Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Protect Your Users s without an Expensive SSL Certifie

Personal information security, one of the hottest topics on the lips of web professionals across the globe. How do we stop people not only our sites and causing us inconvenience, but also how do we stop people accessing our users' personal information? Right now there is one major answer to these questions, SSL (secure socket layer). Proven technology which has fueled a boom in online transactions, allowing people to buy anything from dressing gowns to airplanes. However, SSL certifies can be costly to smaller web masters. These millions of people who offer a free service to the world hoping that their advertising may at lst pay their hosting. Here is a small scale solution which can provide these people with an extra layer of security.
This is a SMALL SCALE solution not intended for the communiion of private information. This type of security should NOT be used on e-commerce appliions or anything which dls with personal information of any kind. This is suitable only for small sites with log in ars which if compromised will not cause the age of valuable data.
How Can I Secure my Users Without SSL?
A large of user on the web accounts which are compromised are the result of package sniffing. People who set up their servers to monitor packets which pass by for potentially valuable information. When using SSL this is not an issue since the encryption makes the data illegible to the sniffer but when using an open connection someone can sily pick up on an unencrypted user name and . The to SSL is that the data is encrypted before transport and we need to do that as regularly as we can. As web developers on the only client side resource available is JavaScript, executing on the users machine. We can use this (when enabled) to encrypt our data for us before it is sent to the server. Ofcourse this will only work when JavaScript is enabled but it is better that it is sometimes present rather than not there at all.
How Can I Implement this JavaScript Encryption?
You could argue that there are many ways to do this and this is only one. JavaScript does not have the likes of MD5 built in which can be used in other technologies to one-way encrypt data. However, it is possible to access it in the form of an user defined function. The best one I found for this was here :
Once you have MD5 working on both server and client, you can use it to hash the of your user when they submit the form just prior to it being posted in a HTTP request across the world. When your server receives this hashed it can compare it to its records and authentie it since you should be storing encrypted s anyway. Storing plain text s is EXTREMELY bad practice and should be avoided at all times. If someone were to your database your users would be in a whole lot of trouble and it would be all YOUR fault. People often use the same on different sites so they could lose there account on more than just your website.
But How Do I Know if the has been Encrypted Client Side?
I see that there are two ways to do this. You can crte a hidden input field in the DOM before submission, which when present in the post request can signify that JavaScript was enabled at the time of log in. There is also the alternative of limiting your users to s less than 32 characters (the length of an MD5 hash). This way you know if the they submit is 32 characters long it has alrdy been hashed.
Extra Server-side Security Pre-cautions
If a packet sniffer were to pick up on your newly hashed and submit it themselves, they could sily bypass this new security making it pointless. To combat this I would recommend using time based hashing routines on the server to determine when the initial form was rendered, and timing that form out mning it can not be submitted after a certain period of time. We can implement this by client-side hashing the once, and then hashing it with a value given by the server conenated on the end a second time. This value can be worked out by an aorithm on the server based on the time and can change every 5-10 minutes. At the server you can look up the users screen name in the database and hash their (alrdy hashed) with values which would still be valid to see if you can attain a match. If so, let them in, if not, ask them to try again. The packet sniffers could see this time based value sent by the server but if its ambiguous enough they will not be able to work out how it is calculated on the server, mning they will have to be pretty quick to in.
There it is, user authentiion encryption without a costly SSL certifie. I will re-iterate that this is not a proven solution, not all people will be able to use it since they may not have JavaScript which renders it useless. You must still offer a non-JavaScript solution which works the traditional way to meet standards and to offer your site to as many people as possible. Always remember that your users deserve you to look at ids like this to protect them since us, the developers, are the ones who have control of this data and its up to us to do the best we can with it.
Feel free to comment below if you have any ids which could develop this further, or maybe you have tried it and have a story to tell. Plse, no people saying how it is insecure and isn't a viable option. I've stated many times that its not the securest encryption method out there and that this is not suitable for use with private data but it is c, sy and works where possible, which is better than transmitting plain text.
Source: Dev-Explorer

Implementing the JavaScript encryption method in ASP.NET
Download this JavaScript file JavascriptEncryption.add the reference of this file to your project.Now crte a javascript function for encrypting a string :
function CryptPass() {var pass=document.getElementById('txtpass').value;document.getElementById('txtpass').value=hex_md5(pass);}

Now call this function on the client click of the Submit or Login Button

Now you need to Compare the MD5 hash in the Server For Example :If you want to validate ="123456"Then call the makeMD5Hash Function in the server

If txtpass.text=makeMD5Hash("123456") Then 'Login SuccessEnd If
Function makeMD5Hash(ByVal strToHash as String) as String
Dim strToHash As String
Dim md5Obj As New Security.Cryptography.MD5CryptoServiceProvider
Dim bytesToHash() As Byte = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(strToHash)
bytesToHash = md5Obj.ComputeHash(bytesToHash)
Dim strResult As String = ""
For ch b As Byte In bytesToHash
strResult += b.ToString("x2")
Return strResult
End Function

if (txtpass.text == makeMD5Hash("123456")) {
//Login Success

public string makeMD5Hash(string strToHash)
string strToHash = ;
System.Security.Cryptography.MD5CryptoServiceProvider md5Obj = new System.Security.Cryptography.MD5CryptoServiceProvider();
byte[] bytesToHash = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(strToHash);
bytesToHash = md5Obj.ComputeHash(bytesToHash);
string strResult = "";
forch (byte b in bytesToHash) {
strResult += b.ToString("x2");
return strResult;
Demo :

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