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What a programmer should know before their web service's client audit

Situation: I have created a WS client (.net wcf) for the customer that access a third party web service (Websphere). This WS uses HTTPS and I get a certificate from WS vendor. All works fine, I have ...
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What can one define as quality criteria for an XML Schema?

One of the usage of Input validation, is to be protect against XSS. In case one would need to define best practice for the functions validating the input, then some (which I am calling quality ...
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How much protection does the Kill-Bit provide for ActiveX controls?

I have some ActiveX controls that are not supposed to run in the browser but only in my particular Front-End. I know that by setting the Kill-Bit I disable their execution in Internet Explorer and MS ...
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Why do some websites and programs restrict password characteristics?

There are some websites and even programs that I use that have rediculous password restrictions. Lots of forums for instance restrict passwords to ~32 characters. Others enforce a restricted charset. ...
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How to ensure that cookies are always sent via SSL when using ASP.NET on IIS 7.5?

Firesheep has brought the issue of insecure cookie exchanges to the forefront. How can you ensure that all cookie exchanges are forced to occur only via an SSL-secured connection to the server when ...
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how to configure edit-restricted mediawiki

I am planning to setup a public wiki using mediawiki, but I never used mediawiki for a public site before and I am not experienced with it, even as a user. I am planning to create a very restricted ...
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Is anybody using client browser certificates?

Client browser certificates seem to be a nice way to protect sites from intruders - it is impossible to guess and should be harder to steal. Of course, they do not solve all the problems, but they add ...
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Disable insecure/dangerous PHP functions

Typically my job description limits me to code-review of web applications. More recently I've been asked to assist with some server-side PHP optimization where, although I am familiar with it, I lack ...
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Can anybody explain XSS? [closed]

I work programming Enterprise Java applications and do very little web development in 2002. I'm interested in security and like to read articles about it. However, I never fully understand how XSS ...
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Storing third-party auth info securely

Suppose there's a multi-user web application that requires access to user's mailbox (on third-party service, like gmail, etc.). This access needs to be persistent. Which means we'd have to store user ...
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Escaping JavaScript constants

how can untrusted values be included in a html-page as javascript string constants? Although the case i am asking uses JSF and Rails, I think this is a general problem independent of the server side ...
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Can you secure a web app from FireSheep without using SSL?

Assume that you want to give some web users privileged access to your website, but that you are unable (or unwilling) to offer SSL to all of them - at least past the initial login page. In this ...
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Security review: “HTTP header user-agent has been set to (something)”

We got a security review done of our PHP code and they team advised this in their report (amongst other things): /appdir/ Details The HTTP header user-agent has been set to \" . Request GET ...
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What is secure enough for web applications?

we intend to build a network in a small health center with No Internet Access it is expected to have 30 terminal machines, all machines will use an electronic medical record web application we want ...
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Fortify360 - Sinks & Sources - Vulnerability count

In an application security environment, I use Fortify Software's Fortify360 on a daily basis. One of my biggest hurdles is explaining the numbers (sources vs sinks) Fortify flags each location in ...
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Session Hijacking - regenerate session ID

Does regenerating the session ID on each request mitigate the probability of a session hijack enough to be worth implementing? I would imagine combining a check for REMOTE_ADDR vs the REMOTE_ADDR ...
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Whitelisting DOM elements to defeat XSS

As we know, developers are responsible for correctly escaping/validating data provided by the user before rendering or storing them. However, we must agree that it's relatively easy to forget a single ...
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Securing an E-commerce site

I'm building a custom e-commerce site, and the user will input their credit card details on the site instead of being directed to the payment gateway's site. I'm confused as to what the critical ...
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Are there any decent web app security scanners that can integrate with a build server?

I've spent a lot of time in TeamCity recently and the nightly code quality metrics coming from the dupe finder, FxCop and NDepend have been great. What I'd really like to do is find a decent web app ...
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Is there a security risk running web apps in debug=“true”?

This is a copy of the original question on Stack Overflow which didn't get much love and is probably more relevant here: There are plenty of performance reasons why apps shouldn't be run in ...
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Detecting website attack attempts

I am currently trying to implement some recommendations from OWASP AppSensor Project and I'd like to respond to attacker, when he tries to break into my website. Is there any resource ...
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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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Security of rails user access/permissions plugins

I was wondering if anyone knows what the most secure user access plugin for Rails is, and if any of them prevent session fixation?
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How to protect against brute forcing

How do you properly implement defenses against brute forcing? Is it best to store how many times someone tried to log in and block them after X attempts? And how would "someone" be identified? With ...
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Finding security consultant for doing in-depth code review?

We have a PHP application that we know has poor coding practices (because the developers did not have a good understanding of PHP / programming fundamentals). This could lead to the scenario where we ...
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Are there security issues with embedding an HTTPS iframe on an HTTP page?

I've seen websites placing HTTPS iframes on HTTP pages. Are there any security concerns with this? Is it secure to transmit private information like credit card details in such a scheme (where the ...
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Are GUIDs safe for one-time tokens?

I see a lot of sites use GUIDs for password resets, unsubscribe requests and other forms of unique identification. Presumably they are appealing because they are easy to generate, unique, ...
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Getting a manual security code review done - What to watch out for?

We have a PHP application that we want to get code reviewed from an external security consultant, but I'm not clear on "how to" go about that process. We did specify what kind of tests he should be ...
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Is it possible to take down a site using javascript in the URL bar?

If a site is written poorly enough, is it possible to take it down or severely mess with it using only javascript in the URL bar?
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How does LiveID work? Is there any documentation on the LiveID provisioning site msm.live.com?

I'm trying to learn details on how LiveID works, when compared to other federation technologies. To be honest, I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the options at https://msm.live.com/ and want to understand ...
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What is the exact difference between SAMLp and WS-Trust?

They seem to be similar on the surface, but I'm not sure how deep the differences are. Can someone explain to me the difference between SAMLp and WS-Trust? ADFSv2 gives me a choice between these ...
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How can I decrypt ADFS-based SAML/p or WS-Trust claims?

I'd like to audit the claims that are sent to a client from a SAML/p or WS-Trust authentication. What private keys do I need and how would I decrypt this information? If it makes any difference, I'm ...
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How does a website owner decrypt ASP.NET's Viewstate, and cookies

I'd like to audit my viewstate for information I don't want to be sent down to the client. What are the steps needed to decrypt this information into human readable form? How would I decrypt the ...
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Is it necessary to protect user data if they know and agree to it being insecure?

If I'm running a website that, say, takes a survey, must I protect user data from disclosure if the users are informed initially that it's insecure? I'm not storing financial data or social security ...
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How does an attacker approach a website?

What is a typical mindset and method of approach? What are they likely to try first? At what point does a novice give up versus an expert? How would an automated attack differ from a manual one?
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FrameBusting script

It is commonly known that loading your site inside a frame on another site, can potentially expose your site to all kinds of ills, and in general is not a good idea if you have any sensitive data to ...
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Is randomizing cookie names a good idea?

What security benefits would randomizing cookie names on a website offer? What are some of the challenges it would create?
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What protects cookies?

What protects cookies from being stolen? After all, they are just text files. A misbehaving browser can give up a lot more information that web masters would like. How do I know that a browser won't ...
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Encrypting a Database's Primary Key when sent to the browser

When dealing with either an oData-based application (ADO.NET Data Services), or something that otherwise publishes the PrimaryKey, or ForeignKey to the client... Can someone explain to me be benefits ...
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What are the best practices for hardening a php.ini file?

In order to secure a PHP installation, what are the best settings for a php.ini file? What is absolutely vital in terms of security? What is recommended for most use cases?
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Database Encryption Security

I am encrypting and decrypting my database data from my web applications API. If my web server is compromised, what is to keep someone from using that same method to retrieve the data? For example, ...
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What does defense in depth entail for a web app?

I'm assuming it means different layers of security from app-level security to server hardening to personnel training, but what are each of those layers and what are some good resources for each level ...
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What are the security risks of letting the users upload content to my site?

As a web designer (not a security expert) I wonder: If I allow users to upload content to my website (videos, images and text files), what are the real risks involved?
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How can I protect a WordPress installation?

How do you go about protecting a default WordPress installation? What checklist do you use, best practices, tips and tricks, etc? Any recommendations on plugins, third-party tools are welcome.
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Is a “security measure” that doesn't provide a security benefit actually harmful?

If a security measure is implemented that doesn't provide any additional security benefit, can it be considered harmful? As an example, consider a login page where the user is asked to enter their ...
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What is a Web Application Firewall?

What is a Web Application Firewall (WAF) and what are some of the things to look for in an effective one? Why would you deploy a WAF instead of just an IPS?
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What are the most important security checks for new web applications?

I'm wondering what are the top priority security checks you should make befor launching a new webapp? I'm guessing brute force vulnerabilities and cross-site scripting. What are the other things you ...
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How can I test my web application for timing attacks?

race conditions, etc. Are there automatic tools for this? What manual techniques should I use? From the Area51 proposal
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Pitfalls of using OAuth for mobile Applications

OAuth seems to be getting a lot of traction at the moment as an authorization solution for web applications and mobile applications. I'm interested in understanding what the pitfalls of using OAuth ...
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What security features should be present in every web-based CMS?

What are the most important security features that a web-based CMS should offer? What's vital? What would be nice to have? What features should the CMS not attempt to do? Please note: I'm looking ...