Security aspects concerning code written in the programming language PHP which is often used for web applications.

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Hosting company advised us to avoid PHP for security reasons. Are they right?

I'm doing a redesign for a client who's understandably concerned about security after having been hacked in the past. I had initially suggested using a simple PHP include for header and footer ...
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Obfuscated PHP code found in WordPress core files and plugins

I am running a Wordpress website and I've recently found this php code injected in many of my php files. https://www.unphp.net/decode/fb4715ee71b28135f6807389df42611c/ I tried adding some print_r(...
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Why not have an identical session cookie for different user's devices?

Here is my table structure: // users +----+--------+------------------------+------------------+-------------------------------+ | id | name | email | cookie | /* some ...
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How to brute force this token in php, if it is possible

it is possible to brute-force this token (MD5 Hash) of the following script (PHP) in a realistic time (0,5h - 24h)? If the answer is YES, how could I do it, for example with PHP or Python? $time = ...
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Allow users to download files from outside of webroot [migrated]

I've got a folder where I'm storing a bunch of confidential documents and I authenticate the user when they log in, but I only want them to be able to download a specific file. How can I retrieve ...
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Store passwords as integers

I just came up with this idea that I can store passwords as integers which take up 4 or 8 bytes as opposed to a hash that takes like 150 bytes or something. I wrote this function that converts a ...
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Remove possibility to read system files with PHP from Apache

When I upload a php file (file.php) with following content on Apache server <?php $file = $_GET['file']; include ( $file); ?> I am able to read any file of Apache using the below URLs http://...
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Can an SQL injection attack happen if the input is only allowed to be hexadecimal characters?

I've set up a login system that works more or less like this: 1) The user enters the data 2) The data is hashed locally using SHA256 (To reduce the risk of someone stealing the password through a ...
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Getting subscribers on website from nowhere?

I have a weird question and I hope I am asking in the right place. Recently I checked some statistics on my website after a while and noticed that the number of email subscribers had jumped from about ...
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Is array injection a vulnerability and what is the proper term for it?

When I'm penetration testing I sometimes notice undesirable behaviour of a PHP script when I inject a single or multidimensional array using the HTTP GET parameters. Possible availability risk This ...
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How can I create many-to-one keys in Doctrine/Zend/PHP?

I'm using Zend with Doctrine 2 to store data in a database. For a given user, I encrypt the data with a randomly-generated key specific to that user, and encrypt the key with that user's password ...
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How can I control all my website's requests? [on hold]

I need to manage my website's requests. Because of both I need to detect suspect requests and block that IP and calculate the number of users which visit my website. So I've created a table like this:...
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Is the undesirable conversion of a scientific number a vulnerability?

I noticed in several penetration tests that PHP is converting values like 1e9 to 1000000000 while the max accepted string length of this number is 3 (in the database storage and as maxlength property ...
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Virus suspicion on website built with PHP Codeigniter [duplicate]

I have received a website, which uses Codeigniter, to modify. The problem is, sometimes when I refresh the main page, a strange file named "download" with the Windows icon will start to download. I'm ...
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Using htmlentities() in a BBCode-supporting textarea to stop XSS

I want to have a text area to post stuff to the database with BBCode. So, I downloaded a JavaScript code (to write in the specific BBCode when the image is clicked) but it didn't transform the text. ...
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Bizarre php file appeared in the image gallery folder of my website [duplicate]

Can anyone tell what this is or how it could possibly have made it to the image gallery folder of my website? It appears to be a bunch of variable definitions. Mind you that a period "." is the concat ...
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How to accept user input for use in terminal safely?

I found a vulnerability, and I'm not sure how to patch it. I currently accept input from the user and use it to create a terminal command which I run on the server. Here's the code simplified. // Get ...
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Exploiting MD5/Salt Vulnerability in this PHP form?

I've been practicing security-related subjects and this challenge has befuddled me. Note: I can't access any PHP source code, nor can I edit it. I'm only able to view it. The following is given: I ...
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PHP SQL Injection Vulnerability In UPDATE Statements

Take the following SQL query as an example: UPDATE `sqlinjection2` SET `$vote`=`$vote`+1 Our goal is to increment the vote count by more than one, in one request. We cannot access the code itself. ...
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Is this PHP code vulnerable SQL injection?

Im given control over the $vote variable (in the "challenge" function) Is there any way to sql inject the query? (BTW I can see/read whatever the challenge function returns e.g. the sql errors. I ...
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PHP Session Vulnerability

I'm trying to solve a challenge on a CTF, with PHP sessions. The goal is to make check.php echo $_PASSWORD. I do not have access to the files themselves, and therefore I cannot edit them. My ...
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How to bypass PHP username and password check in this CTF challenge?

I'm preparing for this CTF challenge I'll be participating in next week, and I ran across this problem online which I can't manage to solve. I only have control of the variables $user and $pass that ...
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Exploiting MD5 vulnerability in this PHP form?

I've been practicing in security-related topics and I came upon this problem which I don't understand at all. You receive a form with one input named pass, and this is the code you need to bypass: &...
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How to pass website firewall, in PHP? [closed]

Recently, I have posted a question, (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/37494896/how-to-save-file-from-url-to-web-server-by-php). And, there is an answer in question. In this answer, he said: "So the ...
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How does a PHP application get nulled and how to avoid it

As so many others, I've been a victim of having a PHP product of mine be nulled and put available on the internet to download freely. The purpose of this question is to try to make it more difficult ...
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Password Encryption For PHP 5.3 or Should We Update to 5.5+?

I'm trying to hash passwords for our company site. After testing on a local Apache server that has PHP 5.5.9 and everything working as expected, I went to test on our live server being hosted by ...
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How can someone upload a PHP file to a server without an upload form?

I was entrusted with an existed website for which I should do some changes on the design part, but when I was about to access it, i've seen that it has been compromised. When I was searching for the ...
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Are path traversals attacks possible with invalid directories between?

Let's say I can control the variable $path and the full path is generated as follows: $full_path = "./valid_dir/docs/" . trim($path) ; readfile($full_path) ; where docs a non existent dir in the ...
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Decryption with two-way authentication

We have a Customer who wants his sensitive user-data stored with an encryption. These are the basic requirements: Sensitive user-data is stored in a database using encryption A remote-attacker who ...
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Is header('Location: ../page.php?param='.$param); vulnerable to unvalidated redirects?

I have reviewed a web application built on PHP. It redirects to different pages this way: $param = $_POST['param']; header('Location: ../page.php?param='.$param); Is it vulnerable to unvalidated ...
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How much can an attacker do/obtain in PHP with the execution of one function?

I am collecting ideas to illustrate a case I've seen once where an attacker basically could get to a situation simplified as follows (not kidding): <?php $fcall = $_GET['fcall']; $fcall(); ...
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Securing FTP Creds in a Java Open Source API

I've written a basic Java API and source code must be released to a small community for the application to function correctly. The Java API helps developers track data for their running scripts and ...
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Possible to take hash from know result and algorithm?

I am trying to build a casino site in PHP where users can play roulette. I found this algorithm that I want to use to "roll" numbers: <?php $secret = '...
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Does an image showing exception error on my site pose a prominent security risk?

I wrote a small website in PHP and ZF2. Had a friend test it out by posting a link to it on Facebook. Apparently I forgot to turn off ZendFramework reporting and he find an error. Posted a photo ...
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What are the best practices for trusting connection sources in open source software?

Quite concise, but I'll elaborate with an example: Lets say I have a simple app written in C# and i want to know how many people a day open the app. the easiest solution would be to simply have a ...
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Need help to exploit php script vulnerability of a challenge

i am trying to exploit a vulnerability in a php script of the 'stop us' challenge of Wechall.net and I am not sure but I think I found the vulnerability, but now I don't know how to exploit it. I made ...
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Execute PHP inside PNG using curl

I'm doing some testing on executing remote PHP via PHP hidden inside a PNG file. I've got a PNG file on my server with the following PHP code stored inside the PNG file. <?=$_GET[0]($_POST[1]);?&...
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Good site/account security tips and practices [closed]

I'm working on site security for my website. However I'm having trouble making the security better. How can I increase the site security? How can I increase user security? Now, when I say user ...
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How to share an encryption key between different PHP applications?

I'm working with the php-encryption library to provide integration between two different applications. On one side, I have a corporative application that holds all data from users. This application ...
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Should I use one CSRF token per page or per form?

Is it safe to use one CSRF token per form on my page, ex: <form> <input type="hidden" name="token" vale="<?=$data['login_token'];?>" />" </form> <form> <input ...
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Bypass directory traversal filter in PHP?

I have a legacy PHP app, which has code similar to this: <?php $doc = $_GET['doc']; if (preg_match('#\.\./#', $doc)) { header("HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden"); die(); } $content = ...
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Is it possible to disable all PHP functions not used in my application?

I want to secure my PHP installation. I can disable some functions, like system(), exec() etc using disable_functions in php.ini. But I can forget to disable some dangerous functions. Is it possible ...
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Null byte injection to run PHP?

A website accepts form input and outputs it to the screen, but replaces every <? to <--? turning them to comments. Let's say I POST the following: <?php echo "xy"; /* arbitrary php code */ ...
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PHP null byte exploit through cookie [duplicate]

I have a challenge(centos) where I found a null byte based path traversal vulnerability in the 'user' cookie on a simple PHP/5.1.6 on Apache/2.2.3 based web app. I'm able to include the /etc/passwd ...
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Tracing origin of malicious PHP script

I'm looking at a Linux server running Apache + mod_php. A malicious PHP script was uploaded during the night. It's owned by the Apache user and I would think it almost certain that the script was ...
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Is it safe to redirect to URL parameter without filtering?

A webpage redirects to an URL given in parameter redirect without filtering it, like this: $newURL=$_GET["redirect"]; header('Location: '.$newURL); login.php?redirect=home.php If it echoes the ...
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Hacker uploads script as image

Yesterday someone used my image upload form to upload a php script in a picture.jpg file. I can not include the whole code because its about 176735 characters, you find the beginning of the giant ...
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I want to learn hacking but unable to connect to internet [closed]

I'm not sure if this is offtopic or not but i'll ask it anyway. Im 15 and i am into web design and development, working on PHP and MySQL. And i want to learn hacking but unfortunately my windows ...
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Can data coming into my UDP server be sniffed?

I have made a small tracking device. I am trying to reduce the data overhead as much as possible to make the device very cheap to run. We are working on the basis that 1MB = £0.01 (the data price at ...