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 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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GET and POST request vulnerable to CSRF attack?

Are both GET and POST request vulnerable to CSRF? Should we use PUT instead?
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Malware ad.adsmatte infection

My PC is infected with malware, whenever I open a webpage and click on it a new tab opens on "ad.adsmatte.com". I scanned my PC with Malwarebytes but was unable to resolve the problem. So I ...
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Why do you need to close your browser window after logging out of a website?

I might be wrong, but I believe the request to close the browser window after logging out is common, though it's completely unclear what the risks might be of failing to close a browser window ...
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Can web sites detect whether you are using private browsing mode?

Most modern browsers support "private browsing mode" (also known in Chrome as "Incognito mode"), where the browser does not save any information to disk about your browsing while in this mode. In ...
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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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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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Is visiting HTTPS websites on a public hotspot secure?

It's often said that HTTPS SSL/TLS connections are encrypted and said to be secure because the communication between the server and me is encrypted (also provides server authentication) so if someone ...
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How can I debug a running process on my computer? [on hold]

Using GDB can I debug a process ID to see where a particular variable is stored in memory? Consider that: I'm running a javascript game which is running in my browser, and I'm on Kali Linux. Can I ...
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Why did browsers deprecate 1024-bit RSA, but retain SHA-1?

I was reading Mozilla's security blog Phasing out Certificates with 1024-bit RSA Keys. Effectively, some browsers are deprecating 1024-bit RSA for CAs and Subordinate CAs because the certificate must ...
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Give Someone Access to Secure Website? [closed]

I have someone I hired on a Freelancing website working for me - so far he has worked for me for about two weeks and is doing a good job. In order for him to complete his work he will need access to ...
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Can a browser JavaScript console ever be an issue?

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the JavaScript-based game Candy Box. As you probably know, one can cheat this game's candy system by sending commands to the console. For instance, if you ...
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Multiple browser instances through differents openvpn [migrated]

How can I config multiple instances of browser to connect through different VPN servers? I'm working in a Linux server and I need that every browser instance uses different VPN servers. Thanks in ...
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How can I protect myself from this kind of clipboard abuse?

Clipboard abuse from websites Many websites use JavaScript or CSS to stealthily insert or replace text in the user's clipboard whenever they copy information from the page. As far as I know this is ...
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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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How do I verify, parse and process the results of the HTML5 keygen tag?

I'm investigating the HTML5 attribute Keygen and discovered that it sends this data on a Form POST to the server. Here is an example POST: ...
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What web browsers support ECC vs DSA vs RSA for SSL/TLS?

We are updating our wildcard certificate and see that we have the option to use both RSA or DSA with Symantec (for free), while Digicert offers 3 options for wildcards ECC, DSA and RSA. Is there a ...
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Does this list every Chrome extension/addin that may leak privacy?

I am looking for a simple list of all extensions, preference, custom processes, and "flags" that may disclose a user's privacy or other details to a 3rd party. To that end, I discovered: ...
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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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Does a TLS-connection to a proxy-server encrypt the destination url's?

If I use a browser through a proxy-server over a secure connection (i.e. the proxy is HTTPS) - does that mean that everything is encrypted, or just the page returned from the site? And who does the ...
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What are some useful tags and payloads for HTML injection on CSP-protected sites?

I'm pen-testing a website that fixed most of its XSS vulnerabilities by just adding a Content Security Policy. There are still HTML injections in several places. I've tried to get 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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Clarification on a website security [closed]

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 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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configuring burp to use in proxy environment

my university internet connection runs behind proxy.its host name is 192.168.1.103 and port no is 3128.how to configure proxy in burp suite if i should enter above proxy setting in my firefox browser. ...
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What to do if I suspect a website I visit and link to was compromised via an XSS?

EDIT: The script has been removed and apparently the vulnerability has been patched. My employer links to this resource: http://www.myplan.com/ I recently noticed a JavaScript alert was added into ...
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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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How to prevent installation of Google Chrome extensions

You can prevent the installation of Google chrome extensions on a Desktop?
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HTTPS icon red and crossed out - Chrome browser

I just would like to ask what actually means when HTTPS icon is red / crossed - out. Is this site is vulnerable to Man in the Middle Attack? Is it safe or not?
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How much can I trust Tor?

How much can I depend on Tor for anonymity? Is it completely secure? My usage is limited to accessing Twitter and Wordpress. I am a political activist from India and I do not enjoy the freedom of ...
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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 ...
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If someone steals my laptop while I'm logged in, how can I protect my browser?

My question has its roots in an xkcd from this week: http://xkcd.com/1200/ Isn't this true and ironic? We place so much emphasis on browser security and OS security -- and rightly so -- yet if I ...
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Best practice for caching sensitive data

My server returns private data in the body of an HTTPS response. It's not passwords or credit cards, but it is user-generated text and images, which should not be accessed by others. The data for a ...
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In What Ways Can X-Foward-For Header Information Be Used In An Attack

By enabling X-Foward-For on our proxy, we would essentially be advertising our internal IP addresses externally. However, we use a private range. Everything goes through NAT. So, the best anyone would ...
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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 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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Does upgrading from IE8 to IE11 erase old IE8 stig settings? [migrated]

I hardened Internet Explorer 8 on a 2012 R2 Box according to latest IE8 Disa Stigs. A coworker accidentally installed IE11, realized his mistake and then rolled it back to IE8. Will the IE8 Disa ...
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Chromium Sandbox on Mac OSX: Is it enabled by default?

I have decided to finally replace the closed source and privately owned Google Chrome with the open-source Chromium on my Mac OSX 10.9.2 (Mavericks). I have read the differences between both here: ...
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Server side script to check if browser is vulnarable to SSLv3 Poodle [migrated]

I want to implement a browser SSLv3 Poodle vulnerability test like https://zmap.io/sslv3/sslv3test.html on my web application. My idea is to put a routine in the application first page to tell to my ...
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Sharing sensitive information across servers on visits from the same browser

I have this scenario: Webserver domain A. Generates sensitive information when a request from a browser is received but this information is not disclosed to the browser. Webserver domain B. ...
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Same Origin Policy - XHR response

I know that Same Origin Policy (SOP) prevents a page/script from one origin to read response from another origin, but it does not prevents the page/script from making a XMLHttpRequest (XHR) request to ...
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Bing bar without admin rights

I know viruses uses exploits to gain admin rights to install software. My question is here at work, we have people end up with the Bing Bar installed from time to time on their machines. It is listed ...
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Do search engines give searcher's IP address to sites that come up in search? [closed]

Ok so for example, I search "stackexchange" and a bunch of pages come up in the search result - of course most of them from this very site, and many other ones talking about stackexchange. Would this ...
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Click to play plugins vs. AdBlock?

Reading through articles like Faked Flash-based ads... I'm wondering what is a better way to keep yourself safe from malvertising. Many people suggest setting your browser's plugin settings to "Click ...
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Foolproof way to hide your IP when browsing [closed]

is there a fool proof-ish way to hide your IP from websites you visit? I heard even if you use VPN, there can be 'leaks'? And one step more secure is Anonymizer or Tor? Can they have 'leaks', too? ...
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How to get directly to text versions of Google cached pages [closed]

http://navigators.com/cached.html According to the bottom of that site, it seems the easiest way to view websites without giving them your IP is: "Edit the heck out" of google URLs like this: ...
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Does visiting cached pages disclose my IP address to site admin? [closed]

I know it discloses my IP to Google, but is my IP also disclosed to the owner of the site of which Google made cached pages that I'm looking at? And how about anything I do within the cached page - ...
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Should sensitive data ever be passed in the query string?

Should sensitive data ever be passed via the query string as opposed to the postback? I realize that the query string will be encrypted, but are there other reasons to avoid passing data in the ...
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Payment form from http is secure? [closed]

There are lot of payment gateways (Worldpay, PayPal, ..) offering easy integration, when the plain webpage using URL redirection to the payment page. HTTPS (worldpay,paypal), where the user posts his ...
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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 ...