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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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With SSL: not saving sessions, cookies not being sent

My purpose is to have a fully SSL site. The web host gave this format of URL for my shared server SSL: https://hostaddress.net/example/ where www.example.com is the domain name. I conducted the ...
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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 ...
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How to find out whether an ISP adds a perma-cookie to my requests?

I am interested in finding out whether my (or any) current ISP (Internet Service Provider) uses a technology known as "perma-cookie" oder "sticky cookie" when I am browsing the internet. This ...
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How is the session ID sent securely?

I'm learning session management and I have two questions for which I could not find answers on the web. Once the user is authenticated, the server creates the Session ID and sends it to the client ...
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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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Is there a secure way to share sessions in the same server with different sub domains?

I'm studing a case that I have a RESTful backend (php-based) and a hybrid HTML+JS+PHP front-end in different subdomains: backend.example.com <-- A RESTful API to provide some XHR requests. ...
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The purpose of securecookie package from gorilla

I don't understand the purpose of securecokie package from gorilla. https://github.com/gorilla/securecookie/blob/master/securecookie.go. I can see that it's being used get the cookie value on server ...
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XSS cookie stealing without redirecting to another page

I'm practicing in VM following the OWASP guide. I know that is possible to steal the cookie by redirecting to "False" page etc. but I would like to steal the cookie without redirecting on another ...
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Cookie based sqli [closed]

I have identified a website vulnerable to sql injection via a authentication token. Does anyone know where I can find a tutorial / example of cookie based sql injection?
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Mandatory to implement HTTPOnly if Java Secure Cookies are set to 'true'?

Here is a test case from a recent application security asessment which I have had experienced: cookie = new Cookie(strKey1, EncryptDecrypt.encrypt(strValue)); cookie.setMaxAge(-1); ...
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Issue regarding vulnerability of cookies [closed]

If someone somehow manage to copy all the cookies from my PC,can they be misused to get my private information or can information extracted through them? If yes,Please suggest some counter measures. I ...
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General concerns with cookies and privacy

The following post is in regards to headless *nix machines only... I know programs like wget allow options to control cookies. However if a program is not HTTP centric, has little or no options for ...
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Why do we trust session info over the wire but not an OAuth access token?

I've been spending a lot of time looking into building an API that needs to be accessible by a single page JavaScript application and how to make it as secure as possible. A lot of what I'm reading ...
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Exploiting a potential ASP.NET web app Session Fixation vulnerability

I am pen-testing an ASP.NET application that is exhibiting Session Fixation behavior. The application is using cookie based sessions. Basically: When you land on the page no Session cookie is ...
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How to Allow users to save html in Rails application without affecting security [duplicate]

After doing a lot of research I come to this forum hopefully i can get some help. I am building a Ruby on Rails application (version 4.2) My app allow users to create "one page" portfolio : user 1 ...
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Is it possible to force a browser to use http in an ssl enabled (https) website?

I was doing a security research on storing the session id in local storage instead of storing it in cookies. I understand that it is not possible to tag the values in local storage as HttpOnly and so ...
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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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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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Stealing document.cookie from Google domain, is this a privacy breach?

When I am logged into the Google and prints document.cookie I could see following cookies. My doubt is what all an attacker can do if attacker could steal these cookies of the victim using exploiting ...
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Session Authentication vs Token Authentication

I am trying to get a handle on some terms and mechanisms and find out how they relate to each other or how they overlap. Authenticating a theoretical web application and mobile application is the ...
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Are CSRF tokens useful outside of web APIs?

I'm trying to understand CSRF tokens and one thing isn't making sense to me. For a web API, you can provide a CSRF token just once, on authentication, and expect the client to remember that token ...
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Overflowing a cookie returns error page in PHP

A PHP application that I am currently testing returned and error page when the value of session cookie is set as a huge string. It leads to information disclosure also. What can I recommend the ...
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Can someone steal cookie contents via a phishing attack?

If someone successfully set up a phishing website on a fake wireless network for say, bankofamerica.com, and lets pretend that SSL was not used, would they be able to run a script on the server that ...
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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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ISPs are now adding unique header identifiers to web traffic. Can this be avoided? If so, how?

I'm a security-conscious Verizon user, and it has recently come to light that Verizon is now serving up my web traffic to ad partners while en route. I understand that once my data has left the ...
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Why users want to disable cookies?

I just started to create a new web application. In the documentation, it is written that I have to prepare for the situation where users have disabled cookies. This is not the first time I have read ...
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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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How can one secure Exchange 2010 cookies? [closed]

We have received the below finding from an IT audit. Missing Secure Attribute in Encrypted Session(SSL) Cookie: It is best business practice that any cookies that sent over (Set-cookie) an ...
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The Need for includeSubDomains in HSTS RFC

I am trying to understand the includeSubDomains directive in the HTTP Strict Transport Security standard. In particular section 14.4 of RFC 6797 confuse me. Point 2. says The HTTP request sent to ...
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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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How does X-UIDH user tracking work and how can I detect it?

See these two EFF articles about how Verizon puts a tracker ID in the header of a http request, circumventing anti-cookie measures: Verizon Injecting Perma-Cookies to Track Mobile Customers, ...
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Deciding whether user has left the site without logging out or has simply left the site open for notifications without actually doing any work?

I am developing my site using server side sessions using redis as backend for saving the session. Now the issue which is bothering me is of user leaving the website without logging out. I mean user ...
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Is there a strong protection against CSRF executed from the sames server via stored XSS?

If we have a domain with stored-XSS vulnerability. I know it's already critical!.. But, I'm talking about limiting the damage. The hacker can't get the session cookie of the admin, because it's ...
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Wordpress cookie discloses admins username [closed]

My wordpress installation has two cookies whose values follows the following format: <admin_username>_<hashvalue> I understand disclosing admin username is a serious security issue. ...
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What can websites learn about me when I disable cookies?

I run Google Chrome with Ghostery, Privacy Badger, AdBlock and cookies disabled. If, theoretically, Ghostery is blocking all the trackers, AdBlock blocks ads, and I don't accept cookies, what can the ...
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is HttpOnly and Secure cookie enough to prevent CSRF in rest api?

I created one RESTful API using spring. I am transmitting a secret key as HttpOnly & Secure cookie with login response. After login every rest request will check with that cookie and update it ...
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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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Is cookie-based XSS exploitable?

Today I've found interesting site that output your cookie value directly to the page, so if I modify the cookie value I can XSS myself. e.g <span id=statistics>Last visit: ...
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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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Is HTTPS redirecting to HTTP a vulnerability?

Let's say a user is authenticated, and the entire account authentication process happened under secure HTTPS. Upon successful login, the user is redirected back to the homepage. However, the homepage ...
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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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What do the various browser “private modes” do?

Recently there has been some disagreement as to what "private mode" means when it comes to various browsers. Primarily I am referring to... IE's "InPrivate Browsing" Google Chrome's "Incognito ...
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DNS Rebinding attack - will the victim's browser send cookies?

How does a DNS Rebinding attack works? How can it violate the Same-origin policy? Will the victim's browser send cookies to the remote server (specified by IP), when the domain is not the same as is ...
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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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Is a cookie safer than a simple HTTP header?

I was recently told that a cookie is "safer" than a regular old HTTP header, which is safer than a URL parameter, particularly when passing around access tokens. What is the reasoning behind a cookie ...
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How do websites tracker cookies and beacon work?

Could someone please enlighten me, either on a technical level or high level if that detail is not feasible, on how tracker cookies and beacons work. Particularly, how information on my browsing ...
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Are passwords stored in the cookie? encrypted?

Whenever I connect to security.stack.exchange, I am automatically logged in. I haven't allowed the browser to store my password. When I delete all cookies stored by the security.stack.exchange, I have ...
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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 ...