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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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 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 steps do you take to keep both your computer and internet browsing secure? [closed]

I am thinking about your browser setup, antivirus protection, vpn, browsing best-practices and so on.
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Why do browsers send such detailed user agent strings?

Modern web browsers leak a ridiculous amount of information through the User-Agent header. The following is an example for Safari on iPad, from Wikipedia: Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2_1 like Mac ...
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Force a connection via SSL3 to detect POODLE vulnerability

I have been reading up on the POODLE vulnerability. From my understanding, and correct me if I am wrong, you need to allow connections to be made via SSLv3 on the server. The server I am currently ...
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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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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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How does BeEF work and how can it be persistent

BeEF - the browser exploitation framework. I think (thought) I had a basic working understanding of how it works. Recently, though, I was watching, this DEFCON talk, where a hacker used a man-in-the-...
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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 page....
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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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Child iFrame hash verification of parent iFrame content

Consider the following scenario: Alice wishes to browse Victor's website while on the job at Initech. Victor's website is hosted on an alternative domain name system to which Initech's DNS does not ...
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What is a good browser for web application pen testing? [closed]

I am getting started in testing web applications, and I am having trouble verifying vulnerabilities. It seems all modern browsers have protections against things like XSS. When something like Burp ...
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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 http://www.vupen.com/demos/VUPEN_Pwning_Chrome....
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Did XSS reach its end-of-life with the introduction of the HTTP X-XSS-Protection header?

With the introduction of the HTTP X-XSS-Protection header it seems to me that the vulnerability impact (read: amount of possibly affected users with modern browsers) is drastically reduced. Firstly, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 http://example.com/index.php?mod=profiles&...
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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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Browser hijacked - how to fix and prevent?

For the second time in a month, my work PC has been infected with malware that is hijacking my Google search results in Firefox. A search for the URL hijacked searches end up at turns up nothing on ...
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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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Can viruses access passwords that have been saved by a browser?

Say I use Chrome on a new computer to log in to a website, and I select the option to have the browser remember the password. Then I download a straight-up smorgasbord of viruses of every kind. Can ...
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How to add certificate pinning for a certain domain to my web browser?

There is HPKP (HTTP Public Key Pinning) which servers use to tell the client's web browser which certificates to trust (in the future) for the domain that is being contacted. Google's Chrome and ...
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Any browser that supports script-nonce?

I was trying to include script-nonce on my html file, but seems like none of the current browsers support it. Is anyone aware of any version of any browser that supports this functionality? I'm ...
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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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Do browsers allows pages loaded on one tab to access/intercept/inject data in other tabs?

I was surprised to hear from this Reuters video that it was possible for a page loaded on one tab to access and/or inject data onto another page loaded on a different tab. TL;DW (too lazy; didn't ...
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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 (...
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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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What OID Issuance Policies are appropriate for SmartCard and Browser Certificates?

I'm investigating issuance policies for SMIME and Browser certificates with different levels of assurance. For the purposes of S/MIME and Browser certificates, should I even use an assurance policy? ...
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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" ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I protect my saved passwords in Chrome?

I'm currently using WIN+L, and sometimes Kid-Key-Lock, to prevent anyone from checking my storaged passwords but if I forget doing it only once, all of them are vulnerable of theft. How can I protect ...
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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 ...
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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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Protection against clickjacking in Firefox without installing addons?

On some of my workstations I never allow Javascript in Firefox. The NoScript addon is installed on these machines, but I would like to remove it and disable Javascript via about:config instead. ...
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How to make Firefox ignore the X-XSS-Protection response header?

I have two questions: How can I make Firefox ignore the X-XSS-Protection header? I have a website which sends an X-XSS-Protection: 1 header and I want my Firefox to ignore that header, because it ...
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What are the security benefits to block all http referer header requests for web browser?

I would like to know also if you lose site functionality. Is this a security benefit that is beneficial than compromising functionality (if compromising at all)? What I mean by this is one a ...
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Can a website detect my local WIFI network I am in?

I have two computers, both of them locate at the same local WIFI network ( ie: connected to the same router). I use VPN on a computer to visit a website, and don't use VPN on another to visit the ...
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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 are some obvious good sites blocked too?