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System for Mutual authenticaion and confidentiality

I am looking for a protocol where there needs to be mutual authentication between client and server. For example server should connect to a particular client only. That is client should authenticate ...
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Timing attacks on password hashes

Timing attacks can have a devastating impact in scenarios where the secret is involved, often in cases where byte-wise array comparison is used. Now there are those that advertise using constant ...
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How can I use a VPN to protect my privacy

How should I configure a VPN in order to access blocked websites and to hide my identity? Usually I use SSH tunneling to protect my privacy and to escape censorship. I know nothing else about VPNs ...
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Do any cloud storage system offer an append-only mode for buckets, directories, etc.?

I'm curious what cloud storage systems offer an append only mode, especially open source ones. In particular, would any cloud storage systems support the following workflow : Anonymous users may ...
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My web server is hit by strange traffic, what is that?

I'm a noob and just set-up a linode account to play around with linux development. I started nginx and made a simple homepage for my domain (giuliopizzini.com). Today I checked the nginx logs and ...
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Can HIPS software practically be considered a form of MAC

Host Intrusion Prevention Software can restrict applications from taking certain actions regardless if they have the privileged to do so as assigned by the operating system. Given that with the use ...
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What is the practical difference between MAC and Capabilities

Both Mandatory Access Controls and Capabilities allow for fine grained privileges to be assigned to applications irrespective or in place of privileges inherited by the running user. Is there any ...
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Computer team's password change time different from other users?

We need to determine a password policy for our organization. All users, in general, will have 90 days until they will have to change their passwords, complexity required and passwords need to be at ...
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can I identify the origin computer for a program?

I am Developing a program in several platforms and languages, But I don't want anybody to discover the origin computer where the program was developed, is there any way that someone can discover that ?...
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Using EventStore For PCI Compliance?

I have been hearing a lot of good things about EventStore 3 and am looking to upgrade my server event forwarding systems for PCI compliance next year and was wondering if anyone had looked at the ...
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How do I ensure data encryption on Samba transmission on *NIX systems?

I have a heterogeneous system (both MS and *nix) that communicates with CIFS/SMB. How can I ensure proper data encryption at the application layer?
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How to protect against exploitation using a lapsed domain

Consider a domain that had been in active use for some time but is no longer desired — perhaps the company is out of business or a name change took place years ago, or whatever. The domain ...
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Logging True/False Negatives on Snort

I'm using Snort in a lab environmnet with artificially generated traffic. I'm looking to build a confusion matrix from known generated attacks. True Positives and False Positives are easy to parse ...
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Is 4096 bit good enough to encrypt data?

I need to store encrypted information in a MySQL table. I would like to use the AES algorithm but I don't know if 4096 bit encryption is supported and if it is a good length to encrypt data like: ...
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What is a reasonable approach for deidentifying data?

I have been asked by a client to deidentify the PHI data in their database and I'm either over-simplifying the process or my client is overly paranoid. Perhaps you can tell me which is the case. ...
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Is it correct to use form field(hidden) for storing Session Token

Is it correct to use form field(hidden) for storing Session Token instead of using Cookies? What is the security risk associated with it?
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How can credit cards be encrypted and still be recalled later?

Many merchants offer to save credit card info in an encrypted form for faster checkouts from their store in the future. How is it that merchants can store this information in an encrypted format and ...
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Purpose of certificates signed and trusted by CA

Another newbie question but I just don't get the purpose of certificates signed and trusted by CA. We already have public/private keys, hash functions to sign/encrypt messages so why do we need ...
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HTTPS Apache2 Information Leakage

Hello IT Security! I have Apache2 vhost with HTTPS listening on port 443, ie. https:// securesecret.com. I have another vhosts with HTTP listening on port 80, ie. http:// one.com, http:// two.com. ...
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Best way to push data to a client without being blocked by firewall

I'm asking this question here since I think people on this forum probably have the best knowledge of firewalls and routers. Say I'm designing a multi-player game and I want to push data to the client ...
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How do I defend against known php hacks

I have IPs attempting to probe our web server trying to find open URLs. The two known methods are attempting to find specific nodes on our drupal site, or attempting the ../../../../ trick to try and ...
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Should a web application return true http errors?

Exception and error information can be used by a malicious user to map out the API of an web application, so it is routine to see security checklists to advise returning only a "Please contact your ...
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Can you describe a real-life scenario of exploiting sticky bits?

Sticky bit are mentioned in every UNIX security book, but I couldn't find anyone that describes the exploitation of Sticky Bit set on a file. Can you?
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Incrementing Initialization vector by 1

Suppose that we do not generate initialization vectors randomly (using AES in CBC mode). Instead it is initially all zeroes and we increment it by 1 each time a message is encrypted. How can this ...
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Is the Kaminsky bug still a problem for sites without DNSSEC?

I have read about the Kaminsky bug, but I don't fully understand how easy it is to use this vulnerability for an attacker. Are DNS-software updated now so it's not that easy to use this vulnerability ...
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Best efficient windows hardening audit script [closed]

Do anyone know of a script that uses no third party executables (preferably a batch file) that can be used to audit windows machine state security wise? (including best practices features - gpo, ...
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how an iframe can cause xsrf?

I know how a form tag is prone to CSRF which does not use any token (or any other challenge-response mechanism) but I was wondering how an iFrame can be used to cause XSRF attack and what would be the ...
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Using DOM-based XSS to redirect to different domain or execute script?

I was trying my hands at DOM-based XSS. I came across a scenario where a user-controlled string from the URL is included in JavaScript as below. var userControlled=substring of URL; window.location="/...
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Securing iPads and laptops in an enterprise

We have users in our organization who own iPads and we'd like to connect them to the network; however, if the users download and store sensitive data on the devices, that can pose a security issue. Is ...
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Best practices for email security

I writing a security layer for my app and I would like your input on updating users' email addresses (also used for the login). I'm interested to hear from anyone who has written an application with ...
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How do shared hosts protect different sites?

I host all my websites from a single VPN, and am about to sell some limited space of my Linode to a friend to host their new blog. It'll simply be another entry in Apache, and then a dedicated folder ...
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Number of AES-256 operations per second on a maximized Cray XE6

How many FLOPs does one AES-256 operation take in ECB mode? How many AES-256 operations in ECB mode can a maximized Cray XE6 perform per second? Cray states that it can be scaled to over 1 million ...
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Can Solaris' shadow hashes be created by better algorithms than the default DES-based hash?

By default, Solaris uses Traditional DES to encrypt password hashes in the shadow file. Is there a way to harden the security by changing this default behaviour and make it to be hashed using a ...
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what is the use of stolen personal details?

What can hackers do with personal information that includes this: First name, last name, snail mail address, mobile phone number and email address?
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What algorithms are best be cracked by GPU?

What algorithms are best being attacked by a GPU powered password cracker? For example, I heard that md5crypt that is being used in unix shadow file, is not the best choice for GPU cracking because it ...
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Is it possible to infer that a hidden truecrypt partition is likely to be present

Truecrypt contains a feature that let's you create a hidden volume. It's said that it can't be proven if a hidden volume exists. However, is it possible to infer from the state of the data on the ...
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Two certificates on smart card

I have a question regarding Swedish gov eID (but I guess it is a pki/smart card general question); Why is there two certificates/keys on the card? Background: In Sweden you can have a "citizen ...
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Salting a public hash

Does it make any sense at all to salt a hash which might be available publicly? It doesn't really make sense to me, but does anyone actually do that? UPDATE - Some more info: An acquaintance of ...
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What is the use of stolen credit card details?

What can a person with stolen credit card details do? Buy porn? Buy tons of server resources to perform an attack? What else? I'm sure that if he buys books, shoes and bicycles or transfer funds to ...
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Detected Port Scanning Attack in ESET Smart Security

I receive a number of notifications from ESET Smart Security about Port Scanning attack. But I'm behind a router. But as far as I know, computers behind a router is not accessible from others (Please ...
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How to react on a message about a pending account ban on Facebook? [closed]

Are you getting this message on chat? LAST WARNING : Your account is reported to have violated the policies that are considered annoying or insulting Facebook users. Until we system will disable ...
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Is opening both TCP/UDP less secured than just TCP or UDP when needed and why?

If application needs opened port X UDP, or X TCP combination. Is there any potential risk by opening both UDP/TCP as I usually am not sure which one the application uses?
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Encouraging security researchers to disclose vulnerabilities

What are approaches to forming solid relationships with security researchers? For example, is publishing a public PGP key on the "contact us" page of a company's website for high levels of risk ...
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International pentester certification

I've looked at the questions regarding certifications on this site and they are essentially asking what to go for. I hope that my question is distinct enough that is is not considered a dupe. I ...
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Can web sites detect whether you are using private browsing mode?

Most modern browsers support "private browsing mode" (also known in Chrome as "Incognito mode"), where the browser does not save any information to disk about your browsing while in this mode. In ...
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How can you remove your presence from the Internet? [duplicate]

How can you remove your presence from the Internet? For example from social networks, from email servers, from forums etc. Problem is how records of you are identified on the internet? We have well ...
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Closing an HTML element without using literal slashes?

I'm investigating a vulnerability in an application that echoes a user-supplied filename without sanitizing the filename. E.g. a file named test-<script>alert("evil");.txt will result in that ...
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When using a recovery disk, like AVGs boot-able CD, to scan for viruses, malware etc… what are the limitations?

What I like about about the boot-able CD concept, is it can connect to the Internet and get updates, however I'm not clear how effective they are at really finding things that are heuristic? How do ...
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Does Hash/Salted password really help when DB is compromised?

I came across this article and got a basic understanding hash, salt and brute force attack. My question is in the article, the author emphasises how hard it is to reverse the hash/salted password to ...
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Does a Virtual Machine stop malware from doing harm?

I would like to know if it is safe for the host system of a virtual machine (VM - VirtualBox OSE in my case) to execute malware. Can a virus break out and read or write data from the host system? ...

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