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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Does browser 'view-source' mode avoid scripting attacks?

Let's say there's a URL www.badjs.com which is untrusted and may contain bad scripts. Intuitively, a view-source navigation to that URL does not execute any scripts so it should be safe. It would at ...
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What does a Firewall mean by “connect to TCP port without your permission”?

McAfee is reporting incoming network connections blocked from IPs like 198.252.206.149 (StackExchange Inc.), 54.179.231.116 (Amazon Technologies Inc.), 74.125.68.106 (Google Inc.), etc. The ports ...
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Why does rfc6797 say “An HSTS Host MUST NOT include the STS header field in HTTP responses over non-secure transport.”

Why does the RFC prohibit the server from sending HSTS to the client over HTTP? I can see that if a HTTP client responds to that unsecure HTTP response it might cause that site to be inaccessible ...
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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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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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What is the best way to manipulate the browser fingerprint? [migrated]

The test here worries me: http://panopticlick.eff.org/ and I'd like to know if there is a good way to manipulate the browser fingerprint?
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Is there any security benefit in stripping only `<script>` tags that contain code?

On a client's corporate network something is stripping all <script> elements that contain code, i.e. things like <script type="text/javascript">do_something();</script> will simply ...
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Is using “HTTPS everywhere” extension secure?

I would like to know if one should use 'HTTPS everywhere' extension? Is it secure to use it? Are there any better alternatives? HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts ...
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How secure is my rstudio setup? [closed]

I am creating an Amazon EC2 instance to host an rstudio service. This service will be available through a reverse proxy through Apache server on port 443. I am a statistician and I am pretty ...
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Does the browser still stores the website you visited Private Browsing [incognito Firefox]?

As they clearly state in their website they mention that What does Private Browsing not save? Visited pages: No pages will be added to the list of sites in the History menu, the Library window's ...
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Do I have to harden IE if I'm only using Firefox?

Assume a Windows 7 system (probably whatever home version comes with the machine), with the latest OS patches, latest IE and latest Firefox. Also assume that the user uses only Firefox for browsing, ...
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Firefox stopped working with our app after 36.0.1 [migrated]

We have a web application that works on all browsers and firefox before 36.0.1 Have done all the typical things, clearing cache, reinstalling ff, etc. Multiple different machine from different ...
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Custom TLS in Browser [duplicate]

We are developing a JSF web application that has a main requirement of using our own TLS implementation (custom algorithm suites). The clients will connect via a browser. Is there any way (customising ...
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FIDO U2F tokens Web Browsers compatibilty [migrated]

I'm trying to integrate U2F Authentication in GWT project and I need to know if is this solution compatible with all new web browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari...)? Normally in Google Chrome ...
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Pre-internet encryption for a rest application

I have a project idea that I want to code. There will be a huge gain for my user to be able to use it over a website and on their mobile device. The problem is the data will contains financial data ...
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Is Google Chrome Extension access to SSL certificate validation output possible?

I want to develop an extension which will stop an user from proceeding to any banking site (configurable by user) if a proxy like paros is seating in between sending fake certificate to user. My ...
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Restrict website access

I want website (A) to only work if a visitor came by clicking a link from a specific other website (B). Initially I thought of using the document.referrer from website A to check whether website B is ...
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yahoo.com will not open in mozilla firefox [migrated]

When I try to open yahoo.com in mozilla firefox I get the following error. An error occurred during a connection to www.yahoo.com. Invalid OCSP signing certificate in OCSP response. (Error code: ...
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Why is 'avast! Web/Mail Shield Root' listed as CA for google.com?

I just noticed something weird in my browser: the certificate for www.google.com has been issued by avast! Web/Mail Shield Root. Should I be worried? I am using avast! Antivirus so it's probably a ...
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Secure Flash with Click to Play Plugins in the Enterprise

In the recent light of repeating critical Flash vulnerabilities there are recomendations to use browserplugins like click-to-play to prevent unnecessary flash content to automatically load with every ...
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Preventing information disclosure from browser back button/history?

I have sensitive data that will be hosted on a website, and I would like to prevent the data from being exposed in this scenario: The primary user logs off the application, but does not close the ...
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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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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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Is opportunistic encryption support optional for HTTP/2?

I'm a little unclear on the subject of opportunistic encryption of the HTTP:// address scheme in HTTP/2. According to the bug report, it looks like it's kinda optional, and an afterthought: ...
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Source code disclosure vulnerability

I am a bit confused about the discussion here about hiding javascript source code. Let's say if I browse to a url like this: http://www.example.com/site/somejs.js and then what I see is something like ...
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Can video feed be used to track location of an IP?

I dont know if it is possible but i read that while a user is viewing video, the location of user can be traced without sharing its knowledge to the user. Even when user has disabled the option to ...
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Can someone explain, in simple terms, how the FREAK attack on browsers works?

Is there a reason it only affects browsers on Windows machines and not Mac's or UNIX/LINUX environments? A lot of the wording on this site is particularly complicated and I don't understand fully what ...
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Cross Domain Javascript security [duplicate]

I used a web vulnerability scanner to scan my web site. It indicates several links with "Cross domain Java script source file inclusion." May I know how would an attacker exploit this type of ...
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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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Untrusted connection visiting https://www.opensource.apple.com/

Somebody on Stackoverflow posted some code from https://www.opensource.apple.com/ When I click this link in Firefox (36.0) it says "This Connection is Untrusted". But other people on that thread on ...
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How to detect if a site is using a JavaScript exploit?

Is there a way for me (non-expert in JavaScript) to detect JavaScript attacks from a website. I have done a lot of searching around and have not come up with a definitive answer. NoScript is a pain in ...
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Disable webcam in Firefox [migrated]

Firefox has introduced a new "feature" called Hello, which accesses your webcam and microphone to allow you to start "conversations" with friends. For obvious reasons, I find it quite disconcerting ...
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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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Steps after getting hit with malware or browser exploits on Xubuntu

Well, today I was browsing the internet and I suddenly got redirected to a chinese hosted malware site and firefox started going crazy. I checked the url on virustotal with my phone and it found other ...
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How safe is SSL on an untrusted computer and network?

In situations where the consumer doesn't trust/control the workstation and the network, can consumer safely do potentially sensitive activities (like making a payment or transferring confidential ...
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Why do browsers default to http: and not https: for typed in URLs? [duplicate]

When I type example.com without any scheme into the browser bar and press Enter it is interpreted as HTTP://example.com, not HTTPS://example.com. Why? And where are the plans to fix this? (To be ...
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Is “HTTPS” ~100% secure? [duplicate]

Assuming that we have a "green bar connection" to a website, e.g.: Is an attacker still able to sniff our traffic? How secure is a user from man-in-the-middle attacks when he has established a ...
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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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Can one reliably show HTTPS status in browser (not just the lock in the URL bar)?

I'm almost certain this isn't possible, as it would probably be too exploitable, but I wanted to ask the community just in case. Is there a way to determine and display the state of HTTPS on a page ...
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What are empty requests in web server log?

In my nginx 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 ...
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Clarification on a website security

I am new to work on website handling and here are my questions. 1) How can I ensure that the pages accessing is secure enough for data transmission , sql injection and several other attacks. 2) How ...
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How can I hide my logged in sessions from other websites?

Most people go on browsing the web while connected to their facebook/gmail/etc. accounts. Other websites somehow know what accounts you're logged in. For example, if you go to hide.me's torrent page, ...
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Can a Certificate Authority associated with Active Directory publish a client certificate to a browser?

Can I use some integration of Windows Active Directory and a Certificate Authority to embed a client certificate in a browser that will be trusted by a server? I have a private domain and control ...
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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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How would I start becoming knowledgable about hacking and able to do it? [closed]

Is there a site I can start reading tutorials to simpler stuff to build up my skills??? Or is someone willing to give me a task (easy one) to do?
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Secure keyboard entry with JavaScript or Flash?

Is it possible to perform secure keyboard entry (similar to what is offered in the OS X Terminal app) using only web technologies and/or Flash? If not, is there any way to more broadly guarantee ...
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How does a browser manage secure sessions and store session keys?

I am interested in how a browser manages secure sessions. As I understand it this is the scenario when logging into a google account: 1) Browser (B) and google Server (S) perform a handshake to ...
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Can Professor See Open Tabs Or History? [closed]

I have a professor that has online quizzes. They mentioned on the first day that they can see the other tabs open in the browser so don't try to cheat by looking up answers. Is this possible? If not ...
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Are auto complete forms a security concern?

I know when I fill out forms with address and email it will attempt to auto complete the rest of the information. Is it possible to include more hidden fields on the page in order to get more ...
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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 ...