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 to disable typed arrays in firefox as rowhammer mitigation

I am concerned about the potential attack surface exposed by JavaScript typed arrays as a means of performing rowhammer attacks. Is it possible to disable (via official means or otherwise) typed ...
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Block website for all user agents expect one and allow all user agents to specific URL [on hold]

I want to block all user agents except one for entire website, and at the same time allow access all user agents to one specific URL. When any user want to reset password I need to unblock all user ...
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What is the difference between http and https with a self-signed SSL certificate?

A colleague of mine has told me he doesn't see why there is a warning when visiting a HTTPS website with a self-signed certificate saying that the security may be compromised, but there is no warning ...
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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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browser overlay with no “close” button

I observed what I will describe as an "overlay" on my Firefox browser tabs. It contained the logo of the local (copper wire) phone company and both the horizontal and vertical scroll bars. It ...
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apple.com exploit attempt?

I recently browsed to apple.com; and the page crashed a few times, then after I reloaded I was given this alert after my browser attempted to redirect to ...
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Using Lynx on potentially malicious websites

After needing to refresh how to unpack an android ramdisk, the site I remember having good information comes up with something similar to this: Being cautious, but still wanting to get what was on ...
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Tunnelling for security [closed]

I want to tunnel HTTP over DNS over IPSEC over PPTP over Telnet over PNG (imbedded via Steganography) over HTTPS How to do dis? EDIT: Software I am using is notepad.exe I have tried to do ...
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Can a shim (a.k.a. polyfill) be installed in IE, FF, or Chrome without user knowledge, and can it read passwords entered by user on a login page?

The questions here are about shims in the 3 most commonly used browsers. A shim (also known as polyfill) is a piece of code (often JavaScript or Flash) implemented to augment the native API in a web ...
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“encrypted using an obsolete cypher suite” - After using IIS Crypto best practices [duplicate]

I've used the IIS Crypto tool, using best practices and I still get "encrypted using an obsolete cypher suite" In Google Chrome. There's so many various cypher suites, and I'm yet to find a ...
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Is there a list of web technologies, and the corresponding privacy risks and mitigations? [closed]

I'm looking for a consolidated list of web technologies, the risks, and mitigations. Does such a thing exist? For example, the basic stuff would be Javascript, IP address, proxy header information, ...
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Does WebCrypto also mandate the crypto algorithms be implemented in Javascript?

I am trying to understand what WebCrypto means. From what I understand it is - A Javascript Crypto API spec that all browsers must (hopefully) support. Am I correct? If so are the crypto algorithms ...
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Should I regularly erase cookies?

Cookies really do make for a better experience on the web but do they also create a vulnerability? How often should I clean them out and what benefits are gained by doing so?
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Can a website detect my local WIFI network I am in?

I have two computers, both of them locate at the same local WIFI network ( ie: connected to the same router). I use VPN on a computer to visit a website, and don't use VPN on another to visit the ...
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Does a Content-Type: text/plain header protect against XSS in browsers?

I'm creating a small web script that mostly redirects the browser but has some error conditions when input parameters cannot be validated. I'd like to display error messages like parameter XXX had ...
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This site uses a weak security configuration - SHA-1 signatures [duplicate]

One of our users just sent us a screenshot of them browsing our site using Chrome for OS X, version 44.0.2403.130. This came as a surprise because I thought that our certificates were up to date (via ...
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Enable only TLS 1.2 connection to my website [migrated]

All those web browsers that cant make a TLS 1.2 connection to my website should not be able to access it. I am using apache tomcat server. What all configurational changes do I need to make in order ...
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Can you get virus just by visiting a website in Chrome?

I've recently read Google Chrome: The End of Drive-By Downloads. Is it true to say that drive-by-downloads are history in Google Chrome? So if I have a link (from a spam email) I can right-click >> ...
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Cipher used for request data encryption used by browser

Please note that this is not about how SSL communication happens between browser (I researched and understood it) and client but other aspects. Using Digicert's SSL mechanism explanation I have ...
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Disable HTML5 battery features

HTML5 has a feature set relating to client battery status. It has been described as a privacy hole, as it can be used to track and identify web users. Research suggests the features can be used even ...
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Have computer criminals been known to exploit easily-edited websites like Wikipedia to embed malicious scripts?

When I was reading a page on Wikipedia several months ago (December 2014) I saw what looked like a pop-up window from BT, but I soon realized that when I closed the page the pop-up disappeared. I then ...
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Are bookmarklets safe with facebook data?

I usually play Mafia Wars and use bookmarklets like Spockholm, Arum, etc. Can these bookmarklets get my Facebook data when I run them, they usually ask to unframe the Facebook page? I was just ...
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Is Google Chrome a more secure browser?

I was amazed that IE 8, Safari, Firefox were hacked so fast at Pwn2Own 2010. Is Chrome really so good or was it not tested? Has anyone other results of independent investigations about security of ...
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Playing with Referrer Header

There are 2 sites: http://www.site1.com http://www.site2.com http://www.site1.com contains link to http://www.site2.com as <a href="http://www.site2.com/">link<a/> When user clicks ...
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Why do browsers have no built-in features to verify the integrity of downloads? [closed]

I just started a download of a large file. Checksums were placed prominently on the download page. But I just realized that I actually never made use of any of the checksums provided for download ...
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Do any specific steps need to be taken into account for the user's browser and browser caching for a HIPAA compliant web application?

I'm currently writing a web application that will need to be HIPAA compliant. It is very JavaScript heavy, and ePHI will be sent over an encrypted connection in the form of JSON. The transmission ...
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Why do popular sites like Google, Dropbox, etc. have a “trust this computer” checkbox when it weakens security?

Let's say someone is logging onto Dropbox in the library, but the computer has a keylogger on it that steals their password. Fortunately, they are using two factor authentication, which could have ...
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Are there cases where malicious scripts on websites breached the sandbox of a browser so that files on the user's computer could be accessed?

Whenever a hosted script on a website tries to access a file on a user's computer the sandbox prevents it, but has there been any documented case where this sandbox obstacle was somehow overcome by ...
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Point several HTTPS domains to the same web server

We are currently running a SaaS over HTTPS(abc.net) and one of our clients(xyz.com) wants to do some custom branding. The client xyz.com will have their own subdomain xyz.abc.net which looks like its ...
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Is it safe to reuse a tab in a browser for different websites?

A friend of mine recently asserted that it is unsafe to reuse the same tab in a browser for different websites. In other words, if the user: Visits a sensitive website (for example logs in his bank ...
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Protection against clickjacking in Firefox without installing addons?

On some of my workstations I never allow Javascript in Firefox. The NoScript addon is installed on these machines, but I would like to remove it and disable Javascript via about:config instead. ...
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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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Security of an initial redirection from http://example.com to https://example.com

Suppose that http://example.com/<foo> systematically redirects to https://example.com/<foo>. I enter http://example.com in my browser's URL bar, and I see a page load and the URL bar now ...
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Can a “client-initiated” session cookie provide more privacy and security than existing session alternatives?

There are several uses for a cookie, and I would like to offer some kind of guarantee that a cookie is being used for a specific, limited purpose and scope. In my case, I want to prove that a cookie ...
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Selective JavaScript commands - Avoiding vulnerabilities explotation

I remember the times when JavaScript usage was so innocent. A small pop-up here a dialog message there. Nowadays JavaScript "steals" data by exploiting vulnerabilities on "mature" browsers such as ...
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Is flash or javascript a bigger security concern? [closed]

Many flash website whitelisting extensions for chrome (such as flashblock and flashcontrol) use javascript in order to selectively block Adobe Flash from functioning. Thus, In order to get this ...
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Encrypting data before sending to SaaS tool and decrypting on browser view

I'd like to send data to a SaaS tool, where the data is stored in the cloud. I'll use Google Analytics as an example, but it applies to any similar service. Google Analytics does not allow you to ...
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Browser fingerprints, theory or reality?

As you may or may not be aware, even when browsing "incognito", you can theoretically be tracked. Browsers have unique fingerprints, just like people do. Check this link to learn more. While I ...
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Cookies “Secure” Flag

How do cookies' "secure" flag work to determine whether cookie itself should be included? e.g. on an HTTP (unencrypted) connection... user has no cookie yet and tries to log in; user logs in ...
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How secure/private is the browsing history on browsers?

I've been using Aviator secure browser for a while which insists that you run private mode by default (cookies and history wiped after every session), which makes me wonder how secure the history is ...
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How to post comments on websites without being traced back

Just trying to get some general sense about the security on internet now-a-days. There are so many websites I go and comment on different things. If some comments are political and they don't like, I ...
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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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Do iPhone Chrome & Safari keep refreshing and sending my IP address to websites while in background?

You can put a browser like Safari or Chrome into the background on iOS without closing your tabs. Will they keep refreshing themselves and send out personal details like your IP address? What about ...
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Questions on true anonymity

I am going to use Tails to connect to Tor through VPN which has AES-256 data encryption, SHA-256 data authentication and RSA-4096 handshake encryption on my Mac on my school's WiFi (as public as I can ...
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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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Scam caller claimed to have elderly friend's “Windows unique identifier”

An elderly friend received a telephone call similar to this Information Security SE post and this one. The caller claimed that my friend's computer had a problem that needed to be fixed. My friend ...
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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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Does Microsoft Edge (Spartan) share Cookies, Cache, Passwords, or TLS Certificates with Internet Explorer?

Windows 10 was released with a new browser called Microsoft Edge. Interestingly, Internet Explorer is also installed on the same default install. Given that Chrome and Firefox tend to separate their ...
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Is injecting malicious file with browser localstorage possible?

Lets say, I visited a "malicioussite.com" and the server had a "malicious.js" in it whose job is to write malicious code to my browser localStorage and save it to the my computer then execute it to ...
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How do browsers negotiate SSL/TLS connection parameters?

For the purpose of this question, let assume that an SSL/TLS connection has 4 parameters: protocol, symmetric encryption method, asymmetric encryption method, MAC. During the negotiation of SSL ...