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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

3
votes
2answers
245 views

Learning XSS: Why is my javascript ignored?

<a href='mailto:</a><script>/*'></a><script>/*</a>: <br> <hr> <a href='mailto:*/location.href=/*'>*/location.href=/*</a>: <br> ...
1
vote
0answers
86 views

Accessing Chrome and Gmail on a stolen drive

I was trying to search for this, but could not find the answer anywhere - apology in advance if already answered. I have a Linux desktop installed on a thumb drive, which I keep in my pocket. This ...
0
votes
1answer
65 views

Understanding Same origin policy

I am trying to understand same origin policy better. From what I understand same origin policy restricts code from one "origin" not access data from another "origin". What I am trying to understand is ...
5
votes
3answers
401 views

How to sandbox Iceweasel (Firefox) on Debian? [closed]

Are there any tools for sandboxing Iceweasel (Firefox) on Debian systems? I'm mostly interested in tools distributed by Debian. (An equally trustworthy source would be second best.) (I suppose that ...
0
votes
1answer
68 views

Security of starbucks gift card redemption feature

Someone sent me a Starbucks gift card. The email contained a redemption link, and that redemption link ended in a long secure hash, much like those on github secret gists. Clicking the redemption ...
2
votes
1answer
107 views

Where do browsers store HTTP Authentication details

Where do browsers store HTTP Authentication credentials ? If I gain access to a browser, is there some place I can look where all HTTP Authentication details would be available? In most browsers, even ...
1
vote
1answer
106 views

How to harden a “dedicated” Firefox?

I want to set up an instance of Firefox to be used to access a strictly limited "white list" of websites (my bank's, my credit cards', etc.). How can I harden such an instance of Firefox to reduce ...
5
votes
2answers
205 views

Exactly how secure is VM browsing?

I generally do all of my web browsing in a VM. I have one "safe" VM running Ubuntu that has guest services installed. I generally only go to sites I deem are trustworthy here. I also have an "unsafe" ...
3
votes
3answers
139 views

When downloading from an https web page - will the download also use ssl?

If I click on a download link on a page that uses ssl, will the download also use ssl? If the answer is not (or: sometimes yes, sometimes not) - is there any way I can force it to be protected? I'm ...
26
votes
2answers
3k views

How can a webpage get the MAC address?

I was logged on to my router and filling out some information. I clicked a button and a field was automatically filled in with my computer's MAC address. How is this possible? Does it present a ...
1
vote
1answer
292 views

Can HSTS be defeated?

As I know HSTS is mainly implemented to mitigate famous sslstrip attack in which browser is forced to use ssl when connecting to particular site. And I think it also prevents user to proceed to site ...
-1
votes
1answer
229 views

How to recognize if someone using password Reminder Script [closed]

I have been trying to know what these so called Gmail hacking scripts actually does (just studying for some knowledge purpose) and one of such scripts is this, which seems beyond my knowledge: ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

are webmalware able to hijack browsers?

Are webmalwares capbale of performing browser hijacking attacks ? Has there been any famous webmalware that functioned this way ?
1
vote
2answers
106 views

How can Facebook use history data in browser

Web is filled up with the recent decision by Facebook to track user browsing history like adage.com andNYTimes. How can a web application use browsing history which is local to that browser? Is it ...
0
votes
2answers
60 views

It would be possible to filter user input browser side to prevent injection?

I've been studying common injection problems and examples and I've been wondering whether it would be possible to embed some filtering mechanism to prevent injection client side. For example checking ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

Certificate pinning in a browser

I am trying to understand certificate pinning. Google started adding a whitelist of CA certs that they use for their certificates and if a cert for a google service is issued outside of this list ...
0
votes
1answer
90 views

Why has Convergence stalled out? [closed]

Convergence is a well-thought out system to replace certificate authorities built by Marlin Moxiespike back in 2011. Since it's debut, it seems to have largely stalled out, with no additional major ...
1
vote
1answer
71 views

Weird URLs in Fiddler

I was browsing the web and suddenly I started seeing "Waiting for available sockets" error in Chrome with the page showing "Network Unavailable". I thought that was weird so I opened up Fiddler and ...
1
vote
2answers
68 views

Can a drive-by download attack crash the OS?

Are there cases where a serious drive-by download attack could crash the operating system or the browser ?
0
votes
1answer
141 views

Force download files protected with auth headers

By several REST clients the credentials are sent with every request through custom HTTP authorization headers to the REST service. Is there a way to force file download in the browser when accessing ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Which browsers are using openssl

It is asked in stackoverflow, but I suppose maybe it is more suitable to ask here. It is said that openssl are widely used, however, as far as I know, the most popular browsers seem not use openssl, ...
1
vote
1answer
130 views

Can a website download malicious content to my Windows computer without my permission or awarness? [duplicate]

Question Standard security advice is: Only download files from websites that you trust. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/downloading-files-internet-faq This implies that 1. we are ...
1
vote
1answer
71 views

Why are certain languages chosen for security application development over others?

Specifically, why are the most popular attack proxies written in java? Is there any particular security posture to the design of the java language that makes writing tools like these simpler? Easier ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

Are there other ways for a CA to have their certificates included in a browser?

From what I understand, the certificate authorities (CAs) have to get their root certificate included in the browser. What if the root certificate of a particular CA is not included in the web ...
1
vote
1answer
276 views

How to handle private key encryption/decryption for web application

In the process of designing a web app that handles public/private key pairs - a Bitcoin web app, specifically - I've had a lot of thought on how to securely handle the storage of the private key, ...
1
vote
2answers
93 views

Are web browser able to use camera without permission? [duplicate]

Is it possible to be recorded via our camera/micro via web browser without asking our permission ?
0
votes
1answer
96 views

Access-Control-Allow-Origin possible threats on static JS file

As I am working on a research, I need allow users to read my JavaScript file using Ajax. However, I want to make sure about consequences of adding Access-Control-Allow-Origin header for just this ...
5
votes
4answers
687 views

Suggestions to avoid cookie-hijacking in a web application

I've been developing web-apps for quite some time now. While making websites, the "remember me" feature is one of the most trivial(read as must-have-for-clients) feature to be implemented. Until ...
2
votes
2answers
125 views

On an “uncritical” site, is there any reason to NOT trust a self-signed certificate?

There are many sites that have self-signed ("untrusted" in Firefox) certificates. I then have the option to trust them or not. If I not trust them I can either leave the site or only visit the site ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

Corporate IT support for client-side cross domain requests

I have an API and a web application that exist in different domains. I can activate CORS on the API to allow for the web application to interface with the API cross-domain. However it has been ...
3
votes
1answer
121 views

XSS via PDF when Content-Disposition: Inline?

There are kind of two questions here: Is it possible to have XSS in a PDF file when the Content-Disposition: is "inline"? If it is possible, does the pdf get access to the cookies for that domain ...
-3
votes
1answer
139 views

Vulnerability in Internet Explorer [closed]

An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website. This here being remote code ...
0
votes
1answer
189 views

Can I use crypto.getRandomValues to create a private key?

In the window.crypto spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/WebCryptoAPI/#RandomSource-interface It says explicitly: "Do not generate keys using the getRandomValues method. Use the generateKey method ...
6
votes
2answers
249 views

Zero-Day Exploit targeting Internet Explorer Versions 9 through 11

Few days ago, FireEye has found a vulnerability, which affects all versions of IE (even the latest 11). Microsoft has official statement regarding this issue. FireEye wrote a technical article on ...
1
vote
1answer
107 views

Securing Javascript plugin

My company offers a Javascript plugin that is meant to be embedded with websites. It works in a similar fashion to Google Analytics, in which you add a bit of Javascript and then it does some magic on ...
3
votes
1answer
94 views

Force user to download a file to their hard drive via hyperlink?

I want to design a scenario in which I have a web site which contains a link. If the user clicks on this link, it will save a file in a specific pat in his hard disk without his consent. Is this ...
2
votes
9answers
436 views

How can I allow only authorized browsers to access a website?

I have a website and I want it to be accessible only by authorized clients/browsers (ex. with a certficate). The idea is that the users can only access the webpage in their office's computers ...
2
votes
0answers
209 views

Content-Security-Policy & Facebook login

This question seems to be related to http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15913200/facebook-js-sdk-not-executed-in-my-chrome-extension , but I am not developing a chrome extension. I am developing a ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

Simple protection against reflected XSS

I was going through some CLIENT side defenses against reflected XSS e.g. XSS auditor(chrome), IE8 XSS Filters, Noscript. They use regular expression and other sophisticated techniques. My question ...
22
votes
1answer
2k views

Why would the BBC web site always ask for a personal certificate, and how do I avoid giving it away?

After installing a CAcert personal certificate, every time I land on the BBC weather site it asks me to identify myself with a certificate. Why would any non-malicious web site do that unless I've ...
1
vote
1answer
341 views

IE11 on windows 8.1 and ssl fallback

I'm having problems with SSL certs and my SSL accelerator. I have a Sonicwall SSL-R and it only supports SSLv2, SSLv3, and TLS1.0. I have it configured to decode SSL with SSLv3 as the TLS1.0 ...
0
votes
2answers
99 views

Can malware cause firefox to send GET requests?

Is it possible for a site to host malware such that if a certain page is accessed, Firefox is made to send additional GET requests? I'm seeing traffic for attacks coming from me that I haven't done. ...
1
vote
0answers
359 views

Is Google Chrome Extension access to SSL certificate validation output possible?

I want to develop an extension which will stop an user from proceeding to any banking site (configurable by user) if a proxy like paros is seating in between sending fake certificate to user. My ...
-1
votes
1answer
102 views

Heart Bleeding Bus [duplicate]

This may be a unwise question, but I'll ask anyhow. I have been analysis relatively a bit about the Heart Bleed vulnerability, and I'm curious as to whether it only affects web applications or could ...
1
vote
0answers
35 views

What part of the browser is typically attacked? [closed]

Pretty sure that browsers are compromised most often through their plugins, at least, that's what I keep reading. So, then, does that mean the browser itself has vulnerabilities, and the plugins are ...
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Which is safer as a URL storage, favorites or browsing history?

Somewhere on this site I read that I should connect to websites by entering the URL myself or using a bookmark when security is critical. I started wondering why that didn't include browsing history. ...
3
votes
1answer
97 views

user data accessible through javascript in browser

There are websites which display user information, such as browser version and operating system This website goes even further, and displays some additional information, such as desktop resolution, ...
2
votes
1answer
90 views

Which Browsers support TACK?

TACK is an IETF draft that allows certificate pinning for a TLS web server, provided the clients' bowsers support it. Unlike the certificate pinning feature available with HSTS preloading, the ...
2
votes
2answers
122 views

How to prevent popping up a login dialogue using a malicious hotlinked image and HTTP Basic Auth header?

While using Firefox to browse my forums, I noticed that a malicious user posted an image (via hotlinking, not by uploading to my server) with the extension .png which complies with the forum rules ...
3
votes
2answers
262 views

Security of a Windows XP system after April 8th when running the latest Firefox or Chrome

As we all know, Microsoft stops developing security patches for Windows XP very soon. If a bug in the kernel was to be found that would allow an attacker to take control by, say, sending a specially ...