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Don't understand how my mum's Gmail account was hacked

My mum (on Gmail, using Chrome) received an email from a friend's Hotmail address. She opened the email (very obviously a phishing email) and clicked a link in it. This opened a webpage with loads of ...
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What exactly does it mean when Chrome reports a certificate 'does not have public audit records'?

When visiting Gmail in Chrome, if I click on the lock icon in the address bar and go to the connection tab, I received a message 'The identity of this website has been verified by Google Internet ...
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IMG tag vulnerability

Is it safe to display images from arbitrary domains? I.e. let's say I have an image on my page: <img src="http://badguy.com/image.gif" /> What if image.gif will return some js attack vector, ...
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How is Google Chrome managing authentication to sites?

In Chrome, every tab is its own process. Yet, logging in to a site, say, Facebook, persists across tabs. For that matter, in many cases, it persists across OS reboots. This seems inherently very very ...
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Are official browser add-ons really safe?

Almost any browser addon/extension that I install on my Chrome or Firefox (be it Firebug, RESTClient, ...) warns me, saying: It [the add-on] can: Access your data on all website Access ...
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Is Google Chrome a better secured browser?

I was amazed that IE 8, Safari, Firefox were hacked so fast. Is it really Chrome so good or it was not tested? Has anyone other results of independent investigations about security of web browsers? ...
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Why do Chrome extensions need access to 'all my data' and 'browsing activity'?

Often I install simple add-ons for Google Chrome. However, they almost all need what appears to me as excessive access to my data. For instance, I install an extension that allows me to click on any ...
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Remove RC4 from SSL/TLS ciphers in Chromium

Recently I started to live without RC4 within my Firefox session. Discussion about it can be found here. While it is quite easy in Firefox (Enter about:config and then rc4), I found no possibility to ...
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How safe is it to use developer's version of the browsers [closed]

I have heard that the developer versions of browsers (chrome and firefox) are less secure than stable versions of them. Is it true? Is there any sense in using developer editions of browsers for ...
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Any tool for scanning vulnerabilities in browser extensions?

I am scanning browser extensions of Chrome and Firefox for vulnerabilities. Is there any tool which would help me do this?
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Worst case scenario, what can a Chrome extension do with “Your data on all websites” and “Your tabs and browsing activity”?

Chrome extensions, and just like other browsers, appear to often get quite some extensive access to your browser data. In fact, most extensions I've installed require access to: Your data on all ...
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Is there any way to get Chrome 27 to trust a self-signed cert? [closed]

I'm running latest gen Chrome (27) and preparing a demo that requires using a self-signed cert to support HTTPS on a local IIS website. The cert has been created with the correct common name for the ...
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What Trusted Root Certification Authorities should I trust? [duplicate]

After two recent Slashdot articles (#1 #2) about questionable Root Certificates installed on machines, I decided to take a closer look at what I have installed on my machines. (I use current versions ...
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Why is Chrome asking for the application-specific password and my account's password every time? [closed]

I enabled Google's two-factor authentication and found it ironic that Google Chrome Sync requires #1 You account password, and #2 an application-specific password. First of all, don't applications ...
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Does Google Chrome protect against cross site scripting (XSS)?

In Firefox I've been using the NoScript extension to protect myself from certain kinds of malware attacks. NoScript is well known as a very powerful extension for Firefox and introduced protection ...
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What security measures does Chrome have in place to sandbox different user accounts?

Google Chrome has a feature that allows different users to use Chrome on the same computer in a completely separate space. The support page is quite light on information. Is there information ...
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What does “sandboxing” mean for Chrome OS? [duplicate]

I read about Chrome OS in the security section, and I was wondering what the meaning of "sandboxing" that they keep mentioning is. Is this sandboxing like Selinux or Apparmor ?
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Comparison between Firefox password manager and chrome password manager

As a follow up to Is saving passwords in Chrome as safe as using LastPass if you leave it signed in?, I would like to know how firefox's password manager compares, if you have a master password and ...
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How do I check the code of a Chrome extension to make sure it's not stealing my info?

I've been reading more and more about just how much access browser extensions can have to your data. This is a little unsettling, so I'm curious if there is a way to Vet these extensions and make sure ...
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Google Chrome & Spear-phishing

I've been trying to find some information on how Google Chrome detects phishing pages that are not already in their blacklists. The most relevant information that I've found from Google itself, ...
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Can running a browser in Windows Compatibility Mode be a security issue?

I have several clients that are having trouble logging into vendor's web service. When talking to the vendor about the issue, they told me to set them up with Chrome running in Windows XP ...
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Is chrome completely secure against Reflected XSS?

I notice that Chrome does not execute scrips that are part of the web request, http://vulnerable_site?pageTitle=<script>alert('xss')</script> With such links since the script is as part ...
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Chrome does not show green bar with EV SSL but firefox and IE does

I just installed a EV SSL certificate on my server. It has been done correctly and is working, the issue is that Chrome does not show the company name in the green address bar, just shows the green ...
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Understanding a vulnerability

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=68439 I am having a little bit of trouble understanding this report. From what i have read, it appears as though removing certain dom nodes ...
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Man-in-the-middle Blue coat proxy ssl or what?

I have just discovered that my workplace have enabled some new feature in the blue coat network proxy. It seems like all https certificates in chrome on windows is being issued by this internal ...
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When and Why does Chrome display malware detection warning?

Google Chrome contains malware detection feature. When user visits some site, browser may display warning that site contains malware. What does it mean that site contains malware? Does it mean that ...
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Google Chrome browser warning for goo.gl

I am getting the solid red screen Chrome browser malware warning for Google's own URL shortening website, goo.gl as well as other sites such as bit.ly and delicious.com when I try to navigate there ...
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What XSS attacks doesn't “Reflective XSS Protection” defeat?

Its been quite a while since I have played with cross site scripting vulnerabilities but today I came across a website today that was crying out to be tested for a basic XSS vulnerability. So ...
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Password management in Firefox, Chrome and Safari

I just read a couple of very interesting discussions on Chrome password security strategy. Chrome’s insane password security strategy Showing stored passwords - Tim Berners-Lee The following is how ...
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Are sandboxes overrated?

I've stumbled upon the following on the blog of the NoScript developer Giorgio Maone. First, he quotes the following ArsTechnica article about an XSS bug in Adobe Flash: As useful as sandboxes ...
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How to prevent installation of Google Chrome extensions

You can prevent the installation of Google chrome extensions on a Desktop?
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Vulnerability of Chrome's “Login Data” file after being orphaned from the host system

Suppose someone were to knick a "Login Data" file from a Windows computer's Google Chrome profile. They don't know the machine's user account password, but they may have some ideas as to what it ...
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How dangerous is a virus introduced to a malicious website in chrome?

I am using Google's Chrome browser under Linux (Ubuntu) 64 bit for web browsing. If I a virus uses for example a leak in the flash player, the virus will get the privileges of the user who started ...
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Is Chrome in Metro Mode more secure than Chrome in Desktop Mode?

With Windows 8, Microsoft introduces the Metro Apps which run in a sandbox environment, and therefore should be more secure. I would be interested to know if this higher security that the metro apps ...
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Is bit.ly a malware distributor?

I clicked this link http://girlsguidetosurvival.wordpress.com/ Chrome gave me this warning - Attackers currently on bit.ly might attempt to install dangerous programs on your computer that ...
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What is the difference between EV-SSL certificates and Normal SSL certificates? [duplicate]

Recently while looking at several banking URLs I can see the domain name with security certificate at address bar and normal locker security certificate at address bar. Have a look at the screenshots: ...
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Do most browsers handle mixed encrypted and unencrypted content correctly?

In Google Chrome, when I go to an encrypted page that contains unencrypted content, I get the following pop-down, which allows me to either load or not load the insecure content, making a clear ...
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How is HTTPS Everywhere leaking my Twitter session from an incognito window?

I manage a couple of twitter accounts for businesses/websites that are separate from my personal account. For simplicity, I prefer to log in from an incognito window so that I don't need to log out of ...
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Injecting information in a web page (Gmail). Does it raise security problem?

I am developing a Google Chrome extension which encrypts/decrypts emails for Gmail users. So, I detect encrypted emails when the user opens an email on using tags. Once an encrypted email has been ...
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How Chrome avoids sslstrip?

I'm trying out Moxie's sslstrip tool in my pentester lab. It works in all my VM's but no in all browsers. Firefox and IE are vulnerable but Chrome seems to has a protection against. Anyone know how ...
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What is chrome.googleechotest.com?

I use chrome (dev channel) on mac osx lion and every now and then it tries to access chrome.googleechotest.com on port 80 (EDIT: and other ports!). Anybody knows what is the deal with ...
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Why Parallels 8 installer looking into my Chrome's Cookies?

While trying to install Parallels on OS X I looked into Activity Monitor to find where is the installed Parallels located (it was weird that it stays invisible in Application folder). And than I found ...
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Is Chrome giving out information about me?

I'm stepping up my privacy online and have recently switched to Google Chrome, which may be a huge step backwards. Chrome pesters the user to sign in with their Gmail account. When I first created my ...
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Suspicious phone browser activity

On a droid Razr M, I used chrome to log in to Gmail instead of the app. It asked to log in as me on a toast at the bottom of the browser, taking my credentials from somewhere on the phone I assume. ...
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Chrome: Found a crash, is it a security vulnerability?

I have been able to make Google Chrome crash, and I was wondering if there are tools or heuristics to determine whether or not the crash is a security vulnerability. How can I determine if a Chrome ...
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Google Chrome Apps phishing

What prevents an attacker from copying and pasting a Chrome packaged app (which is just a zipped web app) then distributing it on the Chrome webstore under a slightly different name?
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How are CRLsets more secure?

Google Chrome doesn't do typical CRL/OSCP checks, instead it depends on CRLsets. In simple terms, Google scoops up the CRLs from most CAs, trims them down and delivers the CRLset to the browser via ...
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Chrome vs Explorer - how to explain in plain words that open-source is better?

Why open-source is better in plain words? Yesterday I had a talk at a DIY bicycle workshop. There is a PC (running XP) that main application is checking emails (nothing really serious). I found it ...
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Chrome reports on other browsers running

I was playing around with Chrome and typed the following in the address bar: chrome://memory-redirect And saw the note: "If other browsers (e.g. IE, Firefox, Safari) are running, I'll show you ...
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What causes “High Risk Website Blocked” on Chrome?

I have a website with no ads and no external content. Everything on the page comes from the webserver in question. Some users on Google Chrome have reported that they see the following warning when ...