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

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Why injecting a php tag with XSS dosn't work?

So you all know about the XSS vulnerability but what I cannot understand is how come injecting a <?php ?> tag doesn't work? eg.: suppose there is a Stored XSS vulnerability in the index.php of a ...
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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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'Ghost' access to a php file on a web server

I'm developing a personal project and one part of the project is a php website, hosted at hostinger as a free plan, that allow clients to ping to it and stores the WAN IP and the NAT IP of them. ...
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Shellshock attack scenario exploiting php

I've seen attack scenarios involving using wget on cgi-scripts, but how about a scenario exploiting a web server php script that issues an exec() or system() call to a bash script? As far as I can ...
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How to secure a login.php file? [closed]

I have a hand built website, and am triying to build a cms/admin-panel, and my username and password, are not stored in a database, but, in a two setup file like seen below. index.php <?php ...
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Feedback Form Exploitation possible or not? [on hold]

how an attacker can exploit the below provided feedback form in a company website containing the company’s domain? the feedback form does not store data into a database. The server side code only ...
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Apache Server Maintains HTTPS Connection To Mysterious Server (Hijacking?)

I've been on a shared webhosting plan for 10 years and I recently moved all of my sites (various WordPress sites and associated plugins, all in PHP, a MediaWiki site, and a lot of static stuff) to my ...
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Should I validate authentication form inputs?

I've got a login page with a form where they can input their account's email address and password. I'm doing the following things before even attempting to authenticate a user: Validating the email ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How To Patch LFI Vulnerability

I'm pretty sure that you all are aware of this vulnerability, but i wonder how to patch this? I have seen this code in a tutorial that it is the way to patch this but still user can access all the ...
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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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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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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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How to safely display external pictures?

i want to write (and currently writing) a php script to display external images, not hosted on my website. Something like facebook's safe_image. What I'm currently doing is file_get_contents('pic') ...
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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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How can I detect whether a webshell exploit has been run?

My forum was running MyBB 1.6.10 and maldet found a JPG file with the webshell by Orb malware code at the end (php.cmdshell.unclassed.352). I'm using nginx and had secured against arbitrary files ...
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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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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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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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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 ...