Security related aspects of databases and database access.

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Is this a secure function for checking if a user has not stolen a session cookie?

As an exercise for class, I'm creating a class that manages user sessions. The session details are stored in a database and also there is a $_SESSION[user_id] variable to carry in between pages. The ...
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Protecting Health Care Database

I am doing a minor project on information security in which i am implementing techniques listed below to protect a HEALTH CARE database. Preventing SQL Injection (using prepared ...
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Secure distributed storing and querying of [medical] data?

Comparing ways of distributing and securely storing and querying structured and schemaless data. Currently I am using MongoDB, but am looking into (Postgres|MySQL)&CryptDB, Cassandra and others. ...
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Is AES encryption vulnerable?

I was reading weaknesses in AES encryption. Unfortunately, I have a website that uses AES: Its database is almost entirely AES encrypted. Is there a real threat? Would it be worth to refactor the web ...
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Asymmetric Data Storage+ No-Hash Password Storage?

Edit: removed a part of the original question; I'll break it down in a different post. I am following @Polynomial's answer to store information in a database. Here are my requirements: Only the ...
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Storing Tenants Cloud Keys In a Database

Imagine you are building a public service where you need to store the customer's cloud credentials(like their aws secret and access keys) in your database to regularly use by your backend services in ...
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How does Shodan crawl internet-connected devices?

I wonder how Shodan crawls internet-connected devices and adds them to its database. I know Google, for instance, finds new websites by following links in websites it already found, but that strategy ...
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Storing private messages in a database

I am creating a portal where users can send private messages (PMs) for a very large audience. So I want to encrypt the messages and store them in the database. But I do not want to ask the users for ...
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Cracking encrypted SQB databases

I've recovered a .SQB SQL database backup file from a backup server and do not have the password. As I do not have the password available to me, I'm looking to determine what type of encryption is ...
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How to minimize security risk when having to work with decrypted (plain text) passwords due to 3rd party API design

I'm developing an application (C#) for Microsoft SharePoint platform that uses SQL Server's (2008 R2) Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) technology. To accomplish certain client-side tasks, I must obtain ...
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/WEB-INF/web.xml showing MySQL credentials?

I found the file /WEB-INF/web.xml on a domain I'm associated with. The XML file contains: <database> <jndi-name>jdbc/mysql</jndi-name> <driver> ...
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Encrypt Android app data and send to web service

I want to develop an Android app that may contain sensitive personally identifying information (national ID number, phone number, etc.) among other data that will be stored in an Android phone. Let's ...
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How do I store a user's secret key on a server?

I'm learning about security at the moment and one thing I'd like to try out is having a key server distribute keys to clients that will allow them to securely save and read data locally. My basic ...
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Specification Document

I have been asked to research on a certain database then write down a specification document which covers Authentication, Authorization and Encryption. Has anyone ever come across such a ...
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Multi Tenant Database - HIPAA

We are planning to develop a EHR/Billing Software and we are aware about HIPAA rules and regulations. Our current application architecture using a shared database with all client's(Provider/Practice) ...
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What are common problems that reveal PHP code? [closed]

What is the best method for securing PHP scripts that contain database passwords? From what I've read, PHP can be revealed when an error occurs and is not caught. Is there any way to reveal PHP by ...
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Which approach to encrypting data on a per-user basis is more secure?

As a bit of a thought experiment, I've been thinking through how one might design a web application where a user's data (say, from a form on a webpage) is stored, encrypted, on the server, using a ...
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Uploading Executable Files

Using proxy software, I was able to bypass a file upload control file-checking for an asp.net system I am pen testing. I noticed they are saving the file into the database as bytes, and it is ...
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Are there any secure ways to store the secret key used in a TOTP scheme?

I'm writing a little webapp that demonstrates 2 factor authentication. I'm using the TOTP protocol as described in RFC 6238. In our scheme, we are storing, in addition to a b-crypted password hash ...
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Store which parts of an IP address, for user to remain anonymous?

I'm thinking about building a very anonymous forum, where people can comment and upvote each other's comments anonymously. People are supposed to remain anonymous even if the forum's database contents ...
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What is truly unbreakable these days? [closed]

Just very curious, count my knowledge in cryptography, algorithms, and security in general as non-existent. Now I am aware that this might be a VERY broad question, but here it goes. What is the most ...
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Application Server <-> Database Firewall [closed]

What threats can a firewall between an application server and a database server mitigate that would not otherwise be mitigated when both the database server and application server are behind the same ...
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What is a good rebuttal to users who wish all data WITHIN Db be encrypted?

I am building an application in VB.NET (WinForms) utilizing SQL Server 2008 R2 as a Backend. The application is to track employee's money they defer each paycheck, or month, to deposit into separate ...
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Why is it not advisable to have the database and web server on the same machine? [duplicate]

I'm bringing this across from a question on stackoverflow, but I'd like to focus specifically on the security aspects of it (and not the performance, etc..). My hypothesis is that the cost of ...
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Should I encrypt Long-lived Facebook Access Token when storing them in my DB?

I own an application that grabs some Long-Lived Facebook Access token, in order to be use later according to the corresponding logged user. Should I need to encrypt them before storing them, to avoid ...
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Secure 'pg_settings' for PostgreSQL

I have been looking for some kind of hardening guide towards PostgreSQL which I can use for a security audit of a PostgreSQL DB. I came across this url, have checked the same. Anything more to this?: ...
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Removing Unnecessary Services & Packages in a MySQL Ubuntu 12.04 Server [closed]

As part of hardening a MySQL 5.6 server running on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, unnecessary services and packages will have to be removed. For a server that is serving only as a MySQL server, what services and ...
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What are the Standard Practices for Securely Storing Encryption Keys in Databases

I have a requirement for storing multiple symmetric encryption keys in a database. What I want to know is, are there any standard, accepted practices for storing these keys in a database ? To add a ...
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What can an attacker do if he knew my database credentials?

If an attacker knows my database username and password, what can he possibly do if he doesn't have access to my server? Let's say my database is using Microsoft SQL Server. Is there a way he can use ...
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How can I prevent my database from being compromised if my CakePHP app is compromised?

I have an app server hosting a CakePHP app and a database server hosting the databases. The servers are physically separate. The databases contain encrypted sensitive information. The encryption keys ...
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A Question about Database Encryption [closed]

I've been looking around for an answer to this for some time now and I felt that this place would be a good venue to ask this. How can one improve the security in a MySQL database? The database that ...
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Best practice for data security on a web application

I read a couple articles on privacy/security but still cannot get a clear picture of the best practice to ensure that an attacker will not be able to access users' private information. For storing ...
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PCI DSS compliance for storing PAN and PII in multi-tenant environment

I wanted to know if I can still be PCI compliant if I store card holder and PII information for multiple tenants in the same database? I.e., have an identifier on the table level to identify the ...
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avoid hitting DB to authenticate a user on EVERY request in stateless web app architecture?

Summary Once a user logs into a web site and his username/password credentials are verified and an active session is established, is it possible to avoid hitting the DB for each and every request ...
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PCI Complient Storing Credit Card Data On Offline Tablet

I have a client that does work in rural areas where there are no cellphone or internet connections. They need a way to take credit card information in the field, bring it back to their office where ...
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How do vulnerability reports work?

I'm really interested in IT security and I would like to know how vulnerability reports work. Is there a central database for those things? I often see CVE-XXX-XXX on disclosures, but I don't ...
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How to securely provide data to a web server using a data warehouse?

We have a data warehouse that stores prices for our products. Once every business day, new data points are added representing the day's price for each product. On the website, a user sees this ...
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Encrypt user data when they log in with Facebook, Gmail, etc

I made a login system. The user can login by: using a normal email / password (bcrypted). using a service like facebook, gmail, etc. So far so good. Now I want to store sensitive information (ftp ...
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Security considerations for SQL database with employee data in blob field

With elevated SQL permissions, I am able to export a blob and retrieve a pdf with employee data (SSN) from a SQL Server database. This database is a backend to a third party web app we use internally ...
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What does Gazzang zNcrypt actually protect against?

In an effort to increase security of our website, I'm reading up on Gazzang zNcrypt, which claims to protect data in databases from breaches. Technically, it seems to do filesystem encryption. As far ...
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Does the Oracle Database Built-in Password Protections prevent pass-the-hash or replay attacks?

Does the Oracle Database Built-in Password Protections prevent pass-the-hash or replay attacks? Reading the "What Are the Oracle Database Built-in Password Protections?" from ...
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How to secure API (private key) for mobile apps

I am building a web service that has to be only accessible for iOS apps. In the future I want to expand to a mobile website to make my service also available for other mobile operating systems. Now, ...
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Data integrity of malicious content in the database

From a data integrity standpoint, if I persist the following code into my database: <script> alert('hi'); </script> should I sanitize it before persistence, for instance making ...
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Network and data security for small online businesses? [closed]

What is the most efficient way of protecting small online business from outside threats. Everything too much expensive is not a solution. I've been looking for good web application firewall and at ...
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Security risks if a server in not supported anymore

I have an SQL 2000 database server which is not supported by Microsoft anymore. We have our information security policy applied and even PCI requirements. What are the security risks that we might ...
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How to secure and limit access to a web based application hosted on a local server

I have security concerns over a web based application. I want to limit access to the application only to a whitelisted IP addresses. Here are my thoughts on that: To host the application myself. The ...
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Is “Why Should You Avoid AES In MySQL?” true?

From a 2012 Smashing Magazine article quite a bold statement is made to avoid AES in MySQL itself. Or as they put it "Why Should You Avoid AES In MySQL?". However, if you search for SQL encryption, ...
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Should I do science of computing or systems analyst? [closed]

I want to become a federal analyst of cyber crimes and I dont't know what's the right university course for me, I would like to know what's the cons and pros of choosing one or another course and ...
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SQL Server of my hosting provider allows me to see all databases. How secure is my mine?

My hosting provider allows access to its SQL Server. When I connected to it by SQL Management Studio, all hosted databases were visible. I can't get the details on these databases, I get this ...
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How secure is MongoDB wire protocol?

I'm building a JavaFX 2.0 standalone application (it'll be distributed as an .exe) and it opens a connection to a MongoDB instance. The connection is just a standard Mongo connection using the Mongo ...