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

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Webapp2 security

I am coding a REST web application that runs on Google App Engine, it authenticates API requests to privileged data using sessions by cookies provided by webapp2_extras.auth and ...
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How session cookies work? [on hold]

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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Keeping user session alive - security considerations

We have recently developed some functionality for our web app to allow a user to remain logged in indefinitely, and are interested in knowing the security ramifications of doing so. The goal of this ...
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A Secure Cookie Protocol

As title says I'm trying to implement a secure cookie protocol HMAC(username|expiration name|data|session key, sk) It seams that session key is not constant during whole application session ...
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Modern, security-conscious, PHP book?

I posted this on StackOverflow and they redirected me here. Sorry if this isn't the correct area! After creating a simple login system and trying to protect it against things like SQL injection, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How attacker can access victim's account without knowing its credentials?

I want to login facebook from a wifi connection and check sign-in page is over https but later when i don't pay attention to address bar (for example when playing games and click on links like a crazy ...
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Can you secure a web app from FireSheep without using SSL?

Assume that you want to give some web users privileged access to your website, but that you are unable (or unwilling) to offer SSL to all of them - at least past the initial login page. In this ...
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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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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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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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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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What risks do Cookieless sessions have? What are the mitigations?

I'm debating if I should support cookieless sessions in my web app. It would look something like this: http://www.example.com/(S(lit3py55t21z5v55vlm25s55))/orderform.aspx Since the URL is never ...
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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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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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What cookie attacks are possible between computers in related DNS domains (*.example.com)?

Here, several servers in the same DNS domain emit cookies under a variety of settings (scope, HTTPS, Secure) and another host emits a cookie with the same value. Example Suppose a user has the ...
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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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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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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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OAuth access token vs session key

Is there any advantage to OAuth vs cookie-based sessions (established via username/password) under the following assumptions? There is only one legitimate client to the service The OAuth client ...
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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 .?