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

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How to access directories disallowed in robots.txt?

While scanning my website with uniscan it found my robots.txt file which disallows access to /cgi-bin/ and other directories, but they are not accessible in browser. Is there a way to access the ...
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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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Is web app safe in not public folder?

I'am wondering if it's really safe to use this structure of my web application. WEBAPP Application Controllers Models Views ... Framework ... ...
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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: ...
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PHP files browsable: is this a vulnerability?

I have a friend who has a website developed in PHP on which we can browse all his files one after one (of course, we can not read the content of the PHP files). Do you think this is a security hole ? ...
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Should I obscure database primary keys (IDs) in application front end?

I'm working on an application which allows a moderator to edit information of user. So, at the moment, I have URL's like http://www.example.com/user/1/edit http://www.example.com/user/2/edit I'm a ...
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Sql injection is not working on my site?

I have set up a page and database so I can practice SQL injection. Ive tried some examples and it doesn't seem to work. It seems to add the username and password to that database, even though I input ...
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How can you detect an insecure, non-random token?

I know that some of PHP's random functions are insecure due to them not being completely random and are considered a bad practice. My question is how an attacker go about finding that the developer ...
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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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Does Heartbleed affect servers if OpenSSL was only used to generate the certificate?

I built an application that generates certificate signing requests (CSRs) using the PHP OpenSSL module. Is there a way that the HeartBleed bug can affect these (in use) private keys and CSRs that ...
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How do crackers upload php scripts to Wordpress' wp-content directory?

I've seen a site that has been attacked by uploading php scripts (presumably some sort of shell, or code that loads a shell) to Wordpress' wp-content/uploads directory. Usually this directory is used ...
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PHP and max_input_vars configuration

I am looking into php's max_input_vars setting How many input variables may be accepted (limit is applied to $_GET, $_POST and $_COOKIE superglobal separately). Use of this directive mitigates ...
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Do PHP frameworks such as Zend, symfony and CakePHP provide default protection against cross site scripting?

ASP.NET MVC provides default protection against cross site scripting. Just wondering, if PHP frameworks do the same?
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Was I a victim of an “Apache PHP Remote Exploit” attack?

I have a server in my computer for testing purposes, accessible from the outside. I was reviewing the access.log file, and I saw 89.187.33.50 - - [29/Mar/2014:03:39:01 +0100] "HEAD / HTTP/1.0" 200 - ...
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Do I keep my PHP simple auth session secure enough?

I'm experimenting with security, cryptography and web applications. My aim is to create simple login system that is realy secure enough. I'd like to share my approach to keep authenticated session ...
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What are common problems that reveal PHP code? [closed]

What is the best method for securing PHP scripts that contain database passwords? From what I've read, PHP can be revealed when an error occurs and is not caught. Is there any way to reveal PHP by ...
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WordPress Private Expoit? [closed]

I have a friend who said he has a private exploit for all WordPress ran websites. I asked him to take down my private blog, to see if it is real. He couldn't do it. I tried to get some more ...
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session security in php

This has been asked a bunch of times. I am just curious to see if the below code provides a fairly significant level of security. are there any other if's i should consider? this is just an example, ...
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Malicious code in image. Harmful?

In my website, a user can upload his profile picture. After analysis of some pictures, I have found some pictures with malicious PHP code, just like the upload script. As an example, I have found a ...
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Secure a string in PHP [closed]

What do you think it's the best method to secure a string in PHP? I speak of hiding its content and avoid malicious changes by the user, but be able to recover the information. We can use the ...
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What needs to be focused on when hardening a LAMP stack? [closed]

I have a site running on a VPS. I set up the LAMP stack and a few other programs personally. This is only the second time I have set up a VPS and I am a bit worried about security. Are there things ...
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Is it safe to store the reset password token in php session

I have a login system created in PHP. It currently doesn't have the Forgot Password ? feature and I would like to implement the feature. For this I'm planning to do the following : When user ...
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Email activation string with MD5'd random number and email secure?

For the registration on my PHP powered website, I require email confirmation. After a user registers, a string is generated with the following code and sent to their email address. $key = ...
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php crypt - trailing dollar sign - extract only the salt part from hash - padding the salt

I am reading up on PHP's crypt() function. I have a few questions on it - What is the significance of the trailing '$' sign at the end of the salt string that I see in most examples. The manual ...
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MCRYPT_RIJNDAEL_256 max key allow? [closed]

maximun key for MCRYPT_RIJNDAEL_256 ? mcrypt_encrypt( MCRYPT_RIJNDAEL_256, <<==hash_hmac using sha512==>>, $text, MCRYPT_MODE_ECB, $iv ) Warning: mcrypt_encrypt(): Size of key is too large for ...
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blueimp jQuery-File-Upload getting PHP Hacked

I really like this upload package and want to use it, but from the time I set it up on my server, I've been hacked twice by something called the AnonGhost virus (anonghost.com). I tracked the ...
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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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Protecting the remote database against tampering in a mobile app

This is the first time I face a mobile app deployment at big scale. This app needs to connect to a remote server where to store and retrieve data. I discarded connecting directly to the MySQL ...
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Have I done enough not be compromised through image uploading

I know that you can never be sure that you have done enough to be secure, and I also know that file uploading is hard to make correct. Before asking this question I read some of the related posts here ...
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PHP encrypt and decrypt with certificate

I am trying to think of the best way to encrypt and decrypt a message between two servers. I have found a lot of examples where people simply use a secret and PHP's mcrypt... ...
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Storing hashed or encrypted password in session? [duplicate]

I need users to be able to encrypt and decrypt without entering their passwords every time. One way is to store the hashed password in session, and use it for encryption and decryption. Problem with ...
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How can I store information securely when I can't use crypt or a hash?

I'm creating an application for Google Glass (technically it's Glassware, but whatever). The user will do the following steps when going through setup for the Glassware: Go to my website, redirected ...
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user authentication my method (reinventing the wheel) is this secure?

I have read many articles advising to use OpenID, including Stack Overflow Q&A, for authentication. Unfortunately I can't use openid because my auth is not based on an email id - it is based on ...
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False Positives- Server side protection against XSS

I read about XSS attacks and its prevention mechanism on server-side. It seems only protection is to sanitize the input by escaping special characters on server side (Using some PHP functions such as ...
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Possible attack on website

I am a developer and I therefor I have very little knowledge on security. So I need some help understanding the attack on website which we launched recently for one of our client. Website is built on ...
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Someone is making this request to the php cgi on by apache2 server, what does it mean do? [duplicate]

These are the query parameters the hacker is trying to POST: ...
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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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login not working using hash_pbkdf2 [closed]

i am storing the password using hash_pbkdf2 but now ive hit on a problem my code : 1.for register $salt = openssl_random_pseudo_bytes(125);//salt $final_pass = ...
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is this code valid for securing passwords? [duplicate]

i was wondering if this is a secure method for a hashing password.if it is not secure please tell me what to do in order to make it secure $pass='test'//the password ...
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XSS attack vector without forward slash?

is there an XSS attack vector that allows the inclusion of a external .js file without having to use forward slashes? let's say the path of the file is somewebsite.com/js/xss.js Is there a way to ...
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Storing third party auth info; Is this secure?

I have a feature request to connect my PHP web-app to the users mail server. I have usually strayed away from this type of work as it will mean storing the users email passwords. My question: is it ...
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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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Removing Unnecessary Services & Packages in a MySQL Ubuntu 12.04 Server [closed]

As part of hardening a MySQL 5.6 server running on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, unnecessary services and packages will have to be removed. For a server that is serving only as a MySQL server, what services and ...
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Security of login form

I would like to know how secure is this code I made for a login form... because I'm new in this and have serious doubts. $sql = "SELECT user_name, user_password " ."FROM users " ."WHERE ...
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How can I recover from a hacked WordPress site and prevent future attacks?

I have a dedicated server running WordPress and have recently noticed that its been hacked and PHPShell a remote web server controller has been uploaded. This has let the hacker view and edit files ...
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Is Temporary XSS a Problem?

I use a site on a regular basis so I wanted to make sure it was secure. One of the things I checked was that when I changed my first name to <img src="http://blah.blah/blah/blah.notanextension" ...
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Authenticating Users from Android with PHP Webservice

I'm creating a simple Android application which requires reading and writing values to the cloud. I intent to use PHP for the webservice. But I'm a little confused over the authentication scheme. I ...
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Does PHP have a XSS API?

ASP.NET has a cross site scripting API by default, however does PHP have a cross site scripting prevention API?
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Is ASP.net More Secure than PHP in GENERAL? [closed]

In other words, my (long version) question is: Are developers able to get away with, more using ASP.net than PHP in terms of writing secure code for their apps? I ask this because ASP.net has many ...
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Clamav can't detect encoded virus files

I have a PHP sheller file (like c99 file) but it's Encoded ( with this functions: eval(gzinflate(base64_decode("7P3rehblahblah)) ) and the clamav virus scan can't detect it. How i can detect virus ...