) { int i; unsigned int seed = (unsigned int) time(0) + getpid() + rand(); srand(seed); for (i = 0; i < CHALLENGESIZE; i++) { bytes[i] = (unsigned ...
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Should I use a Firefox master password or NTFS encrypt my profile?

As a follow-up to another question, is the encryption via Firefox' master password more secure than simply NTFS encrypting the profile folder? I.e. is there a convincing reason to add the ...
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making an iPhone/Android app which sends a user password to my server, how to secure?

I'm making an iPhone/Android app for my website, users already have an account on the website and the app will allow them to login. I don't have SSL on my website, but it's just a reviews website and ...
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Why can I read the response to this CSRF attack?

I have a website www.foo.com:8002 that I have resolve to 127.0.0.1:8002 in my hosts file. I have another (the main site) running at localhost:80 In www.foo.com:8002 the page looks like <form ...
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how to identify whether my page is phished or normal page?

Usually I differentiate phished page and normal web pages by seeing https before the address of the web page, as the lock symbol will help us to identify. Are there any other methods to differentiate ...
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Security risks of hosting user-supplied images?

I have a program that will accept and fetch images from urls. It will check if the extension is .png, .jpg, etc... I will fetch these files and store them, they will be shown to users in a gallery ...
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Does vulnerability exist when using XHR with GET method and custom anti-CSRF HTTP header?

Imagine button after clicking which browser sends XHR http request with GET method. Characteristics: after executing request sensitive action is performed sensitive information is sent in GET ...
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Is scanning a site directory considered illegal penetration testing?

Does anyone know if using Dirbuster [link] to scan for unlisted directories and their contents is (possibly) legal in say the US?
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Are Facebook, Yahoo, Google, etc. hackable?

What I would consider to be hacking one of these services is something along the lines of cracking databases (or I think what would be databases). In reality, I have no idea how sites like these store ...
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611 views

How to check if a software is legitimate

if I have a developer who wants to install a new software and he ask me to check this software security before installing it what shall I do
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Unknown MAC address connected to router

I found an unknown MAC address connected to my home router. How would I figure out what OS the IP or MAC address is running?
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How can I use a VPN to protect my privacy

How should I configure a VPN in order to access blocked websites and to hide my identity? Usually I use SSH tunneling to protect my privacy and to escape censorship. I know nothing else about VPNs ...
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Is 4096 bit good enough to encrypt data?

I need to store encrypted information in a MySQL table. I would like to use the AES algorithm but I don't know if 4096 bit encryption is supported and if it is a good length to encrypt data like: ...
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Why does Microsoft Security Essentials remove Chrome in some situations?

According to Google, Microsoft Security Essentials is currently detecting some versions of the Chrome browser as malware. Could someone have hacked Google and put a virus into some Chrome updates? ...
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Benefits to using EV certificates with a privately hosted Certificate Authority

For companies that have implemented their own internal CA, is there any benefit to configuring that CA to issue an EV certificate? Do any SSL Proxies (like Bluecoat) mimic the EV certificate of the ...
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Protecting an IIS web site hosted at home

My case is I just registered at dyndns.com to get a domain for a website I am staging on my home computer (I know it's not considered good to do so). But the website is not big, and I don't expect to ...
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Fingerprinting users based on IP addresses

Is your local IP address used to better "fingerprint" a specific user? As far as I understood TCP connections, your local IP is send to the remote server in IP packets. It could add to the overall ...
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How to generate random but unique tokens for authentication?

I need to create unique and long tokens for email verification, but I am not sure about how. Currently we are on staging servers or we are just using os.urandom() in Django. But I need to know what ...
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What to do when a connection to a government website for submitting personally identifiable data is not encrypted?

I need to apply for a new passport, but my government's official website for submitting applications containing personally identifiable data does not use HTTPS — http://passport.gov.in/nri/Online.do ...
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3rd party API access: Is OAuth really required?

Having a web application with a REST API (say, our-app.com), we want to open our API to 3rd party web applications (say, their-app.com). After some research, having read about OAuth, OpenID Connect, ...
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Why limit internet access while connected to a remote desktop?

I work in the nuclear industry, and sometimes we have some strange (but understandable) standards for information security. I have encountered one which seems odd and would like to know the potential ...
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Virus-total offline Alternatives [duplicate]

These days I am working on FUDing my own written backdoor, RATs, etc. what is the alternative offline version of virus-total, if I don't want AV companies gaining my virus signature?
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Complex password rules - is there any sense?

Let us assume that our system is well designed and it limits the amount of login errors so that brute force attach on the user interface is not possible. Say after 5 failed logins for an account the ...
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Hash for secure file downloads? [closed]

Is there any hash structure that can be used for secure download of a file and validation of its contents? Looks like all hashes like MD5 are made for consistency check and are vulnerable to hash ...
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641 views

What would be the most efficient way of brute forcing a wifi key [duplicate]

I was wondering how can a brut force of my wifi be prevented so I want to know the best technique that can be used to brute force it first, so protection isn't my question. My question is: What brute ...
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Is this sanitizer vulnerable to XSS?

To have a simple and secure editor for text fields of a django app, I have this snippet to sanitize input html into django code: from bs4 import BeautifulSoup def sanitize_html(value): ...
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Can these html tags and attribs make my site vulnerable?

I am developing a social website and want to allow user ONLY these html tags and attributes in their posts: tags: <img>, <b>, <strong>, <blockquote>, <a> attributes: ...
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Does a solution exist for transferring large files across a network that is faster, yet just as secure as scp? [closed]

I'm posting this here rather than unix/linux, because the primary deal breaker here would be a deteriorated security layer. I'm wondering if there are (noticeably) faster solutions available for ...
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Disadvantages of disabling RC4 in SSL/TLS [closed]

Other than requiring more server resources, are there any disadvantages of disabling RC4 from being using by an Apache webserver? My primary concern is preventing access from older browsers.
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Encrypted quiz data in PHP and JS

I'm developing a quiz with which you can win a few cool prizes. Therefore I'm afraid, that someone might try to hack/manipulate it. All participants have to be logged in and the website takes 15 ...
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How to avoid identity theft at key signing parties?

Let me begin by distinguishing two kinds of identity theft: Conventional identity theft (e.g. using credentials from ID documents, bank accounts, etc, to commit fraud or other mischief). ...
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I was hacked, but I don't know why [closed]

Tonight I found by accident that someone had injected a bunch of crap links into the bottom of my personal site's index.html page. I thought it was a script at first, but after going into my FTP ...
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How to decode this exploit scanner?

My server is obviously up to date and not vulnerable to shellshock exploits. However, I am still curious and would like to understand how to decode the following malicious vulnerability scan. I have ...
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393 views

Are newly-generated recovery passwords sent to me via email hashed? [duplicate]

If a company sends me a new password via SMS/email because I clicked "forgot my password." Does that mean the company is not actually hashing my passwords?
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How do botnets deliver spam? [closed]

I can't seem to find the answer to this question. I read that botnet bots are used as email relays (they have smtp servers installed). Wikipedia on Open mail relay: "(...)Internet initiatives to ...
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For all the hassle it brings, why isn't password management handled by the database?

Right now, we might do something like password varchar(72), when defining a password column, with for example BCrypt. But there's a lot of folks that don't do this very effectively. Maybe they just ...
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failed Login attempts logic

I want to add security to the system login. So here's my idea: If a user tries to login with a valid username but invalid password, then count it as a failed login attempt and store it in the users ...

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