Security related aspects of databases and database access.

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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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SQL Injection in a Web Service URL as a Parameter Value

Obviously SQL Injection via the payload of a message is a very common practice and therefore it is always key to cover this (I already have in my code). However I'm just wondering about how possible ...
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Would SQL Injection and Insecure Direct References be solved by using Row-Level Security and Per-User Connection Strings?

Regarding the following OWASP Vulnerabilities: SQL Injection Insecure Direct Object References Can these not be solved by using a database that supports Row Level Security and by creating real user ...
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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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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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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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How to sniff [possibly encrypted] TDS protocol data from the host the client application is installed on?

Let's say, there is an .NET application on a windows 7 host where I have administrator's access rights. The application works with remote MS-SQL server which I don't control, it also seems that the ...
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Why Disallow Special Characters In a Password?

The culprit in this case is a particular (and particularly large) bank that does not allow special characters (of any sort) in their passwords: Just [a-Z 1-9]. Is their any valid reason for doing ...
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What are the risks of encrypting a database with a single symmetric key

An application is required to store sensitive data* on each user. Additional columns are added to the database which store cyphertext encrypted on the application server. The algorithm of choice is ...
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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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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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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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How to appropriately secure a database using different db users

I was thinking recently of the steps to secure a database server. Most of us are aware how to handle the security on the application side, although a malicious user might find his way to bypass the ...
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Amazon Web Services - Relational Database Service - Security Scan

My company is utilizing AWS for it's infrastructure including Mysql RDS instances for our databases. Everything we have is in a VPC and requires access through our VPN. Our databases are all not ...
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Place database in the DMZ and in the internal network

Is it sufficient to have single database inside the DMZ which the webservers in the DMZ receives their data from. Or if setup with two databases is a better solution, that would be to have a ...
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Worthwhile from security standpoint to limit database server user for ASP.NET website to only EXECUTE on stored procedures?

I know that obviously we must avoid sql injection attacks through user input validation and parametrized queries. There's already a firewall in place on the database server to limit remote ...
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Spring-MVC : Encryption/Decryption with user password [migrated]

I am working on a Spring-MVC application which uses Hibernate as the ORM and PostgreSQL as the database, in which I am looking for on-the-fly encryption decryption solution, but only for 2 columns in ...
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Storing lots of passwords that different levels of employees need access to

I am wondering what other people do for storing passwords. Our current model at my employer is fundamentally flawed in my opinion, so I am trying to see what other people do so I can select the best ...
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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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SQL injection — why isn't escape quotes safe anymore?

Raw SQL When you're writing SQL -- for anything that takes human input really, a lot of things have been done to avoid the injection. Everyone that's heard of SQL injection knows that (I'm going to ...
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Hiding remote database credentials in application

If I'm building an application that connects to a remote database, where should I hide the credentials? I've seen many suggest that you go through a web-application and use POST and GET requests to ...
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Is it generally a bad idea to encrypt database fields?

I work on a tiny company, it's literally me (the programmer) and the owner. The owner has asked me to encrypt several fields in a database to protect the customers data. This is a web application that ...
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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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Web app and database on same server, what is benefit of encrypting database data?

If a web app and a database are on the same server, what is the security benefit of encrypting database data? Obviously passwords should be hashed either way. I assume that if an attacker can ...
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How could a shared password database be implemented?

In the traditional form, a password database is similar to any other database file, except the contents are encrypted using a key derived from a passphrase entered by the user. The user enters their ...
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LDAP vs MySQL for Usernames and Passwords

I understand the LDAP databases are more secure, but is it always necessary to use LDAP instead of MySQL for usernames and passwords?
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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 ...
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Encrypt database records to be accessed by multiple users

I want to encrypt serialised customer details and store in a database to protect against attacks where the attacker has access to the raw database records. The records then need to be accessible by ...
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Securing user postal address in a database?

I've been assigned a web project that deals with shipping goods between two parties. I am unsure what a secure database scheme (if any) would be for storing the recipient's postal address and whether ...
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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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High level design for secure web application

I'm looking for some advise on designing a secure web app for storing passwords. Why reinvent the wheel? Because I don't trust a 3rd party with all of my passwords. Here are my thoughts: There are ...
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Knowing when there has been a data breach from your database

How do companies know when there has been a data breach? For example, do they monitor event logs for login audits or do they wait until a paste is made of their data in a pastebin type site? Is it ...
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Can I get rid of storing user secrets by using OpenID, and what do I need to store?

What information do you have to keep about a user to be an OpenID consumer? I want to use OpenID to let users register and authenticate on my system. So while I'm at it I want to not duplicate ...
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Is authenticating via the database secure

Sorry for this probably noobish question. So far, I've read password comparison/verification is implicitly understood to be made on the application layer and not in the database. For example in PHP, ...
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What is the severity if someone read the ConnectionStrings_Prod.config?

I was doing an pen test in a website and the programmer did a big mistake and I was able to read any file. So I read the web.config and see the password for database was in ...
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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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How to secure sensitive data in application with message queue

Currently we are creating one small service, where we are using some sensitive data from users(not worth zillions but to me it is like password). The idea is that application itself only inserts this ...
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My site was hacked and the attacker got data from the config file [closed]

A few days ago my website was hacked. I found out that the 'hacker' ran queries directly into the database, so he somehow got access to my database credentials. I'm using laravel 4 and the config ...
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Privacy violation even when queries with too few results are rejected

I was reading a Computing security book1 and saw a question regarding database security and privacy. I can't quite figure out the answer, so I thought I will ask here. One approach to ensure ...
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Is sending plaintext passwords to a SQL Server database a security risk?

I have a database which has stored procedures which take plaintext passwords. It hashes them and inserts them into the DB. If an attacker has access to the DB connection, it is possible to intercept ...
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Database Security

Would having the IP address and name of my database visible to the public be a security risk? I have hosting with godaddy, a shared hosting plan. When I connect to my DB, via MS-SQL-MS, I can see the ...
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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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Web server interaction with a database server

It is common knowledge that any servers exposed to the internet needs to be placed in a DMZ. However, a web application sometimes need to get user input and updates to backend database tables etc. How ...
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Connecting to postgres with SSL

I need help understanding some basics about the postgres database server and SSL. I am developing a Windows desktop application that will connect to a postgres database, in single user mode, with both ...
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PCI Compliant Secure Vault Design and Implementation

I often see the phrase “Secure Vault” in PCI DSS documentations and I want to know if a “Secure Vault” must be a highly protected file with sophisticated technologies stored on a very secure hardware ...
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Separate database column for salt

Is it advisable to store the salt in a separate database column or should we concatenate it together with the password? Is there any difference? I have come across implementations of both types. ...
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Application-Server connection security

I have this school project of mine that involves an app and a website that use the same database. The app serves as an administration tool for the website. Since it's made in C# and it's not as ...
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How do you explain to experts that a database server should not reside in the DMZ?

Our security experts, database administrators, network team and infrastructure team are all saying it's OK to have the database server located in the DMZ along with the HTTP server and middle-ware ...
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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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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, ...