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

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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 ...
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What are the dangers with creating MySQL databases on the fly?

I am building a site where people set up small, private, social networks. For ease of administration and portability, I would like each network to be stored in a different MySQL database. I ...
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Encrypting content using same secret key as hash?

OK - I'm trying to design a system that can provide personalised/differentiated content at minimal expense to the server. One of the designs I'm currently exploring is where the request is somehow ...
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Is Gmail showing images by default a good idea for privacy?

Google have decided to show images in Gmail messages accessed via the web, iOS and Android by default: Instead of serving images directly from their original external host servers, Gmail will now ...
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Building a website with MAXIMUM website security [closed]

Well lets assume that someone is intending to build a website that will contain THOUSANDS of sensitive records such as credit cards etc. What would be a good checklist that would ensure that the ...
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Password algorithm to be integrated on a website

I have recently started a project to code a secure password protection algorithm to be used on both computers and mobile devices. As I have never done anything like it before, I am a bit unsure of ...
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XSS when <, > and " are escaped

I'm pentesting a website that has a reflected XSS, or at least a vector for a reflection, but the issue is the following : It escapes <, >, " to their URL entities (not &, ) or () You are ...
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How to retrieve the admin's password of a webapp?

I'm doing a pentesting example on a web app and I have dumped all the database. I have a table with the users in plaintext and the passwords hashed. I have to find the admin's password (I know that ...
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What are the security benefits of reset all fields if captcha was failed?

Most of the sites will empty the password field when you fail the CAPTCHA, and often they reset all the fields as well. Is there any security benefit on doing this?
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If I send someone a google search results link, am I sending them any information about me?

When I do a google search, there's a lot of stuff in the URL for the results page: ...
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Denial of service when uploading a file [closed]

Is a DOS attack possible when uploading a big file. Lets say a website has a file upload control, and there is an attempt to upload a file of 1 GB size. If the connection remains open for a long ...
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Network and data security for small online businesses? [closed]

What is the most efficient way of protecting small online business from outside threats. Everything too much expensive is not a solution. I've been looking for good web application firewall and at ...
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Purpose of using base64 encoded urls

I have come across a website, freshbooks.com, which uses base64 encoded urls for all purposes, ranging from POSTing sensitive data to a URI or just viewing some resource. For instance, a url to view ...
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Can a mismatched server encoding on HTTP POST or GET result in a security issue?

It is possible for a server to parse HTTP POST and GET data with a fixed encoding or one that is dynamic with the client's response. Consider the situation where a client uses UTF7,32 or any other ...
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File-structure when using token

I'm using a form-token to secure the validation process of my php-file. Basically the structure of the php-file looks like this: if ($_POST) {//form has been submitted? if (validateFormToken) { ...
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Security implications of adding all domains to CORS (i.e. Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *) [duplicate]

I am curious of what all the security implications are if I set the following two HTTP response CORS headers; Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * Access-Control-Allow-Credentials: false The only ...
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Submit form with token

I have a token that I want to use to prevent direct access of some php-files. Some of these php-files are loaded via AJAX. The token is used with a session to secure form submission AND to prevent ...
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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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Hydra gives wrong answers

Problem: Hydra keeps giving me incorrect passwords every time. I'm using brute-force via Hydra to guess the correct password on a certain website. First of all I used BurpSuite to intercept the page ...
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How to secure and limit access to a web based application hosted on a local server

I have security concerns over a web based application. I want to limit access to the application only to a whitelisted IP addresses. Here are my thoughts on that: To host the application myself. The ...
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Commonly used url parameters [duplicate]

I'm working on a project that requires me to tamper with/rewrite url parameters. I'd also like to add in something that finds request parameters such as ?admin=false ?debugging=false ?page=example ...
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Is “Why Should You Avoid AES In MySQL?” true?

From a 2012 Smashing Magazine article quite a bold statement is made to avoid AES in MySQL itself. Or as they put it "Why Should You Avoid AES In MySQL?". However, if you search for SQL encryption, ...
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Security concerns with a “fiddle” site?

I recently came across a cool site for testing .NET code (http://dotnetfiddle.net/). In the FAQs they mention that they have two restrictions for security purposes: No access to File System IO No ...
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Verifying one specific attack vector of Cross Site Scripting

Burp suggests that there is a reflection.. It changes a value of a cookie named as x as x=<script src=abc.js> and in response this value gets injected to a javascript function.. <script ...
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Managing and deploying web app passwords

What are some best practices for managing and deploying web app passwords and private keys? E.g. the password to access a database or external services like the Facebook API. I'm referring generally ...
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Using Selenium tool for xss scripts

Ok, so i need to know can Selenium webdriver tool be used for testing xss vulnerabilities and exploits. If its possible, then pleasee provide me with some example or tutorial. Apologizes, if am wrong ...
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How can I test that I have correctly disabled unnecessary HTTP methods?

I am making a web-based application and I disabled some of the HTTP methods which are not necessary for the website (specifically, OPTIONS, HEAD and TRACE). I put this in the httpd.conf of my xampp ...
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What types of hacking attacks happen alongside a DOS or DDOS attack? [closed]

I'm trying to find some good material on this topic for a paper I'm trying to write for class. Any and all help is very much appreciated.
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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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Applications security review [closed]

When a company wants to buy a new application, the security aspects must be reviewed (access rights, privileges, logs, data integrity ... etc). Is there a standard for applications security reviews? ...
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Are there “LAN IPs” on the internet?

I have a home-made web application and thought that an easy way to secure it's administration interface would be to simply reject all IPs that arent from 192.168... Is this viable? is it possible for ...
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Using AES to encrypt user data

I know next to nothing about cryptography, and I'm basically just looking for someone to look over what I'm doing and tell me if I'm screwing up. I have the user entering in some sensitive ...
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What type of information should be shown to an end user for a logon session summary?

Google, Yahoo, Facebook and several banks have a session summary screen that lists a variety of information, but they aren't consistent in what is offered to the end user. e.g. Facebook offers a ...
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Are there any web application security standards?

Are there any web application security standards that I can use as a baseline for the security related requirements for a web application, web service, and for applications supported/hosted by third ...
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Cross site scripting in url? [duplicate]

I currently have a xss problem in this site. https://bbcpanningen.cupweb6.nl:1311/servlet/OMSALogin?msgStatus="><script>alert("hello") </script> But I don't understand how an ...
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Unsanitized HTML input

My school uses the website WebAssign for online math and science homework. One of WebAssign's features is a "My Notes" section that allows you to input notes for a problem and come back to it later ...
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How to check whether a link is safe or not? [closed]

I've been working on a task to find threats in a social network called Skyrock. For which, I've managed to retrieve a significant amount of URLs by crawling various user profiles and parsing the data ...
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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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Access-Control-Allow-Origin wihout AJAX

The post at http://security.stackexchange.com/a/43456/8340 (incorrectly?) states No, as long as the CORS Access-Control-Allow-Origin is at its default restrictive value. This prevents the outer ...
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Strategy for Web Application [closed]

I need to develop an application security strategy for a web application product. Do you have any recommendations as far as procedures and policies are concerned? Any inputs / guidelines or relevant ...
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Authentication for external applications

I need to design an application for internal corporate use. The application must be hosted externally. Ideally I'd like that application to be able to authenticate and authorize against the corporate ...
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Untrusted central server and self-hosted/local client

I am wanting to develop a web service (classic client/server) where the server is not trusted, so is kept (cryptographically) ignorant about the actual content/messages. Obviously, if you don't trust ...
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Security of an initial redirection from http://example.com to https://example.com

Suppose that http://example.com/<foo> systematically redirects to https://example.com/<foo>. I enter http://example.com in my browser's URL bar, and I see a page load and the URL bar now ...
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How secure is redirecting user from http://normal.bank.com to https://secure.bank.com?

I have an application. Which works on http, http://normal.bank.com. But for log-in, performing any action, etc. I am rediecting user to https://secure.bank.com, where user can login and perform ...
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How to secure my captcha application?

Hello information security stack exchange! I made a captcha application in PHP. It's certainly not a great idea to do so, but I was bored and I wanted to learn about Bézier curves and Bresenham line ...
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How to manage pen testing byproducts?

Often when doing a pen test you need to hammer certain parts of the site that might be visible to other users. If, for example, you suspect that a comment section is vulnerable to XSS, you might ...
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What are the risks of setting a cookie to have a more global scope? [duplicate]

If I have a subdomain, and I set my cookie's scope to be / instead of examp.example.com. How can it be insecure?