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Does returning `Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *` weaken the security of JSON GET responses?

The W3C CORS recommendation states: Certain types of resources should not attempt to specify particular authorized origins, but instead either deny or allow all origins. ... 3. A GET ...
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Session Identification Hashing - How to make it more Secure and Robust

I wrote a PHP class which handles Session and store them in DB instead of normal Files in the server, you can find it on My Session Handler Class In that post a user by name @AnotherGuy has raised ...
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Session Management for Private Key Passphrases in a Web Application

Use Case I would like to encrypt data in a database for a Web Application. The following requirements exist: Decryption should only be possible when a user provides a passphrase Encryption should ...
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XSS via PDF when Content-Disposition: Inline?

There are kind of two questions here: Is it possible to have XSS in a PDF file when the Content-Disposition: is "inline"? If it is possible, does the pdf get access to the cookies for that domain ...
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Reusing the same session-ID necessarily bad?

The question is related to session-ID management in a particular php-based web-app. The web-app uses the same session-ID for each session for a fixed user. So, after logging-out of the application, ...
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Is it possible to steal a non secure Cookie when the Web Server (IIS) only allows Https?

Is it possible to steal a non secure Cookie (Secure Flag is false) when the Web Server (IIS) only allows Https?
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How can Bank of America tell that I'm logging in on a computer I haven't used with them before?

When you sign into Bank of America for the first time on a computer that you haven't used with them before, they detect this and force you to answer one of your security questions. I think I've seen ...
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Is my current method of handling session cookies insecure?

I'm writing a multi-tenant application where accounts are scoped by subdomains. This adds considerable complexity and I'm starting to worry about security. Each user can have several accounts. For ...
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Letting users pick up where they left off…without logging in (is this bad form?)

I have a Grails app I'm working on that allows users to fill out a fairly lengthy application form. One of the requirements I've been given is to NOT require users to log in or create any sort of ...
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Improving the privacy of a casual Web user

I am interested in improving the privacy available to me as a casual internet user with a default browser. I think that Tor is too slow and that the "Privacy Mode" in browsers isn't really practical. ...
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Is it possible to see if a script on a website steals session cookies?

I'm looking as some web analytics solutions, I know it sounds paranoid. but cookie-based web analytics need for you to paste their JavaScript code on your web-site. I don't like the idea too much of ...
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Secure Flag and HSTS in HTTPS Only site

If I had a site only available in HTTPS should I still enable HSTS and Secure Flag?
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Web security - use of cookie in https

I am taking a web security class and was told by the instructor that most of the websites today use https for authentication and then use a cookie (authentication token) in plain text to keep track of ...
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Why are CSRF tokens necessary?

It seems that the entire problem could be solved very elegantly by simply adding a new flag to the HTTP cookie specification. Similarly to how cookies flagged Secure will only be submitted by the ...
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What are HSTS Super Cookies?

A few questions : What are HSTS super cookie? How do they work? Why is possible to access them from multiple domains? Do I have to worry and if yes, how to mitigate their effect? Sources ...
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Where are the user credentials stored when remember password is selected?

Provided a user has chosen the remember me option while logged in last time into a web application,how does the web application server identifies the user next time when he logs in? The credentials ...
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Computer-level logging by financial institutions

I am looking for the best approach to recognizing a specific computer and saving that computer as a "safe" login machine. My intuition points me to using cookies, but what value do I store in there to ...
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Logout tied to cookie expiry

I am looking for an event to automatically logout a user from the application. Typically I would do it when an inactive session expires. I was wondering if it is secure to do so using cookies. So here ...
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Is setting logon cookies in JavaScript insecure?

I'm facing a limitation in a backend system that can only set a single cookie via the Set-Cookie header which the front end uses to make an AJAX call to log the user in. The authentication system ...
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Some sites require that you accept cookies in order to use them. Does this mean that they can read/track my real IP?

The site I want to use says that it stores permanent cookies on my computer to track various things, for instance if I have two accounts with them. It says "Please note that if you set your browser to ...
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Could HTTPS-Attacks like CRIME be mitigated by changing the session cookie regularly?

I was just reading about CRIME which is an attack to steal sensitive information by creating requests. Could this attack be mitigated, if the Server wouldn't send the client the actual session key to ...
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how is Google Ads managing to track me? (even if I don't keep cookies!??) [duplicate]

NOTE: in this question I am interested in discovering the actual method used by Google to track me -in my particular case- and in exploring eventual ways to circumvent it. This is completely different ...
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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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If a login/session cookie is stolen,does changing the password void it?

Considering the scenario where a Gmail session/login cookie is hijacked or stolen and it is discovered my means of Gmail last account activity,will changing my password immediately void the cookie or ...
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cookie issue with same domain same path but different port

I have two web app running on same host on same path but on different port http://somedomain.com/ and https://somedomain.com/ now when I visit first app it serves the cookie say with name abc, and ...
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What servers or clients are immune to related-domain cookie attacks? (*.example.com)

In this question, I want to identify browsers, servers, or implementations that are immune from related domain cookie attacks (e.g. a.example.com vs b.example.com). Lacking any tangible solution, ...
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In what case should one encrypt cookies?

I am curious how one decides whether to encrypt cookies or not? And if so when should one use public private key over symmetric encryption?
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Should I regularly erase cookies?

Cookies really do make for a better experience on the web but do they also create a vulnerability? How often should I clean them out and what benefits are gained by doing so?
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Storing personal information in cookies

I'm trying to do a simple display integration between two websites. One on: domain.com and another on: subdomain.domain.com All I want to do is show a "Hello John, Return to Client Area" ...
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Should a session ID ever be sent over an unencrypted connection?

I'm teaching myself a touch of the most basic information security while toying with web dev, so that I can get a better understanding of the whole picture. Let's assume my website has user accounts ...
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How to MiTM insert an iframe using burp or another tool?

So, I am trying to obtain a cookie without the secure flag enabled over HTTPS. After reading about it, I came across an answer: You visit https://secure.example.com/ which drops a cookie on your ...
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Should cookies that contain non sensitive information be encrypted?

I'm in the process of creating a website and uses cookies to track user login. The only bit of information I store in this cookie is the users username. Should I be encrypting the username even ...
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Session Token Embedded in Form

I have a session token that's stored in a browser cookie client side. The cookie is already available for scripting and it's used to validate XHR through Javascript. For a particular page I'm using ...
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Signing Double Submit Cookies, where the value is a pseudo random string and a signature of it. Is this more secure?

I'm not sure if I am describing something that has already been proposed. If not, I would like to coin this "Signed Double Submit Cookies" as a method to improve the Double Submit Cookies technique ...
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What CSRF attacks will 'First-Party-Only' cookies protect against?

The new 'First-Party-Only' cookie attribute: ... allows servers to assert that a cookie ought to be sent only in a "first-party" context. This assertion allows user agents to mitigate ...
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Is same origin policy for web only useful because of cookies?

There is a same origin policy in the browser to ensure that e.g. bad site won't read your data from Facebook. But it seems that the only problem that it tries to solve is that cookies are ...
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Would this work to protect a cookie with an OAuth token?

I'm currently trying to set up an OAuth 2.0 authentication scheme to protect some stateless REST webservices. These services deal with sensitive information, and the OAuth support is a requirement. ...
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Possible issues when one or more cookie not HttpOnly

I have a question related to HttpOnly cookie. Tracking other threads wasn't of much help, hence I am posting my query here to learn if you can foresee any issues with my understanding. There is a ...
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Does using token-based auth make CSRF checks on login unnecessary?

Based on my understanding, avoiding the use of cookies as an authentication mechanism prevents CSRF vulnerabilities entirely (namely token based authentication in an SPA), when authenticated. Does ...
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Are there any same origin issues (SOP) with TOR?

Are there any issues with Same Origin Policy (SOP) with TOR or *.onion addresses? I'm thinking of cookies Plugins (Silverlight, Flash, Java, etc) Javascript
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How can I tell who's using my cookie information on an open LAN?

I think someone is using my cookie info to log into my Facebook account on a public Wi-Fi network. How can I determine if this is happening and from what IP address?
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Translate token into cookie

I find myself in a situation where I need to hand a user off from a mobile application into a web application. The mobile application is using WebAPI on the backend with OAUTH 2. The web application ...
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Separate third-party cookies for each website

Instead of blocking third-party cookies (which might be useful), why don't browsers allow them, but keep all cookies separate for each address-bar website? For example, if a third-party website sets ...
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API which does not allow to invalidate session on server side - how to make it more secure?

I'm writing an app around a REST API which does not allow the server to invalidate a session - i.e. there's no endpoint like logout which will make the cookie my app is using be invalid from now on. ...
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Is it normal for a payment procedure to ask for third party cookies to be turned on?

I was trying to pay for mobile phone credit online from a service provider. I selected the amount to pay and clicked next to continues. The following page asked me to turn on third party cookies if I ...
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Vulnerabilities of having one path of app accessible only via HTTPS but others via HTTP?

Imagine example.com that is accessible via HTTP and HTTPS. Most of content at site isn't secure and it won't be bad if it will be read by attacker. One of paths - example.com/secure_zone is accessible ...
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Storing users cookies in a database on a server

I want to use Apple Push Notification Service, so I need a server. This server will have to check a site every x minutes. How the site that has to be checked requires the user to login. So is it ok ...
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Revising Phising Email & it's payload… did I do this right?

Recently my company got a widespread phishing email sent to them, thankfully no one clicked the link (which is great!) Since I'm a student and a current intern working in IT Security I wanted to see ...
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Store username in cookie for a web site

I want to store the username for a web site in the coockie, is it secure? What an hacker can do with this info?
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What's the point of rejecting a cookie?

When you access a website, lynx provide the option to reject a cookie, what's the point of doing so? All I thought about is that if you don't accept a cookie, you cookie won't be stolen during a XSS ...