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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RC4 bias protection with padding in TLS

On the answer to my previous question about RC4 vulnerabilities in TLS, Thomas Pornin gave a great answer, in which he said: One way to "fix" RC4, which has been suggested many times, is to drop ...
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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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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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Are bookmarklets safe with facebook data?

I usually play mafia wars and use bookmarklet like Spockholm, Arum, etc. Can these bookmarklet get my facebook data when I run them, they usually ask to unframe the facebook page. I was just ...
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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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My ISP is injecting strange codes to every website I visit

Here's the code at the bottom of every page: <script type="text/javascript">if(self==top){var idc_glo_url = (location.protocol=="https:" ? "https://" : "http://");var idc_glo_r = ...
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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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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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User-specific Subdomains : JavaScript security

If I provide a public-facing website for users on my website at their own subdomain (e.g. bob.myapp.com) under their own control, can I allow them to execute arbitrary JavaScript without putting my ...
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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 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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Device fingerprinting & Mass Computer Surveillance

Device fingerprinting is one of the biggest privacy problems as explained because people think cleaning cookies, using proxy servers or blocking domains can protect them (when blacklisted trackers ...
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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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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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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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Should user be allowed to save password in browser?

The auditing company found a bug "The Auto-complete form attribute is set in password field". They suggested to disable autocomplete for this field to prevent disclosure of it "when working on shared ...
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How are browsers able to find and construct an alternate trusted chain path?

We had a web server that had the wrong SSL certs installed yet the browser was able to find another trusted path to a root and supply the page properly over HTTPS. We also have proprietary software ...
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Will disabling the Java add-on in IE protect you from Java exploits?

Concerning the recent Java vulnerability (Should I be disabling Java?), the most common advise seems to be to disable Java plug-ins in the browser. However, Heise Security suggests that, when it ...
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Preventing insecure webapp on subdomain compromise security of main webapp

I want your help on getting more concrete information on a type of vulnerability that I remember vaguely. I vaguely remember hearing about a year ago that if you set up a webapp on a subdomain, and ...
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Threat model for huge warnings on untrusted SSL certificates and no warnings for plain HTTP connections?

Why do untrusted/expired SSL certificates get such a huge warning in modern browsers even with "DO NOT VISIT THIS SITE!" messages, whereas a regular HTTP connection, which is more prone to ...
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Preventing user supplied javascript from posting to external server

I am writing an internal tool that will support plugins written by other developers. Ideally, these plugins would have a Javascript component to allow people to make widgets. Some of the pages these ...
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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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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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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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MIME sniffing protection

As it is known, older versions of MSIE (before 8) have a nasty habit of treating images as HTML if they "look like" HTML, which can lead to nasty vulnerabilities for sites that allow people to upload ...
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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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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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Is it a risk to highlight text while reading a webpage?

Whenever a user selects or highlights text on a webpage, an OnClick() event is generated. Some of the web browser security models depends on explicit end user interaction, such as OnClick(), before a ...
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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 kinds of malware attacks. NoScript is well known as a very powerful extension for Firefox and introduced protection ...
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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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Are browser still vulnerable to Cross-Site Cooking?

The latest article that I have been able to find about Cross-Site cooking was stating that it was possible to set cookie on 2 dots top level domain such as .co.uk. The mechanism for preventing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are the benefits and drawbacks of the HTML5 Keygen element?

As of January 2013, what are the potential benefits and drawbacks of the HTML5 Keygen element?
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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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cookie path protection within same domain

The answer to this question about how cookies are potentially vulnerable between sub-domains sparked my curiosity. As far as I know, if a cookie is set on a sub-path of the same domain ...
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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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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 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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How safe is “trust this computer” option for websites?

Many sites have a "trust this computer" option that allows one to bypass some security measures (ex.: with Google's 2-step authentication enabled, one does not need to enter the phone's code if the ...
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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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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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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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Are Web Views in android secure?

"Web Views" are views that display some online content, usually a webpage within an android app. Implemented "Web Views" usually don't seem to have any kind of status bar or an address bar to confirm ...