We follow a systematic and yet agile approach to test website security. This helps our customers gain an extremly accurate and elaborate results along with a knowledge base and years of experience on the subject matter. We follow OWASP Top 10 standard to find and report vulnerabilities.
While performing the web application penetration testing, we follow an elaborate and technical checklist of attacks. It is called as Web server Security Attacks Checklist , and is updated regularly, as the attack vectors for web applications change over the period of time.
After a website is created it needs to go through Code reviewing and Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing before being hosted publicly. Conducting a Code review ensures code security; and checks for misconfiguration and bad coding, where as VAPT helps in finding the loop holes and security issues in a website. This has to not only be considered before the website goes live but also need to be done quarterly, or at least half yearly to keep the site secure from the immerging attacks and vulnerabilities.
To ensure web services are secure, one needs to perform the following:
Companies perform VAPT and claim their website is secure even after 2 year. They fail to understand that each year some new attacks are being discovered and they sites are now vulnerable to those new attacks. Hence, one need to perform continues vulnerability assessment and ensures their website has passed the OWASP Top 10 web checks in order to claim their site is secure. Listed below are the OWASP TOP 10 web vulnerabilities:
Before getting to the website, one needs to set up and secure their web server on which the website is going to be located. Many a times a website is vulnerable due to the misconfiguration on the web server. Listed below are the general steps to be followed while creating a web server.
While performing the web application penetration testing, we follow OWASP Top 10 standard to find and report vulnerabilities along with which we also perform an elaborate and technical checklist of attacks. During the testing phase we perform black box, gray box, manual and automated testing. We use automated tools, in order to mimic the real life hackers; and we perform testing in a manual approach by using pre-validated and highly technical test cases.
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Steps of Penetration Testing
To security test a web application, one should first understand the business logic of the application and its flow. After which the purpose of the application is understood.
On learning the basic information of the application we move on to the technical part of finding the application's system setup, as in, the environment, OS and web server the application is running on.
Then the security test of the web application starts on these basis by following the OWASP Top 10 standard to find, and report vulnerabilities along with which an elaborate and technical checklist of attacks is also performed.
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Web Application Penetration Testing Process
With the immerging attacks and vulnerabilities no one can announce a website to be 100% secure. However, securing the website and taking necessary steps to do so is essential. It is similar to locking our house and going out although there might be many other ways for bugler get in. Website security is not a onetime achieved success. It requires continuous assessment and pen-testing.
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Steps of Penetration Testing
Listed below are few approaches that will help in maintaining application security:
SSL certificate encrypts the channel by which the data is transmitted thus ensuring secure communication. Having a SSL certificate for the website ensures data integrity and protection for data being shared on the internet. It is highly recommended for websites that deal with sensitive information such as credit card details, customer information, healthcare details, etc.
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Old Ssl And Ssl Weak Ciphers
Web security testing is especially important, wherein the entire business relies on website and its data contents (example: E-commerce sites). In case of recent trend, the websites cater to mobile based applications which demands for an end to end testing for total app security. Listed below are few reasons why web security is needed:
Web applications are vulnerable to SQL injection attacks because proper sanitization of inputs are not done on the client and server side thus leading to critical data from database being leaked on the browser/ client-side. Under some cases we also find that the database entries are not encrypted which exposes entire database values.
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SQL injection Vulnerability
SQL Injection Vulnerabilities
Vulnerabilities in PHP can be in several different forms. The basic definition of vulnerability is some weakness in the system that allows someone to do something malicious to the system, which in this case is the web server. One form of vulnerability is via a poorly written PHP script by a user, which can be done by mistake or with malicious intent.
Another form is by not understanding all the various settings that can be used with PHP and thus the administrator of the web server does not implement settings which are necessary for security. There are other vulnerabilities that exist which can cause a denial of service to the user (crashing the web server, flooding the network with traffic to where it is unusable, etc.). The following identifies some examples of these vulnerabilities and gives a more detailed explanation of each type of vulnerability.
Microsoft .NET Framework is prone to a security-bypass vulnerability. An attacker can exploit this issue to bypass certain security restrictions and perform unauthorized actions. This may aid in further attacks. Any system designed without considering security assessment leads to non compliance and may come under security threats.
Such systems are vulnerable to harmful attacks. The guide below will foster the strengthening of applications and mitigate the risk of probable attacks and reduce unauthorized activities.
One of the main design considerations for the Java platform is to provide a secure environment for executing mobile code. Java comes with its own unique set of security challenges. While the Java security architecture can protect users and systems from hostile programs downloaded over a network, it cannot defend against implementation bugs that occur in trusted code. Such bugs can inadvertently open the very holes that the security architecture was designed to contain, including access to files, printers, webcams, microphones, and the network from behind firewalls.
In severe cases local programs may be executed or Java security disabled. These bugs can potentially be used to turn the machine into a zombie computer, steal confidential data from machine and intranet, spy through attached devices, prevent useful operation of the machine, assist further attacks, and many other malicious activities. The choice of language system impacts the robustness of any software program. The Java language and virtual machine provide many features to mitigate common programming mistakes. The language is type-safe, and the runtime provides automatic memory management and bounds-checking on arrays.
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