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Why would someone trust DuckDuckGo or other providers with a similar privacy policy?

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that claims it will not share your results with others. Many of my skeptical coworkers think it may be a scam. Is there any proof that any web search engine will ...
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5answers
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How to trace a (mobile) phone?

Even since growing up, I've watched films in which the "bad guy" is repeatedly tracked down when they call the police or FBI or police force de jour. They always have "about 30 seconds". Regardless ...
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3answers
328 views

Securing dropdown boxes

I have been creating selection boxes for years, yet I never knew you could modified it with firebug and submit them with nonpermitted values, of course this wouldn't happened if the code was secured. ...
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435 views

I need ideas for blocking a single malevolent user

Let me throw out this problem I'm having to some of my technical peeps and see if you guys have any new suggestions: We have a website that sends text messages and voice mails for our clients. ...
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1answer
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Please explain Time-step in Time-Based One-Time Password Algorithm

I am studying about OTPs (One Time Passwords). I have gone through all the methods: HOTP (HMAC-based One Time Password), TOTP (Time-based One Time Password) I have no issues with HOTP. But according ...
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166 views

How to reverse the communication for security

I have the following use case - There are two networks - internal network where the application server is deployed and has no internet access and external network that is accessible from internet but ...
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1answer
119 views

What security features and qualifications should we look for in an online backup provider?

What security features and qualifications should we look for in an online backup provider for an Internet-exposed web server storing sensitive data? In the backups themselves - encryption type, ...
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Is a longer WiFi password more secure?

Today I had to type the same password to connect to a WPA2-secured WiFi network several times, and got really annoyed with the length of the password. Especially since it is just a phrase repeated ...
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5answers
546 views

What are all of the issues with storing a cleartext password?

I know, I know, cleartext passwords are terrible and you should always store a hash! However, I'm interested in all of the issues with storing cleartext passwords so I can make a reasonably secure ...
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1answer
239 views

What issues might exist with TLS-OBC's emulation of Browser Certificates?

TLS-OBC is an RFC proposal that increases SSL/TLS security by using certificates on both ends of the TLS connection. What's special here is that the client is permitted to dynamically create a local, ...
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3answers
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Intercept data sent via bluetooth

I am trying to re-write a closed-source application, originally deployed on mobile devices, that lets you command and control a certain type of mechanical robots via bluetooth. The new application I ...
5
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2answers
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How can I detect/withstand DNS amplification attack?

I am a developer, and I am trying to get an insight into what could I do to enable my application to withstand a DNS amplification kind of attacks. Would such prevention methods help against DOS type ...
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3answers
513 views

Wireless security attack techniques

Before I ask for some advice, please don't assume I'm a script kiddie or such. This is for one of my wireless security class (CSS 1015). It's a Saturday class and only 6 students are in the class ...
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4answers
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TrueCrypt -vs- MacOS encrypted sparse image - equally secure? Other alternatives?

I'm currently trying to find my personal best solution for storing passwords and other sensible data. Recently I've used 1Password on iPhone and Mac but I'm not really satisfied with its predefined ...
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3answers
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Why did secureserver.net (godaddy) access my gmail account? [closed]

Why did secureserver.net (godaddy) access my gmail account? One day later...gmail reports suspicious activity...really? So...Why did secureserver.net (godaddy) access my gmail account? ...
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2answers
769 views

up2date tools for security audit linux / centos

I'm setting up a new CentOS 6 server and am looking into some security audit tools to validate my configuration and to point out weak spots in the server. There are a lot of non up2date tools out ...
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177 views

SSL/TLS Certificate Authority supply policy

I would like to ask for recommendations regarding the following issue: As a company with a number of customers worldwide we supply our product to many different sites. We need to shape our policy ...
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3answers
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Can a hacker sniff others' network data over a wireless connection?

Provided that the hacker knows the WiFi password if any (WEP or WPA), is he capable of sniffing network data of other hosts connected to the same access point?
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5answers
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Why would malware try to remove other malware?

Recently my php-based website got infected with malware (probably by a stolen ftp password). Basically, every 30 minutes a file frame_cleaner_php.php was uploaded, a HTTP-GET was done on it to execute ...
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4answers
2k views

What is the point of gibberish spam

I fairly often happen across forums spammed with messages such as: Arugula (Eruca sativa) is an quarterly green, pretended or roquette. It's been Traditional times, overclever 20 flat has be ...
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2answers
394 views

How do you visit a link without risking your computer?

I got a link from: http //61.19.247./~naowit/dustin.html (removed the last digits so you don't accidentally click it! (they were 192)), which was masked as a youtube.com link via email. Now I'm not ...
3
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2answers
247 views

self-signed certs that aren't the final certificates in the path

The X.509 spec makes frequent statements like this: (b) If certificate i is self-issued and it is not the final certificate in the path, skip this step for certificate i. How can you have ...
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2answers
774 views

X.509 certificate policies question

I asked another question about certificate policy mappings. This is a different issue. This is about Certificate Policies. To quote from the X.509 RFC: In an end entity certificate, these ...
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1answer
640 views

X.509 certificate policy mapping question

So I'm a little confused how X.509 certificate policy mappings work. So let's say the following depicts my cert chain: root CA ---> intermediary CA ---> client cert Would the root CA have a ...
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1answer
153 views

What terms should I use to define security assessment work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment? I am tasked with hiring a consultant to do an analysis of our infrastructure security ...
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2answers
656 views

Combining capability-based access control with SAML

I have been looking into various research on identity, PKI and access control trying to boil it down to a simplified methodology for IAM (Identity & Access Management). One thing which pops up in ...
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3answers
8k views

What is a good email site that doesn't mine your personal data? [closed]

I am becoming less and less ok with Google and Facebook collecting data on me based on my online activities and then selling that to companies. Is there a good email service out there that respects ...
7
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1answer
10k views

Is there a sms authentication that works like 10minutemail? [closed]

I remember reading on this site a user recommending 10minutemail.com as a way to register or give email address to non-trusted websites. Is there any similar site for disposable phone number for ...
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2answers
2k views

Is e-mail a direct vector for XSS

I'm curious if there is a way to execute XSS via email. I am not talking about using e-mail as a way to deliver a link that has reflected XSS in it. I'm talking about sending an email from ...
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2answers
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Available Resources for Securing RHEL 6

Some in our infrastructure group want to upgrade to start taking advantage of the new features in RHEL 6. In the past, I have relied on the NSA Guide to secure RHEL 5 and CentOS 5 installations. I ...
5
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2answers
281 views

Securing data on laptop's hdd

I was wondering which is the best way to secure/encrypt data in the hard disk on a laptop that runs Ubuntu Oneiric? Setting LVM encryption? I am mostly concerned about having my laptop lost or what ...
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3answers
1k views

Is a mobile app more secure for mobile use than the “normal” website?

An untrained end user who uses a mobile web browser is vulnerable to phishing and can't easily verify the the authenticity (or security) of a website among other issues. Also, it is very easy to ...
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3answers
174 views

Smartphone SSH clients with shared user

I am writing an application for smartphones to provide very limited SSH usage. The user cannot perform arbitrary actions when logged in. They can run a specific script(s) only. For various reasons ...
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5answers
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Is it safe to install malware in a VM

Is it safe to install malware in virtual machines? I would like to investigate malware, but I don't want to infect my own computer. Can I install the malware in a VMWare VM, maybe even without ...
3
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1answer
260 views

How secure is to store encryption keys or SSH Keys on LPAR?

I want to store SSH keys (used to connect to some devices that have sensitive data) and the encryption/decryption keys of a database application. They will be inside a LPAR (logical partition) in our ...
30
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6answers
20k views

SSL with GET and POST

I'm pretty new to security, so forgive my basic question, but does SSL encrypt POST requests but not GET requests? For instance, if I have two requests GET: ...
18
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5answers
3k views

How does preventing automatic download of pictures help to protect my privacy?

When viewing some emails in Microsoft Outlook, if the sender has included images, I get the following option appear at the top of the email: "To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented ...
12
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2answers
952 views

Protection of Keys/Passwords on Virtual Hardware (XEN, KVM, VMWare, etc.)

Is there any reasonable way to secure data on virtual hardware? What I mean by "virtual hardware" is the various hosted systems that one can rent from various online hosters, that run on top of XEN, ...
5
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3answers
610 views

Are there security (esp. privacy) benefits to deleting cookies?

As the title says, I'm wondering if there are any security/privacy benefits to managing cookies - that is, managing by deleting cookies you don't want or need. I deleted all my cookies about a week ...
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2answers
1k views

Interpolique: transparently preventing SQL Injection and XSS with base64 encoding, what happened?

For the keynote at The Next HOPE a couple of years ago, Dan Kaminsky unveiled Interpolique (the talk is really fun btw). The problem he raised was how to defend against injection attacks, including ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Is it less secure to use OpenDNS for banking accounts, SSH, Adsense account?

I have one WiFi connection in my house which I use for my iPad, phone and computers. I want to block adult sites, time consuming sites for every device that use the WiFi connection. So I came across ...
5
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2answers
663 views

mysql security logging

Is there any logging available that logs mysql connection attempts to the port, login attempts, and times succeeded with username, IP address and date time? Im trying to detect brute force attempts. ...
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2answers
39k views

Can wiped SSD data be recovered?

I was reading another post on destroying IDE drives, and how you could remove data, wipe it, or just destroy the drive. The removed data would still be there in some state, although not easily ...
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1answer
222 views

What are the most relevant security events/incidents any company should monitor?

What are the most relevant security events/incidents any company should monitor using event management tools? Related to servers, antivirus, networks, etc.
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2answers
3k views

how to protect my ftp from being hacked?

my ftp was hacked, a file has been uploaded and the host suspended the website temporarily. I'm only using an admin page that points to an xml file (to load and modify the text of my website), i don't ...
3
votes
2answers
474 views

Can a sniffer installed by user on his machine eaves drop on my application and reverse engineer it? (Fiddler 2 HTTPS Sniffing)

I have a web service and an application that connects to it. I do not expose the web service via any discovery protocol to the outside world. I have two security mechanisms: My software uses SSL and ...
4
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1answer
712 views

How to perform security exploits/penetration on devices like iPhone's, PSP's, and Android to run your owncode?

I was really interested in getting into performing exploits to install my own code on devices, instead of waiting for others. I figure its a great way for me to learn about security on devices like ...
3
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1answer
243 views

What servers or clients are immune to related-domain cookie attacks? (*.example.com)

In this question, I want to identify browsers, servers, or implementations that are immune from related domain cookie attacks (e.g. a.example.com vs b.example.com). Lacking any tangible solution, ...
5
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3answers
688 views

Is there a good reason to turn off phpinfo()?

New server setup and the server admin decided phpinfo was too scary. I guess the fear is that a hacker could somehow get phpinfo() to run from injected php and find out all the extensions that are ...
5
votes
1answer
128 views

How long can I store personal information on unconfirmed subscriptions?

I have a monthly newsletter. In my subscribe form I use a double opt-in method: The visitor subscribes. I send him a confirmation email. If I receive a reply, I add him/her to my system. In the ...

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