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Is it safe to allow untrusted field names in JSON?

When forming a JSON data structure, are there any security risks with allowing the field names to be chosen by an attacker? You can assume they'll be quoted properly. I'd like to know if allowing ...
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What is the best practice for placing DataBase servers in secure network topologies

I have a classic DMZ architecture: My webserver is placed in the DMZ. The webserver needs to communicate with a database server. This database server is the most critical component of my network ...
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Is there a drawback for local log in compared to server log in?

For developing a mobile app, there is a choice of storing usernames and password data in the device itself, or in a server (user will be authenticated to a server). Other than possibly the user have ...
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Real life examples of web site attacks

I've been put in charge of educating developers on web application security. One way I will be doing this is through an explanation of various web attacks (e.g., OWASP top ten). In addition to an ...
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What flaws lie behind HttpContext.Current object i .NET?

I'm into extend a authenticating service and like to ask about the security perspective of HttpContext.Current. Let say you have a authentication serve websites / wcf and such (where http is ...
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How do I secure my advertisement space against ad overlay browser attachments?

I don't really have an issue with advertisements simply being blocked by individual users who are visiting a customers site or my own site. As an individual you have the freedom to choose not to look ...
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Security implications of rooting Android

My Android smart phone has fancy features that I can get only if I root it, e.g., free-wifi tethering or Cisco VPN (with group name/password). However, the procedure to root my phone makes me ...
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ARP-poisoning on wireless network - no packets

I've started working with ettercap and ARP-poisoning; however, I've sumbled upon some problems. I've executed the following command: ettercap -i wlan0 -w log -T -M arp:remote /192.168.1.254/ ...
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Are there sensors/devices to be used for reading magnetic bits of hard disk

I would like to ask about the availability of any sensor or device that can be used to read magnetic bits inside hard disks? I tried to google that but I did not see any useful thing till now. I think ...
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Do any antivirus products use “canary files” to detect rootkits?

Recently, I've learned how some rootkits are able to hide certain files, services, etc. from programs in the kernel or user modes. This got me wondering: Are there any antivirus programs, or other ...
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What is the risk of giving USB drives as promotional items by a healthcare provider

There have been a couple of instances where malware infected USB drives have been given away unknowingly as promotional items at conferences, e.g., IBM in 2010. Besides this, if a healthcare company ...
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If I send a fax from an unsecure endpoint to a secure endpoint, is the data secure?

I am very technical, but I do not know much about fax. I was told to send a fax to somebody with some very private information, and not to worry because they had a secure fax line. That's all well ...
6
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Creating a Private Key using Human Intervention

In a hypothetical system, lets say that a design requirement is that people who snoop around the database of a web application (sysadmin gone rogue, or what have you), do not have access to the plain ...
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would preparing for CCNA add “significantly” to my knowledge as a penetration tester?

I'm a post graduate student and self taught programmer. I concentrated on Computer Networks & Operating Systems more during my undergraduate studies. I can explain usually used protocols by ...
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505 views

Saving connection parameters in an RDP file

For connecting to a remote Windows Server 2008 I use a standard Windows 7 RDP remote desktop connection. In an RDP dialog there is an option to save connection parameters to an RDP file to use it ...
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What is the background of the Reference Counter Overflow in Microsoft TCP/IP (MS11-083)?

How unique is this bug? Is there a more sophisticated and well-studied attempt behind? Is it accidence? The article below says "continouos stream to UDP". What stream? Just an hour stream of zeros? ...
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IP address filtering vs web application security

We have a web application behind a firewall that requires no user authentication. If we open up access to this application via the firewall to a small list of IP addresses what is the risk of ...
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Best practices for implementation of role-based access control in healthcare applications

Amongst the open source EMRs, which ones may be good to learn from? Any references I can go to as a starting point?
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PHP functions for preventing XSS

Is there a proven library with functions for preventing XSS attacks? Many people don't realise that htmlspecialchars is not enough to prevent XSS attacks. There are various contexts that need their ...
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Is it possible to trace fellow nodes on a DSL internet connection?

I'm not in my college campus right now. In campus we had private LAN. There my computer was directly connected to a gateway. Using subnet masks I used to find out fellow nodes on my subnet. There were ...
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Penetration Testing Silverlight Applications

What would be the process in pentesting a Silverlight application? What would be the best method to proceed in a manual test? Any specific tools use? For example an application with lot of file ...
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1answer
206 views

Finding an up to date website with detailed information on viruses

Is there a website with the ability to search through viruses that will return detailed information on them? I can't seem to find one and I'm tired of only getting forums when I search for a specific ...
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1answer
415 views

What threats does a stateless web application have? (as opposed to a “state-full” sessions)

I'm comparing the pros and cons between having an authenticated "stateless" ASP.NET MVC session versus a ASP.NET Forms application with viewstate. Assuming that there is a webfarm of more than 1 web ...
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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 important is NAT as a security layer?

I've signed on to help a department move buildings and upgrade their dated infrastructure. This department has about 40 employees, 25 desktops, an old Novell server, and a handful of laboratory ...
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SQL injection with AND 1=1

Please explain the meaning of "AND 1 = 1" in a SQL injection attack. It's from an exercise in my university. E.g. select * from user where id = 'smith'' AND 1=1;-- and birthdate = 1970; or ...
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What does Amazon's S3 Server-side encryption protect against?

Amazon's S3 storage service offers server-side encryption of objects, automatically managed for the user (Amazon's Documentation). It's easy to enable so I'm thinking "why not?", but what kind of ...
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1answer
437 views

OpenID Session Fixation with CSRF

This answer describes a situation where CSRF can be used to trick an end user to enter a credit card into another person's Paypal account. It also highlights the fact that state-changing GET requests ...
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Star property in read/write access

The * star property requirement for append access [SC(S) <= SC(O)] is looser than for write access [SC(S) = SC(O)]. Can someone explain the reason for this?
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Amazon EC2 security compared to a standalone server

Lets say I want to run a out-of-the-box instance on Amazon EC2 and on my own standalone server. I don't run anything on them, just let them idle by themselves. What is the relative level of security ...
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Is Google Analytics HIPAA compliant? How can I find out?

I'd really like to implement Google Analytics at my work on web software that is required to be HIPAA compliant. But I'm wondering if it's against the rules. Does anyone know how I can find out? I've ...
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Vuln research: reverse engineering, debugging or fuzzing?

I wonder how hackers find vulnerabilities. If they use fuzzing, security engineers do it, and it's probably that security engineers (that work in a firm) have more resources than a group of hackers. ...
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Does ASP.NET Viewstate implicitly prevent CSRF attacks? What does this mean for MVC?

If an encrypted ASP.NET Viewstate is submitted with every form, and control POST, does that mean that ASP.NET is less vulnerable to CSRF than other solutions with this? What is the extent and ...
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Hubs, Switches, and Bridges - Flaws and Security Superiority

It just isn't clear to me which choice is good for creating small/intermediate networks. I know one of flaws of Hubs is that they send all packets to all nodes connected to it, in contrast to Switch ...
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Should I ask a user to re-authenticate if the browser thumbprint changes? Is a server side library available?

Is there a security benefit to using the browser's thumbprint in addition to a session identifier to identify a unique session? Would it then be advisable to ask the user to reauthenticate (or simply ...
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Benefits of identifying clients based upon the “X-Forwarded-For” or similar HTTP header in addition to Client IP

The X-Forwarded-For header is used by some HTTP proxies to identify the IP address of the client. The wiki page (linked above) mentions that ISPs may use this header as well. In addition there are a ...
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Save private messages encrypted in database

I'm not sure if this question fits better in StackOverflowSE or CryptoSE but i think this is the right place. In an online community portal I want to save users' private messages encrypted in a ...
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Concerns of data being on the cloud

Would you prefer a private cloud for your data or a public one? Who takes care of financial liability in case of any breach? Do companies still keep the most critical within their data centers, ...
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Keepass client on Android (reliable one)

I need some advice to choose a Keepass client on Android phone which can synchronize using Dropbox. As i keep all my passwords in one place, I would like to keep it safe. Is KeepassDroid client safe ...
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CSRF protection needed for clients that don't accept cookies?

I have recently updated a website from Django 1.0 to 1.3. One of the changes introduced was automatic protection against CSRF attacks. For the most part, this works great, but I have a problem with ...
4
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665 views

PHP/JavaScript with RSA

I have a few columns in the database which should be encrypted. I'm wondering if the way I chose to make this system work is ok, and I'm looking forward to hear some opinions: I chose RSA algorithm ...
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What is the purpose of EICAR?

For as long as can remember, EICAR has been used to test for the presence of Antivirus systems in email, the file system, or other places. Sometimes the AV solution is so far out of date, that its ...
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Convenient cross-platform help on checking secure hashes like SHA-256

It is often helpful to be able to obtain a good cryptographic checksum of a file, e.g. the SHA-256 hash. This can be used to verify file integrity, so long as you have a reliable source for the hash. ...
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Facebook login on HTTP? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the Facebook login form using SSL without https in the URL? If you access http://www.facebook.com/, in the top right side there is the login section. You can enter ...
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Bell-LaPadula imlementation example

I'm currently studying the Bell-LaPadula model and i need to do an implementation as an example. I understand how the model works, but I have difficulties implementing it in a programming language ...
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Why aren't applications sandboxed in Windows?

Sandboxing seem to be a way to restrict what an application can do. Today, I don't have much control of what my applications do with my computer. It feels more secure to use JavaScript based web ...
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289 views

Do any crypto libraries take advantage of Windows GPU API “Direct Compute”?

Are there any encryption (decryption?) libraries that take advantage of the Windows GPU API?
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768 views

Can suPHP lead to security issues due to hijacking people's accounts?

Bear in mind that, although I am pretty good at coding clientside javascript, I am not so great at dealing with serverside PHP. It doesn't help that there is very little information/tutorials/APIs on ...
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Duqu and other reference material for security people

I would like to read more on Duqu and similar exploits when they appear. The problem is that most references from google are for laymen. Isn't there a reference website or... that reports on these ...
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How is WEP/WPA2 key derived?

When I was a kid, WEP had a 40 bit key. Later, they came out with a 128-bit key. But as we all know, WEP was so badly-designed that the RC4 key length didn't really matter much. Ignoring this, my ...

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