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Can changing a MAC address give an attacker more leverage in a network?

Security lessons force us to use limited users (Standard User) on Windows networks. I found that an administrator account can change his MAC address from Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network ...
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Such a thing as too much network segregation?

One of the biggest points of friction I see between networking teams, security teams, and users is around the idea of network segregation. For instance, the network team wants to isolate everyone ...
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Kaspersky Antivirus “secure connection scan” as broken as Superfish?

I've read a lot about Superfish (and similar ad-ware) lately and I basically understand the vulnerability to MITM attacks. But I'm actually wondering if the "secure connection scan" by Kaspersky ...
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different IP addresses [closed]

I'm new in the Network world so I'm still trying to figure things out. I have a server with an IP address like 192.168.1 etc. There is other devices that communicate and share information with the ...
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Internal network security policy for development environment

What are the best practices for network security for an internal development environment. Besides adhering to updates, antivirus, and firewall. For instance, is it recommended to use an IDS/IPS like ...
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Expose the source code repository externally or allow VPN access?

To allow third party consultants, offshore developers and contractors working on the code, we can expose our Git repository externally. Or we can grant VPN access to the external parties and limit ...
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How to fuzz service with sending bad data?

I am reading a post about fuzzer in Python, here is the code: # Import the required modulees the script will leverage # This lets us use the functions in the modules instead of writing the code from ...
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What's the interest for web proxy over transparent proxy

A network I'm working on has only a web proxy (http, https) to communicate outside (mostly used for cache purposes, not whitelist or blacklist support). This requires lot of configuration to all tools ...
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How does the DNS-spoofer know the original destination of the packet?

It's perhaps my lack of deeper knowledge of how the DNS, NAT or TCP works, but I have been thinking about the following scenario and can't figure out the following problem which arises in DNS-spoofing ...
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Why does my web server receive so many TCP resets from some clients?

I run a web server and log connections that are dropped. Occasionally, I get a burst of TCP RST packets from some of my clients, like this: Feb 11 11:56:29 SRC=1.2.3.4 TTL=57 SPT=38383 DPT=80 ...
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List of most common network vulnerabilities a la OWASP Top 10 [closed]

I am trying to find the most commonly used attack vectors/techniques on computer networks in the style of the owasp top 10, for my thesis work. The reports shouldn't be older than 2-3 years. Can you ...
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Prevent hacking with known IP address and router information on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS [closed]

I’ve had it! It is the second time that a “hacker” (A hacker or should I say thief) has had access to my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS system. The person that I suspect has had physical access to my pc because he ...
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Snort even though working properly does not report majority of rules

I have installed Snort 2.9.7.0 and it does not detect majority of attacks, such as nmap port scans, downloading exe files, opening documents containing keyword "root". I use Snort together with ...
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Determine if compressed or encrypted [closed]

I have a bunch of network data and I would like to determine if it is either 1) encrypted or 2) compressed. I doubt it is both, but the potential exists. If I am assuming that the traditional ...
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I've shared my WiFi with my neighbour. How can I ensure they're not downloading illegal content?

I want to ensure they're not downloading any illegal content (torrent websites in particular). If they're using a VPN or Tor, then I guess there's not much I can do, but if they're just connecting ...
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How to retrieve the MAC address of a remote IP [closed]

I have an IP address, and I want to find the corresponding MAC address. The IP address is in the same city, so we're connecting to the same network. How do I find the corresponding MAC address?
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How can the sybil attack be used on a P2P system that implements DHT?

I was reading about the sybil attack and am unclear on some details. After becoming part of the peer-to-peer network, the adversary may then overhear communications or act maliciously. By ...
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How to organize a CTF?

In the context of an IT event, my team would organize a CTF (Capture The Flag). About the challenges (we’re working on them). I want to have some references on the types and levels of difficulty that ...
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Checksums do not match when I download file over http

Just for the test I did the following: Downloaded a page from wikipedia via wget on remote server and named the file test.dat. Then I executed md5sum. I download the file via http and check it back ...
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What constitutes an exploit? I was able to compromise my common household router

Was setting up Wifi at home today (just using the default router Time Warner Cable provides) and was appalled at the minimal security that the web server provides. Default user name/password is ...
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Decrypting SSL over a Mobile Network

I work for a large company and we are trying to judge the safety of some proprietary information that is being sent and received in a new application we are developing. After our initial testing we ...
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Is WPA practically less secure than WPA2 only if QoS is enabled?

I've been looking into attacks that are effective against WPA-TKIP but not WPA2-AES (both using PSK). I've found Vanhoef & Piessens's paper that builds off an attack by Beck & Tews and can be ...
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What's the diff between blocking a port with a firewall and not starting a service on that port in the first place?

I was considering setting up a software firewall (pf) on my web server and did some research on them. Were I to do it, it'd involve basically blocking connections to all ports except 80, 443, and the ...
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Securing my network: unmasking spoofed mac possible?

In Kali you can: airmon-ng start wlan0 ifconfig mon0 down macchanger -r mon0 (-r changes mac id to a random number) ifconfig mon0 up This attack for example: aireplay-ng -0 2 -a [ap mac #] -c ...
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Persistent Connection Attempts By Akamai Technologies

I have seen this question asked in different places, but have never seen a satisfactory answer: On different computer builds, ASUS/GIGABYTE/MSI, I constantly have outgoing connections to ...
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How safe are networking ACLs based on IP-address?

As far as I know, a determined attacker would have no major issues in hacking the IP address of the packets contained by his (web) request. Therefore, I cannot see how an Access Control List (such as ...
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In detail, how does SSL offloading/acceleration/termination work?

What is the in-depth working mechanism of SSL offloading/termination? I could not find literature that would dive deep enough into the subject. Assume the following example, where a intends to ...
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Why do private networks use both X.509 and User/Password authentication

For example, the school network I am on requires both a name & password to log in along with having its X.509 certificate installed in my browser. Why does it need both? Shouldn't name and ...
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Two similar computeres on same network, different traceroutes (one slow - one fast) [closed]

My SO's computer has a very slow internet connection. So I compared her traceroute to xkcd.com with mine. We are on the same network, on both on os-x. It's a simple 4g home router. tracerouter ...
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Can the packets of a wireless network be sniffed by a user who is not present in that network?

1.If an user knows the frequency used by a wireless network, is he able to collect the packets from that network? Those packets may be encrypted, but can he collect those packets? 2.If the user has ...
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Security criteria for selecting a network switch?

I am looking to purchase a switch with 24+ ports. The set of security criteria that I should bear in mind when selecting a switch is not clear to me. I have tried to take other networking security ...
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Compromised submarine cables and the consequences to internet?

I recently read an article that Google wants to build a submarine cable connecting to my country supposedly to increase overall speed and while I hope my government will never allow this kind of thing ...
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What is the best home wireless network encryption algorithm to use?

What is the best home wireless network encryption algorithm to use? I realize the best answer will probably change over time, and hopefully people can provide updated answers as new standards come ...
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Am I exposing my application to IP address forgery / ip spoofing?

Here is my setup: I will create two REST services that are run on Server B and should only be called from Server A. Both servers are on the same network and I am not able to configure a firewall to ...
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How do you practically manage your never-use-personal-accounts-on-a-work-machine-ever double life, when your personal machine is a limited iOS device? [closed]

This is follow-up to Starting a new job after working at home for years. How to best protect data, secrets, and privacy in the workplace? The answer to that question is Follow company security ...
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Starting a new job after working at home for years. How to best protect data, secrets, and privacy in the workplace?

I have just started interviewing for new computer job after years of working from home. At home I feel very secure with how I protect myself from data loss and keeping my secrets secure. I backup ...
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Parallel systems, in case any of two has known exploits

As software becomes more and more complex it's harder and harder to keep it secure down the entire line. Discussing this problem with a friend we were opting some pretty extreme solutions and wondered ...
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Is a sensitive NAS behind a router safe?

I have four pcs connected to a switch connected to a router that gets connected directly to the internet. How safe is a NAS attached to the same router along with the switch plug? I'd like to have ...
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How can I set up DHCP so that domain devices get a certain block of IP addresses and other non-domain devices get a separate block?

Is there a way for me to set up DHCP so that only domain devices get an IP Address from a certain subnet, say 192.168.12.x, and other non-domain devices would be assigned to a different subnet? Edit: ...
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How to secure Epson Beamer?

I work in a school and we have several Epson Beamers but some of our students have download an application for their mobile (with infra-red and WiFi connection) and they now have remote control and ...
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Puzzle: network intrusion or OpenDNS/Disconnect.me collision?

My home / home-office network uses OpenDNS as a content filter. As the OpenDNS admin, I received a "User wants access to..." email indicating that someone tried to access a blocked site and requested ...
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How to make Reaver crack WPS faster [closed]

I have Reaver 1.4 on Ubuntu 14.10 with a Realtek RTL8187SE B/G adapter and it takes almost 5-10 minutes to get from 0.01% to 0.02%. I always have my TX-Power at 30 when I use Reaver, the network is ...
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How can I convert a Windows certificate into a PEM format, that includes the chain + root?

I need to import a certificate into a Cisco Ironport for Web SSL inspection. The only input format supported is PEM. Based on my research the PEM format does support all certificates in the chain, ...
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Can a Windows or Linux password be brute-forced on a public network?

I am at a hotel that has a public network. I have a Windows machine with a wired connection to it. "Network and Sharing" has network discovery on. No folders are shared except "Users", which is shared ...
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Spoofing of Server Sent Events

In the spec for Server Sent Events, it says Authors should check the origin attribute to ensure that messages are only accepted from domains that they expect to receive messages from. Otherwise, ...
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Is there any meaning in only allowing port 80 and 443 today?

It's become standard fare for security minded organisations to block everything other than 80 and 443. As a result, more and more applications (other than web browsers) are learning to use these ports ...
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secure use of psexec?

As of March 7, 2014 PsExec now "encrypts all communication between local and remote systems, including the transmission of command information such as the user name and password under which the remote ...
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How The Sony Hack Was Traced, and So Quickly? [closed]

What are the steps that are required to locate a source that have routed their traffic through multiple zombie hosts, spanning multiple networks/carrier/nations?
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Only HTTP(S) port is open. Why do I need to worry about unpatched software?

Unpatched software poses no risk by themselves. They're only problematic when someone exploits it. How could malware get into my system if I do have unpatched software in general and I'm connected to ...
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Why is browsing while logged onto a VPN from public wifi more secure than not?

I've been trying to wrap my brain around VPNs for a while now, but can't find a good source that answers the questions I have. In particular, I can't understand why browsing from a public access ...