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A backdoor is a method of bypassing normal authentication, securing illegal remote access to a computer while attempting to remain undetected.

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Is Zircon kernel (from Fuchsia OS) safer by being a microkernel?

Fuchsia's possible Android replacement uses the Zircon microkernel. This means that the drivers should run in userspace. Is this an advantage over Android? For example, closed source drivers now can't ...
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Is this a backdoor?

I found the code below on my customers site. It looks like a typical backdoor hidden with hexadecimal, but I'm not 100% sure. <?php if (!isset($GLOBALS["\x61\156\x75\156\x61"])) { $ua ...
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How can Linux be secure if it allows for open source contributions from the public?

From my brief understanding of Linux, developers from around the globe submit code to be included into a Linux update. It's then reviewed by security administrators. When approved, it's passed onto ...
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Privacy implications of Intel CPU backdoors [closed]

I didn't follow all the episodes about backdoors in Intel CPUs What can intelligence or law enforcement agencies potentially do on a computer equipped with a vulnerable Intel CPU (connected to the ...
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Backdooring PE binary compiled with ASLR

I'm practicing backdooring PE binary compiled with ASLR in a WOW64 environment. The approach is pretty straightforward and basically is something like this: Find code cave and a hijacking point. In ...
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Is this javascript code malicious? [closed]

a friend visited this site: h-t-t-p-s://adidastore.buzz/adidass/tb.php?_t=1614958342 I malformed the url so no one accidently clicks on it Below is the code the site is serving. I don't know ...
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Found a backdoor and multiple trojans in a computer. Is the hacker doing everything manually? [closed]

So I found a backdoor, multiple trojans and crypto miners in a client's PC. He is worried that his personal information has been compromised. What happened: During the installation of Kaspersky anti-...
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Search for military installed backdoors on laptop

My laptop was confiscated by the military institute of my country and they made me to give them all my passwords (I cannot tell you the name of my country). They did not give it back to me for one ...
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What is the difference between a backdoor and a rootkit?

I was reading the "What is a rootkit ?" post and I'm confused about the difference between a rootkit and a backdoor. As I understood it, both : Are a piece of code written by the attacker and ...
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How secure (about spyware/backdoor in it) is LibreOffice? Should I start using OpenOffice?

I'm using LibreOffice now, and I'm encrypting files of LO Write with VeraCrypt that have very personal content and I want to keep it secret. But I read about LO send to his web SO MUCH information, ...
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Detecting and removing Absolute persistence technology

Absolute persistence technology amounts to a persistent rootkit pre-installed by many device manufacturers (Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, etc) to facilitate LoJack for laptops, and ...
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Don't one-time recovery codes for 2FA introduce a backdoor?

Although using multi-factor authentication is clearly a good move, I'm struggling with the 'one-time recovery codes' concept. It seems to me that if you choose to use them, what you're doing is ...
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How do I know that the ISO image of the Linux distribution I have downloaded does not contain the NSA backdoor?

I have downloaded the ISO image of Kubuntu 20.10 and installed it. I am afraid that the ISO image may have been tainted (for example, by the NSA) to insert a backdoor into it. As I see it, there are ...
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Why governments use spywares instead of just redirecting traffic to their own servers by announcing a new path on BGP?

I was reading about The Hacking Team on Wikipedia. It produces "offensive intrusion and surveillance capabilities" and sells it to "to governments, law enforcement agencies". Its ...
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How can you trust that there is no backdoor in your hardware?

We know that Intel processors have one (ME) so it is definitely possible. In general, how could you even trust a piece of hardware like a CPU or network card, even if the manufacturer says there is no ...
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Step by step protocol for complete system wipe (suspecting persistent backdoor)

I have reason to believe that there is a persistent backdoor on my device, one which is not removed after a re installation of the OS. I wanted to know the step by step protocol of system wipe to ...
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Is it possible to examine a Huawei device to answer definitively whether or not there is a security risk?

There has been a lot of news lately, and in the last few years, about Huawei being a security risk. Can someone explain what the basis is for the risk, other than speculation? Is there not a way to ...
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How to close or block remote access backdoors?

I've been reading about famous hacking groups targeting law firms, corporations and individuals. They always use remote access backdoors to get into a victim's computer or phone and lock the system ...
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metasploit: how to use linux/http/webmin_backdoor

I am trying to gain access to a server using CVE-2019-15107 with help of metasploit. I tried to find examples of its usage, but I found none. My machines ip is 192.168.109.133. I am connected to a vpn ...
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WordPress script injections [duplicate]

I manage an Ubuntu server that runs a number of WordPress sites. This morning one of them went down and was showing the exception PHP Fatal error: Namespace declaration statement has to be the very ...
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Can remote control still take place during Windows session lock?

I was AFK from my Windows 10 machine, without locking it, and came back to an active TeamViewer session and someone remotely performing a PayPal donation. I do not have TeamViewer installed. I'll ...
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How to detect software and hardware impairment? [closed]

How can I know if a pc has a backdoor in bios, and how to know if there is an hardware malicious impairment?
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How to add session cookie in weevely?

I am pentesting a website and I was successful in uploading a php backdoor and finding the path of the backdoor. The only issue is that in order to gain access to the uploaded file I need to be logged ...
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Reverse shell from backdoor - exposing attacker? [duplicate]

If an attacker successfully installed a backdoor that connects to his computer via a reverse shell, how can the attacker hide his IP address? I'd guess he can't use Tor or a VPN, because packet ...
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How do large companies protect their source code?

I recently read the canonical answer of our ursine overlord to the question on How do certification authorities store their private root keys? I then just had to ask myself: How do large companies (e....
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Static detection of PE

I'm doing in static analysis of PE file. Can PE file have two or more executable sections? How can we detect whether it is injected or not?
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static analysis for identifying backdoors in PE [duplicate]

I am doing research in identifying backdoors in Windows .exe files. Currently I found some methods to detect them: String search in .exe Find reference .dll and win32 API calls using import table ...
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Security implications of using unfused U2F token

I noticed that both of the Feitian USB/NFC U2F Security Keys I purchased on Amazon a few years ago are unfused. This means that the pre-personalization step was partially performed but not completed ...
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Is it possible to debunk Intel Management Engine conspiracy theories using a data usage monitor device?

If there would be any backdoor in recent Intel CPU's, then it should send and receive data secretly. Isn't it possible to easily debunk this conspiracy theory by implementing a third physical device ...
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msfvenom: backdoored apk

I am using msfvenom to backdoor an Android apk. It is supposed that msfvenom adds extra permissions to original AndroidManifest: [*] Poisoning the manifest with meterpreter permissions.. [*] Adding &...
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How to detect, if ESP32 or ESP2866 IoT devices hide malicious in their firmware?

ESP32 and ESP2866 devices are very famous as cheap IoT controller and connect via wireless LAN. Unfortunately the firmware of these devices is still closed source and quite large. It is there any ...
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How can access to Intel ME / AMT be disabled with firewall? [duplicate]

Short of flashing BIOS, there seems to be no way to disable the Intel ME. So, is there a reliable way to block access to Intel ME, such using HW firewall (Firewall in front of the machine, not ...
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Do vendors put backdoors on network devices?

There are several articles about "planting backdoors on network devices by vendors intentionally" , for example Hardware Vendor Offers Backdoor with Every Product. They found backdoors that were made ...
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Unable to execute PHP, throws 500 error. Able to upload and execute all others

I managed to upload a PHP shell using an upload form with some tweaking. No such restrictions except it renames the uploaded file to md5. But when I tried to execute the shell, It shows a 500 error. I ...
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Security and thumb drive [duplicate]

If my laptop is locked, can a thumb drive be able to still infect my computer, or create a backdoor, or any other security risk if it's plugged into it. If so what are some example
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What guidelines can I follow to know if I can trust a software editor? [closed]

At work or at home, I often find some useful piece of software. Sometimes I may find it on a forum, mentioned on a video, or by talking to a colleague. But how do I know if the editor of the software ...
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Were software “CD key” schemes backdoored or simply misdesigned?

Back in the day, retail software was shipped on physical CDs that often had a printed "CD key" label affixed. The (usually alphanumeric) key on the label was unique to that particular copy of the ...
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Finding a backdoor on a server?

Let's say I hire someone (freelance), for IT work on an Ubuntu server. The server has a good firewall, I run clamav, chkrootkit & rkhunter scans weekly, and I try to keep good practices. The ...
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How to make metasploit backdoor persistent in Android?

I created a payload with msfvenom and installed it on Android smartphone, but after a reboot or long time without use, it stops working, because the OS kills the process. Is there any way to ...
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Did ZTE put a backdoor in my router? How can I remove it?

I have a ZTE router model ZXHN H198A. Recently, upon connecting to it with Telnet (with some default username-password, of course), I decided to go around the filesystem. Then I noticed that they ...
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Is there a “no-spy, no-backdoors standard” for telecom hardware manufacturing?

The BBC News article Huawei says willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements reports the following: Huawei has also said it is independent from the Chinese government, but some countries have blocked it from ...
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Does Lawful Interception of 4G / the proposed 5G provide a back door for hackers as well?

A common saying among people in the field of cryptography and security is that when providing a back door to law enforcement, you also provide a back door for hackers. I was trying to examine the ...
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How to find out which application runs behind port 31337?

I found an open port on a "Kartina Quattro" (https://www.kartina.tv/article/247-kartina-quattro). It's a device for watching russian TV channels. The port number is 31337 and the Service is called ...
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How could the Chinese Communications Authority find a backdoor on my website?

I host a legacy HTTP website on my own hardware in China. It was attacked due to the Struts file upload flaw last month. But yesterday, Communications Authority in my province alarmed me, there is ...
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Meterpreter is failing to load any extension except the core commands

[*] Starting persistent handler(s)... msf5 > use exploit/multi/handler msf5 exploit(multi/handler) > set PAYLOAD windows/meterpreter/reverse_https PAYLOAD => windows/meterpreter/reverse_https ...
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How can I ensure that I can trust to OS?

How can I ensure that some OS can be trusted? I'm not speaking about possible security problems which can happen everywhere but about something like a backdoor left by a developer. Can such a thing ...
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ShadowHammer: Limited to Windows?

I've been reading about ShadowHammer over the last couple of days: Kaspersky researchers estimated half a million Windows machines received the malicious backdoor via ASUS' update server. But the ...
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Unauthenticated packages in debian

Yesterday I updated my debian server using: apt-get update && apt-get upgrade I received message that some of the packages cannot be authenticated being in a rush I hit yes to install ...
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Is there a standard for labeling a vulnerability as an intentional backdoor?

US concerns of intentional vulnerabilities placed in foreign manufactured equipment has lit up headlines. Is there a standard that sorts (differentiates) poor-designs from intentionally placed ...
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What can be done to defend against acoustic keyboard evesdroping?

It is reasonably well established that it is possible to determine what one is typing based on keyboard sounds, and the difference between different keys (source). This provides a significant issue to ...