Security related aspects of databases and database access.

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Display link to admin section or not?

I have a question and answers site. I have an admin section. From that section I can delete users, threads, responses, and edit various other things. I have some simple code at the start of the admin ...
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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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Code, Data and Passwd encrypted? sqlplus $USER/$PASSWORD@$ORACLE_REMOTE_SID

Lots of our *NIX scripts use "sqlplus $USER/$PASSWORD@$ORACLE_REMOTE_SID" I know that not good to have clear text password in scripts (there is no alternative at the moment). But question is the ...
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If a phone is encrypted at a platform storage level do I need to encrypt my data stored on it?

I am writing a mobile app which would be expected to store sensitive data. It needs to be stored for offline use. I am wondering now that Android and iOS provide encryption at rest do I need to ...
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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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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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Can we reverse engineer binlog with row format to make MySQL AES_ENCRYPT visible?

Suppose if I am using the mysql database based encryption using AES_ENCRYPT function & insert records, is it possible to decode the row formatted binlogs generated by MySQL to obtain the actual ...
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Is Creating a Restricted Database User in Microsoft SQL Server Decent Protocol

Forgive me for the heavy metaphor but it's a situation's complexity kind of goes over my head. Assume I'm Leonard Shelby (My short term memory only lasts 5 minutes). I'm a freelancer that reads ...
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Authentication for a batch script

It seems amazing that there is no industry accepted best practice for this problem yet (or maybe just one I'm not aware of): What is the most secure way for a batch script, a program needing to ...
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DRY API Authentication Design Between Services

I am creating an API service that is going to require authentication. this will be the first part of a project that will include a front-end service for my website, and also open up the api for 3rd ...
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Are foreign keys linking to a table with PHI considered PHI under HIPAA?

Table 1 has PHI and it's encrypted. Table 2 doesn't have PHI, isn't encrypted and has a foreign key to Table 1. I'd like to recommend the strongest security. If there's a requirement in HIPAA, it's ...
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Is this a sensible way to encrypt user data?

I want to make a site for storing sensitive user data, that retains per-user data encryption in the event that the database is compromised. This is the model I was thinking of, to give the best ...
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Secure database password stored in an env variable

I need to somewhere store my DB password on my production environment to access the DB. At the moment the prod system is deployed in the cloud, so is the DB. The password, the username and some other ...
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Sending database name in request headers

I am doing a project with an architecture of single server and multiple database. Every client request will contain a header containing database name that this request should connect. Is this a good ...
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Encrypted quiz data in PHP and JS

I'm developing a quiz with which you can win a few cool prizes. Therefore I'm afraid, that someone might try to hack/manipulate it. All participants have to be logged in and the website takes 15 ...
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For all the hassle it brings, why isn't password management handled by the database?

Right now, we might do something like password varchar(72), when defining a password column, with for example BCrypt. But there's a lot of folks that don't do this very effectively. Maybe they just ...
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Is this approach of securing cookie secure?

I could not find writeups about secure cookies so I have done some thinking. (I already have a "secure" password database with bcrypt and salt) Steps: User logs in Save user IP + randomstring in ...
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Limiting database security

A number of texts signify that the most important aspects offered by a DBMS are availability, integrity, and secrecy. As part of a homework assignment I have been tasked with mentioning attacks which ...
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Is bruteforcing the last character of a salt a good idea?

Would it be a good idea security-wise to store salts with their last character removed, and then bruteforce the last character to further the amount of time it would take to create rainbow tables and ...
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How to secure database table of users for an application?

I am working on a Windows application that utilizes a MySQL database for its user authentication and data storage. Within the application, the highest level of user (Administrator) can create and ...
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For what do I hash user passwords with PDKDF2 when the user data is stored in the same database?

I'm hashing the passwors of my users with PDKDF2 right now. A user can gain access to his account with his password. When the user is logged in he can edit his personal information and do other stuff ...
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Validating Credentials - Logic in Application vs Database

I am studying Web Application Security, A Beginner's Guide Paperback – November 3, 2011 by Bryan Sullivan (Author), Vincent Liu (Author) On pp 69, "Validating Credentials", they say you can ...
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What do we have to keep in mind when opening up our data to a third party?

We have a database with pictures (amongst other things). We have a few apps that can connect to this database via a php webservice (send https requests to a php file to retrieve stuff from the db and ...
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Database compromised and some passwords cracked

I run an MMORPG game and today while moving from one server to another, apache failed and listed some of the data on the server including a back-up of all the source code + database which a few people ...
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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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Shared Database and PCI Compliance

Say we have a cloud based web application which is SaaS. This application is to be made PCI compliant as a service provider, as client card data passes through the application. This application uses a ...
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Flawed understanding of SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)

We host a database for one of our applications on Microsoft SQL Azure. One of our clients was dissatisfied with the fact that TDE is not supported on SQL Azure (and the database is otherwise not ...
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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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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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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 restrict access to a resource based on frequency of access?

I want to restrict access to a particular resource based on time (configurable). So suppose user A has time t configured from him. He can access the resource only once every t time units. The values ...
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Least insecure way to encrypt a field in the database so that it can still be included in queries

I have a table where all columns need to be encrypted (aside from the PK). This will be achieved using AES at the application level. However there is one particular field that needs to remain ...
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Protect database resources from fake data inputs via web forms

Scenario: I'm working on a project that needs to accept large amounts of data (customer data) from its users. So it can be normal to have a user trying to add 10,000 or 100,000 records at a time. In ...
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Storing US employer identification number (EIN / FEIN) in a database

What are considerations for storing a United States Employer Identification Number (EIN / FEIN) in a database? Is this considered sensitive information along the lines of an SSN? Are there legal ...
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Is storing a client's folder structure a security risk?

At work, we generate sensitive report files for our clients. Currently, these files are stored in cloud storage. Some partners want the files on their local machine, instead, so we will need the ...
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How to keep database record secret even from developer having access to it?

Imagine a web-based email app, such as GMail. The email should only be readable by the sender and the recipients. No one else, including the developer having access to the database server or ...
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Connecting to Oracle Database from VBScript - Hiding Credentials

At work our first level support uses a ticket management system that allows us to add extra functionality via VBScripts that the application invokes. First level support also receives quite a few ...
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Good resources on ACH/banking details security?

In our web application, we allow customers to enter their bank account information as a method of payment (account number, routing number, bank name). This information goes nowhere at all; it's up to ...
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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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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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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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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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Main requirements to secure my Application in any database related features

I have an application which is hosted on a windows server on which an SQL DB exists. This server communicates with the clients and agents installed on host PCs through TCP/IP and SSL connections. I'm ...
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Hybrid Encryption System - Is this unnecessary in this case? [closed]

I have a column in my database that I need to encrypt. The column can contain any arbitrary data. What I am thinking is to generate a public and private key pair first. Store the public key in a ...
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Isolating database? Is it possible?

I have been assigned CTF project for IT Security for my final year project in school. We are planning to have a flag that are base on SQL injection but for the user to overcome the challenge, they ...
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users avatar names based on Primary Key, is it safe?

We upload users avatar with their primary key name. avatars name are 1.jpg,2.jpg,3.jpg,... according to their primary key. We implemented this to omit avatar field from database, instead with use ...
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What's the value of data partition encryption for database files on a postgres database server?

We're in the process of rolling out a postgres based web app, and I'm trying to understand the value of encrypting the entire database. In postgres's case, the only way to do this is store the ...
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Is it fine to store single-use beta keys plain-text?

Is it okay to store single-use beta keys in plain-text in the database? I'll be pre-generating and storing about 2M keys. The keys get passed around so that people can sign up with it, rather than let ...
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Proper credit card encryption for use in a blacklist

I have a general encryption question. I have read through many of the encryption related questions here and I can't find any specifically addressing my concern. This is the hypothetical scenario: I ...