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What does Amazon's S3 Server-side encryption protect against?

Amazon's S3 storage service offers server-side encryption of objects, automatically managed for the user (Amazon's Documentation). It's easy to enable so I'm thinking "why not?", but what kind of ...
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585 views

OpenID Session Fixation with CSRF

This answer describes a situation where CSRF can be used to trick an end user to enter a credit card into another person's Paypal account. It also highlights the fact that state-changing GET requests ...
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Star property in read/write access

The * star property requirement for append access [SC(S) <= SC(O)] is looser than for write access [SC(S) = SC(O)]. Can someone explain the reason for this?
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693 views

Amazon EC2 security compared to a standalone server

Lets say I want to run a out-of-the-box instance on Amazon EC2 and on my own standalone server. I don't run anything on them, just let them idle by themselves. What is the relative level of security ...
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Is Google Analytics HIPAA compliant? How can I find out?

I'd really like to implement Google Analytics at my work on web software that is required to be HIPAA compliant. But I'm wondering if it's against the rules. Does anyone know how I can find out? I've ...
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Vuln research: reverse engineering, debugging or fuzzing?

I wonder how hackers find vulnerabilities. If they use fuzzing, security engineers do it, and it's probably that security engineers (that work in a firm) have more resources than a group of hackers. ...
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Does ASP.NET Viewstate implicitly prevent CSRF attacks? What does this mean for MVC?

If an encrypted ASP.NET Viewstate is submitted with every form, and control POST, does that mean that ASP.NET is less vulnerable to CSRF than other solutions with this? What is the extent and ...
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Hubs, Switches, and Bridges - Flaws and Security Superiority

It just isn't clear to me which choice is good for creating small/intermediate networks. I know one of flaws of Hubs is that they send all packets to all nodes connected to it, in contrast to Switch ...
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Should I ask a user to re-authenticate if the browser thumbprint changes? Is a server side library available?

Is there a security benefit to using the browser's thumbprint in addition to a session identifier to identify a unique session? Would it then be advisable to ask the user to reauthenticate (or simply ...
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Benefits of identifying clients based upon the “X-Forwarded-For” or similar HTTP header in addition to Client IP

The X-Forwarded-For header is used by some HTTP proxies to identify the IP address of the client. The wiki page (linked above) mentions that ISPs may use this header as well. In addition there are a ...
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Save private messages encrypted in database

I'm not sure if this question fits better in StackOverflowSE or CryptoSE but i think this is the right place. In an online community portal I want to save users' private messages encrypted in a ...
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Concerns of data being on the cloud

Would you prefer a private cloud for your data or a public one? Who takes care of financial liability in case of any breach? Do companies still keep the most critical within their data centers, ...
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Keepass client on Android (reliable one)

I need some advice to choose a Keepass client on Android phone which can synchronize using Dropbox. As i keep all my passwords in one place, I would like to keep it safe. Is KeepassDroid client safe ...
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CSRF protection needed for clients that don't accept cookies?

I have recently updated a website from Django 1.0 to 1.3. One of the changes introduced was automatic protection against CSRF attacks. For the most part, this works great, but I have a problem with ...
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3answers
833 views

PHP/JavaScript with RSA

I have a few columns in the database which should be encrypted. I'm wondering if the way I chose to make this system work is ok, and I'm looking forward to hear some opinions: I chose RSA algorithm ...
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4answers
578 views

What is the purpose of EICAR?

For as long as can remember, EICAR has been used to test for the presence of Antivirus systems in email, the file system, or other places. Sometimes the AV solution is so far out of date, that its ...
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Convenient cross-platform help on checking secure hashes like SHA-256

It is often helpful to be able to obtain a good cryptographic checksum of a file, e.g. the SHA-256 hash. This can be used to verify file integrity, so long as you have a reliable source for the hash. ...
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Facebook login on HTTP? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the Facebook login form using SSL without https in the URL? If you access http://www.facebook.com/, in the top right side there is the login section. You can enter ...
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Bell-LaPadula imlementation example

I'm currently studying the Bell-LaPadula model and i need to do an implementation as an example. I understand how the model works, but I have difficulties implementing it in a programming language ...
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3answers
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Why aren't applications sandboxed in Windows?

Sandboxing seem to be a way to restrict what an application can do. Today, I don't have much control of what my applications do with my computer. It feels more secure to use JavaScript based web ...
5
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2answers
351 views

Do any crypto libraries take advantage of Windows GPU API “Direct Compute”?

Are there any encryption (decryption?) libraries that take advantage of the Windows GPU API?
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1answer
931 views

Can suPHP lead to security issues due to hijacking people's accounts?

Bear in mind that, although I am pretty good at coding clientside javascript, I am not so great at dealing with serverside PHP. It doesn't help that there is very little information/tutorials/APIs on ...
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167 views

Duqu and other reference material for security people

I would like to read more on Duqu and similar exploits when they appear. The problem is that most references from google are for laymen. Isn't there a reference website or... that reports on these ...
3
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2answers
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How is WEP/WPA2 key derived?

When I was a kid, WEP had a 40 bit key. Later, they came out with a 128-bit key. But as we all know, WEP was so badly-designed that the RC4 key length didn't really matter much. Ignoring this, my ...
3
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3answers
348 views

Where's the security when a payment gateway let website handle Credit Card detail

Has anyone worked with eWay payment gateway before? Basically, there's a service endpoint where you post the customer's detail and credit card details from the web application after the browser sends ...
3
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2answers
841 views

How to make a certificate encrypted flash drive?

I was wondering if it possible to encrypt a flash drive (or any other external medium) using certificates instead of a password. The idea is to have a number of encrypted pendrives that can be used on ...
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4answers
1k views

Is it safe to store and replay user-provided mime types?

If a user uploads a file but modifies the request by setting the mime-type to something arbitrary, like "superdangerous/blackhatstuff", is it safe for me to send the same mime type back to a different ...
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7answers
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How do I check if a gmail/gtalk SSL certificate is valid?

Pidgin started prompting me to accept/reject new gtalk SSL certificate a few days ago and I am not able at the moment to tunnel the traffic to check if it would continue to happen or if it wouldn't ...
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1answer
464 views

How does DNS work?

I'm learning pentesting from books. So far I thought I know about DNS but now I'm completely lost and confused. well, I know what happens when you enter domain name in your browser: Say, I've ...
5
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3answers
525 views

Detect spy software on Symbian

I would like to check a Nokia N8 for possible software that might send any kind of data without my consent. Is there a specific tool to achieve this? Are there specific techniques?
12
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1answer
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What encryption prevents the tampering of Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) FedAuth cookies?

It occurred to me that the WIF FedAuth cookies contain identity information, that if tampered with, could permit someone to assume the identity of another user. Fortunately, WIF does ...
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2answers
431 views

Why is there no Domain CA?

I was asked to deliver a signed SSL certificate for an IIS server for a client. I have previously done this for the same client/domain before, so it start to seem like an unnecessary expense to hold ...
4
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5answers
250 views

Should there be an anti-virus used on client provided files?

This is based on Stack Exchange podcast # 25. I really don't understand why there would need to be virus checking on uploaded files. It would generally be a bad idea to execute anything which was ...
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4answers
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How quickly can these password schemes really be beaten?

If you use a quick hashing algorithm like MD5 or SHA-1 to hash passwords and you don't use any salt at all, how quickly could one expect a hacker to find my password out? If I use a truly random salt ...
13
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5answers
4k views

Detecting malware-infected USB drives

I'm about to distribute some relatively cheap promotional usb drives to some of my company's clients. I'm fairly confident the company I purchased them from wouldn't intentionally implant malware on ...
12
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3answers
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How serious is InstallIQ?

Background: Recently I've seen hits for InstallIQ a "potentially unwanted application" from ESET. From what I can find it seems like this is an installer wrapper that asks people to install other ...
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6answers
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https security - should password be hashed server-side or client-side?

I am building a web application which requires users to login. All communication goes through https. I am using bcrypt to hash passwords. I am facing a dilemma - I used to think it is safer to make a ...
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4answers
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Are WPA2 connections with a shared key secure?

This is something that has been bugging me for quite some time: when I have a wifi access point with WPA2 encryption and I give out the key, how secure are the connections? With WEP you could easily ...
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3answers
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How can I be protected from pictures vulnerabilities?

I've just read this question What is the corrupted image vulnerability? How does it work? (GIFAR, EXIF data with javascript, etc..) I'm asking myself how can I protect myself and my website's users. ...
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5answers
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Risks with Amazon S3 and costs

I have little security knowledge and looking at image hosting for a startup: Considering S3 doesn't allow you to set a cap on costs, how likely is it that someone could flood S3 with requests for my ...
4
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2answers
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Firewall design for big enterprise business

I am wondering if there is any best practice firewalling rules that should be put in effect in most modern networks. For example should the network atleast have the following firewall zones? Client ...
2
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7answers
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How can http data be compromised on a secure network?

I understand that it is bad to send passwords in plain text over the wire because somebody can look at it and clearly steal your information, and that the solution is to use HTTPS because the ...
3
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3answers
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RSA 4096 with AES 256 Encryption Process Using PyCrypto

I have the following process for encrypting and decrypting data in a python script using the PyCrypto module: Encryption - Server A AES 256 shared key is generated Associated IV is generated Data ...
4
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5answers
553 views

Am I required to hash passwords

Is one required to hash passwords by law in the US or elsewhere? If not required by law, are there legal ramifications if unhashed passwords are stolen? If not required in the US, but required in the ...
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2answers
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Digital Certificate deployment: using two certs for each user?

At a large enterprise environment I have come across a deployment approach for Digital Certificates where each user is issued two (2) key pairs: One for signing documents, emails, etc. that is ...
6
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4answers
306 views

What types of background checks of employees are state-of-the-art?

A high security environment requires trust in the integrity of the employees. I am talking about administrators, developers and everyone else who could compromise the security easily. One way to ...
15
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2answers
2k views

Why do Chrome extensions need access to 'all my data' and 'browsing activity'?

Often I install simple add-ons for Google Chrome. However, they almost all need what appears to me as excessive access to my data. For instance, I install an extension that allows me to click on any ...
16
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3answers
556 views

Android security without updates

I have an android phone which, like many others, has quickly become unsupported and is not receiving any updates. At the same time there are publicly available exploits for privilege-escalation ...
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1answer
1k views

How do I deploy AD in a hostile location? What are the security implications between Domains, Forests vs RODC's in Active Directory?

Short version What are the risks/ benefits / drawbacks of RODC's vs Child Domains vs Forest Trusts in AD Background I'm working with a company that has various business agreements between many ...
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6answers
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Is Facebook allowed to sell/give your information away to anyone willing to buy it?

Is Facebook allowed to sell information about their users to other companies? For example selling name, address and IP information on a specific geographic location could be very valuable ...

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