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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How safe is SSL on an untrusted computer and network?

In situations where the consumer doesn't trust/control the workstation and the network, can consumer safely do potentially sensitive activities (like making a payment or transferring confidential ...
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Why do browsers default to http: and not https: for typed in URLs? [duplicate]

When I type example.com without any scheme into the browser bar and press Enter it is interpreted as HTTP://example.com, not HTTPS://example.com. Why? And where are the plans to fix this? (To be ...
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External cross domain include script

One of my web application underwent a vulnerability assessment recently, and one of the findings is about cross domain include script. Our web app uses addthis_widget.js from AddThis to bookmark ...
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Clarification on a website security [closed]

I am new to work on website handling and here are my questions. 1) How can I ensure that the pages accessing is secure enough for data transmission , sql injection and several other attacks. 2) How ...
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Secure Flash with Click to Play Plugins in the Enterprise

In the recent light of repeating critical Flash vulnerabilities there are recomendations to use browserplugins like click-to-play to prevent unnecessary flash content to automatically load with every ...
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Can a Certificate Authority associated with Active Directory publish a client certificate to a browser?

Can I use some integration of Windows Active Directory and a Certificate Authority to embed a client certificate in a browser that will be trusted by a server? I have a private domain and control ...
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How would I start becoming knowledgable about hacking and able to do it? [closed]

Is there a site I can start reading tutorials to simpler stuff to build up my skills??? Or is someone willing to give me a task (easy one) to do?
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Secure keyboard entry with JavaScript or Flash?

Is it possible to perform secure keyboard entry (similar to what is offered in the OS X Terminal app) using only web technologies and/or Flash? If not, is there any way to more broadly guarantee ...
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How can I hide my logged in sessions from other websites?

Most people go on browsing the web while connected to their facebook/gmail/etc. accounts. Other websites somehow know what accounts you're logged in. For example, if you go to hide.me's torrent page, ...
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Can Professor See Open Tabs Or History? [closed]

I have a professor that has online quizzes. They mentioned on the first day that they can see the other tabs open in the browser so don't try to cheat by looking up answers. Is this possible? If not ...
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Are auto complete forms a security concern?

I know when I fill out forms with address and email it will attempt to auto complete the rest of the information. Is it possible to include more hidden fields on the page in order to get more ...
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From a security perspective, why not a screenshot api for browser? [closed]

I mean a javascript api for capturing a renderered html page, or current viewport, and dump content onto an image. While there are obvious attacks, such as taking screenshot of sensitive information, ...
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find if 0-day flash bug was exploited (on a particular machine)

There have been several critical 0-day exploits in the past days/weeks in Flash alone. Nobody knows how long the 0-days have been exploited, and it is reasonable to expect that there are 0-days being ...
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How is this web resource hidden from the user? [closed]

Motivation: I've been interested in how various agencies hide data, either through incompetence or willful intent, that is required to be "open". Specifically I've seen oil companies use images to ...
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How does the same-origin policy apply between browser tabs? [duplicate]

Let's assume that we have 2 open tabs in a browser containing page A (A.html, A.js) into the first tab and page B (B.html, B.js) into the second tab and that page A and B have the same origin (scheme, ...
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How to improve the security and privacy of Firefox

What would be a sensible approach to enhance the security and privacy of Firefox? I did not find a question about this and I feel that some guidelines for casual web users would be handy. Currently ...
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Login to one site using other site's credentials

I am frequently seeing websites that allows a user to log-in to their site using other websites log-on credentials. If there is a page that allows me to log-in using my google account or facebook ...
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Why is a child window allowed to change the location of its parent?

Maybe a silly question. When opening a new tab via target="_blank", the page that loads in that tab is allowed to set a new location in the parent tab using: ...
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Can HTTPS be compromised by first contact?

Let's say I am behind my PC and want to go to any secured website (HTTPS). I have the direct IP address so any possible hack on DNS level is not possible (because I am not using it ;) ). The packet ...
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Chromium Sandbox on Mac OSX: Is it enabled by default?

I have decided to finally replace the closed source and privately owned Google Chrome with the open-source Chromium on my Mac OSX 10.9.2 (Mavericks). I have read the differences between both here: ...
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Are my passwords saved in Google Chrome safe when I'm logged out?

I understand that Chrome uses the OS's password storage mechanism to protect passwords on your computer. 1 I also understand that these passwords can be (in my case, are) protected with a passphrase ...
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PKI - Why Root CA is in intermediate CA section?

I can't understand why, when I accept to "install" a custom self signed Root CA on IE browser, the root certificate ends up in the "intermediate CA" section, rather than in "Root CA" section in the ...
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Spoofing of Server Sent Events

In the spec for Server Sent Events, it says Authors should check the origin attribute to ensure that messages are only accepted from domains that they expect to receive messages from. Otherwise, ...
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How does infection through web surfing work?

Often I read about compromise due to visit a malicious site which download some exploit to your computer. I've never seen a detailed process, all books/tutorials I read just say sentences like "once ...
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Beyond patching, how can I reduce the risk of browser exploits?

Keeping web browsers on the most up to date version and also the plugins that are used is pretty much all we do. Is there anything I else I can do to reduce the risk of browser exploits? The only ...
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Large web application security challenges [closed]

What are the biggest challenges of security in web applications? I want to do a search in the area but I'm not sure what I want to look, I want something that people think it is impossible to serve ...
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How does Yandex Alpha sign me in automatically?

I downloaded the new Yandex Alpha browser. When installing, I chose not to make it the default browser and not to send anonymous usage statistics. I never got a prompt whether I wanted to import ...
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How to display friendly notification about no TLS 1.0 support in browser [closed]

A browser that only has SSL 1.0 support won't be able to establish an HTTPS session with a server that has only TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 support. This typically results in a cryptic (to a normal user) ...
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How to avoid referer information leakage during password reset

Most password reset systems involve emailing the user a one-time link that lets them reset their password. The token needs to be in the URL, as most email clients do not allow HTML emails to perform ...
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How safe is it to use developer's version of the browsers [closed]

I have heard that the developer versions of browsers (chrome and firefox) are less secure than stable versions of them. Is it true? Is there any sense in using developer editions of browsers for ...
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How to avoid DDoS Attack [closed]

I buy my train ticket from our railway local web site. When ticket open for sale on web site then web site original traffic remain 50 (Just an example). Our railway web site is attacked by DDoS for ...
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Information Transfer Between Browsers and Tabs

Is it possible for a webpage to detect or otherwise be aware of what other tabs in the same browser, or even other open webpages in other browsers are doing or transmitting? I am well aware of ...
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How can two clicks lead to better security in the context of, e.g., Twitter and Facebook share buttons?

The sharing section of Jedox's webpage has the Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin share options in default inactive state. You need to first click it to activate and click again to get the share ...
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Is it considered a CSRF if it requires a unique identifier which is not a CSRF token - not tied to the user session?

Consider an end point such as below. Let's imagine that this endpoint updates an address of the signed in user, changing the zip code. The address to update is identified by the address ID ...
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How does firefox sync password recovery work?

According to Mozilla Sync-new-security-model, Firefox servers are not able to decrypt your sync data without your password. So I figured that, the browser generates a key from your password, encrypts ...
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What happens if a page with an invalid SSL cert responds with a 302 redirect to a page with a valid cert? Do you still get the warning?

Alice navigates to https://example.com. https://example.com delivers an invalid certificate. https://example.com 302 redirects to https://www.example.com https://www.example.com delivers a valid ...
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Open source alternatives to tamper data

I'm developing a browser(firefox) plug-in which essentially checks for malicious input. My current approach is to store all input fields sent in GET/POST requests, try to heuristically determine ...
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Add certificate authority to one browser only

For testing purposes, I'd like to add a "CA" to the list of trusted-CA's of one browser - and use it only for testing. I want to make sure that it won't get added to the computer's trusted CA list. ...
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Why is 'avast! Web/Mail Shield Root' listed as CA for google.com?

I just noticed something weird in my browser: the certificate for www.google.com has been issued by avast! Web/Mail Shield Root. Should I be worried? I am using avast! Antivirus so it's probably a ...
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Tools or scripts to scrape browser credentials and data?

I'm exploiting machines in a network and I'm currently trying to scrape data to further my testing from the compromised machines. There's no SOE build so i've got a variety of different environments. ...
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How does a browser choose which certificate to use if my web server has multiple certificates?

I'm using Apache 2.4, with two certificates, one RSA signed by CACert, and one ECC self-signed. Neither of these certificates provide a path to a broswer-trusted root certificate. My question is ...
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Browser page “Not resolved” page hijacked by yandex [closed]

Any domain that cannot be resolved defaults to yandex right now, on any browser on my system. Helper objects or extensions are not installed. It turns out that the ISP (Turk Telekom) is employing ...
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Reflected file download Scenario

I'm making a Java-based web application that is intentionally vulnerable to Reflected File Download (RDF). White paper is here I read the requirements of reflected file download vulnerability as ...
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Browser password manager vs third party password manager

How usable and secure are 3rd-party password managers like Roboform, Lastpass, and 1password from the built-in Chrome and Mozilla password managers? What are the advantages of using 3rd-party password ...
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Regarding Windows password and Chromes Remember password Feature

Google Chrome browser helps in password management by prompting users to remember their passwords for the websites. These saved passwords can be accessed from the browsers "settings" menu, and to do ...
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While logged in to Google etc., can a malicious site discover my ID?

If I visited a malicious site while being logged in to Google, Hotmail, Facebook, or Twitter in the same browser window, how hard is it for the site to discover my account IDs without my explicit ...
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Questions on reflected file download (RFD) attack

I read this article, and the whitepaper by security researcher Oren Hafif which mentions the following salient points: RFD, like many other Web attacks, begins by sending a malicious link to a ...
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How does https check md5, sha-1 and sha-2 fingerprints?

When a https site shows multiple finger prints, i.e.: md5 and sha1, or sha256 and sha1, how does the browser check? is it both just the "strongest" or whatever is convenient? This question arose ...
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Browser gives access to root directory through “/” [closed]

If I put a '/' on my browser I have full access of my root directory. I have tried the same thing on another computer and it didn't work. So, I'm trying not to be paranoid but this is too strange. I ...
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Is it dangerous to allow clients to run JavaScript on a Server

On a webpage I have been working on, we can archive certain webpages for a user. The user can give an address and this webpage is than visited on the server and archived. Lately, I noticed that ...