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License key / Serial number generator and checker

I need a serial number generator and accompanying checker. I would like to be able to set a salt (and maybe a length). The generator should only produce serial numbers that pass the test of the ...
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The valid role of obscurity

That security through obscurity is A Bad Thing is received wisdom and dogma in information security. Telling people why something is to be avoided can be considerably more difficult when there is no ...
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I'm leaving my job and want to erase as many personal details etc. as possible; any tips?

Obviously this is very open-ended. But, I'm just paranoid about people going through everything on my laptop after I leave my job. Here are the things I'm planning to do: Completely wipe all browser ...
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Replacing windows shell for everybody but the system administrator

[cross posted from superuser - I believe the question is also relevant here] I'm trying to harden a windows 7 machine, including replacing the default login shell from explorer.exe to a custom ...
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Comparing online security courses: eLearnSecurity vs. Offensive-Security [closed]

I'm a web programmer, using the Linux environment for 2 years.(I have experience with Web app hacks +Web app security techniques) I want to start studying security in-depth, but I have limited time ...
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Why do some sites block pasting into username or password input fields?

I use a few websites that prevent me from copying & pasting into the username or password fields. It's quite frustrating when using a password manager, and if anything I'd think it discourages ...
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I am still logged in using a browser X, can CSRF attack work when I use another (default) browser Y on the same machine?

I am still logged in using a browser X, can CSRF attack work when I use another (default) browser Y on the same machine? Edit Assume the web server has CSRF vulnerability. No hidden token checking ...
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tripwire report - inode number

I am investigating Tripwire and have stumbled upon something about which I am unsure. In a tripwire report generated after I modified hosts.deny to include an extra #, I noticed the inode number ...
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Some good resources on viruses/worms?

I am searching good info on sophisticated viruses/worms. One example would be STUXNET and the very good analysis made by folks from Symantec. Any ideas?
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Different strategies for online anonymity and their +/-s?

I saw this question about anonymous web browser, but I wanted to go a little bit more in depth. I prefer answers that take into account how a connection would be traced back, time it would take to ...
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Is a large number of RSA-encrypted files a vulnerability?

Would having a large number (10^4) of RSA encrypted files make it easier for an attacker to find my private RSA key? Update: These files would be available to the attacker, and perhaps the content of ...
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TLS replay attack - requirements of the serverHello nonce

As you all know, the SSL/TLS protocol requires both client and server to exchange (in clear text) a random number or nonce. This is presumably used to prevent replay attacks. It is not clear to me ...
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packet sniffers and segments

Just curious why most packet sniffers are limited to their segment? is it the nature of a gateway to block the attempt outside a subnet? cheers
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Why do we authenticate by prompting a user to enter both username and password? Does prompting the password only suffice?

I don't know why do we authenticate by prompting the user to enter both username and password. In my mental model, prompting password only suffices. The reason is as follows: Assume there are x ...
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Is there a real risk of exploitation in java code where a null pointer is dereferenced

I'm playing with some generally well written and parsed java code, but there are some oddities thrown up by my code scanning tool. I know a null pointer dereference can crash a program, but assuming ...
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Is WPA2 WiFi protected against ARP poisoning and sniffing?

Is WPA2 WiFi protected against ARP poisoning? If not, can the ARP poisoner decrypt the packets?
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How to ensure account security when accessing emails when overseas?

First of all, I hope this is the right stackexchange to ask this. Seems to be most relevant here. Now, if one is planning to go overseas and he/she has a lot of data on the email account (say, gmail) ...
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Checkpoint NGX IPS & NAT

how does CheckPoint R65/R70 handle IPS violations of outbound traffic from hosts that are NAT'ed? Is it necessary to include the NAT'ed IP in the exceptions list or is it sufficient to include the ...
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Best Security Conferences? [closed]

Not sure if this question is too broad, if it is please let me know, we could probably turn it into a wiki. I'm posting this as a reference for other users. What would you say are the best ...
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Should I go for Master of Science by GIAC SANS and what to do with my expiring GSEC cert?

I am now concentrating on my startup which is basically a one-man show. At the same time, i just received an email from SANS Technology Institute’s (STI) about their exciting new accelerated option ...
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Code Analysis: Binary vs Source

While conducting a software security assessment, if you have access to the source code of a compiled application (say C++), would you ever do any analysis upon the compiled version, either with any ...
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Demonstrating SQL injection on the following

I've got lines in my php/mysql code which look like this: ... $sqlquery = "SELECT price FROM products WHERE 1=1 AND id=".$_POST['id']; ... ... query is executed ... echo $price; As a ...
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Should RSA public exponent be only in {3, 5, 17, 257 or 65537} due to security considerations?

In my project I'm using the value of public exponent of 4451h. I thought it's safe and ok until I started to use one commercial RSA encryption library. If I use this exponent with this library, it ...
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Should I bother teaching buffer overflows any more?

The students are skeptical that turning off non-executable stacks, turning off canaries and turning off ASLR represents a realistic environment. If PaX, DEP, W^X, etc., are effective at stopping ...
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Intrusion Prevention Logs

I received an email from a client with IDS logs. I was wondering if the following log has any real indications of the server being compromised. If there are certain things I can do to diagnose the ...
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How do I secure my SaaS startup?

I came across this question I like to offer my startup also for security advice. Objective: building a SaaS web application that allows businesses to quickly open up online stores akin to Yahoo! ...
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plugins to lengthen short urls for security purposes

Came across this question What browser plugins can help us to see the actual destination of such shortened URLs?
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2 factor authentication - cost effective solution for a web startup

My local bank uses a 2 factor authentication where customers key in password AND a One Time PIN delivered via SMS to mobile phone OR from a security token device. I am doing a web startup in the ...
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1answer
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Pen test cell-phones

A customer has asked to conduct a pen-test on the phones of employees. The target is text messages in the phones. Text messages are stored on the SIM for security reasons. Physical access to the ...
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IIS and SQLServer Hardening

long story short: I'm an engineer doing development, not administration. I have no direct access to the production server, so I can only tell the administration team the best configurations for ...
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What are the differences between MD5, SHA and RSA?

MD5 tools output hexadecimal values. In the same manner, do SHA and RSA together produce a hexadecimal (or any other) output? What are the differences between the MD5, SHA and RSA algorithms?
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List of good security blogs one should read

I graduated this year and am working in the security domain. I want to explore security topics and don't have a strong background since it was not part of our curriculum. Can you list some good ...
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MD5 display format

When I run MD5 algorithm I am getting an output in numeric and a few lower case letters. Obviously it uses all numeric digits and rarely i saw some lower case alphabet letter. I need to understand ...
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Software vs Hardware Firewalls

I read an article (can't find link) recently that advocated dumping software firewalls if you had a hardware firewall. I was just curious as to the take on Firewalls in general for a small-medium ...
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access control to data-center using rfid

I don't know if "here" is the right place to make this kind of question... so here it is.. Is rfid a good solution for controlling access to a data-center? Because rfid is "wireless", is it ...
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What is the equivalent European organization of NIST, especially in the Security Computer Division?

What is the European counterpart organization to USA's NIST? I want to check the European best practices and guidelines on computer security. Does anyone know if this organization exists, and if ...
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What compliance framework is appropriate for firewalls

As a more corpose vulnerability assessment and penetration test, one step of our activity is to review from a security perspective the policy of some firewall. In our society we have a deep ...
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How feasible is it for a CA to be hacked? Which default trusted root certificates should I remove?

This question has been revised & clarified significantly since the original version. If we look at each trusted certificate in my Trusted Root store, how much should I trust them? What factors ...
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Where can I find a solid BURP tutorial? [closed]

I'm looking for a good resource for learning/configuring BURP. I understand the concepts behind using the framework, and have read the docs on the site, but if anyone has a solid tutorial link I ...
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Safely changing text links to HTML anchors

I'm trying to change text links to real anchors. So for example I want to change http://example.com to <a href="http://example.com">http://example.com</a>. Since this is a user given ...
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1answer
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Which is more secure: develop a mobile app in its Native language or using cross-platform UI?

I am just wondering if there are benefits from a security perspective to develop a mobile App either as native app or as a cross-platform UI app, in particular Rhodes? I need to develop an application ...
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How to convince the boss of an Acceptable Use Policy

So I know what SHOULD be in an AUP. This question circulates more around how do I explain to my bosses the importance of having an AUP and ensuring everyone not only knows of it but understands the ...
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How can I mitigate the threat that DPAPick poses to my DPAPI protected data?

The Windows Data Protection API (DPAPI) is the suggested method for storing secrets on Windows systems (such as database passwords required by ASP.Net applications). DPAPick was presented at BlackHat ...
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2answers
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What CSS is considered Safe or Unsafe within a multi tenant website?

I'm reading the Azure Patterns and Practices multi-tenant guidance and in there it says Cascading style sheets Behaviors are one feature that the Surveys site will not support. What CSS ...
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Why is it difficult to catch “Anonymous” or “Lulzsec” (groups)?

I'm not security literate, and if I was, I probably wouldn't be asking this question. As a regular tech news follower, I'm really surprised by the outrage of Anonymous (hacker group), but as a ...
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What key attributes indicate candidate potential for future success in a security career?

So you are looking to hire a fresh graduate to work in an entry-level/trainee IT security role that covers a wide range of tasks: vulnerability research, penetration testing, secure software ...
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Mature CIRTs gather intel on their attackers. What sources & methods are used for this?

I copied this question verbatim from a tweet by Dave Hull. CIRT = Computer Incident Response Team
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Security impact of using a public password for free WiFi

We have a WiFi network that we want to be public and free. Does having a password that is known to everyone provide any additional security advantage to the people using this network as opposed to ...
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2answers
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Best way for a hacker to hide a file on Linux?

Suppose a hacker obtains a shell on my Linux host and wants to hide a file. What's the best way for him to do this? You may assume unprivileged or root access. My thoughts are Use a .file ...
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What boxed solutions exist for taking care of Authentication? Mostly focused around websites

The Internet is generally plagued by websites that break basic rules of security, then there's a middle tier where website try to secure passwords... but they do it incorrectly. And finally, there's ...

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