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Has my network/computer been breached?

I'm not sure if this is the right site to ask, so I apologise if it isn't, but here goes. A while ago I started noticing some odd behaviour. My Gmail account was compromised, it seemed, and I had to ...
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What is the best way to protect a captive portal againt MAC spoofing

What is the best way to protect a captive portal againt MAC spoofing? The MAC Address appears one of the only ways to distinguish wireless clients from one another, anything one authenticated client ...
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snort ignores packets with matching src/dest IP address

This is my rule: alert udp 192.168.1.1 4000 -> 192.168.1.1 7000 (msg:"This rule doesn't work"; sid:1234567;) I am running snort against a precaptured packet file where there are UDP packets that ...
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do different subnet masks on home network provide any security?

So I have two routers on my home network: one is provided by my ISP, and the other is my private router. Router A- ISP router: 192.168.1.x router B- private router: 192.168.2.x Clients on my ...
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Does prepending “http://” to a user-provided string yield a safe-to-use URL?

Is it safe (in terms of XSS vulnerability) to get a parameter X from the user, escape its double-quotations and insert it as href? Pseudo-code: Y = escape_double_quotes(X); print '<a ...
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Software security V.S Hardware security

In theory, perfect software applications are possible but in real life, they don't exist. When attackers know the software, they can send payloads to exploit vulnerabilities and run any arbitrary code ...
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Techniques for fingerprinting a web based content management system (CMS)

Let's say we have a random basic blog or informational website: just some pages with information, a sidebar with an overview of the archives, the normal stuff. We know of this website that it's built ...
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x509: must the signature algorithm and public key algorithm match?

I'm having trouble getting Firefox to send an encrypted message using a certificate, and I've found that the only difference between this one and others that work fine are that this one has a DSA ...
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Defense against same origin attacks?

The Question: How do I, as the victim, protect my site from being manipulated into doing something it's not supposed to, on a shared host? Same-Origin policy looks the other way. Most convenient ...
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Pedometer with strong privacy (no data in cloud, local analysis software, no iOS) [closed]

I wish to do 10,000 steps a day. Now searching for an accurate pedometer. I don't wish a cloud solution, data must be local and a nice analysis software. What do you recommend me? I am using a Mac.
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Would introducing client certificates for a mobile app improve security?

I have developed a REST API which has been configured to only operate over HTTPS. The sole purpose of this API (at least for the moment) is to operate as the backend entry point for a mobile ...
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HOTP with as HMAC hashing algoritme a hash from the SHA-2 family

I'm looking into using a OTP solution. HOTP is a OTP solution that is based on a HMAC with as hashing algorithm SHA-1. The standards defines it this way. But... SHA1 (as we know) has been a ...
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Should an invalid user name be logged?

While authenticating, should attempts with invalid user names be logged? OWASP Logging Cheat Sheet says that authentication failures must always be logged. I can observe several programs doing this, ...
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1answer
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How secure is a static site hosted on Amazon S3?

I'm thinking about separating the static content from the dynamic content, and put the main www domain with the static content on Amazon S3. The main reason I want to do this is security. This site ...
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Intrusion Prevention Systems: NIPS vs NBA

I was going through the wikipedia article on Intrusion Prevention Systems. It states two of the four types of IPS as follows: Network-based intrusion prevention system (NIPS): monitors the entire ...
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1answer
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404s with /like and /undefined

We recently got hacked and after cleaning the virus from our machine we pushed out site to go through cloudflare. Although I've noticed scanning attempts on the site have dropped we do for some reason ...
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Why does some popular software still use md5?

Nowadays no one dares to defend md5 for any use, and of course they should not! However, much popular software still uses md5 in applications such as password hashing (although it's not simple/plain ...
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1answer
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Is appending a double quote at the end of an input query a valid XSS prevention method?

I was wondering if appending a double quote at the end of a query is considered a valid XSS filter. Let's say we have a search function and I entered: "><script>alert('hi')</script> ...
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2answers
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Anti-CSRF mechanism with referer header

This is not my main anti-CSRF mechanism; I know that https requests don't have a referer header; I know users or firewalls can remove it or set to an arbitrary fixed value. I intend this mechanism ...
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1answer
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Setting up Windows laptops to require a smartcard for unlocking

I am looking for details on how to secure a windows laptop using smart cards. The scenario is that we have laptops in vehicles, which remotely connect (via https) to an application server over the ...
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1answer
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Why guest's connections can pass host's firewall?

I've been wondering about this. Assume a host with a strong firewall setup (for example only allowing port 80). That host has some virtual machines without firewall. Why the connections made on ...
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1answer
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Does PGP key I created and uploaded have any legal value? [closed]

Suppose you done: gpg2 --gen-key ... gpg2 --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --send-keys ... Does such key have any legal meaning, e.g. to assert that it was really me that signed some message? What can be ...
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user authentication by decrypting a random blob

Normal user authentication is done by comparing "hash"-values. A simple example of this: The user password is hashed with PBKDF2 on the client using a salt (the salt is the hash of the user password ...
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Why does getting a password wrong takes more time than not

I type my password to login to Win or Linux. Case 1: I get it right. Almost instant reaction. Case 2: I misspelled it. It takes a while, and then rebounds. Why does it takes longer to identify a ...
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Zip file with two password

I used this command to password protect a zip file on Linux : zip -P 9000 hash.zip hash.py and it creates the zip file just fine, then I wrote a program to test every possible password on it from 1 ...
3
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1answer
633 views

What general security issues could arise from using UUID version 1 which exposes the MAC address?

I'm coding GENERIC_WEB_SERVICE, which could potentially be running as multiple instances on multiple machines down the line. I'm using UUIDs as identifiers, and haven't settled yet on whether to use ...
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Why is ECC more vulnerable than RSA in a post-quantum world?

Forgive me if this should be in the crypto sub, but sometimes the answers there are very mathematical and I would rather have an answer which is a bit lighter on the math but still strong on the tech ...
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4answers
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Is using Google Voice number for two-factor authentication a big mistake?

Two-factor authentication is growing in popularity as a security measure. For example, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and many other services all have two-step security options today as well as many banks ...
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4answers
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If an ATM is stolen, how easy can the personal information of the users be recovered?

ATMs get occasionally stolen. How easy would be for the thiefs to retieve the PINs and other information of the users that have previously used the ATM? Is there a periodic wipe of all ...
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2answers
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How would one go about becoming a Security Researcher [closed]

Can any Security Researchers/Pentesters/Hackers point me in a direction to learn about becoming a Security Researcher and steps to take?
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2answers
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Why is NIST removing & not updating TLS guidance? What is the replacement?

The document NIST Special Publication 800-52 Guidelines for the Selection and Use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) Implementations was retired without superseding it with a newer document. In ...
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1answer
134 views

What websites do you visit for up to date Malware info? [closed]

I'm expanding my understanding of Malware a lot more, as it's currently 0! I know how it behaves and propagates most times, but I don't have a clue about the latest threats out there, what it ...
2
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1answer
81 views

Internet connection for POS of a Third Part

From time to time, our premises and infrastructure is rented temporally for some conventions/meetings. One of these meetings requires an ordinary POS which would require a phone line or internet ...
1
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1answer
104 views

Recognizing malicious URL attempts against your website

On serveral websites I've run, I periodically see URLs run against my servers that look like this: /url_result?ctw_=sT,een_j...tdmlydXMtc2NhbS1lb........ Does anyone recognize it? I've tried to ...
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1answer
95 views

LUG war games — suggested strategies? [closed]

My LUG on campus once in awhile holds a mock wargames on a VM. I'm trying to figure a way to get root access and make everyone else not be able to have root (king of he hill). I have a few ideas, but ...
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3answers
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How will IPv6 affect DDoS mitigation techniques?

IPv6 introduces a much larger address space than IPv4 and with it there are many new techniques in creating and mitigating DDoS attacks. What are some examples of risks and mitigations? For example, ...
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What asymetric scheme provides the shortest signature, while being secure?

I've had a look at several signature schemes (DSA, ECDSA for the most common ones), and am wondering about whether there exist a scheme that would have the following properties : Be asymmetric (one ...
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1answer
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Can I use any ssl certificate to sign and encrypt AS2 message?

I'm absolutely new to this topic of ssl certificates, so please be patient with me. My task is to install an AS2 communication with some business partner. Therefore we need message signing and ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

Is it safer to design websites and servers with HTML5 rather than flash?

I run a small business, designing and building websites. Currently our websites we build use Adobe Flash. We are thinking about migrating to HTML 5, are there any security advantages in doing such a ...
4
votes
1answer
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How does DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA compare to RC4 as the Cipher for SSL?

I read a lot of issue [1] currently stating that RC4 is broken and is at risk. I just checked my web server (nginx) and it is using the default settings, which is DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA How does this ...
3
votes
1answer
407 views

How can one recover from the Yahoo! XSS attack?

Many Yahoo!/SBC Global email accounts have been hijacked via an infamous XSS attack. The accounts are often used to send spam to random members of the user's personal address book. The spam often ...
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6answers
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Using linux to combat windows flash drive malware?

I just put an old flash drive which i used with a windows machine into my linux. I noticed many files, mostly exes which were never visible in windows (my windows does not hide hidden files and ...
2
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1answer
2k views

How to determine source of e-mail and verify if the source is/could be legitimate?

I got an e-mail (in my spam folder) from usercenter@idcenter.uc.cn which asks me to click a link to validate my login for their website. Obviously, I deleted this e-mail without clicking it's link. ...
3
votes
1answer
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When checking a session variable to see if a user is logged in, is it enough to check to see if the variable is set?

When displaying a page with content only logged in users should see, I simply check if(isset($_SESSION['hasLoggedIn'])) { //show content } else { echo 'you must log in'; } In this article it ...
3
votes
2answers
121 views

Authorising use of apps from a public store with no back end service

I have a project I'm involved in which needs to distribute a mobile app to a specific audience. Due to regulatory restrictions in the target market, only this audience is allowed to access the data ...
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2answers
790 views

Spike in TCP port 5904 activity - what for?

There is an 'Internet Weather Report' on the Threat!Traq video blog by AT&T security researchers. In the March 14th broadcast, at around 31 minutes in, they mention an increase of scanning ...
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1answer
1k views

Brute Forcing Domain Controller

I have a MS-Server2K3 domain controller that also serves as a Exchange server. Due to recent network speed loss and issues I began looking at event logs and noticed an exceptionally large number of ...
2
votes
2answers
476 views

How to guarantee counter synchronisation between client and server for counter in hmac-based one time password implementation?

This is a clone of a question I posted on Stack Exchange. Thought I might catch the eye of some different people who could help here. We are trying to implement a hmac-based one time password ...
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2answers
482 views

How do cellphones discover wireless APs? [closed]

I'm trying to find some information on how cellphones discover which wireless networks are in range? Is it via ARP or DHCP discover? Also how often does a cellphone do this polling? I can't find any ...
2
votes
2answers
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Protection against screenshot key loggers [duplicate]

I was thinking of creating an on-screen keyboard to protect against keyloggers. The main problem is that I have found that there is a category of keloggers, called screenshot key loggers, which are ...

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