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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What can an attacker do with an exploited program?

If you find an exploit in say, Internet Explorer, what would a program utilizing that exploit be able to do? Would it be able to only change data in Internet Explorer, could it modify anything on ...
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Mobile Security and Vulnerability Analysis tool [migrated]

What tools should I use to test the security of my iOS application? What are the open source tools available to make vulnerability assessment of an iOS and android application? Any online tool which ...
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Reading magnetic stripe on a credit/debit card with an EMV chip

Is there any way of knowing is a credit/debit card has an EMV Chip, by reading the magnetic stripe. This way I could deny the payment via magnetic stripe and ask to the customer to insert the card via ...
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Are there any sequences other than ../ which will be intepreted as directory traversal in *nix or Windows?

A common vulnerability is for web applications to accept a filesystem path as a request parameter, and then perform some action on the specified path. For example, retrieving a file and returning it ...
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Free tools to run automated security audits for PHP code? [on hold]

I'm looking to scan my code for potential risks of SQL Injection, XSS, etc. Are there any free tools that can analyze code and give the complete reports. Thanks
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Application Security of crypto keys

Is there a way to secure a byte[], PrivateKey, PublicKey, KeyPair, and SecretKey in an application so that a malware would be unable to retrieve the key by analysing the memory? Or at least, how to ...
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How to store an encryption key on shared hosting?

I am designing a simple online patient management system that is running on shared hosting. According to national regulation sensitive data should be encrypted when used online, so I have encrypted ...
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How to test image upload vulnerability in a mobile application?

I am administering a mobile application with many users. Users can upload their own .jpg images. I cannot know at this moment if image inputs on the application I am administrating are sanitized or ...
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How to rate or review one Java web Application's security

Is there a way to rate or review the security for a Java web application? Except for web scanner or code audit, does it exist a metric/procedure to evaluate the application's security? Also I have ...
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What data is not encrypted in iOS 8+ when “locked”

Scenario: iPhone 5+ with iOS 8+ with system encryption enabled. The phone is on and locked. (the user has authenticated (unlocked phone) at least once since power-up, and then relocked). What ...
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What is web application security best practice for HTTP Get request? [duplicate]

If I have web application GET URL which gives me details of particular user. What is more secure / which is good practice? eg. www.xyz.com/user?id=10 or ...
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Does Apple CloudKit prevent 3rd party apps from MITM'ing the API?

One of the issues with SnapChat is that some users were using unauthorized apps to access the backend API, which then allowed for some application level security to be compromised. I am of the ...
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HTTP Response Splitting in practice

Have you ever seen HTTP Response Splitting in laboratory environment? There are many examples for HTTP Response Splitting vulnerability. I used old PHP and managed to get 2 responses from server ...
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Risks of using a webpage without SSL/TLS for donations

There is a site called www.mysite.com. It uses Qgiv for taking donations and has some HTML5 data-attributes like: <div class="qgiv-embed-container visible-lg-block" > data-qgiv-embed="true" ...
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OSSIM - How do I not receive events from alienvault-host?

How do I not receive events related to the server itself OSSIM? Example: SSH Accept Key alienvault[SRC] -------> ServerToMonitor[DST] PS:I've taken all the rules of OSSEC, then the ...
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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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XSS in GET request not decoded on backend

So I am pretty sure I know the answer to this question but I want to be 100% sure so I am looking for some input here. A vulnerability was reported to a site of mine that looks something like this: ...
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How can I protect against cross-build injection and other dependancy management threats in Play Framework?

I am using Play Framework's inbuilt dependancy management to download a library (HTMLUnit), to do this I add the dependancy to the build.sbt file like so: libraryDependencies += ...
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What does it mean to secure something in computer security? [closed]

Can someone provide a formal and simple definition of "to secure something" in information security?
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Security concerns with an ASP.net server error [duplicate]

Are there any security problems that could arise from a server error generated by ASP.net and being sent to the user? I am aware of the potential issues from sensitive information being sent in the ...
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What are the security implications of installing an iPhone configuration profile?

What are the security risks of installing a "configuration profile" on iOS from www.vshare.com? I don't know what a configuration profile is or what it does. They are found in Settings > General > ...
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How to prevent username and password matches when changing a username?

Let's say that I have a system where one of the security requirements is preventing users from choosing a password that matches their username. Usernames are not case sensitive but the passwords are. ...
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Prevent manipulation of password database

Given: A malicious user has gained (root) access to the server hosting an application's password database. Let's say the application is using a reliable password hashing mechanism like bcrypt and the ...
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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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Best practices for automatic login URL's?

An automatic login URL is a mechanism whereby an existing but logged out user of your website or application can click a link with a random token and be automatically recognized and logged-in to your ...
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Tendency towards security-is-binary in cryptography [closed]

In the real (physical) world, we seem to feel secure with just enough security, e.g.: Our door lock isn't the most secure. Anyone can lock-pick / break with force. Our car isn't the most robust. ...
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How can I test my web application for timing attacks?

race conditions, etc. Are there automatic tools for this? What manual techniques should I use? From the Area51 proposal
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Can secure HTTP headers like be ignored for js and static HTML pages?

I am performing a security scan on a website and the ZAP tool reports some secure headers are missing for js and static HTML pages. Is it ok to ignore the alerts ?
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How can I export my private key from a Java Keytool keystore?

I would like to export my private key from a Java Keytool keystore, so I can use it with openssl. How can I do that?
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How to inject executable, malicious code into PDF, JPEG, MP3, etc.?

I wanted to know if its generally possible to inject executable code into files like PDFs or JPEGs etc., or must there be some kind of security hole in the application? And if so, how would one do ...
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Can a curl request to an arbitrary url made sufficiently safe?

This is a follow up of another topic (Is allowing unfiltered curl request from a website a vulnerability?) on which I am doing some private research. Given: A publicly reachable webservice that ...
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How to prevent injection of Layered Service Provider (LSP) module in application with kernel-level?

LSP technology is often exploited by spyware and adware programs in order to intercept the communication across the Internet. For example, malware may insert itself as an LSP in the network ...
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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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Criteria for Evaluating Static Analysis Tools

As with any tools purchase part of the outcome is in how good the evaluation criteria are, so it is important to understand the criteria people might use when assessing Security static analysis tools. ...
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Tools to help test the security of Android applications [closed]

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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Is possible to prevent input emulation with SetWindowsHookEx in specific application?

The one of technique of input emulation protection with automation toools like AutoIt or ACTools used most of simple game bot programs is SetWindowsHookEx usage WH_KEYBOARD_LL flags. This solution is ...
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Forgotten password or reset link, which is more secure to email?

I originally posted this as a reply here in this thread but didn't get much feedback on it, and now I'm curious as to what others think is the best approach, or if there is any difference between the ...
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Freshness for SGX enclaves

Future Intel processors will support SGX (Software Guard Extensions), which allows running security-critical software on your processor in a way that is isolated from all the other code. The hardware ...
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Why should you clear your pasteboard when exiting your app?

I've been scanning an iOS application of mine and the highest risk vulnerability appears to be that the pasteboard is not getting cleared when I terminate the application. I don't want the user to ...
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Does this concept attack work to harvest credentials and 2FA using offline fake site?

My concept is this: Client connects to Malicious\Eviltwin AP Client connects to www.facebook.com but this one is a fake offline site by the fake dns server Client enters user and password ---> ...
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Sensitive Information Disclosure via plist on iOS, does this affect security at all?

The security team has found sensitive information which is disclosed in info.plist, API keys were also exposed. Fabric is being used and Fabric API key is the way to authenticate the users or their ...
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Secure communication between applications using SSL Certificates

I am looking for a way how to secure communication between our applications. There is a "server" application listening on some TCP port and "client" application which is communicating with the ...
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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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Security Benefits in Replacing Windows Desktop Programs with New Windows Store Apps for Higher-Risk Uses?

Question: I'll put this as concretely as I can: For a small business-owning user of a Windows 10 PC who's highest-security-risk activities involve opening plenty of email attachments of PDF and ...
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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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sqlmap unable to find SQL injection vulnerablitity

so i just started up with sqlmap to learn sql injection vulnerability on my application. Here I followed steps as per some tutorials. So this are the steps which i followed : sqlmap.py -u ...
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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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What was behind the surge of Adobe Flash Player vulnerabilities/patches in 2015?

It's no secret that 2015 was a rough year, security-wise, for Adobe's Flash Player. Aside from Adobe itself beginning to essentially deprecate Flash development largely due to Flash Player's ...
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How to Securely Implement a “Remember Me” Feature?

Assuming you already have a website that implements all of the standard login stuff, what is the correct and most secure way to allow users to automatically be logged in for a certain time period ...
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How to hijack a session?

Despite the blatant title of the question, this is actually for a genuine purpose. My site uses PHP code like this: $select="select id from tableA where user_id='".$_SESSION['sess_user_id']."'"; ...