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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Question regarding browser windows when integrating with 3rd party payment software

I've been told that when integrating with a 3rd party payment gateway, the other website's window should not be opened in an iFrame or a separate window - that the current application window itself ...
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Why do browsers enforce the same-origin security policy on iframes?

I did a small test on Chrome (V37) today. I created a small page and loaded it to the browser: <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Untitled Document</title> ...
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How will SHA1 deprecation affect internal CA's?

I am hearing that the SHA1 Deprecation notices from MS/CHROME only apply to certs that are a part of a public trusted root program. This makes one believe that IE will have new logic built in to allow ...
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Reflected XSS script passing through URL how to make it work and what are the preconditions for it to work?

Trying to learn about security I set up the most simple website on my localhost consisting of one html page that a apache server serves. I first started trying and appending the JS script that would ...
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Why is it a security problem not to update one's browser?

Is it in general a security problem not to update your browser. Firefox constantly prompts me to update my browser, but how dangerous is it to not update? As part of this question, I would like to ...
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XSS: alert() not executed on different OS/computer

I've encountered a strange behavior while I was performing a security audit of a web application. Some user controlled inputs were displaying their values, unencoded, into the page that processed the ...
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Where are my passwords stored in browser? [migrated]

When i click the remember me radio while signing into a web application, I know that my password is saved into somewhere inside my browser. I want to know the exact location of that file in my OS ...
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Understanding cross origing requests from a web page

Reading up the XSS attacks on wiki I see that it says an injected script could send data/cookies to the attackers site. How is this achieved? Are there no checks/restrictions on cross origin requests ...
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Can my University see what Stack exchange account I am logged into?

I have to log into an account to use the university internet, so I imagine they can see all the sites I view, but can they see what account I am logged into, and can I do anything to hide this?
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Is it possible to compromise Bing to redirect user to a malware?

I just got a new laptop and the first thing I wanted was to install Chrome. I opened IE and searched for "google chrome" in Bing. The first result was an ad with the link pointing to ...
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what is the cons and pros of using webfiltering based on cloud security?

nowadays some vendors offering web filtering based on cloud security , where your web traffic will be forwarded to vendor cloud to be filtered and controlled at the vendor proxy , the vendor will ...
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BREACH attack and content length

I've been researching BREACH, and while I can understand how it might work if you have access to the the browser (to send crafted requests) and the wire (to capture compressed response length), I ...
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How effective is Opera Mini's encryption? Can it hide activity on a WiFi network?

I'm curious since I discovered the nature of how browsing works in Opera Mini. A URL request is sent to Opera's servers, they download the page then compress it to lower bandwidth. They use a file ...
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Is drive-by-download possible with NoScript?

I am using and getting my friends to use NoScript, and the argument I usually have to use to convince them is "It prevent website to infect you without you downloading something (by yourself)". But ...
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Is Payment using an iframe more secure than using as Javascript library?

Traditionally most Payment providers only provide Hosted Payment Sites via redirect or iframe. But now an increasing number is also supporting payment integration via a Javascript library. I imagine ...
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Can Chrome's Incognito mode be disabled? [closed]

Is there a way to disable the use of anonymous navigation window (an Incognito window) in Google Chrome for a computer?
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How to prevent installation of Google Chrome extensions

You can prevent the installation of Google chrome extensions on a Desktop?
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autocomplete and cache in Firefox [migrated]

I am trying to understand if there is any difference between browser (in my case Firefox) cache and the place where 'autocomplete' data for an HTML form is stored in the browser. Unified storage for ...
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What is a good browser for web application pen testing? [closed]

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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How does this website prevent directing away from it

I'm using the latest version of Firefox with Ghostery and Adblock plus installed. This website somehow prevents navigation away from it. How does it do this and how can it be protected against? I ...
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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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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 are empty requests in web server log?

In enginx access.log I have plenty of request logs like this: 1.2.3.4 - - [18/Aug/2014:12:09:33 +0200] "-" 400 0 "-" "-" As you see there is neither browser specification nor any target url. I am ...
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Flash cookie and man-in-the-middle

I am using the Scala Play web framework. In it, there is a PLAY_FLASH cookie used to flash messages to the user (it's a cookie so it will still work after several redirects). I put HTML in the cookie ...
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Firefox vs. Chrome extensions: Which are---ceteris paribus---more secure?

As an 'extension' to earlier questions on this topic (for instance here and here), What makes Firefox extensions (appear) more secure than Chrome extensions? Do they just appear to be more secure, ...
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Browser and SSL support

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security#Web_browsers most browsers support SSL 3.0. And with my understanding (please correct me if I am wrong), when a browser just ...
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How the address bar manage the XSS?

I was playing with OWASP Mutillidae II and in one page I've found one vulnerability. In the address bar I've wrote something like : ...
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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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How JavaScript malware targets browsers? [duplicate]

What are the main components that JavaScript malware targets on the browsers ? Which aspects of browsers on which JavaScript takes advantage to exploit them ? And which techniques are used by ...
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How are browsers able to find and construct an alternate trusted chain path?

We had a web server that had the wrong SSL certs installed yet the browser was able to find another trusted path to a root and supply the page properly over HTTPS. We also have proprietary software ...
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Why is the HTTP Server header not used by most servers, but the User agent used by most browsers? [closed]

I've read that the Server header would disclose information, and that its use would be bad. The arguments made in that question also apply for the User agent header. So why is it still used, and not a ...
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Web site blocked by Windows defender and is marked as unsafe in IE

I posted this originally on Drupal Stack Exchange, and it was recommended that I try here for an answer. Here is the original question: Visiting my Drupal 7 site just now with IE 11, I get this ...
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Could a malicious JS file pointed on URL/URI attack the browser/computer?

I found some website blacklisted on Google. I mean when you try to visit them, you get something like shown on this picture: After a small search, I found that some of them have a malicious ...
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How can I avoid Canvas Fingerprinting?

Canvas Fingerprinting has been getting a lot of press these last few days. Here is a study I read on this topic: 1 and 2 What can I do to keep browsing anonymously and avoid this tracking method?
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Get the browser history without using a browser

I would like to get the browsing history of a computer in my network (without running that web browser), is it possible?
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Blocking access to social media on Windows

I would like to block websites like Facebook, YouTube and other social sites as part of my job and would need your advice on how to manage that. There are about 120 PCs in the building. Is something ...
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Preventing tracking in browsers by setting HOME directory

Following worked on Ubuntu 12.04 using chromium and firefox browsers. I ran following command on terminal for both firefox and chromium browser HOME=/tmp/tmpdir firefox Both browsers promptly ...
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Browser - what gets saved to the disk

We run scraping jobs on behalf of users. We use webkit-gtk as browser to do the scraping. Each job is executed as a separate process So as not to mix user data we have isolated following data per ...
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How to post comments on websites without being traced back

Just trying to get some general sense about the security on internet now-a-days. There are so many websites I go and comment on different things. If some comments are political and they don't like, I ...
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Want to build a password manager using OpenPGP.js

I'm kind of tired of the password managers that are available around... I need one that's open source, that works on OSX, that lets me store .pem files and that I can trust. As I haven't found one, I ...
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Is it safe to call an untrusted service with jquery.ajax and dataType 'jsonp'

From what I understand, the JSON-P technique generates a script tag into the DOM of an HTML page to get across the single-origin restrictions imposed on the XMLHttpRequest JavaScript API for AJAX ...
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What are the webmalware effects on Windows XP?

I am redirecting URLs to a virtual machine (Windows operating system) to check if there is malware on the website i want to visit (JavaScript attacks, drive-by download attacks, infected pictures/PDF ...
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How is YouTube able to identify anonymous users?

A few days ago I was searching YouTube and I noticed an "outlier" video poped up in the suggestions list. This video had nothing to do with the topic being searched, but instead it was based on a ...
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How much I can depend on TOR to protect my identity, especially from outlook.com

guys I am using Tor browser from some time, few weeks maybe and I am still trying to determine the level of anonymity that the browser gives. I am using the browser to advertise a service that I am ...
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Why do sandboxing environments not rely on antivirus programs?

Since years ago, miscreants use JavaScript to craft web malware attacks such as drive-by download attack that is used for example to install the famous CoolWebSearch virus. There are static methods ...
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How browser detects Phishing Pages?

I want to know how browsers detect phishing pages.And also what methodology browsers use to detect phishing pages?
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Google Chrome Crash Report Analysis

I am new to the field of crash analysis. I recently, by accident, happened to crash Google Chrome. I do not know the reason as to why the crash really happened. I'd like to know it in depth though. ...
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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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Is installing malicious add-ons via drive-by attacks the only way to add new toolbars to browsers?

Some attacks on web browsers consist in installing new toolbars on the browser of the user (which is just a small aspect of browser-hijacking. My question: is installing (malicious) add-ons (via ...
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How can a browser hijacking attack change the browser's default homepage?

Some attacks on web browsers consist simply of advertising, so the default homepage of the browser is changed (which is just a small aspect of browser-hijacking). My question: is installing ...