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How does Mylar ensure encrypted data remains secure even if the live app code is compromised

Because Mylar does the decryption in the browser, the key is never stored on the server. Nice. This moves the threat to the browser, where, if the attacker is able to get a malicious script to be ...
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Logging in users automatically on a website

I'm making a website that has an extended forum feature, where users can login, post comments, etc. I'm making the feature where the website stores cookies in your computer so the next time you visit ...
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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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What is a good browser for web application pen testing? [on hold]

I am getting started in testing web applications, and I am having trouble verifying vulnerabilities. It seems all modern browsers have protections against things like XSS. When something like Burp ...
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Testing clean urls with sqlmap

Is it possible to test for SQL injection vulnerabilities with using sqlmap with a url that is using mod rewrite (or something like it) to make the urls clean? I know how to test my sites that have ...
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What can I do to increase security of a small open source application

I've been developing a small CRUDish Ruby on Rails application on my free time for a non-profit organization. The app is already running in a small scale in Heroku. Lately I've been thinking about ...
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Are there HIPAA requirements to encrypt our database hosted in AWS

I'm developing Medical Billing & EHR Software. On completion we are planning to use AWS for hosting and thus provide SAAS. Do we need to encrypt the MySQL database in order to keep HIPAA ...
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“Allow __ to be fullscreen?”

I have been asking myself for a while what's the purpose of that popup showing up in pretty much all the modern browsers upon entering the full-screen mode of a video or website. It appears to be a ...
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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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Hackers attack against wp-config.php

my wordpress site suddenly be hacked via wp-config.php. I have never known this type of attack. When i scan my site, wpscan warn against this errors: How can i protect my site from this attack? ...
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What are the leading web application security organisations? [closed]

I am aware of a number of prominent organisations that are an authority on web application security, for example: OWASP Web Application Security Consortium SANS (as they provide web app sec ...
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Are input fields that don’t have name=“” sent via the browser [closed]

Are input fields that don’t have name attributes susceptible to MITM attacks (w/o SSL) or any other attack? For example: <form action="" method="post"> <label ...
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What exactly determines what version of SSL/TLS is used when accessing a site?

If I click on the little lock icon in Chrome it says that the site in question is using TLS v1. I also checked using openssl and was able to hit the site using TLS1, SSL2 and SSL3. From what I ...
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Considerations for distributed authentication with online/offline app?

I am developing an application that will exist across three groups of machines: 1) A central web server. This is a publicly available site accessible via http. 2) Browser-based clients. Any number ...
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Tracking IP address to prevent abuse without logging user metadata

I am trying to balance good security practices against excessive logging of user metadata / Personally Identifiable Information. I am constructing a web app that tracks IP addresses to prevent abuse, ...
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how to tell if a user has a certain product [closed]

I'm trying to figure out how to code a function, in which, if a user has a certain online product they can gain access to an area inside my android app. All help is appreciated, Jordan
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bypassing same origin policy for xss [closed]

while looking for a vulnerability in website i found a webapp poorly coded with unfiltered user input but while creating a POC i found that any thing mentioned between angle bracket "<>" is ...
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What are best practices for implementing ACL

I have a website that has certain menu items that need to be hidden from end users. The web site has PHP in the front-end and Java and Spring in the back-end, deployed on a Linux OS in a VM ...
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Where can I find a list of frowned upon usernames for web sites?

There are some usernames that shouldn't be allowed to register on online services, for example: administrator, admin, root, system, owner, hostmaster, webmaster, sitename or sitenameadmin As far as ...
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Reply to email or text as verification?

I've seen plenty of websites that, during the signup process, require me to verify my email address or cell phone number by clicking an emailed link or by entering some one-time-use code that's been ...
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Keeping user session alive - security considerations

We have recently developed some functionality for our web app to allow a user to remain logged in indefinitely, and are interested in knowing the security ramifications of doing so. The goal of this ...
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What is Reflected XSS?

Fed up with the following definition. Reflected attacks are those where the injected script is reflected off the web server, such as in an error message, search result, or any other response that ...
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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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REST API: does securing the first call with a CAPTCHA make sense?

Let's say I have an iOS/Android app which rely on a custom REST API for things such as account management (register, login, password reset, get/set user-related data). There is no good way to ...
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Prevent someone from using your site for phishing?

So I have a site where users can create online surveys and send them out to whomever they like. Over the past few months we have seen an uptick in one particular user who creates an account, then ...
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Need explanation on local file inclusion?

So few days ago a friend fixed an lfi on his site , and he sent me the url used , it was base 64 encoded url but not usual ../../../etc/passwd , It is : Li4vLi4vZXRjL3Bhc3N3ZAAucG5n Now decoded on ...
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Correct way to perform secure two way encryption on a web site

I'm currently working a project that requires me to store sensitive information (mainly passwords and other information) on a web server via a standard python/flask website. This information is to be ...
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Are there any flaws in my design for a paper-based OTP grid?

I'm trying to implement two-factor authentication on the cheap for a website of mine. My bank uses this sort of grid-based OTP system, so I wanted to emulate it in my application: Cards are ...
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Should Javascript & IFrames be used to refresh sessions when Master Cookie Domains are used?

Suppose I have 3 sites that I want to have SSO in, site1.com, site2.com, and auth.com. SSL is always required. According to how SiteMinder cookies are described here, one of those domains would ...
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What kind of attacks can happen on port 80

I am a novice to network security domain. For one of our clients, we are trying propose a network model where an Apache proxy/web-server which will be the only one that is exposed into the ...
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XSS Technique - & JavaScript Include

I was looking through the OWASP XSS Filter Evasion Cheat Sheet, and there was one technique that was completely new to me: & JavaScript includes <BR SIZE="&{alert('XSS')}"> I ...
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Why after a website password reset am I asked to login again?

I have noticed that every web site has the exact same behavior for their password reset pages. They send a link to your email using which you can reach the password reset page. On that page you enter ...
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Storing anti-CSRF token in cookie

I generate a random anti-CSRF token per session and store it in a cookie (with the http_only flag set). Then I add that token to forms (in a hidden input field) and links. When receiving a request on ...
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Creating an application in which all user content is encrypted

Does any one have references or sources on how to approach developing a web application in which the content is encrypted and unreadable for the developers or company owners; I'm referring to content ...
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Javascript Malware: How does it work, and how can it be mitigated?

I am wondering how malware gets served through Javascript. I've noticed a few illegitimate pop-ups while visiting some financial websites. I wonder how malware exploits work against the application ...
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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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Web-based intrusion detection integrating visibility into web app and database

Consider the problem of hardening an existing, database-backed web application, to detect attacks and stop them where possible. It seems like one plausible approach might be to build an intrusion ...
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As a non-security professional how should I respond when told my site is insecure?

We have a website, and somebody wrote us an email claiming we are insecure! What should I do
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I just discovered major security flaws in my web store?

A little background info here: I'm a self-taught web developer with very little experience outside of html/css, and the company I work for has hired a third party web development team to design us an ...
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What methods can be used to verify identity against a database?

I have a database with individual contact data for students... this data includes name, address, phone number, birthdate, etc. (no social... that would have made this too easy apparently, ha ha) I ...
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How to identify if my site is vulnerable to DOS/DDOS attacks? [closed]

I am hosting a site on a hosting server. How to identify whether my site is vulnerable to DOS/DDOS attacks?
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Should I be concerned about the following URLs that were tried to open on my webpage?

I don't know if this is some injection attempt or a weird bot or what ever. An IP opened several pages within my Drupal 7 website with the appendix ...
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How can a keylogger gather & transmit data from a client-only webapp run from file?

For a client-side only webapp run from file, how can a keylogger gather data and then transmit it? In this scenario, please limit the scope to the client code only, that an attacker somehow has ...
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Is it secure to use intermediate files for login and other files?

I am developing a web application. At some point, I am using intermediate files. For example, user loads login page. After submitting, it redirects to direct.asp or direct.php file. After that direct ...
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How can I validate time-sensitive data is coming from a mobile app, and not being forged?

In our application, a user selects answers to questions. Their score is based on the time spent answering each question down to a tenth of a second. The server is responsible for calculating and ...
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How to prevent accessing secure cross-domain data store

I have a client that needs to be able to secure a data site from hackers. This is the methodology we currently are looking at: server.com (web server) —> HTTP JSON API request —> dataStore.net (data ...
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How were hackers able to alter the text of my pages without a form or querystring?

I maintain a small site that runs old-fashioned classic ASP pages with an Access backend. Recently, the site got hacked. The attacker managed to add a large quantity of code to the index.asp page. ...
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Secure Django Application

What are some of the recommended configuration settings to secure your Django application? i.e. best practices for settings.py file. I researched and came across some: SESSION_COOKIE_SECURE = True ...
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Website: Pre-Shared-Key Authentication

We have this web-application with high valuable (business) data. All communication is encrypted through TLS/SSL. While I consider this a really safe protocol, it can still be compromised if someone ...
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Defending site against being abused by phishing

Say you have a web site and you are using some returnUrl URL parameter to redirect user back to page where he was after login or editing some records in user area. Is there some standard way how to ...