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How do I prevent my Rails application from attack? [closed]

My website is being nuked by new signups and new posts some of which don't even have user.id associated with. How do I solve this? What code should I add to the user#new page and/or post#new page. ...
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Configure SSL to prefer RC4 ciphers over block-based ciphers - BEAST

Our PCI scanners just informed us that we have BEAST (Browser Exploit Against SSL/TLS) Vulnerability Apparently, the remediation is as follows: Affected users should disable all block-based cipher ...
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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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Malware via power outlet [duplicate]

This is perhaps a very dumb question, but as I have no knowledge nor experience of IT security I have no option but to ask here. Is it possible to get malware onto your computer or smartphone by ...
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Code, Data and Passwd encrypted? sqlplus $USER/$PASSWORD@$ORACLE_REMOTE_SID

Lots of our *NIX scripts use "sqlplus $USER/$PASSWORD@$ORACLE_REMOTE_SID" I know that not good to have clear text password in scripts (there is no alternative at the moment). But question is the ...
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Impact of Mathew Garrett's Secure GRUB Bootloader on UEFI Secure Boot

My eyebrows rose with Matthew Garrett announcing his Secure GRUB Bootloader less than three hours after no longer being a Red Hat employee. This work and its impact on the trust chain design of the ...
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Security of email [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How commonly are SSL/TLS or S/MIME used by e-mail providers? Say, Alice uses gmail and Bob uses hotmail. Alice wants to send an email to Bob. Alice goes to gmail website with ...
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How to detect/list rogue computers connected to a WIFI network without access to the Wifi Router interface?

This is what I believe to be an interesting challenge :) A relative (that lives a bit too far to go there in person) is complaining that their WIFI/Internet network performance has gone down ...
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signatureAlgorithm vs. tbsCertificate -> signature

From the X.509 RFC: Certificate ::= SEQUENCE { tbsCertificate TBSCertificate, signatureAlgorithm AlgorithmIdentifier, signature BIT STRING } TBSCertificate ::= ...
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Does a TMSI change often enough to prevent tracking?

A company called Path Intelligence has a product called Footpath which uses the TMSI, WiFi MAC address, and bluetooth MAC address to track phones as they move through stores. However, I don't see ...
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Where is the PE loader in Windows?

I have read that the PE loader is responsible for loading executable images from disk. When and where is the control flow exactly transferred to the loader? The PE format is well documented but there ...
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How effectively can ISPs detect illegal file sharing?

Recently the USA passed a law requiring ISPs to spy on their customers' internet connections to check for illegal file sharing. I assume that they would do this by sniffing packets, but doesn't this ...
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SSH Log: “Accepted password for user…”

I have only port 29999 open for SSH connections. But in the log file I see entries like this: Accepted password for user1 from 190.101.200.100 port 55805 ssh2 saying that a connection was accepted ...
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Design of Initialisation Vector

I understand that an IV (initialisation vector) should be both unique and unpredictable, but I have found little guidance as to which is most important. For an AES cipher I have a block size of 128 ...
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Using format string to control the flow of a process?

I was cleaning up some code today on the advice of someone I know, and was made aware of the potential for a hacker to gain control over the flow of the process using format strings, particularly the "...
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Are there any functional differences in the implementations of OpenSSL, GnuTLS, Java's TLS, and .NET's TLS?

Question Are there any functional (or detectable) differences between the various implementations of SSL/TLS? What are the differences between them? (e.g. which ones implement "False Start") Would ...
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Seeing outboud connections to random domains, how do I isolate the app responsible?

Last night I loaded up Fiddler2 to do a little debugging and I saw three connections to domains like hghefhhig How can I go about isolating the application responsible? I was thinking possibly ...
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Best practice to manage user's java/browsers/flash player/adobe reader auto-update

We are specially concerned about if our users keep updating their browsers, flash player, adobe reader, java( feel free to let me know some others that are also important). These applications usually ...
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Why is change cipher spec an independent protocol content type and not part of Handshake Messages?

RFC 2246 says: To help avoid pipeline stalls, ChangeCipherSpec is an independent TLS Protocol content type, and is not actually a TLS handshake message. What pipeline stalss is being spoken ...
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Reg HTTPS man in the middle [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is it possible that people observing an HTTPS connection being established wouldn’t know how to decrypt it? A browser sends a request to gmail.com, gmail sends the cert ...
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As a beginner in IT Security, should I learn TCP/IP?

I'm a university lecturer and a web and desktop software developer. For many reasons I want to learn software security to change my field in the long run. It's been a few days that I've started ...
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Can 2FA help handle mixed personal and business accounts after leaving a company?

I do not want a super administrator in Google Apps to log to my account after leaving company, so I enabled 2-step verification. He could login to many sites as me with just a link in "forget password"...
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Forefront Identity Management Server Hardening

Is there a good document for hardening FIM? I've tried CIS and NIST, but I couldn't find anything. If there is no such document, what would I have to look out for in the configuration?
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How does virtualisation (IaaS) protect from CPU microcode updates and firmware changes?

Is it safe to assume that it's impossible for CPU Microcode updates and firmware updates to be initiated from a guest VM? What software or hardware technologies protect my guest OS from altering or ...
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Is my session-less authentication system secure?

So, I've created an authentication system. Poured over it for any kind of security flaws and tested the crap out of it. I think it's fairly secure, but there is one "different" by-design aspect of it ...
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RADIUS proxy chains

RADIUS is a widely deployed remote authentication protocol. I'm looking here at its use in wireless roaming. The RADIUS protocol allows for proxies and chains of proxies: |CLIENT|<->|Access ...
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How to safely “remember” login information in a program [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Securely Implement a “Remember Me” Feature? I have a program that communicates with a server. The user must log in with the application which runs on their computer, ...
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If most companies do not enable TLS for SMTP and IMAP, should we consider email not secure at all?

Many of our partner companies's email service do not enable encryption. Does that mean our email is not protected at all?
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How can one decrypt a SSL/TLS session? Besides the private key what else is needed?

Suppose I have a non-DHE-based TLS session stored in a Wireshark or Netmon trace. What is required to decrypt this data? Is the private key of the certificate all that would be needed? What ...
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Best practice to block Dropbox usage

We have users sync their data at company with their home computer. What's the best way to block it? Block *.dropbox.com Find out all dropbox IPs and block IPs. For windows users, deploy GPO to ...
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How can I limit the consequences of a possible future identity theft?

I am curious about how I can limit the consequences of an identity theft. I see a lot of discussion and advice about managing passwords securely or blocking malware. But what if it happens? What if ...
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System time and certificates

Recently I accidentally changed the system time to a different month, and then I surfed to a secure site. I got a warning from Google Chrome that mentioned my system time and said the certificate isn'...
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Is hacking back a valid security technique for companies?

Recently it has come to light through the reverse engineering of hacking tools that there are vulnerabilities in them that could be exploited to take over an attackers computer during a remote hacking ...
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What approaches are to detect DoS attack in IDS/Firewall?

First approach to DoS attack detection: There are techniques for intrusion detection, and of course DoS attack, in which for each packet (or flow) some features are calculated, then based on some ...
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why Windows Firewall in XP cannot block outbound connections [closed]

wikipedia say: XP's Windows Firewall cannot block outbound connections; it is only capable of blocking inbound ones. another article says: XP defends you with your traffic coming from the web but ...
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Does shuffling a hashed password increase its security?

I am making a web app and I'm now stuck on making the login secure. I'm thinking of adding a salt to a user-inputted password and then hash it. (md5 or sha for example) and then I will reshuffle the ...
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How safe is WSIT username authentication with symmetric key?

I have an ajax-ws web service (exposed via glassfish) that uses username authentication with a symmetric key to encrypt and authenticate clients(link). How secure is this mechanism? Is this enough to ...
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I need explanation on how serious these vulnerabilities are?

I have found two vulnerabilities on my college site and I want to report them but don't know if these are "really" vulnerabilities : RFI inside SWF file. Example: https://www.site.com/opis.swf?...
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Does AV software protect web applications (Twitter, Facebook, etc) from attacks? (CSRF, etc)

Is it correct to say that AV software focuses on downloaded executables and locally malicious activity, and it doesn't actively scan HTTP/S content for web based attacks such as CSRF, XSS, phishing ...
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Is there guidance that says all sessions to be logged off when a user changes their password?

Often when an account is hacked, security guidance is to change your password. However I've noticed that changing a password sometimes isn't enough to log out of other sessions that are active. Is ...
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Two-Factor Authentication: When is it worth it?

I was reading this article, and it triggered the question: Why not use two factor authentication? In his case, it both possibilities were enabled anyway, so this looks to me like it's two attack ...
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How to tell what viruses are covered by your anti-virus software

One of our corporate twitter accounts recently started sending out DMs to its followers. Looking at the content of these it seems we'd become infected with Troj/Mdrop-EML. All computers on our ...
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Improve SSH logs

I want to improve my SSH log. I would like to basically be able to see failed attempts with ip address and the password used. is that possible? Right now I see something like this: Failed password ...
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VP of IT claims he unhashed 100% of all 16k employees' PWs. Is he lying to us?

I work for a company which has ~16,000 employees. Periodically, our VP of IT sends out a newsletter with "tech-tips" and misc IT stuff. The topic of this week's newsletter was "password security". ...
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Does GOOD Dynamics Proxy comply with EU data legislation?

My client is excited about GOOD technology; it allows them to have controlled access to business applications & email from BYOD (bring your own devices) and will enable a more mobile workforce. ...
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PGP: How is it possible for me to read a sent mail, encrypted by me with the recipient's public key?

I'm quite new to OpenPGP and am just starting to use it with Thunderbird. When I encrypt a mail with a recipient's public key, using Thunderbird + Enigmail + OpenPGP, and send it, I can find the ...
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Any good products that could crypt the files stored in laptops? [closed]

Thefts of laptops have become very common at my place, and losses of sensitive information is a a major concern for my businesses. So I wonder if there is any good products out there that could crypt ...
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what is the role of RADiUS server and Active Directory to increase the security in wireless networks?

In the CBT Nuggets Video Training, one slide about Wireless networks : i want to know about the role of Radius to increase the security and how? in this project: Deploy Active Directory and IAS/...
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Fake email sent through newsletter service: how to know who sent them?

Suppose a guy sends emails through a service that sends newsletters, but he copies an invitation sent to him, and uses this service to send more invitations to uninvited people, and puts the email of ...
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Another method to erase hard drives securely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use truecrypt to make data unrecoverable The other day I was thinking, and I looked up this question because I was pretty sure a question similar to this had been asked. (I ...

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