A web browser is an application which uses HTTP and related protocols to retrieve HTML and XML data from servers. As the web has become a critical source of information and communication, web browsers have become a critical component in information request, transfer and management.

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Virus Warning after clicking on a Google search results link

When researching a high school project on the guillotine, my daughter googled: quillotine quotes One of the top results was: topfamousquotes.com/quotes-about-guillotine/ Apparently she ...
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Is the native sandbox of Chrome and Firefox enough or would SELinux improve its security?

Chrome on Windows and Linux and Firefox on Windows are executed in a sandbox. On Linux, is the Chrome sandbox enough or would we gain security if we use SELinux to protect the Chrome execution? I ...
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How to spoof browser fingerprint? [on hold]

I need some JavaScript code to spoof the following browser information to make a fake fingerprint: Limited supercookie test Hash of canvas fingerprint Screen Size and Color Depth Browser ...
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XSS Page Cannot be Displayed

When I try XSS on various websites, such as inserting " onmouseover="alert(1) in a search box, I either get a message saying You don't have permission to access this page or This page cannot be ...
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Is it beneficial to run the browser from a different user account for personal devices?

On Linux, when launching the browser does it help security if I don't run it from my main user (not root, but still has my personal information in it) as follows: su FirefoxUserName -c 'firefox' ...
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How can I determine the common cryptographic suites I need to enable on my browser for common websites?

How do I determine the common cryptographic suites I need to enable on my browsers (I use IE11, Firefox/Nightly 49, Chrome 51) running on Windows for common websites, for eg, www.google.com, ...
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Browser exploits based purely on HTML + CSS

In 2011, Eli Fox-Epstein demonstrated a Rule 110 machine in HTML + CSS3. This led some to say that the combination of HTML + CSS3 is Turing complete. Regardless of whether HTML + CSS3 is technically ...
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Firefox and chrome infected with hohosearch and newsearch123.com [duplicate]

A fortnight before, I downloaded a keygen file, which I presumed to be fine, but when I started the installation, I felt there is something weird. So I was about to start the installation, but I ...
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Standard for securing web server to client connections via HTTPS on the local area network

I am trying to set up some kind of secure client to web server connection that takes place entirely on local area networks, but I'm having trouble understanding what the recommended best practice is. ...
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is browser the only app that can set supercookies?

I'm trying to identify a if a website uses tracking cookies beyond ordinary cookies, that get deleted when I click "Delete cookies". The work plan is to run a clean virtual machine, use a software ...
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Why are certificate chains different in Firefox and Chrome?

I have a server with HTTPS, and I noticed a very strange behavior which I cannot understand. When I checked the chain in Firefox, there is this: But in Chrome I see this: So it's clear, that ...
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Risks of HTML/JavaScript window.opener security flaw?

I do not know if you are aware of this flaw, but here is a basic example: somepage.html (pointing to malicious.html): <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> ...
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why is thepiratebay.se listed as deceptive site in Chrome and other browsers

Why is thepiratebay.se listed as deceptive site in Chrome and other browsers? My Norton says nothing about fishing or malware. There is no doubt that some organisations doesn't like thepiratebay but ...
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Can freezing the browser be considered a security vulnerability?

If I can write a client script (a piece of JavaScript code) that can freeze the entire browser, a force quit/kill being mandatory, is that considered a security issue? If so, what's the type of this ...
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Can canvas fingerprinting be prevented?

How can canvas fingerprinting be prevented in web browsers? The site Panopticlick said I had a hash of WebGL fingerprint of 5 bits of entropy. I installed CanvasBlocker addon and tested again and it ...
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Suspicious Network Activity - is my system compromised?

When using Firefox to open a blank page, I have a weird network connection that shows under Network Activity in Resource Monitor (Windows 7). The address is: insiders-guide.pacedev.com. A ...
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Preventing Browser from BeEF Exploitation

BeEF is a great exploitation Browser based tool. But in some cases, unknowingly people get Hooked due to beef when it's hook.js is kept in Invisible Iframe of an HTML source. So How, can we detect ...
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Is it possible to transfer a virus through browser video?

I know that there is already a question related to viruses in videos, but the implication in the other question is that videos in question have been downloaded and played by media software on the ...
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What security implications does DNS prefetching have?

To improve performance, most browsers prefetch DNS records for linked resources in the background so that the browsers already knows where to send the request the instance you click the link. This is ...
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Could Google Chrome's lack of a download confirmation dialog be a security vulnerability?

Suppose the user is playing a game like flappy bird that requires constant tapping in the lower left area of the screen (where the downloaded file needs to be clicked). Then while the user is ...
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Can a virus execute without user interaction? [duplicate]

I have seen a lot of malware infection techniques where the user is infected by drive by downloads through browser vulnerabilities or social engineering. But is there a way that a virus could execute ...
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Configuring Chrome to handle ETags like Safari

ETags can be used for tracking, but I happened to notice that Safari handles them differently from Chrome (and Firefox). I believe it's non-standard because it doesn't work across domains. If we ...
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Protect against virus and malware attacks from website ads with iptables

Lots of websites spread malware by publishing advertisements that distribute malware. Even YouTube's ad network has been compromised in the past. Browser ad blockers and related plugins have there own ...
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Why do some websites tell you they use cookies? [closed]

I often visit websites that have a small box telling me that they use cookies. Most sites just store cookies and don't say anything. Is there a reason that some do and others don't? For example:
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How secure is “Browser in the Box”?

I'm wondering how secure is "browser in the box" from Sirrix? They said in their official website: In contrast to simple sandboxing methods provided by standard browsers "Browser in the Box" ...
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Secure a server on `localhost` such that only the authorized users can connect

Consider an application (such as an IPython notebook) that runs an HTTP server, and that (by design!) allows arbitrary code execution by authenticated users (this is the entire point of IPython, ...
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Why does Safari still support SSL 3?

The "POODLE" attack was made public in October, 2014. Why does Safari still support SSL 3.0 after POODLE showed it to be insecure?
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Alternative to Avast Safezone for banking

Apparently low level keyloggers etc can intercept typed details before Safezone keylogging protection kicks in. Would BD Safepay avoid this problem with its enforced virtual keyboard ? Or perhaps ...
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Security Protocols for a Blog [closed]

What are some security protocols that I should be aware of when starting and running a personal blog? I am steering away from WordPress and will another hosting service. The blog will mainly just be ...
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Is WebRTC safe for connecting random clients to each other?

I am trying to implement a chatroulette-sque app, and WebRTC seems to be the best choice as far implementing something that doesn't take a vast amount of server resources. My current scheme is to ...
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Clicking a lot of website links in Google Maps, then sent through multiple URL redirects, and lastly to a page that made my laptop start beeping?

I was in Google maps clicking on all the website links listed in the side panel, looking at every website really fast. Note, they were all tattoo parlors. One of the links I clicked bounced me through ...
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Security feature: Preventing javascript from closing the window

The latest versions of most web browsers have implemented a feature to prevent javascript from closing current window or tab. Firefox window.close() method This method is only allowed to be ...
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How do I protect my passwords from WebBrowserPassView?

I just got shocked with what can be achieved with WebBrowserPassView. It basically shows every password I've saved in my browser (Chrome). I guess other users on my PC could get my passwords that ...
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Have there been any known “in the wild” exploits of any Google Chrome (Android) 40.0.2214.89 vulnerabilities?

https://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-1224/product_id-15031/version_id-179594/Google-Chrome-40.0.2214.89.html I looked for any news about them and couldn't find anything. Anyone ...
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Malware or viruses by browser redirects?

Recently was browsing and clicked on a link to the following address: (In code blocks so you cant accidently click it) http://paycheck-calculator.org/ Clicking on this quickly loaded 2-3 different ...
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Is JavaScript needed for browser code execution vulnerabilities?

Does JavaScript VM have to enabled in a vulnerable browser to exploit an arbitrary code execution bug? There is a number of bugs in borwsers that don't seem to involve JavaScript. For example, ...
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Certificate Chain - intermediate and root certificate - installed required?

Recently I bought a SSL cert from comodo for my domain - orakoha.com After submitting the CSR etc, domain control verification etc, I am issued with a zip file containing 4 document which I believe ...
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Rightscorp Scaleable Copyright - How would they avoid making this a massive security risk?

I recently read an article about a new copyright protection system that RightsCorp America is trying to get ISPs to help implement. From the Article: “Single notices can be read and bypassed ...
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How safe is WebCryptoAPI these days?

The 1Password Tool (software) introduced the 1Password for Teams. Now I thought this is a great peace of Software. But now they can show Passwords in the Browser. They do say: We encrypt ...
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Malicious link? Apache?

I've got a link from spammer, the link is very strange, but after redirects I got the web page full of ads. Here is the link(doesn't require "http://"): ...
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Can javascript execution from address bar cause any harm to client's machine?

Given the fact that modern browsers these days prohibit JavaScript from having access to any resources on the client's machine, does JavaScript execution from the address bar pose any threat at all to ...
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Is it possible to hide malicious code within/behind an image? [closed]

Is it possible to hide malicious code either within an image, or behind it as it is displayed on a webpage and then if the user saves this image, they actually are downloading the malicious code? ...
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How to distinguish malware from system crash?

Recently, I browsed to a website, which appeared to consume all the computer's resources. Although the mouse cursor continued to move, the browser (and other applications) slowed down fast and soon ...
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Is the save button delay in a Firefox download dialog a security feature? What does it protect?

When I click to download a file through Firefox, a dialog window appears asking me whether I want to save the file somewhere or open it immediately once downloaded. The OK button in the dialog ...
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How to enable ECDHE in openjdk-1.8.0 in CentOS 6.7?

I have seen many posts that hinted ECDHE is available in the SunEC provider way back in openjdk-1.6.0. My environment: CentOS 6.7 with openjdk 1.8.0.71-1.b15.el6_7. No ECDHE. Made 2 changes in ...
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Internet browsing confidentiality [duplicate]

I wonder how easy or difficult it is to find out who I am, using information security's most advanced techniques. And what can I do that will not affect my browsing experience too much, as a lambda ...
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security in the browsers - broad questions [closed]

I'm working on security project in the browsing field but I am confused about some points. What does "security in browsers" mean? Is it all about secure connections or there are other aspects? How ...
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How can I test a domain that I don't own for unencrypted communication vulnerabilities?

I am suspecting a website of passing clear text login information and so far as I can tell the connection is unencrypted. Are there web-based tools to validate/test a website for basic security ...
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Does this website contain a drive-by download? [closed]

Like others, I am not really sure if drive by downloads can actually happen. I was given a website with a bit.ly link today. I visited it and then immediately closed it. These are what I have done so ...
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chrome invisible flash document

I have it so flash doesn't start on page load for security and performance. Lately I have been noticing That some pages will load with a flash document that takes up the full screen. I can see it as ...