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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When do I use IPsec tunnel mode or transport mode?

I basically understand how tunnel mode and transport mode works, but I don't know when I should use one instead of another. Among the two parties who want to communicate, if one computer B doesn't ...
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How to protect myself against paid DDoS services?

I am domestic user and I am getting attacked regularly by a guy that hates me. Here is the background story: that guy uses Skype resolvers (tools offered by paid DDoS services) to find out my IP ...
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Malware known to use port knocking to evade detection by network scanners?

Are there any known cases of malware in the wild that utilize port knocking on a backdoor to evade detection by network scanners?
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Need help identifying the OSX process that's generating strange network traffic

Since the past few days, I noticed that my router was a bit slow, and was restarting itself at times. When looked at its logs, they had entries like: Friday Jul 13 13:09:02 2012 1 Blocked by DoS ...
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How to effectivily block torrents on my network?

As per the network policy, we have to block all torrent traffic from the network. To do this, I used to block all ports above 1024 on my firewall/proxy devices. But due to this, many other ...
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Is there a way to make a WEP-secured AP uncrackable?

For some days, I was feeling that my Internet bill was booming. Then, I recently found out that a boy near my house was accessing my router to use the Internet. Then, I read some articles how to crack ...
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Is WPA2 WiFi protected against ARP poisoning and sniffing?

Is WPA2 WiFi protected against ARP poisoning? If not, can the ARP poisoner decrypt the packets?
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What is more secure: ISDN, Cable Modem, DSL, T1, etc…?

This discussion came after showing a friend this Security.SE post regarding DNS attacks, and after reading about a Cable Modem MITM attack. Given the current options available to consumers, what ...
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How much information can be gathered about a network without connecting?

I'm working on a project that ideally needs to be able to identify local wifi networks, and be able to recall them if they are approached again. Is there any unique identifying information that can be ...
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Bypassing hidden SSID and MAC filtering “protection”

I was browsing over this question and had some follow up questions from a practical perspective. What tools will show the SSID of an AP with the SSID set to hidden or broadcasting disabled? I have ...
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Can an infected phone infect other computers in a network?

Can an infected phone infect other computers in a network? For example do you need to worry about private phones in a company enviroment? Or is that already paranoid?
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How to break MAC address filtering?

If a MAC filter prevents you from connecting to a network, how can you break it or include your device's MAC in that filter?
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Advantages of separating Web server from Database

What are the security advantages of installing the database of a web application on a server other than the one containing the web server?
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How to get hold of and use WPA session keys?

I'm testing sniffing and decrypting my WPA2 wifi network traffic. But when using airdecap to decrypt the capture file (created by airodump) using my WPA passphrase I only get broadcast traffic. If I ...
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Is it possible to catch a virus on my LAN without clicking on anything?

My unpatched PC running Windows is connected to a network which contains other "infected" computers, can I get infected by viruses without any interaction on my part?
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Is it possible to successfully send a spoofed UDP header with a completely unrelated source IP?

I've read that many networks use ingress/egress filtering to eliminate the number of spoofed UDP packets sent and received by their network. Given that network provides have been much more diligent ...
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Can I isolate a specific computer on my network?

My brother gets malware infections practically every week. Apparently he had a infection over the past 24 hours, I only noticed it because I checked the router logs and saw a massive amount of network ...
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How much of a risk to students is an open WiFi network on campus? EDIT: please read in full.

I've been battling bureaucracy at my community college for months on this issue; a few months ago, they changed security on the SSID for students; It used to use EAP, allowing students to enter their ...
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Does having a VPN service mean accessing my email etc. over public free open WiFi mean I have security/privacy? [duplicate]

Is my information secure over public WiFi if I use a VPN service? i.e. protection of emails and login details.
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How to prevent an infected PC from infecting other machines on the same network? [duplicate]

My father is pretty careless about his security and this is not new. He even said to me that in the last year he used Tor to access some links just for curiosity because he read about it in some news ...
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SSL Finished message contents

I'm a little bit confused about the contents of Finished Message used during Handshake Protocol. In particular, this message (clientside) contains the connection-id originally sent from the server and ...
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Does the carrier network autheticates itself to the SIM card?

From my understanding this is how SIM authentication works: When the mobile device starts up it obtains IMSI from the SIM card and send it to the operator network Operator network finds the Ki(128 ...
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Local AP - Outside Router MitM Attack?

Let's say that we have our computer inside the local network. Our local network is connected to the Internet by AP+Router that connects to the router in other network which is connected to the ISP. ...
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How to check if a port can be accessed from the outside

I want to be sure that the firewall protecting the intranet is effectively rejecting/granting access to a port. I have no access to the firewall nor any other external machine. Is that possible at ...
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How to find out if somebody is spying on my private browsing data in the same WiFi network? [closed]

I live in a hostel and eight people including me, are using the same WiFi network. One of my friends is a "computer wizard". I would like to know if he is secretly checking my browsing history and ...
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Monitor websites being visited on network

I need to monitor the websites being visited on my wifi network by the different IPs connected to the network. What is the best way to do this? I spent some time with Wireshark but I feel it is a bit ...
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What are the risks of using a CDN to speed up my website? How do I avoid them? [duplicate]

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are well known to speed up the performance of a website, but they create the obvious security risks if someone were to change the code that resides on the CDN. What ...
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What's are the advantages of L2TP/IPSEC over plain IPSEC?

As the title says, my firewall (Sonicwall) can do either IPSEC or L2TP/IPSEC for VPN connections. One advantage of L2TP/IPSEC I can see is that the client computer get allocated its own IP address on ...
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Obtain credentials by spoofing WPA/WPA2 Enterprise network?

I have a large scale wireless network secured using WPA/WPA2 Enterprise authentication. Recently, I was made aware of the possibility that someone may use a dd-wrt router and a computer to spoof the ...
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How can IoT and other network devices access the internet if my router works as a firewall?

My understanding is that routers act as natural firewalls. In that context, how can an IoT device receive commands from the WAN if they are not initiated from within the LAN? In a specific example, ...
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Can viruses transfer from phone to computer over the network?

I don't know if this is the right place to ask but I heard that adult websites (porn) had viruses. I used to look up porn on my iPhone (I won't anymore) and I understand that there aren't viruses for ...
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Cannot identify or block unknown MAC addresses

I've only got a basic idea about networking, Google is my teacher. Router: Tenda D303 Location: India Connection: BSNL Unlimited 1Mbps broadband. Friends and relatives visit me often, and connect to ...
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Meterpreter shell and system shell define?

What is the difference between Meterpreter shell and system shell? For example, if I found some vulnerability in a system which allowed both shells, then what should I go for, system shell or ...
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Without SSL, what vantage point does one need to MITM non-SSL'd HTTP?

OK, so there are two things here: being able to read the content of the requests and responses, and then being able to modify them. The former may depend on the latter, I'm not sure. But basically, ...
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How can alleged illegal downloading be detected?

Joel Tenenbaum was accused of illegally downloading 30 songs. How might his action have been detected? Can anyone show a concrete method? Update Using a honey pot or monitoring the peers list makes ...
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What information can my network admin see when I visit a website? [duplicate]

This question is similar to this but for my network admin. For example, when I enter this URL: https://www.google.com/search?q=example or ... I can see the word example that I was searching on ...
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Import Wireshark Cookies into Firefox?

I'm trying to copy session cookies (collected using Wireshark) into a different Firefox sessions. But can't seem to find a method or working add-on to manage the cookies. Greasemonkey and ...
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Public key - private key question

I have a query about public/private key encryption that I hope someone can answer. So as I understand it: Client connects to server and server responds with certificate Client pulls the public key ...
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Tracing senders

If someone sends an email from a monthly contract telephone whilst logged onto wifi (free access) and the email address was opened using false information and the wifi log on was also using false ...
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Can a sysadmin spy on a Wifi connection? [duplicate]

Is it possible that someone who is in charge of a network serving many users, can see what site we visited? I mean, we have only one internet connection, and we used WiFi to be connected. Is it ...
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How can I capture another IP's HTTP traffic with Wireshark network analyzer?

How can I capture another IP's HTTP(S) requests in a local network with Wireshark network analyzer? Is it possible?
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How can mom monitor my internet history from a distance?

This might sound like a funny question from a twelve-year-old. The less funny part is that I am 21 and currently studying at university (I don't live at University, although I am 15 minutes away. I do ...
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What are darknets, and how can they be used to provide security and anonymity in network communication?

One of the major problems with the internet is that it's difficult to stay anonymous while retaining the ability to communicate with a large number of people. While encryption can be done effectively ...
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Is NAT Loopback on my router a security problem?

Some DSL routers prevent NAT loopback. Security is sometimes cited as the reason. Is NAT loopback really a security issue? And if so, how is this exploited? NAT loopback... where a machine on the LAN ...
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Do simple Linux servers really need a non-root user for security reasons?

Playing devil's advocate, Let's assume I purchase a Linux server from a hosting provider. I am given a password for the root user and am told I may login using SSH. The only purpose this server has ...
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How does Team Viewer establish a Remote Desktop Connection?

I am wondering how is it possible for Team Viewer to establish the remote desktop connection over the internet even if the user has not enabled the 3389 port ? I am searching over the internet but ...
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Does your ISP know what type of phone/computer you're using?

For instance do they know whether you're using an iPhone or Samsung?
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Is pinging a website essentially the same as visiting the website through a browser?

I was looking at the domain information of a website (poaulpos.net) on who.is that Chrome connects to whenever I visit a specific an old Tech Times article about Thunderstrike 2, a Mac firmware attack ...
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VPS security best practice

I've just signed up for a linux VPS to host a website I've been creating and I need some advice on the best approach to secure it. I've previously been hosting it off a VM in the house, but I want to ...
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Is it even possible to hack a television channel?

In spite of all the hacking news in the recent few years I never heard of someone who managed to hack a TV channel. What makes them so secure?