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

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If I write an nmap job into crontab from PHP code to run background, how can I get the status of the nmap cronjob?

I am trying to write a php code test to write an nmap scan (with parameters) scheduled into crontab file. While the nmap is running I would like to get the status of that specific nmap scan. For ...
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Is this data encryption process secure?

I have created the following encryption process which I will be using to store CD keys inside my database. Before I use it, however, I need to make sure that this is as secure as possible. From what ...
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Proxy / VPN Quality Check / Detection

Is there any way to build a script which detects or rates proxies like Maxmind's proxy detection software? I have already tried to use this code, but it doesn't detect all proxies, in fact it detect ...
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How dangerous are outdated PHP versions for my clients?

In the company where I work (webhosting) our custoumers can choose the PHP version they want to use for their website. However, I have just realized that all of the offered PHP versions are outdated ...
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What are the dangers of sql injection with php?

I made an SQL-injectable web-app build to with PHP to get a better understanding of what is going on and automated it all with sqlmap. The relevant code is the following: mysqli_query($conn, SELECT ...
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Is it possible to get Network Domain from Client with PHP or Apache? [closed]

I'm working on a solution to identify client Network Domain or Workgroup in a private network. Based on it, I must change some access permissions. I can't do that through IP address because it isn't ...
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There was a potential harmful file on my server, What damage has it done? [closed]

I received an abuse complaint for my server from hosting provider. After a thorough search I found file with name "title.php" in a WordPress installation's upload directory. I am curious to know what ...
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Webserver | IIS | Configuring to not run certain files [closed]

I currently have a webserver running Windows Server 2012 which is running IIS as its webserver and using PHP. Lets assume the a user is able to upload a trojan onto my server, either through a ...
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Setting the HTTPOnly flag for PHPSESSID cookie [closed]

I am getting this message from my security audit: Cookie name: "PHPSESSID" Cookie domain: "xxx.xxx.xx.xxx" If possible, you should set the HTTPOnly flag for this cookie. How can I set ...
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How to create a secure nonce for WSSE

I need to connect to a REST API using a WSSE header for authentication. Since WSSE still uses the weak SHA1 I believe a good nonce is important. I found very different implementations: * ...
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Why AJAX is not used to log in?

I'm wondering why AJAX is not used to log in nor register in most of the pages and it's used PHP reloading the whole page. Is it about security, or it's just that it's not practical at all?
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Protecting code injection via chattr on php files?

Recently, a website I hosted (wordpress I think) for a friend got hacked and all php pages had added code at the bottom in the form of "echo base64_encode(...);". Thus there were unwanted ads on very ...
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Authenticate User Salted Hash Without Username

I've got a page with a login system where you type your username and password, the salted hash gets pulled down from the database depending on the username ... SELECT hash FROM db WHERE username = ? ...
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SQLMap on a seqential form

There is a certain form that gets posted over POST. The form has some form elements. I am doing a pen-test on the application that has this form. The form values are being stored in a certain ...
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With SSL: not saving sessions, cookies not being sent

My purpose is to have a fully SSL site. The web host gave this format of URL for my shared server SSL: https://hostaddress.net/example/ where www.example.com is the domain name. I conducted the ...
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PHP bin2hex vulnerable to timing attack?

I've read in a few places[1][2][3] of the desire to make PHP's bin2hex constant time. In what scenarios would bin2hex be vulnerable to a timing attack? Is this below code for handling a CSRF token ...
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webshell on webserver, but what does it contain/do? [closed]

Found this webshell but I can not get the plain text as I have not the secret/password to decode it completely. This is the part where I am missing some information: md5($_POST['_f__f']) Does ...
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Arbitrary file upload, serve JPG as PHP

I'm trying out random older WordPress exploits on my local server, I'm currently in the process trying to get this one to work: https://www.exploit-db.com/exploits/20083/ It doesn't read any ...
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Reading php comments using php page that open text files, CTF [closed]

There is a CTF Problem that it needs to see comments of a PHP file using some vulnerabilities of PHP; The Question is: In the link bellow You must change lorem.php to read exact php comments of ...
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Is this sufficient text cleaning in a PHP Form?

Wondering if the following is sufficient for sanitizing input in a simple contact form that contains inputs for $name, $email, $phone, and $text. There is no SQL. I am simply wondering if I am doing ...
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Is SESSION is safe for transferring encrypted email and password in PHP

I am working on a project where I am using PHP_SESSION, Somewhere I heard that PHP_SESSION are quite unsafe for passing valuable data so I have to know what are the security flaws, how it can be ...
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Bypassing Change Name Uploader

I have read all of the questions available on SE about bypassing the change name uploader. Consider an uploader which changes the file name each time you try to upload a file. The only allowed formats ...
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Custom CSRF protection mechanism without persisting tokens

I have had this functionality (csrf protection) for quite some time now. The thing I never liked about it is that it saved csrf tokens in the session file. While it may not be a real problem I see it ...
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Found this textarea with PHP in it. Might it be malicious/exploitable?

I came across this textarea on the website of a Medical Center. Clients enter sensitive medical data here. What users see: HTML: <textarea name="message">&lt;?php echo ...
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How secure are sha256 + salt hashes for password storage [duplicate]

I started reading about password hashing recently on multiple sites like this page on crackstation and others, and for what I have understood, I should avoid using hashing algorithms like md5 and sha1 ...
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How to secure MySQL database usernames and passwords within a php file? [duplicate]

I am working on a PHP website and my researches showed that it is entirely possible that the server can get hacked and the PHP files may get exposed. I store the MySQL DB Username and Password within ...
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How to protect data at rest in a php application?

I was wondering which is the best way to secure data at rest (encrypt / decrypt) in a php application ( eq: stored in a database ) using AES ? Where is the best way to store the keys ?
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Will the following PHP code result in source code info leak/disclosure?

I'm aware of this vulnerability via PHP's filter stream wrapper that is able to disclose PHP source code: file=php://filter/convert.base64-encode/resource=filename.php. So I went ahead to guard ...
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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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My Magento shop is vulnerable to hacking [duplicate]

I have a headache with my shop using Magento, my shop is very vulnerable to hacking by bots or other people. They often add some scripts and files to sending spam mails. I think they come to me from ...
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Store password using sha1 [duplicate]

I've been using the sha1() function to hash password before inserting it into my database. But I have this procedure so that it just won't be the password to be hashed. My page would register a user ...
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Why do people say that PHP is inherently insecure?

I've heard it said that PHP is inherently insecure. Is this true? Why?
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Secure key generation and authentication in PHP

I'm not sure how to phrase this so I'll just explain my scenario and hopefully you can help. I have to create a site that will have 50-100 students all selecting courses they would like to take for ...
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PHP Code Found Is It Malicious?

I found the following code on my website. What does it do? Is it malicious? Thank you. <?php @ignore_user_abort(true); @set_time_limit(0); $getherw3423 = "FFS"."W35"."25KK"."Sfj"; $rretert454352 ...
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What to look for in a PHP file on my server to decide whether it is rogue or not?

I found this file in my folder named quarantine_wp_protect.php. This file sits outside the public_html folder. Inside this file is the following code: GIF89a???????????!??????,???????D?;?<?php ...
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Set the max length for input

Suppose I have a form, and one of this form inputs I set the max length to 15: <input type="text" name="username" maxlength="15"> Now the attacker wants to override this limit, to do that he ...
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Make all form inputs safe but allow any type of input including code

Pastebin allow you to (along with plenty of other sites) input code into there forms. I know that this can be a huge security threat if not done properly so I would like to know how they go about ...
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Security benefits of hosting your CMS on localhost

If I host the CMS for my online website on localhost, will that mean that no one online can access it? If not, what is the most secure way to store your CMS?
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putting my password in a php file (phpmailer) [duplicate]

I'm using phpmailer and to use it you have to set $mail->password I worry that my password is going to be accessible by hackers. Do I need to do something to protect it? I could put the password in ...
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.htaccess protected folder except IP

I created an e-shop with e-books and they are stored in specific folder which is protected by a .htaccess file : Order deny,allow deny from all allow from 127.0.0.1 The IP is the IP of the webpage, ...
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Offline malware / script scanner for webfiles (PHP and HTML) [closed]

I have downloaded an entire copy of a website that has been used as a spam relay. I think I have tracked down the problem to a loophole in a contact form (now closed, but was not used, but still ...
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Is there a secure way to share sessions in the same server with different sub domains?

I'm studing a case that I have a RESTful backend (php-based) and a hybrid HTML+JS+PHP front-end in different subdomains: backend.example.com <-- A RESTful API to provide some XHR requests. ...
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DB Passwords: More Secure in a PHP App's .ini config files or apache2 environment variables?

I manage a php app whose key variables (such as database server addresses, DB user names and passwords, etc) change depending on their environment (Dev, QA, Production, etc.). In order to simplify ...
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Generating authentication token from PHP sessions

I have a traditional PHP site which uses sessions. I've developed a real-time app in nodejs and wish to authenticate users here based on their PHP session. The procedure would go something like this: ...
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Security issues with PHP Sandbox

I am working on a PHP sandbox for a Web Application Honeypot. The PHP sandbox will analyze a PHP file that may have been injected as part of an RFI attack. It should run the file in a safe environment ...
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How to make my PHP website vulnerable to SQL injection [duplicate]

For training purposes, I want to make a demo website vulnerable to SQL injection. I went to the .htaccess file in the server and added these 2 lines: php_flag magic_quotes_gpc Off php_flag ...
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How to pick an encryption algorithm (cipher) and mode for PHP's mcrypt, for encrypting passwords?

There are numerous algorithms listed in the PHP documentation: http://php.net/manual/en/mcrypt.ciphers.php How strong is each one and what criteria to use when picking one? Also the ...
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Deobfuscated Malicious PHP Code Comprehensively [closed]

I found 3 php files in a htaccess-password-protected upload folder on my server: 1. default_folders.php 2. factory.php 3. HMAC.php Each of them contains a variable string, eg: ...
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How do you know your server has been compromised?

I recently helped a client who had their server hacked. The hackers added some PHP code into the header of the homepage redirecting the user to a porn website — but only if they came from Google. This ...
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Having trouble reproducing PHP heap based buffer overflow in quoted_printable_encode [closed]

I am trying to follow the test script provided here. I've installed an apache web server with PHP version 5.3.25 and created a script with the following code: <?php // file: test.php $str = ...