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Where to draw the line with password managers? [duplicate]

I have just started using a password manager and was wondering what is the best practice regarding where to draw the line regarding what is stored in the software. Ideally I could store Windows/Unix ...
6
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1answer
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Exchange of DEK and KEK (encryption keys) between app server and key server

In my application, it is required to encrypt a user's data before inserting it into the mysql database. I am using AES algorithm to encrypt the data using a 256 bit hash (and is calling it Data ...
4
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4answers
274 views

Anonymized Votes

Background Looking to create an anonymous voting system. The system must track whether or not a user voted on an item (public information), but only that user is ever allowed to know whether they ...
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8answers
16k views

How would one crack a weak but unknown encryption protocol?

I was reading this interesting question: Is my developer's home-brew password security right or wrong, and why? It shows a weak home-brew algorithm developed by "Dave", and the answers discuss ...
6
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5answers
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How can I portscan large subnets?

I need to scan several /16 and a /8 subnet to see what hosts are up and additionally, if any services are running on a select few ports. I've tried various tools such as angry IP scanner, Nmap, ...
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4answers
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Converting keys between openssl and openssh

If I use the following openssl req -x509 -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout private.pem -out public.pem -nodes I get private.pem and public.pem If I use ssh-keygen -t rsa -f rsa I get rsa and ...
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1answer
184 views

GPG warns about unprotected subkeys while using monkeysphere

Issuing monkeysphere subkey-to-shh-agent GPG warns me: gpg: about to export an unprotected subkey then it asks for the passphrase and everything works fine. What's the meaning of "export an ...
4
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3answers
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Storing anti-CSRF token in cookie

I generate a random anti-CSRF token per session and store it in a cookie (with the http_only flag set). Then I add that token to forms (in a hidden input field) and links. When receiving a request on ...
2
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1answer
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How to do security configuration for ibm http server?

We are using IBM HTTP Server Version 7.0 Need help related to Cross Site Scripting Prevention in IBM http server. Cross Site Scripting Prevention in Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 mentioned in ...
4
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3answers
157 views

Does allowing everyone know when a server process was started pose a security risk?

I recently found that in Microsoft .NET framework an impersonated thread is not allowed to request "time at which the current process was started". This could be done intentionally or this could be ...
3
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1answer
498 views

Can a user's Apple Keychain be opened on a different computer?

Apple uses a nice keychain. This is used by, for example, Google's Chrome browser. Imagine a user copies all the keychain files. Would that user be able to unlock the keychain, if they knew the ...
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3answers
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Is it safe to sync private keys between iOS devices using iCloud?

My iOS app has to handle storing private keys for the user. Normally I would just use Keychain Services for this as I would a password, but it would be great if I could sync the keys between the ...
7
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2answers
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When taking ownership of a TPM in Windows 7, how is the SRK derived from the password?

When you take ownership of a TPM in Windows 7 you encounter a screen like this: Based on this document, it is my understanding that completing this dialog box somehow results in the generation of ...
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2answers
411 views

Hiding emails from Google [closed]

From what I understand Google reads/scans all my emails so that they cab "provide" targeted ads and maybe for other reasons. If a have a group of people who want to hide their emails from Google, how ...
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2answers
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Is pixel based image encryption secure?

I have encrypted an image using pixel encryption method. I just used a bmp image for that. What I did is, I retrieved each pixel value from the image and obtained the value of red, green and blue ...
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2answers
542 views

Concrete figures on password cracking in the wild

While password guessing is a science, not every attacker out there is up-to-date with the latest advances or cares to invest in GPUs or FPGAs. It's easy enough to test online password guessing ...
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How to completely password protect login into Ubuntu 12.10?

I am running Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop and I would like to make a set up such that without a login password, no one would be able to login into my system. Currently it seems that one can, quite ...
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2answers
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Proxy / VPN Quality Check / Detection

Is there any way to build a script which detects or rates proxies like Maxmind's proxy detection software? I have already tried to use this code, but it doesn't detect all proxies, in fact it detect ...
0
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3answers
661 views

If a “man in the middle attack” obtains the username & password of user, are there mechanisms that can prevent them connecting to server?

Assume that we have a user that wants to connect to the server, for example with login page, when user submits the username & password goes to the server - if man in the middle reads the user ...
3
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2answers
912 views

Why does layer 2 IDS seem underdeveloped compared to layer 3 IDS, for wireless network?

I understand that there are many applications such as Snort that do the job for network layer 3 IDS. From what I have researched, layer 2 wireless IDS seems like a field that is very slow in ...
2
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0answers
297 views

User friendly PGP email [closed]

Does there exist cross-platform email handlers following these basic guidelines based on some very limited experience? Generate new key at first startup, rather than asking the user if they have an ...
4
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1answer
866 views

Standards for secure key backup of master keys with secret sharing

In many cases, there is a single master key that is installed in a HSM or similar device, but which should be backed up. The recommended method for this backup in many cases is to encrypt the master ...
1
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0answers
358 views

Fuzz a client with sulley [closed]

I want sulley to bind to an interface, wait for a connection and fuzz the reply to the client. How can I act as a server with sulley to fuzz a client ?
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2answers
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Senario:SSL Enabled Online Banking Application. Question: Should card numbers be provided back to a user un-masked, when there is a failed login?

For an online banking application with SSL enabled, should card numbers be provided back to the user unmasked, when there is a failed login. Would this be a violation of PCI DSS 3.3 or not as the ...
12
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2answers
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Is request signing (digesting the request body) in a REST API necessary?

I am currently engaged in a debate and I wondered what the community's opinion on this was. We see REST APIs which just require basic authentication (perhaps HTTP) or OAuth. We see REST APIs which ...
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8answers
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Why not allow spaces in a password?

"Your password can't contain spaces." is a message I see from some websites, including 1 . Why? (This question is very similar to Why Not Allow Special Characters In a Password? , but the answers ...
7
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4answers
2k views

Safest way for multiple users post to a single social networking account

Suppose I have a team or organization managing a single twitter account and a single facebook page. Different users need to be able to post content to the same account. How can I minimize the risk of ...
3
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2answers
197 views

What exactly is the impact on security when forcing user passwords to contain a particular character?

Some years ago a sysadmin of large computing centre (on a campus) enforced the password of every single user to contain the character $ at an arbitrary position. They soon dropped this policy but I ...
0
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1answer
975 views

csrss.exe process

I've experienced some odd behavior lately (cookies being cleared in Firefox, forcing me to log in again). Antivirus scans (MS Security Essentials, MalwareBytes) aren't showing anything, but Process ...
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1answer
1k views

Solutions to TCP FIN Host Sweep (Signature 3032)

The Intrusion Prevention System is giving me an attack with signature 3032, TCP FIN Host Sweep on one of the ip addresses. I need a solution or recommendation on how to avoid the TCP FIN Host Sweep.
0
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0answers
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Secure delete with urandom? [duplicate]

What recovery techniques (if any) exist that can recover data from a mechanical HDD if the user has filled the disk with a single run of dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/[disk]? Or in other words: is this ...
3
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3answers
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Can files deleted from a true crypt volume be recovered?

I have a True Crypt volume that's set as a file. When I mount the volume and delete a file within the container, windows asks if I'd like to send the file to the recycle bin. While the volume is ...
2
votes
3answers
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Retrieve auto saved Skype password from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

The email address I used to create Skype profile has been disabled and I can't get it back. Unfortunately, I don't remember the Skype password now. As the password is auto saved in my local machine I ...
9
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6answers
1k views

Is there multi-factor authentication for machines?

Most of what I have seen on mutiifactor authentication (eg wikipedia or here on se) seems human centric. Ie it is a human interacting with a machine and the factors are associated with authenticating ...
3
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3answers
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Looking for feedback on my REST-style API authentication design and two-factor authentication

Authentication The authentication is going to be signature-based. The signature will be generated using: HMAC_SHA256(SHA1(secret_key) + '#' + request_data + '#' + utc_timestamp) The utc_timestamp ...
6
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4answers
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How can I detect backdoors?

I have a machine running Mac OS X and I suspect there may be a backdoor installed. I know that I could take it to a professional security firm for analysis, or nuke it from orbit, but I'm interested ...
2
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3answers
174 views

State before getting whitelisted?

There is a data flow of incoming files (from untrusted, external sources), that get whitelisted by a kind of application layer firewall. Is there a common name for the state of the files before they ...
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0answers
52 views

Can double encryption with different key increase the security? [duplicate]

Encrypting the file using same encryption algorithm using different Keys can increase the security or not?
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5answers
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Does the padlock on my browser really indicate a reasonable assurance against eavesdropping?

I know that there have been broken or weak SSL implementations. Do browsers actually have decent standards for what they'll accept and display "the padlock"? Furthermore, are there any practical ...
5
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3answers
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Where do I securely store application-specific symmetric key?

I am writing an application App1. This application uses SQLite database and I plan to encrypt it using AES256. For symmetric encryption I need a key, which I need to store somewhere. From a similar ...
2
votes
2answers
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Create a SSL certificate and sign it with a personal certificate which in turn is signed by a certificate authority [duplicate]

I have a personal certificate which is signed by a certificate authority. This certificate is unrestricted with respect to its allowed purposes. Is it possible to create a SSL server certificate on my ...
0
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1answer
807 views

DDoS prevention (LOIC doesn't do the job anymore) [closed]

We are about to launch a important webservice. We must test it for DDoS. From other questions/answers here I learned about LOIC. Downloaded, tried, but my apache refuses it. What other ready made ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

Proper Linux user authentication through PAM aware applications

Currently I'm building an authentication system using Linux PAM for a python daemon process. It will need to authenticate remote users from a variety of front-ends against the local user list. ...
4
votes
2answers
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HTML encoding to protect against XSS

While going through some references about protection against XSS i found that it is a good practice to encode data (entered by users) before using it to generate a dynamic page. I was not able to find ...
2
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0answers
229 views

Snort Parallelization Techniques and its effect on DDOS detection capability [closed]

I want to ask a query about snort parallelization. 1) Can snort detection rate remains same for all attacks after parallelisation? 2) As the parallelisation of netowrk traffic in each core is based ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Are any Java Card 3.0 smart cards available?

The Java Card 3.0 specification (draft?) came out in 2008. It is now 2013. Are there any existing smart cards that actually implement the specification? How about USB tokens? The best I've found is ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Can File Sharing being Controlled by Mac Address? [closed]

I am currently setting up secure environment between 2 pc in isolated network. Just wondering can we do file sharing based on that pc mac address instead of username? The environment is OEM Windows ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

Is it safe to use public USB charging stations? [duplicate]

I'm beginning to see more and more public device charging stations — okay, they're still mostly in airports — that include USB outlets, not just regular power outlets. Are these safe to ...
3
votes
3answers
4k views

How to detect & prevent fake emails?

I hope This not same as this one E-mail can be made to appear like it came from a big organization? I'm not asking how to protect a brands & and large organizations (Google , yahoo, etc ..), ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

New Undetected Virus?

I am having difficulty with my laptop right now. All of a sudden some partitions would contain a link to the previous contents of that partition. For example: Before: Partition T:\ ...

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