25. Web Issues

Until a few years ago, you could connect to the Internet and be in contact with hundreds of millions of other nodes, without giving even a thought to security. The Internet in the '90's was like sex in the '60's. It was great while it lasted, but it was inherently unhealthy and was destined to end badly. I'm just glad I didn't miss out this time.

—Charlie Kaufman

25.1. Introduction

Web security issues are not as well defined as, say, cryptographic handshakes. "Web security" depends on details of standards that are likely to change, and details of implementation choices in browsers and servers, which also change, especially after problems are found. But it is instructive to see the kinds of security issues that can and have occurred. ...

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