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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Are address bars unphishable?

I've taken, out of curiosity, the Phishing Quiz by OpenDNS that tries to teach the general public about detecting phishing: Ever wonder how good you are at telling the difference between a ...
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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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Can web sites detect whether you are using private browsing mode?

Most modern browsers support "private browsing mode" (also known in Chrome as "Incognito mode"), where the browser does not save any information to disk about your browsing while in this mode. In ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to easily retrieve Thunderbird's passwords with access to HDD?

I know Firefox 8 stores it's passwords in a SQLite database, which can easily be stolen with access to the HDD! What about Thunderbird 8? How does it store the passwords and how can one retieve them? ...
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Should I ask a user to re-authenticate if the browser thumbprint changes? Is a server side library available?

Is there a security benefit to using the browser's thumbprint in addition to a session identifier to identify a unique session? Would it then be advisable to ask the user to reauthenticate (or simply ...
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Benefits of identifying clients based upon the “X-Forwarded-For” or similar HTTP header in addition to Client IP

The X-Forwarded-For header is used by some HTTP proxies to identify the IP address of the client. The wiki page (linked above) mentions that ISPs may use this header as well. In addition there are a ...
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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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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 Google Chrome Extensions vulnerable?

I've just discovered this: You can create IFRAME pointing to "chrome-extension://" protocol You can access IFRAME content with jQuery Does this mean, I'm able to use badly written Chrome ...
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Preventing information disclosure from browser back button/history?

I have sensitive data that will be hosted on a website, and I would like to prevent the data from being exposed in this scenario: The primary user logs off the application, but does not close the ...
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Why is the same origin policy so important?

I can't really fully understand what same origin domain means. I know it means that when getting a resource from another domain (say a JS file) it will run from the context of the domain that serves ...
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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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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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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 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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TLS 1.0 JavaScript injection vulnerability (BEAST): what to do client-side?

With the alleged SSL/TLS vulnerabilities used by the BEAST exploit, there seems to be a security gap between TLS versions; TLS 1.0 being the problematic one but still the only option for many sites. ...
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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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How can I protect my saved passwords in Chrome?

I'm currently using WIN+L, and sometimes Kid-Key-Lock, to prevent anyone from checking my storaged passwords but if I forget doing it only once, all of them are vulnerable of theft. How can I protect ...
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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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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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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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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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Web Certificate invalidation - You might be connecting to a website that is pretending to be [Site name]

Recently while trying to log-in to Facebook this notification starts to appear: At first I ignored it (by pressing Continue), but it started to popup every time I navigate through the website! I ...
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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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How to browse the Internet safely?

What is the best way to browse the Internet safely? By safely I mean: anonymously having encrypted communication Extra bonus for: being able to do it with little or no performance impact cheaply ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Zone elevation protection in Google Chrome

Internet Explorer has a security feature called "Zone Elevation Protection", in which sites outside a list of trusted sites (which can be configured) are not allowed to navigate to the ones on the ...
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Can a Firefox add-on or plug-in access the user's websites' saved passwords in decrypted mode?

Going deeper into the previous question on Firefox plugins and add-ons malware risks: Could a Firefox add-on potentially decode and capture the encrypted websites' passwords saved in the browser?
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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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SSL TLS renegotiation vulnerability - current situation in clients

Reading about the SSL renegotiation problem CVE-2009-3555 one knows that servers supporting old type of renegotiation are vulnerable to data injection. We also have tools to test them (openssl ...
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What is the validity of the article which claimed that IE is more secure than Chrome? [closed]

What is the validity of this article which claimed that IE is more secure than Chrome?
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Unknown malware, how to report it and whom to report it to?

I'm a professional Windows system administrator, but I've been caught off-guard (or maybe some malware writer has been very clever) and I caught some unknown malware on my home computer (Windows 7 x64 ...
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Attack where browser URL appears valid

I remember reading about an attack where the "location bar" in a user's browser displays a valid URL (e.g. https://www.paypal.com/), but the traffic is really being directed to or intercepted by an ...
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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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Warn about specific CA in Firefox

Consider a setup where all HTTP/HTTPS traffic goes through a proxy. The certificate of this proxy must be trusted by all browsers (in this case, Firefox). This certificate replaces the original ...
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Solution to allow JavaScript input but prevent XSS

We have a simple Blog system that allows users to input html and JavaScript to build a blog page. I'm aware that allowing javascript open up the door to xss attacks. We do however need to allow users ...
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Firefox Desktop Shortcut Being Renamed

On my Vista PC the Firefox shortcut icon is being randomly renamed. The name changes to some variation of a recently visited URL. This unwanted action has survived several version updates. Of course I ...
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How can a “server” know that what browser i'm using besides the user-agent?

How can a "webserver" know (or a sniffer between the srv<->and the client) that what browser i'm using besides the user-agent? Are there any "magic tricks"? javascript? java? How can I securely, ...
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Elaborate websockets security

I'm interested in learning more about web sockets security. Read that web sockets were originally in Firefox, removed for security reasons and now added back in with the problem resolved: ...