Web Application Penetration Testing Process

Process

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.

Before Testing Starts

  • Sign NDA

  • Freeze on scope

  • Study Cloud App Architecture

  • Study Cloud User Roles

  • Decide attack vectors and prioritize

  • Allocate single point of contact

During Testing

  • Black box testing

  • Gray box testing

  • Automatic and Manual Testing

  • Testing Phases

  • Reconnaissance

  • Scanning

  • Gaining Access

  • Maintaining Access

  • Covering Tracks

  • Gathering Logs

After Testing

  • Analyse logs

  • Confirm results

  • Apply Knowledge

  • Apply Experience

  • Repeat Test if required

Testing Outcome

  • Detailed technical report (OWASP Top 10 Standard)

  • Executive summary

  • High level fixation solutions

  • Certificate of testing completion (optional)

How To Secure Your Website?

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.

How Do You Secure Web Services?

To ensure web services are secure, one needs to perform the following:

  • Code Review

  • Black box testing & Gray box testing

These are the fundamentals that secure your web application code and functionalities from security misconfiguration, authentication bypass, session related attacks, Cross Site Scripting, Injection attacks, etc.

How Do You Know When A Site Is Secure?

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:

  • Injection

  • Broken authentication

  • Sensitive data exposure

  • XML external entities (XXE)

  • Broken access control

  • Security misconfiguration

  • Cross-site scripting (XSS)

  • Insecure deserialization

  • Using components with known vulnerabilities

  • Insufficient logging and monitoring

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How To Create A Web Server?

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.

  • Step 1: Get a Dedicated PC

  • Step 2: Get the OS & Install the OS

  • Step 3: Choose a web server and install it on the OS

  • Step 4: Configure the web server

  • Step 5: Perform web server hardening

How Is Penetration Testing For Web App Done?

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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How Do You Security Test A Web Application?

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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How Is Application Security Maintained?

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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Listed below are few approaches that will help in maintaining application security:

  • Continues Web Vulnerability Assessment

  • Continues Risk analysis

  • Performing penetration testing for the web application as a new web module is created

  • Patching of softwares and applications as and when their updates are out.

Why Is SSL Necessary For Website?

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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Why Do We Need Web Security? OR Why Do We Need Web Application Security?

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:

  • To secure website from hackers

  • To Prevent information stealing

  • To Prevent monetary loss

  • To Prevent reputational loss

  • To Induce confidence in customer

  • To gain Higher long term profits

  • To Increased RO


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Why Are Web Applications Vulnerable To SQL Injection Attacks?

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 Vulnerabilities

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WHAT IS PHP SECURITY?

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.

WHAT IS .NET SECURITY?

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.

WHAT IS JAVA SECURITY?

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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WHAT IS JSCRIPT SECURITY?

There have been several JavaScript security issues that have gained widespread attention. For one, the way JavaScript interacts with the DOM poses a risk for end users by enabling malicious actors to deliver scripts over the web and run them on client computers. There are two measures that can be taken to contain this JavaScript security risk.

First is sandboxing, or running scripts separately so that they can only access certain resources and perform specific tasks. The second measure is implementing the same origin policy, which prevents scripts from one site from accessing data that is used by scripts from other sites. Many JavaScript security vulnerabilities are the result of browser authors failing to take these measures to contain DOM-based JavaScript security risks.

WHAT IS JQUERY SECURITY?



JQuery, the most popular JavaScript library, is a cross-platform library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML and can be found on 65% of the top 10 million most visited websites. The advantages of using JQuery include the fact that it encourages the separation of JavaScript and HTML, that it promotes brevity and clarity, the elimination of cross-browser incompatibilities and the fact that it is extensible as new events, elements and methods can be easily added and subsequently reused. JQuery security vulnerabilities include cross site scripting (XSS) as well as ?JavaScript Hijacking.?



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