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1answer
292 views

GnuPG/OpenPGP in the corporate world

Is GnuPG/OpenPGP a good solution to protect internal company email communication? With PRISM and previous major company hacking news stories, I'm looking for a solid way to protect company ...
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3answers
2k views

Why is the Samy Worm considered XSS?

Last night I was browsing notable computer attacks and came across the Samy worm, which apparently affected a huge portion of the MySpace network -- over one million users in under 24 hours, according ...
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2answers
321 views

Hardware Level Write Protection for a CD-R

Let's say you burn a CD-R and it is finalized. Later, if you put it into a CD drive with some OS running, is it possible for the OS to write to it ? Obviously, this shouldn't typically happen, ...
3
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1answer
128 views

Designing a secure information system

Could someone please provide me with some guidance for a system I am designing... A general overview of the system is that it is to store information on staff and "customers" - this information ...
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0answers
62 views

What are the security implications of (not) expiring login screen session? [duplicate]

I manage a single sign on solution (CAS) for a group of related web applications. The CAS specification states that Login Tickets are associated with every login attempt which can only be used once. ...
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1answer
2k views

Security-themed Masters Thesis Topics [closed]

I am currently in progress in a MS in Computer Engineering program. I am looking around for thesis topics related to security (my specialization is in distributed computing). I've been given some ...
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5answers
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Using Private Browsing mode while connected to organization's network

At the workplace I use the organization's network for accessing internet (well that's the only option). I am not sure if the network administrators monitor what I browse, how frequently I access ...
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1answer
81 views

Couldn't websites that want to track our activity just store the data in the DOM?

For example as the value of an attribute of a html tag. <div cookie='id=1234'></div> Then if the user deletes the cookies while at least one page of the website is open, a javascript ...
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2answers
804 views

How to implement shamir's secret sharing algorithm using AES_ENCYRPT

I am using MySQL AES_ENCRYTP() and AES_DECRYPT() to store sensitive details in a database, and currently storing the key in a php file outside of the web root with read access only. The key file looks ...
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1answer
428 views

ASLR Randomization and different regions [closed]

Essentially my question is, why ASLR doesn't randomize text, bss and data regions of the process? Also in the newer version of kernels (such as Linux kernel version 3.x) along with process base, ...
2
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1answer
697 views

How Browsers prevents Malware and Phishing attacks

I want to know how phishing and malware protection features are implemented in modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, IE etc. Are these features heuristic based, or do browsers maintain a list of ...
3
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3answers
645 views

How to prevent CAS from leaking user identity to arbitrary visited websites?

Summary evil.example.com could use a hidden frame to request a CAS ticket from corporation.example.net, then validate it to receive the username of the hapless user. This effectively deanonymizes the ...
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2answers
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Secure wiping of EEPROM and flash memory

Older magnetic storage exhibited some data remanence, so a recommendation emerged to wipe data by overwriting it multiple times with varying patterns — the “Gutmann wipe”. More recent hard disk ...
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2answers
505 views

Server checking client's password without ever coming into possession of it

tl;dr: I am wondering what the best way is to check a password when the client does not trust the server. I know of two common ways servers can check if a user's password is correct: The server ...
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8answers
4k views

Is it legal to find bugs on a website and report them to the website's owner? [closed]

I'm from Canada, and I'd like to know one thing. I know a bug on one website. I'm not sure if it's legal here to search for bugs on a website and NOT use them; instead, tell its company about it.
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2answers
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Is it possible to create a secure chat web application relying on HTML5 web sockets?

Is it possible to create a secure chat web application using just HTML5 and Javascript? What possible security holes would there be if the server doesn't store the messages, just relay them using ...
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2answers
197 views

How to manage company passwords when employing temporary freelancers?

I am from a marketing firm which now has a development team, which i am part of. We have been tasked with finding a few freelancers who can come in and work when either me and the other developer is ...
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2answers
780 views

How to minimize your fingerprint, or become invisible on the web? [duplicate]

With all of these news stories about the government reading emails and snooping information from other sources, what are ways to minimize or eliminate an organization's ability to actually track and ...
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3answers
133 views

Are different top level domains somehow different security wise?

If so why is the difference? I've tried to google it but nothing relevant was found.
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1answer
2k views

Tracing nuisance or malicious cellphone calls

Is it possible for an ordinary citizen to trace source of nuisance calls to cell phone when caller ID has been blocked?
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2answers
199 views

Security and privacy in email and other communications [closed]

In the light of newly discovered events like the NSA's PRISM program, I'm really concerned about the privacy & security of my personal emails. Chances are governments already have backdoor access ...
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1answer
1k views

How to convert some packets in a readable format [closed]

I am looking for a tool for osx, that can convert this raw data in some readable format. Testing my wifi network, I began sniffing my packets, and ran tcpflow -i en1 -c I want to get the sniffed ...
4
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1answer
2k views

how to make socat ignore client certificate?

I'm trying to set up a listener to check if an application checks the server's certificate (I'm strongly assuming it is not). So I've created a self-signed certificate fake.pem for a listener and am ...
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2answers
196 views

Understanding a key establishment protocol

I'm studying a one-pass key establishment protocol. Let be A client and B the Server. A sends to B: E_w(t,b,k) where t is a timestamp requested for freshness, k is the ephemeral key that will be ...
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3answers
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of attribute-based access control?

An example attribute would be "employee is currently located in the US" and is trying to access a document that requires the person to be accessing the document in US territory.
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3answers
668 views

Can cloud based password managing services be trusted?

I'm a big time user of cloud based password managing services like LastPass. But in the light of recent revelations like various government backdoors in popular sites, programs like prism, etc. I'm ...
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1answer
390 views

Rsync without ssh access [closed]

There is a host of computers and one of them needs to Rsync a specific folder from each of the other computers. The way its done right now is that this central computer has ssh access to all those ...
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2answers
413 views

My Computer hacked?

I have Window 7 and believe it has been hacked. On two occasions, as I was reloading my operating system, I got a message that my computer had been counterfeited. I get the impression that my computer ...
2
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2answers
435 views

How does Wuala store symmetric key?

As far as I understand Wuala (so called secure cloud storage) is not using the original (user provided) password to encrypt data so what role does original password play in their system? I think they ...
2
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2answers
163 views

Is any company or group working on secure hardware architectures? [closed]

My impression is that mature Unix-like operating systems are less vulnerable to trojans that might be present, mainly because of well-debugged kernel code, including correct use of hardware memory ...
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2answers
1k views

Generating session CSRF token based on SSL session ID

Following situation: Application is only accessible via HTTPS/SPDY nginx is sending the SSL session ID to the upstream server Upon session start I'd like to use the first 128 characters of that ...
3
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2answers
582 views

Does Windows keep an Active Directory user token while locked?

The Firewire DMA hack Inception allows for the password checking subroutines on a local Windows box to be overwritten, allowing any password to be entered for a locked computer. My question is about ...
3
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0answers
430 views

Emacs and EasyPG not performing public key encryption

I have a file which I edit and encrypt following this guide : http://emacs.wordpress.com/2008/07/18/keeping-your-secrets-secret/ I'm a noob as far as security goes and thought that the point of ...
1
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1answer
803 views

Files to monitor in linux

All, I have been googling around for different guides on what files to monitor that people would edit for malicious intent. In my readings so far, i have found the common files people edit. so far i ...
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5answers
6k views

Somebody bumped into me, next day my storage unit was burglarized

While I was walking in the street, somebody carrying a laptop bag bumped into me, and the next day I found out that my storage unit was burglarized and some important items were stolen. My storage ...
3
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1answer
342 views

Checklist for securing smtp

What are some things, one should know when setting up an SMTP server, which supports ESMTP protocol. I have disabled relaying, and only enabled TLS authenticated transfers. when I telnet to my server, ...
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1answer
8k views

Totally different IP addresses assigned when using the same router

For some time I have observed a strange behaviour when connecting to the internet through my WLAN. Depending on the computer I use on my network, the ISP assigns me totally different external IP ...
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4answers
4k views

How likely/possible is it that the NSA have broken common encryption techniques such as SSL/TLS?

Jumping on the NSA/Prism questions bandwagon - There's been a lot more attention drawn to facilities such as Room 641A which indicate that the NSA has been, amongst other things, applying mass ...
9
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4answers
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Can a VPN avoid the Prism Surveillance Programme?

This is causing me major concern and i can understand it is for a lot of users as well. I have nothing to hide but it's the moral aspect of snooping which has ticked me off. Can a VPN avoid the ...
3
votes
4answers
772 views

Open exploits database, with structured data (CMS name, version, etc.)

For a web security app I'm working on, I want to list all the exploits that a certain Wordpress version have. (and hopefully the same for other CMSs) I found some (open) exploits databases that list ...
9
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2answers
3k views

Obtaining an S/MIME certificate without disclosing my private key to the TTP

I would like to obtain a trusted S/MIME certificate, but all the certificate authorities I have asked so far generate the keypair on their server, sign the certificate and send me both the private key ...
8
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3answers
2k views

What are the security implications of using TOTP for single factor authentication?

(Note: I am not actually planning to do this. This question is strictly theoretical.) TOTP is commonly used as the second factor in Two Factor Authentication. It is an open standard with available ...
5
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2answers
1k views

What are the implications of including binary blobs in the Linux kernel?

According to this there are compelling reasons for caution when installing obfuscated binaries. Knowing this, how can running binary blobs as a part of the Linux kernel be acceptable from a security ...
2
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2answers
2k views

Login system using authenticated encryption without storing user password

I'm not a security expert, so I might be asking a silly question, but let me describe what I am thinking about. First, I know that a lot of web sites store hashed/encrypted passwords which could be ...
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2answers
628 views

How to use VirtualMerchant without PCI-DSS?

I want to use Elavon VirtualMerchant to make credit card payments on my website. I don't want to do PCI DSS certifications other than SAQ A, so don't want to process or store card data on my site. I ...
0
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3answers
2k views

SSL vs TLS, which is less vulnerable to DOS attacks?

When I learned TLS does not allow a connection to be created until it is has finished a secure handshake, i figured that would make it better for preventing DoS attacks. However, all I seem to find ...
8
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2answers
451 views

Encrypting an empty database field versus leaving it empty

In a system where personal information stored in a database is encrypted, but one of the fields only contains data in a minority of cases, would it make more sense to leave the field empty, rather ...
1
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1answer
519 views

Site Hacked - Where to go from here? [closed]

Our magento based e-commerce site was hacked over the weekend, the hackers managed to gain access to the magento files and embed some scrambled code into the get.php file in the root directory. I ...
2
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1answer
131 views

Is it safe to derive an IV partially from the secret data if it is hashed before use?

To help ensure uniqueness of IV's used in a CFB AES-256 cipher, software I know of gathers bits from various sources including the plaintext being enciphered, and runs that through an SHA-256 hash. ...
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1answer
634 views

Feasibility of brute-force on online password [closed]

I am familiar with how offline brute-force attacks work. But for online accounts, assuming no social engineering, how feasible is it to brute-force attack a password? For example, is this dependent ...

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