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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Is BEAST really fixed in all modern browsers?

BEAST is said to be fixed in all modern browsers: Chrome and Firefox IE in Jan 2012 Opera in Dec 2011. It's also fixed in OpenSSL since 2002. Do these fixes mean that it's safe to use ciphers in ...
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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 posse a threat even if the person is using a secure application layer protocol? What I mean by ...
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From a technical standpoint, how does the zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability discovered in September 2012 work?

I'm looking for an answer that explains the issue from the prespective of a developer/engineer. What is exactly being exploited and why does it work? Please note that I am not looking for ...
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Can JavaScript defeat source port randomization?

Can malicious JavaScript defeat source-port randomization in browsers? I am reading a research paper which seems to claim that the answer is yes: many browsers seem to always assign a random ...
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What issues might exist with TLS-OBC's emulation of Browser Certificates?

TLS-OBC is an RFC proposal that increases SSL/TLS security by using certificates on both ends of the TLS connection. What's special here is that the client is permitted to dynamically create a local, ...
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HTTPS Sensitive Information and Caching

I have a website where I need to share a sensitive key with the user. Of course, I'm using HTTPS on the page. The key is put into the HTML server-side in ASP.NET. My concern is, if the user's computer ...
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Why are CSRF tokens necessary?

It seems that the entire problem could be solved very elegantly by simply adding a new flag to the HTTP cookie specification. Similarly to how cookies flagged Secure will only be submitted by the ...
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Could browsers improve security of stored passwords by using setuid?

On Unix-esque systems, Mozilla Firefox stores a users' preferences, web history and stored passwords in a set of files that are readible and writeable by that particular user. This makes sense: when ...
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What if a browser does not understand the secure flag of cookie

I have two questions related to the same: 1 - As 'Httponly' attribute is understood by a set of modern browsers (https://www.owasp.org/index.php/HttpOnly#Browsers_Supporting_HttpOnly), I was ...
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What is the smallest possible Windows shellcode? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any tools that focus on shellcode analysis? Any tools available that is for shellcode analysis? what methods are used in reverse engineering?
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Is it a risk to highlight text while reading a webpage?

Whenever a user selects or highlights text on a webpage, an OnClick() event is generated. Some of the web browser security models depends on explicit end user interaction, such as OnClick(), before a ...
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Where does the responsibility lie for a XSS vulnerability

I am an avid user of Workflowy (online outliner/note taking tool) and I installed the Chrome extension 'Workflowy for Coders', which formats the text within notes. I discovered that one of my notes ...
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Why can I read the response to this CSRF attack?

I have a website www.foo.com:8002 that I have resolve to 127.0.0.1:8002 in my hosts file. I have another (the main site) running at localhost:80 In www.foo.com:8002 the page looks like <form ...
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Web Browsers and Cross Origin Resource Sharing

The CORS spec states that if a request method and headers are not simple (http://www.w3.org/TR/cors/#simple-cross-origin-request) then a preflight HTTP OPTIONS request is sent to see if the request is ...
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How to determine if a browser is using an SSL or TLS connection?

I want to know whether my browser is using SSL or TLS connection if I see HTTPS. I want to know for IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. I want to know the protocol version.
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how to identify whether my page is phished or normal page?

Usually I differentiate phished page and normal web pages by seeing https before the address of the web page, as the lock symbol will help us to identify. Are there any other methods to differentiate ...
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Web browsing on Windows 2008 R2 terminal server (RDS)

I'm setting up a Windows 2008 R2 terminal server which users will connect to from thin clients. Since the thin clients don't have a web browser I need to allow users to surf from their terminal ...
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What is the actual security of this login page?

Please visit https://devforums.apple.com If I visit this site using my Safari 6 web browser, this page does not show the normal security indicator that secure sites normally show. Does this ...
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How safe are copies of Firefox that are on various Mozilla mirror sites?

If I end up downloading a .dmg or .exe (depending on OS) installer from some mirror site, how can I be sure that a virus or trojan or spyware has not been added? I don't see any mechanism for ...
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Are there any know browsers that support file URL redirection?

I've been addressing an open-redirect issue and in experimenting with the latest fix, I noticed that updating the redirect's protocol to file resulted in a blank page on the browser. That is, ...
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Why do I get AV alerts when browsing a web page?

I'm using the latest version of Firefox and Windows is up to date. When I was browsing a webpage and clicked a link the browser displayed "connection has been reset" and AVAST poped-up saying "Alert!" ...
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What are potential use cases of script that identifies browser? [closed]

Let's say I've found a way to produce a unique string for each and every browser using pure Javascript (which makes it an alternative to UA strings). Now what I'd like to know is what are potential ...
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Client-side cross-site access in SSL environment - when it's still possible to do?

I'm trying to imagine an secure sandboxed environment for an application which is big and unexplored, and may contain backdoors. It would live under chroot/virtual environment with no outgoing ...
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Is using a “Red” and a “Green” browser to balance LOB requirements and security a good approach?

I currently work in a manufacturing company with round about 5000 computers and 6000 employees. We use a lot of web based line of business applications (all internal, non over the Internet) in order ...
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Chrome is telling me I am receiving a forged certificate for Gmail, is someone trying to hack me?

I went to log on to https://mail.google.com this morning and I got the following error. Is someone trying to attack me or is this just a bug? I'm on a WPA2 encrypted wireless connection using Chrome ...
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Is the javascript browser tool at printfriendly.com secure for my browser

I use Win Xp Home with SP3 and am pretty aware of security problems. I use Palemoon 12.1, a version of Firefox optimized for windows. I usually use printfriendly bookmarklet to create printable pages ...
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What are the security implications of people downloading addons, wrongly thinking that they are safe?

I recently learned about a plugin for Firefox called Fire Sheep, which was featured on the Security Now podcast. I downloaded F.S. and began examining it. To my surprise it includes C++ code that must ...
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Custom font protection?

I have a custom characters that to most people it appears as chinese, arabic or just some random symbles, it is a simple way I make sure that my written notes are readable just by need. I have grown ...
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Workarounds for :visited CSS History reconnaissance

Several years ago it was possible to use a:visited { background: url('/log.php'); } to figure out on what website user has been previously. But now it is restricted by browsers. Is there any ...
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How to detect cookie stuffing attacks?

So the question is how to detect cookie stuffing attacks and how to protect against them? In case of image-based cookie stuffing I can detect that related resources are not loaded and therefore ...
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What was Microsoft trying to do when they had Windows Updates over their website? [closed]

What was Microsoft trying to do when they had Windows Updates over their website? Now it's completely integrated into the operating system and it seems much smoother. The Linux and Mac I've used got ...
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Clickjacking: can't browsers just forbid/reject placing transparent elements over frames?

Why not? Seems like this is only used for clickjacking, the solution should be simple enough.
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HTTPS and cache injection

I understand the downside of this attack and what wrong can be done. But I dont understand how is it done ? Well, I need to educate myself, any pointers would be useful.
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Comparing cookie values with page parameters (i.e. href)

Could you suggest if there is any reason to compare cookie value domain, path, etc with web "location.href" and so on? I mean - on the client side.
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How come FireFox came out with another release a week latter? Was a threat discovered? [closed]

I updated to FireFox 13 last week and today I got a message about there being a security update and upgrading to FireFox 14. Was a major security threat found? What justified the release of version 14 ...
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Options when defending against SSLstrip?

I'm wondering, does anyone have any suggestions to defend against SSLstrip particularly?
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Why do browsers warn about mixed content for images?

I'm dealing with a phpBB forum user who wants to set up SSL on their entire site to secure user credentials and "private" parts of the website. However, they want to preserve the traditional forum ...
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Is it advisable to have a web browser remember login credentials?

I have a really long random password for my cellphone account and have it written down in a safe place. I only use it once a month and am considering having my browser remember it. Would there be any ...
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Are there any addons that disable only some functionality of scripts?

Tor comes bundled with NoScript. Correct me if I'm wrong but that's because client sided scripts can determine the originating IP address regardless of who the traffic is passed through. But NoScript ...
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Do browsers allows pages loaded on one tab to access/intercept/inject data in other tabs?

I was surprised to hear from this Reuters video that it was possible for a page loaded on one tab to access and/or inject data onto another page loaded on a different tab. TL;DW (too lazy; didn't ...
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Do most browsers handle mixed encrypted and unencrypted content correctly?

In Google Chrome, when I go to an encrypted page that contains unencrypted content, I get the following pop-down, which allows me to either load or not load the insecure content, making a clear ...
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Risks of Using Google Native Client

I was wondering if there were any possible risks in using Google Native Client. I know it is sandboxed, but the idea still seems risky, and at least leaves another route open for compromising your ...
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Improving the privacy of a casual Web user

I am interested in improving the privacy available to me as a casual internet user with a default browser. I think that Tor is too slow and that the "Privacy Mode" in browsers isn't really practical. ...
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Does SGC Support reduce HTTPS security?

Server Gated Cryptography is a legacy technology (implemented by obsolete laws) that allows older browsers to establish a SSL session at a higher encryption. This article says SGC should never be ...
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Are there any same origin issues (SOP) with TOR?

Are there any issues with Same Origin Policy (SOP) with TOR or *.onion addresses? I'm thinking of cookies Plugins (Silverlight, Flash, Java, etc) Javascript
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How to thwart sslstrip attack?

I need help understanding the dynamics of an sslstrip attack. I'm using it to test the security of a site that I own. I can successfully sniff the victim (in this case, myself) credentials over the ...
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Secure SSL Session from losing itself into unsecure http

I've seen some implementations of HTTPS SSL and, as a visitor, forced to rely to a lot of those. What would a secure implementation look like and where can one expect problems? I expect the installer ...
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Can you get virus just by visiting a website in chrome

I've recently read Google Chrome: The End of Drive-By Downloads. Is it true to say that drive-by-downloads are history in Google Chrome? So if I have a link (from a spam email) I can right-click >> ...
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Risks of serving untrusted content under HTTP Content-Type: text/plain?

Am I gonna run into XSS attacks by doing this, or will a file download be prompted? Are there security problems that would rise in a modern browser?
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Closed Internet Explorer inprivate trace

Suppose that a user uses inprivate mode in Internet Explorer and browsed something. Now, an administrator wants to search the user's activity in Internet Explorer using the user's PC without having ...