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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Security of a Windows XP system after April 8th when running the latest Firefox or Chrome

As we all know, Microsoft stops developing security patches for Windows XP very soon. If a bug in the kernel was to be found that would allow an attacker to take control by, say, sending a specially ...
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What precaustions should be taken when the file displayed by a webpage is specified by the GET value

My website shows some files based on the get value in the URL. For example http://www.mysit.com/navigate.php?d=firstpage.html The thing is navigate.php knows which folder to look in and it's not in ...
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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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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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Warn about specific CA in Firefox

Consider a setup where all HTTP/HTTPS traffic goes through a proxy. The certificate of this proxy must be trusted by all browsers (in this case, Firefox). This certificate replaces the original ...
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Learning XSS: Why is my javascript ignored?

<a href='mailto:</a><script>/*'></a><script>/*</a>: <br> <hr> <a href='mailto:*/location.href=/*'>*/location.href=/*</a>: <br> ...
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Force user to download a file to their hard drive via hyperlink?

I want to design a scenario in which I have a web site which contains a link. If the user clicks on this link, it will save a file in a specific pat in his hard disk without his consent. Is this ...
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How can users be sure the browser's URL bar is not faked?

For a user to defend against something like Don't understand how my mum's Gmail account was hacked , they should pay attention to URL bar before typing their credentials. But how can you make ...
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When using private browsing can a website view data stored before private browsing was turned on?

If a browser has been used to visit a few sites and has active logins and then the user turns on private browsing, can the sites still access data such as cookies and cached files that were created ...
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What's malicious about file links?

Why did Chrome and Firefox disallow file:/// links? I can imagine an iframe opening a local resource, but which resource is the scary one? They could have just disabled iframes to file:///? Ajax ...
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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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Can your Windows or Linux username be exposed to websites?

For example: Accessing a website with javascript enabled can expose information such as browser, fonts and local time. Can it, theoretically, expose your Windows or Linux username? Will saving a ...
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Vertical information portal security with a customized web browser

I am creating a SaaS that will be delivered through a Vertical Information Portal (VIP). In my research I have found that by developing a custom lean web browser and installing it on the clients ...
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What servers or clients are immune to related-domain cookie attacks? (*.example.com)

In this question, I want to identify browsers, servers, or implementations that are immune from related domain cookie attacks (e.g. a.example.com vs b.example.com). Lacking any tangible solution, ...
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What does it mean when a webpage says refresh is disabled?

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2: To safeguard your privacy we have disabled the browser's "reload" or "refresh" facility while you are in sensitive areas of our web site. Reloading pages ...
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How can I assess the trust worthiness of a browser add-on?

Having learned a bit more about what add-ons/extensions can do in Firefox, I want to minimize my risk and use some safer mechanism to download videos (FLV in particular) for later viewing. ...
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How browser detects Phishing Pages?

I want to know how browsers detect phishing pages.And also what methodology browsers use to detect phishing pages?
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Danger of hidden html form uploading users local files without their knowledge

Is there a danger that a webpage could have a hidden form with a file upload input and js script that would try and take a random guesses at files on a users system and attach them to the form and ...
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Can a site I browse in private browsing mode tell if I visited it in regular mode before?

I've noticed when updating a blog, that sometimes refreshing the page won't actually fetch it again, because it is still in the cache. Now, even when I open it in incognito in that same browser(say ...
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Are there any know browsers that support file URL redirection?

I've been addressing an open-redirect issue and in experimenting with the latest fix, I noticed that updating the redirect's protocol to file resulted in a blank page on the browser. That is, ...
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does Avast SafeZone actually make a difference?

SafeZone is a feature in Avast Anti-Virus which is like a virtual machine that only has a web broswer. The benifit of this is that it can't be infected with spyware and isn't suseptible to keylogers. ...
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Apple Developer Account Hacked?

I just did a fresh install of Snow Leopard on a newly-formatted hard drive. Logged into the iPhone Developer Page with Google Chrome (latest build) here: ...
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How is the same origin policy causing my PoC to fail when I don't need to read return data?

I'm performing an authorized vulnerability analysis on a custom web service and have discovered a CSRF vulnerability. Due to there not being form tokens coupled with the service not checking for the ...
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How is YouTube able to identify anonymous users?

A few days ago I was searching YouTube and I noticed an "outlier" video poped up in the suggestions list. This video had nothing to do with the topic being searched, but instead it was based on a ...
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Crypto Browser add-on

What are the known limitations with browser addon/extensions that do in browser encryption vs a native implementation in the browser. The addon would expose cryptographic primitives for use in ...
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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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Can JavaScript defeat source port randomization?

Can malicious JavaScript defeat source-port randomization in browsers? I am reading a research paper which seems to claim that the answer is yes: many browsers seem to always assign a random ...
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Client-side cross-site access in SSL environment - when it's still possible to do?

I'm trying to imagine an secure sandboxed environment for an application which is big and unexplored, and may contain backdoors. It would live under chroot/virtual environment with no outgoing ...
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Are there any same origin issues (SOP) with TOR?

Are there any issues with Same Origin Policy (SOP) with TOR or *.onion addresses? I'm thinking of cookies Plugins (Silverlight, Flash, Java, etc) Javascript
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What are some recommended open source tools for web browser history analysis?

I'm looking at a series web browser histories from various browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, etc) and need to do some analysis. All of these browsers store data much differently, but I was wondering if ...
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Enabling Unsigned ActiveX

A third-party wants to provide a web app which they say only works if we enable unsigned ActiveX (unfortunately users are required to use IE). I understand what 'signing' is, as well as the basic ...
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How can I avoid Canvas Fingerprinting?

Canvas Fingerprinting has been getting a lot of press these last few days. Here is a study I read on this topic: 1 and 2 What can I do to keep browsing anonymously and avoid this tracking method?
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XSS via PDF when Content-Disposition: Inline?

There are kind of two questions here: Is it possible to have XSS in a PDF file when the Content-Disposition: is "inline"? If it is possible, does the pdf get access to the cookies for that domain ...
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Do any web browsers create cached copies of local HTML files?

Suppose that we create a sensitive file as a HTML document, and then view that file with a web browser such as Firefox, or other. Is it possible that the file is treated as if it were a document ...
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Accessing keystrokes directed at iframe?

So I was making a virtual credit card from entropay.com and when I decided to Top up it up with my existing debit card. It opened up the 'Verified by Visa' page(A page in which you have to enter a ...
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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 can I use certificates to secure my webservices? What is available to javascript?

I have a few web services that are accessed over public wifi connections and I think it would be a good idea to issue certificates to encrypt data, prevent MITM, and invalid impersonation (beyond what ...
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Why does Safari seem to be accepting an HTTPS connection every other browser rejects?

This question is inspired by a bug/issue in recent Linksys router firmware. Essentially, something has changed recently that's preventing HTTPS access to the web admin on current generation Linksys ...
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Automated browser-level countermeasures to look-alike login pages

For example, say an unsuspecting visitor gets a link security.stackexchange.com/.... Then it re-opens the login page, with or without an explanation as to why they have to log in again. (this is more ...
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Is the use of JavaScript for cryptography ever appropriate in the browser? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How secure is aSSL (javascript)? Does it effectively mimic SSL? After some searching around, I realized we don't have an easily visible canonical question about this on ...
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How will SHA1 deprecation affect internal CA's?

I am hearing that the SHA1 Deprecation notices from MS/CHROME only apply to certs that are a part of a public trusted root program. This makes one believe that IE will have new logic built in to allow ...
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Chrome vs Explorer - how to explain in plain words that open-source is better?

Why open-source is better in plain words? Yesterday I had a talk at a DIY bicycle workshop. There is a PC (running XP) that main application is checking emails (nothing really serious). I found it ...
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How can I know that the CA certificates in my computer have not been spoofed?

As far as I know, the browser contains the certificates of several CA. When I access http://gmail.com, the site says it is Gmail, it exposes a certificate signed by one of the CA I have in my ...
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Clickjacking: can't browsers just forbid/reject placing transparent elements over frames?

Why not? Seems like this is only used for clickjacking, the solution should be simple enough.
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How prevent Javascript from obtaining my location

I usually use a proxy server to browse anonymously. Now I realize that it is possible to find the location of a user using the Geolocation API. How to anonymously browse without disabling Javascript?
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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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How can Bank of America tell that I'm logging in on a computer I haven't used with them before?

When you sign into Bank of America for the first time on a computer that you haven't used with them before, they detect this and force you to answer one of your security questions. I think I've seen ...
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Can cookies reveal my email address?

When I visit livescore.com, ten seconds later I receive marketing emails from gambling companies. If I don't visit this site, I don't receive these emails. Similar things happen when I visit Twitter ...
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How to block the websites on client machines

In our office we are blocking sites like Facebook, Twitter etc.The problem is that some of the users bypass our proxy and firewalls through external proxy sites like www.youhide.com or ...
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Do on-demand SSL certificates exist?

A few days ago, I visited an SSL protected website. Since Safari complained about the SSL-certificate, I did a short inspection: The certificate was issued by GoDaddy in just the minute I ...