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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Same-origin policy for file: URLs in Android browser?

When you load a file:// URL in an Android WebView or in the Android browser, what does it treat as the origin? What can the Javascript on that page access? Can it access other files in the same ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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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find if 0-day flash bug was exploited (on a particular machine)

There have been several critical 0-day exploits in the past days/weeks in Flash alone. Nobody knows how long the 0-days have been exploited, and it is reasonable to expect that there are 0-days being ...
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Zero-Day Exploit targeting Internet Explorer Versions 9 through 11

Few days ago, FireEye has found a vulnerability, which affects all versions of IE (even the latest 11). Microsoft has official statement regarding this issue. FireEye wrote a technical article on ...
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What countries have laws in place that respect Do Not Track HTTP headers or cookies?

Google offers a Chrome plugin that uses cookies to control privacy, while Firefox offers a HTTP Header to tell websites to not track the users and log the data anonymously. This obviously extends a ...
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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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Is it a security risk to use an unknown web browser?

The more I read about TLS, the more I get convinced that the browser is the weakest link in the chain. I know that nobody agrees with me as there are no articles about that in Google, but it looks ...
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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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Cookies “Secure” Flag

How do cookies' "secure" flag work to determine whether cookie itself should be included? e.g. on an HTTP (unencrypted) connection... user has no cookie yet and tries to log in; user logs in ...
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Can CSS file contain malware? [duplicate]

I know that javascript files can contain malware. However, I am not so sure about CSS files. They only affect how the page is displayed, right? I know that css files can be used for clickjacking but I ...
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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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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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Point several HTTPS domains to the same web server

We are currently running a SaaS over HTTPS(abc.net) and one of our clients(xyz.com) wants to do some custom branding. The client xyz.com will have their own subdomain xyz.abc.net which looks like its ...
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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. ...
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Are there security (esp. privacy) benefits to deleting cookies?

As the title says, I'm wondering if there are any security/privacy benefits to managing cookies - that is, managing by deleting cookies you don't want or need. I deleted all my cookies about a week ...
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How can I see which sites have set the HSTS flag in my browser?

My question is about Firefox and Chrome. Is there a possibility to see which sites have set the HSTS flag in my browser?
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How can two clicks lead to better security in the context of, e.g., Twitter and Facebook share buttons?

The sharing section of Jedox's webpage has the Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin share options in default inactive state. You need to first click it to activate and click again to get the share ...
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How is user authentication sent in a public wifi? Radius/802.1x/EAP etc

I visit the airport, I pull out my laptop and connect to a network (no password needed). I open up my browser and i am presented with a screen saying I need to pay to use the network. If I pay, I ...
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Information Transfer Between Browsers and Tabs

Is it possible for a webpage to detect or otherwise be aware of what other tabs in the same browser, or even other open webpages in other browsers are doing or transmitting? I am well aware of ...
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How is a website determining my location even via VPN? [duplicate]

I'm currently in China, and accessing the Internet via a VPN in the USA. When I access Google maps or other location-based web services, they all show my location as that of the VPN server. However, ...
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Is it safe to allow users multiple login at different browsers & computers?

We are currently developing a web application. The developers have allowed multiple login. e.g an user can log-in to multiple computers at the same time. They are quoting Gmail account as an example ...
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Javascript Malware: How does it work, and how can it be mitigated?

I am wondering how malware gets served through Javascript. I've noticed a few illegitimate pop-ups while visiting some financial websites. I wonder how malware exploits work against the application ...
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HTTPS Sensitive Information and Caching

I have a website where I need to share a sensitive key with the user. Of course, I'm using HTTPS on the page. The key is put into the HTML server-side in ASP.NET. My concern is, if the user's computer ...
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Are there cases where malicious scripts on websites breached the sandbox of a browser so that files on the user's computer could be accessed?

Whenever a hosted script on a website tries to access a file on a user's computer the sandbox prevents it, but has there been any documented case where this sandbox obstacle was somehow overcome by ...
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Questions on true anonymity

I am going to use Tails to connect to Tor through VPN which has AES-256 data encryption, SHA-256 data authentication and RSA-4096 handshake encryption on my Mac on my school's WiFi (as public as I can ...
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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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Can Cookies Without the Secure Flag be Stolen, even when only accessed via HTTPS?

Is it possible to capture the cookies used by HTTPS site when cookies don't have secure flag set. Suppose the site is https://www.example.com. http://www.example.com does not show up, also ...
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Malicious Websites

Just wanted to get everyone's opinion on this. In Information Security, you get various alerts about particular machines on your network going to sites and/or IPs that have been flagged as ...
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Strategy against browser exploits on Windows?

On a friend's computer is some kind of spam bot installed. It sends messages like Hello: I received my apple iPad 32GB ordered on an online shop (www.elevalley.com ) today. So exciting ...
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Why do so many browsers show sites with revoked certificates?

Everyone seems to agree that it is REALLY important to protect private keys so the encrypted Internet can remain just that (see for example at How do certification authorities store their private root ...
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Where does the responsibility lie for a XSS vulnerability

I am an avid user of Workflowy (online outliner/note taking tool) and I installed the Chrome extension 'Workflowy for Coders', which formats the text within notes. I discovered that one of my notes ...
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Chrome is telling me I am receiving a forged certificate for Gmail, is someone trying to hack me?

I went to log on to https://mail.google.com this morning and I got the following error. Is someone trying to attack me or is this just a bug? I'm on a WPA2 encrypted wireless connection using Chrome ...
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Does prefetching/preloading in web browsers pose a security risk?

Today I googled the name of a domain that was reportedly serving up malware. My search results came up (with the compromised domain at the top of the list) and within seconds my AV gave an alert ...
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Is there any benefit in having CNNIC certificates installed, if you're not in China?

All modern browsers/OS come with root certificates from the China Internet Network Information Center. AFAIK these certificates are required for computers sitting behind the Great Firewall to function ...
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Browsers and HTTP Public Key Pinning

The strength of HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP) is that the browsers are saving the keys from the HTTP header and can check in the future if the certificate from the website is valid. I have two ...
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How do I securely embed an <img> tag using a user-given URL?

If I hypothetically wanted to allow users to use an avatar from an arbitrary URL like this: <img class="avatar" src="{user input}" /> There are many problems that I can think about: There ...
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Why is a child window allowed to change the location of its parent?

Maybe a silly question. When opening a new tab via target="_blank", the page that loads in that tab is allowed to set a new location in the parent tab using: ...
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When and Why does Chrome display malware detection warning?

Google Chrome contains malware detection feature. When user visits some site, browser may display warning that site contains malware. What does it mean that site contains malware? Does it mean that ...
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Is it harmful to redirect web bugs to localhost on hosts file?

I was checking the article hosts file on Wikipedia, and I found this: Blocking access to servers of unwanted content by redirecting them to the local host (127.0.0.1) may have security ...
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Video site requests Adblocker to be shut off, next day I have 3 “weird” bookmarks

I was on a site trying to view a video and the site requested that I turn off my adblocker to view the video. So I did and then the next day I noticed that I had 3 "weird" bookmarks in my bookmark ...
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What issues might exist with TLS-OBC's emulation of Browser Certificates?

TLS-OBC is an RFC proposal that increases SSL/TLS security by using certificates on both ends of the TLS connection. What's special here is that the client is permitted to dynamically create a local, ...
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How much protection does the Kill-Bit provide for ActiveX controls?

I have some ActiveX controls that are not supposed to run in the browser but only in my particular Front-End. I know that by setting the Kill-Bit I disable their execution in Internet Explorer and MS ...
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apple.com exploit attempt?

I recently browsed to apple.com; and the page crashed a few times, then after I reloaded I was given this alert after my browser attempted to redirect to ...