Referer is the HTTP request header field that contains the address of the webpage from where the request for a web resource originated.

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Whitelist for HTTP request

Malicious request can come in the form of user agent string, referrer or cookie. To prevent being pawned by zero day attacks such as Shellshock, I have created a whitelist of characters for user agent ...
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HTTP/S <-> HTTP/S cross-site requests: what do third-party websites know about where their objects are being referenced from?

There are four general cross-site request combinations security-wise, and I want to know whether ysite.com, in each case, knows that the reason I downloaded one of its resources was because I was ...
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Protect against clickjacking but allow framing on domain?

I'd like to protect against clickjacking using the X-Frame-Options header, but we occasionally frame secure content on the insecure version of our site1: Since it looks like only Firefox currently ...
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How to avoid referer information leakage during password reset

Most password reset systems involve emailing the user a one-time link that lets them reset their password. The token needs to be in the URL, as most email clients do not allow HTML emails to perform ...
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How to implement password reset functionality without becoming susceptible to cross-domain referer leakage?

I have typically implemented password reset functionality by sending a link that included something like this: http://example.com/pwreset?id=userId&resetToken=superSecretResetToken On my pwreset ...
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Does referrer header checking offer any real world security improvement?

At work we use a central portal that provides basic SSO functionality to other applications. In addition to verifying the SSO data sent, all of our existing in-house applications (used by the public) ...
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Detect referer check on redirect

I have a section of my web site that I only want reachable from another portion of my web site. I know that referer spoofing is trivially easy. But, if all requests from an incorrect referrer are met ...
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What was the security vulnerability behind Box and Dropbox and what's different now?

Earlier today I received a number of comments saying that my shared links were disabled. I looked around and saw a number of articles explaining what happened, and Dropbox posted an official statement ...
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What risks are introduced by the browser passing the “referer” to the next site visited from a link to another domain?

As of today, I believe every major browser will by default reveal to a third-party site which site I came from, and more specifically, the exact URL I came from. What are the privacy implications of ...
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What security exposure (if any) can result from lots of apparently odd referrers in server log

I see relatively many referrers such as the following (as reported by Webalizer) in a web server log. The server is located outside Russia and it's a small one. 8 3 http://tiandeural.ru/ 19 ...
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Lots of bot hits, referer seems to be the variable

I've recently (over the last 15 minutes) had quite a few hits from the same IP, it's in a country on our blacklist so they just up up on our "Access Denied" page, but I was just interested in what ...
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Emails about Referrer Bombing

I have received a couple of emails recently from site owners saying that they are finding referrer links in their stats with their URL path but my domain. So if a website has a page ...
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What are the risk implications of not verifying referer header on login form?

Imagine a generic web application with a login form to access the application. Regardless of how the actual authentication is performed, what are the implications of not checking the referer header to ...