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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Any additional security with large blacklisting hosts file?

I run Windows with a pretty hefty c:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts file obtained from http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm. I update this file as regularly as I remember and layer it with ...
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Issuing browser certificates to Chrome and Firefox with Microsoft CA

Most companies use IE with an ActiveX control to create a CSR and submit it to the CA for approval. Since many browsers either block or don't support ActiveX controls, how can I enroll them using a ...
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Does TLS-OBC only improve security of Web Browsers? Does it improve the security of SSH?

I'm studying the TLS-OBC extension and would like to know if it improves security of non Web-based protocols? Specifically, would it be of any benefit to SSH clients? (version 1 or version 2.x/secsh) ...
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What countries have laws in place that respect Do Not Track HTTP headers or cookies?

Google offers a Chrome plugin that uses cookies to control privacy, while Firefox offers a HTTP Header to tell websites to not track the users and log the data anonymously. This obviously extends a ...
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cookie path protection within same domain

The answer to this question about how cookies are potentially vulnerable between sub-domains sparked my curiosity. As far as I know, if a cookie is set on a sub-path of the same domain ...
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Are there security (esp. privacy) benefits to deleting cookies?

As the title says, I'm wondering if there are any security/privacy benefits to managing cookies - that is, managing by deleting cookies you don't want or need. I deleted all my cookies about a week ...
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Why doesn't the client's web browser need to be PCI compliant?

A hypothetical online store that accepts credit card payment will have to be PCI compliant because it receives (transmit), process and possibly store credit card numbers. But the client's web browser ...
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Chrome Frame is an example of how browsers “merge together”. How can I unmerge all of them?

Chrome Frame is an add in that integrates with IE and Firefox. Firefox has a similar component, and I hear that the .NET runtime finds its way into all the other browsers. Additional integration ...
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Can I improve website security by storing SSL Keys in DNS? Is DNSSec required? Are threat models available?

In light of recent attacks on SSL/TLS communication, people have been asking about ways to improve the security of SSL webserver communication. Several great solutions have been mentioned in the ...
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Wireshark log analyzing

I have the following Wireshark log and I want to categorize the attack. I think it prints the user under apache runs and then prints the system information. From this log can we determine if the ...
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Different strategies for online anonymity and their +/-s?

I saw this question about anonymous web browser, but I wanted to go a little bit more in depth. I prefer answers that take into account how a connection would be traced back, time it would take to ...
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Websites that interactively test browser security (XSS, CSRF, Javascript, etc)

I'm looking for a comprehensive list of browser test sites so that I can visually prove that the browser is patched and configured for safe web browsing. My intent is to know what risks may exist ...
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Are bookmarklets safe with facebook data?

I usually play mafia wars and use bookmarklet like Spockholm, Arum, etc. Can these bookmarklet get my facebook data when I run them, they usually ask to unframe the facebook page. I was just ...
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Is “untrusted code” reported by DOM Snitch a vulnerability?

One of the most frequent errors that DOM Snitch finds in sites is Untrusted code. He finds it in google.com for example. Here is an output of this tool: Is it a vulnerability? Edit: This report of ...
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http blocked over very low ports in Opera web browser

Opera blocks the user from making http requests over very low ports (below 1024). Why does Opera not allow the user to override this setting? What is wrong with running a web server on, say, port ...
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What are some recommended open source tools for web browser history analysis?

I'm looking at a series web browser histories from various browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, etc) and need to do some analysis. All of these browsers store data much differently, but I was wondering if ...
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Should user be allowed to save password in browser?

The auditing company found a bug "The Auto-complete form attribute is set in password field". They suggested to disable autocomplete for this field to prevent disclosure of it "when working on shared ...
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What is Greasemonkey / Userscripts and how does it relate to IT Security?

I came across http://userscripts.org/ and learned that it is popular among web-users to install something called "Greasemonkey" to allow client side scripts to run. What are the benefits of ...
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Can one get infected through visiting a site with a PHP script on it and if yes, how?

I can imagine a clientside JavaScript that gets executed in a vulnerable browser to do some harm, but how can this be done with PHP? Since it's serverside it shouldn't have access to the visitor's ...
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Can Cookies Without the Secure Flag be Stolen, even when only accessed via HTTPS?

Is it possible to capture the cookies used by HTTPS site when cookies don't have secure flag set. Suppose the site is https://www.example.com. http://www.example.com does not show up, also ...
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Chrome vs Explorer - how to explain in plain words that open-source is better?

Why open-source is better in plain words? Yesterday I had a talk at a DIY bicycle workshop. There is a PC (running XP) that main application is checking emails (nothing really serious). I found it ...
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Why websense not allowing homepage url(youtube) but a video page?

My company uses Websense, when someone goes to youtube by directly hitting url from browser it says it's blocked due to category :Entertainment. When someone searches for a video in google and ...
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Is changing image's extension prone to error for browsers?

In my uploading user's avatar scenario, I change users picture extension to jpg. Is this making the browsers to act differently? Is it prone to error for browsers when they read users avatar? ...
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Automated browser-level countermeasures to look-alike login pages

For example, say an unsuspecting visitor gets a link security.stackexchange.com/.... Then it re-opens the login page, with or without an explanation as to why they have to log in again. (this is more ...
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Vulnerabilities common only in mobile solutions?

I was wondering if there are any threats for web-applications used on mobile phones that haven't been known in the "full size" browsers earlier. I haven't heard of any serious or common problems that ...
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How do I secure my advertisement space against ad overlay browser attachments?

I don't really have an issue with advertisements simply being blocked by individual users who are visiting a customers site or my own site. As an individual you have the freedom to choose not to look ...
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localStorage for apps over https. What expectations are there?

I run an online gradebook. To keep student data private, I transfer all data over https. Now, I'd like to use localStorage to avoid redundant calculations and server requests. However, according to ...
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What's the real reason behind blocking the social sites? Even legitimate sites like twitter which acts as a knowledge repository?

I see some sites are blocked for IT security at schools, colleges and offices. But, why do some obvious good sites are blocked too?
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How to test if a browser add-on is safe

I came across this plug-in that started some alarm bells ringing. The add-on would help submit a website to web directories. The first 100 submissions are free, then you need to pay $20 via pay-pal ...
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Where's the security when a payment gateway let website handle Credit Card detail

Has anyone worked with eWay payment gateway before? Basically, there's a service endpoint where you post the customer's detail and credit card details from the web application after the browser sends ...
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NoScript: How to determine which sites/scripts to whitelist?

NoScript is a great plug-in, both for security and for ad blocking. However, I've found it's not always easy to figure out what scripts need to be permitted on certain pages, to be able to use the ...
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Is silverlight and Java running on the web browser capable of saving “state” into the user's local machines?

I am aware that even after we have cleared our cache and cookies, websites can still save files/information into our computer using Flash (Flash ever cookies), I was wondering does other plugins like ...
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What does it mean when a webpage says refresh is disabled?

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2: To safeguard your privacy we have disabled the browser's "reload" or "refresh" facility while you are in sensitive areas of our web site. Reloading pages ...
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What browsers support encryption or decryption using local certificates, or smartcard readers?

I am working on a cloud-based solution and I would like to encrypt / decrypt the data locally using either a SmartCard or local Machine certificate. I'm hoping to do this in Javascript, but may ...
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What is the proper way to view the sourcecode of a website?

I recently heard that Firefox makes a second HTTP request when the sourcecode is requested. Is this true? Does this mean the webserver may issue alternate source from the original? Lastly, is ...
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How can I force certain the webclient to honor or remember certain parameters from the webserver?

HTTPS is subject to several MITM attacks, that is clear. However I think it would be helpful to the ITSec crowd if there was a way to force a certain browser behaviour when accessing known-trusted ...
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How secure is a https website? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does an established ssl connection mean a line is really secure When I visit a website -- say, https://ebanking.pick-your-bank.com -- my browser (fully patched version ...
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How will users know if their session is DNSSec protected or not?

There is definite security value in having DNSSec-verified connections, however I have yet to see software indicate if the connection is secure. Ultimately I would like my users to recognize that ...
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Are there any statistics about webservers and browsers TLS support?

From Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites: The vulnerability resides in versions 1.0 and earlier of TLS, or transport layer security, the successor to the secure sockets layer ...
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Why does Facebook serve several SSL certificates?

Facebook seems to be alternately serving two SSL certificates, one from DigiCert and one from VeriSign. There are only two reasons for this that I can think of: They're in the middle of a ...
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SSL, SSH, OPENVPN, etc which one?

To start with I am not a security professional, in fact I am on the other end of the spectrum. In the opinion of people on this site what would you choose for secure internet browsing. I will be ...
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Do I really need all these Certificate Authorities in my browser or in my keychain?

There are lots of strange looking Certificate Authorities in my keychain as well as Firefox. I am sure they are legitimate CAs (as they are the same on my Mac and PC and other computers I checked). ...
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sslstrip vs. privoxy redirect rule on clients

I watched this video: http://www.securitytube.net/video/193 Now I'm thinking about an example. Suppose I have a privoxy proxy on my PC: user.action file (just part of it): { ...
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enable browser caching with HTTPS

I understand that sensitive data should not be cached (ie, you dont want to cache an HTML file with all of your bank account details in it), but there are some things that HTTPS protected sites should ...
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Google Chrome Browser - Privacy Concerns

After i saw many people using Chrome i wanted to inform myself on this browser and everything concerning it as i am a Firefox user since it existed. However i am always afraid of Google being a "data ...
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Detecting OAuth malicious Implementation

I am wondering how can an end-user detect a maliciously implemented OAuth whether 2-legged or 3-legged. Particularly I am interested in those cases where the consumer requester is maliciously ...
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What malicious things can happen when clicking on links in email?

I've received a spam from one of my friends (well I'm sure he didn't send it). so there's this link, and i'd thought what exactly would be the implications of clicking the link (i've not clicked it ...
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Is finding vulnerabilities in the major browsers easy or not?

If young hackers can detect them, why can't security analysts get and patch them? Also, I dream of finding a vulnerability in a major software, like IE or Chrome. Is it easy? Is it systematic or is ...
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How can I assess the trust worthiness of a browser add-on?

Having learned a bit more about what add-ons/extensions can do in Firefox, I want to minimize my risk and use some safer mechanism to download videos (FLV in particular) for later viewing. ...
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Web browser password management security [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are browser saved passwords vulnerable? How secure are the password managers that are built into modern web browsers? Currently I use lastpass plugin as I believed ...