Questions tagged [attacks]

An attempt to exploit a weakness in a system, either for nefarious or research reasons. Questions with this tag should be about designing, carrying out, or defending against the attack itself, rather than about the underlying weakness.

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What can happen when you click on a bad link? [duplicate]

I sleepily clicked on this bad link yesterday (DONT CLICK Unless you know what you're doing: https://6to.me/idsoni7kjv with a "?fbclid=" param - presumably identifying me) I'm wondering how ...
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Is packet sniffing or other manipulation possible at a DSL or cable wire between my modem and the ISP?

Can a DSL or cable wire between my modem and the ISP be manipulated in any way at the hardware level to sniff the traffic data? For example by neighbours with physical access to the wires in a big ...
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Any known SSH attacks/vulnerabilities other than brute force, dictionary attacks and compromising keys?

I am looking for attacks over Tor that can be applied to a server running SSH. I have been looking at SSH.com, IEEE papers, SpringerLink papers/books, etc. but so far I have only found that the ...
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Can't find anomalies / abnormalities in wireshark capture

Previous post was deleted for not enough context, which I apologise for. I will try to provide as much context as I can. I am aware this appears to be an example of a SYN flood attack with spoofed ip ...
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Possible attacks using public key in a certificate

this is purely an exploratory question. If this is not the right place to ask for it, please point me to the right one. TLS version: TLS 1.2 CIPHER SUITE : TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 (any ...
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aireplay-ng sending deauth broadcast but it is not deauthentificating anything

I started killing all processes that might interfere, by using: airmon-ng check kill then I started monitor mode with the channel using: airmon-ng start wlan0 8 (8 being the channel of the network) ...
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RAM as a attack target

What is the simplest or most common method to read a value, for example a text, from the RAM of a personal computer? What access requirements are necessary for this? Is a search in a hex dump always ...
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How do attackers use compromised computers to do things over the internet?

How can an attacker use a compromised computer to do things over the internet? For example, if an attacker infects a PC with a general payload, other than searching through the computers files and ...
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How to show optional steps in attack trees?

I'm new to security and I'm trying to create an attack tree based on MITRE ATT&CK techniques. What is unclear, is how I can incorporate some steps that are optional. For instance, if the attacker'...
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Do Spier or similar products really hack the phones remotely?

Spier makes lots of claims; How to Hack Someone’s Phone Remotely How to Hack Someone’s Phone Without Touching It We have Signaling System No. 7 (SS7) flaw that can be used to monitor activities, ...
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Equivalence of UNC Path Injection and Kerberoasting Attacks on SQL Server

An Active Directory domain is deployed, a domain controller on Windows Server 2019. A computer with SQL Server 2016 is added to it, which is launched under the srv service account. The attacker has ...
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How to do forensics on RaspberryPi in home network?

while debugging some strange effects in my home network (bad video call quality due to packet loss) I found out this only happens when my RBPI is connected to the network. When I wanted to log in I ...
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How to bypass an XSS filter encoding single quotes? [duplicate]

I'm trying to do an XSS attack test on a website. I am using " and <> just fine and I have managed to escape the string. Now I'm trying to send my own cookie to my server that saves it to a ...
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Is it insecure to display the number of characters when users enter a new passphrase?

When users are entering a new passphrase somewhere, it's helpful to provide feedback on the number of characters received by the system. In a user experience (UX) test I just ran, my user created a ...
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Inbox filling up with "confirm your registration" emails - what kind of attack is this? [duplicate]

My google inbox is filling up with hundreds and hundreds of "please confirm your new account on our website" messages. A coworker reports he had the same thing happen to him a couple of ...
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How to prevent attacks due to Insufficient Logging & Monitoring?

A10:2017-Insufficient Logging & Monitoring This is one of OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities. Given that we log and monitor sufficiently, how can this prevent an attack for example - attack where ...
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Can hashbang (#!) URLs be used to SEO attack a website?

Apparently Google indexes hashbang URLs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDs-MufuiAg Can an attacker link to another website with fictitious hashbang-URLs and use it to hurt that website (if the ...
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Could I have prevented my Facebook password from being stolen by these trojan apps? [duplicate]

According to this Dr. Web article: Doctor Web’s malware analysts have discovered malicious apps on Google Play that steal Facebook users’ logins and passwords. These stealer trojans were spread as ...
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Is it called Drive-by Compromise if attacker provided his website for user to access?

If the website is legitimate and the attacker exploited that legitimate website, and the attacker gains access to a victim's system that visits the website, then it is a drive-by compromise. However, ...
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How likely is it that publicly available data will be decrypted in the future? [duplicate]

As we already know, with the rising power of machines and new technologies like quantum computers today's methods of encryption might be much faster to crack in the future. With locally saved data you ...
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How to properly deal with WPAD attacks?

I have already read those 3 topics about WPAD attacks but I'm still confused, so I'm here looking for a deeper explanation. CONTEXT I think a WPAD attack is happening in my home and I was not aware ...
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Routing attacks on Peer 2 Peer networks?

I've started creating a framework that aims to make anything into an IoT device. In order to stay online, a peer 2 peer layer needs to be implemented. On top of it, common point services will give the ...
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What is this HTTP attack full of backslash encoded data? [duplicate]

I use nginx configured with HTTPS and an unsigned cert to send files to people sometimes. Despite being just an IP address listed no where, I get traffic from various crawlers and other bots. The ...
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Are high traffic apps and websites used in DDoS attacks?

Isn't it very simple for one rogue programmer in a big institution to add a small code change in the application/website thereby sending unintended HTTP DDoS attacks? Like is it possible for Tiktok/...
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Password Strength Determination

Recently, I've checked the some articles including R. E. Smith, The Strong Password Dilemma. ch. 6., Password Strength: An Empirical Analysis, Distance between two passwords and Password strength ...
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E-mail with just an image attached: could it be an attack? [closed]

Today I received an e-mail to my GMail account with just an image attached, empty subject and body. E-mail came from another GMail account, with SPF and other checks passed. Sender account differs ...
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Concerning GET request in logs

I have a Django application running on a Digital Ocean Ubuntu server. I am using NGINX and Daphne to serve the application because I am using Django Channels. My websockets keep crashing, and I ...
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How did ntpd get patched to prevent NTP time synchronization attacks?

I recently tested the NTP Time Synchronization Attack as described and demonstrated by Jose Selvi in 2015. Basically, the attack was mostly used to send the victim's clock in the future, so the ...
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In which settings is it possible to launch a HTTP Response Splitting Attack but not completely replace the HTTP message?

I wondered in which settings is it possible to launch a HTTP Response Splitting Attack but not completely replace the HTTP message? The examples I saw all allowed full replacement of the HTTP response,...
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SSL stripping - how is it possible to send back the HTTP page? [duplicate]

Been trying to wrap my head around SSL stripping. An explanation here writes: Keep in mind, however, that when you install SSL, you’re essentially creating a duplicate of your website with HTTPS URLs....
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Is Bluetooth low energy (BLE) still secure?

Some time ago, Bluetooth was hit by a severe exploit (KNOB attack) that rendered its encryption pretty much useless. Publishers like the German Heise summarized it in an article* as an issue in the ...
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Why does Mitre T1203 technique includes macros as software vulnerabilities?

I was reading a recent report about an APT and jumped into this Technique: https://attack.mitre.org/techniques/T1203/ This technique is called: Exploitation for Client Execution And that might match ...
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Received a strange text message. What is it? [closed]

This morning I received the following text message from a Gmail account: v3s5f3rs4f3gs3.nf5j4k8j4k3o.solar?G$1?V&?KL?O=$HO?&S?K0?$1T A couple of my friends got it too. I have an iPhone and it ...
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Layer7 DDoS Protection vs WAF, which should I use?

I have Layer3 ddos protection, but I want to upgrade it to Layer7 ddos protection. But when i look about Layer7 Ddos attacks, I see that they are usually HTTP/HTTPS based attacks. I have 3 questions; ...
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I got a call from a contact on What'sApp and that person says they didn't call me even by accident. Should I be worried about using What'sApp?

I got a call from a contact on What'sApp, and when I picked up there was no audio. The person says they weren't even holding their phone when it happened, and it even took a minute for the call to ...
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How does one label malicious traffic in generated workloads?

I have been writing on some code that automatically puts together differently parameterized attacks of common pen testing tools, i.e. sqlmap, nmap, patator etc. These attacks are then launched against ...
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How plausible is this article on how SciHub acquires its papers? [closed]

Sci-Hub is a piracy website that provides free access to usually-paywalled academic papers & books. Sci-Hub's owner Alexandra Elbakyan says that many people with legitimate access to the papers/...
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Can a hacker install known-vulnerable software on a machine in order to control the PC and elude antivirus?

I recently discovered that on one of my PCs the SolarWinds software was installed. I didn't install this software on my machine. I also saw that SolarWinds was cracked by Russian hackers and also ...
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How to exploit open redirect vulnerability which must contain the original url

Let's say I have the following url: https://secure.sub.domain.com/?continue=https://sub.domain.com I found out that I can put anything I want before sub.domain.com in the continue parameter as long as ...
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Why are water treatment facilities or similar connected to the internet? [closed]

I have a (sensitive) background in security, in short, I believe that the infrastructures MUST NOT connect to the internet. If you connect to the internet, it is a matter of time before it is breached....
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Regarding Dictionary Attack

Since most websites will let user retry their password, lets say 3 times in a row, in case of mistype or forgotten password. Exceeding the set number of retry the account will be locked or timed out. ...
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What is a reasonable timeframe that should be defined and enforced for access token expiry to reduce the risk of unauthorised access? [duplicate]

What is a reasonable timeframe that should be defined and enforced for access token expiry to reduce the risk of unauthorized access?
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Are polyglot microservices (multiple technologies) more secure than using a single technology framework?

As a full-stack cloud-native (AWS, Azure, and GCP) polyglot (Rust, Golang, Python, and Java) microservices developer, the nagging question that I have is if the use of multiple technology frameworks ...
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How does one detect and deter golden SAML attacks?

How does one defend, detect and deter golden SAML attacks?
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Attacking VPN server's outgoing connections

Due to increasing concerns about privacy online I recently started researching technologies that are supposed to hide our activities from unwanted watchers. I've been learning about workings of VPN ...
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Why is noreferrer recommended to prevent reverse tab nabbing attacks?

I just read about reverse tab nabbing. Why is noreferrer recommended in addition to noopener? Isn't it enough to have noopener? I assume if neither are sent, there could be Javascript code on the bad ...
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Defending against Wiegand sniffing (ESPKey) attacks in RFID card readers

It's known that card readers, which use the Wiegand format, can be attacked by installing a sniffer, such as an ESPKey. After the sniffer is installed, whenever anyone uses the reader, their ...
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How does one defend against software supply chain attacks?

In reference to the Solarwinds attack, since many organisations have no access to the source codes of the software vendors from whom they just consume the services, how can organisations defend ...
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Question on stack overflow

I am preparing for an exam in Computer Security and doing a past-exam without soluions, so I wanted to check if my reasoning holds on a question about stack overflow. Below is the C code in question. ...
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Problems understanding the use of Distance Bounding against Man-In-The-Middle attacks

I currently have to write a paper for university in my Network Security lecture about methods of secure location verification. Therefore, I chose to write about several distance bounding protocols, e....

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