An acronym for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS). A set of rules and policies for protecting information related to card based financial instruments.

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Online Payment Gateway Requirements

I have been looking at an online payment gateway, authorize.net, and specifically their Direct Post Method. This method would allow me to create a form on my server, then submit the post parameters ...
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PCI compliance can prevent fines?

We're working really hard to achieve PCI compliance for a project and will likely be spending hundreds of dollars each month, but I was wondering what if, god forbid, something unlikely happens and ...
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How can Stripe be PCI-compliant?

According to the Stripe FAQ, they are PCI-compliant. Also, in their API documentation, one of the parameters to create a new card is the CVC (although, granted, it is optional). So, I assume they ...
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PCI DSS and Memcached

If I store cardholder details (PAN, Expiry etc.) in a Memcached data bucket, is that something to worry about in terms of PCI DSS compliance? Our database is in a data center and is encrypted. Our ...
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How to submit credit card info to a separate server/website (PCI)

My company has a website/service that stores/processes credit cards and is PCI compliant (Site A). We also have websites with storefronts that need to submit credit card data to that site for ...
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Cloud Based WAF

I'm currently evaluating different approaches to implement a web application firewall (WAF) in our architecture. We need the WAF due to PCI DSS. I would prefer using a cloud based WAF (e.g. ...
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Clarification on being PCI compliant

So let's say we have a production site that requires VPN access to the datacenter. We also have a dev/qa datacenter in a separate datacenter with it's own VPN connection. When we're sitting in the ...
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Does PA-DSS apply to a SaaS eCommerce system?

My company develops and hosts a custom eCommerce and CMS system. We provide this only under a hosted, software-as-a-service model. We are in full control of the hosting environment, and our customers ...
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Is a Linux environment PCI compliant if the swap file is not encrypted and PANs are loaded into RAM?

Is a Linux environment PCI compliant if the swap partition/file is not encrypted and PANs are loaded into RAM by an application?
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Are Linux vendor-supplied security updates enough for PCI Compliance?

I have several systems that require PCI compliance, all of them are running CentOS 6.4 with all security updates applied daily. However, PCI compliance scanning will often reject detected versions of ...
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Dual control / key encrypting key required?

I'm trying to get my head around 3.6.3 and 3.6.2 in the PCI-DSS standard, secure cryptographic key storage and distribution. Would having two 256 bit key halves stored in separate, isolated ...
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PCI-DSS Scope with tokenisation

My organisation is now using tokenisation and we are no longer storing any credit card information. I now think I may no longer need some of the following controls:- (there may be others although ...
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What type of PCI Compliance do I need if I don't hold any card data

I am working with a company that is "PCI Compliant" and in order for them to give me any of their data (customer name, email) they ask that I be "PCI Compliant" even though this data is not credit ...
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What are the security implications of a device like Coin?

Coin is a new device aimed at replacing up to 8 credit cards in your wallet with a single device. It apparently works by scanning the credit card data into a mobile application that syncs with the ...
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BEAST: IIS6: Failing PCI scan - are these ciphers OK?

Our PCI compliance scanner, TrustWave, have failed our Win 2003/IIS6 site on BEAST because of the following cyphers: Cipher Suite: SSLv3 : DES-CBC3-SHA Cipher Suite: SSLv3 : RC4-SHA Cipher Suite: ...
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Conceptual design of vulnerability scanning program in global retail network (PCI DSS)

I am trying to design yearly program to scan for vulnerabilities on a very large network of payment terminals. The company has thousands of retail points all around the world which need to be ...
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Nessus HTML5 version 5.0.3 - PCI Scan

I've been searching for a couple days, even contacting support, to find out if Nessus has a bundle that scans for PCI compliance. It selects all 44 categories and regardless of what kind of scan I ...
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Is PCI DSS applicable to other solutions than those dealing with payment cards?

According to this quote from "applicability" section of PCI DSS it's not: The primary account number is the defining factor in the applicability of PCI DSS requirements. PCI DSS requirements ...
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SAQ A-EP Requirements for VPS Hosting

We are hosting a site on a self-managed Digital Ocean VPS ("Droplet") that will be taking payments via Stripe using their stripe.js API. According to PCI, we have determined that we fall under the SAQ ...
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Is storing CVV compliant with PCI standards?

From personal, job-related experience I know that many "Booking Engines" store the CVV info for customers' credit cards from the time a reservation is made until the time the guest leaves the hotel. ...
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Is using RC4-MD5/RC4-SHA as SSL ciphers enough for most purpose?

In the AWS ELB, I have uploaded a cert and only selected "RC4-MD5" + "RC4-SHA" as the ciphers and scored A in the ssltest [1] If I using the default ELB setting, I can only score a C Since I am not ...
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PCI compliance if not storing or transmitting credit card data

I have a networked product that we install on customer networks. The device is does not pass any of the CC data, but only sits on the same network (think Nest or Dropcam). The customer networks ...
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PCI Compliance and PayPal

First, please forgive my ignorance. Until this week, the only "credit card security" I understood was how to hack systems and why to write PHP pages with the types of features I do (msqli, pdo, ...
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Are invalid card numbers under PCI compliance

If a merchant sends an invalid card number to the bank, will the bank have to secure the information to be PCI compliant?
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Incident Reporting or Notification Policy domain?

I'm writing a company policy on how employees should handle reports of information security related events and notifications that come from vendors, customers, and from people within our organization. ...
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Perl CPAN modules in a PCI-DSS environment

We are currently working on implementing the PCI-DSS ruleset in our IT environment, where all of the inhouse software we use is Perl. We have a Perl dev team of about 10 people (inlcuding me) and ...
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Key Management for PCI and Payment automation

We're a bootstrapped startup looking to achieve PCI compliance, we've almost nailed all requirements but I recently came across this blog post which totally derails our plans and efforts : ...
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If I storing my own cards in a database. Does this fall under PCI compliance framework?

We want to store some cardholders data in our database. The card we want to store are all connected to our own company account. Does this fall under the PCI framework? For example do I have to comply ...
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PCI-DSS compliance for business with only swipe terminals

I support the IT infrastructure for a small retail business which is now required to undergo a PCI-DSS assessment. The payment service and terminal provider (Streamline) has asked that we use ...
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Effectively limiting outgoing firewall traffic to frequently-changing IPs

PCI DSS 1.2.1 states: Restrict inbound and outbound traffic to that which is necessary for the cardholder data environment. Verify that all other inbound and outbound traffic is ...
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PCI service provider and separation

This is connection to my previous question: Shared Database and PCI Compliance However, this question relates to the requirement "Appendix A: Additional PCI DSS Requirements for Shared Hosting ...
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PCI-DSS Network Segmentation and encrypted administrative interfaces

I'm using the 3/2/1 network segmentation model from the open pci dss scoping toolkit and I'm running into a bit of a mental roadblock. I have a phone system (Mitel 5000 series, if it matters) that is ...
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Help understanding PCI-DSS when using password based encryption from automatically generated keys

I've inherited the task of self-auditing an e-commerce system for compliance with the PCI-DSS. We are storing the PAN in our database in encrypted form using 256 bit AES algorithm to do the ...
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Using EventStore For PCI Compliance?

I have been hearing a lot of good things about EventStore 3 and am looking to upgrade my server event forwarding systems for PCI compliance next year and was wondering if anyone had looked at the ...
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Credit card data security - hashing, truncation and encryption

A question with a similar title has been asked before, but it doesn't answer my specific question here. PCI DSS permits storage of truncated and encrypted data, or hashed and encrypted data. It ...
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PCI-DSS Compliance Management Software?

Does anyone know of PCI compliance management software (specifically PA-DSS, but I'm assuming any kind of PCI-DSS software will do PA-DSS)? Mainly for our application end. We have a 3rd party site but ...
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Store To Store communication through MPLS VPN

In a PCI environment with an MPLS VPN network setup should you allow store to store communication? Do you think that an MPLS network would be consider secure enough for this? why or why not?
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How much security information to publicise?

Apologies if this in the wrong section, not sure if it should go in Server Fault or not. I am preparing to launch a new web app. We have put a lot of effort into offering good security. From a PR ...
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Payment gateway integration, any security considerations?

I'm interested in understanding what security considerations there are around implementing a payment gateway. I have, so far, thought of: having a SSL Cert is a MUST. logging actions is critical. ...
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Verifying credit card ownership

When a fraudulent credit card CNP (Card Not Present) transaction is made, merchant is liable for the chargeback. For that reason, our company implemented a policy where we ask a photo of customer's ...
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Risk management with software code analysis

I am a programmer by day and I am working on a project that is focused around risk management based on PCI-DSS controls within an organisation. I have been thinking lately that a lot of PCI-DSS ...
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Does requiring users to fill out a PDF w/ CC information and mail it back violate PCI compliance?

I'm attempting to place an order with an American company and I reside outside of America. Upon placing the order (and already submitting payment) I received an email asking me to fill out a PDF ...
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Self Tests for cPanel Server PCI Compliance

(Edited & added more information at the bottom of this question) I've been tasked with "testing" a client's Linux web servers, running cPanel (which they own and mostly manage, until they come to ...
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Where's the security when a payment gateway let website handle Credit Card detail

Has anyone worked with eWay payment gateway before? Basically, there's a service endpoint where you post the customer's detail and credit card details from the web application after the browser sends ...
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Can we print cardholder data under the PCI DSS Compliance framework and stay compliant?

I have a question regarding PCI compliance. There seems to be a valid business need in our company to keep some card holder data, for unsuccessful transaction. An example would be a customer makes a ...
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PCI-DSS and salt storage

PCI-DSS states the following: 3.5 Protect any keys used to secure cardholder data against disclosure and misuse I have a service which stores a salted bcrypt hash of the user's PAN. Assuming the ...
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Secure Mobile Payments using HTTPS Web App

I'm hoping an expert with PCI compliance knowledge can help answer this question. We're looking at integrating mobile payments with our application which is HTML5-based for cross-platform reasons. ...
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SSL certificate fails to adhere to basic constraints and PCI compliance

We have an SSL cert from GoDaddy and tried to run a PCI compliance check using McAfee's scan. The one problem they found was that the basic constraints / path length is not configured. Here's what ...
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PCI DSS 2.0 and ssh keys

I know the real answer to the auditor. We are a smaller company under 40 total employees that is also PCI level 1 compliant. We've always used ssh keys on internal servers. You can't ssh in from the ...
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Is there a way to process a credit card transaction asychronously and be PCI compliant?

If I had to store credit card details temporarily to shove it to the processor using an asychronous worker, I know that that information must be encrypted. To get it to the worker, however, it must ...