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What are the reasons for sealing a .jar and how would I verify that?

I have created a sealed jar, but I don't see difference compared to using a non-sealed one. What tests I can perform to verify the jar is sealed? What reason we could have to prefer using a sealed ...
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Browser game played in an iframe - security concerns

I'm not sure if this counts as an Information Security or Webmasters question rather than Programmers, however I'll see how we go. I've been prototyping a help website for a particular browser game, ...
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How to hide a honeypot ( excluding external CSS and JS )

I am adding spam protection to my personal php framework and I think honeypots are a great way to block spam. Unfortunately they weren't invented yesterday and probably most bots do fetch CSS and can ...
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Secure Form Submission

This is probably a no brainer, but I've not been able to find an answer that is definitive. I have a Codeigniter site running on Apache with mod_rewrite (to get rid of index.php) and mod_ssl for ...
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Using Facebook to authenticate, how to link to user record in my app? Email?

I'm using Facebook to authenticate users. We also have conventional username/ password login and registration form too. Anyway, when a user chooses to login with Facebook, we use the following ...
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Resource representation can depend on identity?

If some resource on a RESTful api is to be protected, we can do it by using OAuth for example, and then if the there's no token on the headers of the request (i.e. no identity) we return a 401 status ...
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Should I keep email addresses as plaintext in database?

It's clear to everyone (I hope) that storing passwords without at least salting/hashing them is a terrible idea. What about emails? Let's say you keep the subscription email address, if you encrypt ...
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Securing service calls

I have a ServiceCallContext object that must be passed in as the first parameter of any service call. I would like to put a User object on the context object but I know I can't force the caller to ...
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Kernel mode web servers: A clever optimization or a security nightmare?

I was reading a Hacker News thread where one user posts a link from 2011 explaining that IIS is much faster than most other (*nix) web servers. Another user replies, explaining that IIS gets that ...
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One of my team members committed SQL injection-vulnerable code; should I report it to the manager? [closed]

One of my team members committed a huge mistake; a clear SQL injection-vulnerability. It obviously didn't pass my peer review and I made very clear that this is unacceptable. I never saw this ...
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Why should I purchase an SSL certificate for custom domain?

After reading Heroku articles, Stack Overflow questions, and the Stripe payments integration guides, the general advice is that I should should purchase an SSL certificate for my custom domain that ...
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How to let users share custom code content under the mobile app store restrictions?

Situation Mobile application store owners are known to explicitly forbid some application extensibility scenarios. Apple: 2.7 Apps that download code in any way or form will be rejected 2.8 ...
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How to access secure web services from a desktop application?

I'm writing a Java desktop application that will be available to the public. It will contact backend APIs via HTTPS using Jersey client. I don't know anything about using certificates in desktop apps ...
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Developer account in OSX, admin or managed user with our without sudo access?

The tutorials I find to setup OS-X for web developer programming (installing x-code ruby js cocoapods sql c asm etc) leave out if it should be done from an admin account, or standard (managed) user. ...
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How do you implement an active sessions system like LinkedIn? [closed]

With some platforms, like LinkedIn, you can see a list of all sessions where you are logged in, and you can even log them out on a distance. How would you implement something like that? I'm not ...
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What kind of user info is ok to be stored as plain text in SQL Database?

I'm practicing around building e-commerce asp.net applications that allows for users to register to the site and their user credentials are stored in a MySQL database. In my sample project the ...
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Sending Out Functions To Return Or To Die

Which is preferable for both solid technique and secure coding? Example #1: function_one() blah; function_two() blah; print blah; exit; ... Example #2: ...
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Periodically polling an API, are there alternatives?

I'm currently working on a service that is supposed to aggregate data from a number of APIs, unify the data, and offer it through another API to the users. I had a couple of ideas for solving this, ...
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Are there any widely accepted sets of standards/practices for secure coding? [closed]

The title should be fairly self-explanatory. We need to update our coding standards, and as part of this process we've been asked to try and follow an industry standard from a ...
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How to send data between HTTP requests without user modifying it?

I'm currently developing a web application (using laravel) where I have a form that edit a resource. Something like this: <!-- URL: /editResource/3 --> <form action="/editResource/3" ...
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Is this type of data insertion safe and can stop sql injection in Python?

I am learning Database connection from MySQL Connector/Python Developer Guide. This is the code I am using to insert data: conn = mysql.connector.connect(user="user", password="password", ...
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Safe serial numbers generation

I want to generate a 6 digits serial number, ranged from A-Z (only uppercase allow), e.g. serial = "ABCDEF" the problem is, some letters are considered confusing to others letters/numbers, e.g. U ...
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NodeJs website webapp architecture

I would like some advice on how best to architect a website comprising the following: tool a landing page, open to the public, main marketing tool the main website/app, that people can access only ...
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How to create work for a client on login

I have a log-in service that runs a CPU-intensive hash multiple times when a user logs in. In order to reduce the effect of a login DDOS, is there any sort of function that I can "ask" that the client ...
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Should I hide certain HTTP status codes?

So I have different seniors taking different positions on this. Some saying hide nothing, those codes are there for a reason. Others saying to hide most status codes, reducing the number to a much ...
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How to prevent third party misuse of what is intended to be a private api (avoiding what happened to Snapchat)?

I have never used Snapchat and do not intend to but I have been reading up about what happened to them with respect to the recent media coverage about pictures being leaked especially because I am ...
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How do I handle a spam server invalidating my tokens?

Our web application sends a one-time use generated token, in the form of an URL, to clients who forget their passwords. This works except for the case where the client is sitting behind another server ...
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How does Google manage their Google Images SSL certificate?

When an SSL certificate is installed on a website, but the page also calls content from another website without an SSL certificate, the SSL certificate icon will turn grey instead of green: instead ...
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Protecting application against piracy [closed]

Can I somehow protect a source available (you can see the source, but you don't have rights to use it) application against piracy? Is it even theoretically possible? Not all of the application has to ...
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How to securely implement Roles in a Windows Form application?

As an ISV, what is considered best practice for implementing Application Role based security? In other words, only allow users to access certain features in the application based on what Roles they ...
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Anonymous access to api REST, protection

I have a public website that does not require authentication. It's a lighting calculator for indoor cultivation. Anyone can enter and complete the process and ultimately save your settings for future ...
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How do you make sure a .net client application is not being hacked to bypass authorization claims?

We wrote a simple .NET (C#) desktop application in Wpf. We also used WIF (Windows Identity Framework) to get a list of claims for the authenticated user. Some examples are: CanOverrideSalesAmount ...
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How to limit users of a service to a specific program

I have built an android game - I would like to add a "high score" leaderboard to it, such that people can show off how high they managed to score. How should I design it so that people can't "hack" it ...
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Database conceptual Question [duplicate]

When querying in database through PHP, is it good to open mysql connection before every query and close it as the query completes? or should we open the mysql connection as soon as the first query ...
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Database Handler and SQL injection prevention

I've written a database model class in PHP and have written a controller class that specifically validates the data before sending it to db. I'm getting criticism that I should handle the data in ...
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Making internal search engine return results that adhere to local permissions on an internal web application

I have an ElasticSearch search engine and an internal web application. Prior to applying the security model, search results were very fast. The security model restricts some users from accessing ...
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Security Pattern to store SSH Keys

I am writing a simple flask application to submit scientific tasks to remote HPC resources. My application in background talks to remote machines via SSH (because it is widely available on various HPC ...
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Is hashing of just “username + password” as safe as salted hashing

I want to hash "user + password". [EDIT: prehashing "user" would be an improvement, so my question is also for hashing "hash(user) + password". If cross-site same user is a problem then the hashing ...
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How do I / what is the best way to interact with a desktop application from a browser web application?

Situation: We have a desktop application. We also have a web application. We need the two to interact with each other. So when a button is pushed in the web application, the desktop application ...
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Testing for Authentication loop holes / bugs

We've got a web application which is 99% complete prior to public beta, were currenlty securing the site from security perspective, locking down the server, db etc, one thing I'm concerned about but ...
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Security in Transversal Layer in Domain Driven Design

I'm building a solution based on Domain Driven Design, I'm trying to implement the security system (authentication, authorization, roles, system configuration, connection strings, etc..) in a ...
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How to validate information on server without using database or session

Each user has multiple sites they can access reporting data for in an application I am working on. To prevent having to go to the database on every single request, I validate that they have access to ...
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Roles configuration strategy

We're close to start new project using sf2, and, probably, FosUserBundle. Keeping that in mind - what's the best strategy to define roles? App will be used by multiple divisions inside our company ...
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Whats the best way to build a HTML/AJAX site that requires login? [closed]

Let's say that hypothetically you wanted to build a website that delivered content to the visitors entirely using HTML and Javascript (AJAX to fetch server side data). The site would require login for ...
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secure offline PC storage accessible through javascript

I'm attempting to build a browser-based HTML5 application that has the ability to store data locally on a PC (not mobile device) when offline. This data is sensitive and must be secure. Of course the ...
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Preventing ip resolvers in a skype-like program

I'm currently in the process of creating a Skype-like program, that uses a hybrid peer to peer system to communicate between users (i.e. server contains all users IPs, a client that wants to connect ...
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Zend framework 2 authentication - only storing the user ID in session

I've just put together my first app using Zend_Authenticate. According to some tutorials I've read they store the user's "email" column. Is this recommended? I've read to store the ID only, then on ...
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Privilege (Access/Permission) Control for Hierarchial Structured Resource

Question: Is there any standard model or industry defacto implementation for modeling and implementing Access Control in (i.e.) a Document Management System? Note: I studied a bit the security ...
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Best way of storing a small number of user credentials

I'm working on a messaging application, based on a server/client architecture. Now I am thinking about the way how to store the user credentials. It's not a huge number, just about 20 entries with ...
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How to store Role Based Access rights in web application?

Currently working on a web based CRM type system that deals with various Modules such as Companies, Contacts, Projects, Sub Projects, etc. A typical CRM type system (asp.net web form, C#, SQL Server ...