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opening up Active directory to cloud services?

We are testing SPAM/Virus cloud solutions and they can read active directory users and groups to help with users set-up and configuration. All they need from me is a user name, a password and the ...
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1answer
497 views

What is the origin of the three factors of authentication?

The three factors of authentication - something you have, something you know, something you are - are ubiquitous in security literature, but I have yet to find a reference to the origin of the ...
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What does this injected code do?

One of my sites has just been hacked as this code has been inserted into random(?) files and places within the files. Does anyone understand what it is trying to do? I would welcome anything that may ...
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Following redirects from HTTPS to HTTP - Secure?

So I have an HTTP client which supports HTTPS. However, it doesn't follow the HTTP spec recommendation for redirects on POST(which is to ask the user before redirecting) This means, in theory, if you ...
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Need a software that can monitor and log network traffic of installed applications [closed]

I need to monitor and log network activities of a specific software installed on my system. I know there are lots of network monitoring software out there, even system explorer has one built in. I ...
2
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1answer
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isaac random number generator and the type of encryption it is used for (game packet encryption)?

I recently found isaac but I'm not sure what type of encryption is possible using it. Does the random number generator itself become the message somehow or does it get used as a seed for an encryption ...
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Man-in-the-middle scenario for TLS

Consider the following scenario: You want to securely communicate with a.com and you only trust the VeriSign root certificate. a.com presents a certificate signed by VeriSign with CN=a.com, so you ...
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How general should a vulnerability be to be eligible for a CVE?

Which vulnerabilities are common enough to become CVE? Is it related to "application"s only, or websites are accepted as well?Is a vulnerability in an unpopular website (or a local service) considered ...
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Is this fprintf statement potentially vulnerable?

Here's the statement: fprintf(stderr, "Some random string\n"). Is it okay not to have a format specifier, such as %s, even though the statement doesn't take any user input? Is it still potentially ...
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3answers
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SQL Injection - MSSQL

I'm learning about SQL injection and have the following backend code, Set rs = server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset") SQL = "SELECT * FROM Registration WHERE name='"&name&"'" rs.Open ...
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2answers
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Can a good SSO protocol be built around a server signing tickets rather than validating them on demand?

CAS and its alternatives all seem to require a flow like this when one service is acting as a proxy for a user when accessing a back-end service: Service A makes a request to Service B on behalf of a ...
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1answer
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How secure is Integrated Windows Authentication for IIS SMTP?

I have a Windows SMTP server that is currently allowing the "AUTH LOGIN" method of authenticating. As I now know, this is simply a base-64 encoding of the username and password, which is basically as ...
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Password and Generated number - How does it work?

In my company, they don't allow accessing the company email or servers from outside the company network. To access the email from outside the network, you have to use: Username, password and a number ...
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1answer
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How to whitelist an Amazon ELB in a(ny) firewall?

We have a customer with a very locked-down network. Any outbound connections require whitelisting of the port and IP address. However, we are running our system behind an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer ...
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2answers
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Is this Scenario Exploitable?

Here is the scenario: You get to overwrite 4 (consecutive) Bytes of a Userland Remote Process in Linux without Exploit Mitigation and without the ability to inject any Shellcode and you know the ...
5
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2answers
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Man in the middle attacks for Out of band Authentication

I was researching on methods to avoid man in the middle attacks. I thought of using out of band authentication but i read the wikipedia article on the same topic which goes as follows: "In ...
2
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1answer
301 views

How much are security tools audited?

Just an open question to the security community at large because... well... the phpMyAdmin thing has made me more paranoid than usual... Specifically, I'm thinking about Kali Linux (ex-BackTrack). ...
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Why is application crash considered insecure?

If an application crashes, the program stops and there is nothing anyone can do about it, other than starting the program again. Crash is a bad behaviour in general and should be avoided, but why are ...
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How to stop a (malicious) endless loop

Few days ago someone tried to crack my site using a Remote File Inclusion attack. The attack was blocked by my Web Application Firewall, but I was curious about the file. So I downloaded it started to ...
2
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1answer
259 views

find hardware and OS specs on routers

How do you determine the model and IOS version of a Cisco router, if you have its IP address remotely, but have no physical access. For example, I run nmap -sP and can see the router's IP, but all ...
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Securing USB flash drive on linux

We have a industrial system(running on linux) with a USB port. We have the USB port only for copying certain data. Other than this we don't want the USB drive to contain any other executables or ...
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1answer
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How Do I find Out the Username And Password Of Wifi Windows 7?

Basically i have a computer that is dual booted with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. On the windows 7 side I do not have admin control. However on the Ubuntu side I have full control. So I want to know how can ...
2
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1answer
87 views

VPN using SmartPhone Location

When you VPN using your smartphone as a hotspot, can the VPN tell your location like it can when you VPN over a wireless connection hotspot?
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1answer
464 views

Will using external OAuth providers for authentication protect users better than custom authentication?

On StackExchange we have the ability to choose to use our existing credentials with external OAuth providers such as Facebook or Google. This is convenient for users, but does it also have potential ...
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3answers
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What do I need to do to secure log-in and registration for my website?

What security features do I need to have in-place to ensure that my website log-in and registration forms are secure?
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1answer
1k views

Is there a spam storm? [closed]

I realize this is a bit off-topic, but don't know where else to go to ask... I've gotten an enormous amount of spam in the past 24 hours (hundreds), even after some relatively good spam filters. ...
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2answers
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Linux forensics questions (ssh config, user activity)

I'm a linux noob and have an assignment I'm a bit stumped on... We're given VirtualBox (vdi) images and raw files for the state of a linux server at 3 different dates. We're supposed to answer: ...
5
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1answer
150 views

Voice Call Safety

When i was dealing with an assistant of my bank through mobile call, she asked me to insert my bank login code after a beep. I was wondering if this procedure is secure against a malicious agent who ...
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0answers
38 views

Using SSL on my sites for everything or just some things? [duplicate]

I have a server which provides a few services through the web, some of those services must be logged into to be able to use them. For these services I have implemented SSL using level 3 CACert ...
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2answers
840 views

PINsentry PRNG and Bank Cards

My bank provides me with a device similar to this: The device is essentially a PRNG, presumably based on the date/time of it's internal clock, synchronized with the bank servers. To generate a pin ...
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3answers
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DNS Amplification DDOS attack

During the weekend I made some tests to simulate an DNS Amplification DDOS attack. sending about 90Mb/s traffic I was able to generate about x.x Gb/s amplified traffic which sent our datacenter ...
2
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1answer
126 views

Security of data distributed to different cloud providers

This is an purely educational question: Suppose we have different cloud storage providers. Imagine a files as a stream of bits and we save each 'th byte on the ( module )'th cloud provider's storage ...
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4answers
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Why do you need message authentication in addition to encryption?

I've been reading up on Authenticated Encryption with Associated Data. The linked RFC states: Authenticated encryption is a form of encryption that, in addition to providing confidentiality ...
5
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1answer
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SSL Encryption (for HTTPs) & Security vs Performance

I was looking into server performance when using various SSL Certificates. Specifically 1024-bits vs 2048 vs 4096. It turns out, it makes a big difference! I've heard a lot of talk lately about ...
1
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1answer
457 views

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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1answer
227 views

Canvas and Firefox

I have received this notification on Tor Browser (Firefox). What is it?
3
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2answers
322 views

BOTs C&C channels

Can someone please explain the C&C for bots ? im reading a paper about Android bot , and its explaining something called URL flux as method of C&C . however i couldn't really get it , so ...
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8answers
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Why improvising your own Hash function out of existing hash functions is so bad

I'm afraid I'll have tomatoes thrown at me for asking this old question, but here goes. After reading that cooking up your own password hash out of existing hashing functions is dangerous over and ...
3
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2answers
267 views

Sharing encrypted data

I have a web app that is storing information related to a organization that I would like to encrypt but share amongst organization members. I would only like the members of the organization to be able ...
2
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1answer
197 views

Force all user processes to be ptraced

I'm implementing a ptrace based tool for logging system call use. It is much more simple than strace, but I'm doing this so I can learn how these tools work. I'd like to trace all user processes since ...
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4answers
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Is it safe to reinstall Windows without first decrypting the whole drive?

I am using TrueCrypt's 'Full Disk Encryption' and according to TrueCrypt's FAQ I should 'Permanently Decrypt System Partition/Drive' before reinstalling Windows. This does not make any sense to me. ...
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2answers
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How dangerous are direct references to database keys?

An OWASP note suggests that direct object references are considered insecure in some contexts. They defined "direct object reference" as follows: “A direct object reference occurs when a developer ...
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5answers
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When hashing passwords, is it ok to use the hashed password as the salt?

I don't like this idea. But I can not come up with a technical argument against it. Can somebody explain it to me? The basic idea is: $passwd = 'foo'; $salt = hash($passwd); $finalHash = hash($passwd ...
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5answers
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Is it ok to cut some digits from the front-face of a credit/debit card?

I'm a European expat living in Asia. I usually hide my credit card at my apartment. However, I'm a bit scared about losing it when I carry it (wallet robbed or lost). That's why I already scrubbed ...
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1answer
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bypass a regex filtration to perform an xss attack

Does the regex [\w/$!.*-]+$ stop the injection of payloads like : "><script>alert(4)</script> " onload="alert(4)" ...
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4answers
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Why use random salts?

I read this blogpost on how to store passwords in a database, the secure way. Elbert tells us to do this: Generate a random salt and include something random and the username in it. Hash this. Hash ...
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1answer
1k views

Is BackTrack 5 really the best OS to have in IT Security? [closed]

I am really interested in the chances of BackTrack. I can't really use it but there are many videos on the web which show that you can crack WiFi with it, etc... But against these illegal things, can ...
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1answer
3k views

How to find bugs/ vulnerabilities in web apps/sites? [closed]

What knowledge is needed? What software is to be used? How are the reports written? PS: Websites like facebook.com
4
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1answer
615 views

user/pass auth vs hmac signed for REST API

I know they both prevent the RESTful APIs from abuse. Hmac signed api is commonly used than the other. But I think using user/pass pair for authorization is more security, here's the reason: To sign ...
8
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5answers
925 views

Should a full disk encrypted hard drive on a live system be considered encryption at rest?

If you are specifying requirements that a certain classification of data be encrypted while at rest (on storage), should the requirement be considered met if the data is stored on an live (turned on) ...

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