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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What do the various browser “private modes” do?

Recently there has been some disagreement as to what "private mode" means when it comes to various browsers. Primarily I am referring to... IE's "InPrivate Browsing" Google Chrome's "Incognito ...
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How big is the risk, to enable scripting in the Web browser?

While browsing the web, many websites executes scripts (mainly javascript) that are executed without the user noticing. How big is the risk, to get Malware unnoticed while surfing with scripting ...
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How secure is HTTPS with weak ciphersuites?

Today I came across the website https://mtgox.com/, which claimed to be secure because of the Verisign certificate. I checked the certificate out of curiosity (it's the first thing they claim, let's ...
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Do I have to harden IE if I'm only using Firefox?

Assume a Windows 7 system (probably whatever home version comes with the machine), with the latest OS patches, latest IE and latest Firefox. Also assume that the user uses only Firefox for browsing, ...
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How to determine if a browser is using an SSL or TLS connection?

I want to know whether my browser is using SSL or TLS connection if I see HTTPS. I want to know for IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. I want to know the protocol version.
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How does BeEF work? (working understanding)

I have recently come across the BeEF- a browser exploitation tool. In most of the articles, it is said time and again that it is developed for research and pen test purposes! Has anyone worked with ...
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How to keep using Java 6 securely, despite its unpatch vulnerabilities

Given that Java 6 is now deprecated by Oracle and there recently has been notification of a 0day (that will exist forever now that Oracle is not patching JRE6), what can we do to prevent drive-by ...
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SQL Injection How to inject Clean/Rest URLS

I have a question I'm hoping you could help me with? Unclean url's: http://example.com/index.php?page=foo http://example.com/products?category=2&pid=25 ...
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What steps do you take to keep both your computer and internet browsing secure?

I am thinking about your browser setup, antivirus protection, vpn, browsing best-practices and so on.
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Is it advisable to have a web browser remember login credentials?

I have a really long random password for my cellphone account and have it written down in a safe place. I only use it once a month and am considering having my browser remember it. Would there be any ...
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CSRF cookie vs session based tokens

I will generate a CSRF token and include it in a hidden form field. When receiving the request, I will check the form value against the value either stored in the user's session or in a cookie. Is it ...
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Is BEAST really fixed in all modern browsers?

BEAST is said to be fixed in all modern browsers: Chrome and Firefox IE in Jan 2012 Opera in Dec 2011. It's also fixed in OpenSSL since 2002. Do these fixes mean that it's safe to use ciphers in ...
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How to thwart sslstrip attack?

I need help understanding the dynamics of an sslstrip attack. I'm using it to test the security of a site that I own. I can successfully sniff the victim (in this case, myself) credentials over the ...
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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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Browser based virtual machines

How would applying hypervisor (e.g. xen) principles in the development of a web browser offering isolated browser tabs (virtual machines) improve or reduce security of existing web applications (good ...
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What security measures does Chrome have in place to sandbox different user accounts?

Google Chrome has a feature that allows different users to use Chrome on the same computer in a completely separate space. The support page is quite light on information. Is there information ...
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Have any viruses leveraging the GPU been discovered in the wild? What is the mitigation?

This news article from 2010 discusses how a GPU can be used by a virus to avoid detection by common anti-malware/anti-virus software. The idea is to obfuscate the virus payload and leverage the GPU's ...
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Are there any reasons why browsers should block mixed passive content by default?

Most browsers block "active" content that's being loaded over HTTP on HTTPS pages. This includes stuff like javascript which can be modified with an MITM and compromise the security of the entire ...
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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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What abuses can an infected webpage do to me if I'm using Chrome and Flash is disabled

as a follow-up to this question Can you get virus just by visiting a website in chrome., I've read these pages: http://www.straightsectalk.com/?p=47 ...
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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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Why are iframes allowed at all in modern browsers?

I read a number of IT security blogs (though I'm no security expert), and it seems a significant percentage of exploits in the wild are delivered through adding malicious iframes to a hacked website, ...
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Is WebGL a security concern?

Is WebGL a potential security problem due to the low level access it provides? For example, a web page can attempt to compile and run any shader source it wants. It seems that security would ...
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plugins to lengthen short urls for security purposes

Came across this question What browser plugins can help us to see the actual destination of such shortened URLs?
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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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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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Firefox Add-ons not using HTTPS? Security bug. (?)

If I add a rule in Privoxy: echo '{ +redirect{s@http://@https://@} } .mozilla.org' >> /etc/privoxy/user.action then I can't install Firefox Add-ons. Why? I though the Firefox Add-ons ...
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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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Access to other local files from a local HTML file

I tried this question on programmers site with no luck Do you see any reason to block a local html file from accessing another local files located in the same folder? I mean, if a user downloaded an ...
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Is it possible to use Greasemonkey to hack a website?

Yesterday my WordPress website got hacked. I thought I had done all necessary things to make it secure. One of my colleagues said that with Greasemonkey we can easily hack sites. Is it true? How can I ...
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Web Browsers and Cross Origin Resource Sharing

The CORS spec states that if a request method and headers are not simple (http://www.w3.org/TR/cors/#simple-cross-origin-request) then a preflight HTTP OPTIONS request is sent to see if the request is ...
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Is flash or javascript a bigger security concern?

Many flash website whitelisting extensions for chrome (such as flashblock and flashcontrol) use javascript in order to selectively block Adobe Flash from functioning. Thus, In order to get this ...
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Considering that SRP is better than SSH and Basic Auth, how can it be implemented in a website?

SRP is short for Secure Remote Password protocol, and provides a better way for passwords to be sent over the internet. I've read the information at it's Stanford University home page, the Wiki ...
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Advanced techniques for detecting a proxy/getting original IP

In what manner can a website detect my original IP address, even though I'm using a proxy server? I've noticed this with a few sites. There are four proxy methods I've used: Firefox with a proxy ...
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What are potential security risks when using an insecure wireless connection?

If someone is using an insecure wireless connection (for example a hot spot in a coffee shop) does it posse a threat even if the person is using a secure application layer protocol? What I mean by ...
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Does Google Chrome protect against cross site scripting (XSS)?

In Firefox I've been using the NoScript extension to protect myself from certain malware attacks. NoScript is well known as it's a very powerful extension for Firefox and introduced protection from ...
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How do I check the code of a Chrome extension to make sure it's not stealing my info?

I've been reading more and more about just how much access browser extensions can have to your data. This is a little unsettling, so I'm curious if there is a way to Vet these extensions and make sure ...
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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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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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How can end-users detect malicious attempts at SSL spoofing when the network already has an authorized SSL proxy?

I'm working on one client's network where they have enabled HTTPS authority spoofing on their proxy. This allows them to effectively perform a man-in-the-middle attack to decipher all outgoing ...
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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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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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Using Private Browsing mode while connected to organization's network

At the workplace I use the organization's network for accessing internet (well that's the only option). I am not sure if the network administrators monitor what I browse, how frequently I access ...
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Could browsers improve security of stored passwords by using setuid?

On Unix-esque systems, Mozilla Firefox stores a users' preferences, web history and stored passwords in a set of files that are readible and writeable by that particular user. This makes sense: when ...
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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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Security issues using iframes

We are looking to move to iframes due to technical challenges. By moving to iframes it will be easier to manage the technical issues. But we are not totally sure of security implications of iframes. ...
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What web browsers support OCSP stapling? Are the privacy and performance features the same?

OCSP stapling decreases the load on a PKI infrastructure's OCSP server by attaching a signed OCSP response to the target in a TLS connection. In addition it creates a more secure/private session ...
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Is Content Security Policy an approach that is worth to support?

Mozilla Firefox 4.0 supports something called Content Security Policy that disables the interpretation of embedded Java Script. Only external Java Script files that are referenced using a script tag ...
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Are secret URLs secure over HTTPS?

Imagine a service that makes sensitive information available under a secret URL via HTTPS only, without requiring any other authentication. In fact, these are already widespread. What level of ...
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Is this a security flaw in Firefox 18.0?

I had a couple of .mht files which opened in IE, a browser I never use. I renamed their extension to .HTML to run it in Firefox. When I opened the file in Firefox, Firefox created new tabs endlessly. ...