Misleading Reports of 0-Day in Acunetix WVS

Reports of a 0-day vulnerability in Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner turn out to affect only an old version from 2012 which was subsequently fixed. A blog post has recently come to our attention that claims a successful attack against Acunetix v8 (build 20120704), and in the process “reveal[ed] a new vulnerability”. We want to make […]

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Danger: Open Ports – Trojan is as Trojan does

Open ports are the doorways to your secure perimeter. Behind open ports, there are applications and services listening for inbound packets, waiting for connections from the outside, in order to perform their jobs. Security best practices imply the use of a firewall system that controls which ports are opened or closed on Internet-facing servers. Additionally, […]

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Scanning for Heartbleed using Acunetix

Soon after the Heartbleed bug was made public, Acunetix released an update to detect the vulnerability in websites and web applications. The script that detects this is called Heartbleed_Bug.script, and is included in the following Scanning Profiles: Default High_Risk_Alerts The newly created heartbleed profile The Heartbleed bug is considered to be one of the most […]

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The Aftermath of the Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed bug, a security flaw in the popular OpenSSL library used for data encryption, has taken the web security world by storm, and the victim toll has started to rise. The first reported victims include the Canada Revenue Agency (with 900 social security numbers stolen) and Mumsnet, a popular UK website with over 1.5 […]

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Elaborate Ways to Exploit XSS: XSS Proxies

In his book “Web Application Vulnerabilities: Detect, Exploit, Prevent”, Steve Palmer describes XSS Proxies as cross-site scripting exploitation tools that allow attackers to temporarily take control over the victim’s browser. XSS Proxy functions as a web server which takes commands from the attacker via a web browser, delivering malicious JavaScript payloads to and retrieving information […]

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CSRF and XSS – Brothers in Arms

What is CSRF (XSRF)? Cross-Site Request Forgery is a type of web attack which exploits the trust of a website in the user’s browser. In essence, the attacker manipulates the victim’s browser to send requests in the user’s name to websites that have been visited or are currently open, without the victim knowing what is […]

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Latest Acunetix release scans for Heartbleed Bug

Yesterday, an update was released for Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner which includes a test for a critical OpenSSL vulnerability named The Heartbleed Bug (CVE-2014-0160). Quote from the report: The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used […]

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Elaborate Ways to Exploit XSS: Flash Parameter Injection

Common Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks rely on the injection of malicious code (usually JavaScript) in HTML pages, HTML headers or page DOM. There are, however, ways of injecting malicious code in less likely, very popular and innocent-looking places, such as Flash objects. The use of Flash objects has dramatically increased over the last years, with […]

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