General Facts and Figures on Web Hacking

Facts about Web Application Hacking Verizon Business conducted a 2009 study of 90 Web data breaches. The results of this study were presented in The Data Breach Investigative Report (DBIR) and included the following facts and figures: 285 million data records were exposed in the 90 data breaches, the equivalent of 9 exposures each second. […]

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I wouldn’t want to be a developer these days

Are you a software developer? If so, I don’t envy you.  Of all the possible positions working in and around IT, you’ve arguably got the toughest one. I’ve witnessed it over the years while performing my own security assessments as well as hearing about it from friends and colleagues who are developers. You’ve literally got […]

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Cross-site Scripting

One of the most common forms of Web application vulnerability is Cross-site Scripting.  This security vulnerability allows attackers to implant malicious scripts into websites.  The scripts will execute in the browsers of visitors to the site, within the hosting website security zone.  This provides the script with the correct privilege level to access and modify […]

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The Threat of Directory Traversal Attacks

Understanding Directory Traversal One of the critical functions of a secure Web server is controlling access to restricted directories. HTTP exploit attacks circumvent Web server security and use malicious software to access the content of restricted directories.  Directory Traversal is one such HTTP vulnerability. The goal of a Directory Traversal attack is to execute commands […]

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Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Attacks

The Web application community is served by an organization called OWASP (the Open Web Application Security Project). OWASP is a non-profit global organization that focuses on providing information to help improve Web application security. OWASP has developed an awareness document called the OWASP Top Ten. This document lists the most critical Web application security flaws. […]

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AJAX Application Attacks

Understanding Ajax and JavaScript Ajax is a popular technology for Web 2.0 applications. Ajax (which is shorthand for asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is not one component, but is a group of related development techniques for Web applications. At the heart of Ajax’s functionality is the ability to asynchronously retrieve data from a Web server without […]

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How often should you test your web applications?

Periodic and consistent security checks – that’s the recipe for effective Web security, right? We hear this “best practice” recommendation all the time. It’s true but what exactly does it mean? How often do you really need to test your websites and web applications? Do you go by what the PCI Security Standards Council recommends? […]

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What is Google Hacking?

Are you Vulnerable to Google Hacking? The term “Google Hacking” refers to a hacker attack that uses a search engine like Google to find vulnerable Web servers and websites. Google hacking makes use of special search queries to locate servers and Web applications running with incomplete security or with no security. In addition to searching […]

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How to choose a web vulnerability scanner

A must read interview for anyone who is interested in evaluating web vulnerability scanners.  In this interview we discuss the process of choosing a web vulnerability scanner and underline several factors that should be taken into consideration in the decision-making process. Which is the best web vulnerability scanner out there? This question has been haunting […]

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