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Is it okay to reveal database's table names?

I'm developing web application that uses database. I have to do some operations which needs database table names and db table schema. Will it be secure if I send this kind of information to client ...
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Is my server being used as a proxy or being attacked?

I have an Ubuntu, Apache, Passenger, and Rails 4 project on AWS EC2. I am unfamiliar with the security and server side of my project. Recently, my site was down because of "too many users" so when I ...
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Is web application connected to a database via an application server is more secure?

I have heard from my colleagues and some other people on web suggest that it is more secure to run this configuration: Web server -> Application server -> Database, than this: Web server -> ...
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Is information disclosure in a form of a server header is a real vulnerability?

I have seen in many places that people say that headers of the following types is a vulnerability: Server:Microsoft-IIS/7.5 X-AspNet-Version:4.0.30319 X-Powered-By:ASP.NET I can see that this gives ...
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Tweaks related to javascript execution in browser

Suppose, a filter validates the url, but not the protocol. In that case I can XSS that field with the following payload javascript://%0D%0Aalert(document.domain);//validurl.com You can paste above ...
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Methods for allowing restricted access to web applications

Since I'm fully aware that allowing access for anybody to open web hosting control panel (login page), can be a little bit risky, I started to think about restricting access and allowing only for my ...
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Is use of HttpServletRequest.getQueryString() for a response header vulnerable to response splitting?

I've been told that using HttpServletRequest.getQueryString() in a response header makes my application susceptible to HTTP response splitting attacks, but I just don't see how. It's clear in the ...
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Why attack detection based on the same user request from different places (e.g. by IP) is not widely used?

There are many ways how an adversary can pretend that he is a legitimate user (like session cookie stealing, bruteforcing the password and what not), but as far as I can see it should be rather hard ...
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Current industry standard key management solution for web app on linux host

The scenario: Data is sent to an application server and you want to selectively encrypt some data before sending it to a DB server for storage. All servers run some linux distro. This is a relatively ...
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Is same origin policy for web only useful because of cookies?

There is a same origin policy in the browser to ensure that e.g. bad site won't read your data from Facebook. But it seems that the only problem that it tries to solve is that cookies are ...
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Encrypting data before sending to SaaS tool and decrypting on browser view

I'd like to send data to a SaaS tool, where the data is stored in the cloud. I'll use Google Analytics as an example, but it applies to any similar service. Google Analytics does not allow you to ...
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Static security scans [closed]

If you have a web application that uses paid third party dlls can you run a static security scan uploading those dlls? Also, do you have to get consent from the third party vendor first?
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Sandboxing untrusted user-supplied code in a web application

I am trying to create a programming game where user-supplied programs compete in battle simulations, to be used as a tool to teach and practice programming. (It will likely be a turn-based robot ...
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Should it be possible in a good software, using a “Change Password” link for a single user, to try to guess passwords for every user of a Application?

I am having a fight with the "Security Expert" of my team about this very basic question and I need help in getting a good valid argument(s). The pretext is as follows: Should it be possible/valid to ...
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What is pseudo-encryption key vulnerability?

An organization in a related business was recently hacked. The hackers downloaded several GB worth of files with private information and posted it on the Internet. The news article states: “They ...
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web application extracts uploaded tar files, is it vulnerable?

I have a python based web application running on a linux server, Is the following flow vulnerable? HTTP file upload (regular post from browser) server validates max size before processes the file ...
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How can I implement a secure download area on a website which requires an electronic signature?

For quality management purposes, the company I work for would like a system which requires a client to read through a disclaimer and then provide an electronic signature, acknowledging said ...
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Automatic client executable updating

Scenario I am currently developing an application which should automatically update (if applicable) every time it is executed. The update would involve replacing the main.exe and any assets in an ...
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Non-Sensitive/Non-Critical Database and Web server protections?

I have an unrestricted DMZ that is currently set up with a non-critical/non-sensitive web server and database server inside. The database server gets interfaces from two critical systems but does not ...
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Is it secure to ship public key with license file?

I've implemented a licensing client and server for our web-applications. Currently there is only one way for licensing an app, user should manually upload the license file using specified form and ...
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How unsecure would I assume old PHP code is? [closed]

We have several websites that are client facing at a very large company. These websites do gather client information. They were written 6-7 years ago, quite possibly using a PHP/mysql code ...
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Is random URL token secure enough for file attachments and other user content? [duplicate]

Lets say we have a hypothetical system where there are various files are added by users and are sensitive, e.g. lets say an attachment to a private message. It's not that easy to verify access rights ...
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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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Can hackers find secret tokens passed to HTTP GET requests?

I have some code like this in index.php: if(isset($_GET['something'])){ //do something } Can hackers find this and request index.php?something, or is this sufficient for security?
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Can I prevent all employees from accessing customer data without being logged (especially IT)

I am hosting a web application and SQL server database on Azure and I would like to ensure that no individual at the company can access customer data without the access being logged. It seems that ...
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What to do when asked for a weak password

The guys who made the security for my country's state bank are completely nuts in all senses. Their internet banking password must be between 8 and 10 characters, and contain only letters and digits. ...
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Are there security advantages gained from forcing a website to be available from just one tab at a time?

I just found that a website of one Polish bank forces the users to open it in one browser tab only. You cannot for example check your transfer history while looking for an account number that you ...
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HTTP HEAD and its security versus operational uses

Most security advice I see recommends turning off HTTP Methods like TRACE, OPTIONS, HEAD etc. So now I have turned off most of these options on my web server and leaving only GET and POST options that ...
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User name enumeration?

From what I understand it is bad security practice to display informative failed login messages like: The email you entered does not exist Instead of Incorrect email/password combination ...
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How can I prevent data scraping on my website? [duplicate]

How can I prevent client software scraping data from my website? Some examples of my URLs are: http://example.com/products.php?q=1 http://example.com/products.php?q=2 ...
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What are potential security risks when using an insecure wireless connection?

If someone is using an insecure wireless connection (for example a hot spot in a coffee shop) does it pose a threat even if the person is using a secure application layer protocol? What I mean by ...
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How to only let end user to access data in a web app

I've been read a lot about common encryption methods used in a django app. However, my requirements are very different. I am looking for a way to encrypt my web app data so only the owner of the data ...
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Encryption that could have multiple decryption key [migrated]

The title looks strange but it is to deal with this situation. The data we have should only be accessible by our end user and data administrators, not anyone else. Ideally, each user should have ...
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Saving encrypted username password in session

I have Node.js server which serves an app. In that app you could be asked to login. The login credentials would be authenticated against LDAP. That server could request/post data from other servers ...
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Our users get a trojan horse alert on our site, but we don't. What do we do?

A user of our website got a trojan horse alert when she tried to get to our website. But myself and some other friends got no alert whatsoever and can go on the website and download files without ...
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Security concerns of HTML echo endpoint

Consider a website with an endpoint that, when a payload of an HTML string (full document or partial segment) is POST to it, the server will transform the payload (and sometimes no transform is ...
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Session Management for Private Key Passphrases in a Web Application

Use Case I would like to encrypt data in a database for a Web Application. The following requirements exist: Decryption should only be possible when a user provides a passphrase Encryption should ...
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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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Subresource Integrity versus signing

The draft spec for subresource integrity is straightforward: This document specifies such a validation scheme, extending two HTML elements with an integrity attribute that contains a ...
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Forcing response headers

I'm testing a particular vulnerability box since yesterday and I came with one rather strange problem that I didn't expect. Lets say a vulnerable web-application offer image file upload. The image ...
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Is Two-way SSL sufficient for Multiple web servers communicating to each other?

I have a fixed number of web servers. Each web server represents a company and the users of the company talk to their assigned web server. I have this setup to decentralise the databases. So if one ...
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Burpsuite accidental defacement, should I be concerned?

I was spidering a website with Burpsuite and the automated Form Submission caused me to unknowingly deface the main page with "555-555-0199@example.com". It took me a decent amount of time to notice ...
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Can we drop XP from HTTPS support? If not, when? [closed]

XP support was dropped by MS on April 8 2014, almost two years ago, but there are still many people who use XP for internet surfing. Also, there are still many sites like Google or Facebook who offer ...
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Does this concept attack work to harvest credentials and 2FA using offline fake site?

My concept is this: Client connects to Malicious\Eviltwin AP Client connects to www.facebook.com but this one is a fake offline site by the fake dns server Client enters user and password ---> ...
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Does two factor authentication increase the attack surface?

Would adding two factor authentication to an application increase the attack surface of this application? I think it would, since by adding complexity the likelihood of a vulnerability in my ...
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Mobile apps social Oauth

I need to develop iOS and Android apps that should have to communicate with a server throught RESTfull API. Also I need to register and authorize user throught popular social networks like Facebook, ...
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Keeping user files secure while allowing a web-application to use the files

Short background I am currently in the process of designing a web-application where the user uploads some files to the server and then asks the server to do some calculations based on these files ...
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How to exploit HTTP Methods

Many security scanners like nikto, nessus, nmap, and w3af sometimes show that certain HTTP Methods like HEAD, GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, TRACE, OPTIONS, CONNECT, etc are vulnerable to attack. What do ...
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Detect man-in-the-middle on server side for HTTPS

Background: We have a site which works over HTTPS (HTTP not supported, we use HSTS). It's deployed in 3rd party cloud, which restricts our control and log abilities over server hardware. We cannot ...
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Sending a token with a request from one app to another

Say I have an application written in some language and framework (Python + flask, for instance), and have a great deal of the functionality requiring login, and authentication via JWT. Now I want to ...