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

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Security concerns about purchased PHP script (web app)

I have been thinking about buying a ready-made PHP script (i.e. a web application) that provides a specific functionality. Say, for example one of these sold by Agriya: http://www.agriya.com/products ...
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prevent session hijacking in PHP

I wrote the log In/log Out scripts of my web page and when the user logs in I store in the $_SESSION variable the user agent. Now each time a page is loaded I check if the user is logged in or not and ...
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Opening mail from IMAP with no risk for the user

I'm building a website for an association. Its aim is to, out of other thing, provide an easy mail manager to communicate with the member, stored in a database. This database is always up to date as ...
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CSRF prevention in PHP

Two questions. Where does one download the PHP version of OWASP's CSRF Guard? The following URL says to check Git: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/PHP_CSRF_Guard All I see on Git however is ...
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How does “check.torproject.org.” know if you're using TOR?

I'm looking at the results from the following URL and would like to know how does the TOR website "know" that TOR is being used or not. ...
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PHP null byte include failing explation seeked

I am watching a tutorial on YouTube about how to include remote files or local through a standard include command. Here is the code: <?php if(isset($_GET["language"])) { $language = ...
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Null byte injection on php?

I look for answer, is it possible to perform null byte injection on PHP code, and how vulnerable code should look like. Give me some example, as I noticed that: <?php echo $_GET['get']; will ...
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Is this PHP TOTP (time based one time password) idea sound?

Disclaimer: I am not very familiar with safety techniques in general. The problem: Quickly create lots of small files in server from a bash script. I used to use scp (secure copy) in order to create ...
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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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Is this PHP code XSS proof?

Is the following PHP code XSS proof? <?php $site = $_GET["url"]; echo "<a href='".str_replace(array("\"", "'", "javascript:", "vbscript:"), array("%22", "%27", "", ""), ...
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PHP unserialize() object injection

So I came across with this authentication bypass security notice and the fix for it was just simply changing all serialization to json encoding. I am just wondering how this really is exploitable? ...
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question regarding php upload form security

I read here http://blog.insicdesigns.com/2009/01/secure-file-upload-in-php-web-applications/ and question is related with text near However, if the attacker is able to upload files, even outside ...
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How CryptoPHP: Sneaky malware works?

This malware is hidden in pirated themes and plug-ins for CMS . the ‘social.png’ file confirmed we had found the backdoor; as it contained a big blob of obfuscated PHP code . My question is how ...
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php execution possibility in img src

I am creating a simple application. There is an option to download a generated image. For that, my PHP code is: <?php if (isset($_GET['img_name'])){ ?> <html> <img src="<?php echo ...
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Evil PHP code I need help analyzing

I found on my server something like this at the beginning of my php files: <?php ...
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PHP get_file_contents & curl [closed]

These two are the functions can capture remote address, for example this is a social network site example.com/user?privacyemail.php, this site is containing email of user or some kind of private info, ...
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Active Directory Injection attack

Is there a possible way of injecting code to pull data from Active directory? I have written a PHP page that executes Powershell and is able to change passwords to a controlled group of people. ...
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Are there modules to harden Symfony 2 sessions?

We're looking at building a new app on top of Symfony 2, but security is our top priority. After digging around a bit, it seems that there are a number of built-in options for Session management (eg ...
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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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Are LFI attacks possible (removing extension) in PHP 5.4.4+?

Wondering if there was a possible attack vector still around for LFI attacks that remove the file extension. Obviously the null byte was fixed in previous PHP versions and no longer works, along with ...
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SQLMAP unable to upload the stager file with 404 error

I can't get to upload the stager file on the OWASPbwa document root (/var/wwww/WackoPicko/users). I am not sure how to troubleshoot this error. Any help on the issue will be appreciated. Thank you. ...
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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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What is the best exploit of XSS within 100 characters? [closed]

I found a vulnerable php script on my website. The script allows an user input (textarea), which is not encoded by htmlspecialchars(). Therefore it is possible to add html and javascript code. The ...
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Can password_verify() be used to identify password after database breach?

I am a newbie to PHP and password hashing. I am following the instructions provided here to hash my user password before storing. My questions are: PHP recommends password_hash() method as a ...
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Do PHP/SQLI Prepared Statements Need Special Character Escaping?

I'm using php/mysqli queries such as this: $stmt = $con -> prepare("INSERT INTO `comments` (`uid`, `article_id`, `status`, `comment`) VALUES (?, ?, ?, ?)"); $stmt -> bind_param('iiis', $uid, ...
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Why protect files with sensative information with .htacces?

I was taught that an important step to securing a website (primarily with PHP) was to store all sensitive information such as database connection info, salt generation, etc. in a separate ...
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PHP - Need help to understand injected code [duplicate]

I discovered a lot of requests to a fishy file in a plugin on my Wordpress site. There, I found a long string, a mapping function for each character used in the string, and an excecution of the ...
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Attackers posting large HTML pages - just spam? or something more sinister?

More and more, lately - I've seen attackers posting complete HTML pages that seem to have nothing malicious - to php pages that aren't even listening to their POST (sometimes, it's a contact form, ...
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AES 128bit decryption using a key longer than 16 bytes

I got a little problem regarding AES decryption. I have to decrypt some text that has been encrypted using 128bit AES / ECB with PHP mcrypt. The thing is, the key that is being used to encrypt/decrypt ...
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Should every output element be filtered, or just those which contain user-editable data? [duplicate]

I'm combing through a legacy app updating SQL to prevent Injections and XSS vulnerabilities. I know to apply PHP's htmlspecialchars() anything that is directly passed to a script and displayed on a ...
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HTTP attack taking down PHP-FPM [closed]

Someone started attacking my site a few minutes ago and its caused PHP-FPM to max out all cores (4) on my vps and NGINX is now serving 502 to all users. I'm seeing a bunch of these requests with tons ...
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SQL Injection Modify / Insert Table Values

Is it possible to update a field in a MySQL database or insert a new row using SQL injection in this case: The only protection in the PHP code is mysql_real_escape_string(). The query is ...
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Encrypting sensitive data in a financial form

I'm currently building a B2B E-Commerce site for a client using WordPress. We sell industrial machinery ranging in the upper $100k-$400k price range. My client would like to have their financing form ...
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Is this somebody trying to exploit a vulnerability?

On our website, when an invalid PHP session ID is detected, it's logged and regenerated. This invalid session has been logged: n040jl1nujch72tkrmr0uilnl1, ...
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What sort of vulnerability is this?

I am testing one web application build using PHP. I found one vulnerability in which multiple user can log-in using same browser, without destroying others session. What this sort of vulnerabilities ...
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Writing errors to Apache's log file from PHP - are there any pitfalls?

I'm updating an application to write slightly more verbose errors to the system log file (in this case, /var/log/apache2/mysite_error_log). I hope that I'm not asking the proverbial stupid question ...
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What is the difference between OWASP PHPSEC and PHP-ESAPI?

On the surface it looks like both libraries are designed to preform the same functionality with similar "drop-in" capabilities. Are there differences that I need to take into account when making a ...
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Posssible hack on site?

I found a strange file on one of my servers containing the code below. The file was last modified one week ago at 1.40AM in the night, which is a bit odd. I have done lots of changes on this site ...
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Does this simple function add something to prepared statements?

I've been researching how to completely prevent against SQL injection, but there are so many different forms of injecting that completely preventing it looks impossible to me. I am using prepared ...
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PHP would this be risky (using hackable data for includes)

mysql_select_db($db.'_'.$table); include("/home/site/includes/".$type."/functions.php"); Would this be a bad idea if $table and $type are values passed via ajax from a JS script? And this.. ...
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How to exploit this include_once vulnerability in PHP?

I'm performing static analisys on a PHP code and came across with this situation: include_once SYSTEM_PATH . 'languages/content-' . $_COOKIE ['lang'] . '.php'; If I try to hack with this HTTP ...
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Can the following function be somehow exploited/used for malicious behaviour?

I am using a main Site Engine class which is constructing most of my pages. I'm using this language function to change language website for all of my pages in the start of the Site Engine class: ...
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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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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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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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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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Lock a website login to a certain computer

I've got a web based system where a specific site only shall be available on a certain computer. On that computer I have a desktop application. The desktop application and the website communicate ...
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owasp esapi php implementation for xss attacks

I searched extensively for good materials for prevention of xss attacks using OWASP ESAPI. But could not find any beginner material. I found a blog for basic security but not explicitly for XSS ...
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Why add “***” in user-agent in this malicious code?

I found the following in every index file of my sites on a server I have. It looks like its redirecting all android users to some spooky Russian site. $ua = $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']; ...
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PHP sprintf vulnerability?

On some sites such as WriteCodeOnline, sprintf, vsprintf and other related formatted string functions are disabled for security reasons: Warning: vsprintf() has been disabled for security reasons ...