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Making a security on webapi for browser usage [closed]

I have a webapi project working in production for few months now. The entire webapi is server to server. There is a need now to have the same functionality in a browser, meaning the customers ...
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REST API security Stored token vs JWT vs OAuth

I am still trying to find the best security solution for protecting REST API, because the amount of mobile applications and API is increasing every day. I have tried different ways of ...
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How to be sure that a certain code does not call interrupts?

Imagine that you have an object code file from an untrusted source. You want to run this code to know the result of its computation, and you want the code to perform fast, so setting up a whole ...
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'HMAC style' design example for a shared secret

I'm looking to secure an API based on a shared key and a given username and datetime. The API gives access to trusted third parties and does not require the input from a user in order to access their ...
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Do people modify open source code to hack? [duplicate]

I am trying to create an authentication client and server for my project, and I am trying to think of ways on how a potential hacker could modify my code and use it to hack the servers. Do people ...
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Identity propagation using Azure service bus

We currently have a platform with a SOA architecture in which the user's identity is propagated from the web application via middle tier services (REST and SOAP) until we actually query our data ...
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REST API security: HMAC/key hashing vs JWT

I just read this article that is a few years old but describes a clever way of securing your REST APIs. Essentially: Each client has a unique public/private key pair Only the client and the server ...
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OAuthv2 authorization grants

I just read this excellent tutorial on OAuthv2 but am still missing some important concepts regarding authorization grants. I'm fundamentally not understanding the necessity for the two ...
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How to *detect* if open source software is used in a commercial product? [closed]

The established procedure regarding releasing code out in the open is to accompany it with a license. Out of the many flavors that exist (BSD, MIT, GPL, LGPL, Boost ...) there are some that prohibit ...
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Restful User/Password Authentication

I'm currently designing a REST-API with the following properties: Backend for a single page application (Later Apps) Integrated user database for each instance HTTPS/TLS only Authentication with ...
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Porting security from Java/.NET to PHP

This probably a rather naive question given my limited knowledge in the code I've been looking at, but I want to get my head around it before I start diving into writing actual code myself. I'm ...
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How safe is returning a password from a function? [duplicate]

Is returning sensitive data like a password from a function safe, and what attack vectors exist? (Personally, it is regarding PHP, but is a general question.) function returnDBPass(){ ...
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Why not just make non-parameterized queries return an error?

SQL injection is a very serious security issue, in large part because it's so easy to get it wrong: the obvious, intuitive way to build a query incorporating user input leaves you vulnerable, and the ...
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Should a SPA have a route URL visible in address bar?

I am developing a Angular SPA using angular-ui-route. We are in a confusion of should we have the route visible for User in the address bar or just have index.html (or home page) always ? Is there a ...
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Why are Strings in StringPool considered insecure?

Passwords are recommended to be stored in char[] instead of String, as Strings are stored in StringPool. Read more here As per this question Strings in StringPool are not available directly. To ...
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Javascript Password Security [closed]

I am having difficulty with the answer provided here, but I couldn't understand how to implement it. My code is pretty much identical: <script language="javascript"> function check(form) { ...
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Avoid data manipulation by user

I have a C# program (could be any programming language) that saves data to a file on a memory (hard disk, USB drive, etc.). The program uses this data for monitoring its operation time, but it could ...
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Securing a private API used by an iOS App

I have an app that uses an API server and I do not want to have anything other than it to be able to use that API. I know this isn't totally possible, but I want to do what I can. I don't think my ...
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Detecting web proxy security

Various online resources offer proxy lists claiming that they offer various levels of anonymity. I'm trying to find out how this can be programmatically tested. I suspect the answer lies in headers. ...
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File sharing web application - folder PIN code entry best practice

I'm developing a web app for internal file sharing and one of the requirements is to have PIN code protected folders. What I came up now is a folder like structure with the following: Folder ...
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How to generate Generate Hash incorporating time stamp so it can be unhashed to get the timestamp when it was generated?

I want to create hash based on random id, That hash has to be valid for only 15 minutes. Is there a way to do that? I'm using this for form submission. If some unknown submitted form or some one ...
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Convert this abstract class to an interface

I have a security method I would like to be able to sprinkle into other classes throughout my program. It is currently an abstract class but I feel it would be more appropriate as an interface. Can ...
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Passing Data Between Tiers in 3-Tier Architecture

Assuming we are talking physical tiers, my understanding is that in order to pass data from say the data tier to the business logic tier the JSON format is used (or XML), so say I have an ORM ...
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Algorithm to maintain a blog sign up page

I have a functional sign up page for a blog that updates a database with a users name, email, profile picture and a short bio. The General information page and the profile picture upload/bio page are ...
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Cookie name security

Is it a security hole to name each session with the username of the user currently logged in? example: //Alice has login sessions_name('Alice'); sessions_start(); //Alice has login //When Bob Logs ...
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Security and sanitizing user-input with limited control over 'output' targets

I have recently joined a team working on an application with an integrated chat system. It is a standard chat system that allows clients to communicate, with messages routed through a central server. ...
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Best approach for an android local database-based application containing non-sensitive data

What's the best approach to design an android application with the question title specification? The application will show a first list of buttons with an alphabetical classification (like button1: ...
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Eclipse plugins - safe to install? [closed]

I've seen a few useful plugins for Eclipse such as jshint-eclipse. However, I'm a bit leery of installing third-party code. Is it generally safe to install Eclipse plugins without worrying about my ...
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Logging private data

In general, I write a debug log whenever one of my functions is entered, including the parameters. For instance: function execute_query($query, $conn_string) { ...
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How safe is it to compile a piece of source code from a random stranger? [closed]

Suppose I'm reviewing code that job applicants send to prove their skills. Clearly I don't want to run executables they send. Not so clearly I'd rather not run the result of compilation of their code ...
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Token or ASP.NET Identity based security in ASP.NET Web API 2

Background I have a Web API 2 project, without any extension of ASP.NET MVC or ASP.NET projects. The API will only be used to communicate between the server and Windows 8, Windows Phone 8.1 and iOS ...
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Binding software to one PC [closed]

I have generated a .exe of a Python script. I wish to give this software as a demo version to few of clients. For the same I want to bind the software to a particular PC. i.e. If I install the ...
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Directly query database vs. Using web service

I'm a junior programmer, am working on a WPF application that will deploy to ~50 users. We basically are streamlining all of his charting/tracking of client data. Each user will probably make about ...
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Crypto hash in 'a href'?

It seems to me that it would be pretty useful to be able to indicate an expected crypto hash value in file downloads especially since so many application and data downloads rely on mirrored hosting. ...
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Why does SOP permit cross-origin form submissions?

Same Origin Policy does not prevent origin foo.bar from creating a form with action attribute set to another origin baz.duh and even allows to programmatically submit this form without the user ...
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What is the value of encoders with decoders currently present

Can you tell me the value of using PHP encoder (ioncube, phpshield) with currently present service like decry.pt (http://www.decry.pt/) that can easily decode source codes. I have tried decry.pt's ...
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How much should I concern myself with hiding the IDs of my database in URLs?

I keep coming across questions and articles on the internet suggesting that it's not a good practice to have the IDs of your database records visible to the public. Yet I've never taken it seriously ...
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Resetting vs. re-sending forgotten passwords

When a user forgets their password, is it better practice to reset the password and email that to the user or just to email the current password to the user's email address.
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API authentication with a single ID

A typical API authentication usually rely on a pair of API ID + SECRET, my question is: if the API ID is unique and randomly generated and is considered strong enough (e.g. SHA512), why a SECRET is ...
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What's the best practise for storing web server credentials for your web app deployment?

I was looking at the Oracle documentation for the weblogic maven plugin. In it, they store the weblogic user name and password for accessing in the pom.xml. Just wondering, isn't this a terrible ...
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How to protect controller endpoint from abuse?

I am building a web app that will first validate a promotion code via AJAX call and then if it is valid, allow the user to fill out the rest of the form, I use KnockoutJS to reveal and hide the ...
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Where to store hashes, salts, keys in Desktop Applications

I am trying to figure out where or how i should store application secrets and keys inside a desktop application. For example a facebook app key or dropbox key and secret. So I've read that i should ...
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How to open a desktop application through browser without a Java applet?

We run a cloud-based medical software, and a very important part of the program is bridging to an imaging software straight from our website, passing information through command line arguments. We ...
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JSON Web Token - why is the payload public?

I can't understand the reasoning for making the claims/payload of a JWT publicly visible after base64 decoding it. Why? It seems like it'd be much more useful to have it encrypted with the secret. ...
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Implement taxometer paywall

I need to add a paywall to my site. According to this article, I want to implement a taxometer system. The easiest and least secure way would be tracking the number of viewed articles using secure ...
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Multi platform password storage with retrieval for applications with authorization?

I'm working on a development tool that requires knowing one or more api passwords for a user to operate. Currently it works on Mac, and uses keychain to store the credentials for later re-use. Are ...
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Securing a Web Api for individual Users

We currently have a web app (.net MVC 5), user's login using their username and password and then we store an encrypted value in a cookie to authenticate them on future requests. We are now in the ...
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Safest way to use and store User's third party credentials

I'm working on an add-in that will integrate git into the VBA IDE. I'm using the LibGit2Sharp library under the hood, which supports User name and password credentials, but not SSH Keys. I would use ...
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Secure DAL Design using Stored Procedures

I normally avoid sProcs as much as possible. I dont like the language be it TSQL or PL/SQL; they seem archaic against Java/Dot-Net which I use. I go for them when a routine needs to fetch a lot of ...
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How Do I Securely Edit a Database Entry Based On ID in an Admin System?

This is more of a conceptual question because the way that I am doing it would be secure enough for my purposes (educational). I created a simple admin panel that displays a stock picks database as ...