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HSBC's user friendly security measures :)

Here I came across a very funny article regarding the security implementation of HSBC Canada bank website..very funny indeed! Not only they are using easy to guess Personal Identification Question, but also they are implementing very restricted password choosing option that can be easily brute forced. Moreover they might be storing the user credentials in encrypted form--

"Since the bank is performing character matches on the password entered, there is no way that they are using a one-way hash algorithm to store the password. If they were, they would be able to match the whole thing or nothing at all. Instead, they have chosen to be able to retrieve the password and play with it. I can only hope that it isn’t stored in clear text"

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Web Services Security Model

With evolution of web 2.0, web services has become an integral part of the business hence the security of Web Services (WS) has become more critical.
Although there's no single set of WS standards has been agreed on the industry is continuallly developing and evaluating specifications.
The W3C working group is currently working on three basic specifications for Web Services:
XML Signature: For verifying the integrity of data sent via web services and validating the sender.XML Encryption:for encoding the XML message
XKMS:For using PKI in web servicesIn 2002 Microsoft,IBM and Verisign announced Web Services Security Specification (WSS ) that proposed for addressing security in web services.
Organization for Advancement of Structured Information Standards came up with following:
SOAP Message Security 1.0The Web Services Security Token Profile 1.0The Web Services Security X.509 certificate token profile 1.0The OASIS WSS message- security model has three main components:
security tokendigital…

Open Redirection Vulnerability

An open redirect is a vulnerability that exists when a script allows redirection
to an external site by directly calling a specific URL in an unfiltered,unmanaged fashion, which could be used to redirect victims to unintended,malicious web sites.

An open redirect is a very simple vulnerability to exploit.

Consider the following example:

This is a well-intended URL that takes users to any other trusted site.

But this can be abused in one of the following ways:

The URL can be used for Phishing attack-
The user visiting the trusted bank website will get redirected to the phishing site/malware site.
This can hurt the reputation of organization causing business loss.

This can be further escalated by mal-forming the link. Something like

the following can be used to cause the Denial of Service Attack:…