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

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Setting a limit on password recovery attempts

in a setting where one has forgotten their password, I'd like to be able to limit the attempts of entering in email addresses to something like 10. My first thought was to use a cookie. $attempts = ...
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Creating Secure PHP Sessions

I have already created and refined both registration and login systems, However I am lead to believe the tricky part comes when you are creating a session. As far as I know this is due to both ...
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Is $_SERVER[ ] a safe source of data in PHP?

Can I 100% rely on $_SERVER[] to be a safe source of data that I do not need to sanitized like I do $_GET[] and $_POST[]? Thanks. OVERVIEW OF RESPONSES: So it seems there is a consensus that some ...
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ASP.net vs PHP security? [closed]

I have been told that generally speaking, asp.net web apps tend to be more secure than php, since asp.net has some automatic security measures, for example, by default it doesn't allow remote file ...
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Is it secure to use a custom written Php extension for handling + hashing (db) keys?

I'm designing the security of a new application and try to figure out what the best way is to store the keys of the mysql AES encryption in the file system. I've seen several options like store it ...
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Admin area in my php website is vulnerable to sql injection without login [closed]

my website admin area is vulnerable to sql injection . I tried using havji and it hacked successfully to database. But how is this possible. without login it breaked into admin panel. ...
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When logging out of a website is anything else required then destroying the session?

In PHP, I'm not sure if I should start the session before destroying it when a user wants to log out. session_start(); session_destroy(); Is there anything else that needs to be done? EDIT: I ...
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Site constantly getting infected

I am the webmaster of some websites running Typo3, 2 of which are getting infected constantly. These 2 sites are being owned by the same client. Something happens on those 2 sites that causes ...
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What are possible consequences for applications that depends on Safe Mode for security?

PHP finally removed safe_mode feature: Safe Mode Warning This feature has been DEPRECATED as of PHP 5.3.0 and REMOVED as of PHP 5.4.0. The PHP safe mode is an attempt to solve the ...
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PHP attack string in access logs

So one of the Invision Power Board installations on my server was recently compromised. I found what seemed to be the attack (using PHP in the query string and carefully crafted cookies), and I ...
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how to bypass “header” in php

While reading an article I encounter an interesting thing I did not know about: if(!isset($_SESSION['usr_id']) || !isset($_SESSION['usr_name'])) { header('Location: index.php'); } ...Which ...
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How high is the entropy of this salt-generating code? (No code-reading actually necessary)

What is the best method? Assumption: I have a function that generates a number of medium-high entropy bytes Step1: I generate 3 of these medium-high entropy bytes. Step2: I hash these bytes using a ...
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Need to ephemerally store third-party password

One particular web service that I am writing interfaces with an API. Each API call requires the user's username and password to be sent, no state is maintained. Ideally, when using my web service the ...
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Site backdoor & eval()

I'm running a Joomla 1.7 site which was hacked today. Below script did the hack. ...
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Getting hmac_sha to work between Erlang and PHP

I am trying to get an implementation based on the AWS signed http request API to work between Erlang and PHP. But I can't get it to work. The core approach is that you constructed a canonical version ...
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My site just got hit with a SQL injection attack, how can I tell what they were doing?

So a page on my site (it's a PHP page that displays newsletter articles) was vulnerable to SQL injection and got hit. I discovered it because it was doing enough database queries to cause the CPU load ...
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CodeIgniter CSRF confusion

I have been working with CodeIgniter for about 3 weeks and am very well on the way to loving this framework. However I have been looking at the core code of the framework and I was reading over the ...
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How Do Spammers Exploit Mailto Fields?

I was interested in finding out how spammers can target my Mailto link to send out spams. mailto:foo@domain.com?subject=foo Is it just a case of appending ?from=foo?to=victim1;victim2;victim3 to ...
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PHP injection on 777 file [closed]

Some one has modified a PHP file, which had permissions set to 777, on my VPS server. How can someone do that without administrative access to the server? What information I can give you? I know ...
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setting up website for logged in users, anyone, and files no one should see (via the web) [closed]

I asked how to prevent not logged in users from seeing certain content but the solution I chose to implement encountered a problem. I chose to make my root directory for the server C:\WAMP\www\public ...
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Fixing the high-bit problem in PHP's crypt() implementation

I'm working on a site that has to have compatibility with older versions of PHP, which suffer from a high-bit issue in the Blowfish crypt() implementation. Essentially, non-ASCII characters are not ...
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aes cfb 128 decryption /encryption problem between Erlang and PHP

Update 2 - it works Thanks to Tom Leek for his answer. The CFB mode of mycrypt for Rijndael uses a 8-bit feedback loop and not a feedback loop the length of the key/iv. You have to force it to use ...
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Server compromised for 2nd time, cannot locate source of attack

I need some help tracing a vulnerability on my server. For the second time, my server has been compromised with files being replaced with virus-ridden downloads. According to the filesystem dates, ...
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SQLi-protection ORDER BY

What would be a good check to remove all possibility of SQL-injection on an ORDER BY col where col is an unsafe variable? I'm currently removing [^A-Za-z0-9_] from the string in php. Is this too ...
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What vulnerabilities in the OWASP Top 10 are relevant to WordPress?

I have been looking at the OWASP Top 10, and am wondering which of the top 10 security risks are relevant to a WordPress installation with various plugins installed? I know injections and XSS are ...
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What is the best way to generate keys in phpseclib?

I am using phpseclib implementation AES and HMAC. But I dont know the best way to create random keys for these. What is the best way to do? Is there any built in function in phpseclib to create keys ...
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default.php file found on the server, is this a security threat?

I found a file named "default.php" on the server with following code eval(gzinflate(base64_decode( ...
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I've heard that salt is not meant to be secret, but what if I made it secret? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Password Hashing add salt + pepper or is salt enough? How to store salt? Ok I have been studying a lot about password hashing lately. And I have a few questions. So I ...
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Secure PHP upload form & storage

I am building a PHP application that allows uploads of files (.doc/pdf etc) for review by a staff member. Some of these files will be somewhat confidential so I need to protect them. Now the best ...
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CMS security issues

I have a desire to make my own CMS , to improve my programming skills. I would use PHP as a server side programming language. So my question is, on what security issues I must pay attention when ...
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Maintain sensitive key between requests

EDIT: Reworked question. Previous version too poorly asked. On my website users write sensitive messages that must be kept secret. The entire user area is over SSL, so the communication between user ...
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What exploit types do I need to protect against in PHP?

I recently learned that apparently, it is common for people to attempt SQL injections using the HTTP referrer in PHP. What other inputs do I need to protect against? I am currently "cleaning up" ...
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How to restrict web access to certain countries

What are the better ways of filtering access to the web application based on Geographical location. Is it possible with a network layer firewall or we need an application layer?
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In this example why do they hash a randomly generated piece of salt before hashing it with the password?

From here, in the code return substr(sha1(mt_rand()),0,22); what is the point of taking the sha1 value? It is appended to the password and together they are hashed using Blowfish. Why not just append ...
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Client is not storing Credit Cards Securily (near plain text). How do I convince client to be more secure?

I am writing in regards to PCI-DSS compliance for taking credit cards. A client of mine is not willing / does not want to bump up security beyond what is currently done for their credit card data. All ...
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Is this code vulnerable?

I have developed a php code given below. I would like to know what are the security vulnerabilities present within this php code? <?php if(isset($_SESSION['id'])){ // get data ...
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unix malicious scripts/ksh execution

I'm wondering whether my architecture poses a security risk. Details: The whole website is not ROOT owned but still, the APACHE user used instead has some pretty advanced permissions. I have a ...
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Restarting nginx with Jenkins or Phing - is it safe to allow Jenkins to run sudo without prompt for password

I am implementing the recommendations from Integrating PHP projects with Jenkins for my own PHP projects. I have created a jenkins user in my ubuntu 12.10 server. I used Phing as my build tool and I ...
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Client vs Server security for business critical application (crossplatform)

We have the option to develop a software either based on Java (but then it is only available for desktop clients using Java SE and can run maybe also as tomcat app can be multithreaded, stable, ...
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How secure is aSSL (javascript)? Does it effectively mimic SSL?

Some of you may be familiar with the aSSL project, which uses AJAX/PHP to mimic the SSL protocol. It uses RSA 512 or 1024 for the keys, and AES for the actual data. It looks impressive to me in ...
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Changing user account passwords from PHP script - vulnerabilities? [closed]

I started a thread a while back asking for suggestions on a good (good=fairly secure) way to allow users to change their account passwords via a PHP script. (WHY? because on this particular server, I ...
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Sending data form registration forms

I understand that sending data from the user to the server, unencrypted, is a bad practice. That is logical. So how do I encrypt 'userside' and send the data to the server in encrypted form? Can ...
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Key management scheme in PHP that is compliant with NIST SP 800-57

We're working on achieving SAQ-D PCI compliance and along the way we're discovering new things each day. Today: Key Management I wonder if there're any open-source or commercial PHP solutions ...
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Using sudo to secure git deployment via web script

I'm setting up a server to do automatic deployment from a Bitbucket git repository, using Bitbucket's postback facility. Briefly, how it works it: I commit to Bitbucket Bitbucket POSTs to a ...
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Lamp server sandbox for testing malicious php script

Fortunately despite recently becoming a full time web developer, security is something I take very seriously. There's a developer that I work with who's system was recently compromised with obfuscated ...
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Safari downloaded my php source once. Should I worry?

I uploaded via ftp, then typed in the URL of the script to Safari; Safari downloaded the source!! This hosting site has never done that before - .php scripts have always executed. I can't duplicate ...
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php.ini security setting after attack

My website have been attacked and I need a best practice for a php.ini I have done some reading but I am still not sure if I covered most of the options. here is my settings: file_uploads = Off ...
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Does shuffling a hashed password increase its security?

I am making a web app and I'm now stuck on making the login secure. I'm thinking of adding a salt to a user-inputted password and then hash it. (md5 or sha for example) and then I will reshuffle the ...
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Hashed password storage with random salt

Ever since I've been making sites that require a user to log in with a username and password I've always kept the passwords somewhat secure by storing them in my database hashed with a salt phrase. ...
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Is not checking the src url a vulnerability?

By using a system of special tags you can allow users to add custom images, for example, tags like [img]user_url[/img]. Then you replace the tags by their real HTML tags like <img src="user_url" ...