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3answers
398 views

Can a batch file download a file to infect a computer?

Is it possible to write a batch script that can download some code from the web and infect a computer? Can you explain it briefly?
3
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2answers
582 views

Signing data bigger than allowed RSA Block size?

I've enountered a small problem while implementing a modified version of the Station-to-Station protocol (STS). Say we have two principals A and B, where both of them knows the other's public key: ...
13
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8answers
32k views

Is it possible to Identify a VPN user by finding relations in traffic?

If I am using VPN service to protect my identity, can my traffic be used to identify all my traffic? For example, if I am accessing two services: Some service A, where I do not leave any ...
17
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2answers
794 views

Is there a real possibility of getting malware by “drive-by”?

I know malware can be gotten by downloading and running stuff, but is there a real possibility of just viewing a webpage or clicking a link and getting one? Assuming using only Firefox / Chrome and ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

What are the most common infection vectors for personal computers?

We have OWASP to tell us about common security vulnerabilities in webapps and such, but what are the most common infection vectors for personal computers? A few example vectors: Social engineering ...
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2answers
383 views

How to secure passwords when site is opensource [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to securely hash passwords? How can I store passwords to have them secure? Right now the site use md5 md5, I was thinking about sha1+salt but if the source code for ...
2
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3answers
5k views

windows firewall turns OFF automatically

It seems pretty weird but for some reason, the Windows 7 firewall turns off. After I turn the firewall on in the control panel, it seems that it turns itself off when I go back to the control after I ...
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3answers
3k views

How can I report PCI-DSS violations?

A large supermarket chain in the UK, are storing their passwords in plaintext. Apparently, Mastercard's security department are already involved. I'd like to report them for violating PCI-DSS, since ...
2
votes
2answers
158 views

Are these email captchas legitimate?

The last week, I've been getting this kind of emails to addresses that I don't use: Dear Sir, Madam, For security reasons and as part of our ongoing fight against spam, it is our policy not ...
3
votes
4answers
550 views

Is there any explanation (other than storing plaintext) for case-insensitive passwords?

I've come across a few organisations stating that passwords are case-insensitive. Obviously this is ridiculous, and a gigantic red flag from a security point of view. Is there any explanation for why ...
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11answers
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“Username and/or Password Invalid” - Why do websites show this kind of message instead of informing the user which one was wrong?

Lets say a user is logging into a typical site, entering their username and password, and they mistype one of their inputs. I have noticed that most, if not all, sites show the same message (something ...
4
votes
4answers
443 views

Is it secure to use similar password over different accounts?

I have a strong password which is a long, unfamiliar word phrase. I would like make other account use a password with similar level of complexity but I don't like to remember so many password over ...
5
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1answer
2k views

Any reason not to use same key for multiple SSL domains on one server?

Assume I've generated a server key for use by Apache for SSL. The server will be handling several different domains that use SSL via unique IPs (no SNI). I want to generate a CSR for each domain from ...
32
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7answers
11k views

How can crackers reconstruct 200k salted password hashes so fast?

I'm researching for a small talk about websecurity and I found one article about the formspring hack, which made me curious. They claim to have used SHA-256 + salt We were able to immediately fix ...
0
votes
1answer
202 views

Windows security policy analysis tool [closed]

I have several security policy files (INF exported from different Windows machines) which I need to audit. Is there any automatic tool you know of, that can analyse those files according to best ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Java Applet for mutual authentication with smart card

I need to develop a java applet, for a mutual authentication between Tomcat 6 (server) and a SmartCard "IDGo 300" (client). In order to do this I thought the following scheme: 1.Tomcat (server) send ...
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votes
3answers
7k views

How do I hide files inside an image without using any steganography tools?

I want to hide files inside a picture. The files may be music or video. Is it technically possible to do this? If so, how? I searched on Google to find methods. Please suggest some methods for ...
4
votes
3answers
714 views

Are there DNS analysis tools that could detect bad DNS results?

Are there any tools (or at least methods that would work, if no free tools currently exist) which one could use to detect false DNS results? It would be very simply to detect an attack along the ...
0
votes
2answers
408 views

Can a man engaged in phishing be prosecuted if I know his IP?

My familiar received some emails from a man she meets at dating site. The man sent her his photos by email. In them he made some attempts that looked like phishing so I decided to lookup more ...
10
votes
4answers
76k views

How to recover a lost zip file password

I have some files I was given by my teacher at University, I could chase him up, but I may as well try getting blood from a stone, his response rate isn't great and I completed my degree a year ago! ...
4
votes
1answer
149 views

Strategies for signing sections of a text file to prevent tampering

I'm looking for suggestions from the community on the best way to approach this problem of securing a text file while still making it fairly shareable: I have a collection of chef recipes in git, ...
2
votes
2answers
239 views

What may a Hungarian employer do with the employee monitoring logs?

Employers often monitor employee network access, even install keyloggers on their computers, etc. But the articles I found on the internet, is about the monitoring but not what they may do with the ...
6
votes
3answers
29k views

Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA-PSK)

Can someone explain to me in what consists the Four-way Handshake in WPA-Personal (WPA with Pre-Shared Key), which informations are being sent between AP and client, how is it possible to find the AP ...
4
votes
2answers
14k views

Lost passphrase recovery for SSL

Today is friday and I'm a desperate sysadmin. I issued a demand of certificate for an HTTPS server, and just received it after more than a long week of waiting, but while my request was processed I ...
1
vote
1answer
437 views

What are the security issues relating to macro enabled MS office documents?

Are there any security issues relating to macro enabled MS office documents?
3
votes
8answers
875 views

Explain SSL advantages for e-commerce to layperson?

I need to explain why having a SSL certificate is a good investment for an e-commerce. How do I do this when the other person is a intelligent business owner but not that tech smart?
4
votes
7answers
2k views

What is the best way to securely keep clear passwords?

I'm working on a web project that will connect to a database. For that, I will have to store the login/password of that database user in clear (encrypted in a symmetrical way) in order to be able to ...
1
vote
1answer
589 views

Are there Bluetooth attacks on Smartphones that will not notify the user of the attack?

Are there Bluetooth attacks on Smartphones that will not notify the user of the attack? Specifically forcing a reset or opening an application.
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votes
3answers
168 views

I use an online email provider - how can I test my password strength?

I want to test my password strength, is there a program out there that can crack my password relatively quickly? I am familiar with BackTrack 5, but I usually use it to test WEP password strength. I ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

What are the risks of posting my email address to pwnedlist.com?

pwnedlist.com claims to have details of over 23 million accounts that have been hacked, and if you submit your email address they'll apparently tell you if you're in the database. Are the people ...
6
votes
4answers
479 views

Finding date of last network access

I have a system that contains highly sensitive data that does not reside on the Internet. However, when I was going through the machine recently, I detected that it had cookies, and temporary internet ...
1
vote
2answers
390 views

Seeking advice on how to build a box to brute force hashes? [closed]

I work in a startup security firm, and I need to build a GPU-based to brute force password/hashes, which can be used to validate password strength and test hashing algorithms. I expect some high ...
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votes
1answer
431 views

MITM Attacks over SSL [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How might the U.K. Government's proposed internet surveillance equipment “bypass” encryption? If I have a server (call it server 1) set up to receive ...
3
votes
4answers
972 views

Apple FileVault — would Apple build a backdoor?

Could Apple build a backdoor into it's FileVault encryption technology? Is that a risk you take of using a closed-source encryption product in general? Would using something like TrueCrypt be more ...
15
votes
3answers
5k views

What risks do Cookieless sessions have? What are the mitigations?

I'm debating if I should support cookieless sessions in my web app. It would look something like this: http://www.example.com/(S(lit3py55t21z5v55vlm25s55))/orderform.aspx Since the URL is never ...
1
vote
2answers
157 views

is it appropriate to set restrictions on a user's password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? Im developing a website and am curious as to the current trends in the nature of passwords. Is it good ...
8
votes
4answers
712 views

How can we factor Moore's law into password cracking estimates?

How would we go about factoring Moore's law into exceedingly long password cracking estimates? Let's say we've got a 12 character password containing mixed-case alpha characters and numbers, i.e. ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Snort Sensor Placement

I have a snort sensor monitoring some of my network being fed from a mirrored port. This mirrored session only monitors traffic between the firewall and peering switch. Since this just sees traffic ...
2
votes
2answers
11k views

Excel 2007 Encryption Strength

With a strong password of 10+ characters, mixed case, etc... Is the encryption of a Excel 2007 document secure enough to create reasonably strong defense against a brute force attack? What encryption ...
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votes
2answers
324 views

Is it possible to MITM between Google voice SMS/TXT Messaging

I have 2 spammers who won't stop spamming me via SMS once I post stuff online. I would like to determine their location based on language, so if I were to somehow become a man in the middle and have ...
28
votes
7answers
4k views

Is having Steam installed a security risk?

Speaking to one of our security administrators at work, he insists that Steam is a well understood security risk and it shouldn't be installed on work machines. Saying it's not work related I ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Fuzzing Android API

I am thinking of trying to make an Android API fuzzer (I never made a fuzzer before, but I understand the concepts), and I was wondering which API calls would be the most interesting ones to fuzz from ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Storing only BIN part of PAN, does this qualify as a full PAN?

We are looking at becoming PCI-DSS complaint. We wish to minimize the impact it will have on us and our business. As this can be a very expensive exercise. As I understand it if you do not store ...
1
vote
4answers
428 views

Should i use SSL for local access?

I have a web service which can be accessed only from websites hosted on the same server (i use 127.0.0.1 ip). Should i use SSL for the communications between the sites and the service, or would that ...
1
vote
4answers
2k views

Shall I need to use MD5 algorithm in both JavaScript and PHP for login authentication?

I have a login form with username and password. I post this form data to a PHP file. For security reasons I want to encrypt my password in the database and network. Now I have done now following ...
11
votes
6answers
4k views

How can mini-computers (like Raspberry Pi) be applied to IT security?

It's no secret that thousands of $35 Raspberry Pi (Model B) computers have just shipped to people around the world. With these, and other similar types of computers becoming cheaper and more ...
6
votes
3answers
20k views

Windows 7 Password Hash Security

I recently came across a number of sources that suggest that cracking Windows user account passwords is easy by examining their password hashes. I understand that these hashes are stored in the SAM ...
4
votes
5answers
3k views

Is it dangerous to allow user to view a file directory via web browser?

I have a URL which displays all of the pdf files at a given dir by visiting the following site location : http://www.mysite.com/allpdffiles/ Does this present any security vulnerabilities?
9
votes
3answers
6k views

How can i find what hashing algorithm was used?

One of my clients has asked me to modify the login page that their board members use to access their materials. The problem here is that the person previously responsible for this has left no ...
3
votes
1answer
424 views

Loginless Client/Server Architecture (iOS)

I'm currently in the phase of planing a project involving loginless service. Users would be identified by an unique device id created on the client (ios). What are the security concerns? sockets ...

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