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Questions tagged [administration]

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Securing Flask admin pages

We've been developing a Flask app for a customer and a part of the agreement was that "customer admins" would be allowed to access Flask admin page to manage users, roles and business entities. The ...
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How to prevent the ransomware to run with administrator privileges?

We have been attacked by the ransomware recently (adobe li). The strange thing is that ransomware was able to gain unimaginable high privileges. The virus of the ransomware has been located on the ...
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Getting access and logging into employee's laptop - Can IT get access without the employee's own credentials?

If an employee's laptop is taken back from him/her for purposes of investigation, can the IT department/team that is in charge of issuing laptops etc. log into the employee's network account on this ...
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How to prevent admins to access logs from their own activity?

The idea would be to prevent an attacker who has stolen a root/admin account or escalated to clear his own activities or even read the traces of what he is doing. Let's assume we are under Linux, we ...
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Principle of Least privilege; is it ever a 'good idea' to give standard users administrative privileges?

There are a number of users in the business who are required to perform administrative tasks on machines, not least the IT Service Desk, also Devs etc. The only requirement for administrative access ...
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When is an email rejected?

Currently, I am working on a web application and wanted to let users send emails to others through a web form. So, they just should submit their email address and my web app would then send mails to ...
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Should I be concerned if my school district has a major shell exposed? [duplicate]

I'm a 7th grader. The school district I'm in likes to try to make it look like they are the most secure school in the world. I discovered a major flaw in their security system. This was a shell that ...
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How can I ensure higher levels of privacy when hosting others' emails?

I can set up my own email server, and quite happy with it, using standard open source components - postfix, roundcube, etc on top of HardenedBSD or OpenBSD. I'd like to offer the use of my email ...
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Is the hosting OS safe to sql injection hackers by hiding admin ID?

We are 1-3 guys maintaining a fairly large but clumsy developed-in-house website. With around 900+ mysql tables, and a lot of data access code in PHP. Let's say it is huge amount of code for just 1 or ...
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Central console antivirus for Linux computers in LAN or equivalent solution

In our company, we need by policy AVs on every developers' Linux (Mint) computers. Right now we have ClamAV running on them, daily scheduled scans and every developer manually sends the report log to ...
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Using a login in automation

While working a contract for a company that needs data security, I found a python script that a previous person had made which used login details stored in plain-text locally. On a network of roughly ...
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Permission to a user in a subfolder inside a folder to which he does not have access [closed]

I have a Windows Server 2012 and I need to configure the privileges to a group called DP_Preven. This is the scenario: I have a folder called X where only a few groups have access, inside that ...
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Is it acceptable for security engineers to have admin access to production servers?

In my organization, our server infrastructure team has historically held all admin access to production servers. We're recently trying to strengthen our security posture, so we have hired several new ...
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Is it possible for a network administrator to disable interactive elements on a webpage? (such as text boxes)

As part of my degree, we're currently looking at a hypothetical scenario in which internet access is introduced to prison cells. As part of the information risk assessment, I was wondering if it is ...
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More than one admin required on site to login to a database/resources

What is the terminology used in computer security where you need at least two admins at the same time to login/access a database/resources? Maybe by each having part of the password or key. This used ...
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Microsoft email servers “require remote control of Android device security features”

Just tried to set up my student email address with the default email client on my Android device. The email servers used by the university are outlook.office365.com (incoming) and smtp.office365.com (...
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How are local admin accounts handled in a DFARS compliant environment?

In most IT departments that I've been apart of we've had local administrator accounts that we can use when the given machine, for some reason, doesn't have network access, or domain access. One of ...
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Securely granting local administrative permissions

I’ve been researching the best method of securely granting local administrative permissions but I’m really struggling to reconcile the security, operational, and cost implications. I’ve devised a few ...
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How (un)safe is it to protect an admin page with a simple query-string password? [duplicate]

I have a very simple admin web page that simply displays feedback messages left by users of my mobile app. The messages are sent from the app to a web server, and to view the messages one needs to ...
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How to properly implement pseudonymization

In my company we want to implement pseudonymization to fulfill some GDPR requirements. From what I understand, the purpose of pseudonymization is to prohibit easy access to all information about one ...
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How dangerous are reverse-shells to a network?

I'm working on a simple reverse-shell thingy in Python. It can accept and interpret commands on a shell spawned on the victim. Unfortunately it doesn't support features like ping, traceroute, nbtstat (...
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Give users a powershell script to run - Secure?

Is there a secure and practical way to give a group of users a powershell script to run on their laptops? The users all have active directory accounts, but their computers are not joined to any ...
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My admin password was changed!

Can someone hack my router and change my admin password for Linksys router but leave my wifi passwords the same. Tried logging in on 3 different browser and 2 different computers. I also tried using ...
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shared key random number generator with obscuring admin panel

i'm trying to make another security layer above the 2FA layer for super admin panel/login what i have in mind so far is a shared key (shared seed) to generate random guids that is created by client-...
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How to justify a Vulnerability Research function at a company

From a business standpoint, how would you express the need for a vulnerability research team? In the end, would it be infeasible from a business standpoint unless said business chalked it up as a ...
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Objectively speaking, what is the expected standard to prepare for an interview as network admin? [closed]

I have an interview middle of next month for a position as network admin. As I understand things, clients are running Windows but some servers may be running Linux. What is the expected standard in ...
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Which information is revealed to a network-admin when using VPN?

When I am using a VPN in a foreign network e.g. at my workplace or in an open W-LAN of a coffee shop, is it possible for the network admin to bypass my protection from the VPN? How does it look like ...
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Can admin see my password when I enter it?

If the admin is a super user, nothing can prevent them from installing anything on my host, including keystroke logger. Are there any security mechanisms that can protect my account against that?
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What is a good data encryption strategy for a shared resource(text)?

I have a use case where I need to encrypt a piece of PII information in a database, which then can be decrypted and accessed by multiple user roles in an application (e.g the user it belongs to, ...
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Apple device management

Not sure if this has been answered but I cannot find anything via the search. The whole company (10 people) use Apple devices but aren't all in the same office. Are there any tools that I can use to ...
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Unauthorised access to admin area of a rails app, from the company's IP

As a company, we have a rails application with an administration panel, using active admin gem. If the user has the admin role, then a link to administration page appears. Yesterday, someone got into ...
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Admin Interface: Web vs Desktop

I am working to build a system that requires an interface to control existing data and add new ones. It's really nothing complex, just a few objects related to users, organisation etc. The problem is ...
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Isn't separating privileges less useful on a PC, as all my critical data is in my normal user account?

Separating privileges, i.e using a non-admin account and escalating only when needed, seems to be something everyone agrees on. I can roughly understand why it's important on every system : prevent an ...
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How to deal with administration tools such as ipscanners and PSTools?

In my company (And many others around the world) there is a wide usage by tech teams of tools such as ipscanners, psexec, pskill and other tools. How do you deal or control the usage of such tools in ...
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Best practice regarding secure administration on lots of embedded Linux devices [duplicate]

Lets say I've a lot of embedded Linux devices, like 100. How do I access and administer these devices securely? Is it best practice create a key pair and put the put the public key on all the devices?...
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Securing Macbooks in an Enterprise Environment [closed]

I have been looking online at different forums/websites but was not able to find a direct answer. Does a checklist/process or software exist to secure Macbook computers in a enterprise environment( ...
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Administrative recovery control mentions antivirus - error?

I am reading through Version 7 of the CISSP study guide and stumbled on a possible error. It mentions - in the administrative controls section - that Recovery is a subset/alternate version of ...
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What patterns or practices exist to protect users from site admins deleting the user's information?

Here's my situation: Say you run a service online that stores information that users of the service would want to keep for a long time. This information could be notes, files, etc. but it is ...
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VPN Authentication and Network Administrators

Is it possible for a network admin (or attacker) to monitor traffic sent to a VPN server during authentication and end up being able to decrypt the data as if they were the legitimate user? I don't ...
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Network Scans Find Absent Device

Using Nessus (an uncredentialed full scan) and Nmap (essentially a full port scan), I am finding a phantom device. This device is supposed to be a well-out-of-commission device, but is returning a ...
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Create mod page for an anonymous website

I developed a website. There is no login section in the website. I didn't want to force people to sign up. Now I have a problem. There are a few .php pages that only I should access. How can I do that?...
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How does one typically monitor their privileged admins encrypted SSH & RDP sessions?

From a compliance (& perhaps just for pure due-diligence) standpoint, what do IT departments typically deploy to keep an eye on their privileged administrator's remote access sessions? Also what'...
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Authentication on client server

I have following requirements for system: My admins authenticate on client servers Over http Central authorization server My solution is based on O-Auth: user is redirected to authentication ...
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How can I objectively evaluate trust in a person? (Systems Admin, or other)

When recruiting for positions that require a level of integrity and trust, I'm looking for objective ways of accessing that, either positively or negatively. Is there any any guidance one should use ...
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Securing administration network

We would like to secure our administration network from advanced persistant threats and also from rogue administrators. I have already read the best practices from SANS Institute, NSA or other guides. ...