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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Does Gibson's fingerprinting service add much additional security?

I just read this post and it proposes a method of storing SSL fingerprints online so that you can double check that your certificates have not been tampered with. But is it really relevant or useful? ...
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Should websites be allowed to disable autocomplete on forms or fields?

Currently, there is an HTML form/input attribute called autocomplete, which, when set to off, disables autocomplete/autofill for that form or element. Some banks seem to use this to prevent password ...
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Danger of hidden html form uploading users local files without their knowledge

Is there a danger that a webpage could have a hidden form with a file upload input and js script that would try and take a random guesses at files on a users system and attach them to the form and ...
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What information can be gained from an Email Header?

What information is present in an Email Header that can be used to track a sent mail? For example, are some of these present? Web Browser used? Operating system Type of Network (broadband/dial up)? ...
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Java Drive By & Stub - Explanation [closed]

I have been trying to make some extensions for chrome lately to block some unwanted stuff. I have also been searching for quite some time to find what a JDB does.So , the applet downloads a file , ...
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Anomaly detection in HTTP REFERER

I'm trying to put some anomoly detection in place and I'm looking at referrer data (I know that this is optional, and can be fudged in some circumstances). But I'm seeing too many cases of what I ...
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What is the full extent of information about my computer that a website can get?

I need to know what all information a random website can get from my computer, and whether a website can tell which of my two computers on the same router I'm using. I know websites can determine ...
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Chrome inline JavaScript string interpreatation

If you have an HTML file that contains the following code : <!doctype html> <html lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="UTF-8"> </head> ...
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Is Chrome in Metro Mode more secure than Chrome in Desktop Mode?

With Windows 8, Microsoft introduces the Metro Apps which run in a sandbox environment, and therefore should be more secure. I would be interested to know if this higher security that the metro apps ...
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UTF-7 XSS attacks in modern browsers

I've recently read about utf-7 XSS-attacks (i.e. Ned Batchelders article at http://nedbatchelder.com/blog/200704/xss_with_utf7.html) but could not get any UTF-7 attack to work in modern browsers. (I ...
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Can a website determine what OS or webbrowser a visitor is using if the useragent is blanked/changed?

Assume that a visitor to a website has changed his useragent to something like the following, but he's using linux: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2; rv:20.0) Gecko/20121202 Firefox/20.0 Assume that the ...
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Is Webgoat's HTTP Splitting Attack corrupt? [duplicate]

This link describes my problem better: https://code.google.com/p/webgoat/issues/detail?id=42 I was doing the HTTP Splitting exercise in WebGoat. In this exercise, when you send a malformed URL, you ...
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Are Modern Servers susceptible to HTTP Splitting Attacks

Note: I know how HTTP Splitting works. Note 2: I am not working in WebGoat. I am trying to make this on my own. I am trying to imitate the HTTP Splitting attack on my machine. For that I wrote this ...
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Pop-ups in Private Browsing?

The new Firefox private browsing mode allows for both non/private browsing windows at the same time. So if a website pops up a new window (which will be in non private mode) can it read stored data? ...
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When using private browsing can a website view data stored before private browsing was turned on?

If a browser has been used to visit a few sites and has active logins and then the user turns on private browsing, can the sites still access data such as cookies and cached files that were created ...
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Suggestions on how to capture network connections/traffic for determining browser/SSL versions?

I've started thinking about how to approach analyzing my network traffic for information relating to SSL and browser usage for my web server farm. I also suspect there are some shadow (legacy, ...
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Do any tracking networks or ad networks not use JavaScript and only track based on IP address? If yes, how can they be prevented?

Are there any websites that collectively track one computer based on its IP address alone? Browser extensions such as Ad block plus, Do Not Track Plus and Ghostery modify the client side script but is ...
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Can a site I browse in private browsing mode tell if I visited it in regular mode before?

I've noticed when updating a blog, that sometimes refreshing the page won't actually fetch it again, because it is still in the cache. Now, even when I open it in incognito in that same browser(say ...
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Would PGP/GPG have been a better choice than SSL for browsers and http servers to encrypt traffic? [closed]

I was curious recently when I heard that SSL had supposedly been broken by a certain rogue government agency, why SSL was chosen in the first place. Could it be that PGP would have been a more secure ...
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Why do some certificates specifically identify a corporation and most don't?

Looking at a handful of websites that allow for/require HTTPS, I realized that the certificate for a few of them specifically identifies the owning corporation, but some (most) don't. What's the ...
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Is there any any security threat due to advertisements?

I was working on my localhost in my computer but I was connected to internet. Recently I downloaded a few music files and since then advertisements are getting popping into my browser through which I ...
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Browsers silently adding trusted root certificates in Windows

When accessing https://internetbanking.caixa.gov.br (site of a well known bank in Brazil), the server returns a certificate signed by "Autoridade Certificadora Raiz Brasileira" (Brazilian Root ...
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Site preventing user from closing tab/closing browser

I've come across the following website hxxp://politie.nl.id169787298-7128265115.e2418.com/ [Possible malware] Whenever I open it in Firefox it prevents me from closing it, I can't even close the ...
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Sending Client Certificate to Server

I have a simple question. Is a web browser sends client certificate to the web server on demand(means web server is configured for client authentication and demand the client certificate) or just ...
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I don't quite understand the principle of “use after free” and CVE-2010-1119

I am a rookie hacker studying android vulnerabilities. My partner and I are studying "CVE-2010-1119". Unfortunately there does not appear to be enough information online. Could anyone please help me ...
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Is it safe to give an Oauth token to client side javascript so it can directly make requests to a server?

I currently have a simple backbone.js application served from my domain (example.com), which is provided an Oauth token. Specifically, I pass the Oauth token through my page template into the ...
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Does Internet Explorer handle Extended Validation properly

I'm reading about Extended Validation (EV) certificates and have a few questions. From what I understand, EV allows domain owners to pay extra for a especially trusted certificate (that the browser ...
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Can Tor browser bundle be attacked like this?

When using the Tor browser bundle, you load the check.torproject.org on start. It tells you when there is a security update to downloads, and let's you click a link to get it. The way for users to ...
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How to investigate this anomaly?

According to the IT managers, this problem is neither at the server nor at the client but is suspected to be somewhere inbetween e.g. some DNS server that has been infected. Do you recognize this ...
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How do Java applet exploits work? [closed]

Browsers store web pages in a local cache on the client's machine. How does a hostile Java applet exploit this information to gain more privileges than it is entitled to? My understanding is that a ...
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How to restrict access to unwanted sites?

I use Ubuntu 13.10. I tried to used OpenDNS to restrict some websites. Unfortunately, I couldn't do that. I use AirStream 1200 USB modem to access WiMax internet. OpenDNS setting didn't work for me at ...
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How to check whether a link is safe or not? [closed]

I've been working on a task to find threats in a social network called Skyrock. For which, I've managed to retrieve a significant amount of URLs by crawling various user profiles and parsing the data ...
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Security of an initial redirection from http://example.com to https://example.com

Suppose that http://example.com/<foo> systematically redirects to https://example.com/<foo>. I enter http://example.com in my browser's URL bar, and I see a page load and the URL bar now ...
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What's malicious about file links?

Why did Chrome and Firefox disallow file:/// links? I can imagine an iframe opening a local resource, but which resource is the scary one? They could have just disabled iframes to file:///? Ajax ...
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Error 150 (net::ERR_SSL_PINNED_KEY_NOT_IN_CERT_CHAIN): The server's certificate appears to be a forgery [duplicate]

Can you tell me shortly how to fix this problem in Chrome? Error 150 (net::ERR_SSL_PINNED_KEY_NOT_IN_CERT_CHAIN): The server's certificate appears to be a forgery
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Efficacy of Chrome incognito mode

I am curious about the true efficacy of the browser private mode. I did a bit of googling and stumbled upon the following page. ...
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Export ciphers prevalance

I would like to clarify the consequences of not supporting export ciphers. When I run a qualys ssl test on ebay.com, I notice that the following cipher suites are supported. ...
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Can you trust the URL shown when 'hovering' on a link? [duplicate]

When using a modern web browser, if you hover on a link, the browser will show you the link in a little display on the bottom left corner of the browser screen. Can I trust this? Can this display be ...
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Do on-demand SSL certificates exist?

A few days ago, I visited an SSL protected website. Since Safari complained about the SSL-certificate, I did a short inspection: The certificate was issued by GoDaddy in just the minute I ...
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Different SSL states as seen by Safari, Chrome and Firefox

Today, I visited some sites of the German DHL group. While Chrome and Safari complain about an invalid certificate of Firefox accepts it. Which one is right, which one is wrong? Which decision ...
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Do we need to logout of webapps?

A quick Google search doesn't reveal whether it is important to logout of webapps (online banking, Amazon, Facebook, etc.), or if I am safe just closing the tab or browser. I am sure I heard on some ...
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Does google use browser fingerprinting? [closed]

I'm wondering whether besides collecting the typical tracking information (IP + cookies) google has already implemented browser fingerprinting? I read sometime not long ago about it being a ...
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Browser Extension to show how your session is being shared

A while back I came across a browser extension (was available for Firefox and Chrome, maybe others) that showed you through a graphical 'node' interface how your browser session was shared with so ...
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Google Chrome - save usernames NOT passwords [closed]

I've scoured the settings page and googled this to no avail. I want Chrome to stop saving my passwords BUT keep saving usernames/email. Is that possible? All I seem to be able to do is disable ...
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Reflected XSS Prevention plugin [closed]

Is there any plugin out there which prevent reflected XSS? Plugin could be either for firefox or chrome. Thanks.
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On a public wifi I just tried to access google over HTTPS and was forced on to HTTP, how?

I'm on a coffee shop wifi. I just typed https://google.com in to my browser and noticed that I got redirected to http://google.com. I tried other google domains (google.ie) and these work fine, so ...
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Force browser to use higher security connection

How can I force my Chrome broswer (or even Firefox) to always use a higher security encryption?, for example 256bit (or more) encryption when using https. I guess it should be some flag to force the ...
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Is it illegal to use Fake User-agents? [closed]

Is it illegal to impersonate user-agents when you are crawling a website? If so, what and how a legal action can be taken against the faking requester? Is this law applies only for crawlers or a user ...
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Entering passwords at public computers

Sometimes it happens that I have to access my email or some other web service from public machines. Are there any options to make it secure or at least reduce risks to acceptable levels? I am most ...
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How long should a browser session last?

I have two online accounts from different banks, one bank expires my session faster than the other, it's quite annoying. I was wondering how long (or short) should a session be for it to be ...