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Is it worth making a tag for [reproducible-builds]?

A search for "reproducible build" turns up 61 posts. Even if we discount some of the posts as questions and answers in the same thread, I think a reproducible-builds tag would be in the top ...
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US Government Security Compliance GSC Questions Answered Here?

Does this community answer questions about US Government Security Compliance (GSC)? More specifically questions about the NISPOM, DD254s, STIG, SCAP, etc. If not, can someone recommend an alternate ...
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A complaint of over-moderation

I'd like to complain about my question and its self answer. Another member has probably mistaken my answer as an expansion of the question, probably because it began with "a bit of context". ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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How can I get a post to be undeleted once I've fixed the issues?

My post on ABAC adoption was deleted with an hour of my posting it. The moderator claimed it missed the point of the question so I reworked it to be clearer. The post is factual and the area is one I'...
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Why my question was moved to another stackexchange site?

My question was about Bitlocker and therefore ultimately was about disk encryption. But my question was moved to superuser.com for reason of "Not suitable for this site". Isn't disk ...
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Can mods delete answers simply because they dislike the contents?

A mod recently deleted my answer with the following comment: This doesn't answer the question. It's an arbitrary list of what you do and an overly paranoid statement without definition While it’s ...
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Should we do "Is X secure for Y"-questions?

We from time to time get questions such as this, which essentially asks if some very specific action is secure for some very specific circumstance. It's not very likely to help future readers much; it'...
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My question was closed but I think it was on-topic (Perhaps because there is no IT asset being protected?)

This is my question: Can the IBAN of the initiator of a SEPA direct debit be faked?. I don't really mind it getting closed I just want to understand why it was closed. So I won't do the same mistake ...
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Clarify on why this wasn't a hardening question?

Could I get some clarification of scope for security.stackexchange. I'd though my question was on topic as a "hardening" question, as mentioned in the help. I don't quite understand what ...
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Is this a security question or a networking question?

Possible to determine who on the Internet is resetting (RST) my TCP connection? To me, this is a pure networking question. "How to find where in the traffic flow the RST is happening" is ...
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Can I ask for research experiment participants here?

I'm working on my masters thesis and will be looking for participants to attempt to hack a server and bypass a new protocol I've invented. Is it alright to advertise my research here?
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Why is the question about suddent large traffic on a GitHub repo off-topic?

Question on question: What would be the reasons for a GitHub repo suddenly get cloned by a huge amount of times in a short period of time? The question is closed as off-topic. From What topics can I ...
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Should I add a disclaimer to my answers?

On some questions related to hacking, I'm not 100% sure whether the person has permission to do it or not. In those cases, does it make sense to add a disclaimer to my answers?
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Tag for "group chat" encryption and group key exchange protocols

I'm proposing a new tag to cover the more specific key exchange and encryption amongst groups. I'm thinking along the lines of group-chat : an argument for this choice is that the concept would be ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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How to reword to make it on topic?

This question got closed for being "off topic". The Help Center specifically says "security tools" are in scope. I don't understand why asking about how to use a tool is out of ...
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OK to ask if a particuar app store's vetting is sufficient for a high risk app under non-targeted conditions?

I want to ask whether it is safe to install an app from a high-risk provider. Googling has shown that Apple's app store does vetting of code to prevent stealing of information from personal ...
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Would this be the right place to ask for hint/guidance regarding InfoSec ctfs/challenges?

I am starting out in bug bounty training and have some need for guidance and hints towards solving some challenges and ctfs, as well as explanations on what is actually happening both in challenges I'...
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What should one do when one finds an answer with an example that could create a security issue?

As I'm working on a tool to manage my firewalls, I stumbled on this answer: Block SYN,ACK response with iptables which include two lines of code like so: # iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -m state --state ...
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Can we make the 2fa tag a synonym of multi-factor?

I've been trying to kill the 2fa tag for a while, but it keeps comming back from the dead. We already have the tag multi-factor and I see no meaningful distinction that would be upheld by people ...
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Why was my answer to this question about Adobe Illustrator files deleted?

I'm extremely confused. I've provided an extensive explanation and answer to the question "Can .ai files (Adobe Illustrator) be malicious?", yet it was deleted on some unclear grounds. Why ...
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Someone is stealing my edits

When submitting an edit, a person is rejecting it in the review queue, but then submits their own edit where many things from my edit are copied.
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Is it possible for mods to 'force accept' answers on questions where the account of the (question-)author is dead

Is it possible for mods to 'force accept' answers on questions where the account of the (question-)author is dead/is offline for a long time? I'm asking that question because I'm seeing posts like ...
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Why are there so many already answered 3-10year old posts in the active feed?

Why are there so many 3-10year old posts that are already answered like some years ago in the active feed? For example I saw posts like this recently
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How is a question about Windows Defender not restoring a quarantined file off topic?

How is this off topic? Windows defender restore quarantined file not working. The closed reason links to "What topics can I ask about here" which doesn't clarify what is wrong at all so I ...
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Auth0 will soon be sponsoring InfoSec again

Auth0 had previously sponsored InfoSec from September 2021 to January 2022. We are excited to announce that they will be sponsoring InfoSec once again from April 21 to December 31, 2022. As some of ...
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Is Auth0 sponsoring us again?

Auth0 was supposed to be sponsoring us from September to January 31, 2022. The sponsorship had duly ended, but I've noticed that the Auth0 logo has appeared again. Is this a bug, or did Auth0 start ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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Question being marked as a duplicate of another with general troubleshooting steps

I posted this question here trying to get specific help on how to deploy a metasploit payload via a tunneling service called pagekite. My question was closed and marked as a duplicate of another ...
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What to do about the password tag mess?

Our tagging landscape for all things password-related is a bit of a mess. Right now, there are: passwords (3.8k): Specific to the security of passwords: hashing, entropy, cracking, resets, lockouts, ...
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Should I mask potentially harmful links?

I posted an answer to a question, where a potentially malicious link was part of the answer. I posted the link in code tags, so it would not be directly clickable, requiring user to actively copy it ...
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I want to appeal deletion of a specific question

I want to appeal the action taken by moderator. This question was deleted, but I think it was a legit & normal question, and doesn't deserve to be deleted. The moderator has also deleted the ...
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How should questions containing spammy and porny links be handled?

How should the below question be handle? Is it good to post it as is? Or should I only describe the links as spamy and pornny and cut them off? The advantage of the former is that people can have full ...
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Are topics touching both Signal Intelligence and Information Security / Extraction on topic?

I'm wondering –considering GRCon'21 has another Capture The Flag challenge– whether such signal-centric problems, which typically also involve a more "classical" infosec problems but do need ...
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Auth0 will soon be sponsoring InfoSec

We're excited to announce that Auth0 will be sponsoring InfoSec beginning September 14 through January 31, 2022. We wanted to give you a heads up and walk you through what it will look like. How and ...
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Mod deleted a valid answer for a false reason

In response to a recent question about getting people to trust untrustworthy software, I responded with a frame challenge explaining why this software should be considered malicious and abandoned by ...
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Should we deprecate [technology]?

I believe it's pretty self-evident that technology is rather generic at best. The tag currently has four questions, none of them pretty good. Let's have a look at the four burnination questions: 1. ...
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Should LibreSSL have a tag?

There is no tag for LibreSSL, and I've now encountered several Qs that are tagged openssl but are actually about Libre. Searching "libressl" finds 55 Qs while "libressl [openssl]" ...
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Guidelines for suggested edits being too minor

I had always thought that the community consensus on very minor suggested edits was that they should be rejected [1][2]. Personally, I agree with that (and I believe some reviews by schroeder support ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Are we allowed to post CVE numbers of reported issues?

A user posted a log entry: Concerning GET request in logs I found an associated CVE of the vulnerability trying to be exploited. Is it okay to post and/or link the CVE number for clarification?
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Should we be more strict about analysis of reports from vulnerability scanners?

The phenomenon We regularly get questions where OP has run a vulnerability scanner on an application and asks for help with interpretation of the results. Usually they quote part of the scanner's ...
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Why was this question about clients reading HTTPS parameters migrated to Super User?

The question "Can HTTPS prameters be seen by the PC client?" was migrated to Super User, and I struggle to see why. It seems like an obvious fit for this site, on the format "can ...
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What should we do about all the data destruction and recovery tags?

There are a lot of tags that seem fairly redundant. There are a number of posts (example) discussing data remanence and recovery which seem to be used more or less interchangeably: data-recovery data-...
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Is a question asking if old answers to same/similar question are still valid acceptable?

As technology evolves, answers to some questions might get outdated. Now, if I see a question which I know has outdated answers, I can either post a new answer, or ask a question which points out why ...
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Question closed for being off-topic

My question was closed for being off topic. The reason stated by the moderator was that "This is not a security issue. This is pure TCP/IP". I feel it is reasonable to consider my question ...
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Can we re-open this?

Can we act on this question? The question basically asks how to set up a firewall on Linux that blocks non VPN connections. Would a rewording of the question be useful in order to re-open it? Can we ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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