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

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What is a good browser for web application pen testing? [closed]

I am getting started in testing web applications, and I am having trouble verifying vulnerabilities. It seems all modern browsers have protections against things like XSS. When something like Burp ...
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Why does Hydra return 16 valid passwords when none are valid?

I've been playing around with Hydra and DVWA and I've hit a bit of a snag - Hydra responds letting me know that the first 16 passwords in my password list are correct when none of them are. I assume ...
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How can I handle user authentication and sessions in my app?

I'm currently building an authentication module and I've got a question. I have set up a server with an API and want my users to authenticate to this server, but I use AngularJS for the site. ...
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Is VBScript an actual tool to attack users?

While I was reading a ASP.NET book I found that is supports VBScript but this made me think if VBScript is still a tool of hackers to attack other users, I guess only Internet Explorer users, As I ...
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How can I find subdomains of a site?

One of the things I need to do from time to time is to find subdomains of a site for example. Starting with example.com sub1.example.com other.example.com another.example.com I'm ...
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How to use OAuth with Active Directory

I'm creating a REST WCF service and want to use OAuth to authenticate each user's request. The user accounts are stored in Active Directory so I have access to their AD login name on the client ...
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Logging in from one CMS to another

Two websites with different CMS, user should type login & password on one website and needs to be logged in second website automatically. Now i have this method, it works but i want to know - is ...
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Whats the most secure way to save user authenication Cookies or Session Variable?

I'm developing a web application that is basically for all our employees. Right now we have 3500 employees and all of them will access to this web application. All of them will use really ...
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Use the server's key to digitally sign the HTML content it delivered?

Is there any way to prove that a HTML page was delivered to my browser, and not modified in any way, after it was delivered over TLS? I need to prove integrity, and authenticity of the sender, ...
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Which unicode (control) characters should a web app (not) accept?

THIS IS NOT ABOUT XSS Threat: Mallory enters control characters in a public web application text field that other users might use in a terminal program (via copy+paste or by running a script). ...
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How to bypass XMLHttpRequest header protection for a CSRF attack

A client is only submitting forms using XMLHttpRequest with the use of a header (X-Header: [any value would be correct]) to protect against Cross Site Request Forgery attacks. I know this is not the ...
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How to keep database record secret even from developer having access to it?

Imagine a web-based email app, such as GMail. The email should only be readable by the sender and the recipients. No one else, including the developer having access to the database server or ...
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How secure is MD5 for TLS message authentiaction?

I was recently viewing a website and saw its certificate info as follows: Given that MD5 is badly broken and not recommended for hashing, how good is it for use in TLS? And why?
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Is it dangerous to show all the JavaScript functions in my web application? [duplicate]

Right now I'm developing a web application and it uses a lot of JavaScript functions so I'm putting all of them in different JS files to access from the HTML, but the functions are "easy readable" so ...
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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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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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“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 ...