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Replacing Windows 7 security updates with anti-virus?

Microsoft has announced Windows 7 will no longer be receiving updates after January 14, 2020: Here. I hate windows 10's forced updates and telemetry so I have always stuck with Windows 7, but it may ...
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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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What's the point of Microsoft Account 2FA if it still lets me log in using password instead?

I have a Microsoft Account linked to a Microsoft Authenticator app for 2FA purposes. Every time I log in, it first sends me the Authenticator request, but I can always click "Other ways to sign ...
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KeePass Vs OneNote

In my personal life, I use KeePassX to generate/store all my passwords. I have seen some people use a password protected OneNote section. Does the password protected OneNote section provide a ...
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After changing Microsoft password, one can still login to previously authenticated Windows devices with old password indefinitely. Why?

Has anyone else noticed that if you are using a Microsoft account for Windows, after changing your password, the old password can still be used indefinitely on previously authenticated devices? I have ...
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Curious about Microsoft “Buffer Security Check” implementation

A very quick background to help you answering my questions : Learning IDA Interactive Disassembler, the old free edition (too expensive for a hobbyist) 15 year Linux Sysadmin & DBA experience ...
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Can Google Docs be used to “sanitize” a Word or Excel document?

Sometimes I have to download some Word or Excel documents from uncredible sites. I need not only to read but also to edit them. I heard that the Microsoft Office suite is a very popular attack vector. ...
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Windows Privilege Escalation system shell dies quickly

I have a user restricted shell and I used a host upnpn exploit which gives me root access to nc.exe. I am able to get a shell as SYSTEM but it dies after 30 seconds due to the service being ...
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I ran netstat and one thing that came up was MSN bingbot, does that mean my computer is being used as part of a Microsoft botnet?

I ran netstat on my computer, and one thing that came up was msnbot-65-52-108-216. I did some research and what came up was that it's from an IP originating in Redmond, Washington and that it's likely ...
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Is Bitlocker trustworthy?

My question isn't about whether or not the encryption on Bitlocker works, but whether or not there has been any security audits about potential backdoors Microsoft may have installed. I don't have a ...
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Windows 7 consent.exe attempting to access the internet

Looking at Firewall logs, I see that consent.exe, which is responsible for the Windows 7 UAC UI, attempts to connect to the internet. I have verified the file is a genuine executable provided by ...
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This is a working SQL-injection. What could the server side query string look like?

This question is about a small detail in a larger school assignment. I have been struggling with this little problem for too long. ABCTF arranged a Capture-the-Flag competition which was held earlier ...
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Is 'account-security-noreply@accountprotection.microsoft.com' a legitimate sender of security alerts?

I have been getting emails from "account-security-noreply@accountprotection.microsoft.com" (as verified in metadata) about unusual activity. The internet has very conflicting information about if ...
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Is this email from OneDrive a phishing attack?

Today I received an email claiming that my OneDrive account is going to be deleted as it has been unused for the past two years. This is probably true. The email urges me to visit OneDrive to ...
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Anniversary Update with Bitlocker Reboot without Encryption Key

I have Windows 10 Professional installed and have avoided the Anniversary Update until yesterday. The computer installed the update despite my best efforts to stop it. But that is a different ...
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Is there an equivalent of Control Flow Guard for Linux?

Introduced by Microsoft in recent versions of Windows and its compilers, Control Flow Guard is a useful defence in depth measure in the mitigation of return-oriented programming exploits. My question ...
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Where can I find a list of all government agencies with CAs in PKI root stores?

Is there a source that monitors popular root stores for CAs controlled by government agencies? There are several "root stores" that maintain a list of trusted root CAs. These root stores are ...
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Microsoft account comprimised and someone did automatic sync and wondering if emails downloaded?

I have a Microsoft account and today I got a Security alert saying "We think that someone else might have accessed your account" and had to change my password. When I checked my account activity it ...
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What is the point of Microsofts 30 day security update waiting period

If you want to update your security info (such as a password). You need to verify your ID with your phone or another email. If you don't have any connected to you account (or forgot them), you can add ...
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How difficult is it to brute-force Windows EFS encryption?

With EFS I have C:\$USER\ encrypted so all files owned and used by said user are encrypted. If this laptop is stolen, am I correct that they could pull the microsoft user password hashes, crack them,...
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Restrict Microsoft Network Policy Server (NPS) to only trust client certificates from a given CA?

I'm working on an install of a Microsoft Network Policy Sever (NPS) / RADIUS server for controlling access to corporate Wi-Fi using 802.1x / WPA2-Enterprise - using client certificates for ...
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Is there evidence to proof that Windows is spying us ? Are the anti-spy programs works and are they trustable?

Are there any evidences that Windows is spying the users ? Let's focus on Windows 10. I am almost sure it does. The things like telemetry and Cortana... However I never saw a proof like university ...
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Is there a RCE PoC for the CVE-2012-0002/MS12-020?

I've recently looked a bit into the MS vulnerability CVE-2012-0002/MS12-020, released in 2012. In March 2012, Symantec posted a screenshot of a supposedly RCE PoC for the vulnerability, but today I ...
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Does MS16-087 imply Windows 7 computer vulnerable from Internet?

I just read the MS16-087 security bulletin and the articles by Vectra (who apparently discovered the vulnerability). As I understand it, MS Point and Print offered a delivery of print drivers from a ...
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Does Kali installed through WSL respect my privacy?

When installing Kali from Microsoft Store, I wasn't prompted with a user agreement license. Is Microsoft able to monitor my applications? How safe is it to use WSL in that context? (From privacy ...
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Good book detailing the security aspects of Microsoft Active Directory [closed]

I am attending training later this summer related to AD pentesting. As such, I wanted to ask for book recommendations which detail (in full or in part) the security aspects of Active Directory. The ...
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What personal information, if any, can be gleaned from a Microsoft APPCRASH problem signature?

I am trying to debug an "APPCRASH" problem event for a program running on Microsoft Windows 7. When this happens a problem signature is presented, like this example from SuperUser: Problem Event ...
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What are the security risks of using downloadable email vs. remote/online email?

The organization at which I work wants us to download our e-mails rather than use a remote/online service like gmail. I have argued that this is less secure because downloading the e-mails brings the ...
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Is It OK If a Server Does Not Verify a Certificate?

I am currently learning a LOT about Azure, Azure Active Directory, and Azure Key Vault (AKV). To start with, please see this article: In particular, I am interested in this statement: When ...
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How can I be attacked by opening a corrupt MS Office document?

When opening a corrupt Microsoft Office document, I get a prompt that says something along the lines of: Excel [or Word/PowerPoint/etc] has found unreadable content on 'filename.xslx'. Do you wish ...
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Office 365 “ForeignRealmIndexLogonInitialAuthUsingADFSFederatedToken”

I've detected a number of illegitimate logins to Office 365 (based on Client IP). In the audit log, the operation is listed as "ForeignRealmIndexLogonInitialAuthUsingADFSFederatedToken." I'm not ...
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How to contact Microsoft regarding security flaw? [closed]

Here I see: If you believe you have found a security vulnerability that meets Microsoft's definition of a security vulnerability, please submit the report to MSRC at https://msrc.microsoft.com/create-...
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How to tell if Microsoft office has been patched for a vulnerability?

The NIST database holds records for Microsoft Office vulnerabilities, however it only lists the application (i.e. Word 2016) and the service pack. Microsoft release hotfixes outside of service packs, ...
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SMBRelay Attack - Mount Share instead of Code Execution

Is it possible to execute an SMBRelay attack that mounts a share instead of execute code? The application I am testing uses a non-administrative user but has access to several SMB shares. Only NTLMv2 ...
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Has any exploit leveraged a Video Driver flaw in WebGL?

Microsoft delayed support for WebGL due to the fact Javascript could exploit driver weaknesses. In the years that have past, in WebGL's adoption, are there any exploits of WebGL that supports their ...
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What does Microsoft mean by “Trusted Domain” in relation to Kerberos?

In the Microsoft documentation about using Kerberos, it is stated that: Both the server and the client computers must be members of the same Windows domain or members of trusted domains. If this ...
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Microsoft and SHA-1 deprecating on Windows 7

Microsoft states: Effective January 1, 2016, Windows (version 7 and higher) and Windows Server will no longer trust any code that is signed with a SHA-1 code signing certificate and that ...
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Extracting public key created by an UWP app in KeyCredentialManager

I know of an app that is using https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/uwp/api/windows.security.credentials.keycredentialmanager to generate a key pair (supposedly stored in a TPM), and sequentially uses the ...
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MS Updates for MS17-010

Anybody know what the KB numbers are for Windows 10 1607 64 bit and 64 bit for 1511? I am assuming these are them, can someone please verify this for me? Also, for the Windows 1607 there is a ...
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How to exploit a file upload to an IIS 5.1 [closed]

I found the following services in a testing environment: 21/tcp open ftp Microsoft ftpd 80/tcp open http Microsoft IIS httpd 5.1 The FTP server allows anonymous logins and ...
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Microsoft IIS 7.5 from Time Based SQLi DBA to shell

I am dealing with a time-based SQLi in a Microsoft IIS 7.5 Server and I want to upload a shell. My approach is to get the internal application path, and then, try to upload a file with sqlmap --file-...
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Is Microsoft trying to brush the Diagnostics Tracking Service under the rug?

I was working my way through disabling all of the spyware Microsoft has put into Windows 7 when I came across this Google result: "Sep 11, 2015 - Describes an update that enables the Diagnostics ...
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Since when can't any program get MS-DOS and MS-Windows admin rights?

I'm certain that I read that in the 80s with 8-bit Intel processorn, any DOS program that was run with MS-DOS was run in administrative mode and could do anything that any C program could do. Now I'm ...
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Is there any reason for disabling telnet client on windows?

Since Windows 7 release the telnet client is disabled by default on windows,any security reason for that? is enabling telnet client on windows will make it vulnerable for any type of threat?
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Microsoft support asking me for my phone IMEI?

I just contacted Microsoft support on my Lumia phone via the preinstalled "Contact Support" app, about an issue of the language of comments on apps in the Store being in the wrong language (different ...
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How is my microsoft account compromised?

I have had my Microsoft account ever since Hotmail boomed, and I've had the same super weak six character password up until this year, but it was when one of my google accounts got compromised a few ...
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“Unusual activity” on multiple Microsoft accounts

As MSDN subscribers all members of our development team need to have a Microsoft account. Since September 2016 these Microsoft accounts get disabled, temporarily or permanently, with no explanation ...
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Is it safe to open word document sent in email in LibreOffice

It's not safe to open doc emails attachements in Microsoft Office, because of evil macros. Is it safe to open same file in Libre office or does it also execute macros?
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Does the file encryption of Microsoft Office guarantee integrity?

I stumbled upon Microsoft Office's feature of file encryption. For storing sensitive data in the cloud, e.g. DropBox, this sounds like a nice feature. Reading that the encryption is AES-128 in CBC ...
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Importing a self-signed certificate into Windows via the Microsoft Management Console

First, I apologize if I mix my terminology up a bit in this post, I'm new to SSL. I've created a CA and used it to self-sign an SSL certificate for a server I connect to. Now I need to import the CA'...