Acunetix, September 2020 – Acunetix teamed up with Dimensional Research to conduct a survey and learn how effectively enterprises are handling web application security. Unfortunately, the results were not very optimistic. This report contains the results of the survey analysis with explanations and commentaries.
Agathoklis Promodou, May 2019 – In this mini guide, author Agathoklis Promodou looks the world’s most popular (Server-side) Web Programming Language – PHP. Like other programming languages, PHP can be exposed to a number of vulnerabilities – this mini guide examines some of the problems that should be considered every time you set out to write a PHP script so you can ensure your site is secure. These are the problems which, with well-written code, can be effectively mitigated.
Acunetix, April 2019 – In this white paper, we focus on two widely known and used protocols in computer security, SSL and TLS. We describe what is TLS/SSL, take a brief look at its history, describe some of the terminology, explain TLS/SSL certificates and their use, we look at establishing an SSL connection and look at possible TLS/SSL vulnerabilities and attacks.
Tomasz Andrzej Nidecki, March 2019 – Black hat hackers usually use man-in-the-middle attacks to eavesdrop on communications between a client and a server, including HTTPS connections to websites, other SSL/TLS connections, Wi-Fi connections, and more. This white paper details all common techniques that are used to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks, explains how these techniques work, and how to defend against them.
Aleksei Tiurin, June 2018 – At ZeroNights 2017 conference, Security Researcher Aleksei Tiurin spoke about “Deserialization vulnerabilities in various languages”. For his presentation, he used an interesting article about two serialization packages of Node.js. Aleksei showed them as examples of vulnerable implementations of the deserialization processes. In this article, he shows the results of his own research and a new approach of attacking deserialization in JS.
Matt Conran, March 2018 – With the arrival of new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation, security professionals must become data-centric. As a result, they no longer rely on traditional practices to monitor and protect data along with the web applications that act as a front door to the user’s personal data. As on May 25, 2018, the European Union’s (EU’s) GDPR will come into play. A single supervisory authority will be used, rather than a separate one for each EU member state. It will provide a well-needed framework that will govern the way the personal data is gathered, stored and used.
Acunetix, July 2016 – In this white paper, we will focus on how to create a more secure environment for MySQL server, which is currently the second most popular database management system (DBMS), in order to prevent common attacks, as well as to mitigate the attack vector of other vulnerabilities. For the purposes of this article we have setup a machine running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and MySQL 5.7. We have also edited our hosts file to point ‘example.com’ to the IP address of our test machine.
Acunetix, July 2016 – A web-shell is a malicious script used by an attacker with the intent to escalate and maintain persistent access on an already compromised web application. In this white paper, we look at common functions used to execute shell commands in PHP, possible tricks attackers can use to keep web shells under-the-radar, and tips on detection and prevention.
Acunetix, February 2016 – Drupal is a very popular Content Management System (CMS) on the Internet today. Drupal sites, especially ones running older versions of the CMS or it’s modules are a ripe target for attackers. In this white paper, we detail a few measures which can be taken to address the basic security holes or malpractices that are commonly present in thousands of Drupal sites.