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

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PHP/Ajax Data transmission security

I'm learning about web security mechanisms. I have developed the following system in PHP and JavaScript: assuming that I have a page named: messages.php which is a real-time chat system. first when ...
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Security concept for Android app with PHP based REST API

I'm trying to build my own PHP based REST Api for my Android app and I'm a litte bit confused by all the different user authentication stuff one can find on the internet. So I want to present my ...
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Assigning cPanel MySQL Privileges

When I log into cPanel, I go to create a new MySQL Database with the wizard. Usually, it is recommended to assign the database user with all of the permissions from Insert, Update, Alter, Execute, ...
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API Key DDOS prevention method

Hi I just wanted some feedback on a DDOS preventing php script that I'm designing. It quite simple and I wanted some feedback on whether you guys think it would be effective. I'm currently using the ...
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Building a web app with encrypted MySQL database entries?

I have some experience in building PHP based websites with MySQL access, storing encrypted user details, but all other fields being plain text. My most recent project will require sensitive data to be ...
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Safety of using online proxy?

Lets say for example I have to use a public online proxy like https://www.zend2.com to load a php webpage controlled by me containing sensitive data over https. How would i make sure that the proxy ...
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Running an Open Server (contents are visible)

I'm considering the possibility of running an Open Server, as I would call it, that is, a server where as much of its contents are publicly visible as possible. I would like to give read access to ...
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How to implement client side encryption for CalDav & CardDav content?

I'm looking for a client-side encryption implementation that would be able to secure CardDav & CalDav data so that they couldn't be compromised even by the hosting provider. Server side: PHP or ...
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CLI API that requires plaintext user details

I've been tasked with writing a module for my company to interface with an external api. This api has a syntax similar to ssh where I have to incorporate the user details as well as the host address ...
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How safe is it to install XAMPP on my home computer to test PHP code?

I want to test some PHP code and I figure the best way is to install XAMPP - but I'm nervous about installing server software on my home computer. Is it generally safe to install XAMPP (given that I ...
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Is php DOMDocument::loadXML completely secure?

Our application is using loadXML extensively to recieve data(input) from the users. Other than the usual checks for SQL injections and XXS, are there any known risks in parsing the xml file using ...
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Can JS templates for admin-only pages be public

In my page admins-only section is very responsive, so I have to use both server and client side templating. Obviously server side templates are stored outside of web-root and routing takes care of ...
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VPN Client - Addtional Security Layer or a Useless Feature

I have a corporate web portal which is used for staff collaboration including a web-based mail interface connected to MySQL Database, corporate calendar, file storage, customer contacts data with ...
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Encrypted code in hacked wordpress site

I have a customer who wants me to "restore" his Wordpress page. I looked a little bit deeper in the codes and found the following code a few times in different files: http://pastebin.com/nL4i6t8x ...
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PHP Object Injection Prevention - OWASP

So I was just reading up on the OWASP site about PHP Object Injection. According to their site, the suggested fix is to not use serialze and unserialize but to use json_* (json_encode and ...
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How do web email clients store my passwords from other providers?

The situation comes down to this: When I enter in hotmail, it retrieves my messages connecting to other providers: they could only do so by using my email and password. Since I had signed in a ...
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Exploiting PHP via GET params

To be clear, this is in the interest of ethical testing to secure an application on behalf of my work. Now that that's out of the way, here are the details: Un-sanitised GET params are used in a ...
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PHP shellcode inside /tmp. Is the server compromised?

I have a Debian 7 VPS that runs Nginx, PHP5-FPM and MariaDB. This server runs a couple of WordPress installations, phpMyAdmin and Roundcube Webmail. One is my personal blog running WP 3.9.1 and ...
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Failed to connect to netcat reverse shell

I am doing an exercise of PentesterLab, I've got a webshell called 1.pdf, and it can be included in index.php as a PHP file. It contains code like this: %PDF-1.4 <?php echo system($_GET["cmd"]); ...
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Is there any issue using the PHP crypt() function with an additional salt?

Is my PHP authentication script secure? I noticed that the hashes start with the first two letters of the username. Could there be a security flaw using crypt() in such a way? <?php // ...
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Is it possible to avoid PHP string validation with malformed UTF-8 string?

Some of the old PHP string functions for example explode() are working with UTF-8 strings, but they don't work properly on malformed UTF-8 strings. Is this a security issue? Is it possible to avoid ...
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PHP: if charset mismatches (htmlentities UTF-8) viewed by client as ISO-8859-1 (or vice versa)

Short Question: Question: Could any security vulnerabilities arise if a server runs htmlentities as UTF-8 but the client views the results as ISO-8859-1? Assumption: No vulnerabilities exist when ...
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Is my AES/CTR/RIPEMD encryption correctly implemented?

Below is my encryption implementation in PHP. It's based on mcrypt, and uses AES-128 in CTR mode along with a RIPEMD-128 HMAC for integrity checking. For brevity, I've inlined the functions for ...
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Where to save digital content and prevent sharing?

I've been inspired by the answer to the question here: Location to store an encryption key It gave me a lot to think about. My friend and I are building a website and we've encountered a problem in ...
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PHP can't connect to PostgreSQL with “permission denied” error with SELinux [migrated]

My PHP app can connect when I turn off SELinux, but not with it on. setenforce 0; curl -I http://domain.com; setenforce 1 Yields no errors in /var/log/httpd/error_log. However, if I have it on, I ...
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Is this a bot fishing for security vulnerabilities on my site?

I am running a webpage for my family with a feature to track users and guests. Since its all just family stuff no one ever visits this server, and I hardly see more than 2-3 of us logged on at the ...
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Authenticating user on Node.js chat server from PHP session data

I'm creating a Node.js chat application for a company. The problem I'm running into is authentication. Because I don't want to ask the user a second time for their username and password when logging ...
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how to create a SIP request with specific header fields values [migrated]

I'm an intern at a telecommunications operator and my task is to create an application that enables me to send sip (session initiation protocol) requests with the header fields values that i specify , ...
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Is this a secure way of storing passwords? [duplicate]

So a couple years ago when I was learning basic back-end web development, I found a tutorial for creating a basic log in system. I haven't done much modification to the code since, but I have the ...
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Hashing session tokens

Users of my application can choose to remain logged in after closing and reopening their browser. I've read on several places that I would need to treat the cookie token (that serves as an identifier ...
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Why do WordPress installations retrieve the crypto secrets remotely on installation?

It seems that WordPress retrieves all the crypto constants remotely (via HTTPS): // setup-config.php $secret_keys = wp_remote_get( 'https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/' ); Are there ...
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How secure is my method?

I want to select data from a MySql database on an iphone device. The method I seem is the easiest one is to connect to a php file with GET arguments and then return it as a string. Now I'm just ...
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Allowing users to input a safe subset of HTML

I recently posted this question on Code Review and it was recommended that I ask you guys about it. Basically, this will be used to allow users to generate formatted content. It gets put inside of ...
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System that manages real money

I am working on a project that incorporates real money into peoples accounts. Their accounts are stored in a MySQL database and inside it there is a column called "BALANCE". When the users send money ...
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cURL cert validation with curlopt_cainfo not working

I want to validate my SSL certificate each time I run API calls. I've been following this guide: http://artur.ejsmont.org/blog/content/how-to-properly-secure-remote-api-calls-from-php-application ...
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If md5 is only insecure because of its speed, why doesn't this workaround make it reasonably secure?

I'm going to preface this by saying I have absolutely no clue when it comes to cryptography, but I'm posting this question because I'm very interested and I have no doubt there are some smart people ...
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Encrypt-function inside PHP code that you have to publish

If you write a PHP application, where you have to deliver the compiled code to the customer, how could you include a functionality to send encrypted data from that application to others, and include ...
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Implementing SRP Challenge login system *with SSL* (Using PHP)

My question: Anyone knows how to implement SRP / Diffie-Hellman authentication in PHP (or if this has already been done)? (Some details) I'm using CodeIgniter with TankAuth (both latest version) ...
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LAMP Stack Tiers - why?

What are the vulnerabilities mitigated by a tiered LAMP stack? As I understand it, any breach would allow access to the database even if it was tiered. What's the benefit? Are we better to ...
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'Ghost' access to a php file on a web server

I'm developing a personal project and one part of the project is a php website, hosted at hostinger as a free plan, that allow clients to ping to it and stores the WAN IP and the NAT IP of them. ...
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Starting database security for web app that logs in with Facebook/Google JS SDKs

I have been making a web app that uses Facebook and Google JavaScript APIs to login (no email login) on the client side and currently it accesses a MySQL database directly using PHP and MySQLi, but I ...
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Path Truncation not working in PHP while exploiting LFI

From what I understand in PHP '/etc/passwd/' or '/etc/passwd/./././' should be treated just the same as '/etc/passwd' I am using PHP 5.4 and this does not seem to be true: php -r ...
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Modern, security-conscious, PHP book?

I posted this on StackOverflow and they redirected me here. Sorry if this isn't the correct area! After creating a simple login system and trying to protect it against things like SQL injection, ...
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Directory names using extensions a security risk?

In our app (PHP, MySQL) we allow users to create templates which are stored in their own subdirectory (which is named by the template name). Someone suggested to use standard file name sanitization ...
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How to detect credit cards harvested from memory?

Had a chat recently with PCI compliance specialist and got to realize there is a way to steal raw data from Apache / Nginx memory e.g. credit cards. It's called "harvesting" and becomes pretty common. ...
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How secure would this method be considered for password storage

Ok I am currently storing the passwords in most secure way I could think of. With use of Encryption and Hash. The passwords are first generated by user as plain-text with minimum length of 6 ...
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PHP IP check as security?

Would just like some input on a PHP script I'm writing. It's just a simple script that only myself should be able to access. I don't have a dynamic IP address, so this isn't an issue for me, but I'm ...
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BigDump v0.35b vulnerability [closed]

I dont understand what the problem with BigDump v0.35b. This site says that it have problem. But i dont understand it. Problem here? if (!$error && isset($_REQUEST["uploadbutton"])) { if ...
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How could attackers exploit $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']

I've been warned that PHP's $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] is a common attack vector for websites. What are ways that attackers exploit this function? How can I guard against them?
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Configuration settings for sessions in php

I recently found the following configuration settings: use-strict-mode hash-bits-per-character hash-function and I have some questions about them: Use-strict-mode says the following: ...