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Create a page to experiment with SQL injection [closed]

This semester, I have taken a course on Information Security and my project for this course is to implement an SQL injection to obtain admin privileges. For this I first download Havij software ...
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Protect database resources from fake data inputs via web forms

Scenario: I'm working on a project that needs to accept large amounts of data (customer data) from its users. So it can be normal to have a user trying to add 10,000 or 100,000 records at a time. In ...
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What XSS attacks doesn't “Reflective XSS Protection” defeat?

Its been quite a while since I have played with cross site scripting vulnerabilities but today I came across a website today that was crying out to be tested for a basic XSS vulnerability. So ...
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Monitoring for security threats

I host and maintain several websites. The users pay to have their sites maintained and secured. However, with the amount of web applications like joolma, wordpress, ect... and their plugins, I need a ...
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AES using derived keys / IVs. Does it introduce a weakness?

I'm looking for an efficient way to encrypt multiple fields in a database with AES using a single global key, used throughout a large web application. Obviously in order to re-use this key, a unique ...
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Keeping user session alive - security considerations

We have recently developed some functionality for our web app to allow a user to remain logged in indefinitely, and are interested in knowing the security ramifications of doing so. The goal of this ...
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Is this a web attack I should be concerned about - trying to enter code for form vars

I have a created a simple CGI script running on a web server where a user can login using a username and password. The username and password are entered via a html form and the form POST's the data ...
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Secure login across two web apps

I have an requirement to implement cross-domain login for two web apps (APP1 and APP2) so that a user can access APP2 once they have logged into APP1. APP2 needs to know an ID of the user who is ...
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If I host a web form which submits CC details to a provider, are there PCI implications form host?

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on a specific question I have. I read a lot about systems that 'store, process, submit' CC data requiring compliance. If I host a form on my website which ...
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Does a 'reset password' website facility give away too much information?

If a website has a reset password facility (which will e-mail the account holder a reset link), does this facility reveal too much information by allowing someone to probe who holds an account by ...
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Should we force user to HTTPS on website?

Should we force website from HTTP to HTTPS , one of the method is using .htaccess: RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [R,L] But what I notice is that some ...
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Practices for storing username/password in Web applications

I have read the following question: Storing password in Java application but I don't find the answers useful for my case. So here is my question somehow related to that. I have a Java Web application ...
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How to escape user input in a value of javascript object?

How to properly escape user-controlled input when it's inserted as a value in JSON object? <script> $(document).ready(function() { new MyObject({ key1: "user_input", key2: ...
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Is it necessary to scan users' file uploads by antivirus?

Web application allows users to upload files. Is it necessary to scan those files by antivirus? I'd want to hear answer in two scenarios: Type of file isn't checked when uploading. They are stored ...
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Testing Web Application Firewall Configuration (ModSecurity)

What is the best way of testing my Firewall configuration as i have deployed the Core Rule set provided by the OWASP. But my rule configuration was giving me too many false positives which i resolved ...
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Security risks with JSONP?

What are the security risks with JSONP? Is using JSONP in a new web application reasonable, from a security perspective, or is it better to use a different method for cross-origin web mashups? If ...
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Is there a need for SSL on a local site?

Do I need SSL for a site that can only be accessed on the local network? All users log in with windows credentials using Windows Auth with PHP on IIS. And if I don't: What security is needed to make ...
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Limited JavaScript app scenario: Attack vectors and mitigation

I'm going to be developing a single page JavaScript app which allows input via a textarea. This input is never sent to the server, never shown to another user, and will only be persisted in browser ...
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What are some ways to steal a password/PIN using this system?

http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/2007/posters/p147_lim.pdf Essentially uses an on-screen keypad that does not show the complete keypad numbers at a time. The image is refreshed at the rate of the ...
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Should I be concerned when a “Forgot Password?” tool sends my password in plaintext?

Some sites I have been a member of in the past don't go through the normal "Forgot Password?" process. Instead of e-mailing me a unique password reset link or something of the like, I have received ...
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filtering content in Content disposition header

I was reading "The Tangled Web"(A book that I'm enjoying very much) and I have a doubt in the following excerpt taken from it :- When Handling User-Controlled Filenames in Content-Disposition Headers ...
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CSRF Protection on static pages

I have a static site which has forms. The forms submit to a Rails endpoint which captures the submitted data. The static site and the Rails endpoint are on the same domain, on different subdomains and ...
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Web app penetration testing

I have a static website which needs to be pentested. It has only got one form which updates some data on the server and i have pentested it with some blind PHP and SQL injection. The site is hosted on ...
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IS Maltego is the best forensic/intelligence solution out there? [closed]

i am looking for the best intelligence forensic software that will give me the best solution for gathering information around the web . please recommend me the best software out there ... and if you ...
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Pentesting file Upload feature

The file(resume) upload feature is accepting any sort of files. I have uploaded the PHP shell into it. How do I again access to that uploaded file? I'm bruteforcing the web directory to check for ...
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User-specific Subdomains : JavaScript security

If I provide a public-facing website for users on my website at their own subdomain (e.g. bob.myapp.com) under their own control, can I allow them to execute arbitrary JavaScript without putting my ...
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Could this solve SQL injection and XSS vulnerabilities?

edit I got some good responses about Frameworks but the crucial part of this is that it's built into the programming language itself, so it's literally impossible to write an XSS vulnerable or SQL ...
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Best way to securely set a session cookie on another domain

We currently have 2 sites http://www.foo.co.uk and https://secure.foo.com. The www site does not have an SSL certificate and is on a different domain. We have a login button on http://www.foo.co.uk ...
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Security issues in a Dotnet Web application

I was required to fix three low risk security issues of a Web Application on a Windows 2003 server, NetFramework 2.0, IIS/6.0. It is tracert-able. That may assist for crackers to know network ...
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Strong authentication over insecure links

Let's begin by assuming that we're operating in either a corporate or Governmental environment where SSL man-in-the-middle interceptions are a given and that *all* traffic on the network between the ...
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How does CAPTCHA mitigate DDoS attacks?

This seems like an easy question, but I've failed to find an answer. One of the uses of CAPTCHA is to cope mitigate Denial of Service attacks. Suppose an adversary performs excessive login attempts, ...
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Why are simple packet filter firewalls insufficient for the protection of web applications?

I was wondering why exactly are simple packet filter firewalls insufficient for the protection of web applications?
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My credit union is reducing its maximum password length to 10 characters

I just received an email from my credit union saying they are redesigning their online banking service and that I will need to change my password by October 22 to conform to the new limit of 10 ...
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What is a DoS Attack and how does it differ from a DDoS attack?

Can some one explain to me the concept of Dos Attacks for web applications ? Also what is the distinction between Dos and Distributed Dos ( ie DDos) attacks ? Wikipedia says : In computing, a ...
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Using an IPS as an alternative to mod_security

I am considering deploying mod_security as an addition to our web infrastructure. I am worried about the increased load however as these servers get a lot of hits. I am considering using IPS's such ...
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How to determine level of security required for this kind of site?

Here are the main areas of the site that could become a security concern: The site works as a general ledger system against the company and its users. The ledger system is to keep track of small ...
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Sample vulnerable web apps to test Pentesting platforms

I am looking into a web application vulnerability scanner for my organization. I would like a sample web application that is loaded with vulnerabilities (similar to metasploitable on the application ...
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How to exploit HTTP Methods

Many security scanners like nikto, nessus, nmap, and w3af sometimes show that certain HTTP Methods like HEAD, GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, TRACE, OPTIONS, CONNECT, etc are vulnerable to attack. What do ...
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What type of attacks can be carried on for an web application [closed]

My company has designed an web application and its going to be hosted soon, I would like to know what type of attacks can be carried on the web application to test the security of my web application ...
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API - How can I make sure data sent by the user is only sent to my application?

I have an API and a web application where users can login through another system and then post text messages to my application, for example. How can I assure that when this data is only posted to my ...
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Secure web user authentication even after server-side database compromise

By now, we should all know to use bcrypt or scrypt to store salted password hashes with a sufficient number of rounds. (See, e.g., https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Password_Storage_Cheat_Sheet) The ...
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DVWA vulnerability list or guide?

Is there a list of vulnerabilities for DVWA, I cannot seem to find a vulnerability list or guide. By guide I mean an exhaustive list of vulnerabilities to work through.
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Are tracking cookies illegal?

I have a merchant website. When a user visits the website, a cookie is set. Then when the same user visits the site again, we provide him with suggestions, content that he may enjoy based on what ...
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Is it possible to verify identity of site that sent request to you?

I'm developing a JS widget that can be embedded by 3rd party websites. When widget is shown, it sends request to my site. When this request is received, I know that it was shown to the user and pay ...
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Vulnerability scoring systems

Our company is developing a web app that is used for e-commerce. We want to establish a more formal scoring system for any security related issues eventually reported by us or by our clients. The ...
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How do small businesses handle web app security?

Everything on Owasp's top 10 list, how do current small businesses (< 1000 employees) handle web application security, along with mobile security of their applications? Do they care about info/app ...
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Storing License Keys

I'm creating an application which generates licenses key and stores this in a database (the licenses are checked online). I don't wish to store these license unhashed, in case the database is stolen. ...
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Vulnerabilities of having one path of app accessible only via HTTPS but others via HTTP?

Imagine example.com that is accessible via HTTP and HTTPS. Most of content at site isn't secure and it won't be bad if it will be read by attacker. One of paths - example.com/secure_zone is accessible ...
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Phishing attack stuck with jsp loginAction.do page? [closed]

I'm testing a phishing website on a staged replica of an jsp web-application. I'm doing the usual attack which involves changing the post and action field of source code to divert to my own written ...
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Is it dangerous to serve executable cgi files in public folder?

In the past, Apache used to serve cgi files from cgi-bin folder only, and it was always advised to avoid putting executable files in public folders. However, today's webservers fairly serve executable ...