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Would this question be accepted here?

I am writing a brief paper at university about "state malware". I write that I think there are certain different types (1. Against enemy states e.g. Stuxnet. 2. Against the citizens e.g. surveillance ...
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Are questions about lock security on-topic?

Back in 2011, there was a question on meta, asking if physical security questions are on-topic. The general tone of the answers seem to indicate that these questions are welcome. My question now is, ...
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Are news article identification questions on-topic?

I have a news article I am really trying to recall. The story being a disgruntled employee modifies all email accounts to pass authentication regardless of the given password. While this relates to ...
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Which question guidelines exist on security stackexchange?

It seems that one should avoid question about cyber security tools (Since it is very opinion based. But is it allowed to ask about how specific popular tools work?), no code reviews, obviously no ...
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Are questions that might only be answerable by the respective companies or their customers off-topic?

Could any of these be asked on-topic & answerable? I would really like to know more about yet another vulnerability management challenge currently getting buried in the ever growing pile of issues ...
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Can I ask for a Solution Manual of an Information Security Textbook?

I am an M.Sc. student in Information Security/ CyberSecurity/ Cryptography. I want to ask for a very famous textbook's solution manual, is it okay? Also, I want to ask for recommendations for exam/...
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Are questions on law enforcement surveillance techniques on-topic?

I have a “I would like others to explain ______ to me” type question which means I am 'probably OK' but wanted to check. A recent article mentioned suspects performing an action (leaving a phone on ...
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Is “Which tool can do X?” off-topic?

A general rule of thumb on many StackExchange sites is that "Product recommendations are off-topic". I agree with this stance, as there are so many ways a question like "What is the best ..." can go ...
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Are questions about interacting with users on-topic

I was going to ask a question about how to get user buy-in to some security changes I'm making at work. I know what changes I want to make, how, and why, but I am looking for advice on how to show ...
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Would the IS site be an appropriate place to ask for help in deciding between a Masters in Cyber Security vs a CISSP certification?

Before I posted, I wanted to make sure it would be acceptable? If not, is there a better site I could look for advice from the community?
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Moderator believes hardening Chrome ciphers is not about “security”, not relevant here [post on hold]

Source post on hold: for reference The entire post was about hardening Chrome, referencing vulnerabilities, and offering solutions. He does not believe hardening chrome against the latest TLS_RSA, ...
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How should questions be handled that are part on-topic and part off-topic?

If I encounter a question in the Review Queue for Close Votes that is partly off-topic and partly on-topic, how should I proceed? Vote to close? Leave Open? Suggest edits to the author to make it on-...
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Would questions about fictional encyption processes be on-topic here?

I was considering asking a question about designing an encryption process for a science fiction/alternative history piece that I'm working on, but I'm not too sure if it would belong here or on ...
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Why is this question a bad one?

How difficult is it to determine whether an account got hacked or why do games allow account recovery while refusing to lift bans for hackers' deeds? Ppl want to close this question as off-topic. ...
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Where do we want to stand on GDPR questions?

I know that GDPR does not technically introduce any new controls that do not already exist in other existing regulations, but where do we want to draw the boundaries, if any, on GDPR questions? We ...
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Can I create a new question about recommended password length?

I was looking for a question on recommended password length for a typical usage case for users. Say, a good password length that would guard against realistic threats, like a password cracker with an ...
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What makes a good [career] question?

We currently have 82 career questions, over 60% of them got closed. As career and professional-education are the tags with the highest ratio of closed questions, it seems to be unclear to askers what ...
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Asking for help with a security challenge

This is a variant of the solve-my-homework issue: I noticed a few times that users ask questions without disclosing that their problem is taken from a running security challenge. Well-phrased ...
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Can I ask for help with identifying malware?

One of my servers was recently infected with malware (due to the datacentre's service account being compromised, but it's also my fault for not securing the server properly). It has been eradicated ...
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Can I ask a high-level / overview question?

I'm wondering whether it would be OK to ask the following question on this site; whether I should modify it some way to make it better, before I ask it; and/or whether it would be better to ask this ...
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What are product recommendations and should they sometimes be allowed?

One close reason is: Questions seeking product recommendations are off-topic as they become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. It ...
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Is it ok to ask questions here which can be found easily by searching on Google?

I am just curious how the community feels about the questions on Security StackExchange that can be answered by searching on Google?
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Relevant category for questions about the hardware

I'm newbie and I have a question regarding the hardware. The question is indirectly linked to security, but most of it relates hardware: about routers, wi-fi, wi-fi boosters, etc. Can you please tell ...
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Is there any way to refocus a question in the question list?

I have a two related questions: If a question goes for a long time unanswered, what can we do to get more attention brought to it? If it goes on for too long unanswered, can we republish the question ...
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Is asking for leaked data on topic here?

https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/119606/where-can-i-find-a-copy-of-the-panama-papers-leak/119608#119608 . I haven't seen this question asked on any of the stack exchanges. What is the ...
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Too aggressive with “off-topic” comments?

The question: Authenticating a user via SMS elicited a very interesting comment from the OP after a very new user (<20 days) suggested the question was off-topic. I don't mean to kick a hornet's ...
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Question about privacy advice on different online service providers - is it too opinion based?

I have been trying not to upload photos to cloud service providers such as Amazon, Google or Apple in the past - primarily due to privacy concerns. However, keeping them accessible to the family is ...
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If a user (me) has a fundamental misunderstanding, shouldn't it be corrected?

I had a fundamental misunderstanding of what an IP was. Instead of putting it on hold, shouldn't an answer be posted describing my misunderstanding, correcting it, and then answer the question? Or are ...
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What is wrong with my question?

Sometimes I don't understand how voting works. I asked this question and got downvoted. I don't mind being downvoted, on the contrary, if my question does not meet the SE standards I think it deserves ...
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Can I ask this question about Cyber Weapons?

I was going through this recent Washington Post article on Cyber Weapons. Can anyone please explain: (1) What are the various Types of Cyber Weapons that are currently available? (2) How are these ...
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Would (parts of) this question be on-topic at security.se?

Over on Computer Science SE, we have a question about implementing an electronic signature system (signature in the sense of the scribble you put at the end of the letter): How can I implement a ...
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Is this question about allowing SSLv3 on topic?

I was looking at Need to access old forgotten router that only supports SSLv3 and while I am fine with having it on the site, I am wondering if it fits on this site. On the Topic help page it ...
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Should we be more strict about legal questions

Questions like "Is it legal to do X?" or "how to do Y legally ?" are quite frequent on the site and they benefit no one - most of them get closed pretty quickly but still waste everyone's time, ...
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Should my “improved” question remain closed and deleted?

I'll admit that the original version of this question was confusing. It "conflated" two issues, watermarking and beaconing. There's no question about why the original was closed. I removed one of the ...
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Should we have “what's wrong with my computer” questions?

First off, sorry if this question has already been asked, but my searches didn't turn anything up. I see a lot of questions on security.SE that equate to "something is wrong with my computer, did the ...
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Are questions “How do I manually get rid of the malware _____?” on topic?

If you have ever tried to search for "How do I get rid of ________?", any results that appear in Google always give the answer "Just download and install the shady anti-virus software ________!" ...
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Are technical questions about programs on-topic?

I would like to understand how Aescrypt works. Since I only know little about cryptography and programming, I wanted to ask a question about how the files are created by Aescrypt? For example, I ...
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Theoretical security implications

Say that I have a theoretical computer security question - such as 'what if a 2046 bit processor exists. what would the impact on modern cryptography with 2046 bit keys be?' or 'if we decreased the ...
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Downvoting anything that looks like “how do I write malware”

I recently posted a question about methods for preventing alterations to a file or program. A short while after posting, it occurred to me that malware often tries to do that. Sure enough, when I came ...
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Why not Answering Questions from Homeworks?

I am really not trying to be funny or polemic, but I don't seem to understand why people are bothered with questions that are from users' homework. Fair enough that we would like to encourage people ...
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How do I break X vs. How do I defend X? [duplicate]

Do we care to have questions similar to Exploiting PHP via GET params? Why or why not?
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Asking for a solution that fits a list of specs

This is indeed triggered by a question about a user friend PGP email handler. This is not the first time I see an OP giving specs for their specific needs and asking the community for help finding a ...
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What kind of Bitcoin questions are on topic?

Given that a question was recently tagged with the Bitcoin tag, what kind of Bitcoin questions should we accept or encourage? There is already another site called "bitcoin.stackexchange.com", but as ...
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Sometimes question is asked which was already questioned previously

So, What are the possible ways to stop questioning the same question one has asked?
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If exploit code is conditionally permitted on SE, what is the policy about linking hacked sites?

I asked this question and was quickly down-voted and redacted. In that question I included the DNS domain names, javascript files and the link to the malicious payload. Question Since this previous ...
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Advice on asking a question − How to setup a Honeypot?

I want to post the follow question, but because there are several questions that are similar. This is different because i'm asking for the details of a walk through procedure of setting it up. I'm ...
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Potential Vulnerability Disclosure **of other websites** in SE

Consider this situation: Suppose I find a potential vulnerability in a famous web application, and also report it to the web application's bug bounty program, but do not hear from them in a long while,...
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How far should we go to demonstrate a topic that could be used for harm?

Whilst writing an answer recently, I had to ponder how much of the subject I should demonstrate, in terms of a real exploit scenario. In the case of the answer I wrote, I think that we're relatively ...
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Clarify our stance on black hat questions

In the site FAQ, it is written: Black Hat vs White Hat - This site is not intended to be a resource for Black Hats, or malicious hackers. While we understand discussion of exploits may require ...
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Has the IT Security S.E. evolved into a S.E. for information security?

I'm supporting the privacy SE proposal in Area 51, and have read a lot of responses in which people argue that a separate privacy SE site isn't necessary. The reason being that all privacy questions ...