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Is it possible for a virus or unknown program to automatically start up a webcam

How can I secure my computer more, knowing these days that there are many websites, especially ones where you don't have to even click before a virus is downloaded straight to your hard-drive. I ...
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Understanding VPNs : How VPNs can be used for anonymization?

Previously, I asked the question Why is it difficult to catch “Anonymous” or “Lulzsec” (groups)? I understood every answer except the VPN thing. Its because I never knew what VPNs were. Any how that ...
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DNS zone transfer attack

Hello Guys! Can anyone explain what is DNS zone transfer or give any link, paper? I have already googled, but could not find anything meaningful?
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Thoughts on creating unscalable conditions to brute force even small passwords?

I stumbled upon something called "scrypt" which claims to add fixed time/space complexity requirements into password-based key derivation. Quoting from their page: A simple password-based encryption ...
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Is the US military secret network SIPRNet physically or cryptographicaly separated/secured?

I've read the Wikipedia articles on SIPRNet and NIPRNet (which are pretty light on details) and they are supposed to be considered separate. At the network level, are they technologically ...
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How do anti-virus & anti-malware programs protect themselves?

I would assume that A/V products would need to employ the same kinds of techniques used by the software they are trying to cleanse to ensure that they can continue to run in such hostile environments. ...
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What are you doing when you move your mouse randomly during a truecrypt volume creation?

Is that called a 'round' every time you move your mouse when creating a new volume? I'm talking about the screen with the random numbers during the volume creation process. What is the purpose of ...
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How many authentication factors are there?

The three classes that we all know and love: Something you know. Something you have. Something you are. I've also seen references to "somewhere you are". Is this really a fourth factor? How many ...
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User Account Notification under Windows useful at all?

IMHO the 'screen dimming'-and-displaying-of-warning-window feature (?) in Windows is extremely annoying, since I routinely run software that does require the permission to modify a lot of things. I ...
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windows security alert windows firewall has blocked some features of this program message coming for every new build of my application

I made an application which uses ftp so windows shows windows security alert windows firewall has blocked some features of this program message for every new version of my application any idea how to ...
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Email not received when sent by our app, received when sent by outlook [closed]

We have an application that sends mail in bulk, via a mail provider (Mailjet). Our clients are professional organizations, and they send important mails about meetings and stuff like that, to about 10 ...
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Will editing a Word file from a mounted Truecrypt volume leave any trace behind on the host computer?

I've heard that even if you have a Word document encrpyted (just using the built in Word encryption tools) and are editing it, it can still leave behind remnants of a file on the local computer in ...
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HP ProtectSmart In A Domain?

All of our HP PCs come with this software pre-installed, I'm a bit inclined to outright remove it because: Credential manager stores passwords by default (this has lead to user confusion, plus ...
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sniffing/recording GSM 3G signals

Is it possible to sniff or record and process GSM 3G signals (from some reciever) given that there is no other signals interrupting etc (the most comfortable conditions) Update (with some supporting ...
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If an attacker is intercepting all of my traffic, will he be able to listen on my VPN session?

If I am a remote user, connecting to my firm from home, using IPSec VPN tunnel or through SSL, and an attacker is intercepting all of my traffic, will he be able to watch my VPN session on the clear ...
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Is booting from a freshly downloaded linux CD safe from trojans?

Let's say you're using Windows 7. For storing Bitcoin on your computer ... is downloading a fresh copy of linux (say Ubuntu), burning it into a CD, booting from it ... safe from trojans? Are there ...
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Why do some LUKS tutorials mention overwriting the partition with random data?

On a lot of tutorials on luks encryption, people say to override the partition with random data, so that data is not recoverable after encryption. I don't understand that. Will the random data be ...
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Encrypt files on flash drive for easy decryption

I am looking to give some files to my accountant, who is not computer-savvy. I am going to put the files on a flash drive encrypted. I assume, accountant has no software other than standard Windows ...
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1answer
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Why do I get “Cannot find bound of current function” when I overwrite the ret address of a vulnerable program?

I want to exploit a stack based buffer overflow for education purposes.There is a typical function called with a parameter from main which is given as input from the program and a local buffer where ...
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Could I be defrauded by a website who has my address, phone number, and credit card number?

Exactly what kind of information does a scammer need to scam someone money? For example, if there's a website which wants me to provide my details, Exactly what kind of information can I divulge and ...
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Windows Session Recording Software

I'm trying to monitor connections and actions made by administrators (or any user connecting) to a server through TSE (i'm simplifying). I've heard about a software which can record a video of any ...
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1answer
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parsing the id-ce-keyUsage extension in X.509 certs

I'm trying to decode an X.509 certificate and have a question regarding the decoding of the extensions. In particular, the octet string corresponding to id-ce-keyUsage (OID 2.5.29.15) is as follows: ...
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Why would the downloaded certificate show a different end-date as compared to the same certificate when viewed online?

This is sort-of a follow-up to my previous question What fields in a suspicious certificate should I look at? Chrome just presented the warning icon against the certificate presented by ...
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474 views

Is there any FOSS passive vulnerability scanner ? Not a NIDS but a vulnerability assessment tool [closed]

I've see the PVS (passive vulnerability scanner) from Tenable Network Security. I'm really interested in this kind of approach. Anyone know if is there any FOSS solution to be used professionally ...
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Where can I download vulnerable Windows OS images to practice penetration testing?

My objective is to learn and practice all the vulnerabilities and their exploitation on vulnerable OS.
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864 views

How is a ddos simulation any different from a real attack?

I asked a question earlier today on serverfault, but found out that there was also a security stack exchange. I had conflicting answers from there. The following is the link: ...
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Methods of accessing CRLs

I'm creating custom certificates with CDP Definitions with the option of configuring several methods of accessing the CRL. My options are HTTP, LDAP, and FTP. What are best practices or should I say ...
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Why are there soo many HTTP connections when using Convergence?

I installed Convergence on Firefox 9.0.1: http://convergence.io/ but... after I installed/enabled it when I visit a HTTPS only-site there are many-many HTTP traffic to the notary servers. Why? ...
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What is a rootkit?

As a followup to "Tripwire - Is It Security Theater", I'm looking to get a better idea of what a rootkit is. To be more clear: What is a kernel module? What at high-level is the flow for how it's ...
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Is AES encrypting a password with itself more secure than SHA1?

This isn't really a practical question, but more a question of curiosity. I heard a CS professor recommend stepping up from md5ing passwords not to SHA1, but to AES encrypting the password using ...
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Tripwire - Is it security Theater?

Tripwire type intrusion detection systems supposedly protect your system from rootkits, by monitoring the checksums of important binaries for changes. Let's say I have tripwire configured to run ...
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7answers
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Methods for protecting computer systems from physical attacks

I am interested in cost effective and creative ideas for detecting physical attacks against computer systems. This includes, but is not limited to Tamper Evident security measures. Consider the ...
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Sniffing on VPN configuration

Our company wants to implement a service based on sniffing for security purposes, since we manage important information this requirement is imperative. The situation is as follows. Everyone in the ...
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1k views

Making passwd/shadow files more secure

The passwd/shadow files in a unix-like OS contain sensitive info such as a user's password. In addition those files aren't necessarily secured: with a live CD we can access those files on the hard ...
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Can a dictionary attack crack a Diceware passphrase?

Everyone knows the words used in Diceware passwords (all 6^5 = 7776 words are published) -- they're all common words. Everyone seems to know that we're not supposed to use dictionary words for ...
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2answers
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Difference between vulnerabilities on windows/linux/mac for same program

If someone finds a vulnerability like buffer overflow in a program such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox running on a linux machine, are there any chances that this vulnerability will persist on ...
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What alternatives are there when SSH is being actively filtered?

Unfortunately our government filters the SSH protocol so now we can't connect to our Linux server. They do the filtering by checking the header of each packet in the network layer (and not by just ...
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What are the security benefits to a separate user database?

In the app I'm writing I separated the user and main databases a long time ago for "security reasons". However its getting harder and harder to justify the overhead and the difficulty of managing such ...
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2answers
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How to protect from copying files?

Is possible to protect files from being copied if you are the administrator of a machine? I heard that this behaviour is possible: one software developer sells his software in such a way. He installs ...
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8answers
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With which algorithm I can prevent a brute force on a login?

I want make my software more secure. I want prevent it from brute force attack. I know that a strong password is the best but I can not control it. The algorithm must scale from a very small system ...
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Are there any established mobile security frameworks or secure coding guidelines available?

I am looking for security frameworks and secure coding guidelines especially for mobile devices (Android and iOS). The languages I am interested in are Objective-C, JAVA and HTML5. If there are no ...
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ltd.exe, “Vista Antivirus Security 2012”, any info?

I was taking a look at someone's computer who had a virus. It called itself "Visa Antivirus Security 2012". It turned out to be ltd.exe. It would seemingly randomly block programs, it turns out it had ...
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565 views

How to implement secure device identification in a for-pay wifi router to prevent usage fraud?

After reading this question about how for-pay wifi routers identify specific devices it got me thinking about what a secure alternative might be. I know that certain research has focused on ...
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3answers
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Secure one-time-use credit cards

I've been reading a lot about one-time-use online credit card numbers (e.g. https://www.discover.com/credit-cards/member-benefits/security/create-online-account-number.html#) but I have to admit that ...
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How is user authentication sent in a public wifi? Radius/802.1x/EAP etc

I visit the airport, I pull out my laptop and connect to a network (no password needed). I open up my browser and i am presented with a screen saying I need to pay to use the network. If I pay, I ...
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What are the major security concerns in cloud computing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are security issues which are specific to cloud computing? What are the major security concerns in cloud computing? From the point of view of a user that is using ...
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Searching encrypted storage

I have been reading some very interesting academic papers regarding the ability to search encrypted data without needing to actually decrypt the data. Doesn't this defeat the purpose of encryption in ...
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2answers
263 views

Convergence HTTPS - what are the Notary servers?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Wl2FW2TcA What are the "Notary" servers regarding convergence? Who is maintaning the "Notary" servers? Can someone please explain?
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Does knowing encrypted information make it easier to find an unknown key?

I'm curious if knowing the exact content of an encrypted message or several messages makes it theoretically any easier to discover the encryption key. Does this speed up a brute force attack in any ...
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Do my Android apps use TLS or other encryption when connected to public Wifi? How can I tell?

I have an Android phone. When it's connected only to my carrier's 3G network I imagine it's reasonably secure against eavesdropping (although not invulnerable). However, at times due to lack of ...

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