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Bad practice to have a “god” password?

Is it bad security practice to have a password that will allow you to access any user account on a website for support purposes? The password would be stored in a secure manner and would be super ...
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POST over HTTPS “secure enough” for sensitive data?

I'm wondering if to prevent the possibility of a compromised SSL certificate leading to the potential for sensitive information disclosure if it might be prudent to further encrypt data being passed ...
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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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API Security Testing Methodologies

I have been encountering more and more clients needing their API (usually REST) endpoints tested for vulnerabilities and wanted to reach out to see if anyone has some recommendations beyond what I ...
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How can I prevent my database from being compromised if my CakePHP app is compromised?

I have an app server hosting a CakePHP app and a database server hosting the databases. The servers are physically separate. The databases contain encrypted sensitive information. The encryption keys ...
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Hashing Passphrase in Client-Side JavaScript Rather than Server-Side — Is it Viable?

Yet another salting-and-hashing-for-web-sites question has been left on the doormat of Information Security's StackExchange. The oft-mentioned approach for website password-handling is to use a ...
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OWASP escaping recommendation - why /?

In OWASP recommendations regarding escaping untrusted input for HTML element content, they list the following: & --> &amp; < --> &lt; > --> &gt; " --> &quot; ' ...
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Website doesn’t always log me out – Privacy concern or am I overreacting?

I’ve been applying to for some jobs and use one certain careers page somewhat regularly. I’ve started to notice that I don’t always get logged out even if I do click “log out” and see a message that ...
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Can a webpage read another page's cookies?

I was listening to Pandora as I logged in here, and the next commercial was about InfoSec. That set me wondering as to whether that was a coincidence (probably) or if they knew somehow. To make a long ...
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On what layer should password hashing and/or encryption take place

I'm finding myself on the inexperienced end of a discussion about where password hashing takes place. My coworker drew a schema from less to more secure, where the Public Internet was the least ...
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Is it ever safe to skip server-side validations?

I am working on a web app with a sign up form like below. The validations are all done client side using http://formvalidator.net/. I am well aware that client-side validations can be bypassed, but I ...
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Possible ways of exploiting PHP register_globals [closed]

I have a PHP script that executes a bunch of commands to verify that a user is logged. if (( isset ($password) && $password!="" && auth($password,$hidden_password)==1) || ...
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Should websites be allowed to disable autocomplete on forms or fields?

Currently, there is an HTML form/input attribute called autocomplete, which, when set to off, disables autocomplete/autofill for that form or element. Some banks seem to use this to prevent password ...
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Escaping rich text editor output

When having a rich text editor on a web application, what is the best way to escape HTML entities and prevent XSS attacks but keep the formatting (<b>, <i>, <u>, ...etc.) ?
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attack signatures [closed]

I am learning at school about attack signatures on web applications (basically OWASP), but I do not understand what they really are in this context. Can anybody give me some good references where I ...
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Has there been any documented cases where hackers have hijacked the phone number to a business?

Has there been any cases where hackers have taken over the phone number to a business, by creating a phone number in the same area code, setting up a virtual PBX / Asterisk system, routing all calls ...
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XSS cookie stealing without redirecting to another page

I'm practicing in VM following the OWASP guide. I know that is possible to steal the cookie by redirecting to "False" page etc. but I would like to steal the cookie without redirecting on another ...
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avoid hitting DB to authenticate a user on EVERY request in stateless web app architecture?

Summary Once a user logs into a web site and his username/password credentials are verified and an active session is established, is it possible to avoid hitting the DB for each and every request ...
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How does one decide whether to block malicious scanning activities?

On a typical day in the internet, there would be numerous botnets commanding zombie computers to scan for servers with vulnerabilities. Every now and then, a new exploit would be discovered. Then, the ...
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Form submissions over HTTPS are not encrypted?

My question is regarding HTTPS form submission. One of our website is using HTTPS, we display the login page to the user via HTTPS protocol. When the form is submitted, if we try to intercept the ...
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Nested encryption for multiple users

I've developed a web application (developed in .NET MVC 4) which have multiple users with personal login credentials. The web application holds a lot of content uploaded by the users. My client would ...
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What are good approaches to modify TLS/SSL trafic in order to make a HTTP bot?

If I wanted to make a bot that plays/issues automatic actions/moves in a online browser game, whose communication is realized over HTTP1/1 and WebSocket (https and wws respectively), all TLS ...
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Help investigating potential website attack (URL rewriting and ROT-13 obfuscation) [closed]

We're looking for help/advice from website security experts. Our company develops web-based process management software and hosts it for our customers. The software sends emails to users when they ...
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Limit attempt of user login against PBKDF2

I have been tasked been tasked by my boss to change the encryption system of our web application from MD5 to PBKDF2 as MD5/SHA1 has been shown to be breakable in recent years . I argued against it ...
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Is it possible to make a “proof of anteriority” for sites content?

Given a site that publishes unique content online and given that there are lots of site scrapers and persons stealing content and reposting it as their own, inevitably you will have the same content ...
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Using skype for an attack

I am curious about something; let's say someone randomly added me to Skype and tried to initiate a chat with me and I want to know more about them but I am worried if they can do some damage. My ...
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Regarding Cross-Site Scripting attacks

My application has an Upload Management Module and accepts Excel and text files to our server. I detected invalid data inside some uploaded files (the uploader put ...
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How online document signing services guarantee non-repudiation?

There is a number of services online like RightSignature or SignHub that will let you sign online legally binding documents. I understand how documents can be signed digitally and this can guarantee ...
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Caching Behaviour on major browsers

Before I even ask the question - this is a hard question to frame, so I welcome edits to improve clarity. How do major browsers decide how to cache responses, especially if said responses are ...
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Encrypt user data when they log in with Facebook, Gmail, etc

I made a login system. The user can login by: using a normal email / password (bcrypted). using a service like facebook, gmail, etc. So far so good. Now I want to store sensitive information (ftp ...
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Writing Security Functionality Requirements [closed]

Is there any Guideline Doc. or Tutorials for writing Security Functionality Requirement (Common Criteria)for a product?
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How to detect anomalous activity in web server traffic?

I'm wondering how to successfully detect malicious activity in my web server traffic? Could you point me out some popular solutions which can help me to detect attacks on my web application? I ...
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Is there any security concerns for CGI scripts written in pure bash?

I'm working on a project that would use bash and fastcgi to create a psudo-CMS, is there any kind of security concerns to watch out for (ie buffer overflows, and the like)?
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iptables: plaintext password protection

I'd like to find a way to block or restrict my access to the web-pages where my password is sent as a plaintext on the internet. Let's assume if I have the same password for all web-pages, is it ...
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Can I use a vpn to securely use prototypes of webapps from my phone or laptop?

I want to experiment with web development (using django) for both desktop and mobile. Server, phones and desktops could all be part of the same virtual private network. The VPN will be from some ...
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How secure are the GPG/PGP keyservers?

Importing a GPG key with a KeyID or fingerprint seems to rely on keyservers. Doesn't this invite man-in-the-middle attacks, in which someone would alter the keys to allow them to decrypt the data? ...
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ISP can detect DNS requests for a website. Can it do the same for websites embedded inside other websites ? [duplicate]

ISP can detect DNS requests for a web site, ie www.google.com . If I have a website ie www.mysite.com, and a webpage ie www.mysite.com/mypage.html and inside www.mysite.com/mypage.html , the web site ...
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What criteria should be used for manually reviewing / prioritizing failed logins?

I have a web application that is exposed to the Internet, and am interested in creating alerts, or prioritizing the manual review of failed logins to the web application. What thresholds, or ...
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Are cross site scripting attacks and sql injection a good topic for my thesis? [closed]

So I'm doing my undergraduate thesis, I would like to explore how cross site scripting sql injections occur. And for the purpose of the thesis I'd also like to create a fictional website that is ...
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Arbitrary methods directly callable with Front Controller pattern

I'm working on converting an application that uses the traditional Page Controller pattern to start using the Front Controller pattern. One of the potential problems I'm thinking about is that with a ...
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Do simple Linux servers really need a non-root user for security reasons?

Playing devil's advocate, Let's assume I purchase a Linux server from a hosting provider. I am given a password for the root user and am told I may login using SSH. The only purpose this server has ...
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How to pass an email address securely to a web application X embedded inside a web application Y

The scenario I'm trying to address is this: There is a web application Y which has an authenticated user. Inside Y, web application X is hosted (which belongs to a different domain). When X is ...
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Any eventhandlers that apply to hidden elements?

Im trying to XSS a search field and my attack vector is getting reflected like this: <input type="text" id="txtRpHiddenKeyword" style="display: none;" value="ATTACK VECTOR HERE" /> Only ...
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Storing product keys on same server as shop?

Situation: An e-commerce system (specifically: PrestaShop) which is used to sell virtual products (specifically: product license keys). To accelerate order processing, a cronjob is supposed to be ...
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Unrestricted File Upload - Possible exploits

During a penetration test‎ (exercise) on a IIS web server + MYSQL DBMS, I have found an Unrestricted File Upload vulnerability for which I can upload a .php file. So I have tried to upload a php ...
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Token authentication and storage / websocket issues

My application is running an API authentication that uses tokens rather than cookies. This leads me to ask a few questions : What is the most secure way to store the token ? By using random ...
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Automated tools to test Struts OGNL security vulnerabilities

I'm looking for a way to find Struts2 OGNL vulnerabilities (specifically http://www.cvedetails.com/cve/CVE-2013-4316/ and http://www.cvedetails.com/cve/CVE-2013-2251/. ) I know that attackers ...
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How can I succesfully pentest site with two factor authentication? [closed]

I want to use a commercial, automated tool but it cannot login successfully because the website requires a two factor authentication process using SMS. For testing, the SMS message is sent to another ...
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Can “remember me” be done securely on an accountless website?

I have a website that lets users submit a form without having to create an account and log in. However, in order to keep users accountable for their submissions, the form requires them to provide ...