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

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Use TLS certificate as both server and client?

For a federated server-to-server protocol with domain-based identities, I am thinking of using TLS client certificates as authentication mechanism. I figured that re-using each peer's TLS server ...
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Can closing port 80 lead to more security?

If a website is running on HTTPS only, is it reasonable to close port 80 of the web server and only leave port 443 open? Does this action provide more security for the website?
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What's the best way to secure inter-server communication for cloud servers?

I'm looking for best-practices or suggestions to secure inter-server communications between VPSs. Should I just run all traffic through SSH? What about HTTP Traffic via something like mongo? ...
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Do the BEAST and CRIME attacks apply to an IMAP service?

While setting up the Dovecot IMAP service, I noticed that the default parameters are not optimal, it allows SSLv3 for example. Using Thomas Pournin's TestSSLServer.java program, I saw the following: ...
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What is a Certification Path in SSL certificate?

I've been trying to learn more about Digital certificates for the past few days and I'm struggling in order to understand how actually this concept is applied in the real world. Anyways, as I visited ...
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Key Management in Interception Proxies?

I'm reading Jarmoc's Black Hat presentation on SSL/TLS Interception Proxies and Transitive Trust. I have a few questions on some of the key management practices. In the paper, Jarmoc states: To ...
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Why can't someone break email or https encryption by somehow getting access to the encryption key?

To repeat, "Why can't someone break email or https encryption by somehow getting access to the encryption key?" In other words, why can't someone intercept the key, or the algorithm to create the ...
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Home banking site request, it possible for a small web agency?

I'm working in a web agency, i have a request to made an home banking system for a little bank. I'm searching in internet for some information about security and a good pattern to start, but naturally ...
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Corporate IT monitoring and access to user private data (keylogging? https data transmission?) [closed]

I work at a large company that requires employees to sign a digital certification saying that we recognize the right of the said company to monitor all data and communication on our work laptops, and ...
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How is HTTPS Everywhere leaking my Twitter session from an incognito window?

I manage a couple of twitter accounts for businesses/websites that are separate from my personal account. For simplicity, I prefer to log in from an incognito window so that I don't need to log out of ...
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Is my approach to anonymous certificate based HTTP(s) authentication and secure private messaging sound?

I'm trying to work out a somewhat anonymous secure messaging system, and was hoping someone could validate my overall approach. Keep in mind, this all takes place over HTTPS. Authentication While ...
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HTTP security headers on non HTML (images, JavaScript, etc)

Let's say, the HTTP security headers below are applied to all HTML pages of a site: HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) X-Frame-Options (XFO) X-XSS-Protection X-Content-Type-Options Is it OK to ...
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How should IPSec be configured to provide a protection at least as good as my current Stunnel configuration?

In private network (as in using a private IP address space) at a cloud provider, other customers have access to the same private network. I have secured the communication between many hosts and ...
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Does the .net mvc/iis stack support whitelists for bidirectional authentication for SSL/TLS connections?

I'd like to limit access to some of my REST api, such that only bidirectional SSL/TLS connections are accepted, where the "other side" matches a detailed, restricted, whitelist. Is this something ...
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POST over HTTPS “secure enough” for sensitive data?

I'm wondering if to prevent the possibility of a compromised SSL certificate leading to the potential for sensitive information disclosure if it might be prudent to further encrypt data being passed ...
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What are industry-standard recommended practices to protect user information in an Android app?

I am developing an Android app that will potentially handle sensitive user data, and some of it may be even considered medical data (for example user height, weight, alergies, etc). What would be the ...
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Does the principle of the CRIME & BEAST attack affect VPNs?

I was recently reading about the attacks on SSL/TLS that CRIME and BEAST were able to exploit by attacking the compression in the secure session. Upon reading this I remembered that OpenVPN has ...
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Using public/private key without signed certificate

I am working on a java program and I am now working on its network security. I want to use a secure connection since it transfers a lot of sensitive information. On all security guides it is mentioned ...
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Secure communication between server and client [duplicate]

I'm writing some security software, and don't want anyone to be able to intercept data as its passed from client->server, and server->client. The best way to do this is over HTTPS via SSL. However, ...
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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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Protecting client's data over the wire [duplicate]

I'm writing some security software, and don't want anyone to be able to intercept data as its passed from client->server, and server->client. The best way to do this is over HTTPS via SSL. However, ...
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Does checking the fingerprint of a self signed certificate improve security?

I am currently developing a component for an application that does TCP communication with a device inside a local area network. I use TLS to provide data encryption, integration and authorisation. ...
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Is it dangerous to sync my data with my personal server through unencrypted http?

Since Apple force iPhone users to use iCloud to sync contacts & calendar, I moved to a local ownCloud instance that works well. However, it would be more convenient if I could sync everywhere and ...
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Why do client certificates not protected against improper server certificate validation

I understand the question of client certs and MITM attacks has been asked several times, but I don't believe this specific scenario has been answered. It was my (seemingly incorrect) assumption, that ...
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iOS, Android, and OS X SHA-2 support (in the context of SSL/TLS certificates)

As there is currently a move away from SHA-1 being used as part of TLS, we're examining moving our SSL certificates, used to protected traffic in transit to/from our webservers, to use SHA-2. ...
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Why not use client certificates for premaster key generation

The question is about a very specific SSL handshake scenario. I understand that some servers may request client certificates in order to authenticate connecting clients. However, as far as I can ...
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Actually, isn't it bad to redirect http to https? [duplicate]

I have a two-part question about question #570288 over on ServerFault. Question: Is it bad to redirect http to https? Accepted answer (185 up-votes): [...] Hell no. It's very good. Part 1 ...
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DHE Verification

I'm just struggling to get my head around this. In certificate signing with static Diffie Hellman the public key and certificate information is sent to the CA who verifies the certificate ...
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HTTPS Proxy Everwhere?

I am configuring a HTTPS proxy, which I want to use for my laptop wherever I go. The idea is that since its encrypted, I should be safe from eavesdroppers, even on open wireless networks. Think of it ...
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Does a TLS interception proxy present the user's browser with the end server's certificate?

I know that TLS (commonly but mistakenly called SSL) interception works by establishing two encrypted tunnels between a client and server, with the interception device (proxy) terminating both tunnels ...
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In Same Origin Policy, why are different protocols considered a security violation?

I can understand why content from different domains is considered to be unstrusted for the same origin policy. But, how can be content from diferent protocols from the same site/domain be dangerous? ...
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How does a CA add www and raw domain names to my cert when my CSR doesn't have them?

I'm in the process of buying an SSL cert, and I'm confused by this part: Many CAs say they'll add www. to your domain, so that e.g. if you buy a single-domain cert app.example.com, they'll also add ...
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Should login pages be cacheable?

I'm considering the relative benefits/disadvantages of making a login page cacheable. Note that here I'm referring to the page containing the form into which the user enters their username and ...
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HTTP Reverse Proxy: Correct way to do SSL to backend

If I have a HTTP reverse proxy that communicates with it's backends in an untrusted datacenter, or across datacenters, I would want to use HTTPS in the backend, as talked about here: Reverse Proxy ...
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Does Gibson's fingerprinting service add much additional security?

I just read this post and it proposes a method of storing SSL fingerprints online so that you can double check that your certificates have not been tampered with. But is it really relevant or useful? ...
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3rd party SSL security and having an extra layer of SSL

I did a search and didn't quite find an answer to my question. I have website that is integrating with a 3rd party for eCommerce and CRM. On my side I am collecting no data. I don't collect any login ...
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Internet and Email privacy in an “internet-enemy” country [closed]

Here where I live, it is believed that all the internet traffic goes through the hands of government agencies, and the telecommunication office is actually owned by the government. Given the ...
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Should I install an SSL certificate for a website that uses a third party payment gateway?

I understand what an SSL certificate does but I need help evaluating if I need one for my client's website. His website sells holiday packages online but does so without asking for any credit card ...
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Modifying SSL Certificate once created, Multi domain

We're developing an application that has the ability to run across multiple top level domains, each with its own sub domain. (www.foo.com, www.bar.com, would each point to the same application on the ...
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Form submissions over HTTPS are not encrypted?

My question is regarding HTTPS form submission. One of our website is using HTTPS, we display the login page to the user via HTTPS protocol. When the form is submitted, if we try to intercept the ...
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How can a trusted intranet certificate be issued if they are being phased out?

I've just seen this article regarding the phasing out of intranet names on SSL certificates. However, CAs such as this one claim to still issue them and it will be "Trusted by all popular browsers" ...
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Installing a custom SSL Certificate For Local Proxy. Safe?

I've been writing some software for over a year that is a sort of browsing security/privacy application. One of the features of this software is that it uses a local HTTP proxy for some content ...
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Why are OSX users of my TLS-only site being asked to supply a client certificate?

I purchased a Comodo SSL certificate (OV), and set up the apache vhost config so that all traffic is forwarded to 443. Intermittently some users are being prompted to supply a client certificate; ...
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Is there a benefit to having SSL connections on localhost?

I have a mail server with a MySQL database back-end. The mail server and MySQL DB are both installed on the same Windows machine. Is there any benefit to using SSL connections between the two ...
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Is using an SSL Session ID along with a cookie based session verification more secure or not really?

I am using Django which is a web framework for Python. I love it but the session handling is cookie-based. Now over SSL I'm sure it's reasonably "secure" but I don't think there is any kind of fail ...
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HMAC needed with SSL/AccessToken in place?

Is using an HMAC in web service messages overkill if you are already using SSL and Access Tokens? I’m thinking of further ways to secure a service, and HMAC message signing is one. But it comes with ...
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If I visit a HTTPS website when using Tor, is my IP exposed?

HTTPS is an end-to-end encrypted connection. Given this, does the website I am visiting know my original IP? The website is only available over HTTPS (not unencrypted HTTP).
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Server not requesting for certificate in SSL handshake

I have one windows service and web service trying to make a web service call over TLS. I have setup the certificates in MMC and I am able to successfully connect using the web service. However, when ...
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Identify HTTPS vs Application SSL Traffic

Scenario A: A user points his web browser to https://users.server.com. The website completes the SSL handshake and continues with the HTTP protocol inside SSL. Scenario B: (server-side) Now, let's ...
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What are good approaches to modify TLS/SSL trafic in order to make a HTTP bot?

If I wanted to make a bot that plays/issues automatic actions/moves in a online browser game, whose communication is realized over HTTP1/1 and WebSocket (https and wws respectively), all TLS ...