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how to mitigate a DDoS from botnet on your website that comes from random IPs

I am wondering how do you mitigate a ddos attack which is coming from a botnet and hitting random URLs on a website. If there was a consistent URL it was hitting then it would be fairly simple, and ...
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Is using the md5 hashing algorithm as method for authorization in an HTTP POST request unsafe?

I am creating a page on a website that will show a user some authorized information from another website, and that website uses a combination of the user's user-number and a secret passphrase hashed ...
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Picking an encryption algorithm for auth tokens passed via AJAX

I'm looking for a low CPU intensive encryption algorithm, to pass around session authentication tokens. As an example: The user will login in to the website (via OAuth, whether by the site as ...
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Encrypting user data using password and forgot my password

I am planning to do a web application which stores a lot of personal stuff (info, photos...). And to give users a sense of protection, I want to encrypt the data before storing it to the database. ...
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Securing opensource web application

I have an open source website. I need to add an admin section to the website which is accessible to only one person. To make it secure, I was thinking about providing a login page which checks if the ...
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Malware infections from visiting or using YouTube

Is it possible to be infected by viruses or other malware while visiting YouTube? What kind of measures do the YouTube staff take to prevent viruses and malware?
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Is it possible to restrict portions of a web site to only allow access based on geographical region using the IP address?

Disclaimer - I am not a security expert, so this may just be a dumb question. My security knowledge is focused strictly on development. When it comes to configuration and networking, I know only ...
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When changing a password using a WebPage, must the old password be entered on the same screen?

There is a convention to always prompt for the old password on the same page as the one where the old password is being changed as shown below. Is it acceptable from a security perspective to allow a ...
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Should content delivery depend on FCrDNS (forward-confirmed reverse DNS) look-ups and why?

First, let me clear that this isn't a duplicate of Does deliberately wrong information from a DNS server violate standards generally accepted good practices? thread, as I'm not interested in legal ...
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Is it secure to use ChangeHats for Web Application?

I was reading an article on "Profiling Your Web Applications Using ChangeHat" where change hats mean to use different security context for different portion of application. Following are lines taken ...
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How exactly does Burp Sequencer calculate the values it derives?

I'm testing a Web application based on SAP for a customer. One of the checks we normally do is to analyse the cookie holding the session token to make sure that it is sufficiently random and you ...
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Are there modules to harden Symfony 2 sessions?

We're looking at building a new app on top of Symfony 2, but security is our top priority. After digging around a bit, it seems that there are a number of built-in options for Session management (eg ...
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From a security standpoint should users be asked to confirm their password when registering?

Is it advisable to have users re-type their password to confirm it's correct? On User Experience the general consensus seems to be no but I'm wondering if this has security ramifications? EDIT: my ...
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Can hackers find secret tokens passed to HTTP GET requests?

I have some code like this in index.php: if(isset($_GET['something'])){ //do something } Can hackers find this and request index.php?something, or is this sufficient for security?
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Should sensitive data ever be passed in the query string?

Should sensitive data ever be passed via the query string as opposed to the postback? I realize that the query string will be encrypted, but are there other reasons to avoid passing data in the ...
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Quick Security Mitigations to Impending attacks

Suppose you are the sysadmin, and you know of an impending attack that just started or about to start soon. You can either wait it out, or try a few tricks and quick mitigation to fend off attackers ...
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Good tools for reverse engineering colaboratively? [closed]

Does anybody know a good set of tools for doing reverse engineering of binaries in a collaborative way?. My original idea is to disassemble a binary, allowing to add information about functions, ...
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Generating Web Application Security Profile

Currently i have deployed ModSecurity as a reverse proxy for providing application layer security. Now i want to write application specific rules for all the web application i am protecting i.e. ...
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What is the technique to determine if a user is “reading” a page called? (similar to “infinite scroll”)

When I read an article at Salon.com I notice that the "overflow content" (where I need to scroll down) is loaded on demand. I can't imagine this being a useful bandwidth savings technique, so the ...
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Safely transfer UserID among different Subdomains

Scenario : Application a.mydomain.com redirects its users to application b.mydomain.com for Account Creation. b.mydomain.com creates the account, and redirects the user back to a.mydomain.com with ...
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Should WS-Fed, Mozilla's Persona or OpenID ever be used with a Banking application?

Most banking sites I've seen use a sign in process that is proprietary, or otherwise won't integrate with an external IDP. Should banks offer integration with services like OpenID, WS-Fed, or ...
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Breaking out of attribute in double quotes

I have a piece of code that allows for [url]someurl[/url] BB-Code and replaces it with <a href="someurl">someurl</a> It takes two precautions to prevent XSS. It replaces ...
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Bad transactions in an e-commerce system?

I read an article signifyd-raises-2m-from-andreessen-horowitz-to-help-online-businesses-use-data-to-prevent-payments-fraud which talks about a service that pulls together data to screen the ...
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What does key, key pair and signature mean here?

I was reading How are possible uses for X.509 (SSL) certificates denoted? on IT SE. It begins with: X.509 certificates can be used for servers, clients, email, code signing and more ...
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UNION SQL Injection

I'm trying to demo SQL Injection with a UNION query but I'm not getting results. This is the C# code and the database is SQL Server 2008 R2: string cString = "server=.\\sqlexpress; ...
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Playing with Referrer Header

There are 2 sites: http://www.site1.com http://www.site2.com http://www.site1.com contains link to http://www.site2.com as <a href="http://www.site2.com/">link<a/> When user clicks ...
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CSRF Countermeasures

I'm working through a book on web application security and it says that an effective CSRF countermeasure is to assign a temporary pseudo-random token to sensitive actions performed by authenticated ...
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What sort of delay will deter a robot from crawling my site?

I use what I believe is the standard method of identifying bad bots that do not respect my robots.txt (i.e. disallowing crawling the bad-bots subdirectory, then logging those who still go there). So ...
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How can I trace Hacking attempt

First of all I dont want to track the hacker. I want to track if the system is being compromised some way. For example when a website is under attack it'll receive malicious data. I want to check ...
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Web Application - Cookie Expiry

We are using a web application on cloud. I need a small clarification. We are using Perl with Apache. I see a following issue here for the below scenario. I need some inputs of whether this is most ...
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What does it actually mean when someone says their website is hacked?

I have seen many people say that their website has been hacked using some vulnerability. I never fully understood what this means. To me the only way to get control of website is get the FTP ...
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Is this code vulnerable?

I have developed a php code given below. I would like to know what are the security vulnerabilities present within this php code? <?php if(isset($_SESSION['id'])){ // get data ...
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Wifi login redirect applications

This may sound a bit naive questions as i am a beginner. But I do my best to put it into words. You may have experience when sometimes you want to use the internet in a cafe for example (with your ...
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What does a HTML filter need to do, to protect against SVG attacks?

I recently learned that SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) images introduce a number of opportunities for subtle attacks on the web. (See paper below.) While SVG images may look like an image, the file ...
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Client vs Server security for business critical application (crossplatform)

We have the option to develop a software either based on Java (but then it is only available for desktop clients using Java SE and can run maybe also as tomcat app can be multithreaded, stable, ...
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How do I holistically protect a web service from network and MITM attacks?

I have several financial web services that are accessed over HTTPS, however the client devices may be accessing the web services over untrusted WiFi, through questionable proxies, and possibly ToR ...
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Best free website vulnerability scanners [closed]

I need to check web security and vulnerability in my web application. Whatever free vulnerability scanners application or vulnerability scan online site's are available?
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Why Do we Need CAPTCHA? In what case we should use it?

In what case we should implement Captcha based security?. How accurate it is and if there exists any alternatives for Captcha based Security.
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Secure risks of online chat for customer service

Some merchants provide the ability to chat over the web for customer service or help. Are there any risks in using these online chat channels? If so, what are the primary risks? Can the chat ...
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How to restrict web access to certain countries

What are the better ways of filtering access to the web application based on Geographical location. Is it possible with a network layer firewall or we need an application layer?
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How does a CSRF token prevent an attack, and how can I safely use/avoid it for my JSON API?

I'm trying to make an iOS app communicate with a Ruby on Rails website using JSON. While trying to post a login to create a user session, I discovered I was missing a CSRF token. I had no idea what ...
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How I add cookie to w3af for authenticated attacks?

Can anyone explain this in steps to me? Lets just say I clicked to OWASP Top 10 scan profile and entered url. Next I need to add cookies or authentication values to w3af (form based auth.). How? ...
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How can I embed iframe securely without restricting its functionality?

I'd want to embed an iframe from untrusted site into web application. Iframe: should be able to run Javascript and browser plugins (Flash, etc.) should not be able to access my web application ...
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How can I use certificates to secure my webservices? What is available to javascript?

I have a few web services that are accessed over public wifi connections and I think it would be a good idea to issue certificates to encrypt data, prevent MITM, and invalid impersonation (beyond what ...
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Nessus does not detect sql injection with “Web App Tests” [closed]

In my website I have an sql injection vulnerability. But when I scan my website with Nessus under "Web app tests" there is no result on sql injection. Why is this? What should I do to make this ...
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What responsibility do I have in continuing another developer's work?

My question is related to this one. I did not found anything googling around and that is why I am asking. This question I am the sole web developer for a firm, and I manage everything, from ...
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How valid is this statement “SSL sit between application layer and network layer”

taken from http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/answer/How-does-SSL-sit-between-the-network-layer-and-application-layer The SSL protocol is quite unusual, as it doesn't just operate at one layer. ...
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How this kind of mechanism considered as vulnerability?

From following news, http://thehackernews.com/2012/12/etsy-for-iphone-loophole-allows.html Someone just setup a proxy to intercept traffic between browser and https protocol, then it called ...
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Proxying a Credit Card Transaction?

Lets say there is a service that processes a credit card, service X. I want to create a new service (Y) that has a form on it mirroring the fields from service X. I use the credentials entered into ...
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Is there a site like plaintextoffenders.com that shames companies that force insecure passwords?

I recently came across http://plaintextoffenders.com/ and I liked the idea. I wondered if there was a similar site that shames websites that force insecure passwords? I personally have a list of a ...