Application security - Specific to securing an application rather than the connection, infrastructure, browser etc

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How to prevent CSRF if you want to include Flash plugins in your form like Uploadify in your form?

What is CSRF? I need a basic definition that is not just lifted from Wikipedia. I understand SQL injection, XSS, cookie poisoning, but I just cannot wrap my mind around this. I am using a ...
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FrameBusting script

It is commonly known that loading your site inside a frame on another site, can potentially expose your site to all kinds of ills, and in general is not a good idea if you have any sensitive data to ...
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AES for key encryption

Is AES a good choice for protecting a key stored on the computer of a user of my application? I have seen threads on hashing passwords that suggest using slow algorithms for defending against brute ...
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Is it okay to reveal database's table names?

I'm developing web application that uses database. I have to do some operations which needs database table names and db table schema. Will it be secure if I send this kind of information to client ...
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Sensitive information was placed in a publicly accessible folder. Who is responsible and how to proceed?

Background We have an IT staff who manages our server and a web developer who is not on the IT staff and has no root access to the server. All involved do very high quality work and I do not consider ...
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How to address XSS security issues in FCKeditor / CKeditor?

A security report we conducted through an outside company reported XSS vulnerabilities in FCKeditor which we're using in our PHP application. They pointed out that accessing URLs such as: ...
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Canonicalization & Output Encoding

I'm reading OWASP's Secure Coding Practices Checklist and under their "Input Validation" section they have an item that reads: If any potentially hazardous characters (<>"'%()&+\\'\") ...
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How safe are copies of Firefox that are on various Mozilla mirror sites?

If I end up downloading a .dmg or .exe (depending on OS) installer from some mirror site, how can I be sure that a virus or trojan or spyware has not been added? I don't see any mechanism for ...
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What is the solution to Schneier's Law?

Schneier's law (which should probably be called Babbage's Law). States that: Anyone, from the most clueless amateur to the best cryptographer, can create an algorithm that he himself can't ...
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What protects cookies?

What protects cookies from being stolen? After all, they are just text files. A misbehaving browser can give up a lot more information that web masters would like. How do I know that a browser won't ...
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OWASP Top 10? How about OWASP Top 1000?

Many people are aware of the "OWASP Top 10". I'm wondering if OWASP (or any similar authority) has gone above and beyond just the top 10 most commons attacks and made a larger list (e.g. the "OWASP ...
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Encrypting a fixed format message with commands and transmitting over the internet

Linked to: Encrypting a fixed format message? I need to communicate from Site A, a set of information that will be presented to users of Site A, which when they choose to submit, should travel to my ...
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Altering a $_SESSION variable in PHP via XSS?

Not sure if what I'm saying makes sense... but is it possible for me to alter a $_SESSION variable from outside the target PHP script? One of our scripts uses a $_SESSION variable and I'm not sure if ...
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Example of attack trees in the web application security analysis

Here I am again asking for some informations about attack trees usage in web application analysis. For my master thesis I decided to study the usage of this formalism in order to reppresent attacks ...
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Are there any web application security standards?

Are there any web application security standards that I can use as a baseline for the security related requirements for a web application, web service, and for applications supported/hosted by third ...
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Web application software architecture: basic security

I am a complete beginner in the security topic and I know that I should read this, but I have a small question to which I hope exists a short answer. Let's say I have three components of a ...
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Securing clients side scripts [duplicate]

Most browsers allow users to view the source of a web-page quite easily and modern even provided detailed analysis. Often this code includes critical client side scripts in the form of JS/jQuery, ...
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Should CSRF 'Double Submit Cookie' technique have a different seed value for the cookie versus the HTTP POST?

I'm reading about the OWASP double submit cookies method of protection and there it states that the cookie value between the header and form should match. That seems to be somewhat of a risk, as the ...
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Is it a vulnerability to display exception messages in an error page?

Our web application has an error page that displays the absolute URL path and query of the page on which the error occurred, the date/time of the error, and the exception message. (We do not display ...
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When using AES and CBC, can the IV be a hash of the plaintext?

[Originally on programmers.stackexchange.com with title: Can you encrypt with AES+CBC and search the encrypted data] Basically, I'm going to go with Advanced Encryption Standard with either ...
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How to use postMessage securely

postMessage is a primitive introduced in HTML5 that web pages can use for cross-origin communication. What do I need to do to use postMessage securely? What are the primary security pitfalls or ...
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How to rate Open Source Libraries?

Is there some kind of automated scanning tool which detects threats in Open Source Java Libraries? I think the OWASP Orizon project tried to build such a tool, but it seems to be inactive for years ...
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How does the “Service Identity” feature of Azure ACS compare (and contrast) to a real IDP?

It appears that the ACS has IDP-style features within the "Service Identities" section. How does the ACS treat these in comparison to a real IDP? What is missing? Some examples I'm thinking of ...
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Added security risks that come with 3-tier software architecture

Are there any added security risks that come with using a 3-tier architecture such as MVC in a software project? I got asked this today, and my gut reaction was "I don't see why there would be." ...
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Security while connecting to a mysql databse using pdo

I looked at this question: What is the right way of storing database connection strings from the security point of view? and I'm wondering specifically for connecting to a mysql databse with PDO, how ...
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Are there any tools for automated penetration testing of Silverlight applications? [closed]

I'd like to find a tool to assist with automated penetration testing of Silverlight applications, in a similar vein to AppScan for webapps. Specifically, I'm looking for a tool that can cope with ...
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How to hide victim pop-up in clickjacking?

I am testing a web application for click-jacking vulnerability. The attack works fine for single clicks, however i am trying to delete a file and the hidden frame (victim) throws a pop-up ...
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Is Drupal's filter_xss enough for filtering HTML?

Drupal has filter_xss function. Is it safe to use for filtering arbitrary user HTML input? If not, what should be used instead when using Drupal 7? This questuion is a duplicate of Drupal's built-in ...
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Is WCF or Java Metro security configuration in-scope for your security department; should it be?

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is a set of technologies that expose server-side executable code and data over the Internet. Given the port sharing abilities of IIS, or even that a web ...
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Breaking out of the virtualization layer

Problem So I set up a virtual backtrack machine using VMware Workstation - I'm trying to launch an attack against the host OS (Ubuntu Linux) from the virtualized host (backtrack), but I do not ...
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Exploiting CSRF PUT request

If the application uses RESTful communication, does it need to have CSRF protection for PUT and DELETE requests? As per my understanding its not possible to trigger a PUT request using JavaScript and ...
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What is a good way to authenticate a user to websites and applications with a smart phone?

What would be a good way to authenticate a user to authenticate to websites and applications over a smart phone? By good, I mean that it is both secure, and user-friendly. Passwords don't seem to be ...
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Shared Memory expolit in smartphone OS

Today there is news about smartphone OS (Android, Windows and iOS) security hole using which some researchers have found a way to literally read all user activity from mobile screen. This is one of ...
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Desktop API Security

I have a Desktop API written in C++. Within this API I call a REST API to register with my service (using typical email user validation). The REST API is protected with a ID and SECRET; the requests, ...
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What organisation(s) is able to recommend a baseline technology set for safe, secure, web browsing?

This is a high level question regarding some recent posts about enhancing web browser security from an end-user perspective. What business/organisation(s) would have: Sufficient technical skill ...