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 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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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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What are methods for preventing browser hooking / drive-by downloads?

This question may be a bit too broad and open ended, however I'm hoping to get some good advice on this. With the advent of BeEF and more and more of the computers in networks being infected just by ...
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External cross domain include script

One of my web application underwent a vulnerability assessment recently, and one of the findings is about cross domain include script. Our web app uses addthis_widget.js from AddThis to bookmark ...
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Do most browsers handle mixed encrypted and unencrypted content correctly?

In Google Chrome, when I go to an encrypted page that contains unencrypted content, I get the following pop-down, which allows me to either load or not load the insecure content, making a clear ...
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Improving the privacy of a casual Web user

I am interested in improving the privacy available to me as a casual internet user with a default browser. I think that Tor is too slow and that the "Privacy Mode" in browsers isn't really practical. ...
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Why are CSRF tokens necessary?

It seems that the entire problem could be solved very elegantly by simply adding a new flag to the HTTP cookie specification. Similarly to how cookies flagged Secure will only be submitted by the ...
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Why do I get AV alerts when browsing a web page?

I'm using the latest version of Firefox and Windows is up to date. When I was browsing a webpage and clicked a link the browser displayed "connection has been reset" and AVAST poped-up saying "Alert!" ...
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Where's the security when a payment gateway let website handle Credit Card detail

Has anyone worked with eWay payment gateway before? Basically, there's a service endpoint where you post the customer's detail and credit card details from the web application after the browser sends ...
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sslstrip vs. privoxy redirect rule on clients

I watched this video: http://www.securitytube.net/video/193 Now I'm thinking about an example. Suppose I have a privoxy proxy on my PC: user.action file (just part of it): { ...
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Pop-ups in Private Browsing?

The new Firefox private browsing mode allows for both non/private browsing windows at the same time. So if a website pops up a new window (which will be in non private mode) can it read stored data? ...
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Secure information exchange between web applications using browser redirection

We're implementing a web application (US) that needs to exchange sensitive information with a third-party web application (THEM). The way we'd like it to work is that an end user clicks a hyperlink, ...
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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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Browser security - Firefox + NoScript is better than Google Chrome?

I saw that NoScript + Firefox combination blocks all "dynamic content" (especially those spammy ads). I really like that. It reduces the chances of being exploited. But, chrome only asks me to allow ...
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Risks of serving untrusted content under HTTP Content-Type: text/plain?

Am I gonna run into XSS attacks by doing this, or will a file download be prompted? Are there security problems that would rise in a modern browser?
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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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Protecting websites from outdated browsers and plugins via a whitelist/blacklist combination?

Aside from using browser headers, I want to blacklist/whitelist browser and plugins from my site so that I can prevent these older unpatched systems from (1) being a general user of my site (2) ...
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Does a browser have to make multiple requests to verify an SSL certificate chain?

I've learned that SSL certificates can be chained, and the browser will use the issuer's public key to verify the issuer's signature. I have read this article, which has a very helpful diagram, but it ...
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When downloading from an https web page - will the download also use ssl?

If I click on a download link on a page that uses ssl, will the download also use ssl? If the answer is not (or: sometimes yes, sometimes not) - is there any way I can force it to be protected? I'm ...
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Can HSTS be defeated?

As I know HSTS is mainly implemented to mitigate famous sslstrip attack in which browser is forced to use ssl when connecting to particular site. And I think it also prevents user to proceed to site ...
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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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How can I protect my browser from being compromised?

In enterprise environments, I have found great benefit to use binary white-listing, web security gateway and end-point AV to help protect the end-user/system. Unfortunately, I still see the browsers ...
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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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How does the same-origin policy apply between browser tabs? [duplicate]

Let's assume that we have 2 open tabs in a browser containing page A (A.html, A.js) into the first tab and page B (B.html, B.js) into the second tab and that page A and B have the same origin (scheme, ...
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How does infection through web surfing work?

Often I read about compromise due to visit a malicious site which download some exploit to your computer. I've never seen a detailed process, all books/tutorials I read just say sentences like "once ...
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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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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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On an “uncritical” site, is there any reason to NOT trust a self-signed certificate?

There are many sites that have self-signed ("untrusted" in Firefox) certificates. I then have the option to trust them or not. If I not trust them I can either leave the site or only visit the site ...
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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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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'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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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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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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Why browsers implement stricter policy for local files

I have a problem viewing HTML/JS/CSS files generated on disk. Specifically, several calls in javascript are blocked by Google Chrome. I googled and found an answer here: ...
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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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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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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 this web resource hidden from the user? [closed]

Motivation: I've been interested in how various agencies hide data, either through incompetence or willful intent, that is required to be "open". Specifically I've seen oil companies use images to ...
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Login to one site using other site's credentials

I am frequently seeing websites that allows a user to log-in to their site using other websites log-on credentials. If there is a page that allows me to log-in using my google account or facebook ...
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PKI - Why Root CA is in intermediate CA section?

I can't understand why, when I accept to "install" a custom self signed Root CA on IE browser, the root certificate ends up in the "intermediate CA" section, rather than in "Root CA" section in the ...