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

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Securing php files from external include [closed]

Can anybody externally include my php file in their scripts? E.g. I have a file with classes executing code to db, and is it possible that somebody from external environment includes my php file and ...
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Web services API key

I have a PHP server with some .php files. Swift iOS application send POST request to server and get some response in JSON. PHP files on server do some work with MSQL. The question is: How to provide ...
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How do configure Apache to resolve 'Missing Cross-Frame Scripting Defence' by app scan [closed]

There is an apache server hosting some website written in PHP and is accessible thru internet. How do configure the apache to resolve 'Missing Cross-Frame Scripting Defence' and can 'Missing Cross-...
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Test registration form using brute force

I need to test if my website registration form can have problems with brute force attacks, because this form requires an invite code. Is there any tool for this kind of test?
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Where to place PHP files for security?

A simple question, where do you place PHP files on a server? I can't seem to find any good information on this. Obviously public files should be in the document root somewhere/somehow, since they ...
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Obtaining large data sets for research: MySQL, PHP, Apache, etc

I have been looking around the web for large data sets (specifically web related log files - MySQL, PHP, Apache, and so on) that contains data of attempted intrusions/exploits. I am doing some ...
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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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What is This Script Trying to do [closed]

This Script seems to have been added into my Site Code I want to understand what is it trying to do so I can try to prevent it . <?php /* ===================================================== ...
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Preventing LFI with user input

I need a script to look for logs which are in separate files for each user so that I can get all the log data. Right now I have something like this: public function getLog($name) { if (is_file($...
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PHP code in user session LFI filtered out

Firstly, I make the obligatory disclaimer that everything I am doing here is legitimate and pre-authorized, etc., etc. For those unfamiliar with user session local file inclusion in PHP, there's a ...
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Should I use Suhosin for PHP?

Suhosin can be used to increase the security of your PHP application. I can really see the use of it when you are using shared hosts, with multiple (possibly evil) people running their PHP apps there. ...
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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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Session Identification Hashing - How to make it more Secure and Robust

I wrote a PHP class which handles Session and store them in DB instead of normal Files in the server, you can find it on My Session Handler Class In that post a user by name @AnotherGuy has raised ...
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Understanding how openx cache was infected

I have a system that uses openx for serving banners. I have recently noticed that several cache file in /var/cache contain infected code. The code contains sql queries that create several php files in ...
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Reflected XSS via $_FILES

Is it possible to perform a reflected XSS attack via the $_FILES variable? The vulnerable code I am imagining might look like this: echo $_FILES["file"]["name"]; I read that it's not possible to ...
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{PHP} SQL Injection [duplicate]

Please note: this isn't a duplicate!!! Why? You can use ' but You don't know how :) I have this PHP code: <?php (...) function escape($str) { $ret = ''; for($i=0;@$str[$i];$i++) { if($str[$i]...
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Protect against cgi-bin/php attacks centos

I am facing some strange attack while I was checking Apache logs: OST /cgi-bin/php?%2D%64+%61%6C%6C%6F%77%5F%75%72%6C%5F%69%6E%63%6C%75%64%65%3D%6F%6E+%2D%64+%73%61%66%65%5F%6D%6F%64%65%3D%6F%66%66+%...
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How to perform a security audit for a PHP application?

I have a PHP application that I would like to have audited for security. I'm familiar with most of the general security issues, but want to make sure I didn't miss anything. What steps should I take ...
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Concepts of a secure note sharing system

I am trying to design a system that will allow for staff members in our small company to securely share sensitive customer information (text) and see them on a web page alongside less sensitive ...
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Using a index.php script in my iOS app, what should I do to secure it?

I am really new using web servers and security. I have just written a backend for my iOS app in PHP. It's hosted on a Linode apache server. The index.php us located at http://www.example.com/API/. I'm ...
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What measures must be taken to securely authenticate from web traffic to a WebSocket connection?

Obviously TLS is a must for any and all secure authentication. Please turn your paranoia settings up to 11 for this. Background: (In case people are unfamiliar with the WebSocket (WS) protocol and ...
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How does a hash which contains algorithm to choose can be secure?

I was thinking about creating my own hash+salt function, something like sha1(password + md5(login)), then I read here (part 4) that creating it's own hash+salt function is a bad idea, because if the ...
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What security practices should I keep in mind during development? [closed]

I am beginning to develop apps for Android and iOS that make API calls to a PHP web application that I will be developing. Users will be required to sign up with a username, password, and (optional) ...
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Export detailed reports from Rips Vulnerability Scanner 0.55

I am using RIPS 0.55 to scan for static source code vulnerabilities. Currently when running it at the directory level it just gives the category and the list of files. Is there a way to extract ...
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Securing SQL injection for my PHP files [closed]

I have made a PHP forum. I used PDO, as well as SQLi. When I did a security scan of my website, it found errors, and after a long time of trying different stuff, I can't fix them. Points to whomever ...
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Token-based authentication - what's a good token length?

What's a good token character length for a token-based login? Currently I'm using the following code: <?php $token = bin2hex(openssl_random_pseudo_bytes(16)); Is 16 sufficient or should ...
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Is there anything to worry about — worth putting security on a simple test site?

So I want to make a site, this site won't have users (so no one but me will be able to post to the site) or anything it will just echo out items from Mysql like title and text-body I was wondering if ...
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How do i make a phone number authetication system for my website? [closed]

I really need to prevent users from create multiple accounts. So I was thinking about making a phone number authentication system. Where when a user signs up, a 4 digit code is sent to their phone, ...
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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: * http://www....
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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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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 database....
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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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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 headers,...
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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 index....
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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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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 $_POST['...
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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 ...