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

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Protect against POST //cgi-bin/php attacks?

I am being attacked with this cgi injection: POST ...
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PHP on IIS 7.5 Hacked - How do I find and fix the XSS Injection?

I discovered that someone had gained access via FileZilla server software to my Windows 2012 Server. It seems like they had created extra accounts and were trying brute force attempts to get in nearly ...
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Playing with Referrer Header

There are 2 sites: http://www.site1.com http://www.site2.com http://www.site1.com contains link to http://www.site2.com as <a href="http://www.site2.com/">link<a/> When user clicks ...
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Using Random Numbers As Session variables

I am using randomly generated numbers as session variables to identify the sessions in a PHP application. To make further security proof what ways should I follow?
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Service TO Service Authentication & authorization [duplicate]

I have two web services A and B the requests between those services is http. I want so establish a secure connection between service A and service B to ensure the authorized and authenticate request ...
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Implementation of different BCrypt versions

I'm fairly new to encryption, and I am investigating the different kind of encryptions. I want to encrypt passwords in a secure way. I discussed this with my colleague, and he said that BCrypt is the ...
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Security on Ubuntu 12.04 LST Server for Business App

I am developing bussines application based on php and mysql on ubuntu 12.04 lts server. I have closed all ports except :80 and php code can be executed only by security login and not using cookies but ...
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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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File-structure when using token

I'm using a form-token to secure the validation process of my php-file. Basically the structure of the php-file looks like this: if ($_POST) {//form has been submitted? if (validateFormToken) { ...
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Is this code snippet good enough for password hash and salt

After a few days reading up about salting and hashing passwords, I found an actual bit of code that tells how to do it. This is what I found: $blowfish_salt = ...
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Submit form with token

I have a token that I want to use to prevent direct access of some php-files. Some of these php-files are loaded via AJAX. The token is used with a session to secure form submission AND to prevent ...
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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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Why does MySQLi using question marks (?) instead of the sprintf formatting?

As the title states, why does MySQLi use question marks instead of sprintf() formatting? For example, why is it $stmt = $mysqli->prepare("SELECT * FROM table WHERE column1 = ?"); ...
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Can query string command line exploits in older CGI implementations of PHP be protected against without updating PHP versions?

We recently received this from a security audit: PHP is a general purpose scripting language that can be embedded into HTML. A vulnerability exists in PHP versions prior to 5.3.12 and 5.4.2 due to ...
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Generating a TRULY random string in PHP [duplicate]

I need to generate thousands (possibly millions) of unique codes for a client. These codes may have a monetary value, so it's vital that they are TRULY random, and that no pattern could be spotted and ...
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Am I correctly preventing XSS in PHP? [duplicate]

While building my website I put together a security class which includes two functions, one takes input and returns it as a string passed through htmlentities function of PHP. The other strips out ...
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Is what flexi_auth does with its use of its $this->auth object good practice?

I am looking at the authentication library Flexi_auth for CodeIgniter. To use the library you have to create a object one time in the controller before the lib is used Like this: `$this->auth ...
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Is phpseclib a secure and reliable alternative to OpenSSL?

I know that OpenSSL needs to be installed and activated via apache and the config files, which can be cumbersome or even impossible, and that phpseclib is more flexible and easier to handle than ...
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ALERT - ASCII-NUL chars not allowed within request variables

In a Drupal site, I get this error in my Debian's syslog: suhosin[9413]: ALERT - ASCII-NUL chars not allowed within request variables - dropped variable 'name' (attacker 'x.x.x.x', file ...
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Can I limit PHP include() to specific directory trees?

I know I can use the php.ini open_basedir directive to limit the directory trees where files can be opened by PHP. But in a directory structure such as this: ├── application │   ├── index.php │   ...
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Is $_REQUEST['id'] vulnerable to sql injection

I have the code below in my newsview.php.I want to know why the code below vulnerable to sql injection.I already test the sql injection in the code below. $id = intval($_REQUEST['id']); $result = ...
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Tokenless REST API security concerns

I'm designing an API in PHP/MySQL that, by its design, will not store a user's password in the database and thus does not generate authorization tokens for the client to hold. The reason for this is ...
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SQL injection with “INSERT” statement

I am currently studying the most basic SQL injections that are possible. Pure and solely for the purpose of teaching myself the basics before advancing to more advanced ones. I am recreating this ...
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What are the security threats of zip file uploads and what preventive actions should be taken?

We have a Drupal application developed for sharing files. We are allowing zip files to be uploaded by logged in departmental user. We are using Drupal private file system (outside webroot). We are ...
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Pentesting my Own Server File Upload

I recently created my own IIS server (set on version 7.5) and I was going through checks to make sure my webdav is not vulnerable. My users need to upload files to their individual accounts and can ...
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Is it possible for a hacker to bypass upload php file?

I wanna give a filtering system in my script. here it is : <?php $allowedExts = array("gif", "jpeg", "jpg", "png","bmp"); $temp = explode(".", $_FILES["file"]["name"]); $extension = end($temp); ...
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How can I be secure with a global salt?

If I understood the basic of password hashing and storing, what we need are: a "strong" salt a "real" random salt a unique salt per password a password hashing function with a high CPU cost We ...
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Communicate between two sites both with SSL

I now have two websites - site A and B, both with SSL-certificate, and they have exact same users. So when a user log into site A and click the link to site B, I want to make him auto log in to site ...
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Google Authenticator - Counter Based [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand How google authenticator - counter based work. I have tried googling around finding a demo or at least how this work. I understand its a one time password but not like TOTP. I ...
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Removing PHP Shell from server [duplicate]

I have looked at a few other questions related to this but nothing specifically answered what I was wondering about. Say for example you have a server that is infected with a php shell such as c99. ...
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has scrypt withstood the test of time?

I've always heard that scrypt was better than bcrpyt... because of memory causing GPU a very difficult time to crack. However, the notion always was that scrypt hadn't been tested, it was kind of a ...
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Testing PHP form injection

I'm writing a very small PHP app that takes input via a form. As could be expected for a first revision, the code does no escaping or sanitisation of input: if( $_POST["var"] != "" ) { print ...
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Why: Default salt and cipher seed value at Cake PHP Framework?

I am wondering, why in cake php framework, they include default values for this variable: salt cipher seed I found these default values while doing application review (white box approach). And I ...
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Web Applications terminate strings on null-byte

I have just been doing some penetration testing on a site, and I have noticed (and I have noticed before but now seems like a good point to bring it up) that putting a null byte in the search string ...
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PHP gethostbyname security implications

I'm working on a PHP application. There is a requirement to find IP's by hostname and i have to resort to gethostbynamel for that. Looks like there is no other way. I was wondering if there are any ...
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How can I migrate from filter-on-output to filter-on-input?

I recently joined a company with a million+ lines-of-code PHP app. The security approach to XSS appears to be to filter output whenever the dev thought of it. Not surprisingly, they didn't catch ...
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Edit virtual host file using php [closed]

I have a php application and somethings related to the application need changes to vhost.conf file. Presently i'm making the changes manually. But i would like to automate it using a php script. Is ...
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Restrict file access in php.ini

Can anyone explain me the difference between include_path and open_basedir in PHP? My php.ini looks like this: include_path = ".:/usr/share/php:/usr/share/pear:/var/www" If for example I try using ...
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How to find vulnerable sites on a web server

A client of mine has a managed VPS with dozens of websites on it, maybe even hundreds. Now his server keeps getting infected on a regular basis. The webhost / server admins keep digging in the dark. ...
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Does validating a mime-type reduce or stop the need for virus scanning?

I am building a small web app in php, that accepts .doc /.docx / .rtf and .txt files. I've validated them against their mime-types. But now I'm thinking about virus scanning. I know there are systems ...
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Inputting user ID's in URL?

I am currently working on functionality that will allow users to reset their passwords. My question pertains to the security in putting user ID's (a.k.a the auto increment ID's from database) in the ...
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If my website does not take any user input, is there any danger in showing my code and folder structure?

First time posting here; apologies for any mistakes I've made, please edit, retag, migrate as appropriate. I have a simple homepage whose purpose is (essentially) to contain my contact info and some ...
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Uploading images safe of XSS, php code and virus

I know that my question has been responded lot of times, but most the responses addresses functions that I don't even use (like use include with images) and that makes me worry because maybe I'm not ...
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How long would it take to brute force the AES encryption?

I'm trying to write a secure code that can keep my site users passwords as safe as possible. Now I'm fairly new to encryption and would like some professional opinions and suggestions. As well as a ...
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Website Link Spam Hacking Protection [closed]

I've recently been employed as a junior web and software developer for a small company, and noticed that their Home page has had links to completely unrelated sites added like spam to the index.html ...
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A scammer placed a remote file on a Wordpress website?

A previous developer I have used has got upset and start compromising the files of my website on daily bases (such as changing the index of the site with weird messages, deleting the .htaccess, ...
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Generating an unguesable token for confirmation e-mails

I'm generating a token to be used when clicking on the link in a verification e-mail. I plan on using uniqid() but the output will be predictable allowing an attacker to bypass the confirmation ...
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Understanding JVM zero day in relationship with other runtimes

I am a .net and php developer and since java has been in the news recently thanks to the string of zero days, I decided to brush up on security. In regards to the java zero days, this question has ...
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Is mt_rand() suitable for generating a salt?

Assumed I have to following code in order to generate a random blowfish salt for saving a new password: $blowfishCharacters = 'ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789./'; $salt ...
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How do I capture POST data then forward user to another page?

I currently have a demo site setup where I load the login form over HTTP and then POST to a HTTPS URL. The aim is to demonstrate that this is not a secure method of handling the login. I'm using ...