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What should I do when my boss asks me to fabricate audit log data?

My boss just asked me to create a fictitious log entry to say that a user's account was updated before it was, to win a dispute. I feel this is not right because I am trying to start a career in ...
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4answers
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Hacking computers, scifi or reality

I was watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and this female hacker was really good at hacking. My question is, how is it possible for her to crack passwords besides the brute force approach? I ...
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2answers
458 views

With Google's new Privacy Policies going into effect soon, how can I better protect myself using their services?

From what I can tell, the gist of the new Privacy Policy from Google is that they're making a blanket policy to allow using your data between all their services, however they see fit. So now one ...
4
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1answer
399 views

What does colluded truncation attack mean?

I'm doing my final year engineering project. I went through some ieee papers and came across something called colluded truncation attack. Can someone explain what it is. I'm planning to do the project ...
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4answers
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If a hacker were to compromise a GMail database

Assuming the systems that store the Gmail database is compromised what is preventing them from reading everyone's emails by looking at the data in the database? I assume nothing, and in order for ...
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1answer
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Do TrueCrypt volumes look like random data?

Let say I use Eraser (or other tools) to erase my hard drive (using DoD standards which is 7 times or Gutmann which is 35 times), These eraser tools just write random data on the hard drive many ...
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4answers
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How do you guarantee that you don't lose a keyfile?

I am toying with the idea of adding keyfiles to various things that I encrypt. However what's been keeping me from adopting them is guaranteeing that I don't lose the keyfile while still keeping ...
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1answer
501 views

Anatomy of a Botnet takedown

So Microsoft was partly responsible for taking down the Kelihos botnet back in Sept 2011. They used a variety of legal and technical measures to do so. I don't want to get into the global politics ...
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3answers
871 views

Encryption-Laws in Iran

According to this article Iran has criminalized the usage of encryption and VPNs. According to this blog post it is still possible to use SSH tunnels in Iran. For me SSH is encryption and thus ...
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2answers
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How to thwart sslstrip attack?

I need help understanding the dynamics of an sslstrip attack. I'm using it to test the security of a site that I own. I can successfully sniff the victim (in this case, myself) credentials over the ...
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4answers
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Are backups of truecrypt volumes with different pass phrases a security risk?

Lets say that I periodically change the pass-phrase on a truecrypt volume. The volume is regularly backed up, so my backup system has many copies of that volume, many of which have a different volume ...
7
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1answer
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Bcrypt as a key derivation function?

I read a lot of entries at stack exchange about bcrypt and why it is supposed to be better than PBKDF2 in terms of password storage. I'm asking now if bcrypt is better than PBKDF2 in terms of key ...
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1answer
957 views

Good book about Scapy [closed]

Is there any good learning resources for Scapy apart from the official documentation? I am looking for a good book about the Scapy
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3answers
7k views

Best way to test my home network from the outside

I want to check that my router is working like it should. For example that certain ports which should be open on the LAN side and closed on the WAN side really work that way. So I would like to run a ...
5
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2answers
1k views

HTML 5 Security Code Scanner

Are there code scanners in the market that scan HTML 5 code? Does anyone have a list of tags of specific CORS configurations that need/can be scanned?
7
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2answers
1k views

What is SQL injection?

What is the meaning of SQL injection? I am not able to understand the term. And what problems may be caused by SQL injection?
6
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2answers
171 views

role based site security - the nuclear missile condition

So I'm in the process of working on part of our new role based site security system and have come up to the "nuclear missile" condition. The system is based around the idea of grouping, with the ...
3
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1answer
296 views

PCI Compliance guidance

I am in the middle of setting up an ecommerce solution on a commercial website. My system will store card number in the form of : xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-4000 (just the last 4 digits) and XXX (nothing) for the ...
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4answers
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What's the common pragmatic strategy for managing key pairs?

I have a small number of different workstations (plus client devices like iPhone) that I use for to connecting to numerous servers using SSH. Originally when I learned about PKI, I created a single ...
0
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1answer
457 views

Rules for log analysis in an IDS

I am working on an IDS which has brought into the view of log analysis basically. I have to detect an intruder if there are any user behaviour anomalies present in the logs. I am having problems ...
4
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2answers
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What cryptographic module does Sql Server 2008 use to run in Fips 140-2 compliant mode by default?

One can configure Sql Server 2008 to run in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode, in the same manner as running Bitlocker in FIPS 140-2 compliant mode. Which is to activate FIPS 140-2 compliant mode in the ...
2
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2answers
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Credit card storage, hashes, truncation, encrypted data

I'm trying to figure out a way to meet multiple business requirements that don't seem to go well in hand in terms of security: store encrypted card data associated with customer accounts for ...
7
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1answer
493 views

How do I check the code of a Chrome extension to make sure it's not stealing my info?

I've been reading more and more about just how much access browser extensions can have to your data. This is a little unsettling, so I'm curious if there is a way to Vet these extensions and make sure ...
1
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1answer
386 views

How should I block BIS connections from accessing my Exchange Server

BIS is a technology from Blackberry that allows end users to connect to an Exchange server without a BES server. The problem is that BES asserts a security policy on the devices, and BIS does not ...
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5answers
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Is my bank storing my password in plain text? [duplicate]

My bank (and every bank I've come across) only ever asks for individual characters from my password when logging in. Is my bank storing my password in plain text?
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1answer
399 views

Is Chinese great firewall white or black list based? [closed]

Is a new website blocked by default in China ? I just put online a new website dedicated to chinese people (a working days calculator in China, nothing subversive indeed). However a friend of a ...
9
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5answers
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Difference between authentication and identification [Crypto and Security perspective]

I am always confused by the way the word authentication is used in security literature (i.e., outside the crypto realm). Most of the time I understand that they are actually implying identification. ...
4
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1answer
211 views

firewall with cloud based malware analysis risks

Palo Alto, and probably others firewalls will offer it, has a feature to do malware analysis in a separate (cloud-based) process that does not impact stream processing. What I would like which risks ...
9
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2answers
672 views

PCI Audit: Using “test” cards

I know that the PCI standard does not allow you to use real credit card numbers on test systems. Visa, Mastercard and Amex supply a list of "test" cards to use. Makes perfect sense, and we have been ...
5
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2answers
950 views

Zero padding in HMAC

Section 2 of RFC 2104 defines the key used in HMAC should be padded with zero bytes up to the block length of the underlying hash algorithm. Isn't this a potential security vulnerability since any key ...
3
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4answers
622 views

Base64 conversion for byte array in encryption

I am using ECC algorithm for security. Now the concern is I am placing the data in web page after encryption of the data in hex format and transmit to server and then it decrypts the data, but when I ...
3
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1answer
496 views

Best security algorith for storing passwords [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which password hashing method should I use? I want the best cryptography algorithm for storing passwords in database, which one should I use and how can I implement ...
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2answers
825 views

Enforce Code/Script Signing

I have both a couple of X.509 Code Signing certificates and a GPG keypair that I can use to sign against code I run on my VPS. Every now and again I write code for iOS, OS X and Windows and always ...
7
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2answers
231 views

Business-to-Business Security Disclosure and Agreement

Looking for a template covering the disclosure information security practices that are standard in Business-to-Business partnerships that share data. For example: Access management Password ...
2
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1answer
2k views

How should I configure a Citrix Netscaler to protect against HTTP, TCP, or UDP flood attacks?

I have a Citrix Netscaler and want to configure the appliance appropriately so that it can protect my hosts from a DDOS. Is this something I can do here, or must I take action on the host itself?
5
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2answers
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openssl_digest vs hash vs hash_hmac? Difference between SALT & HMAC?

openssl_digest vs hash vs hash_hmac I want to use SHA512 for storing password. Which of the above methods are best to use? Why? What is the difference between SALT & HMAC? I just read ...
8
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1answer
480 views

Protecting emails in your database

It's common to encrypt passwords in the database, but I'm wondering what solutions are out there to protect emails in your database. Not just from hacking, but from disgruntled employees or engineers ...
9
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5answers
550 views

Utility company does not hash passwords in the database

I had to use my utility company's online account information application and forgot the password. Going through the steps of resetting the password I was emailed the password in the open. I found this ...
3
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1answer
3k views

What algorithm/encryption type does Gmail use for security?

In the wake of the recent database hacks, i.e. Sony, Gawker, etc.. where the hackers have access to the hashed usernames and passwords, i've been more keen in paying attention to the sites and ...
3
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2answers
3k views

HMAC key value and security

What effect would there be if you used the same value you were hashing as the Key in an HMAC? For instance given the following example: message: "my secret message" nonce: ...
23
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5answers
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Do spaces in a passphrase really add any more security/entropy?

I often see passphrase suggestions written as a sentence, with spaces. In that format are they more susceptible to a dictionary attack because each word is on it's own as opposed to a large unbroken ...
4
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1answer
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Fail2Ban does not ban failed root login attempt

I have a small server which only open ports are ssh, http and https. I have fail2ban installed and set up so that after 3 failed attempts someone gets blocked for 10 minutes (thats the dafault I ...
3
votes
1answer
299 views

Is there a way to use multiple firewalls / antivirus for penetration testing?

I don't really know how to do either, but I was wondering if it was possible to have multiple firewalls / virus scanners installed at once, and use a 3rd party program to specify which one is running ...
1
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1answer
662 views

types of intrusions on host [closed]

I am implementing an IDS and just want to know that what are the possibilities with which the intrusion can occur.I am just doing a literature survey over the atacks possible so I want to know that ...
4
votes
1answer
215 views

Can I safely post the output of lspci, lsusb, lshw?

I'm having trouble with my SD card, and have been asked to inspect the output of tail -f /var/log/syslog, sudo lspci -v -nn, sudo lsusb, and sudo lshw. tail shows nothing when I insert the card, so ...
2
votes
1answer
335 views

Will htmlspecialchars (php) be enough for making secure PDF files with user entered data?

My app creates an PDF file and uses an user entered info. How can I avoid all attacks with PDF vector? Will htmlspecialchars be enough? I don't want to enable JavaScript in PDF.
12
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1answer
787 views

SCADA / PLC exploit code was released in metasploit. Now what?

Wired reports that there are many security issues with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and now there is an easy to use tool to scan and detect vulnerabilities. They say it's so easy, the ...
2
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1answer
238 views

Is 90 day expiration for unique URL too long?

A web application I've been developing has a new use case that has me searching for something easier than username/password authentication. Current users don't sign up for the service themselves ...
2
votes
1answer
163 views

Is there a tool that puts on a webserver some .html or .php files filled with popular malware like java drive-bys or other browser exploit payloads? [closed]

As mentioned in the title I'm looking for a tool that puts on a webserver some .html or .php files filled with popular malware like java drive-bys or other browser exploit payloads? Maybe there is ...
6
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3answers
391 views

What is the most secure way to lock a Linux Distros Desktop?

So it's an everyday thing... people don't want to turn off their computer while their going out to the toilet..., etc. So they hit "ALT+CTRL+L", and the GNOME-screensaver locks their Desktop. After ...

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