Definition: HTTP - the Hypertext Transfer Protocol - provides a standard for Web browsers and servers to communicate. The definition of HTTP is a technical specification of a network protocol that software must implement. HTTP is an application layer network protocol built on top of TCP. HTTP ...

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Is HTTPS as secure or more secure than SSH if both have an IP address whitelist?

I'm wondering whether an HTTPS API endpoint would be as secure as or more secure than SSH. API Endpoint The API endpoint would require HTTPS The API authentication would use a POST'd API key. The ...
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POST over HTTPS “secure enough” for sensitive data?

I'm wondering if to prevent the possibility of a compromised SSL certificate leading to the potential for sensitive information disclosure if it might be prudent to further encrypt data being passed ...
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HTTP Basic Auth is enough?

I have WebSVN, Gitlab and phpMyAdmin hosted on my dev server. Now, all of it, I password protect the pages (not their individual login) using HTTP Basic Auth, is this the best practice that I can do?
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Signed request vs HTTP digest auth for API authentication?

By signed request I mean something like this (simplified example): Client creates a sig in his request: $sig = hash('sha256', $api_key.$data); which generates 7409ur0k0asidjko2j for example. He then ...
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Secure SSL Session from losing itself into unsecure http

I've seen some implementations of HTTPS SSL and, as a visitor, forced to rely to a lot of those. What would a secure implementation look like and where can one expect problems? I expect the installer ...
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IP over HTTP GET only

Consider the following scenario: There is a client behind a really strict firewall. There is nearly nothing available to 'connect to the internet'. Just DNS resolution and HTTP/HTTPS (some whitelisted ...
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Disclosure and HTTP status codes

Disclaimer: yes, I have checked the Which HTTP status codes are interesting from a security point of view? which sounds relevant but not entirely. These days it's supposed to be a good practice to ...
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How can I be sure that I'm downloading over SSL?

Maybe I'm asking absolutely dumb question, but I couldn't find the answer yet. I know when I'm sending or getting a data in a browser over https, both server and client (browser) checks each other ...
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What was the security vulnerability behind Box and Dropbox and what's different now?

Earlier today I received a number of comments saying that my shared links were disabled. I looked around and saw a number of articles explaining what happened, and Dropbox posted an official statement ...
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Web service HMAC authentication/anti-replay

I am creating a web service, which handles various requests from web clients. The client and server share a big secret key S, and when one part wants to send data, it calculates the token as follows: ...
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Why do Browsers warn about self-signed certificates but not about plain HTTP (which is not even encrypted)? [duplicate]

Let's keep it short: On HTTP everyone can listen easily. MITM attacks are no problem. On HTTPS (self-signed) everything is at least encrypted, it's much harder to MITM-attack and only private key ...
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Capturing (1x Only) HTTP POST Request [tcpdump]

Every now and then; I like to fire up tcpdump and just watch the network traffic as the packets flow on by. For example: user@host:~$ sudo tcpdump -Aevvv Will parse & print all local ...
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Can cascaded routers protect inner network's machine from attacker from outer network?

Given: Outer Network router A wan ip 209.123.12.11 address 10.10.0.1 machine A address 10.10.0.10 gateway 10.10.0.1 Inner Network router B wan ip 10.10.0.100 address 192.168.10.1 ...
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Understanding a suspicious HTTP request

While debugging my server for issues, I checked my logs frequently. Here is one weird one I've found, which seems like an attempt to run something on my server. I am using nginx on Ubuntu 14.04. Below ...
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Does referrer header checking offer any real world security improvement?

At work we use a central portal that provides basic SSO functionality to other applications. In addition to verifying the SSO data sent, all of our existing in-house applications (used by the public) ...
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Are MITM attacks possible on HTTP loopbacks?

I have a web server running at example.com. The web server performs a server-side request to example.com which results in a loopback, so the request never passes over the network. Is this request ...
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How to prevent attacks before HSTS is established for the first time? [closed]

What is the best way to accomplish this and prevent attacks like SSL Strip?
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In Same Origin Policy, why are different protocols considered a security violation?

I can understand why content from different domains is considered to be unstrusted for the same origin policy. But, how can be content from diferent protocols from the same site/domain be dangerous? ...
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Token based authentication under http

I am doing a token based authentication but facing some security problems. In the system, a user will login as follows: Type username and password to login in a https login page If the login is ...
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In which ways could a javascript making a cross domain HEAD request be a threat?

I was just reading this answer to the question Why is the same origin policy so important? Basically, when you try to make an XMLHttpRequest to a different domain, the browser will do one of two ...
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HTTPOnly Cookies: Security Depends on Client Cooperation?

I've been implementing HTTPOnly cookie-based session handling and have some questions about what HTTPOnly means. I realise it's a flag that gets passed around in the HTTP header when setting cookies. ...
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Is it harmful to allow http requests with very long querystrings in IIS?

I am developing a website with a search feature that could generate HTTP requests that are very long (up to 15,000) characters. However, IIS has a default limit of 2048 characters for querystrings. ...
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Is SSL really insecure on most of the web? This report seems to suggest so [duplicate]

The Wikipedia article on TLS article has a tremendously long list of attacks against SSL. A table on that article shows a survey from September 2015. If you look at that survey, it shows that nearly ...
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302 redirect and the body on the page (you are redirected to …)

I have page which take URL on query and string and it. Then, you get redirected using 302 to another page, and the response of the page contains HTML code and the redirect header. Like this: ...
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Is this system of authentication secure for a mobile app? What can I do to improve it?

Users authenticate with their phone number, get a pin text, and if it is correct, they get an access token. Store the access token in a DB in a Token model. The client always sends the access token in ...
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Server side validations for file upload to prevent DoS on HTTP server

I am aware that client side validations can be easily bypassed by means like disabling javascript. I would like to know the things to be checked while doing a server side validation for file upload. I ...
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CSRF-protection using authentication token in HTTP header

I'm working on a web application which stores an authentication token in a cookie. The only CSRF-protection is referrer checking. I am considering improving this by moving the authentication token ...
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Http redirect using Location, but using falsely supplied data from host header

If I have a domain www.mysite.com, and I am making a request to www.mysite.com on port 80 using telnet, but I send a host header with another domain name(www.wrong-domain.com), but the server doesn't ...
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Danger of having my website make arbitrary web requests

I'm setting up a small code-hosting web site, in the vein of github or bitbucket. I would like to allow users to specify an arbitrary URL from which my site's server will initially clone their ...
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Indirectly relaying intranet server to outside world

I have an internal network of IP network cameras. The feeds from these cameras are ingested by a single server and presented from a unified web interface both internally and to the outside world (both ...
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What method for CSRF token generation should I use in my scenario?

I'm working on a RESTful API to work with my AngularJS application. Authenticating works by generating an ASP.NET FormsAuthenticationTicket. It is stored in a cookie using ...
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Are there any vulnerabilities when making cross-domain HTTP requests during an SSL connection?

I recently starting using the Calomel SSL Validation plugin for Firefox to test the SSL security on the sites I visit. When navigating to American Express' log in page, I noticed Calomel reports the ...
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Route traffic from iPhone to desktop and back

I have some iOS app to pentest, and the target server is accessible only through the jailbroken iPhone's APN. My problem is, that I want to configure the traffic in such way so I can intercept and ...
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What's the best way to enumerate log/sign in attempts?

For sign in via a website, what is the best way to count the number of attempts that is: least vulnerable to tampering reliable quick The system would: use HTTPS throughout the sign on phase (at ...
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Should links to images contained in emails be secure?

We are generating emails which contain links to images: our client's branding, images showing other products offered by the client etc... What are the security pitfalls if these links in the emails ...
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How to use http-get-form in THC-Hydra?

I've been messing with Hydra (Brute Force) to solve the "Damn Vulnerable Web App" brute force section but the problem is when I use http-get-form it said: Warning: child 1 seems to have died, ...
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What security implications does DNS prefetching have?

To improve performance, most browsers prefetch DNS records for linked resources in the background so that the browsers already knows where to send the request the instance you click the link. This is ...
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How to use HTTPS for servers whose IP and domain name change, potentially frequently?

We have devices (think "Internet of Things") that have a HTTP server installed. Those devices can change their IP and domain name quite frequently (or have no domain name at all). They have a GUID ...
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Blocking a redirect link in an iframe on a chat site

There is a shortened link being spread which contains an @ symbol. j.mp/s@mething, and it's used for phishing purposes. When trying to block it, for some reason it doesn't like the @ character I want ...
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Flaw in HTTP Digest Authentication

I am working through my textbook and I came across this question: Below is the message format for a browser response to access a password-protected web page using HTTP digest authentication. GET URI ...
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OAuth 2.0 client side redirect instead of HTTP redirect

I'm implementing an OAuth 2.0 authorisation server using the Authorization Code flow (i.e. users will authorise client apps to connect to our server). The auth server is the same as the resource ...
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How should I tunnel arbitrary protocol traffic over HTTPS?

I'm posting this question from a moving train! (Ok, maybe that's not so impressive.) This train has an annoying WiFi - it's low-throughput, high-latency, tends to lose packets, and blocks most kinds ...
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Can 3rd party JavaScript libraries access the http headers of the hosting html page

So, I have website, it uses a cookie stored in the http header of the downloaded html document to maintain the session while the end user is logged on and accessing there 'secure' data. This webpage ...
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Encrypting layers of OSI

I was reading that WPA2-PSK encrypts layer 2 of the OSI network model. What is the danger of having this layer in plaintext (I know it can be decrypted very easily from within the network)? Is there a ...
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Risks associated with HTTP content injection?

I'm curious about the risks associated with HTTP content injection, where an ISP injects content to pages accessed over non HTTPS connections. Some examples: ...
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Risks of using HTTP

What are the risks of using HTTP instead of HTTPS assuming that there isn't any rogue hacker sitting on my personal WIFI network waiting to sniff my traffic? Can a hacker sit in his boat in the ...
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Payment form from http is secure? [closed]

There are lot of payment gateways (Worldpay, PayPal, ..) offering easy integration, when the plain webpage using URL redirection to the payment page. HTTPS (worldpay,paypal), where the user posts his ...
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Whitelist for HTTP request

Malicious request can come in the form of user agent string, referrer or cookie. To prevent being pawned by zero day attacks such as Shellshock, I have created a whitelist of characters for user agent ...
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Best way to do security testing for a server behind nginx proxy [closed]

I'm trying to do some security testing for my server(not a web server) which is sitting behind a nginx proxy. To start with it, I've done some fuzz testing using Sulley. As expected, most of the ...
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HTTP Host Header redirect traffic

Recently, I've seen periodic floods of traffic to my web servers with various Host headers that do not belong to us. The traffic appears to come primarily from China and a decent number seem to think ...