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

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What are some good Books on Web Application Security Testing? [on hold]

I am a black-box tester. I primarily test functionality of Web applications/sites. I want to move into the Security testing domain. Please suggest some practical and useful Books/Tutorials and free ...
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Standards for encrypting passwords in configuration files?

My workplace has a standard that plaintext passwords are not allowed in application configuration files. This makes enough sense on its face, in case someone gets access to the config files they ...
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Is the enforcement of only allowing signed application to run in a Windows server a safe rule in a prod environment?

There are various security tools that allow an administrator to enforce only signed applications to run in a Windows operating system. is this a realistic general enforcement rule in a production ...
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Installing profile on “Good” Mail application give someone admin permission on my iPhone

My new enterprise use the app "GOOD" for the emails. But to use it, I have to install a GOOD profile with description : "Install this profile to enroll to encrypted profile service". If I choose ...
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What is the point of the same-domain rule for xmlhttprequest when script tags/JSONP can cross domains?

I get that I don't want a page loaded from stackoverflow.com to be able to request gmail.com on my behalf and read my email--but this seems to be simply a cookie issue. Since JSONP bypasses ...
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Should I add signatures to the Netscaler Application Firewall for Exchange, Cognos, etc?

This link describes that I can use Cenzic, IBM AppScan, Qualsys, Trend Micro and Whitehat files to create an application filter for various products. I'm looking for filters that apply to commonly ...
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Examples of “Runtime application self-protection” (RASP) in action?

I'm having a hard time figuring out what "Runtime Application Self-Protection" (RASP) really is, though I see it mentioned in the press. The best description I've seen of the possible benefits, along ...
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Why do people say that PHP is inherently insecure?

I've heard it said that PHP is inherently insecure. Is this true? Why?
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Security of applications on .net platform

On .net we use SecureString class to keep our applications variables in memory, safely. Microsoft says: Represents text that should be kept confidential. The text is encrypted for privacy when ...
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Best way to securely store passwords for local use?

I am writing a Java application who needs three username/password pairs. I would like to add a "remember me" feature, implying I would have to store passwords on the user's computer. Knowing this ...
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Lock Windows to a specific app

Is it possible, using some program or application, to lock Windows 7 so only a specific app can be used, for example Word, until a password is entered? Thanks!
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If I include a Forgot Password service, then what's the point of using a password?

I've implemented a Forgot Password service in the following way: User goes to login page, clicks on "Forgot password?" User is presented with a form that asks for their email address. Email is sent ...
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Exploiting a desktop application

I'm studying application security and now I have a question which I couldn't find a good answer. Assume I have a vulnerable desktop application in my virus-free windows 7 PC. Let's say when the file ...
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Security issues with PHP Sandbox

I am working on a PHP sandbox for a Web Application Honeypot. The PHP sandbox will analyze a PHP file that may have been injected as part of an RFI attack. It should run the file in a safe environment ...
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Token authentication and storage / websocket issues

My application is running an API authentication that uses tokens rather than cookies. This leads me to ask a few questions : What is the most secure way to store the token ? By using random ...
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Web Crawler for ASP.NET site

Do you know any crawler/spider software, which is able to go through ASP.NET application, not ASP.NET MVC, but the one full of __doPostBack JavaScript functions on every link/button/change event? If ...
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How to use OAuth with Active Directory

I'm creating a REST WCF service and want to use OAuth to authenticate each user's request. The user accounts are stored in Active Directory so I have access to their AD login name on the client ...
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Disallowing Similar Passwords [duplicate]

Upfront, I want to clarify that I am not a professional cryptographer, I am more curious about playing with the math and science behind it, and also want to improve my habits with my own personal and ...
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Software Testing vs (Web) Penetration Testing

I would like to ask about the differences between Software Testing and Web Application Penetration Testing. I am aware of usage different tools in both disciplines Software Testing (JIRA/Selenium) ...
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Should I use Suhosin for PHP?

Suhosin can be used to increase the security of your php application. I can really see the use of it when you are using shared hosts, with multiple (possibly evil) people running their PHP apps ...
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Resources and Examples for Modeling Application Security Groups

I am searching for some resources and documentation on modeling security groups for a web application, but seem to be coming up rather dry. I am interested in creating a visio-like diagram that ...
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Securing 2 factor data from apps that are co-located on the same device?

Several apps such as GMail, Coinbase, Yahoo and others require the use of the mobile device to gain access to the data within the app. For example Gmail requires TOTP in Google Authenticator ...
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What are some good website security scanning solutions?

What are some good web-based website security scanning solutions? I'm not too concerned if they are web-based solutions, or software that can be run locally. Generally, I'm looking for something we ...
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Android app downgrading TLS protocol to SSL 3.0

I performed vulnerability testing of some Android mobile applications I helped develop and I noticed some odd behavior. The applications used the default Android 5.0.2 cipher suite list that includes ...
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Does Android have sufficient app sandboxing?

In a previous question in InfoSec, I asked about how to determine the safety of a sideloaded Android app that requires root permissions. Now I would like to ask a related, but different question: Is ...
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Preventing information disclosure from browser back button/history?

I have sensitive data that will be hosted on a website, and I would like to prevent the data from being exposed in this scenario: The primary user logs off the application, but does not close the ...
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Questions to confirm a good standpoint on web app security?

What should be the questions asked to assess a company on web app security? Our company is in process of partnering with another company in order to outsource web app security work to them. For us ...
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Is BASIC-Auth secure if done over HTTPS?

I'm making a REST-API and it's straight forward to do BASIC auth login. Then let HTTPS secure the connection so the password is protected when the api is used. Can this be considered secure?
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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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cleartext passphrase for keystore

How is passphrase for a keystore to be stored? we have all passwords encrypted and the key to encrypt is stored in keystore , so how is the passphrase for the keystore to be stored? in clear text? if ...
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XSS scripts in console

Well i need to know is it possible to enter xss script through console of developer's tools(e.g. : firebug of firefox)? Is this a proper way ?
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Worthwhile from security standpoint to limit database server user for ASP.NET website to only EXECUTE on stored procedures?

I know that obviously we must avoid sql injection attacks through user input validation and parametrized queries. There's already a firewall in place on the database server to limit remote ...
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Recommended # of iterations when using PKBDF2-SHA256?

I'm curious if anyone has any advice or points of reference when it comes to determining how many iterations is 'good enough' when using PBKDF2 (specifically with SHA-256). Certainly, 'good enough' is ...
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Why can we still crack snapchat photos in 12 lines of Ruby?

Just came across this bit of ruby that can be used to decrypt snapchat photos taken out of the cache on a phone, apparently adapted from here. To my surprise, it worked no problem, considering the ...
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How to securely hash passwords?

If I hash passwords before storing them in my database, is that sufficient to prevent them being recovered by anyone? I should point out that this relates only to retrieval directly from the ...
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Criteria for Evaluating Static Analysis Tools

As with any tools purchase part of the outcome is in how good the evaluation criteria are, so I'd be interested to hear any criteria people might use when assessing Security static analysis tools. ...
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Code Review Strategies

As per my information, there is no hard and fast rule for doing a security code review but we all develop our own strategy for the same. I was wondering if we all can share the different strategies ...
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Finding security consultant for doing in-depth code review?

We have a PHP application that we know has poor coding practices (because the developers did not have a good understanding of PHP / programming fundamentals). This could lead to the scenario where we ...
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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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Intel SGX and MSRs - what do developers need to know?

Intel SGX is an intriguing new technology that will ship as part of upcoming Intel processors. It is designed to enable running software in a secure enclave. Code running in the enclave will be ...
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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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help developer choose correct path to go down for security certifications [duplicate]

Sorry if this is a duplicate however I felt it was a little more unique than the answers I found. Basically I am a software developer and I have moved recently into an architecture role. Throughout my ...
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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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SQL injection — why isn't escape quotes safe anymore?

Raw SQL When you're writing SQL -- for anything that takes human input really, a lot of things have been done to avoid the injection. Everyone that's heard of SQL injection knows that (I'm going to ...
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Is there any way to use Nuget securely?

Visual Studio now includes a Package Manager that downloads and updates software packages from the internet. The common name for this is "Nuget" The problem I have is that anyone can pretend to be ...
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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 do I know my tools aren't compromised? [closed]

After reading different articles, most notably/concerningly: If the NSA has been hacking everything, how has nobody seen them coming? Ken Thompson's Hack (more the concept than specifics) I am ...
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How to check for sql injection attack? [closed]

We do our final year project related to sql injection. For implementing sql injection attack which IDE or tool we used? bcoz netbeans and other type of IDE are more secured?
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Why is it dangerous when an attacker can control the `n` parameter to `memcpy()`?

I was reading a paper and saw this piece of code has an information leakage vulnerability. It was saying the following code will Leak memory layout information to the attackers Could somebody please ...
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How to determine risk ratings for third party mobile apps

Having rolled out corporate mobile phones and tablets, we have MDM in place enabling us to centrally deploy apps to all our users, and can perform remote wipe in the event of a lost device etc, ...