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using oAuth2 auth dance vs oAuth1 signing

I have been reading about oauth and 'how to create apis'. In oauth2, there is what they call the authentication dance where the client will be requesting a request token using a consumer key and ...
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CSP Reports: Ignoring Client Malware

I'm seeing a lot of Content Security Policy (CSP) reports raised because of client-side malware. Many have "blocked-uri" entries like randomstring.cloudfront.net, something.akamaihd.net and so on. I ...
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Is loopback interface protected from sniffing?

I'm trying to understand what are the risks derived from unprotected communications within the same device, by the use of the loopback interface. I've verified it is possible to capture packets, with ...
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Why are certificates limited in time?

If a certificate has a limited duration of, say 5 years, but it gets somehow compromised after 2 years, waiting the 3 remaining years for it to get invalid is not a real solution to the breach problem....
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SSL/TLS version switch over reason

I'm studying the SSL/TLS protocol, more specifically its handshake. I know that initially, a client sends a Client Hello message to the server which includes the TLS version supported by the client. ...
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Suggestions to avoid cookie-hijacking in a web application

I've been developing web-apps for quite some time now. While making websites, the "remember me" feature is one of the most trivial(read as must-have-for-clients) feature to be implemented. Until today,...
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Ways to inject malicious DLLs to exe file and run it

I'm trying to find all vulnerabilities in my given system. Assume a malicious user has the executable (.exe file) of my .NET application (C#), and a malicious DLL he or she created. Can the DLL be ...
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How many passwords does the average user know?

Looking for research on the count and complexity of passwords that an average user is actively using. Note: Also, just to be clear, by research, this is not a request for you to respond with an ...
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What impact do the frequency of password resets have on password reuse?

Wondering if there's any research behind the most common password reset cycle I've seen of 90-days, and if there's any research that gives any insight into how to optimize password resets to reduce ...
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Is there an algorithm to generate digitally signed URL links?

Scenario: Alice prepares an URL link to Bob's web service (e.g., http://www.bob.com/sensitiveData/123?login=mallory). Alice gives the URL link to Mallory. Mallory follows the link to trigger an ...
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Is it possible to have a high confidence that a password is not being reused?

Have a few thoughts on the topic, but the general gist is if a user inputs a new password, is it possible to have a high confidence that a password is not being reused elsewhere? By elsewhere, I mean ...
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Attacking a server on port 80 while only port 22 is open on the firewall

There is a question bugging me a after reading on network security. Theoretical situation: there is a packet-filtering firewall, which only accepts tcp/ip communication with destination port 22 on a ...
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Should a Mobile app able to check what password is locally saved via a user facing feature?

I'm working at a company who is currently working to secure their mobile app (iOS native) by adding check points to security sensitive screens on the device (data is stored in the iOS keychain). User ...
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Is a prepaid SIM-card with 3G data anonymous?

Say I buy a prepaid sim-card with 3g data and put it in a used 3g modem (dongle) or a used smartphone and then create a Hotspot. How would it technically be traced back to me? The ISP should see a ...
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PKI certificate validation graphs, trees and cross signing

I am just trying to get the basics of PKI and TLS and understand how it works. I came across Mozillas post about pkix where they mention that the new library allows graph processing and hence it ...
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IMEI or IP being recognised?

Can a website see my IMEI number? I have been banned from a website for multiple accounts, although I always cleared cookies, disconnected and reconnected from "the cloud" which gives me a different ...
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Nowadays, what is the difference between Cyber Security and IT Security? [closed]

Lately (and not so lately), you can hear a lot about cyber security. It is really hard to find an official description about this matter so, let's take the ISO 27032 description: "Cybersecurity” ...
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Which is considered the first Cyber Security incident? [closed]

No matter we are talking about Information Security, or cyber security or IT security... I always hear first about "the moth" being the first security threat. But I don't believe it is when talking ...
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Klein and PTW wep attack

I'm working on an implementation of Klein's wep attack. For that, I've set up a router with wep encryption and collected 50,000 unique IVs from it. I tried only calculating K[0], meaning - the first ...
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Leading injection

Are there known exploits where a query of the form: select foo from bar where id = 6 can be turned into: select * from select foo from bar where id = random stuff It's clear that a badly formed ...
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Help with successful Internal intrusions

I'm requesting some help with a particular breach of access that we've experienced in our environment. the attacker is an internal employee who has made a few notes about the environment that I ...
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DNS settings compromised from WAN on Edimax ADSL router

My home network Edimax AR-7084gB ADSL modem/router with firmware verison 2.9.5.0(RUE0.C2A)3.5.18.0 was exploited from WAN few days ago. The attacker changed DNS server settings - primary server to 192....
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Breaking public key pinning

I was reading through the IETF's Public Key Pinning Extension for HTTP (http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-websec-key-pinning-12). The acknowledgements section has the following: Thanks to Trevor ...
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Possibility of Correlating Certain User Groups in low-latency Networks

Lets first assume some things: There exists an Adversary There exists a known Group of Users of a certain System. The User can communicate to the System through a small set of (to user and adversary)...
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Hackable linux distributions

A few years ago we had that awesome Linux distribution called Damn Vulnerable Linux. But unfortunately it looks like the project is dead. So my question is are there other Linux distributions which ...
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Is this a secure function for checking if a user has not stolen a session cookie?

As an exercise for class, I'm creating a class that manages user sessions. The session details are stored in a database and also there is a $_SESSION[user_id] variable to carry in between pages. The ...
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Getting Loads of Emails 'linking' my account to Gmail accounts I know nothing about

I have just come out of hospital and have in the region of 30 e-mails from gmail over the past few days 'linking' a gmail account to my (hotmail) email address. I have not done this once never mind ...
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Is my ISP doing a port scan on my computer?

I have been logging incoming connections with iptables for a while and I have been observing the following popping up periodically: 11:45:10 my.com kernel: IPTABLES: SRC=220.255.XX.XXY DST=192.168.1....
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how to null out a insert statement?

I am doing a SQLi-Quiz. Below is the orignal statement. insert into users(name,pass) values('bob', [injection point here]) The statement is heavily filterd because the website which supplys the ...
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How dangerous is the security hole CVE-2014-019?

There is a security hole CVE-2014-019 in the Linux kernel since 2.6.31-rc3 which allows local users to cause a denial of service (memory corruption and system crash) or gain privileges How ...
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1answer
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“global” OCSP with Apache mod_ssl / Alternative to -VAfile option Openssl

Context I'm developping my own OCSP responder which signed its ocsp responses with its own self signed certificate caOcspBC.crt. You can find it here : https://github.com/Dinou/ocspResponder I want ...
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1answer
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Strange logs in apache from bing/facebook

I am used to finding some random probing from script bots in my apache log files, but today I found some strange entries: 65.55.24.247 - - [25/Apr/2014:01:52:36 +0000] "GET /calendar/caldetail/id/281/...
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Is saving a list of passwords in Acrobat XI with 256bit AES encryption as secure as something like KeePass?

I would like to just have a single .pdf document that has all of my passwords and sensitive info included, but have it password protected so that I could store it in Dropbox and sync it to multiple ...
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Can I brute-force a password hash even if I don't know the hash-algorithm used?

Can I brute-force a password hash even if I don't know the underlying algorithm? For example if I get hold of a database with password hashes and the used hash algorithm is unknown, like a random ...
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Static code review approach

My questions is related with static code analysis approach used by Veracode vs Fortify/AppScan. Veracode – Finds security flaws in application binaries and bytecode without requiring source Fortify/...
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1answer
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Analyzing a suspicious email

Today I received a very suspicious email on my gmail account. When I analyzed the content of the message, this is what essentially made up the message. <center> <a alt="" src="...
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Why would you not permit Q or Z in passwords?

Jetblue's password requirements specify that, among other stringent requirements: Cannot contain a Q or Z I can't fathom a logical reason for this, unless it were say, extremely common for the ...
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A Google owned IP address accessed my outlook account [closed]

Today I got a warning from Microsoft saying that there was unusual activity on my account. Diving deeper I saw that there was a successful sign in from a Google owned IP address (according to ARIN). ...
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MySQL ENCRYPT salt is not random?

I know there's little reason to still use ENCRYPT() nowadays, what with bcrypt being almost ubiquitous and MySQL providing better hashes such as SHA1. But while dabbling with ENCRYPT() on MySQL 5.6....
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1answer
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What is the advantage of buying an SSL certificate from the CA rather than a reseller?

I am trying to do some research on SSL certificates, and I've come across a number of reseller sites such as GoGetSSL, which offer certificates at much lower prices than what you would pay if you ...
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Average time before a malware gets detected in the world

I am actually working on a scolar presentation about Careto malware. I was really impressed by the time it took to discover it (at least 6 years, according to some compilation stamps), so to improve ...
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1answer
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Old hardware for encryption and backdoor free

I've read and seen articles on backdoors in the processors or at least the idea of that would render software based encryption worthless. I do know that routers and lots of the newer devices all have ...
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1answer
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Reducing asymmetric authorization token size

I would like to use an asymmetric rather than symmetric signature for authorization, since I don't want a compromised service being able to forge authorization tokens (obviously). An authorization ...
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1answer
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Public folders security

If using one standard user account (for daily task) and one administrator account, then while in standard you can download some virus or whatever and put that into public folder. of course, assuming ...
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Protecting local admin password against 3rd party software

I'm using a standard user account and then run whatever as administrator so that I type in administrator password... I wonder if potentially undetected malicious software such as a trojan is able to ...
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1answer
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TLS v 1.1 vulnerabilities

My question concern TLS : What are the main vulnerabilities of TLS v1.1 ? Actually, none RFC describes v1.1 vulnerabilities, neither what pushed them to change to the new protocol 1.2 except ...
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Checking if current user exists before executing code

In one of my controllers I have this method: def method_name if current_user @model = Model.find(params[:id]) if @model.destroy flash.alert = 'Model deleted successfully' ...
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What's gonna happen when all IPv4 changes to IPv6? [closed]

I was guessing what could happen when all IPv4 be changed to IPv6 , like pen-testing tools and network configuration for common users. Will all the IPv4 be automatically translated to a IPv6 new one ?...
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trackback spotted in multple http errors

[Sun May 11 12:24:46 2014] [error] [client private ip] [X_FORWARDED_FOR 27.159.207.165] Path not found: /contact_us_public.php/trackback/, referer: http://www.mydomain.net/contact_us_public.php Does ...
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Can malware physically damage a hard drive?

I recently responded to an incident of supposed malware infection. The symptoms were simply, "My computer freezes at random times." The response ended with replacement of the physical hard drive and ...

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