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Secure access of web application on a newly created AWS instance using the associated keypair

I create an AWS instance using a private AMI (Linux) with an embedded web application (Jetty) which is activated on instance start. As soon as the instance is launched first time, I want the ...
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How to ensure that only my single page app can make requests to an API

I have a REST API that can potentially serve multiple web clients. I want to ensure that only my single page app on my-one-and-only-web-cleint.com can make requests to my API. How do I do this? ...
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Database compromised and some passwords cracked

I run an MMORPG game and today while moving from one server to another, apache failed and listed some of the data on the server including a back-up of all the source code + database which a few people ...
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Secure Django Application

What are some of the recommended configuration settings to secure your Django application? i.e. best practices for settings.py file. I researched and came across some: SESSION_COOKIE_SECURE = True ...
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How can I avoid Canvas Fingerprinting?

Canvas Fingerprinting has been getting a lot of press these last few days. Here is a study I read on this topic: 1 and 2 What can I do to keep browsing anonymously and avoid this tracking method?
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IBM TAM and Webseal for securing web applications [closed]

I have to evaluate which are the best Products to secure numerous web applications that are running in an Organization. I also need to enable SSO for them. The two products that I am considering are ...
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Allowing third-party clients to authenticate with an app server

I'm working on an app that is planned to be licensed to OEMs, who would in turn offer it as a service to their users.  We would host the app server and the OEM would optionally host the app's web ...
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protect files on webserver, allow only internal use

I have a website and it has an audio player to play music files, the music files are hosted in a public directory. Since they are they anyome can point there and use the files on their website. Is ...
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Content sniffing XSS attack?

As a part of work, I've come across content sniffing, and i understand web apps can be vulnerable to xss because of it. There is another post, regarding content sniffing and xss, but didnt quite ...
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Tracking IP address to prevent abuse without logging user metadata

I am trying to balance good security practices against excessive logging of user metadata / Personally Identifiable Information. I am constructing a web app that tracks IP addresses to prevent abuse, ...
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Why use an authentication token instead of the username/password per request?

The author of http://stackoverflow.com/a/477578/14731 recommends: DO NOT STORE THE PERSISTENT LOGIN COOKIE (TOKEN) IN YOUR DATABASE, ONLY A HASH OF IT! [...] use strong salted hashing (bcrypt / ...
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How to securely serve client-side-only web content to mobile with convenience?

For a cryptocurrency client implementation, I am serving a single page webapp to mobile clients. It is a client-side-only page. I would like to serve this page to clients, but I fear tampering by ...
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What is the point of hosting database externally?

Following the breach of avast:forum.avast.com they decided to host the database externally@id.avast.com. My question is, what is the point of hosting the database externally since when you get remote ...
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Should I add protections where I dont understand how hacker can break system?

Lets say there is an AJAX application where the user can submit items - buy them. And there was a code IF ($_POST[items] > 20) { echo 'error'; } else { do_buy($_POST[items]); echo ...
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Authentication for my app

i'm currently building an authentication module and got a question about something, I have setup a server with an api and want my users to authenticate to this server but everything with angular is ...
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A no-login approach to authenticating a certain device, MAC-Address as password?

I have created a REST api, and now i'm thinking about authentication. I want the mobile application's flow for the user to be very simple: only having to enter a username and then this username ...
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Steps for creating a test environment where GUIDs are exploitable?

I have been using GUIDs as un-guessable tokens in various situations for some time. I came across this question/answer which seems to suggest that while this is ok in some situations, it should not ...
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how to scan a web application that uses Captcha

I have a web application I am doing a security assessment on and it uses captcha for both the login and for certain operations inside the app. The interesting thing is that this particular app ...
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Must login and logout action have CSRF protection?

I am making a web application in Django which generates and includes CSRF tokens for sessions (a Django session can be anonymous or a registered user). Should I keep CSRF protection to the controllers ...
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Does ASP.NET guarantee the integrity of a page's controls on a post back?

Say you have an ASP.NET page that lists the prices for certain items in labels. I know it's cringe-worthy, but say you took the price of the item from the label on the page to determine what the user ...
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Creating an application in which all user content is encrypted

Does any one have references or sources on how to approach developing a web application in which the content is encrypted and unreadable for the developers or company owners; I'm referring to content ...
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Is this a bot fishing for security vulnerabilities on my site?

I am running a webpage for my family with a feature to track users and guests. Since its all just family stuff no one ever visits this server, and I hardly see more than 2-3 of us logged on at the ...
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benefits of xinetd for a web server

What are the pros and cons of using xinetd for a web server running on a VPS. Assume the following measures have already been taken to secure the system: system hardening, latest updates, minimal ...
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Industry average for security as a percentage of product budget?

Lets assume the product is pure software or a blend of software and cheap commodity hardware. Is there any work showing what the average industry spending is on just the security aspects as a ...
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Securing user postal address in a database?

I've been assigned a web project that deals with shipping goods between two parties. I am unsure what a secure database scheme (if any) would be for storing the recipient's postal address and whether ...
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Is this an XSS vulnerability?

My company recently had a security assessment done on our website and we had a XSS vulnerability reported. Below are the details of the reported vulnerability: If a user hits a URL like the one ...
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Is opportunistic encryption support optional for HTTP/2?

I'm a little unclear on the subject of opportunistic encryption of the HTTP:// address scheme in HTTP/2. According to the bug report, it looks like it's kinda optional, and an afterthought: ...
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How can I enable opportunistic encryption for my web-site?

As per an honourable mention in an answer for « Why self-signed https is less trustworthy than unencrypted http? », it appears that there are already two post-Snowden drafts that have to ...
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Learning XSS: Why is my javascript ignored?

<a href='mailto:</a><script>/*'></a><script>/*</a>: <br> <hr> <a href='mailto:*/location.href=/*'>*/location.href=/*</a>: <br> ...
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Why self-signed https is less trustworthy than unencrypted http?

It wouldn't be far-fetched to guesstimate that at least 50% of the web traffic can be intercepted in 2014. However, a guesstimate of active interception attacks is likely an order of magnitude ...
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SQL truncation vulnerability

I came to know the SQL truncation vulnerability that I wasn't aware of. It is my understanding that this vulnerability is based on the fact that MySQL truncates the value of an "insert query" whether ...
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Separate log-in panel for administrators?

I have a dispute with my father about the following ... I want to make a website (with MySql database) and use the root/index - page for BOTH the log in entry for normal visitors AND log in for ...
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Authenticating without a database

I've been inspired by a question over on Code Review, which boils down to: What is the proper way to authenticate a user without a database? Would it be the exact same process if you stored ...
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Can allowing a web application to move, copy and/or delete files outside of the server root be a security issue?

I am new at using and programming web applications, so I wanted to ask a question. Is it safe to execute os commands like copy and mv and delete from a web app that is running on an apache, or does it ...
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You've just acquired a newly created CentOS server, what should you do to secure it?

I've just acquired a new CentOS server, which will be hosting a Ruby on rails application, it is public facing. What should I do to secure this server?
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Security of starbucks gift card redemption feature

Someone sent me a Starbucks gift card. The email contained a redemption link, and that redemption link ended in a long secure hash, much like those on github secret gists. Clicking the redemption ...
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How should I validate an API key for a web service deployed via iframe?

I'm working on a small web service that provides some functionality that can be embedded in a web page with an iframe. As this is a subscription-based service, I'd like to be able to manage who can ...
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How to store passwords securely in my server?

Disclaimer: I know I should use bcrypt to securely store user's passwords. Please, keep reading. I want to store credentials for several email services for each user. So if I log in with my username ...
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Theoretical home grown password options, or what is it that SCrypt, BCrypt, PBKDF2 does that is so special?

I'm developing a personal web framework, nothing internetty, and probably not even anything that will ever go on my personal LAN. And looking for password advice people seem to only recommend those ...
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In two step authentication, should I check step 1 before proceeding to step 2 or check both at the end?

I asked this question first on Stack Overflow but it was suggested that Information Security would be a better place for it (pretty obvious in hindsight). ...
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Is sending plain passwords over SSL as part of a password update process bad?

The Web application I'm working on is 100% SSL secured (or rather TLS as it is called today...). The application recently has been audited by a security company. I mostly agree with their results but ...
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Protecting hidden form fields

The scenario is as follows: An application has a web interface through which data can be configured. The data to consider for this question is Users with a many-to-many relationship with Groups. ...
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How do I secure “Data at Rest” only allowing Service API to access it from a mobile application

How do I secure data at rest from unauthorized access, but still allowing my application to access the data using user authentication over HTTPS? My scenario is as follows: Login to application ...
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When is it appropriate to provide clickjacking protection one of my websites pages?

I run a couple of websites, so I'm just wondering what is the appropriate use of clickjacking protection like the x-frame-options response header? What pages are susceptible to this kind of attack on ...
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Socket.IO & WebSocket security - query certifcate/public key a leak?

Socket.IO and WebSocket do not provide underlying connection information (like the certificate or public key of the SSL/TLS channel), and I'm trying to understand the reasoning. The context for this ...
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SQL injection is possible but selected queries not working

I'm black-box testing an application which uses java spring framework and MySQL in the back-end. When I insert a single quote (') in a text box field, the server returns a HTTP status code 500 ...
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Beating CSRF using Tokens

I am new to web programming. I read an article where they advised to use tokens as a hidden field in forms and match that token at the server end to detect non-legitimate requests. I am wondering what ...
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How do you capture ALL the traffic from an Android app?

I want to capture all the traffic from an Android app for its pen-testing. How do I do that? Here's what I've already tried: I installed the app on an emulator and started the emulator with a ...
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Is login limiting still needed if we employ multi-factor authentication?

The status quo is that most online websites limit login attempts per IP address, or even per account since some attackers possess huge amounts of IP addresses. OWASP declares: When multi-factor ...
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Are all URL shorteners unsecure/vulnerable?

The OWASP state that open redirect is a vulnerability: An open redirect is an application that takes a parameter and redirects a user to the parameter value without any validation. This ...