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

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Does FCGId use environment variables? (Or is it a possible attack vector for CVE-2014-6271/7169?)

According to Red Hat httpd (attack vector): CGI scripts are likely affected by this issue: when a CGI script is run by the web server, it uses environment variables to pass data to the ...
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Location to store an encryption key

I'm building a secure system which stores messages on a server in a Postgresql database. The messages are stored encrypted with PHP's openssl_encrypt() function with the AES-256-CBC method. At the ...
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Is my authentication persistence system design secure?

This system is for a personal file upload and sharing web application made with PHP. When a user logs into the application, it has the option to "stay logged in" after closing and reopening their ...
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Mysql - two-way encryption of sensitive data (email addresses) outside of Apache, PHP and MySQL

We store user email addresses in our database, like many other websites. While we do take pride in the security measures in place, sometimes "just enough" is just not enough. We've begun looking into ...
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Possible security issues with on demand generated image from database

I want to know what could be the potential risk with the displaying part of this behavior. For the upload part : 1- A form with a file upload for image. 2- Image content is save into Mysql ...
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Filter GET requests with regexp : Whitelist approach

I'm writing a new website with php, there is no backend but users will be able to input search terms through GET queries and I was wondering : is it safe to whitelist query parameters using regexp? ...
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Is addslashes + htmlentities sufficiently secure?

I have addslashes(htmlentities($userInput)). It gets inserted into my database. (NOT a mysql db) Is it sufficiently safe from xss? Thank you!
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Is my custom password hashing algorithm insecure?

For all of my hobby web projects, I have coded a login system that these projects share. There is no critical data in these projects, the only critical data could be reused passwords. So I try to hash ...
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What permissions should I give to a MySQL 'user' that searches my database?

My site has a search form, which queries a few tables for whatever my end users want to find. What permissions should I give my MySQL user in order to search the database and update the 'times ...
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Can extra loading times on login attempts be a security threat?

I have a web application built with PHP with a login page where the visitor is supposed to enter his / her account's email address and matching password. Since I'm using the PHP native (slow) hashing ...
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is it safe to allow external images to be attached to Blog or any Web content?

I am filtering all images that attached to any content of my blog: Check for file extension. Check content type using $finfo = finfo_open(FILEINFO_MIME_TYPE); I also save the image temporary on my ...
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Preventing spoofing of remote server with PHP & cURL

I'm writing a PHP script that is requesting confidential data from a remote server. I'm using cURL to get the remote server's certificate information (for its output, please see below). Which array ...
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Securely send password to script as parameter

I have an expect script on my server which opens a WebDAV connection to another server, expects a username and password, and then sends $arg1 and $arg2 as the username and password respectively. ...
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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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Strongest cryptographic algorithm available in PHP 5.3

Which options are available in the default installation and which ones by third-parties like extensions or frameworks? P.S. By Cryptography I mean algorithms which could be decrypted, not one-way ...
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Faster SQL injection prevention

I looked around everywhere and I can't find the answer to my question. I'm using the latest PHP for server-sided scripting and MySQL for my database. The character set is utf8mb4, if that makes a ...
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SQL injection filter evasion

During manual SQL injection testing I came upon this. Is there any way to bypass these filters that supposedly prevent a UNION based attack? <?php error_reporting(0); include('db.inc.php'); ...
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What are the risks of accepting URL param for automatic redirection?

Can anybody name all the risks of the following scenario: User visits a page, but his session is expired, so he is auto-redirected to login page with his previous page and params added as a single ...
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Getting null byte injection attacks to work with PHP 5.2.17

I'm trying to understand how null byte injection attacks in PHP code used to work before it was patched in PHP 5.3.4. I have this sample HTML page that is a somewhat modified version of what's shown ...
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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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Someone is trying to hack my PHP server

Today, early in the morning. My dedicated server was slowing because there was numerous requests coming. One error I remember is some message from MYSQL, it said something similar to, ...
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Is this a safe way to identify users connecting to a chat server?

Before I start, all information will go over HTTPS. So, my website is basically like a forum with the authentication part finished and working. This forum has a real time chat application that sends ...
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Obfuscated php code found on the server

I found this piece of code hosted on my website I'm sure it's a malware. Any have an idea what this script does or how to deobfuscate? <?php ...
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How to implement client side encryption for CalDav & CardDav content?

I'm looking for a client-side encryption implementation that would be able to secure CardDav & CalDav data so that they couldn't be compromised even by the hosting provider. Server side: PHP or ...
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RHEL 6: PHP 5.3.3 - Is it inherently insecure?

I am talking about the PHP 5.3.3 package that is available in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux repository, running on Apache. From what I can see, as of RHEL 6, it is the latest version (no updates ...
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cURL cert validation with curlopt_cainfo not working

I want to validate my SSL certificate each time I run API calls. I've been following this guide: http://artur.ejsmont.org/blog/content/how-to-properly-secure-remote-api-calls-from-php-application ...
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Disable insecure/dangerous PHP functions

Typically my job description limits me to code-review of web applications. More recently I've been asked to assist with some server-side PHP optimization where, although I am familiar with it, I lack ...
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Sandbox environment for “php malware” analysis [closed]

I would like to know how can I analyse an obfuscated malware php code ? I heard about cuckoo sandbox, but it seems too overwhelming for this particular task. So I decided to run a Vagrant box, install ...
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Are input fields that don’t have name=“” sent via the browser [closed]

Are input fields that don’t have name attributes susceptible to MITM attacks (w/o SSL) or any other attack? For example: <form action="" method="post"> <label ...
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Is PHP FILTER_VALIDATE_IP secure enough to $_GET an IP address?

I need to pass an IP to a PHP page, and it would be convenient to be able to use GET, but I know that's sort of asking for trouble, so I want to triple-check that I'm handling it securely. ...
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sql injection vulnerability to codeigniter

Hello i want to know why this kind of example question never been asked before. i got this code from my college that they say this kind of code is able to prevent sql injection we use codeigniter to ...
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Safety of using web based proxy?

Lets say for example I have to use a public online proxy like https://www.zend2.com to load a PHP webpage controlled by me containing sensitive data over HTTPS. How would I make sure that the proxy ...
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Obfuscation alternatives

So I've made a tool for web developers and now I want to sell it, but I don't want all web developers to see my code (PHP). I do know there are PHP Obfuscators, but I don't want to use them, as they ...
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Could this login form be “hacked” to allow access?

We have this legacy website which has horrendous code in it. I have just been looking through the login form/code and can see un-sanitised sql queries. E.g. in a nutshell: $email=$_POST['email']; ...
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Are there any flaws in my design for a paper-based OTP grid?

I'm trying to implement two-factor authentication on the cheap for a website of mine. My bank uses this sort of grid-based OTP system, so I wanted to emulate it in my application: Cards are ...
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Not hashing email registration confirmation link

I sent emails out that contains an email registration confirmation link: http://example.com?create=email%3Djay%40gmail.com%26confirm_key%3D53e321f97c145 I do not hash the link above. Before I sent ...
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Display link to admin section or not?

I have a question and answers site. I have an admin section. From that section I can delete users, threads, responses, and edit various other things. I have some simple code at the start of the admin ...
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How safe is it to install XAMPP on my home computer to test PHP code?

I want to test some PHP code and I figure the best way is to install XAMPP - but I'm nervous about installing server software on my home computer. Is it generally safe to install XAMPP (given that I ...
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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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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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Encrypted code in hacked wordpress site

I have a customer who wants me to "restore" his Wordpress page. I looked a little bit deeper in the codes and found the following code a few times in different files: http://pastebin.com/nL4i6t8x ...
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Security risk stemming from data passed in $_GET superglobal

This is a short but general question. I am relatively new to programming in general. My site, which is predominately written in PHP, will be launched soon and is undergoing some security tightening. ...
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openssl_digest vs hash vs hash_hmac? Difference between SALT & HMAC?

openssl_digest vs hash vs hash_hmac I want to use SHA512 for storing password. Which of the above methods are best to use? Why? What is the difference between SALT & HMAC? I just read ...
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PHP/Ajax Data transmission security

I'm learning about web security mechanisms. I have developed the following system in PHP and JavaScript: assuming that I have a page named: messages.php which is a real-time chat system. first when ...
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API Key DDOS prevention method

Hi I just wanted some feedback on a DDOS preventing php script that I'm designing. It quite simple and I wanted some feedback on whether you guys think it would be effective. I'm currently using the ...
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Building a web app with encrypted MySQL database entries?

I have some experience in building PHP based websites with MySQL access, storing encrypted user details, but all other fields being plain text. My most recent project will require sensitive data to be ...
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Running an Open Server (contents are visible)

I'm considering the possibility of running an Open Server, as I would call it, that is, a server where as much of its contents are publicly visible as possible. I would like to give read access to ...
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Is php DOMDocument::loadXML completely secure?

Our application is using loadXML extensively to recieve data(input) from the users. Other than the usual checks for SQL injections and XXS, are there any known risks in parsing the xml file using ...
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Can JS templates for admin-only pages be public

In my page admins-only section is very responsive, so I have to use both server and client side templating. Obviously server side templates are stored outside of web-root and routing takes care of ...
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Exploiting PHP via GET params

To be clear, this is in the interest of ethical testing to secure an application on behalf of my work. Now that that's out of the way, here are the details: Un-sanitised GET params are used in a ...