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Is it possible to use a GPG or SSH key for web based authentication in a secure fashion?

Let's say hypothetically I am writing a web application targeting technically inclined, security-conscious users who have no problems generating and using GPG or SSH keys. Is it possible to use said ...
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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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CSRF protection and Single Page Apps

I am in the process of writing a thick client web app using Angular.js (single page app) and was wondering what are the best practices for securing the app using a CSRF token. Should I send a CSRF ...
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Strict Transport Security — max_age value

I've been wondering what max-age should the HTTP Strict Transport Security header have. Both paypal and lastpass sites leave it very low: 500 (seconds = bit over 8 minutes) market.android.com has it ...
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Does it make sense to hash a session id before passing it to an advertisement partner?

My company runs a webshop. We work with a partner that gives discount vouchers to our customers after they buy (the vouchers can be used in other online shops) and also gives vouchers for our shop to ...
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Detecting attempts to attack a website?

I am currently trying to implement some recommendations from OWASP AppSensor Project and I'd like to respond to the attacker when he tries to break into my website. Is there any resource covering/...
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Should I hash my passwords even if I am only allowed to generate limited traffic?

At this moment I'm busy working on an webapp with a friend of mine. The main problem we have is that we are only allowed to generate 50 GB a month in datatraffic. My question is: Does hashing the ...
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Is it a security issue to allow nearly identical email addresses when registering?

Say you have a website where it is possible to create accounts for all of the following email addresses: 'test@test.com' 'test@test.com ' 'test@test.com;' 'test@test.com;test2@test.com' Should this ...
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Solution to allow JavaScript input but prevent XSS

We have a simple Blog system that allows users to input html and JavaScript to build a blog page. I'm aware that allowing javascript open up the door to xss attacks. We do however need to allow users ...
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Where to start with security testing?

Starting with a QA team that deals mainly with functional requirements testing and has little real security testing experience, what simple practical things should the QA team start doing to start ...
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Facebook account keeps getting hacked, can't seem to figure out why or how?

One of my friends, she has a lot of friends on Facebook, and uses it for marketing. Her account keeps getting broken into. Her password gets reset and/or gets locked for changing resetting password ...
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Filter user input before the database or upon display?

Given a web application where user data must be properly escaped to avoid XSS, is it better to try to remove the "bad stuff" before it enters the database, or is it best to allow it in the database ...
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Custom socket server on the internet running as root

We are writing a custom socket server which runs on a high port. Until recently, it has been running behind a corporate firewall. Now, it has been decided that the server should be taken outside the ...
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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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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 debug="...
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What is the benefit of the scope in OAuth2?

In the question, substitute scope with state. Since there is an answer based on the wrong question, I'll let everything below as is. The answer is useful nonetheless. This question refers to the ...
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What SSL key should I make for IIS: RSA or DH? What bit length is appropriate?

I'm creating an SSL cert for my IIS server and need to know when I should choose the Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider or the Microsoft DH SChannel Cryptographic Provider. Question 1 Why ...
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Malicious QR Code and Mitigation

I just started reading a little on QR code, so I'm not entirely familiar with QR Code capabilities, but a thought crossed my mind today. I scanned a QR Code on a postcard I received, and it ...
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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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enable browser caching with HTTPS

I understand that sensitive data should not be cached (ie, you dont want to cache an HTML file with all of your bank account details in it), but there are some things that HTTPS protected sites should ...
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Elaborate websockets security

I'm interested in learning more about web sockets security. Read that web sockets were originally in Firefox, removed for security reasons and now added back in with the problem resolved: http://news....
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ASP.NET MVC security check list

I am planning to start a new web site on ASP.NET MVC 2 (3). Does anybody a full (if possible) check list of actions, approaches I should reach to avoid almost problems with security?
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Sending HTTP 403 as. 200 - “Silent Identification of Admin”

A researcher recently reported an issue in a site about using script on a 3rd party site to discover if a user is an admin. Here's the scenario: Main site is target.example Attacker site is evil....
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Securely building a local pentest lab in a VM

I'd like to set up OWASP WebGoat or a similar vulnerable web app in a VM (probably VirtualBox on Linux). For convenience's sake, I'd like to get it running on one of the primary machines I use (say, a ...
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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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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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Preventing reverse-engineering of client application

I have a web service which is used by a Flash client. Both the service and the Flash client is produced by me (read: my company). The Flash client communicates with the server over HTTPS. One of the ...
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Sensitive information was placed in a publicly accessible folder. Who is responsible and how to proceed?

Background We have an IT staff who manages our server and a web developer who is not on the IT staff and has no root access to the server. All involved do very high quality work and I do not consider ...
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Unknown process on my ubuntu machine communicating over multiple ports with UDP proto

I have a Django web application where the web app and the postgresql database are hosted on two separate Ubuntu-based machines. On my Database machine (and not my web application), if I run sudo ...
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How to know which database is behind a web application?

I've read that different databases (mysql, sql server,...) have different vulnerabilities and that they are vulnerable to some specific sql injections. When attacker try to perform a database attack ...
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Is stripping out < and > characters an effective way of preventing XSS?

I'm guessing that HTML encoding the input would probably be a better solution, but I'm curious if just stripping out any < and > characters would be an effective defense against XSS attacks. ...
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Challenging challenge: client-side password hashing and server-side password verification

We have a website where users need to log in to access privileged information. Obviously we are using SSL, but I also want to avoid plaintext passwords from accidently ending up in server logs, or ...
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Using file extension and MIME type (as output by file -i -b) combination to determine unsafe files?

We allow users to upload a number of files, all of which we either send over to scribd (doc, xls, ppts, etc) or display as a video ourselves (flv, mov, mp4, etc in flowplayer). To avoid users ...
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How should I secure a contact form that appears on every page of a website?

My client has a small "Contact Us" form on every page of their website. They are adamant about not including CAPTCHA verification on these forms, to keep them easy to use, but I feel it is my ...
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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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Benefits of identifying clients based upon the “X-Forwarded-For” or similar HTTP header in addition to Client IP

The X-Forwarded-For header is used by some HTTP proxies to identify the IP address of the client. The wiki page (linked above) mentions that ISPs may use this header as well. In addition there are a ...
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Preventing Voter Fraud on a Social Media Contest

I'm creating a contest that will allow users to login using their Facebook & Twitter accounts and submit votes on videos. My clients concern is that users will game the system by logging into ...
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Interpolique: transparently preventing SQL Injection and XSS with base64 encoding, what happened?

For the keynote at The Next HOPE a couple of years ago, Dan Kaminsky unveiled Interpolique (the talk is really fun btw). The problem he raised was how to defend against injection attacks, including ...
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What are the disadvantages of single sign-on authentication?

We were discussing to implement single on in our web application,right now after analyzing we came to know that the following were the advantages of single sign on authentication. In the words of ...
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WAF Process Creation for Integration of IT and Business

A client has asked me to help them out with their WAF processes. Currently they have a few critical web applications being protected by a couple of WAFs. I have managed to get the WAFs tuned and ready ...
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Is request signing (digesting the request body) in a REST API necessary?

I am currently engaged in a debate and I wondered what the community's opinion on this was. We see REST APIs which just require basic authentication (perhaps HTTP) or OAuth. We see REST APIs which ...
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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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Authenticating without a database

I've been inspired by a question over on Code Review, which boils down to: What is the proper way to authenticate a user without a database? Would it be the exact same process if you stored ...
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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 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 should I use whitelist on a WAF?

I was studying different WAFs, from open-source (such as ModSecurity and NAXSI) to commercial solutions (Imperva, Citrix, Fortinet, etc.). Many people state that having a whitelist-based WAF is far ...
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What does this injected code do?

One of my sites has just been hacked as this code has been inserted into random(?) files and places within the files. Does anyone understand what it is trying to do? I would welcome anything that may ...
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Should a web application return true http errors?

Exception and error information can be used by a malicious user to map out the API of an web application, so it is routine to see security checklists to advise returning only a "Please contact your ...
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Must login and logout action have CSRF protection?

I am making a web application in Django which generates and includes CSRF tokens for sessions (a Django session can be anonymous or a registered user). Should I keep CSRF protection to the controllers ...
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Ads appearing in our application when they should not be

I received a strange issue reported by one of my web application users. Apparently they are getting "ads" within the browser window when using my application. I didn't add advertisements at all. It's ...