Did you know that input fields on a web form support spell checking by default in many web browsers? This is a feature of the browser that can help catch errors early for the end user. Recently, some testers found that some data may be leaked during the spell checking function to 3rd parties. Here is a reference article describing this: https://www.darkreading.com/application-security/spellchecking-google-chrome-microsoft-edge-browsers-leaks-passwords The first point to make here is this is … [Read more...] about The risk of Spell Checking
What is the difference between encryption and hashing?
Encryption is a reversible process, whereas hashing is one-way only. Data that has been encrypted can be decrypted back to the original value. Data that has been hashed cannot be transformed back to its original value. Encryption is used to protect sensitive information like Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers or other sensitive information that may need to be accessed at some point. Hashing is used to create data signatures or comparison only features. For example, user passwords … [Read more...] about What is the difference between encryption and hashing?
Proxying localhost on FireFox
When you think of application security testing, one of the most common tools is a web proxy. Whether it is Burp Suite from Portswigger, ZAP from OWASP, Fiddler, or Charles Proxy, a proxy is heavily used. From time to time, you may find yourself testing a locally running application. Outside of some test labs or local development, this isn't really that common. But if you do find yourself testing a site on localhost, you may run into a roadblock in your browser. If you are using a recent version … [Read more...] about Proxying localhost on FireFox
Ep. 115: Is CSRF Really Dead?
In 2020, Chrome will default the SameSite attribute to Lax on all cookies. SameSite helps mitigate CSRF, but does that mean CSRF is Dead? For more info go to https://www.developsec.com or follow us on twitter (@developsec). Join the conversations.. join our slack channel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation. DevelopSec provides application security training to add value to your application security program. Contact us today to see how we can help. … [Read more...] about Ep. 115: Is CSRF Really Dead?
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Checking npm packages using npm-audit
Our applications rely more and more on external packages to enable quick deployment and ease of development. While these packages help reduce the code we have to write ourselves, it still may present risk to our application. If you are building Nodejs applications, you are probably using npm to manage your packages. For those that don't know, npm is the node package manager. It is a direct source to quickly include functionality within your application. For example, say you want to hash your … [Read more...] about Checking npm packages using npm-audit