Questions tagged [backdoor]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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 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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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 ...
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What features would you use to detect a backdoor or a bot installation?

I was reading a document about logging and analysis. The document talks about statistical analysis and machine learning techniques to detect some attack scenarios. For instance, If you want to detect ...
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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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Ken Thompson's compiler hack

I have gone through Ken Thompson's compiler hack paper; can't we just go through the compiler's source code and check for any backdoor, what was the article's point? Can we be sure that there are no ...
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Detecting and removing Absolute persistance technology

Absolute persistance 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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What guidelines can I follow to know if I can trust a software editor?

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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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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can a backdoor executable be used on an occupied port?

Suppose I am doing a penetration test on a network that has a firewall that blocks all ports except 80, 110, and 443. I want to use a metasploit reverse-TCP backdoor executable written in msfpayload ...
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What can I do about the Intel Management Engine?

I recently read about the Intel ME (Management Engine), which is a special area in new Intel processors that has complete control over the computer. Nobody knows exactly what it contains, and there ...
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Where can I report a program to be reviewed for security vulnerabilities and privacy issues?

After looking for software to store information, I found a program that caught my attention instantly. I purchased a license but after a while, I realized that the program had a big vulnerability. On ...
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How do persistent reverse shells and other malware gain their persistancy?

I heard about persistent reverse shells, and how in theory, they can stay indefinitely on the target's system, and how they can connect back to the host when the target's machine boots up, but how do ...
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Sending a executable that use LD_PRELOAD to modify fopen and create a backdoor

I follow the article Hooking libc using Go shared libraries to create the following code: package main import ( "C" "bufio" "log" "net" "net/textproto" "os/exec" "...
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U2F devices: backdoors possible?

Following the recent post at ZDNet on Google Titan devices designed and manufactured by a Chinese vendor and potentially prone to built-in backdoors: is it even theoretically possible to inject a ...
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How to leave a backdoor in a Laravel application?

I'm pretty curious how someone could leave a backdoor in a Laravel application? In my opinion there isn't a way, because the entry point of the requests is a route file, and you have to write code for ...
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Vulnerabilities of IT system due to hardware?

Is there any relation between specific hardware (like specific kind of CPU etc) or laptop manufacturing brands and the hacked environments run on? Can this be measured in any way like stolen data or ...
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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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Do vendors put backdoors on network devices?

There are several articles that says that vendors plant backdoors on network devices intentionally, such as this one. They found backdoors that were made by the vendors. Also, I read somewhere else ...
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How could a hacker access my Wordpress admin area?

I have two sites which appear to have been hacked. I checked the access logs and found these log entries: "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 20213 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.11; rv:47.0) Gecko/...
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How might one verify that the POWER9 CPU does not contain an AMT-style subsystem?

Given that the IBM POWER9 CPU doesn't appear contain an AMT subsystem (like those seen in Intel and AMD CPUs), is there any way the absense of such a backdoor could be audited? For example, might a ...
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Find the security hole on my site and prevent it [duplicate]

Last day I've noticed that my wordpress site is hacked and a PHP backdoor shell is installed on my site. Virus scanner reported that a plugin file is inside my wp-content/uploads which I did not ...
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Are (Intel) chipsets spying on us?

I had a conversation yesterday where someone claimed that I should only use (Intel) computers from before 2006. This was allegedly because after this, software has been embedded in the chipsets that ...
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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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Password protection for NetCat shell?

As a pentester, I often use NetCat, and its encrypted counterpart CryptCat. However, even CryptCat only encrypts the traffic. I'm looking for a way to keep unauthorized users from gaining access to ...
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Metasploit: Executables are not working after Reverse Shell

I tried connecting to a windows box and create a reverse shell back to my Kali Linux machine. Reverse shell is created and I get the meterpreter prompt. Commands Used: Payload: windows/shell/...
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protection from Backdoor hacks from disgruntled developer/ employee

I created a ecommerce site with a developer. He completed almost all his work but in the end we had some financial disagreements so our partnership ended in a bitter dispute. That developer threatened ...
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proftpd backdoor not backdoored

I wanted to practice exploiting system using proftpd backdoor. I use the exploit proftpd_133c_backdoor and the payload reverse_perl.I learned on how to exploit using this link, https://www.youtube.com/...
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Strength Blowfish and DES with current quantic computing and mandating backdoors

What is the strength of algorithms such as DES (Rijndael) and Blowfish used in password manager Safe password, with the current development (2018) of quantum computing, the former parallel processing, ...
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Is INTEL-SA-00075 Detection and Mitigation Tool enough to mitigate IntelME attacks

Is that tool enough to mitigate/protect againts IntelME vulnerability? https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/26755?v=t If it's not enough I more I can do to protect againts IntelME attacks ?
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Is it theoretically possible to deploy backdoors on ports higher than 65535?

Assuming you were able to modify the OS/firmware/device for server/client to send and listen on ports higher than 65535, could it be possible to plant a backdoor and have it listen on, say, port 70000?...
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Persistent back door using Netcat

I have found the following command several times in one of the linux servers during an assessment: nc -l -p 3030 -e /bin/bash This enables a hacker to gain control over this sever via bash. By ...
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How to protect against backdoors in routers?

Recently, I started looking for a wireless router. Before considering specific products, I looked up some general information about different brands offering such routers. To my dismay, I learned that ...
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What is the security flaw in this example of “magic parameters”?

I am reading OWASP Testing Guide v3: Example 1: Magic Parameters Imagine a simple web application that accepts a name-value pair of “magic” and then the value. For simplicity, the GET request ...