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Does the new Fedora package manager allow unauthorized installations?

I just upgraded to Fedora 22. The biggest change from the previous version is that the yum package manager is now replaced with dnf. One change I've noticed is that if you try to execute a command ...
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Is there any security advantage of installing into AppData folder? [duplicate]

A lot of programs today allow to install into user appdata subdirectory to avoid installing system wide. Is there any advantage of this? Can programs installed system wide be more exploited than ...
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What is board installation mean? [closed]

Hi today I got email from a security research program. Yesterday I asked "Did you interested insecure permission vulnerability on ... that allow "Guests User" have full permission?" They answer: "We ...
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Is `curl {something} | sudo bash -` a reasonably safe installation method?

The most straightforward way to install NodeJS on Ubuntu or Debian seems to be Nodesource, whose installation instructions say to run: curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_12.x | sudo -E bash - ...
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Rationale for “install software on computer” functionality in browsers

So after someone mentioned Hangul on another SE site, I just felt like watching another few Korean lessons. Came across a video that I liked, and the author finished with the (usual) more-on-my-...
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MacBookPro's OSX install.log has entries that predate the initial unboxing

Basically what the title says. I recently had a look at my /var/log/install.log and the earliest entries are from about 2 full months prior to me unboxing the computer. The packaging had cellophane, ...
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Is it more secure to install an application in .exe form from official website or in UWP form from Microsoft store?

Many programs are available both in .exe form and in UWP form from Microsfot Store. From a security point of view, shoud I prefer to download from official website .exe,checksum it, check for https ...
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Do WebEx's requirements open security holes?

After a WebEx presentation is recorded, the recording cannot be played in-browser without installing a browser extension that requires invasive permissions to access the user's data for all websites: ...
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Verification of Python(x,y) installer

I'm an Aerospace Engineer just starting out in my field, I'm planning to start using Python, but I've run into a bit of a conundrum. I downloaded Python(x,y)-2.7.10.0.exe Windows installer from here (...
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Suspicious app name in Windows 10 permission prompt

I downloaded MongoDB 3.4 from the MongoDB website here When I run the .msi file to install, I am prompted with the following screen asking me if I trust a39adfe.msi A Google search for a39adfe.msi ...
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Is a Windows installer that doesn't require admin rights dangerous?

I use Atlassian SourceTree on Windows, and one thing I like about it is that it doesn't require admin privileges to install or update. I happened to mention this to our ISSO (Information System ...
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Is it safe to use Python package managers like pip, easy_install or conda?

I know it is unsafe to install software (including Python packages) from not trusted or compromised sources. However I wonder how safe I am when I am installing a trusted package from Python Package ...
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Can I rely on anti-virus scanning “data” objects in installer?

When I run an anti-virus scan (Kaspersky in this case) on an (InnoSetup) installer, it scans multiple "data" objects which seem to be the files within the installer: This gives the impression that it ...
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Resources explaining why `curl | bash` and similar installation instructions are a security hazard?

I'm getting tired of explaining to people why downloading some arbitrary text file (script) from the internet with curl or wget or whatever and executing it with bash or some other script interpreter ...
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Threats of using cracked version of OS [closed]

Just wondering, If I installed cracked OS for my computer, does it have any threats? Will it kill my computer instantly or in the long process, make it unusable? Thank you in advance!
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How to distribute software with one time installation key in complete offline

I have the requirement that I have to distribute software in SD card. And this application should work without internet. I can share the installation key through SMS. Since application and ...
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Why can't I install from a USB? Kali USB installation demands a CD-ROM. How can I get around this? [closed]

I am unable to install Kali 2016.2 using a USB. The installation demands a CD-ROM. This cannot be right... Right? EDIT: Kali Linux 64 bit (25cc6d53a8bd8886fcb468eb4fbb4cdfac895c65) ISO used ...
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How to launch kali Linux installer inside live version

i need to know how I can launch the kali Linux installer through terminal pleas. Running latest version of kali Linux on LIVE USB. Trouble booting with uefi and so forth so I need to know how to ...
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Kali Linux: wrong kernel. What to do? [closed]

What does this mean : Unable to boot- please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU what do I have to do ?!
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Should I verify installer file PGP hash?

Let's say that I'll download an installer for a program on Windows and the publisher has released PGP Signature for the file. The installer file does not have any code signing certificates. If I ...
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How to determine if it is safe to install apk files from alternative android app stores?

Several sites offer APK downloads (1, 2, 3). Is there a way to determine if a given website/apk is safe to install?
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Is installing Debian package safe?

If I understand correctly, the maintainer scripts in Debian packages are executed with root privileges. I assume that this means that, contrary to my expectation, installing a malicious package can ...
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Is it safe to ask users to curl a raw file from GitHub?

I have a command line tool (ngi) I made, and currently the process of installation requires 2 steps. First step is to clone the repo into usr/local/ngi. Second step is to manually set the $PATH in ~/...
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Add Cipher Suite support to Chrome/ Chromoium?

I would like to know how to add Cipher Suite: TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA support to the new versions of Chrome? Since Chrome v25/26 Google stopped the support of Cipher Suite: ...
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How to install Metasploit on Mavericks + MacPorts? [closed]

I would like to install Metasploit on an hardened OS. For this purpose I chose Mavericks just because I'm able to harden this OS pretty far. I would like to install Metasploit with MacPorts because ...