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 safe to store password in PHP session?

I need to do some encryptions in the private zone of my website and I want to bcrypt the user's password. Is it safe to store the password in the session when user does the login, so that I can use ...
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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 ...
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What mechanism to use for simple and secure HTTP API access?

I am currently working on a service which offers a HTTP API for mobile clients. I want clients to authenticate in order to access my API. The server itself is doing the authentication there will be ...
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Session Cookie HttpOnly Set After Initial Server Response Showing as Vulnerable

Is a session cookie set without HttpOnly at first, but added before the client browser finishes rendering, still considered vulnerable? The scanner test I need to satisfy believes so, but is this a ...
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Does it make sense to hash a session id before passing it to an advertisement partner?

My company runs a webshop. We work with a partner that gives discount vouchers to our customers after they buy (the vouchers can be used in other online shops) and also gives vouchers for our shop to ...
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Is it correct to use form field(hidden) for storing Session Token

Is it correct to use form field(hidden) for storing Session Token instead of using Cookies? What is the security risk associated with it?
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Centralize Linux System Management

We currently maintain several linux servers and are looking to employ sub contractors. However, we wan't to keep tabs on who does what on each server. Other then creating sudo accounts on every ...
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How does does the “Sign out all other sessions” feature work in Gmail?

In Gmail, at the bottom of the screen if you click Details it will show you your recent account activity and there's a button to sign you out of all other sessions. How does this work? Are they ...
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Vulnerabilities with DB backed session tokens

A user logs in and is given a session token. This token is also stored in a database on the server. The user includes this secret token with each request, and the server will pull it from the DB to ...
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Preventive Measure for detecting Session Fixation attacks

From my understanding if i am not wrong in session fixation attacks. The attacker login into the server as a legitimate user and creates a valid session. He then the tricks the compromised user to use ...
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Session Cookie Stealing Protection

I am looking at how to secure a web site against getting its session cookie stolen. These are the controls that I know are widely known/used: HTTPS Everywhere Only use a securely created random ...
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Does the ability for a user to choose the value of a session id cookie constitute a security flaw?

In the context of a web application, a user connects to this application and a session id cookie is set to authenticate the user for next requests. As the cookie is actually present before submitting ...
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Are there any HTTP servers that can detect two cookies with the same name, but issued from different subdomains?

As a follow up to the Related Domain Cookie Attack question, I'd like to see if there are any servers that are able to detect instances where multiple cookies are sent from multiple domains. In other ...
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Can I safely use an encrypted URL parameter for the session id?

I'm planning to send a user's session ID as a URL parameter which will be AES encrypted. I don't think my app has any link sharing problems. Is this idea feasible? Is it safe?
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What are the tradeoffs in allowing logouts of other logged-in sessions?

For instance, Gmail has allowed remote logout since 2008. I think I have seen other sites that allow you to log out all other logged-in sessions. What are the tradeoffs to consider in this session ...
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What are the valid characters which can be present in a session ID [can it have spaces] [closed]

I need to know what will the valid characters in a session id or in particular whether it can have spaces in it .?
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Choosing a session ID algorithm for a client-server relationship

I am developing an application which has a client-server relationship, and I am having trouble deciding on the algorithm by which the session identifier is determined. My goal is to restrict ...
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Secure login system - using sessions?

I'm looking for a secure way to let users login on my website. Currently, I've always used a session system, like this: <?php session_start(); if (validPass() || isset($_SESSION['userId'])) { ...
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What typically is the expiration date of a session cookie?

I need to create a session cookie using JavaScript (for more info see question). I'm wondering what should the expiry date be? I'm guessing it's the browsing session, so if I don't set an expiration ...
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Restore session in Firefox

Restore session in Firefox What does this mean, is it related to the session concept which is stored on the web server? If I stop the computer with my web-app, and then start it again before the ...
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Implementing secure login for an API

I am implementing a web api with which I plan to authorize access by accepting a username and password and system name and returning a sessionid which can be used on subsequent calls to authorize the ...
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When logging out of a website is anything else required then destroying the session?

In PHP, I'm not sure if I should start the session before destroying it when a user wants to log out. session_start(); session_destroy(); Is there anything else that needs to be done? EDIT: I ...
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Actual issue? Phone switches from 3G to router makes session switch from https to http

I heard that a security issue exists in some cases when a mobile phone has: Connected to a website via https via 3G Connects to a router I'm told that that in this particular scenario the router ...
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Securing opensource web application

I have an open source website. I need to add an admin section to the website which is accessible to only one person. To make it secure, I was thinking about providing a login page which checks if the ...
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Maintain sensitive key between requests

EDIT: Reworked question. Previous version too poorly asked. On my website users write sensitive messages that must be kept secret. The entire user area is over SSL, so the communication between user ...
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Any real world examples of GPS location data being used with authentication?

Are there any examples of how GPS coordinate (or any location data really) can be used to detect suspicious locations or validate well known locations? Specifically Highlighting new or unusual ...
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Stopping Session Hijacking

If you noticed, I put "stopping" instead "preventing" in the title because I want my PHP application to be as secure as possible. I am wondering if anyone has any better ways to prevent session ...
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CSRF cookie vs session based tokens

I will generate a CSRF token and include it in a hidden form field. When receiving the request, I will check the form value against the value either stored in the user's session or in a cookie. Is it ...
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Best way to securely set a session cookie on another domain

We currently have 2 sites http://www.foo.co.uk and https://secure.foo.com. The www site does not have an SSL certificate and is on a different domain. We have a login button on http://www.foo.co.uk ...
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How to invalidate a session on browser closure?

I have a web application where web session need to expire after stipulated period of time. However capturing browser closure event is not a good idea to invalidate a user session. What can be an ...
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Is windows 7 vulnerable to null session?

My lecturer told me that Windows 7 is not vulnerable to null session but did not explain why. What is the preventive measure that windows 7 did to protect against from it? The recommend fixes for ...
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Where and How is data stored in a session?

Where is the information in the fields of a session stored? If I, for instance, store in a session something like $_SESSION['foo'] = 'bar'. Where is "bar" stored? If I store an object of a class, in ...
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Do you need to encrypt session data?

I came across a session management class in PHP which encrypts session data in the session storage folder (i.e., /tmp) and can be decrypted later in your script using a key. I was wondering if it's ...
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Session management: Are the features of application server enough?

HTTP is a stateless protocol. However, when the user logs into a web application, he likes that some session information be preserved, such that he does not have to login again when he wants to go ...
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OpenID Session Fixation with CSRF

This answer describes a situation where CSRF can be used to trick an end user to enter a credit card into another person's Paypal account. It also highlights the fact that state-changing GET requests ...
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Session fixation attack

Given the following conditions, Session ID does not change upon login Session ID travels in form of HTTP cookie There is no cross site scripting/redirection vulnerability on the login page is it ...
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How to secure MySQL based web session data table?

I have the following MySQL session schema: CREATE TABLE `SessionData` ( `id` varchar(50) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `data` text COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci, `date` datetime DEFAULT NULL, ...
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Will session_regenerate_id() without true parameter improves security? Should I use it right before login?

I want to decrease session fixation attack vulnerability, hence I used session_regenerate_id() before login. Somehow I'm in dark now and not sure the right answer for questions below: When we ...
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Can a session be hijacked if the user is redirected from HTTPS to HTTP after login?

I am developing a web app, which makes HTTP calls as long as the user is not logged in. Once the user clicks the login button, he is sent to a "login page" that is HTTPS. The login makes an Ajax call ...
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Is my current method of handling session cookies insecure?

I'm writing a multi-tenant application where accounts are scoped by subdomains. This adds considerable complexity and I'm starting to worry about security. Each user can have several accounts. For ...
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How do I protect myself against 'hole 196'?

I came across this question a while ago and read about hole 196. Is there something I can install on my laptop to protect it against WPA2 Hole196? Software (such as Snort or DecaffeintID) can ...
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What is the disadvantages of storing user role including admin in a session variable?

In my projects I always fetch roles from DB and store them in a session variable, then to check If a user has access to admin pages I just check the session. Let's consider I use a private hosting ...
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Requirements for a secure session id?

I'm writing a web service which stores data which will be shared between two separate systems. /session/requestNewSession?args=<data> => returns session id ...
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Is this admin area secure enough? V2

This is a response to my previous question, Is this admin area secure enough?. There were some very helpful answers there, for which I am very grateful. So I went back to the drawing board and here ...
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Is this admin area secure enough?

EDIT: Please view the revised question instead The admin area has special access to the database (modifying orders, etc). To help explain, I drew a diagram, so here is my process: Notes: I ...
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Is HTTPS necessary for password change if user has already logged in with HTTPS?

I notice many websites implementing HTTPS for changes in account information even though the user has already logged in through HTTPS and tracked by SESSION. Is this really necessary?
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Should a user have the ability to be logged in from multiple locations at the same time?

In the past, I've always used a single session per user setup, but I'm working on a project now where a user can be signed in from multiple locations/browsers at the same time. What are the security ...
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What factors increase the probability of duplicating a GUID?

It's been argued that a GUID doesn't do a good job of being a one time security token , and it makes sense because GUIDs aren't random. In my scenario: suppose a given company is using GUIDs as a ...
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Help with scope clarification of PCI requirement 8.5.15

Section 8.5.15 reads: If a session has been idle for more than 15 minutes, require the user to re-enter the password to re-activate the terminal. Section 8 Accompanying note reads: These ...
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Determining a reasonable session timeout limit [closed]

What's a resonable session timeout limit and how can you determine it?