Questions tagged [network]

Security of network infrastructure and network traffic. For questions about security of network equipment, topology, protocols, traffic, administration, and configuration. Related tags: [packet], [firewall], [network-scanners], [network-access-control].

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Is possible to get infected by only staying connected to the Internet (nothing else)?

I have a router and I'm the only user. I have a computer with Linux and a tablet with Windows 8.1. Because of a few problems, I had to reinstall Windows on the tablet. Since I'm a bit paranoid about ...
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Detect non HTTP packets using port 80

We are currently doing port whitelisting on our firewalls which is working well but this of course does not prevent the implementation of side channels or the misuse of these ports for other purposes. ...
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Egress filtering on an office network?

With an office network most companies will use ingress filtering to add a level of security, however few take advantage of egress filtering to protect their networks. The use of egress filtering will ...
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Security measures for a WiFi access point?

I am planning to purchase a program that comes with an App that allows you to control the program via phone. The developer told me that the connection will be done via an extra WIFI box connecting to ...
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Verifying server software integrity?

I'm trying to brainstorm a security scheme for the problem of verifying server software integrity. The domain of this problem is Game Servers built on Valve's Source Dedicated Servers. These servers ...
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Wireless Activity Monitoring for PCI DSS Compliance

In an effort to be PCI DSS compliant, I took a trustkeeper.net questionnaire. I failed the question that asks: Is the presence of wireless access points tested for by using a wireless analyzer at ...
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How do the root servers get updated with my name server? Is WhoIS information always in sync with the root?

I've never understood what happens behind the scenes when I go to my registrar and enter in my name server's information. Can someone elaborate on what happens when an update is made, and how it is ...
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Network administrator knowing all user passwords

Whenever it is time to change passwords, each user in our office has to provide our new password to the IT department and they change it & store it. Can you provide something that details why this ...
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How to bypass Nmap blockage?

I rent a server, and my provider seems to be blocking nmap. Is there any other tools I could use to test my home network from the outside? Also, does blocking nmap on a network provide any security? ...
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Does using WPA2-Enterprise just change the attack model vs WPA2-PSK?

As far as I can tell based on the reading I've done so far, WPA2-Enterprise uses the same encryption and security algorithms and methods as WPA2-PSK, with the addition of using another service for ...
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Router Ports open

What ports on my home router should be open, say if I'm only using it for browsing the internet. Right now these four are open, 23/tcp open telnet 53/tcp open domain 80/tcp open http 5000/...
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Does the method of Internet connection affect the security of your the network?

I was just visited by some door-to-door salesmen from a local ISP/TV/Phone provider. During our conversation, I raised some concerns about the fact that I knew their help desk techs had back-door ...
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Is it trivial to bypass IP blocking?

There is a site with IP blocking. When a client makes too many invalid attempts when guessing e.g. password, then their IP address becomes blocked. I've heard about IP spoofing and similar attacks. ...
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Jump Servers for security

In my network, I have the clients directly connected to the server; but in the new PCI policies, they required to use jump servers. What is the advantage of using jump servers for security reasons? ...
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Is HTTPS redirecting to HTTP a vulnerability?

Let's say a user is authenticated, and the entire account authentication process happened under secure HTTPS. Upon successful login, the user is redirected back to the homepage. However, the homepage ...
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How can I make it more difficult for a user to create multiple accounts?

I would like to know the best way to increase security on a website so that the a single user can't create multiple accounts. What all of a user can be traced? I'm thinking: IP address Mac address ...
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ARP Poisoning: WPA Personal and Enterprise

As mentioned in the title, I've questions regarding an ARP Poisoning on a WPA Personal and WPA Enterprise. I'm gonna do an example (please let me know if I'm wrong): I need to send the ARP reply to ...
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Security implications for two applications communicating with TCP/IP on localhost

Considering this for the local loopback connection: - It is implemented entirely within the operating system's networking software and passes no packets to any network interface controller. If two ...
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How can a network be secured against attacks coming from the inside?

(updated to (hopefully) be less broad) No matter how well one secures a network there's always the chance of an attacker gaining access. In a shared home + home office network (eg. for a remote ...
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Setting up a honeypot to detect malicious network activity

So in the world of networks, people try to gain access to the client machine and perform lateral movement. Honeypots are often used to give them an easy access point and show them an unfavorable or ...
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Are there established and/or curated security benchmarks/best practices for home appliances and networks?

I have seen several security standards and best practices for organizations (CIS, HIPPAA, PCI DSS) but are there any for homes? If yes, where can I find them? It would be nice for homeowners to have ...
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Building my own Darkspace

I have searched through the internet about creating a darknet and there is a confusion. There are two definitions, the first one is network used for private p2p (like freenet) and another one that ...
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Detecting and filtering data over AC power lines?

Given that it's possible for the average consumer to send covert signals over normal AC lines how can an IT department identify and filter out this communication? I'm not sure how difficult this is ...
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Isolating guest networks

I'm setting up a secondary guest wifi on my router and I want to make sure that it's impossible for clients connected to the guest wifi to access my primary network. Initially, I used IP filtering ...
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unknown user on my router

Recently i noticed that there is an unknown user connected to my modem. I tried to block the mac address by accessing router page(192.168.1.1 ,dlink modem) > parent control > macaddress filter > put ...
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Would publishing a network diagram make the network less secure?

I have found some social networking sites that focus on sharing architecture (network maps and diagrams) and configuration. Does sharing this type of information decrease the security of my network? ...
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How does the Copyright Alert System work? Who has implemented it?

Some ISPs are participating in a Copyright Alert System that notifies content authors of violations of their copyright. I'm concerned how this oversight relates to my private traffic, and what laws ...
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Looking for botnet IP address feeds to protect against DDoS

I would like to get a live feed of botnet IP addresses delivered from a service and block them under certain conditions. Preferably community based/open source but open to looking at worthy commercial ...
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Is NTP vulnerable to DNS poisoning or spoofing attacks?

Scenario: Attacker somehow compromises the DNS lookup for the NTP server used by the victim (a web application) Victim sends DNS request for e.g. ntp.pool.org, which is responded to by attacker to ...
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Secure PXE network OS installation

How can one make sure that when PXE is being used to boot a remote operating system, that the data being sent is encrypted (or at the very least that integrity is maintained)? Would it be possible to ...
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Block all BotNets and TOR addresses from accessing our site

I've heard that many DOS attacks and general "black hat hacking" attempts occur over the TOR network. Is it possible for me to dynamically block source IP's by their presence in a BotNet or similar ...
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Popularity of Anomaly based IDSes

I've been reading quite some time about anomaly/behavior based IDSes for Web servers. I understand the downsides: possible high false positives, learning phase, constant training. My question is how ...
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Is it possible to sniff traffic of a remote network? (With admin access to router)

Me and a friend of mine are simulating a widespread scenario where router configurations are untouched (default passwords) and are visible from the internet. Him, acting as the victim, will constantly ...
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How easy it is to actually perform MITM attack these days

The website I am using is using HTTP for retrieval of the page. In the page they ask you to enter credit card details that then go via HTTPS (to another server). They claim that this is secure enough (...
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Is indirect access to a computer as bad as direct?

I'm deploying a web-based ERP system for a customer, such that both the server and the client machines will be inside the customer's intranet. I was advised not to allow the server machine to connect ...
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How to send Wi-Fi management frames from macOS?

I realise that this question has been touched on before as linked here. However, none of the solutions suggested solved my question and they all fail to answer the overarching question of how to send ...
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How to deal with UDP bandwidth exhaustion DDoS attacks?

I am building a service, which will use UDP. It will run on Amazon AWS - in the firewall they provide, I can block everything except that one UDP port my service will run. The only thing I'm ...
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Firewall rules to block unwanted protocols on given ports

Does somebody has an idea, that what kind of iptables/pf rule must i use to achieve this?: i only want to allow these connections [on the output chain]: on port 53 output only allow udp - dns on ...
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Share network with neighbor

My neighbor asked me if I wanted to share his network with me. Internet access is a little more expensive here than I am used to in my country. Before saying yes I wanted to know if I had risks in ...
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How can I find the source of traffic allegedly originating from my IP address?

I have a problem that has been going on for at least 6 weeks. I have Time Warner for my Internet provider and some websites hosted at GoDaddy. From what GoDaddy tells me the reason I can not view ...
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How does BGP filtering work to prevent routing hijacking? [duplicate]

I've been reading for a while but yet do not properly understand how is BGP filtering used to prevent "attacks" such the recent Indosat's problem. Do not copy&paste Cisco's site, I have read all ...
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ARP poisoning and port forward together

Suppose these assumptions: Router IP address: 192.168.1.1 Router MAC address: 00:00:00:00:00:00 My IP address: 192.168.1.2 My MAC address: 00:00:00:00:00:01 Victim IP address: 192.168.1.3 ...
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When would you support the storage of Security & Application event logs in the Cloud?

Under what conditions would you be comfortable storing server log data residing in a secure facility, off-premises? When would you consider a SaaS /hosted solution and what value add should that ...
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How does a Man In the Middle attack happen in reality

I am trying to improve the MITM protection of an iOS app I am responsible for, so I want to understand exactly how it happens. I have set up Charles to act as a proxy which required setting the proxy ...
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Closely spaced failed logins in auth.log

I have a raspberry-pi (running GNU/Linux) and I recently allowed my router to forward port 22 (ssh) to the raspberry-pi so that I could log in while away from home. I then noticed a bunch of ...
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Why exactly are self hosted websites deemed that dangerous? [closed]

Up to now I'm using a raspberry pi as a local server for trying out things or hosting my own little projects (beginner level), but I want to make it publicly available (most likely only for people I ...
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Why do WiFi devices broadcast? [duplicate]

I may be missing something about how WiFi and networking in general works, but I do know how WiFi device tracking works. When eg. an Android phone has WiFi on, it's sending a ping/broadcast message ...
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How to get rid of an Ad bot?

The issue started due to setting up a proxy server on a PC connected to my network. I then realized that all of my devices that connected to the network, including PCs and phones, are all infected by ...
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PCI Compliance network scope

I was wondering if anyone could clarify the scope of PCI compliance with regard to multiple networks. At present, there's one PCI compliant network to which another network connects via VPN. The PCI ...
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Setting up a fake AP - problem with iptables and DNS server

Im trying to set up a fake AP using aircrack-ng suite, DHCP server & iptables. After creating the fake AP: airmon-ng start wlan1 airbase-ng -c 11 -e "freewifi" wlan1mon running iptables ...

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