Management of semi-permanent interactive information interchange between two or more communicating devices, or between a computer and user

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Is it safer to store valuable information on a unsecure client or send the data through the internet?

Background: I'm creating a secure web app with the purpose to act as a no-knowledge storage for small data (we're talking a few bytes). Since all the encryption and decryption happens client-side, ...
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Why do you need to close your browser window after logging out of a website?

Might be wrong, but believe the request to close the browser window after logging out is common, though it's completely unclear what the risks might be of failing to close a browser window (assuming ...
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How to manage a custom session in a webapp?

I was reading through the OWASP Cheat Sheet and something mentioned in the "Weak Authentication and Session Management" row did not make sense to me. It is recommended in the Design Column, that ...
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Signing (HMAC) cookie identifier

Related to this other question about sharing the secret to sign the cookies, my question is more trivial: how really secure is to sign a simple cookie identifier? In example, expressjs#session ...
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How is the session ID sent securely?

I'm learning session management and I have two questions for which I could not find answers on the web. Once the user is authenticated, the server creates the Session ID and sends it to the client ...
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Storing encryption key in a cookie?

I have a website issue that I am addressing by storing an encryption key in a cookie. I want to describe my issue and my solution, and see if someone smarter about such things than I thinks this is a ...
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Securing a JavaScript app with RESTful backend

I went through the question Securing a JavaScript Single Page App with RESTful backend that has discussions / options around securing a Javascript client side app that invokes RESTful APIs. However, ...
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Web app crypto scheme

For learning purposes I am trying to build a web application (Symfony2, PHP) that allows users to post content and have their own password vault, everything encrypted. Since I want to users to be able ...
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At what level does session key entropy become a real-world issue?

Say we have a session key of between 0000000000-9999999999, providing 33.2bits of entropy. This is far short of the 128bits recommended by most. Of course, it is normally trivial to change session ...
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Exploiting a potential ASP.NET web app Session Fixation vulnerability

I am pen-testing an ASP.NET application that is exhibiting Session Fixation behavior. The application is using cookie based sessions. Basically: When you land on the page no Session cookie is ...
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Should a session ID ever be sent over an unencrypted connection?

I'm teaching myself a touch of the most basic information security while toying with web dev, so that I can get a better understanding of the whole picture. Let's assume my website has user accounts ...
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Session Authentication vs Token Authentication

I am trying to get a handle on some terms and mechanisms and find out how they relate to each other or how they overlap. Authenticating a theoretical web application and mobile application is the ...
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SAML Without Session

Is there a way to implement SAML-based authentication to an IdP where the client keeps the session information? The idea is that a load-balanced server farm for the SP would be able to remain ...
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session management and login php scripts

I want to to write login scripts for clients websites to make them more secure. I want to know what best practices I can implement into this. There are password protected control panels in abundance, ...
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Securing php session using extra settings [duplicate]

I have googling on securing php session and came across this link http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Secure-Login-Script-in-PHP-and-MySQL where they suggest to start like this as below. $session_name ...
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What is the state of the art for forcing logout on browser quit?

Background: Most browsers have implemented some form of "Session Restore" functionality as a convenience to users where, if enabled, session cookies will be persisted across browser restarts. ...
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Passing session id in query string to maintain state in third party iframe - good practice?

I would like to allow the user to be "logged in" and maintain state / logged in status between pages within an iframe. The iframe content is ours, and will be hosted on various clients' websites. ...
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Session fixation in Java

In the process of developing a vulnerable jsp/servlet based application I made an attempt to introduce the session fixation vulnerability. Referring to the documentation I came up with the following ...
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Session Management for Private Key Passphrases in a Web Application

Use Case I would like to encrypt data in a database for a Web Application. The following requirements exist: Decryption should only be possible when a user provides a passphrase Encryption should ...
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How does a browser manage secure sessions and store session keys?

I am interested in how a browser manages secure sessions. As I understand it this is the scenario when logging into a google account: 1) Browser (B) and google Server (S) perform a handshake to ...
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Is this somebody trying to exploit a vulnerability?

On our website, when an invalid PHP session ID is detected, it's logged and regenerated. This invalid session has been logged: n040jl1nujch72tkrmr0uilnl1, ...
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How secure are PHP sessions?

Should i worry about securing PHP sessions for my users? How do hackers steal the sessions? The information users of my site can view is not at all sensitive and if viewed or modified by a hacker ...
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How to store a group password for multi-user server-client web-application?

In a web application, accessed by browser via https, users need to be able to access data stored on a server in a MySQL database. Data has to be encrypted for several groups of users, where one group ...
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How session cookies work? [closed]

I want to know the basic working of session cookies. When i tried googling, most of the results came were based on any programming language. I am not good at coding. So it will be helpful if someone ...
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Could HTTPS-Attacks like CRIME be mitigated by changing the session cookie regularly?

I was just reading about CRIME which is an attack to steal sensitive information by creating requests. Could this attack be mitigated, if the Server wouldn't send the client the actual session key to ...
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Using encrypted data in session key instead of random

I am writing a service-oriented (REST) application that is (nearly) totally stateless: it can authenticate by API keys, but for web UI it uses the session where it stores nothing but an authenticated ...
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Are my session settings secure enough?

I'm developing a file hosting and sharing web application. Are the following PHP session settings secure enough? ini_set('session.cookie_httponly', 1); ini_set('session.cookie_lifetime', 0); ...
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Passing Encryption Key Across Session for Symmetrically-Encrypted DB

I'm building a database that symmetrically encrypts user data. Nothing super sensitive, I'd use a third-party if it was. The data is encrypted with a surrogate key; the user must enter a password to ...
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Setting a temporary cookie to an invalid value when logout improves security?

When a session is closed, for example, when a timeout triggers or when the user clicks the logout button, the session should be terminated at server side so the session cookie is invalid. I think ...
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Does it have sense a One-Time Session Cookie?

Recently I have faced a site that seems to implement something that we can call "one-time cookie". This cookie is used for single-sign on among different sites. In each request the server sends a ...
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Letting users pick up where they left off…without logging in (is this bad form?)

I have a Grails app I'm working on that allows users to fill out a fairly lengthy application form. One of the requirements I've been given is to NOT require users to log in or create any sort of ...
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Understanding Session Fixation Vulnerability

What I've Read I'm read the following resources on session fixation, but I'm still having difficulty understanding some aspects of this kind of vulnerability: Ruby on Rails Security Guide § ...
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HeartBleed - how do I invalidate all session cookies?

As part of the Heartbleed event, I have upgraded OpenSSL, reissued and replaced certificates and revoked the old ones and changed passwords however, I am also seeing advice to invalidate all session ...
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Do I keep my PHP simple auth session secure enough?

I'm experimenting with security, cryptography and web applications. My aim is to create simple login system that is realy secure enough. I'd like to share my approach to keep authenticated session ...
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Which approach to encrypting data on a per-user basis is more secure?

As a bit of a thought experiment, I've been thinking through how one might design a web application where a user's data (say, from a form on a webpage) is stored, encrypted, on the server, using a ...
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Increasing tomcat session id increases security

Tomcat gives a configuration sessionIdLength to be configurable, but does increasing the session id increases its security or its just security through obscurity
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Is it safe to use Diffie-Hellman public keys as nonces to protect against replay attacks?

I have an interesting case regarding protection against replay attacks. Under the assumption that Alice and Bob have used Diffie-Hellman key exchange to establish a secure temporary session, would it ...
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Wouldn't transient cookies for session management increase effectiveness of MITM?

According to wikipedia, a transient cookie (aka session-cookie, in-memory cookie) is forgotten when the user closes the browser. These are also recommended for session cookies by OWASP. I've seen a ...
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user authentication my method (reinventing the wheel) is this secure?

I have read many articles advising to use OpenID, including Stack Overflow Q&A, for authentication. Unfortunately I can't use openid because my auth is not based on an email id - it is based on ...
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safe methods of generating session keys

So I have this web app where I'm supposed to generate my own session key to use in the session manager. I just have few questions about safe approaches to this. I believe to make this safe it should ...
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How much harm can an attacker do on the Diffie-Hellman exchange?

I'm looking at a system that uses an unprotected Diffie-Hellman exchange to negotiate a key for the session encryption. That Diffie-Hellman is not secure against man-in-the-middle attacks is textbook ...
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What causes wifi network connections to timeout? [closed]

i was wondering what actually causes wifi network connections to timeout. for instance, say my laptop is connected to my wifi and i yank the battery out such that my laptop can't send any proper ...
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Simple Session Management Across Multiple Application Servers

How should I handle authentication for a simple iPhone chat app? Backend I'm building the backend using two application servers: Sinatra REST Server It lists users & old messages. Node.js ...
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SSL Handshake failed

I’m working on windows desktop application which is created using C++ (IDE : Qt creator). It has login panel, where i do user validation via https connection using openssl 1.0 library. Application is ...
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Can sessions be handled securely with cookies disabled?

I've been doing some reading here about session ID handling, and have learned that it's generally a bad idea to include a session ID in the HTML source code, and/or on the query string. For example Is ...
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avoid hitting DB to authenticate a user on EVERY request in stateless web app architecture?

Summary Once a user logs into a web site and his username/password credentials are verified and an active session is established, is it possible to avoid hitting the DB for each and every request ...
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Windows Authentication and Session Ids

After a penetration test made upon an intranet application I'm developing, in ASP.NET MVC, one of the concerns raised was that the application supports concurrent user sessions and it is recommended ...
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What type of information should be shown to an end user for a logon session summary?

Google, Yahoo, Facebook and several banks have a session summary screen that lists a variety of information, but they aren't consistent in what is offered to the end user. e.g. Facebook offers a ...
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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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How long should a browser session last?

I have two online accounts from different banks, one bank expires my session faster than the other, it's quite annoying. I was wondering how long (or short) should a session be for it to be ...