Application security - Specific to security concerns for an application that are independent from the underlying operating system, or surrounding infrastructure. Pertains to the design / architecture, source code, patching and maintenance cycle, or deployment and configuration of this software.

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How many iterations of fuzzing is enough?

Fuzzing is a convenient, relatively low-cost way to detect some kinds of vulnerabilities, particularly in C/C++ code. My question: How much fuzzing is enough? Are there are any standards or best ...
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PHP mail() Header Injection Prevention

This site nicely explains the problem. Essentially, nearly all php mail() examples that are given are vulnerable to header injection attacks. The referenced site gives a regex sanitation solution ...
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How should I protect in-app Android payments when using a separate server?

I am currently implementing Android in-app payments, and am wondering what attack vectors I should look out for. I have a simple application to view server-generated content. I want to allow the user ...
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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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Benefits to Arch Linux over Kali Linux

What are the relative benefits of BlackArch or other Arch-based distro over Kali? Are the tools broadly the same, or does one have better functionality in a particular area? Are there any other ...
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Are browser still vulnerable to Cross-Site Cooking?

The latest article that I have been able to find about Cross-Site cooking was stating that it was possible to set cookie on 2 dots top level domain such as .co.uk. The mechanism for preventing ...
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What practical uses are there for the AD feature of “Confidential Attributes”

Are any applications (off the shelf, or internal) leveraging Active Directory's Confidential Attributes? Would you store sensitive information here such as a private key, or a salt here? I'm ...
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How secure are the default ASP.NET membership and role providers for Sql Server?

I have a very basic idea of how these work. I've used them many times when I needed a user management system rather then writing my own. But should I use these for a production system? Would ...
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Topics for SecureCoding course in C

So I was asked to put together a syllabus for a series of courses on the basics of secure coding, for a programming team. Though the time constraints are a bit... constraining, I'm working around ...
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Is the following authentication scheme secure?

I was trying to design an authentication system that would make it much harder to guess a password via brute force, and reduce the risk to a user if the hashed password was stolen through a snooping ...
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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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What is the vulnerability in my PHP code?

A website of mine was recently hacked. Although the actual website remain unchanged, they were somehow able to use the domain to create a link that re-directed to an ebay phishing scam. I've taken ...
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Escaping JavaScript constants

how can untrusted values be included in a html-page as javascript string constants? Although the case i am asking uses JSF and Rails, I think this is a general problem independent of the server side ...
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Security attacks on PHP web applications

I know about following security attacks on php applications (html,php,js). XSS SQL Injection CSFR Session Hijacking /Fixation Code Injection Remote file injection Should i know about any other or ...
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How does external authentication work?

For example, I can log in to stackexchange websites by logging in to external websites such as OpenID, Yahoo, etc. How does this work? How do the websites (SE and Yahoo!, for example) communicate? How ...
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How to implement a “Remember me” on a mobile app?

I would like to implement a "Remember Me" time-limited auto-login type feature on a mobile application (on Android). To start the app, the user must type in a username and password. For convenience, ...
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Testing SQL injection using sqlmap

I'm just started using sqlmap to test for possible SQL injection attacks. I have got a website which is vulnerable: C:\Python27>python xxx\sqlmap\sqlmap.py -u http://www.example.com/page.php?id=1 ...
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Does default ModSecurity protect enough against XSS?

It's been a few years since I mucked around with modsecurity... Will simply installing the package with the default rules provide enough validation to prevent any (okay, let's be honest - best we ...
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Should I store my intellectual property / code online?

As a hosting company we have gathered a busload of information over the years that are pretty much confidential. This information includes code, graphics, ERD diagrams, SEO strategies and so much ...
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How to protect contact forms against being misused for mass-mailing?

A common function of contact forms is to send the contact message not only to the site owner but also to the person who sent the contact request. What are good measurements to protect against the form ...
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Access to other local files from a local HTML file

I tried this question on programmers site with no luck Do you see any reason to block a local html file from accessing another local files located in the same folder? I mean, if a user downloaded an ...
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Benefits of secure code review in-IDE vs. fatapp vs. webapp

For those of you who have worked with commercial secure code review tools such as: Klocwork Coverity Armorize Fortify Checkmarx Appscan Source Edition (formerly Ounce) Or perhaps a free or ...
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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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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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Where can I find exploit code?

I am doing VA/PT on a sample web application. I run the nessus scanner and I found some high severity problems. It is related to HP System Management Homepage. The CVE numbers are: 2010-1917, ...
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Secure forgot password page: Is a server-stateless implementation viable?

This is yet another "How is a forgot my password page done right" question. However, it explicitly addresses two implementation options that I have come across recently. The common approaches [1,2] ...
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Searching vulnerabilities via similar code comparison. Is it a viable attack vector?

Consider the following scenario: the attacker scans (optimally automatically) open codebases (eg. GitHub) for vulnerable code fragments by checking bug reports and patches. the attacker scans for ...
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how to configure edit-restricted mediawiki

I am planning to setup a public wiki using mediawiki, but I never used mediawiki for a public site before and I am not experienced with it, even as a user. I am planning to create a very restricted ...
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Established Security Design Patterns?

In software engineering, a design pattern is a general reusable solution to a commonly occurring problem within a given context in software design. Wikipedia lists many different design patterns for ...
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Keeping user data private in a cloud environment like Google App Engine

I am writing an open-source Java application for Google App Engine (GAE). The application will let users create content that is intended to be private. I want to provide reasonable assurances that ...
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I am looking for feedback on Secure Development Lifecycle for Scrum that has been tested?

This question is indeed targeting SDL but for Scrum. The A-SDL from Microsoft is nice, but honestly I am not even daring testing it in reality as it seems too academic. I mean what they request for, ...
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Is XSS dangerous in application without database?

I think it definitelly isn't, because XSS which isn't saved anywhere would damage ONLY attacker. Am I right or are there any cases where XSS could hurt non-db-application? (I mean datas are not saved ...
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Should I prevent sending of GET requests for urls that are normally operated with POST request?

There is an url that is normally operated using POST requests (i.e. POST request is sent when user submits form). But attacker can form GET request with parameters that are sent in POST request. This ...
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How do I secure my login page?

The login page is the starting point to any web site and the most important thing to authenticate the user. When I begin to build any web application, I take a lot of time to think about how to ...
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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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How to defend vs. Image Remote File Inclusion, e.g. RFI using a .gif file (Apache/PHP)?

To defend versus Remote File Inclusion where attackers try to abuse image files, I usually recommend to never use include to include image files into PHP code. Sometimes though, the avoidance of ...
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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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Testing PHP form injection

I'm writing a very small PHP app that takes input via a form. As could be expected for a first revision, the code does no escaping or sanitisation of input: if( $_POST["var"] != "" ) { print ...
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How to harden an iPhone/Android app so its tough to reverse-engineer it?

These are the following objectives I have in mind: Make the app hard to crack, as the binary will hold some secret tokens. If it still can be cracked, is there any way the app can tell someone or ...
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GET with additional parameters leads to “code injection” in html displayed

We got a security review done of our PHP code and the security company sent this in their report: Request GET ...
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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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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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Safe implementation of sharing encryption secrets (username, password) in the cloud

I'm building a multi-tenant (cloud) environment that needs to push out (or make available for download) configuration files for agents (background services) that receive this information. One of the ...
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What indicators did OWASP use to end up with OWASP Top 10?

I was asked by a student how OWASP Top 10 are ranked, based on which indicators: is it severity? ease of exploit? ease of implementing their countermeasures? ... Knowing that each of these ...
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Concerns and Gotcha with Secure Programming Standards Development

I have recently taken on the responsibility of developing a set of secure programming guidelines. My intention is to provide, using the OWASP Development Guide as a basis, several levels of ...
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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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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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Storing third-party auth info securely

Suppose there's a multi-user web application that requires access to user's mailbox (on third-party service, like gmail, etc.). This access needs to be persistent. Which means we'd have to store user ...
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Is there any recommended Java library for penetration testing?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good Java library which can be used for penetration testing? I once read about a library which I think was called 'Attack lib' but I can't find it anymore. ...
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How often is ASLR randomness refreshed, in Linux?

Most Linux distributions now use ASLR for many programs, to randomize the layout of memory. How often is the randomness used for this changed? If I re-run the same program multiple times, will it ...