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Is web application connected to a database via an application server is more secure?

I have heard from my colleagues and some other people on web suggest that it is more secure to run this configuration: Web server -> Application server -> Database, than this: Web server -> ...
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Is information disclosure in a form of a server header is a real vulnerability?

I have seen in many places that people say that headers of the following types is a vulnerability: Server:Microsoft-IIS/7.5 X-AspNet-Version:4.0.30319 X-Powered-By:ASP.NET I can see that this gives ...
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Methods for allowing restricted access to web applications

Since I'm fully aware that allowing access for anybody to open web hosting control panel (login page), can be a little bit risky, I started to think about restricting access and allowing only for my ...
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Why attack detection based on the same user request from different places (e.g. by IP) is not widely used?

There are many ways how an adversary can pretend that he is a legitimate user (like session cookie stealing, bruteforcing the password and what not), but as far as I can see it should be rather hard ...
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Static security scans [closed]

If you have a web application that uses paid third party dlls can you run a static security scan uploading those dlls? Also, do you have to get consent from the third party vendor first?
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Is same origin policy for web only useful because of cookies?

There is a same origin policy in the browser to ensure that e.g. bad site won't read your data from Facebook. But it seems that the only problem that it tries to solve is that cookies are ...
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Should it be possible in a good software, using a “Change Password” link for a single user, to try to guess passwords for every user of a Application?

I am having a fight with the "Security Expert" of my team about this very basic question and I need help in getting a good valid argument(s). The pretext is as follows: Should it be possible/valid to ...
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web application extracts uploaded tar files, is it vulnerable?

I have a python based web application running on a linux server, Is the following flow vulnerable? HTTP file upload (regular post from browser) server validates max size before processes the file ...
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Automatic client executable updating

Scenario I am currently developing an application which should automatically update (if applicable) every time it is executed. The update would involve replacing the main.exe and any assets in an ...
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What is pseudo-encryption key vulnerability?

An organization in a related business was recently hacked. The hackers downloaded several GB worth of files with private information and posted it on the Internet. The news article states: “They ...
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How unsecure would I assume old PHP code is? [closed]

We have several websites that are client facing at a very large company. These websites do gather client information. They were written 6-7 years ago, quite possibly using a PHP/mysql code ...
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Is random URL token secure enough for file attachments and other user content? [duplicate]

Lets say we have a hypothetical system where there are various files are added by users and are sensitive, e.g. lets say an attachment to a private message. It's not that easy to verify access rights ...
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Is it a security issue to allow nearly identical email addresses when registering?

Say you have a website where it is possible to create accounts for all of the following email addresses: 'test@test.com' 'test@test.com ' 'test@test.com;' 'test@test.com;test2@test.com' Should this ...
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Can I prevent all employees from accessing customer data without being logged (especially IT)

I am hosting a web application and SQL server database on Azure and I would like to ensure that no individual at the company can access customer data without the access being logged. It seems that ...
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Is it secure to ship public key with license file?

I've implemented a licensing client and server for our web-applications. Currently there is only one way for licensing an app, user should manually upload the license file using specified form and ...
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HTTP HEAD and its security versus operational uses

Most security advice I see recommends turning off HTTP Methods like TRACE, OPTIONS, HEAD etc. So now I have turned off most of these options on my web server and leaving only GET and POST options that ...
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How can I prevent data scraping on my website? [duplicate]

How can I prevent client software scraping data from my website? Some examples of my URLs are: http://example.com/products.php?q=1 http://example.com/products.php?q=2 ...
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Encryption that could have multiple decryption key [migrated]

The title looks strange but it is to deal with this situation. The data we have should only be accessible by our end user and data administrators, not anyone else. Ideally, each user should have ...
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Saving encrypted username password in session

I have Node.js server which serves an app. In that app you could be asked to login. The login credentials would be authenticated against LDAP. That server could request/post data from other servers ...
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Our users get a trojan horse alert on our site, but we don't. What do we do?

A user of our website got a trojan horse alert when she tried to get to our website. But myself and some other friends got no alert whatsoever and can go on the website and download files without ...
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How to only let end user to access data in a web app

I've been read a lot about common encryption methods used in a django app. However, my requirements are very different. I am looking for a way to encrypt my web app data so only the owner of the data ...
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Security concerns of HTML echo endpoint

Consider a website with an endpoint that, when a payload of an HTML string (full document or partial segment) is POST to it, the server will transform the payload (and sometimes no transform is ...
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Burpsuite accidental defacement, should I be concerned?

I was spidering a website with Burpsuite and the automated Form Submission caused me to unknowingly deface the main page with "555-555-0199@example.com". It took me a decent amount of time to notice ...
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Can we drop XP from HTTPS support? If not, when? [closed]

XP support was dropped by MS on April 8 2014, almost two years ago, but there are still many people who use XP for internet surfing. Also, there are still many sites like Google or Facebook who offer ...
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Does two factor authentication increase the attack surface?

Would adding two factor authentication to an application increase the attack surface of this application? I think it would, since by adding complexity the likelihood of a vulnerability in my ...
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Mobile apps social Oauth

I need to develop iOS and Android apps that should have to communicate with a server throught RESTfull API. Also I need to register and authorize user throught popular social networks like Facebook, ...
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Forcing response headers

I'm testing a particular vulnerability box since yesterday and I came with one rather strange problem that I didn't expect. Lets say a vulnerable web-application offer image file upload. The image ...
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Keeping user files secure while allowing a web-application to use the files

Short background I am currently in the process of designing a web-application where the user uploads some files to the server and then asks the server to do some calculations based on these files ...
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Detect man-in-the-middle on server side for HTTPS

Background: We have a site which works over HTTPS (HTTP not supported, we use HSTS). It's deployed in 3rd party cloud, which restricts our control and log abilities over server hardware. We cannot ...
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Sending a token with a request from one app to another

Say I have an application written in some language and framework (Python + flask, for instance), and have a great deal of the functionality requiring login, and authentication via JWT. Now I want to ...
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Block web content authoring from internet

In implementations where one uses content management, which is the better method to secure the web content authoring pages from access from internet? Configuring httpd.conf to restrict the content ...
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Why limit internet access while connected to a remote desktop?

I work in the nuclear industry, and sometimes we have some strange (but understandable) standards for information security. I have encountered one which seems odd and would like to know the potential ...
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If authenticated user tries to access a restricted resource

If a user with authorization to access Resource A, tries to access Resource B (by trying to follow a URL), which of the following is a better course? Take them to a standard Access Denied Page, with ...
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Approach for testing xxe injection

I have been discussing xxe injection in my web application,My web application allows expansion of user-supplied XML entities What i did : intercepted traffic using burp changed the request with ...
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When viewing my website from port 3306, I see some weird MySQL info

If I visit my web URL and force port 3306 (MySQL), I see a suspicious looking web page: Is this exposing any vulnerabilities for me? Should I block port 3306?
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Executing XSS payload when “http” is added to payload

I have a context where every special characters are escaped properly except ':' &'/'. The output is reflected inside <a href="payload" tag. 1 )When I set payload to javascript:alert()(which ...
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Pentesting Web Server for Remote File Inclusion

For educational purposes, I am in the process of pentesting a web server of mine(running on Windows) where there is a Remote File Inclusion vulnerability. I can already get simple things like command ...
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How secure is a server's .htaccess file?

Would access need to be gained to the server in question or can an .htaccess file leak information in some way?
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Use password to calculate checksum for API requests

I was wondering if it would be an effective way of securing an API by requiring all requests to be checksummed, salted with the users password (or a hashed version)? With securing I mean making it ...
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How can I implement a secure download area on a website which requires an electronic signature?

For quality management purposes, the company I work for would like a system which requires a client to read through a disclaimer and then provide an electronic signature, acknowledging said ...
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Web application security vulnerability managment [closed]

Does anyone know of a way to manage Web application security vulnerabilities? Im looking for a tool that might integrate with selenium and or burp. I'm want to be able to run the tests over and over. ...
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Security of Web Game over WebSockets?

Project that I'm working on depends on WebSockets to communicate between the server and client browser for all interactions within the game. I'm attending university for Computer Security, but I'm ...
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Usablity vs security malicious file upload

We were designing a web application which has the functionality similar to vulnerability management, our web application functionality can be briefed as follows: There is a panel where one can ...
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Secure sensitive information sent from Server to mobile App

Okay, I have a rails backend server which is pretty much just a database server. The database contains information about different types of a substance, and that substance's confidential inherent ...
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Avoid unauthorized updating of online leaderboard php/sql [duplicate]

I am developing an offline web app (game) for android using cordova (phonegap). The leaderboard of the same is maintained online in my server. Currently this is how the leaderboard is updated Step ...
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Are there security advantages gained from forcing a website to be available from just one tab at a time?

I just found that a website of one Polish bank forces the users to open it in one browser tab only. You cannot for example check your transfer history while looking for an account number that you ...
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Testing a Developed Web application - any tips? [closed]

I developed a web application mostly in PHP and JavaScript with a bit of AJAX. I do not have pentesting experience, but I like to try a few tools like sqlmap on it to see if I have any flaws in my ...
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How secure are ActiveX based security plug-ins?

Sometimes I have to use web sites that use ActiveX security plug-ins. The websites say that these plug-ins 1. secure the authenticity of printable certificates 2. secure overall data sent back and ...
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If an RSS feed handles quotes and HTML tags incorrectly, can it be considered a security risk?

I'm trying to encourage an organization to fix their RSS feed, which has numerous problems with the way quotes and tags in the source text are displayed in feed readers. I'd like to be able to tell ...
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XSS via JSON: Why does a web application not sanitize either its incoming params hash or its outgoing JSON values of malicious tags like Script?

Recently working on a Rails-based web application for a company, I had to look into XSS vulnerability. It turns out that the application, in some places, could take an HTML tag (e.g., jscodehere ...