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You're making a difference!

Occasionally, we receive some e-mails that really make us proud of doing the job we do here, thanking us for the knowledge this site, along with a few others on the network, has made available. These ...
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Please do not dump Wikipedia into tag wikis

Please do not populate tag wikis by copying text from Wikipedia. Reviewers, please reject tag wiki suggestions that are copied from Wikipedia or other sources, or more generally that suggest content ...
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Congratulations to our third 100k member of Sec.SE (first human member...)

Congratulations to Steffen Ullrich who has just passed 100k! Like the Great and Little Bears before him, this is no small feat! With over 2000 answers, one with 431 upvotes, and four with over 100 ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Information Security's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for ...
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Praise the day! Our ursine overlord has brought more glory than ever!

Thomas Pornin, our ursine overlord has reached the milestone of 200,000 reputation on Sec.SE! Before we delve into the bear's amazing here are some facts about his account(s): The bears are the only ...
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Why is "citizenfour" a tag?

I understand that people might reference the movie in a question. But shouldn't the tags for that question be related to the security technology/technique they're asking about, and not which movie it ...
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Google CTF 2017, 17 June 2017 at 00:00 UTC, lasts 48 hours

Let's participate in Google CTF 2017. The CTF will begin on 17 June 2017 00:00:01 UTC and ends on 18 June 2017 23:59:59 UTC. As usual, we will play as team sec.se, but unlike previous CTFs, because ...
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Merging [burp] and [burpsuite]?

Aren't these two tags actually the same thing? burp, 57 questions, 9 followers: a popular platform for performing security testing of web applications. It can also be used by a malicious party to ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Questions relating to use of hacking tools described in a non-hacking scenario

So there's a couple of questions over on the main site that have either been closed or have multiple close votes that essentially (to me) talk about using "offensive" security techniques (as opposed ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election Results

IT Security's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for volunteering, and ...
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China tag has to go

china seems to be the only country tag. china-firewall would be more useful, but it seems that only one of the three question is referring to it. Such a categorization is just not useful. Can we ...
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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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Where do all the oracle 11g Qs come from?

It seems like in the last weeks, a lot of low quality questions regarding Oracle 11g are popping up where most users asking them show scriptkiddie understanding of the matter at most. Here are some ...
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HackIT CTF 2017 | Fri, 25 Aug, 14:00 – Sun, 27 Aug, 14:00 UTC

Let's participate in the HackIT CTF 2017! HackIT is a Jeopardy-style CTF and lasts 48 hours with 100+ participating teams announced. You can find additional details on the CTFtime event page and ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Ghost in the Shellcode CTF started Fri 17 Jan 20:30 UTC, lasts 46 hours

Ghost in the Shellcode 2014 will be running from Friday 17 January 2014 at 20:30 UTC to Sunday 19 January 2014 at 18:30 UTC. Let's participate as team Sec.SE. You can see archives of previous years. ...
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Stump the Chump with Auditd 02

As part of the continuing series of Linux system event auditing I need another spec to bang my head against. What I need is a brief spec indicating what you're trying to accomplish and anything you ...
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Tag for two-factor authentication

A tag for it was created today: https://security.stackexchange.com/posts/34355/revisions I find 2fa not very clear. It's that it was in the question's title or I wouldn't have understood at first. ...
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Security StackExchange CTF team update #1

I setup a ctf tag on meta. New posts should have that. We should all complete the challenges at http://smashthestack.org/. If you get stuck on a challenge, ask for help from other team members to ...
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New Design Launched

as you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you're still seeing the old favicons,...
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Request to rename [macosx] → [macos]

The current name of Apple's desktop operating system is macOS. On this site, the tag macosx is used to refer to that ("Mac OS X" was the original name of the operating system"). But other Stack ...
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HITCON CTF 2018 | Sat, 20 Oct 02:00 — Mon, 22 Oct 02:00 UTC (48h)

Let's participate in the HITCON CTF 2018! Format: Jeopardy Duration: 48h Start: Sat, 2018-10-20 02:00 UTC (Other timezone) Finish: Mon, 2018-10-22 02:00 UTC (Other timezone) Official URL: https://ctf....
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New tag suggestion - OSINT

I find it curious that there aren't any tags for open source intelligence (OSINT) or even threat intelligence (TI). There do seem to be multiple questions that could make use of an OSINT tag, ...
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A question I asked that was closed as speculative / "primarily opinion based" has since definitely become non-speculative. What should I do?

In March of this year, Canonical and Microsoft announced that the then-next update to Windows 10 (the one we now know as the "Anniversary Edition" that dropped in July) would contain Ubuntu on Windows,...
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How should the [penetration-test] tag be used?

I see a lot of questions tagged with penetration-test that in my opinion has nothing to do with pen testing other than that the OP came up with the quesiton while doing a pen test. Some random ...
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Not constructive flag on comments declined

Why were those 2 not constructive flags declined? First flag Interesting link, thanks Second flag +1 on FDE as practical advice Perhaps the second has some small value, though to me it still ...
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Synonym for backtrack

The live CD Backtrack was »renamed« to Kali Linux. There is a tag backtrack on the main site. I'd suggest to add a synonym kali for questions on Kali.
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WPICTF 2018, Fri 13 April 2018 at 19:00 UTC, lasts 48 hours

Let's participate in WPICTF 2018. WPICTF is a Jeopardy-style CTF and lasts 48 hours. According to their website: The CTF should be "beginner friendly". Most challenges were made by WPI students, so ...
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Pragyan CTF 2018, 2 March 2018 at 07:30 UTC, lasts 48 hours

Let's participate in Pragyan CTF 2018. Pragyan CTF is a Jeopardy-style CTF and lasts 48 hours. Challenges are from a range of categories like Cryptography, Web, Forensics, Steganography, Reverse ...
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Xiomara CTF 2018, 23 February 2018 at 17:00 UTC, lasts 24 hours

Let's participate in Xiomara CTF 2018. Xiomara is a Jeopardy-style CTF and lasts 24 hours. You can find additional details on the CTFtime event page and study the write-ups of the 2017 edition here. ...
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PoliCTF 2017 | Fri, 07 July, 09:00 – Sun, 09 July, 09:00 UTC

Let's participate in the PoliCTF 2017! PoliCTF a Jeopardy-style CTF running in its third edition and lasts 48h. There are currently 100+ participating teams announced on CTFtime. Basic info: We ...
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The bear facts!

As many of you may have noticed, our ursine overlord, Thomas Pornin, has bypassed 200k rep as the big bear and 100k rep as the little bear. To celebrate these glorious times where the bears rule Sec....
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Craft wording regarding what's on and off-topic for the tour page

The section regarding what kinds of questions are suitable or not on the site on our tour page (formerly known as /about) only contains generic wording derived from the site description: Ask about... ...
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LegitBS(DEFCON) 2014 CTF

LegitBS 2014 will begin on May 17th at 00:00 UTC. It seems like team Sec.SE has dissolved. I'm running my own team for me and my friends, but I'm willing to let anyone in. My team will be in #...
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat: Wednesday 9/21 8pm UTC / 4pm EDT

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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2021: 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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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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How could I post an answer to a on hold question?

I have found this question (How would even more internet regulation hinder terrorism?). I first wonder whether it was on topic here, saw that it has been migrated and decided to write an answer (if it ...
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The "history" tag needs a Wiki description and a possible cleaning

When reviewing an edit suggestion for the question Why do most browsers store browsing history by default? where someone wanted to remove the history tag from the question, I saw that there is ...
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ASIS-CTF: starts Thu 29 August 13:30 UTC, lasts 48 hours

Let's participate in the ASIS CTF as team Sec.SE. What is it all about? There are many contests around the world named CTF, Attack-Defence or Cyber Security; ASIS-CTF is one of them! ASIS-CTF is Task-...
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August 2012 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Educause Security Professionals 2012 Meetup

Much like what Jeff is doing for DEFCON, let us in the education realm get together for our event. I propose the evening of Wednesday May 16th. Depending on attendance, I may even buy a round. Who'...
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Promotion: Boston Security Meetup; BSides Delaware

A good crowd of folks were at the last one I attended. I'd like to promote at the October and November meetups and the Delaware BSides. Boston: October 20th Boston: November 10th (speaking) Delware ...
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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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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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Canonical answer for "Why not authenticate with the user sending an SMS?" should have its duplicate tags swapped

There are a number of questions on this site asking essentially the same question: Why do 2FA apps send an SMS to the user rather than have the user send an SMS to the server? here are some ...
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SECUINSIDE CTF 2017, 01 July 00:00 - 02 July 7:33 AM UTC

Are you ready for another crazy CTF with sec.se team? We will participate in the Secuinside CTF. There are no indications about the challenge categories. Howewer, according to last year write-ups, ...
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Ghost in the Shellcode CTF - starts 08 jan 2016 at 20:00 UTC and lasts ~33h

Ghost in the Shellcode will begin on 08 January 2016 20:00 UTC and ends on 10 January 2016 04:59 UTC. Let's play as team Sec.SE. As usual, the team communicates through the CTF team chatroom.
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response-splitting tag name is misspelt

As per https://security.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/66101 This tag appears to be misspelled. One would expect 'response-splitting' with a double 't'. If this could be corrected ...
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