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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UTF-7 XSS attacks in modern browsers

I've recently read about utf-7 XSS-attacks (i.e. Ned Batchelders article at http://nedbatchelder.com/blog/200704/xss_with_utf7.html) but could not get any UTF-7 attack to work in modern browsers. (I ...
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How does a browser know if a site supports https [migrated]

A lot of sites now default to https. Where beforehand i would have had to asked for https specifically (ie: typing out https://www.google.com) now even if I type out just www.google.com or even ...
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using multiple Firefox profiles to increase security

I am wondering whether it would increase security in any significant way, if I would use two separate Firefox profiles, one for normal browsing and the other for private/secure websites, such as my ...
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Web site blocked by Windows defender and is marked as unsafe in IE

I posted this originally on Drupal Stack Exchange, and it was recommended that I try here for an answer. Here is the original question: Visiting my Drupal 7 site just now with IE 11, I get this ...
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Xubuntu guest session security

lately I've been using the guest session on my xubuntu install because I am lazy and I was wondering what the security implications can be on the rest of the system if there is a web browser exploit ...
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Question regarding browser windows when integrating with 3rd party payment software

I've been told that when integrating with a 3rd party payment gateway, the other website's window should not be opened in an iFrame or a separate window - that the current application window itself ...
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Why do browsers enforce the same-origin security policy on iframes?

I did a small test on Chrome (V37) today. I created a small page and loaded it to the browser: <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Untitled Document</title> ...
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Why is it a security problem not to update one's browser?

Is it in general a security problem not to update your browser. Firefox constantly prompts me to update my browser, but how dangerous is it to not update? As part of this question, I would like to ...
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Reflected XSS script passing through URL how to make it work and what are the preconditions for it to work?

Trying to learn about security I set up the most simple website on my localhost consisting of one html page that a apache server serves. I first started trying and appending the JS script that would ...
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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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Do any tracking networks or ad networks not use JavaScript and only track based on IP address? If yes, how can they be prevented?

Are there any websites that collectively track one computer based on its IP address alone? Browser extensions such as Ad block plus, Do Not Track Plus and Ghostery modify the client side script but is ...
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XSS: alert() not executed on different OS/computer

I've encountered a strange behavior while I was performing a security audit of a web application. Some user controlled inputs were displaying their values, unencoded, into the page that processed the ...
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Where are my passwords stored in browser? [migrated]

When i click the remember me radio while signing into a web application, I know that my password is saved into somewhere inside my browser. I want to know the exact location of that file in my OS ...
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Can I avoid DNS spoofing by typing the IP address?

The question is in the title. I have been reading about DNS spoofing. What if I were to save the IP addresses of websites I consider sensitive and then just enter the IP address when I am using a ...
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Understanding cross origing requests from a web page

Reading up the XSS attacks on wiki I see that it says an injected script could send data/cookies to the attackers site. How is this achieved? Are there no checks/restrictions on cross origin requests ...
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How to fight browser fingerprinting?

https://panopticlick.eff.org/ , aka "How unique and trackable is your browser". For example it usually gives me a unique score. The biggest entropy values come from navigator.plugins and fonts via ...
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Can my University see what Stack exchange account I am logged into?

I have to log into an account to use the university internet, so I imagine they can see all the sites I view, but can they see what account I am logged into, and can I do anything to hide this?
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Is it possible to compromise Bing to redirect user to a malware?

I just got a new laptop and the first thing I wanted was to install Chrome. I opened IE and searched for "google chrome" in Bing. The first result was an ad with the link pointing to ...
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what is the cons and pros of using webfiltering based on cloud security?

nowadays some vendors offering web filtering based on cloud security , where your web traffic will be forwarded to vendor cloud to be filtered and controlled at the vendor proxy , the vendor will ...
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BREACH attack and content length

I've been researching BREACH, and while I can understand how it might work if you have access to the the browser (to send crafted requests) and the wire (to capture compressed response length), I ...
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Is it possible to easily retrieve Thunderbird's passwords with access to HDD?

I know Firefox 8 stores it's passwords in a SQLite database, which can easily be stolen with access to the HDD! What about Thunderbird 8? How does it store the passwords and how can one retieve them? ...
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How effective is Opera Mini's encryption? Can it hide activity on a WiFi network?

I'm curious since I discovered the nature of how browsing works in Opera Mini. A URL request is sent to Opera's servers, they download the page then compress it to lower bandwidth. They use a file ...
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Is drive-by-download possible with NoScript?

I am using and getting my friends to use NoScript, and the argument I usually have to use to convince them is "It prevent website to infect you without you downloading something (by yourself)". But ...
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Is Payment using an iframe more secure than using as Javascript library?

Traditionally most Payment providers only provide Hosted Payment Sites via redirect or iframe. But now an increasing number is also supporting payment integration via a Javascript library. I imagine ...
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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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Can Chrome's Incognito mode be disabled? [closed]

Is there a way to disable the use of anonymous navigation window (an Incognito window) in Google Chrome for a computer?
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How to prevent installation of Google Chrome extensions

You can prevent the installation of Google chrome extensions on a Desktop?
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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 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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How does this website prevent directing away from it

I'm using the latest version of Firefox with Ghostery and Adblock plus installed. This website somehow prevents navigation away from it. How does it do this and how can it be protected against? I ...
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“Allow __ to be fullscreen?”

I have been asking myself for a while what's the purpose of that popup showing up in pretty much all the modern browsers upon entering the full-screen mode of a video or website. It appears to be a ...
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Are input fields that don’t have name=“” sent via the browser [closed]

Are input fields that don’t have name attributes susceptible to MITM attacks (w/o SSL) or any other attack? For example: <form action="" method="post"> <label ...
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Blocking access to social media on Windows

I would like to block websites like Facebook, YouTube and other social sites as part of my job and would need your advice on how to manage that. There are about 120 PCs in the building. Is something ...
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URL Shortening - How to verify if it is a non-malicious URL?

Again, I must mention that I have just started to learn about security. So, please bear with my newbie questions. If I receive a shortened URL from somewhere, say in an my-email or in a social media ...
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How can i protect myself from tor vulnerability on windows

Recently I came across an article regarding Tor. According to article there is speculation that the uncovered malware was used by a law enforcement agency to harvest the IP addresses of users ...
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What are empty requests in web server log?

In enginx access.log I have plenty of request logs like this: 1.2.3.4 - - [18/Aug/2014:12:09:33 +0200] "-" 400 0 "-" "-" As you see there is neither browser specification nor any target url. I am ...
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Flash cookie and man-in-the-middle

I am using the Scala Play web framework. In it, there is a PLAY_FLASH cookie used to flash messages to the user (it's a cookie so it will still work after several redirects). I put HTML in the cookie ...
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Firefox vs. Chrome extensions: Which are---ceteris paribus---more secure?

As an 'extension' to earlier questions on this topic (for instance here and here), What makes Firefox extensions (appear) more secure than Chrome extensions? Do they just appear to be more secure, ...
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Browser and SSL support

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security#Web_browsers most browsers support SSL 3.0. And with my understanding (please correct me if I am wrong), when a browser just ...
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Is there any risk to enabling CORS with a wildcard on S3?

By default, Amazon S3 blocks cross-origin requests. However, it allows users the ability to set up per-bucket CORS policies. It offers fairly elaborate controls for which domains and methods the user ...
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How the address bar manage the XSS?

I was playing with OWASP Mutillidae II and in one page I've found one vulnerability. In the address bar I've wrote something like : ...
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XSS Technique - & JavaScript Include

I was looking through the OWASP XSS Filter Evasion Cheat Sheet, and there was one technique that was completely new to me: & JavaScript includes <BR SIZE="&{alert('XSS')}"> I ...
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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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Creating an application in which all user content is encrypted

Does any one have references or sources on how to approach developing a web application in which the content is encrypted and unreadable for the developers or company owners; I'm referring to content ...
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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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How JavaScript malware targets browsers? [duplicate]

What are the main components that JavaScript malware targets on the browsers ? Which aspects of browsers on which JavaScript takes advantage to exploit them ? And which techniques are used by ...
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How can a webpage get the MAC address?

I was logged on to my router and filling out some information. I clicked a button and a field was automatically filled in with my computer's MAC address. How is this possible? Does it present a ...
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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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How secure are my passwords in the hands of Firefox using a Master Password?

I'm relying on Firefox to remember my passwords, using a Master Password of more than 25 characters. How secure is this set-up?
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Why is the HTTP Server header not used by most servers, but the User agent used by most browsers? [closed]

I've read that the Server header would disclose information, and that its use would be bad. The arguments made in that question also apply for the User agent header. So why is it still used, and not a ...