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 can you inject malicious code into an innocent-looking URL?

I am learning about XSS attacks. Wikipedia says that in a non-persistent attack an attacker may provide an innocent-looking URL that "points to a trusted site but actually has an XSS vector." What ...
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What bad coding practices makes a browser extension vulnerable?

I'm trying to scan JavaScript files for vulnerabilities using JSHint. Specifically, I'm scanning the JavaScript files of browser extensions. To look for possible vulnerabilities I'm looking for bad ...
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Why do browsers allow public websites to attack intranet sites?

When I'm visiting a website on the public internet, the website can cause my browser to send requests to a local IP address (such as 10.0.0.1). This can be used to attack internal web sites, e.g., ...
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Any tool for scanning vulnerabilities in browser extensions?

I am scanning browser extensions of Chrome and Firefox for vulnerabilities. Is there any tool which would help me do this?
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Can one reliably show HTTPS status in browser (not just the lock in the URL bar)?

I'm almost certain this isn't possible, as it would probably be too exploitable, but I wanted to ask the community just in case. Is there a way to determine and display the state of HTTPS on a page ...
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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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Canvas and Firefox

I have received this notification on Tor Browser (Firefox). What is it?
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bypass a regex filtration to perform an xss attack

Does the regex [\w/$!.*-]+$ stop the injection of payloads like : "><script>alert(4)</script> " onload="alert(4)" ...
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undetectable virtualization apps to spoof web browsers [closed]

monitoring web pages for malicious iframes (root kits) without VM is not safe. when its possible to detect virtualization just by javascript, which software provide undetectable VMs ? QEMU is safe?
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What is the “about:blank” context for browser security and privacy?

This blog is describing a way to hide the referer header in various situations. Specifically he is referring to things that run in the about:blank context. What is the about:blank context? How does ...
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Browser cache, cookies, active logins and other data

This question is regarding common browsers, even though I may refer to Firefox settings. Not IE though, I wouldn't expect that to be in any way secure. I'm seeking to know how secure it is to let the ...
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Detecting Virtualization from web browser

is that possible active adversaries who injecting malicious iframes (root kits), without Flash, Java or any other plugin detect that we using virtualization by javascript or timing differentials and ...
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some questions about DOM based XSS [closed]

Is it possible to do a DOM based xss attack with window.location.protocol? How can we use dom based xss with document.title? How can we bypass the escape javascript function if it is used? thank ...
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How do browsers know which cookie to get?

I tried writing a script that would display the contents of a cookie set by another website but it didn't work. <?php echo 'Website cookie is '.$_COOKIE['locale']; ?> But I get an undefined ...
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Java applet authenticity problem

I implemented an applet in java to authenticate users at my website by the usage of MIFARE cards and everything is working good. However I am concerned about the applet's authenticity, in other words, ...
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generating RSA keys through the browser

HTML5 has the element that sends an SPKAC to the server (as I understand it). But how do you do it in IE? One CA's websites gives me the following prompt: This Web site is attempting to perform a ...
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How does DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA compare to RC4 as the Cipher for SSL?

I read a lot of issue [1] currently stating that RC4 is broken and is at risk. I just checked my web server (nginx) and it is using the default settings, which is DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA How does this ...
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JInitiator is obsolete and I should reject it on grounds of security, right?

I'm getting a lot of flack and resistance from developers for not allowing a large (200+ users) roll-out of Oracle's JInitiator (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/testcontent/jinit-084453.html) as ...
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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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Does the padlock on my browser really indicate a reasonable assurance against eavesdropping?

I know that there have been broken or weak SSL implementations. Do browsers actually have decent standards for what they'll accept and display "the padlock"? Furthermore, are there any practical ...
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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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Where are the private keys stored in Persona/Browser ID?

I'm trying to understand where the private keys are stored in the Persona system, and how they are protected. Can anyone elaborate on where the crypto material is created, stored, and what is ...
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What should I look for when auditing a Firefox extension / plugin?

I've been asked to do a security audit on a Firefox add-on developed by a third party. I am a web developer with a reasonable grasp of JavaScript but am not a browser security expert. What kinds of ...
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DOM Based XSS attacks: what is the most dangerous example?

I knew that XSS attacks (“non-persistent” and “persistent”) can hijack user session, deface websites, conduct phishing attack, etc. However, I can't understand what is dangerous of DOM Based XSS if ...
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Return AWS signature over HTTP

I am performing multipart upload to S3 straight from the browser, i.e. bypassing my back-end. My JS code sends a hand-shake request to S3 (a POST), then uploads the file in chunks of 5MB (a PUT for ...
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Is there any way I can block (or conditionally approve of) iFrames on the client side?

Given that iFrames are used in many common exploits, I'd like to conditionally disable iFrames except for sites that require it such as GMail, or MasterCard SecureCode. I also suspect the ...
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FireFox's restore previous session restores logins authenticated by server's sessions

In a website I'm building when I login, close FireFox, open FireFox and try to go to the website again I must login again (as expected) BUT if I select "Restore Previous Session" I am logged in again. ...
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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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Is it inconsistent to tell users to “not click on password links in email”, and requiring clicks on “forgot password” links?

On one hand, IT Security shops have been telling users to not click on links in email because they can do damage to your computer, or phish your personal information. Many of those issues are ...
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Do iframes maintain the security of the nested website?

I am planning to add iframes to my webpage to sites such as www.dropbox.com and was wondering if the security of the site would be impaired if i did this. As in, could peoples account be hacked if ...
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Is every client-side language more vulnerable?

With web browser plug-ins like Firebug, it is easy to manipulate the source code of client-side language such as HTML and JS. Then are those languages more vulnerable than server-side ones ? When one ...
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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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Websocket implication for firewalls

(I've read several questions here about websocket but apparently there's no websocket tag) If I understand correctly websockets are using TCP trafic over port 80. What are the implication, if any, ...
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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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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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if Noscript is secure is that possible our system still compromise by crypto?

perhaps all of us use no-Script when we visit untrusted web pages to block all scripts plugins etc. but still there is something beside plain HTML codes that we don't block; SSL connection! in Https ...
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Problems configuring Webscrab to intercept trafic from localhost(Webgoat) [closed]

Problems configuring Webscrab to intercept traffic from localhost(Webgoat). I am trying to go through the Webgoat tutorial and at one point I need to use Webscrap. I configured the proxy though ...
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What security issues are there when reading cookie with .htaccess?

I have a (hobby) web site that runs only on SSL (i.e., site-wide HTTPS). The site does not deal with finances, social security numbers, or anything of that level of importance. However, I'd like to ...
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Error code: sec_error_untrusted_issuer

I need help with a security issue concerning this code that has just been popping up recently as I visit my favorite websites. Based on some past history I KNOW something is not right, and I am not ...
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What is the “derive” key usage?

Google Chrome gives a lot of SSL information. Here is a screenshot: Under "Key Usage", what does "Derive" mean?
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Is online banking more secure on iOS than a desktop computer?

Does Apple's iOS provide a more secure environment for online commerce (banking or shopping) than Windows or Mac OS X? Since the only software that can run on iOS must be vetted by Apple, the ...
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How does the Yahoo webmail exploit work?

I got an email (referring to me by name) from somebody I knew a while ago and the email itself was just two/three lines containing a bit-ly link. Although it seemed like it actually could be ...
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Should sensitive data ever be passed in the query string?

Should sensitive data ever be passed via the query string as opposed to the postback? I realize that the query string will be encrypted, but are there other reasons to avoid passing data in the ...
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Do XBAP applications have the same vulnerabilities as Java Web Apps?

In response to the popular decision in disabling Java Web Apps, there has been very little mention of XBAP applications. XBAP applications are similar to Silverlight but it offers more options to ...
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How dangerous is a virus introduced to a malicious website in chrome?

I am using Google's Chrome browser under Linux (Ubuntu) 64 bit for web browsing. If I a virus uses for example a leak in the flash player, the virus will get the privileges of the user who started ...
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How is it possible that a virus can infect the system if the browser is started with non-admin rights

If I open my web browser (for example firefox) in Windows 7 with activated UAC as normal user (non admin) a virus - which uses a security leak in my browser - will only gets privileges of the normal ...
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How hard it would be to infect a system with malware through a portable web browser

If I use a portable web browser on a USB device like Google Chrome Portable how hard it would be to get infected by a malware/virus in the system to which the USB device is connected? Google Chrome ...
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HTTP Response Splitting

Is this apart of a HTTP Response Splitting attack ? Here below is some code that gets put into a web browser after clearing the url while on the website javascript: var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest(); ...
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Is a browser with disabled scripts and disabled java enough against malware

Is a browser like Firefox with disabled scripts (for example via a plugin like no-script) and disabled java enough to be protected against dryve-by-malware from the internet. Of course this does not ...
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Hardening Web Browsers - Detailed Guidance

Is there any specific and complete guidance on what is needed to harden a web browser given the number of attack vectors possible, particularly given that browsers allow so many varied plugins? All I ...