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

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What are possible consequences for applications that depends on Safe Mode for security?

PHP finally removed safe_mode feature: Safe Mode Warning This feature has been DEPRECATED as of PHP 5.3.0 and REMOVED as of PHP 5.4.0. The PHP safe mode is an attempt to solve the ...
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iOS auth/auth with a REST Webservice

we're currently in the design phase of a new "Gateway-Server" which we want to develop. Our server has a REST-Service. My task is to find viable options to protect the access to the aforementionend ...
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Testing for HTTP TRACE method

How can I test for HTTP TRACE on my web-server? I need to train a Tester how to verify that the HTTP TRACE method is disabled. Ideally I need a script to paste into Firebug to initiate a https ...
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All I see is RPC, how do I proceed?

I finished a tiered hacking exercise, and after submitting it was told that the last tier (a machine on the network) was not possible to attack in the given exercise. The machine was only running ...
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Should Framebusting be used (not used) on an IdP login page?

I'm trying to understand when Framebusting should and shouldn't be used. At first brush I'd want to apply that to all pages in my site and generating exceptions as necessary. On the other hand, if I ...
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Does disabling right click have any impact on security?

On a banking website I see that they have disabled right-click. Does that make the site any more secure? Is it a good general practice?
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Does using GUIDs for IDs make IDs unpredictable?

Say I have a website that stores credit card information and on that site I have a page where users can edit/delete their credit card information. For the sake of the example lets say the HTML looks ...
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Exporting data beyond a cryptographic boundary

Scenario We're working on putting a FIPS 140-2 compliant SQL database on a dedicated machine behind the internal firewall of an organization, and need the capacity to push a specific document or ...
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Android Runtime Code Injection

I'm doing research for a static analysis tool to help detect malware in Android applications. I'm wondering if it is possible to perform code injection on Android without using a class loader. I ...
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What unique risks does MVC model binding bring to a website? What additional vigilance is needed?

From what I understand, "model binding" is where a website based on ASP.NET MVC or Ruby on Rails (there are others...) takes parameters in HTTP's GET statement and passes them as variables to code ...
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How does a PCI QSA audit a company?

Corporate setups are often complex with data centers in multiple locations, complex ACL's and networks setup between them. How does a PCI auditor actually audit the systems ? How does he get to know ...
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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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How to secure or (Ensuring Integrity) of Web Data in transit and in store?

Consider (usual scenario) You own a Shopping Cart Website and hosted on Internet, now, your hosting company provides you database to store your data. If talking about security, we need it for: ...
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DPAPI and malware

I'm considering using the Windows DPAPI to protect an ECDH key I use to encrypt some data in a local database in a Windows desktop application. I'm new to DPAPI, but its my understanding that DPAPI ...
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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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How Involved Should a Developer Be in Designing a Security Policy?

I've been developing software for well over 20 years. During that time I've worked in Fortune 100 companies that had very specific security requirements developed by dedicated security professionals ...
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Do XBAP applications have the same vulnerabilities as Java Web Apps?

In response to the popular decision in disabling Java Web Apps, there has been very little mention of XBAP applications. XBAP applications are similar to Silverlight but it offers more options to ...
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Generating Web Application Security Profile

Currently i have deployed ModSecurity as a reverse proxy for providing application layer security. Now i want to write application specific rules for all the web application i am protecting i.e. ...
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Safe YAML parser?

I've recently read that YAML was not "designed to handle malicious user input", because a malicious YAML input "can create instances of all classes defined in the targeted Rails application". ...
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What are the main reasons to leave an IT Security position? [closed]

There are many questions here on how to enter the field of IT Security. What are some reasons why people have left or are trying to get out of an IT Security position? This may be useful to know in ...
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What does it actually mean when someone says their website is hacked?

I have seen many people say that their website has been hacked using some vulnerability. I never fully understood what this means. To me the only way to get control of website is get the FTP ...
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Changing user account passwords from PHP script - vulnerabilities? [closed]

I started a thread a while back asking for suggestions on a good (good=fairly secure) way to allow users to change their account passwords via a PHP script. (WHY? because on this particular server, I ...
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What responsibility do I have in continuing another developer's work?

My question is related to this one. I did not found anything googling around and that is why I am asking. This question I am the sole web developer for a firm, and I manage everything, from ...
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Does including decorative HTTP headers into server reply pose extra security risk?

Suppose I reconfigure my HTTP server to add the following HTTP header into every reply: X-Hello: Hello! or some other presumably funny text. Can this have any negative effect on the server ...
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Is it preferable to perform encryption using database functions or code?

Several databases I am familiar with provide functions or modules for encryption. Examples include dbms_crypto for oracle databases and built-in functions for MySQL. Most of the commonly used ...
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Checklist for securing MacOSX

Is there a checklist for securing MacOSX machines?
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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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sigsegv in php5.3.10

I found an overflow situation in php5.3.10. Probably it's not 'something new', but if I can understand this, it will help me to find this kind of bug faster in the future. What can I do to check ...
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Is it necessary to scan users' file uploads by antivirus?

Web application allows users to upload files. Is it necessary to scan those files by antivirus? I'd want to hear answer in two scenarios: Type of file isn't checked when uploading. They are stored ...
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Limited JavaScript app scenario: Attack vectors and mitigation

I'm going to be developing a single page JavaScript app which allows input via a textarea. This input is never sent to the server, never shown to another user, and will only be persisted in browser ...
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IS Maltego is the best forensic/intelligence solution out there? [closed]

i am looking for the best intelligence forensic software that will give me the best solution for gathering information around the web . please recommend me the best software out there ... and if you ...
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Application security training for developers [closed]

I am trying to establish an application security group within an organization and although there is a plethora of courses for penetration testers, i fail to find an equal amount of training courses ...
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Best way to securely set a session cookie on another domain

We currently have 2 sites http://www.foo.co.uk and https://secure.foo.com. The www site does not have an SSL certificate and is on a different domain. We have a login button on http://www.foo.co.uk ...
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How to exploit HTTP Methods

Many security scanners like nikto, nessus, nmap, and w3af sometimes show that certain HTTP Methods like HEAD, GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, TRACE, OPTIONS, CONNECT, etc are vulnerable to attack. What do ...
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Mac app purchase validation

How do I sell a mac app off of my website without somebody being able to copy-and-paste the app to some friends after he buys it, etc.. I understand that you can use receipt validation when selling ...
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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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Is it possible to verify identity of site that sent request to you?

I'm developing a JS widget that can be embedded by 3rd party websites. When widget is shown, it sends request to my site. When this request is received, I know that it was shown to the user and pay ...
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How do small businesses handle web app security?

Everything on Owasp's top 10 list, how do current small businesses (< 1000 employees) handle web application security, along with mobile security of their applications? Do they care about info/app ...
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Secure Spring FrameworkUser Management

I got asked this question: "Any decent reusable / plug-able Spring user management systems (registration, change pwd, reset etc)? How do you guys do authz in Spring, including managing those roles ...
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Development-led security vs administration-led security in a software product?

There are cases where you have the opportunity, as a developer, to enforce stricter security features and protections on a software, though they could very well be managed at an environmental level ...
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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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Protecting against CSRF when a form is being submitted via an AJAX call

I'm using anti-CSRF tokens on all my forms to prevent CSRF attacks. Also, the tokens are being saved in the $_COOKIE variable to validate against the value I get from the form. I'm resetting the token ...
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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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How does KeePass master key derivation increase security?

I don't understand how KeePass key derivation increases the security of the password db at all. First I'll try to explain what I understood from the key derivation described here. I'll use some pseudo ...
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Tools to help test the security of Android applications

What are some decent frameworks to test the security of Android applications? With frameworks I mean either software based to automatically scan these applications or a guide (like OWASP has for ...
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Why do some Java APIs bypass standard SecurityManager checks?

In Java, normally permission checks are handled by the SecurityManager. To prevent untrusted code from invoking privileged code and exploiting some bug in the privileged code, SecurityManager checks ...
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Documentation Platforms for Information Security Team

I am looking for ideas on documentation platforms focused specifically for information security and response teams. Is there anything that has worked well? What are some of the unique advantages of ...
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Automating Social Engineering Prevention

Being an advocate for DIO (defensive information operations), I have always been concerned about social engineering and its relation to server security. Giving administrative access to staff members ...
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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 to properly validate HTTP redirects?

I'm reading OWASP's Secure Coding Practices Checklist and under their "Input Validation" section they have an item that reads: Validate data from redirects (An attacker may submit malicious ...