a cross site request forgery attack causes a visitor of a malicious website to send a request to a legit website to which he is already logged in including the session cookie.

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Is it safer to store the XSRF value inside your JavaScript?

To protect yourself against XSRF, you need to have a separate token on a page. See: Coding Horror: Preventing CSRF and XSRF Attacks, by Jeff Atwood As the posting suggests, its best to have those ...
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Are CSRF Attacks Really Blind

I'm new to CSRF attacks but don't see how they are always blind. Let's say we are dealing with a site where the asset we need to protect is the HTTP response. Something like one's medical history. ...
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CSRF protection with Session Id

To protect against CSRF, couldn't my page javascript just dynamically insert the session id from the cookie into the body of each HTTP request right before it's sent? The server would then just ...
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Type 2 XSS vs CSRF

Trying to create a thorough understanding of XSS and CSRF, i'm clear that a type 2 xss involves an exploit that is persistent on the server. e.g. <SCRIPT type="text/javascript"> new Image()....
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How Secure are Authenticity Token in Rails

I came across a website which uses Rails Authenticity token to prevent CSRF attacks. My concern here is that I can see the authenticity token in the source code of the web page. If any other service ...
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What are the risk implications of not verifying referer header on login form?

Imagine a generic web application with a login form to access the application. Regardless of how the actual authentication is performed, what are the implications of not checking the referer header to ...
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CSRF protection - 'back pages'

OWASP suggests that when implementing CSRF protection any attempt to go 'Back' in the browser will cause issues as Interaction with this previous page will result in a CSRF false positive security ...
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Why do browsers allow public websites to attack intranet sites?

When I'm visiting a website on the public internet, the website can cause my browser to send requests to a local IP address (such as 10.0.0.1). This can be used to attack internal web sites, e.g., ...
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Anti-CSRF mechanism with referer header

This is not my main anti-CSRF mechanism; I know that https requests don't have a referer header; I know users or firewalls can remove it or set to an arbitrary fixed value. I intend this mechanism ...
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Storing anti-CSRF token in cookie

I generate a random anti-CSRF token per session and store it in a cookie (with the http_only flag set). Then I add that token to forms (in a hidden input field) and links. When receiving a request on ...
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CSRF with OAuth or Bearer Authorization headers

I am designing a RESTful API which is to be accessible from a web browser. The API is protected by Basic authentication. I understand the concept of CSRF, and the mitigations proposed (I found both ...
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CSRF Login: can Attacker Login using valid credentials?

Consider the picture below (taken from page 21 here). Is this possible? If so, how can I prevent it?
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CSRF mitigation in MVC

I'm wondering about the best way to protect against CSRF in MVC or any other stateless web app. Due to the stateless nature, we can not keep a secret token in the session and compare it to the secret ...
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CodeIgniter CSRF confusion

I have been working with CodeIgniter for about 3 weeks and am very well on the way to loving this framework. However I have been looking at the core code of the framework and I was reading over the ...
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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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How about preventing CSRF this way?

According to Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) Prevention Cheat Sheet , the recommended solution to protect web site from CSRF attacking is to implement Synchronizer Token Pattern. And This requires ...
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Is Django's built-in security enough?

I have learned that Django provides built-in protection against the three main types of web app attacks (SQL injection, XSS and CSRF), which is really awesome. Yet I have spoken to a few Django ...
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CSRF Countermeasures

I'm working through a book on web application security and it says that an effective CSRF countermeasure is to assign a temporary pseudo-random token to sensitive actions performed by authenticated ...
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Is one CSRF token per session is adequate with HTTPS?

Ours is a Ajax heavy application with concurrent Ajax requests. Generating unique tokens with each request or expire and creation of new tokens after a certain interval could get tricky with multiple ...
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How does a CSRF token prevent an attack, and how can I safely use/avoid it for my JSON API?

I'm trying to make an iOS app communicate with a Ruby on Rails website using JSON. While trying to post a login to create a user session, I discovered I was missing a CSRF token. I had no idea what ...
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How did the Tumblr worm spread?

Recently Tumblr was hit by a fast-spreading worm. How did the worm work? What was the vulnerability in Tumblr that it exploired? Did it exploit a XSS vulnerability in Tumblr? A CSRF vulnerability ...
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Does AV software protect web applications (Twitter, Facebook, etc) from attacks? (CSRF, etc)

Is it correct to say that AV software focuses on downloaded executables and locally malicious activity, and it doesn't actively scan HTTP/S content for web based attacks such as CSRF, XSS, phishing ...
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Is there guidance that says all sessions to be logged off when a user changes their password?

Often when an account is hacked, security guidance is to change your password. However I've noticed that changing a password sometimes isn't enough to log out of other sessions that are active. Is ...
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CSRF protection for AJAX when using multiple browser tabs

Say I've got that web application that has a CSRF protection according to the Synchronizer Token Pattern. The server expects a valid CSRF token in each POST request when the user is authenticated. Now ...
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CSRF protection with custom headers (and without validating token)

For a REST-api it seems that it is sufficient to check the presence of a custom header to protect against CSRF attacks, e.g. client sends "X-Requested-By: whatever" and the server checks the ...
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CSRF Protection on static pages

I have a static site which has forms. The forms submit to a Rails endpoint which captures the submitted data. The static site and the Rails endpoint are on the same domain, on different subdomains and ...
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CSRF over post request without redirection?

Is there a way to forge post request without being redirected to the page where parameters are submitted.For example : <html> <head> <title> CRSF example </title> </head>...
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Why refresh CSRF token per form request?

In many tutorials and guides I see that an CSRF token should be refreshed per request, my question is why do I have to do this? Isn't a single CSRF token per session much easier than regenerating one ...
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Burpsuite Pro: CSRF tokens in sequencer

So I'm using Burp to try and estimate the entropy used by tokens to prevent CSRF. Let's say a website has a url in it's site protected by a Token: <a href="http://example.com/mypage.TOKEN=1234"&...
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Ajax and CSRF protection

Without going into too much details I have a site which is 100% Ajax. All requests to the site (both GET and POST) are done via Ajax. Now I have to implement CSRF protection, and all the solutions I ...
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OAuth2 Cross Site Request Forgery, and state parameter

http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-oauth-v2-30#section-10.12 says: The client MUST implement CSRF protection [...] typically accomplished by requiring any request sent to the redirection URI ...
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Protecting against CSRF when a form is being submitted via an AJAX call

I'm using anti-CSRF tokens on all my forms to prevent CSRF attacks. Also, the tokens are being saved in the $_COOKIE variable to validate against the value I get from the form. I'm resetting the token ...
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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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Why can I read the response to this CSRF attack?

I have a website www.foo.com:8002 that I have resolve to 127.0.0.1:8002 in my hosts file. I have another (the main site) running at localhost:80 In www.foo.com:8002 the page looks like <form name=...
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If I never want cross origin requests to be accepted, can I just ignore CORS?

The CORS spec states that if a request method and headers are not simple then a preflight HTTP OPTIONS request is sent to see if the request is allowed by the server. My server does not respond with ...
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How does ViewState protect against CSRF?

According to the OWASP CSRF Cheat Sheet viewStateUserKey for ASP.NET ViewState is acceptable to prevent csrf attacks, but I really don't get how. I get that this makes it hard for an attacker to ...
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CSRF cookie vs session based tokens

I will generate a CSRF token and include it in a hidden form field. When receiving the request, I will check the form value against the value either stored in the user's session or in a cookie. Is it ...
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How to properly validate HTTP redirects?

I'm reading OWASP's Secure Coding Practices Checklist and under their "Input Validation" section they have an item that reads: Validate data from redirects (An attacker may submit malicious ...
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Understanding CSRF vulnerability in Web Application?

I want to understand what is CSRF vulnerability. I use authorization system in my web application and found CSRF. What should we do to solve it? Actually I want to create simulation for this ...
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What risks do Cookieless sessions have? What are the mitigations?

I'm debating if I should support cookieless sessions in my web app. It would look something like this: http://www.example.com/(S(lit3py55t21z5v55vlm25s55))/orderform.aspx Since the URL is never ...
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Can anybody recommend any gems for checking security vulnerabilities?

I want to check one of my RoR projects for security vulnerabilities. So can anybody recommend any gems for my needs?
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Does vulnerability exist when using XHR with GET method and custom anti-CSRF HTTP header?

Imagine button after clicking which browser sends XHR http request with GET method. Characteristics: after executing request sensitive action is performed sensitive information is sent in GET ...
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header injection + codeigniter

I'm reading through Mozilla's Secure Coding Guidelines, and found this statement: Don't trust any user data (input, headers, cookies etc). Validate it before using it I'm using the codeigniter ...
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Security issues using iframes

We are looking to move to iframes due to technical challenges. By moving to iframes it will be easier to manage the technical issues. But we are not totally sure of security implications of iframes. ...
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Can a CSRF CAPTCHA be defeated?

One defense that developers use to protect against a CSRF attack is to implement a CAPTCHA in critical steps. A CAPTCHA ensures that a human is at the keyboard approving the activity. But I've ...
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CSRF prevention in PHP

Two questions. Where does one download the PHP version of OWASP's CSRF Guard? The following URL says to check Git: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/PHP_CSRF_Guard All I see on Git however is *....
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anti-CSRF tokens vs Referer and POST testing

I understand anti-CSRF tokens to be a chunk of data sent in the response that is expected to match in subsequent requests, but is not stored in cookies. For example, a form with a hidden value that ...
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anti-CSRF tokens in HTTPS environment

Does it really make sense to use anti-CSRF tokens in a web application that is accessed by HTTPS only? If yes, then what are the possible ways to attack such a web application if anti-CSRF tokens are ...
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CSRF With JSON POST

I am playing around with a test application which accepts JSON requests and response is also JSON. I am trying to do a CSRF for a transaction which accepts only JSON data with POST method in request. ...
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Presentation on Web App Security (ACM Student Chapter)

I am a member of the local ACM student chapter in my university and as part of our activities I am scheduled to give a talk on current issues on Web Application Security (and possibly secure coding ...