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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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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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Do I need to expire a session cookie when sessions are handled server-side?

The only data in the cookie is the session ID. There is no expiration timestamp set when creating it, a session is always evaluated server-side to see if it has expired. When logging out, the session ...
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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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Do we need to logout of webapps?

A quick Google search doesn't reveal whether it is important to logout of webapps (online banking, Amazon, Facebook, etc.), or if I am safe just closing the tab or browser. I am sure I heard on some ...
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How to protect against clickjacking attack but allow legit iframes?

I'm aware of modern anti-clickjacking approaches, such as X-Frame-Options header or framekiller scripts. But all these tactics prevent content to be inside iframe. But what if there is a requirement ...
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Can Cross site scripting lead to database access?

I wanna know that weather a site having XSS vulnerability can lead the hacker to access database? I know that he can get the username and password from the cookie stored but can he completely access ...
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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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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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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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How to expose a client's real IP address?

As a forum administrator, how can I find a client's real IP address? Are there any third party tools or weakness that expose the real IP address?
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Playing with Referrer Header

There are 2 sites: http://www.site1.com http://www.site2.com http://www.site1.com contains link to http://www.site2.com as <a href="http://www.site2.com/">link<a/> When user clicks ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why do major sites (eBay, Github) not ask for a password when I attempt to change email addresses?

When users change their email addresses within a web application's user account, I see the following problem: An attacker (who has access to your session) could change your email address to a new one ...
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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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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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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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Can I block the true IP address using X-Forwarded-For header in IIS?

All the traffic gets to my IIS server through a proxy. I can't block or white list IP addresses because all the traffic comes from the proxy's IP address. Can I use the X-Forwarded-For header with ...
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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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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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SQL Injection tool (Mac OS X)

Do you know any software for searching (analyze) SQL injection (on website) from Snow Leopard ? I have found some that can run from Linux or Windows. I understand that most Linux (console) ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Is there any added security benefit to username complexity requirements?

I've come across several sites lately that have complexity requirements for usernames like "must be 8 characters long and contain at least 2 numbers". Is there any real added benefit to this from a ...
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Webapp2 security

I am coding a REST web application that runs on Google App Engine, it authenticates API requests to privileged data using sessions by cookies provided by webapp2_extras.auth and ...
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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 ...