An application that is accessed over a network such as the Internet or an intranet using a browser.

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How to work effectively to win bug-bounties?

I really want to prove myself (to my parents) by winning a proper bug bounty How should I best prepare for this and go about actually finding bugs? Edit So can anyone give some web sites ...
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How long should an e-mail address confirmation link last and why must it expire at all?

After a user registers an e-mail is sent to them with a link they must click on to activate the account. I know other sites have a limit on the amount of time the user has to click the link, else the ...
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Software Testing vs (Web) Penetration Testing

I would like to ask about the differences between Software Testing and Web Application Penetration Testing. I am aware of usage different tools in both disciplines Software Testing (JIRA/Selenium) ...
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Secure the config file of a service

I have a service running on a linux box, started with upstart, that runs as user "the_user", it has to read a config file. Having the file owned by root would make things more secure, but would ...
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How can I tell if a user is access website with a forged IP?

there is a username (USERX). It's a suspended user. It it appearing in my user login files. It always appears in the middle of someone elses attempt (USERA) to reset their password, and WITH USERA's ...
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How to exploit Open Redirect Vulnerability?

Redirect/Forward attack code: <?php $redirectUrl = $_GET['url']; header("Location: $redirectUrl"); ?> exploit (Sends user from your page to evil page) : example.com/?url=example.com/faq.php ...
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Guidance for implementors of HTTPS-only sites (Server side)

The recent trend in HTTPS attacks is to attack the HTTP protocol. What should I do to increase my site's security if the only protocol I want is HTTPS? Some easy to implement ideas are Implement ...
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Flash ignores Content-Type header, allowing XSS?

I recently read that the Flash plugin ignores the Content-Type header in certain circumstances. In particular, you can give Flash a URL, and the Flash plugin will happily fetch the content at that ...
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Would Insecure Direct References and SQL Injection be solved by using Row-Level Security and Per-User Connection Strings?

Regarding the following OWASP Vulnerabilities: Insecure Direct Object References By that I mean letting someone see /account/123/not-theirs (this could be the wrong reference I'm using above). SQL ...
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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 allows for secure messaging. In part ...
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How to pen-test RAP applications

Has any of the readers here got experience with pen-testing RAP (Remote Application Platform) applications? I am particularly interested in testing on input validation. A cursory research at google ...
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Should I be concerned if my website throws stack information?

I have a simple login form on my web page and the URL looks like this: example.com/signup/signup.php?q=1 If I try something like this: example.com/signup/signup.php?q=1&() I'm redirected to ...
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JKS - Keystore protection and configuration file

It appears that Java Keystore is often used by web server using a configuration file, with the password opening the JKS written in it and also the password protecting the specific entry. How could ...
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“It is safe if only Port 443/HTTPS is accessible from Internet!” Is it? [closed]

I was in discussion with a vendor to implement a backup solution and as flexible as most cloud applications nowadays, it needs to be access from anywhere on Internet without VPN or any special ...
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Should I use Suhosin for PHP?

Suhosin can be used to increase the security of your php application. I can really see the use of it when you are using shared hosts, with multiple (possibly evil) people running their PHP apps ...
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Is this the most secure encryption/hashing system? [closed]

I've been doing some research regarding password security and after reading several topics and the Kerckhoff's principle. I came up with what I believe is a really secure system regarding online ...
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Java desktop app vs web service [closed]

I currently have a desktop app written in Java (Swing) which talks to a C-based backend over SSL. I am trying to understand the pros/con from a security perspective to move to a web service model. ...
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Contact form without validation

one of our web page is a contact form eg name, email, and a textbox for sending comments. It seems like if we leave all of those text fields blank and click the submit button, it still went through ...
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Is it illegal to access a public file that contain private information? [closed]

There is a website that I was testing to see if they have any vulnerability. To my surprise I found that one of the folders, like /docs with index of /, and they have a file that will contain all ...
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How to properly configure OSSEC for Web Application Security ?

I would like to implement OSSEC as HIDS on my server, but by default OSSIC monitors a number of folders. I am going to deploy a web application on my server. So what should be my default OSSEC ...
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security concern of user submitted bash command

Recently I am building a web service that user input will be used to run a bash command on the server side. What are the security problem I need to take care? Right now I find one that user could ...
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XSS when some keywords are prevented on the server side

When I scan website with burp suite pro, I encountered a XSS. This XSS is <a b=c> When Burp suite test other payloads that contain keywords like script, alert, onerror, this parameters ...
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Trouble understand login vulnerabilities

I'm testing my own web page with the following vulnerabilities. #1: Form escapes ' to \' So if a user tries to enter the following information: username: 'or'1=1 password: m username will ...
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At what criteria should an unpatched machine be considered hacked? [closed]

Since every machine connected to the Internet requires security patches, there is a window of time in which those updates have been released and those machines haven't yet been patched. It is ...
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What is the safest way to encrypt a password that can be decrypted at a later time?

In a web app I'm building, I need to use Apple's AutoIngestion tool for iTunes Connect. In this tool it seems the only way to use it is to send a password in plain text. What would be the best ...
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Custom TLS in Browser [duplicate]

We are developing a JSF web application that has a main requirement of using our own TLS implementation (custom algorithm suites). The clients will connect via a browser. Is there any way (customising ...
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User Authentication for a public website in 2015 [closed]

I am creating a new website for online shopping in .net and was wondering if i have another option beside Forms authentication to validate the users in a safe and secure way (this has been around for ...
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How does a reverse proxy change the security posture of a web server residing in the DMZ? [closed]

How does the reverse proxy change internal and external security posture with a reverse proxy compared to not having a reverse proxy? For example, you have a publicly accessible iis server, what is ...
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How should developers handle Form POST variables that conflict with route variables?

In ASP.NET MVC, when I perform a HTTP post to /controller/action/UserID ... and have a corresponding route /controller/action/{UserID} ... and if I do a Form POST, the POSTed data UserID ...
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How strong is visualCaptcha?

I like the user interaction of visualCaptcha, but I'm questioning the amount of protection it gives: Since there are only 5 images (by default), isn't is simply a matter of 1 in 5 to get the right ...
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What are some good website security scanning solutions?

What are some good web-based website security scanning solutions? I'm not too concerned if they are web-based solutions, or software that can be run locally. Generally, I'm looking for something we ...
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Preventing information disclosure from browser back button/history?

I have sensitive data that will be hosted on a website, and I would like to prevent the data from being exposed in this scenario: The primary user logs off the application, but does not close the ...
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Detecting web app attacks by parsing log files [duplicate]

Following up on this question as the answers are now 5 years old: Can I detect web app attacks by viewing my Apache log file? My boss has tasked me with analyzing our access.log and error.log files ...
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Is it okay to only use username/password to secure an admin page for moderating a website?

Is there a standard practice to securing an admin page for an application written in angular and nodejs or just in general? The admin page would approve/ban users and moderate comments. Should it be ...
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What would you call an attack where authenticated user modifies other users information on web app?

Authenticated user on web app, using other people's id to update or change their information. So basically the web app is not checking for person who is logged in against the person who he/she is ...
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Feasibility of creating an in-memory web app (that runs from a CD-rom on a web server) for sharing self-destructing messages

This question is about a hypothetical in-memory web application that is used for exchanging encrypted messages that passively self-destruct in X amount of minutes. Here the messages would be stored ...
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Firewall requirements for SaaS service providers

I have not had much success compiling a workable overview on the topic of firewalls and application service providers, despite making a rather extensive contribution to Google's workload this month. ...
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Making a Judgement on a User's IP Usage

We have a click exchange-type web application that allows users to receive stats boosts within a game. Stats boosts are based off unique IP addresses which poses a problem for users who use proxies or ...
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Source code disclosure vulnerability

I am a bit confused about the discussion here about hiding javascript source code. Let's say if I browse to a url like this: http://www.example.com/site/somejs.js and then what I see is something like ...
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Is BASIC-Auth secure if done over HTTPS?

I'm making a REST-API and it's straight forward to do BASIC auth login. Then let HTTPS secure the connection so the password is protected when the api is used. Can this be considered secure?
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Testing for HTTP TRACE method

How can I test for HTTP TRACE on my web-server? I need to train a Tester how to verify that the HTTP TRACE method is disabled. Ideally I need a script to paste into Firebug to initiate a https ...
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XSS scripts in console

Well i need to know is it possible to enter xss script through console of developer's tools(e.g. : firebug of firefox)? Is this a proper way ?
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ruby on rails pentesting web applications

I am currently testing a RoR web application, but I am honestly at a bit of a loss, I have never gone up against a RoR application before and I was wondering if there were any specific tools I could ...
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What methods can be used to prevent the browser (IE11 specifically) from storing credentials / autocomplete

Going through Pen Test and it was asked of us to disable auto complete in our CC payment fields. We tried adding autocomplete=off and also tried false on the input filed. A ny suggestions to ...
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Worthwhile from security standpoint to limit database server user for ASP.NET website to only EXECUTE on stored procedures?

I know that obviously we must avoid sql injection attacks through user input validation and parametrized queries. There's already a firewall in place on the database server to limit remote ...
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JavaScript Injection using Man in the Middle Attack

Suppose I am connected to a wifi-hotspot hosted by a malicious attacker. Further, suppose that I am accessing a login page of an fictitious email site tmail.com over insecure HTTP connection. My ...
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Preventing XXE Injection

I've stumbled upon an exploit method which I haven't really had time to investigate before. XML eXternal Entity is said to be susceptible of a server-side type of injection. I can specify a Document ...
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Do WebGoat style XSS attacks still work?

I am going through the WebGoat exercises, to refresh my knowledge of XSS attacks. Specifically, I am doing the Stage 1 XSS exercise. This exercise has a form that deliberately does not sanitize ...
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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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OTP for syncing mobile device

Scenario: a web app with two-factor authentication using username/password and hardware OTP. Once logged into the app, one of the app modules should be used in a tablet or any mobile device without a ...