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SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and/or TLS (Transport Layer Security)

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POP3/IMAP Stronger Authentication

We recently deployed a two-factor-authentication solution in order to strength logon to our web applications (one of them is web based mail, Microsoft outlook web access) Most of the users who have ...
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Where does SSL encryption take place?

I checked the data transmission of an HTTPS website (gmail.com) using Firebug. But I can't see any encryption to my submitted data (username and password). Where does SSL encryption take place?
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Why is it possible to sniff an HTTPS / SSL request?

I'm new to the realm of HTTP requests and security and all that good stuff, but from what I've read, if you want your requests and responses encrypted, use HTTPS and SSL, and you'll be good. Someone ...
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Should we block all plaintext authentication and require authentication over an encrypted channel?

Should we configure our servers to require the authentication happen over an encrypted channel and block all methods of unencrypted, plaintext authentication over? I recently configured my servers to ...
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Is it okay to just secure (using SSL) the login page, but not the rest of the site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the pros and cons of site wide SSL (https)? I'm creating a custom PHP/MySQL CMS for a client (because Wordpress is overkill for this client's particular needs). ...
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What number of bits does a browser use to generate a key?

The question comes from the accepted answer in this thread: My understanding of how HTTPS works (gmail for example) The Gmail server sends your client a certificate. The certificate includes the ...
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Understanding 2048 bit SSL and 256 bit encryption

On DigiCert's page, they advertise a 2048 bit SSL with a 256 bit encryption: http://www.digicert.com/256-bit-ssl-certificates.htm What exactly is the difference here and why are two encryption bits ...
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Is SSL Tamper Detectable?

I know how SSL provides security against people reading your messages - by encryting the message with a SYMMETRIC KEY, which was exchanged during SSL Handshake with the help of ASYMMETRIC KEYS. But I ...
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Avast says I don't need to use encrypted connections for my e-mail accounts

I am using Outlook 2010 and Avast anti-virus 7. Whenever I add an account to Outlook if I choose to use SSL for incoming or outgoing connections Avast alerts me I shouldn't use it because Avast can't ...
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How does a Web Security Gateway analyse SSL Encrypted Traffic?

Since HTTPS traffic is encrypted in transit how does a web security gateway analyse it?
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Further potential problems with Windows 8 SmartScreen

Some research was recently published that showed that Windows 8's SmartScreen feature sends certain details about every single application that you install to Microsoft. Ignoring the obvious privacy ...
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Https green bar loads then goes away

I have properly configured SSL, and it loads pages when you put https. My problem is that when the page is loading. The bar will turn green, once the page is fully loaded. The green bar goes away. The ...
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Disable DES-CBC-SHA in schannel

I have several IIS servers in house This includes IIS 6 and 7.x. When I have my external PCI scans run I'm still receiving alerts for having the weak protocol DES-CBC-SHA enabled. I have the ...
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How to determine if a browser is using an SSL or TLS connection?

I want to know whether my browser is using SSL or TLS connection if I see HTTPS. I want to know for IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. I want to know the protocol version.
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What is the actual security of this login page?

Please visit https://devforums.apple.com If I visit this site using my Safari 6 web browser, this page does not show the normal security indicator that secure sites normally show. Does this ...
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Are there technical disadvantages in using free ssl certificates?

Note this question is related, except this one is about free SSL certs. There are providers who are offering totally free entry-level SSL certs (like StartSSL). I was wondering if they are ...
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How secure is HTTPS with weak ciphersuites?

Today I came across the website https://mtgox.com/, which claimed to be secure because of the Verisign certificate. I checked the certificate out of curiosity (it's the first thing they claim, let's ...
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Why aren't application downloads routinely done over HTTPS?

We all know we should be using SSL whenever we collect passwords or other sensitive information. SSL provides two main benefits: Encryption: The data can't be read by a middle-man while in transit. ...
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How does my antivirus determine which CTL is used?

I have imported a trusted root certificate into the Windows local machine list. This works fine with my signed certificates, unless my AV (Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012) is set to "scan SSL", in ...
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Is there any technical security reason not to buy the cheapest SSL certificate you can find?

While shopping for a basic SSL cert for my blog, I found that many of the more well known Certificat Authorities have an entry-level certificate (with less stringent validation of the purchaser's ...
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HTTP Basic auth password storage more secure than Digest auth

If you are using SSL already, it appears Basic auth is the way to go since you can perform bcrypt with the password when you store it in the database, where as Digest auth only allows md5. As we know, ...
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Securing a REST API: is api_secret signing and ssl enough?

for securing a RESTful API I thought of the following authentication procedure for each call: All data is SSL-encrypted Every HTTP request made by the client will have a signature such as ...
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Is BEAST really fixed in all modern browsers?

BEAST is said to be fixed in all modern browsers: Chrome and Firefox IE in Jan 2012 Opera in Dec 2011. It's also fixed in OpenSSL since 2002. Do these fixes mean that it's safe to use ciphers in ...
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Client-side cross-site access in SSL environment - when it's still possible to do?

I'm trying to imagine an secure sandboxed environment for an application which is big and unexplored, and may contain backdoors. It would live under chroot/virtual environment with no outgoing ...
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Are SSL Certificates (Private and Public key) generated by OpenSSL and makecert compatible?

Are RSA SSL Certificates (Private and Public key) generated by makecert compatible with OpenSSL decryption ie. can I decrypt them with the openssl_* methods? I am working on two-way SSL authentication ...
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What kind of certificate do I need to be able to sign my own subdomain certificates?

We are making a web-based application that will be installed in intranets as a virtual machine image (we send the user a CD with the virtual machine image, user runs it in a VMWare/VirtualBox/...). ...
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What security concerns exist in running a glassfish app directly on port 443

I have installed Apache http server in front of glassfish based on recommendations i had in this question. I have been told that i will run into performance problems along with security issues. I was ...
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Denial of Service on SSL services

When the SSL handshake takes place, is there a point where the computational work done by the client is significantly less than the computational work done by the server? Could such an imbalance be ...
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Any reason not to use same key for multiple SSL domains on one server?

Assume I've generated a server key for use by Apache for SSL. The server will be handling several different domains that use SSL via unique IPs (no SNI). I want to generate a CSR for each domain from ...
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Java Applet for mutual authentication with smart card

I need to develop a java applet, for a mutual authentication between Tomcat 6 (server) and a SmartCard "IDGo 300" (client). In order to do this I thought the following scheme: 1.Tomcat (server) send ...
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Explain SSL advantages for e-commerce to layperson?

I need to explain why having a SSL certificate is a good investment for an e-commerce. How do I do this when the other person is a intelligent business owner but not that tech smart?
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MITM Attacks over SSL [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How might the U.K. Government's proposed internet surveillance equipment “bypass” encryption? If I have a server (call it server 1) set up to receive ...
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Should i use SSL for local access?

I have a web service which can be accessed only from websites hosted on the same server (i use 127.0.0.1 ip). Should i use SSL for the communications between the sites and the service, or would that ...
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Loginless Client/Server Architecture (iOS)

I'm currently in the phase of planing a project involving loginless service. Users would be identified by an unique device id created on the client (ios). What are the security concerns? sockets ...
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How are Chrome and Firefox validating SSL Certificates?

How are Chrome and Firefox validating SSL Certificates? Are they requesting data from an SSL certification website, like GeoTrust, to validate the certificate received from the web server?
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Domain name expiration and TLS

If I purchase a domain name that has expired, do I have any assurance that the previous owner does not have a valid HTTPS certificate for the site? In other words, do CAs check domain name expiration ...
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MITM session injection/invalidation

When sending a cookie back to the server, the browser does not send back the "secure" flag: the server cannot check whether the sent cookie really come from the "secure" origin (https://example.com). ...
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Can an intermediate CA be trusted like a self-signed root CA?

Is it possible within the limits of the X.509 specification to mark an intermediate CA as trusted for a specific purpose, e.g. to verify a VPN, HTTPS etc. server key, just like it would work with a ...
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Citation Needed for FIPS Anecdote Regarding MD5 and RC4

I've heard it mentioned many times by colleagues and other information security professionals that it is a violation of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) regulations for an ...
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What are potential security risks when using an insecure wireless connection?

If someone is using an insecure wireless connection (for example a hot spot in a coffee shop) does it posse a threat even if the person is using a secure application layer protocol? What I mean by ...
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What are some common misconceptions about SSL/TLS that members of the general public hold?

Particularly ones that are, to some extent, the result of advice given by companies who utilise it, e.g. banks, e-commerce sites etc.
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HTTPS and cache injection

I understand the downside of this attack and what wrong can be done. But I dont understand how is it done ? Well, I need to educate myself, any pointers would be useful.
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HSTS extra security over HTTPS

Is HSTS good to use even if my servers are configured to use HTTPS (Even if HTTP is used, the rewrite rules in apache makes it to HTTPS) Also does HSTS make even the resources like CSS, images to be ...
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SSL CipherSuite Choices

In SSL/TLS, is the CipherSuite chosen by the server or the client? Also, can the certificate in any way dictate or modify the CipherSuite?
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Is TLS-in-TLS supported in any software? Does it make sense? [closed]

I got fun idea how to increase the security of the SSL (TLS) for websites. However I think there is no support for it in the browsers, so I thought I could add it eventually, but have no idea if it's ...
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How secure is HTTP basic authentication over SSL? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is BASIC-Auth secure if done over HTTPS? I want to set up a web server on a computer at home which will basically do no more than send the browser a file which contains ...
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Why do browsers warn about mixed content for images?

I'm dealing with a phpBB forum user who wants to set up SSL on their entire site to secure user credentials and "private" parts of the website. However, they want to preserve the traditional forum ...
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Is there a way to mitigate BEAST without disabling AES completely?

It seems that the easiest way to protect users against the BEAST attack on TLS <= 1.0 is to prefer RC4 or even disable all other (CBC) cipher suites altogether, e.g. by specifying something like ...
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SSL Inspection - how should it be done?

I've seen several questions that deals with SSL Inspection, none of them really carried a detailed response on the secure way of doing so. The reason I'm asking is because of this: Cyberoam fixes ssl ...
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What happens when and attacker changes the installed public keys in browser

I was reading about SSL. I understood that each browser comes with a predefined set of known public keys,which is then used to authenticate the messages. I was wondering what will happen when a virus ...