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In terms of security, the increased transparency of Ajax applications is probably the most significant difference between Ajax and traditional Web applications. Much of traditional Web application security relies on two properties of server-side code—namely, that users can't see it, and that users can't change it. Neither of these properties holds true for client-side Ajax code. Any code downloaded to a user's machine can be viewed by the user. The application programmer can make this task more difficult; but in the end, a dedicated attacker will always be able to read and analyze the script executing on her machine. Furthermore, she can also change the script to alter the flow of the application. Prices can be changed, authentication can be bypassed, and administrative functions can be called by unauthorized users. The solution is to keep as much business logic as possible on the server. Only server-side code is under the control of the developers—client-side code is under the control of attackers.

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