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How many bits of entropy does an identifier contain?

According to https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Insufficient_Session-ID_Length: Assuming that the session identifiers are being generated using a good source of random numbers, we will estimate the ...
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Executing external process from Java security

What are security implications of executing external processes using Java ProcessBuilder/Process? Example: Runtime rt = Runtime.getRuntime(); Process proc = rt.exec("processExecutable"); InputStream ...
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Storing encryption passphrases in memory in Dalvik?

Given KeePassDroid, I'm considering some of the security implications of accessing KeePass databases on an Android device. In the native applications for Windows, OSX, and Linux, whenever the ...
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Why are certain languages chosen for security application development over others?

Specifically, why are the most popular attack proxies written in java? Is there any particular security posture to the design of the java language that makes writing tools like these simpler? Easier ...
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Java AES encryption output length

I am trying to encrypt few database columns (string values) using Java AES algorithm. This is to protect certain sensitive data. For some users these data should decrypted. In Java AES encryption, if ...
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Private and public key need to have same algorithm?

The private and the public key from the cert must have the same algorithm, correct? EDIT: Yes of course pub / priv are a key pair. So this code would be legal, to be more flexible (e.g. ECDSA or DSA): ...
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Is AES(Rijndael) faster than Blowfish?

I know theoretical that blowfish is much faster than aes. But I benchmarked several algorithms including aes and blowfish for 1MB, 5MB, 10MB etc. files in java 8 platform and bouncy castle library. In ...
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Share and store RSA - public key in java server and vice versa

My requirements are: Requirement 1: Share public key to java server. Steps: Generate public-private keys in iOS app. Store the generated keys in keychain. Send generated public key to java server. ...
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Why do I hear about so many Java insecurities? Are other languages more secure?

I really like the Java programming language, but I continuously hear about how insecure it is. Googling 'java insecure' or 'java vulnerabilities' brings up multiple articles talking about why you ...
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How can I get confirmation of new security problem in struts2?

I just read about this new struts2 security problem. I want to tell our developers to patch it, but I wish for some more sources first. The only source he cites is in another language. I guess I ...
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Is it safe to use localstorage to store session variables and user password? [closed]

I'm trying to make a web application in Java with a login/session system using com.sun.net.httpserver and as far I know, it does not have an inbuilt method to this. So, I had the following idea: 1 - ...
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Can you write OS-related virus using high level languages like Python

It is a well known fact that OS-related viruses are commonly written in low level languages like C or C++ which require direct access to the kernel of the CPU , I am just wondering if its possible ...
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Decrypt Passwords based on using a user's password

I am creating a database to store our client's information at work (a heritage center specializing in DNA based genealogy). Once the results of a test come back, we have people that use the ...
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Auto deploy war file (backdoor/shell) to particular folder [closed]

I am in the midst of a pentest. I have managed to uploaded a war shell (backdoor) in c:\test\ which is automatically deployed in a folder, for example c:\test\tmpbrowser.war. The application which I ...
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Doesn't the same string encrypted with the same key generate the same encrypted value?

This is my page and class to encrypt the string entered and saved in database. Each time, the Key__c is the same, as I take it from custom settings. But when I enter abc and save two times, the ...
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Why did Java (JRE) vulnerabilities peak in 2012-2013?

I've taken a graph of the amount of CVE reports concerning the JRE per Year. Now as you can see this spiked in 2012-2013, which could have been guessed easily, if you look at the amount of news items ...
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How do I Mitigate Directory Traversal when User-Supplied Input is a Mandatory Business Case?

I have an instance where we have an application that requires the ability to set up sftp commands that are specified by administrative users. They are configured through the front-end of the ...
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What are the security features of JRE 8?

I was tasked with finding the security features of JRE 1.8 and compare it to JRE 1.7 update 51. When I try to look for new security though, it only shows ">JDK< Security Enhancements" (ie. Not ...
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How secure is Java's hashCode()?

On our views in a Java web application, currently I am using hashCode as Id's for objects so that at server end I can get the same object back. However, I am wondering how secure Java's hashCode ...
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Checklist for securing JBoss

Is there a security checklist for auditing JBoss configuration files ? CIS and DISA provides security checklist only for Tomcat and Apache server. Is there any other ressources ?
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Anti Virus Intergration

we have found an issue with some production systems that the Anti-Virus causes the program to become slow a lot of the times and generally interferes with the activity of our software. Now as far as I ...
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How to modify a certificate using getTBSCertificate() method

I want to show that if I modify one bit or byte from a given X509 certificate the signature verification results false (because this modification results different hash value from the certificate). ...
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what freeware tool for java source code review? [closed]

I need freeware tool for source code review for my application which used WebSphere Portal and Java as technology. Please provide me relevant information or links regarding this.
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Java Applet - Need Code Signing Certificate vs SSL Certificate

I'm working on a Java Applet that used to be self-signed. Now that java 7u51 is being used, I am working to get the jar for the Applet signed. I used the certificate/key used for the apache2 ssl ...
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How to avoid log4j output external modification

I had a request to find a solution for making a log file secure from editing from the user (not root user) running the JBoss instance of an application (Linux environment) First idea I had is to use ...
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Can a Java servlet filter be used to pull out scripts that aren't whitelisted?

I might be asking a similar question to this: Whitelisting DOM elements to defeat XSS But I think my proposed solution is different and I was wondering if I could get the community to comment on ...
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Is Java relevant to Information Security?

I'm currently studying Computer Science, where we're teached Java programming. I want to get into the IT-security field, but it seems to me that Ruby and Python are more relevant for that, so I have a ...
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Need help to Webservice in Axis2 with https in java

I have written my webservice with https. but as per requirement i should provide authentication. so thought of going with https ssl. could any one help me with steps like moving http to https and ssl ...
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Android and FIPS

I've recently been tasked with a research project to write a "secure messaging application" using "government approved protocols" (the government being the USA). I'm taking this to mean asymmetric ...
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How can I determine the Java version running on a remote server?

Short version How can I determine the Java version a remote server is running if I only have access to the server through port 443? Long version I am validating a pentest run by another group. ...
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How to store passphrase in this situation?

How to store a passphrase with a Java application that periodically needs access to its plaintext form? It is a strange situation, but I am wedged in it. If providing a decent security mechanism is ...
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Java Drive By & Stub - Explanation [closed]

I have been trying to make some extensions for chrome lately to block some unwanted stuff. I have also been searching for quite some time to find what a JDB does.So , the applet downloads a file , ...
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How securely random is Oracle's java.security.SecureRandom

There was a lot of news in the past year about exploitable weaknesses in cryptography which originated from weak random number generators. In some cases it was negligence on side of the developers, in ...
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Learning to script tools in Python and general Pen Testing

I want to learn Pen Testing and already know Java and have been learning Python and am fairly comfortable with Python syntax. I also have some knowledge on Linux and TCP/IP. My questions are: How can ...
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Salt usage for Spring security?

I use the Spring security for Java web applications and I have written an authentication provider which is working without salt and now I want to either add salt or alternatively use the built-in ...
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What are the major vulns that affect the Dalvik VM of Android?

I frequently hear about the security risks of using Android. But few people who write articles on this subject ever identify what parts of Android are at fault, nor do they identify design flaws. Can ...
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encrypting a file with an RSA key

I wrote a java program to encrypt and decrypt files using AES algorithm in CBC mode and a random initialization vector. but there is something fundamental I'm not understanding:first I generate a ...
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Java SSL factory connection to SSL server (with just public-key and certificate)

I am trying to connect to a SSL web server. We currently have a pkcs12 file and connect, that is our private-key and certificate. Is it possible to connect using Java code with a public-key and ...
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Client Authentication by certificates in Google APP Engine java

I am writing an application in Google APP Engine java which authenticate the user by its certificate. I have created a self signed certificate using keytool at client side. I also enable the HTTPS ...
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Can SHA-1 PRNG still create secure cipher keys?

I am concerned that a SHA-1 PRNG cannot produce an AES-256 cipher key with the expected 256 bits of security, or indeed any secure cipher key where over 165 bits of security are expected. The SHA-1 ...
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How do Java applet exploits work? [closed]

Browsers store web pages in a local cache on the client's machine. How does a hostile Java applet exploit this information to gain more privileges than it is entitled to? My understanding is that a ...
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What key to use in HMAC

I need to use HMAC on a certain message to guarantee integrity, but I cannot figure out what are the requirements for the key to be given as input to the hashing algorithm. In particular I have to ...
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Convert a DER encoded Certificate to PEM encoded Certificate

I have a p7b certificate(DER encoded) which I need to convert to a PEM encoded certificate so that I can import it into my keystore. I see that the openssl command below does the job of the ...
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Uploading JSP (Any kind of java code) to Tomcat without manager

I'm new to this site. I have a question concerning the upload of dynamic java code into an application running on Tomcat 7.0.34. I'm doing a penetration testing of a java website and found it's ...
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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 ...
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How can a network observer identify computers running old versions of Java?

I received an email earlier today from my ISP (a university). The email reads (in part): Your network connection has been disabled because your version of Java is not patched for the most recent ...
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Are there any real life cases, where using final keyword in Java increases system security?

I've came across that question on StackOverflow: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/18755713/how-does-final-play-a-role-in-security The claim is made, that according to Wikipedia: A final class ...
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Configuring GCM cipher suites in Jetty based server

I have a Jetty based secure http service, and I wish to support GCM cipher suites. I know that Jetty internally use JSSE based ciphers, and there are many GCM ciphers coming with JSSE as documented ...
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Grant permission to read java home from untrusted java code

I'm loading untrusted code at runtime and for this reason I'm also writing a custom SecurityManager. This untrusted code however lazy-loads some JRE classes that I do not want to block. Would it be ...
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Why don't we have any popular decentralized chat systems, social networks etc.? [closed]

Let's say two computers have the same decentralized chat program. Each user has to have an ip address and port number to send the message to another person. Each message is encrypted using, let's say, ...