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Would IT Security professionel people notice a backdoor in Windows 7 or SBS 2011 implemented by Microsoft? [closed]

I guess you have heard of Edward Snowden. Papers around the world published that the NSA invests much time, money and effort for a »full take« of the communication around the world. Given this, it ...
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Is the following password-generator secure?

i use the following password-generator (python) and would like to ask if the generated passwords (usually 32 characters and more) are random enough. def pwgen(l=32): from random import Random ...
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2answers
988 views

How to store an encryption key on shared hosting?

I am designing a simple online patient management system that is running on shared hosting. According to national regulation sensitive data should be encrypted when used online, so I have encrypted ...
2
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3answers
796 views

Password Security and ocl-Hashcat-plus

I recently read the Ars Technical Article about new features in ocl-Hashcat-plus. In light of questions like: Long Passwords: How are they more secure? and XKCD #936: Short complex password, or ...
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1answer
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How can Stripe be PCI-compliant?

According to the Stripe FAQ, they are PCI-compliant. Also, in their API documentation, one of the parameters to create a new card is the CVC (although, granted, it is optional). So, I assume they ...
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Should we allow JSPs to change on a running application server?

Should we allow JSPs to change on a running application server on a production system? My gut feeling is no. However, I can't seem to find any information to justify it. From a performance end, ...
2
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1answer
181 views

how much of a security threat would this be?

If I set up a Domain Controller server to be accessible from the internet via Remote Desktop Connection (through port forwarding in the router), how much of a threat would that be? and if I have a ...
2
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1answer
475 views

xmpp ssl cipher negotiation

Does anyone know how ssl ciphers are nogitiated via the xmpp protocol. When I capture packets, I see: <starttls xmlns='urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:xmpp-tls'/> There is no hello server/client or ...
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question on hashing an aes-encrypted file

I am storing multiple sensitive data on a server that I do not own. The data is encrypted using aes-256 using cbc mode. The keys are only with me, and are stored securely. I am worried about the data ...
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Which part of the eapol packets contain WPA password Hash?

I have captured wifi traffic from a WPA network using Wireshark. I filtered the results for "eapol" packets and noted in the info column there are message type 3 and type 1. I believe this is two ...
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Do I need to be PCI compliant?

We have an internal system and I am trying to determine if the system is in scope for the purposes of PCI-DSS compliance. The system is completely internal, no public access. The system hold user ...
2
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1answer
212 views

Sandboxing user input html

I want to render user uploaded HTML (consisting of possibly many files with images, custom css, custom js, all uploaded in a zip file) for preview purpose. The user that submits the html will be the ...
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There could be still buffer overflows in ex.: C?

I recently read about the $subject. Q: Why does a programming language has built-in trivial insecurity? Or.. it was just in the old times? How could this be?
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IT Security Internship [closed]

I am a student and working in the field of IT Security for 1 and a half year . I want to know about the best IT security companies for Internships and their general requirements in an intern ?
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Why is password hashing considered so important?

After reading this article, I can see the benefits of password hashing as a second layer of defence, in the event of an intruder gaining access to a password database. What I still don't understand is ...
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1answer
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How do I share my S/MIME public key?

I have setup S/MIME encryption for my email address, and I'd like to allow people to download the public key from my website, rather than having to first receive an email from me. I want the public ...
2
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1answer
1k views

How to find the pharmacy hack in a Joomla website?

We've discovered today that our Joomla website has been hacked by a pharmacy trojan. It was difficult to discover because most users don't see it when visiting our website. One user reported about 2 ...
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2answers
777 views

How do I report a vulnerability to a large organization that doesn't believe it has a problem?

This issue is more political than technical. The organization has a lot of computers that connect via web browser to a central database. Customers are regularly left unattended with physical access ...
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3answers
116 views

Symmetric encryption involving load balancers - can't randomize key?

I'm working on encrypting a web application's cookie. Using symmetric AES/CBC, I encrypt the cookie data before writing it out, and then decrypt it when reading it back in - the standard stuff. The ...
2
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2answers
212 views

Is there a hard-to-spoof identifier associated with a physical hard disk

I would like to salt the pass phrase with the drive id in such a way that, if the disk were imaged to a new drive with a different id, (e.g. by a government forensics specialist) then the image would ...
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1answer
525 views

How to authenticate to racoon with a certificate chain if only the root CA is known

I'm trying to setup IPsec using x509 certificates on Linux. I'm using racoon for that task. I've come to the point where the authentication works fine if I keep every link of the certificate chain on ...
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1answer
458 views

Reason for using Asymmetric encryption along with SHA256

I got a document with integration with another application. They mentioned I need to hash and then encrypt data with my private key before sending it over HTTPS. By doing this, they are making sure ...
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1answer
69 views

Authentication and removing the ability to replay information from a compromised machine

Consider this scenario. You have a client machine which is compromised, and a "master" machine which monitors that client's status (IsCompromised = {True|False}). The client has an agent which ...
2
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4answers
589 views

Is there a way to keep sudoers from editing stuff in /etc/ssh/sshd_config?

I have root login disabled in SSH and I want to be able to eliminate the possibility of a sudo user editing the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file and enabling root ssh login. Is this possible?
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3answers
209 views

Devising encryption schemes and protocols

I am wondering how encryption schemes are developed and why certain decisions are made. For example. I have seen a company hash a string with SHA1 and then RSA encrypt it. Why? I've also seen the ...
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2answers
600 views

SQLMap extracts weird chars in one column

I saw this behaviour many times but I never solved it. Sometimes using sqlmap after retrieving good data from columns it fails retrieving only one of them. I can't figure out why this happens for just ...
1
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1answer
425 views

How can I implement DVD copy protection?

I want to make a DVD movie which will be playable on a standard DVD player, but I want to make it copy restricted. I know it is practically impossible, but I just want security to protect it from ...
0
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1answer
205 views

In which country can you host a service which honors privacy?

Recent events like the Lavabit case have shown that it is no loger possible to host a server in the United States and guarantee your users that you will keep their data confidential, because the US ...
2
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1answer
572 views

Adding one's own Cryptography Implementaion in Android

Since Android allows for Java and Native implementation of Cryptography, I would like to know how to provide a particular implementation of cryptographic algorithms (say just RSA for example). What ...
0
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1answer
59 views

How come MIM is getting through outlook SSl security

Hello I am using outlook with ssl security to connect to a mail server but whenever I launch a MIM attack and accept the fake certificate my password is shown. How is this possible? Shouldn't I be ...
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1answer
95 views

Persisting data and programs by continually overwriting?

This is a sort of security-related thought experiment. In a (slightly odd) conversation I recently had, we got to discussing ways that a file could be kept the same, even when malicious users attempt ...
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2answers
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OpenSSL PKCS#7 vs. S/MIME

OpenSSL 1.0.1c onwards seems to offer CMS support. I have difficulty understanding the difference between smime and pkcs7. S/MIME specs are layered on PKCS#7 (so says Wikipedia). Now in openssl I ...
2
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2answers
494 views

Need help deciphering malicious JS code

was hoping someone could give me a hand with deciphering this obfuscated Javascript added to a webpage that I own. As the code is quite large I will just link to pastebin posts but I can add them to ...
0
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1answer
100 views

How does Look Out Secuirty and Anti-Virus determine if an app is harmeful?

For Android Lookout can scan an app before it is installed, and I think it scans a new app the first time it runs too. It displays the message "this app is safe" and I'm wondering, how does it ...
3
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1answer
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Does Metasploit's packet sniffing run in promiscuous mode?

I'm doing an educational pen test exercise and I'm trying to sniff traffic from a compromised Windows machine. I've been using the post-exploitation sniffer and packetrecorder Meterpreter modules, ...
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Are duplicate SSH server host keys a problem?

I'm doing an assessment of a small network that is using a good bit of virtualization. They have cloned some of their linux machines after generating their SSH server host keys. So the servers all ...
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2answers
145 views

How is the key obtained when I login via VPN?

So, I configure my VPN (let say which uses PPTP protocol), enter the server name, username and password. Then, I visit a website. Before that, my request is encrypted using AES with some key. That ...
0
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1answer
175 views

Average user reaction to SSL certificate error pages [closed]

With the attack on Twitter's whois information today, I got into a bit of an argument about whether or not the SSL certificate error messages that web browsers have will actually do any good to ...
5
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1answer
899 views

Is there any risk to enabling CORS with a wildcard on S3?

By default, Amazon S3 blocks cross-origin requests. However, it allows users the ability to set up per-bucket CORS policies. It offers fairly elaborate controls for which domains and methods the user ...
5
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4answers
847 views

Is Encrpyting Home Sufficient?

I currently have a fully encrypted Windows System, and I'm looking at switching to Ubuntu. Is encrypting my home directory (with ecryptfs) sufficient? On windows this would be problematic due to ...
0
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1answer
276 views

What settings should be entered into the blacklist file for zmap to map a local network instead of the entire internet?

My company has a very large distributed network which we scan monthly for vulnerability assessment. As part of that scanning, we try to find all accessible network hosts with a ping sweep. Since zmap ...
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2answers
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Man in the middle attack still possible against ssl?

I've heard about ssl strip in the past that allowed for man in the middle attacks to take place against browsers, but those vulnerabilities were patched long time ago. So my question is...are there ...
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3answers
586 views

Why is RFC4255 (SSHFP) not used for https?

I had this idea a few hours ago, but of course it already exists and there is even an RFC... Why don't we publish the fingerprint for the SSL/TLS certificate via DNS? We need DNSSEC to make sure the ...
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6answers
606 views

How to keep website passwords safe among employees? [duplicate]

We're a website developer agency, and most of our websites are made using in Wordpress, Joomla or Drupal as a CMS. I'm having trouble to decide how we should manage our passwords, and I'm open for ...
2
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1answer
524 views

Can malicious phone software mount a MITM attack on a phone call?

Suppose my smartphone has been compromised and there is malicious software running on it. You can assume that the malicious software has broken out of any sandboxes and is running as root. If I'm on ...
2
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1answer
90 views

Server Detection Vectors

I have a web server, and I would like to anonymise it as much as possible, to prevent unreported exploits directed at my web server (original cracks). My ideas: change server header customize 404 ...
0
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3answers
475 views

Does validating a mime-type reduce or stop the need for virus scanning?

I am building a small web app in php, that accepts .doc /.docx / .rtf and .txt files. I've validated them against their mime-types. But now I'm thinking about virus scanning. I know there are systems ...
3
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2answers
322 views

Multiple encrypted messages known to have matching (unknown) content

A recent discussion regarding ways to keep data secure through multiple iterations of a program's execution (with repeated read/write operations) raised a question regarding known-plaintext attacks ...
1
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2answers
618 views

What are some examples of legal action taken as the result of a security breach? [closed]

As of late, there's been lots of reports of companies losing data due to "hackers". More often than not, this just boils down to lax security. I am looking for concrete examples of a breech where ...
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1answer
240 views

Credential (et al) storage on Android - And general application credential storage inquiry [closed]

Please read before assuming this should go in another forum (like an android forum) - this is a Security question. Here is the scenario: Developing an health care based android application that has ...

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