A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is used for an origin website to send state information to a user's browser and for the browser to return the state information to the origin site. The state information can be used for authentication, identification of a user ...

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Token based authentication under http

I am doing a token based authentication but facing some security problems. In the system, a user will login as follows: Type username and password to login in a https login page If the login is ...
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how Cookie tracking threat works?

as explained here and lots of other cases , what is this tracking story ? browser vendors say we have same origin policy and for example google.com can only read cookies saved by google.com or read ...
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Is it possible to block third party cookies but allow them when they are first party?

I have been using Cookie Monster in Firefox for a while now to great satisfaction. However, I haven't found a way to allow cookies like Google's on Google's services but block them when I visit other ...
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Are tracking cookies illegal?

I have a merchant website. When a user visits the website, a cookie is set. Then when the same user visits the site again, we provide him with suggestions, content that he may enjoy based on what ...
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How do banks determine when to ask for two factor authentication?

I was playing around with trying to figure out how my bank knows when to give me a two factor authentication prompt. I had originally thought it was based on my cookies and maybe my IP address. But ...
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Saving an Id on a cookie. Security point of view?

I'm developing an ASP.NET MVC 5 website, which a user can select some filters, based on those fillers the server process a result, and the user can make a order and pay for it. In my Order table i ...
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What's the advantage in allowing 3rd party cookies?

I understand why people want to block 3rd party cookies - I would like to know though what would I be missing out from blocking them? Why do browsers like Chrome have them on by default? Is it simply ...
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How does Yandex Alpha sign me in automatically?

I downloaded the new Yandex Alpha browser. When installing, I chose not to make it the default browser and not to send anonymous usage statistics. I never got a prompt whether I wanted to import ...
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Does anything stop applications from reading your saved passwords and cookies from your browser's AppData folder?

Obviously the first answer is "a malicious application can do much worse than that." However, it seems like a really easy thing for an application to read your cookies, saved passwords, etc. from your ...
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How can non-secure or non-https-only cookie affect security of an HSTS website?

If a website is running on HSTS and it is setting about 20 cookies. Out of those 20 cookies 15 are both secure and https-only and remaining 5 are neither. In this scenario, in what all ways can we ...
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Is my authentication persistence system design secure?

This system is for a personal file upload and sharing web application made with PHP. When a user logs into the application, it has the option to "stay logged in" after closing and reopening their ...
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Cookie Tossing explained

Can someone explain to me what cookie tossing is? and how it can be used to hijack someone's session? and also how can we prevent it? I am a bit confused about this subject.
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Hashing the cookie token for persistent login

In a login system I'm doing, I'm using a per-user, per-device randomly generated cookie token. A part of the script looks like this: // Generate current device's token $token = ...
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handle user-session-cookie and csrf token correctly for javascript app

I have a django web app serving restful api endpoints and a javascript web app communicating with those endpoints through ajax. They are under the same domain but in different ports. server api ...
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Symmetric encryption involving load balancers - can't randomize key?

I'm working on encrypting a web application's cookie. Using symmetric AES/CBC, I encrypt the cookie data before writing it out, and then decrypt it when reading it back in - the standard stuff. The ...
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Secure cookies and Path Length Constraint

Using apache 2.2.3 on oracle enterprise linux. When setting following setting in httpd.conf: Header edit Set-Cookie ^(.*)$ $1;Secure , cookie generation (which happens on our registration page) ...
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Brute force attack [closed]

I'm trying to make a simple script (brute force attack) on Joomla to try if it works. #! /usr/bin/python import re #regex import urllib import urllib2 x = ...
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List of cookie parameter names to identify load balancing mechanism [duplicate]

I need to create my own web application security assessment methodology. Within fingerprinting section I have one test case such as "Checking for load balancing". One part of that test case is to ...
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Accessing Chrome and Gmail on a stolen drive

I was trying to search for this, but could not find the answer anywhere - apology in advance if already answered. I have a Linux desktop installed on a thumb drive, which I keep in my pocket. This ...
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Is it safe to skip CSRF checks for non-browsers?

I was in the middle of implementing a CSRF protection mechanism for my server when I realized that this attack only really affects web browsers. It got me wondering: why should I bother ...
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CAS protection against CSRF attacks

A website based on Apache Struts uses central authentication service (cas) for login. I'd like to know if additional csrf protection needs to be provided with Struts in case cas doesn't provide that. ...
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Can one scan multiple websites for tracking cookies and beacons?

Do you know of any tools or techniques that allow one to scan multiple sites for the use of tracking cookies, beacons, web bugs, or offsite javascript includes? As far as I can tell, major web ...
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Will http only cookie work while using chrome bandwidth saving feature in Android?

I am developing a site which uses http only cookies for authentication. By design[w3 standard] these cookies are XMLHttpObjects and will only be submitted to the domain they originated from to prevent ...
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I authenticate my users through Facebook's Oauth client and want to secure my own called APIs

My application is divised into two parts: Javascript application as client Server side API's (RESTFUL through Play!2.2 framework) I expect users to be authenticated through Facebook's Oauth 2.0 ...
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Do I keep my PHP simple auth session secure enough?

I'm experimenting with security, cryptography and web applications. My aim is to create simple login system that is realy secure enough. I'd like to share my approach to keep authenticated session ...
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Want to implement a really good authentication mechanism for REST API

I own a web application (single page application with Angular), that asks for some data through a set of REST APIs based on my server-side application (using Play Framework 2.2.1). So basically, I'm ...
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CSRF protection with cookie and AJAX

I would like to note that I've read the other question with an embarrassingly similar title and it does not contain an answer to my question. I have not used CodeIgniter as a programmer, but I have ...
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Guarding against XSS when setting Cookies based on URI?

I have a web-site written in nginx.conf — http://mdoc.su/ — which essentially accepts two parameters, an operating system and a manual page name, and does a redirect to a different site based on the ...
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What security issues are there when reading cookie with .htaccess?

I have a (hobby) web site that runs only on SSL (i.e., site-wide HTTPS). The site does not deal with finances, social security numbers, or anything of that level of importance. However, I'd like to ...
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What is the most secure way to save user authentication: Cookies or Session Variable?

I'm developing a web application that is basically for all our employees. Right now we have 3500 employees and all of them will access this web application. All of them will use really confidential ...
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Legality of cookie(set by other sites) tracking

I have created a website A which asks username & password, there exists another closed source website B which again asks for login credentials. A user uses both these websites .I want to ...
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Are there any HTTP servers that can detect two cookies with the same name, but issued from different subdomains?

As a follow up to the Related Domain Cookie Attack question, I'd like to see if there are any servers that are able to detect instances where multiple cookies are sent from multiple domains. In other ...
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Is SSL a mitigating factor for HTTPonly not set on cookies?

I have a few sites that are using HTTPS (no mixed mode HTTPS/HTTP). The cookies do not have a HTTPOnly flag set. They do pass along session IDs. Also some of the sites do not have a "Secure"flag set ...
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How to prevent Cookie-Bombs?

Egor Homakov made a nice writeup (Cookie Bomb or let's break the Internet) on how to crash CDNs and other websites with cookies. Although this is a user/browser-side DOS, I'm wondering how one would ...
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Setting the HTTPOnly flag for PHPSESSID cookie [closed]

I am getting this message from my security audit: Cookie name: "PHPSESSID" Cookie domain: "xxx.xxx.xx.xxx" If possible, you should set the HTTPOnly flag for this cookie. How can I set ...
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What is actually the purpose of encrypting the values in a cookie?

I was researching on internet security. When I reached at section Cookies, I happened to read that the values inside a cookie are generally stored only after encrypting them. But an encryption can be ...
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My cookies have been stolen. What to do?

About a month and a half ago I got infected by a virus called MSIL.Bladabindi. I noticed the virus quite soon because google notified me that someone from Turkey tried to access my account (I'm in ...
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How to alert webmaster if he does not put contact address

i found a session cookie that contains user status with two parameters NO for standard users when altering this to YES you become a Premium user and you can download content restricted to premium ...
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Setting a temporary cookie to an invalid value when logout improves security?

When a session is closed, for example, when a timeout triggers or when the user clicks the logout button, the session should be terminated at server side so the session cookie is invalid. I think ...
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Is using an SSL Session ID along with a cookie based session verification more secure or not really?

I am using Django which is a web framework for Python. I love it but the session handling is cookie-based. Now over SSL I'm sure it's reasonably "secure" but I don't think there is any kind of fail ...
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How does does the “Sign out all other sessions” feature work in Gmail?

In Gmail, at the bottom of the screen if you click Details it will show you your recent account activity and there's a button to sign you out of all other sessions. How does this work? Are they ...
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Cookies + CSRF protection + AJAX

In my app (built in Codeigniter), users can submit status updates. When submitting forms, Codeigniter automatically provides a hidden cookie. I can validate that cookie through AJAX when the user ...
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should I not accept cookies for the sake of anonymity?

Let's say I had a Gmail account. Should I just not have a Gmail account, or should I not use their cookies? How bad are the cookies, in of themselves? I obviously wouldn't log into it, with my VPN or ...
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What are the major threats involved in storing the session identifiers in local storage instead of cookies?

I want to know the major security threats involved in storing the session variables in client side local storage, instead of storing it in the cookies. Can somebody give me a brief description?
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extracting JSESSIONID from document.cookie

I was trying cookie stealing on a java and spring based web application. Normally, a cookie can be obtained through <script>alert(document.cookie)</script>, but in the above code, cookie ...
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What conditions allow an attacker to write a cookie?

Some CSRF protection mechanisms are vulnerable to attackers who can write cookies. Others are not but incur extra complexity or computational cost. Help me understand the cost/benefit. What ...
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Javascript injection via document.cookie possible?

Let's say someone rooted a site, is it possible for the attacker to do XSS via document.cookie? Instead of giving the user a name=value, the attacker does something like this ...
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Does CRIME also compromise basic access authentication?

CRIME mitigation involves disabling TLS compression. My server offers services only via XML-RPC and does not make use of Cookies, which is what CRIME exploits. Does this mean that I can turn on TLS ...
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How to escape a cookie to cause split response? [closed]

A website takes the following request and sets the "_Add_User" as a cookie in the response: Request GET /cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_Add_User HTTP/1.1 Host: www.example.com User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows ...
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Signing (HMAC) cookie identifier

Related to this other question about sharing the secret to sign the cookies, my question is more trivial: how really secure is to sign a simple cookie identifier? In example, expressjs#session ...