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For example typically a web server operating system has an SMTP service running. And this is just about the visible parameters. Web application vulnerabilities should be treated as normal functionality bugs therefore should always be fixed, irrelevant if there is a firewall or any other type of defence mechanism in front of the application. For more more information about false positives and their negative effect on web application security refer to the article The Problem of False Positives in Web Application Security and How to Tackle Them. OAuth 2 in Action. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
Bryan Sullivan is a senior security researcher at Adobe Systems, where he focuses on web and cloud security issues.
He was previously a security program manager on the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle team and a development manager at HP, where he helped to design HP's vulnerability scanning tools, Webinspect and Devinspect.
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Please try again later. Paperback Verified Purchase. I don't know that I can add much to what people like Adam Shostack have said about the book, but since all the other reviews seem to be written by people who were given review copies, I'll write a review as someone who actually purchased the book. Actually, I purchased 38 copies of the book, and caused Amazon to be back-ordered for about 2 weeks. I teach a basic security class for web application developers, and this is the book I used for the most recent iteration of the class.
It was perfect for the class. Technology agnostic, a reasonable length, and easily accessible by people with web app development experience but not necessarily security experience. Unlike most security books, which are often a catalog of "bad things that can happen", Sullivan and Liu's book covers the topic from the direction of teaching fundamental security principles first, and applying those principles to topics such as authentication, authorization, browser security, and database security.
It does very little to cover specific technologies. The developer will probably need to use other technology specific references, but reading this book first will give developers the background they need to apply security principles to their own technology.
The writing is excellent.
Chapters 1 - 5 simply build a starting foundation for those just beginning to focus on security. Chapters 6 - 8 drive at the heart of web application security issues.
Pay particular attention to chapter 7 Database Security Principles. This was my fourth security book. Having a good security foundation makes this text even more meaningful. But, for those just starting out, you should feel lucky someone has written all of this down in one place.
Such demands are also pushing businesses into making such data available online via web applications. A perfect example of this are the online banking systems and online shopping websites. All of these advancements in web applications have also attracted malicious hackers and scammers, because like in any other industry there is money to be gained illegally. And this also lead to the birth of a new and young industry; Web Application Security. This article explains the basics and myths of web application security and how businesses can improve the security of their websites and web applications and keep malicious hackers at bay.
Most probably this is the most common web application security myths. Many think that the network firewall they have in place to secure their network will also protect the websites and web applications sitting behind it. Network security differs from web application security. In network security perimeter defences such as firewalls are used to block the bad guys out and allow the good guys in. For example administrators can configure firewalls to allow specific IP addresses or users to access specific services and block the rest.
But perimeter network defences are not suitable to protect web applications from malicious attacks. Business websites and web applications have to be accessed by everyone, therefore administrators have to allow all incoming traffic on port 80 HTTP and HTPS and hope that everyone plays by the rules.
Network firewalls cannot analyze web traffic sent to and from the web applications, therefore it can never block any malicious requests sent by someone trying to exploit a vulnerability such as an SQL injection or Cross-site Scripting.
Network security scanners are designed to identify insecure server and network device configurations and vulnerabilities and not web application vulnerabilities. For example if an FTP server allows anonymous users to write to the server, a network scanner will identify such problem as a security threat. For example if the attacker is trying to exploit a number of known web application vulnerabilities in a website, it can block such connection thus stopping the attacker from successfully hacking the website.
But such approach has a number of shortcomings:. A web application firewall can determine if a request is malicious or not by matching the request's pattern to an already preconfigured pattern.
Therefore most of the time web application firewall cannot protect you against new zero day vulnerability variants. A web application firewall is a user configurable software or appliance, which means it depends on one of the weakest links in the web application security chain, the user. Therefore if not configured properly, the web application firewall will not fully protect the web application.
A web application security firewall does not fix and close the security holes in a web application, it only hides them from the attacker by blocking the requests trying to exploit them. Therefore if the web application firewall has a security issue and can be bypassed as seen in the next point, the web application vulnerability will also be exploited.
A web application firewall is a normal software application that can has its own vulnerabilities and security issues. Over time many security researchers identified several vulnerabilities in web application firewalls that allow hackers to gain access to the firewall's admin console, switch off the firewall and even bypass the firewall.
Overall web application firewalls are an extra defence layer but are not a solution to the problem. In other words, if the budget permits it is of good practise to add a WAF after auditing a web application with a web vulnerability scanner. Additional layers of security should be always welcome! Web application vulnerabilities should be treated as normal functionality bugs therefore should always be fixed, irrelevant if there is a firewall or any other type of defence mechanism in front of the application.
In fact web application security testing should be part of the normal QA tests. To ensure that a web application is secure you have to identify all security issues and vulnerabilities within the web application itself before a malicious hacker identifies and exploits them.
That is why it is very important that the web application vulnerabilities detection process is done throughout all of the SDLC stages, rather than once the web application is live. There are several different ways how you can detect vulnerabilities in web applications.
You can scan the web application with a black box scanner , do a manual source code audit, use an automated white box scanner to identify coding problems, or do a manual security audit and penetration test. Which is the best method? There is no single bullet proof method that you can use to identify all vulnerabilities in a web application.
Each of the methods mentioned above has its own pros and cons. For example while an automated tool will discover almost all technical vulnerabilities, more than a seasoned penetration tester can, it cannot identify logical vulnerabilities. Logical vulnerabilities can only be identified with a manual audit. On the other hand, a manual audit is not efficient and can take a considerable amount of time and cost a fortune.
With a manual audit there are also the risks of leaving unidentified vulnerabilities. White box testing will complicate the development procedures and can only be done by the developers who have access to the code. If budget and time permits it is recommended to use a variety of all available tools and testing methodologies, but in reality no one has the time and budget to permit it.
Therefore one has to choose the most cost effective solution that can realistically emulate a malicious hacker trying to hack a website; use a black box scanner, also known as web application security scanner or web vulnerability scanner. Of course an automated web application security scan should always be accompanied by a manual audit.
Only by using both methodologies you can identify all types of vulnerabilities, i. A black box web vulnerability scanner, also known as a web application security scanner is a software that can automatically scan websites and web applications and identify vulnerabilities and security issues within them. Web application security scanners have become really popular because they automate most of the vulnerability detection process and are typically very easy to use.
For example to use a white box scanner one has to be a developer and needs access to the source code, while a black box scanner can be used by almost any member of the technical teams, such as QA team members, software testers, product and project managers etc. There are several commercial and non commercial web vulnerbility scanners available on the internet and choosing the one that meets all your requirements is not an easy task.
The best way to find out which one is the best scanner for you is to test them all. Below are some guidelines to help you plan your testing and identify the right web application security scanner. There are many factors which will affect your decision when choosing a web application security scanner. I recommend and always preferred commercial software. There are several reasons why, such as frequent updates of the software itself and the web security checks, ease of use, professional support and several others.
For more information and detailed explanation of the advantages of using a commercial solution as opposed to a free one, refer to the article Should you pay for a web application security scanner? Will you be scanning a custom web application built with. Whichever web application you will be scanning, the security scanner you will be choosing should be able to crawl and scan your website. Although this sounds like the obvious, in practise it seems not.
For example many choose a web vulnerability scanner based on the results of a number of comparison reports released over a number of years, or based on what the web security evangelists say. Although such information can be of an indication of who are the major players, your purchasing decision should not be totally based on it.
It is a wrong approach because unless the web applications you want to scan are identical in terms of coding and technology to these broken web applications, which I really doubt, you are just wasting your time.
Such vulnerable web applications are built for educational purposes and are not in any way similar to a real live web application. The best approach to identify the right web application security scanner is to launch several security scans using different scanners against a web application, or a number of web applications that your business uses. Note that it is recommended to launch web security scans against staging and testing web applications, unless you really know what you are doing.
During test scans verify which of the automated black box scanners has the best crawler; the component that is used to identify all entry points and attack surfaces in a web application prior to start attacking it. The crawler is most probably the most important component because a vulnerability cannot be detected unless the vulnerable entry point on a web application is identified by the crawler.
To identify the scanner which has the ability to identify all attack surfaces compare the list of pages, directories, files and input parameters each crawler identified and see which of them identified the most or ideally all parameters. If a particular scanner was unable to crawl the web application properly, it might also mean that it might need to be configured, which brings us to the next point; easy to use software.
While some black box scanners can automatically crawl almost any type of website using an out of the box configuration, some others might need to be configured before launching a scan. Because web application security is a niche industry, not all businesses will have web security specialists who are able to understand and configure a web application security scanner. Therefore go for an easy to use scanner that can automatically detect and adapt to most of the common scenarios, such as custom error pages, anti-CSRF protection on website, URL rewrite rules etc.
Easy to use web application security scanners will have a better return of investment because you do not have to hire specialists, or train team members to use them. The next factor used in comparing web application security scanner is which of the scanners can identify the most vulnerabilities, which of course are not false positives. If a scanner reports a lot of false positives, developers, QA people and security professionals will spend more time verifying the findings rather than focusing on remediations, hence try to avoid it.
For more more information about false positives and their negative effect on web application security refer to the article The Problem of False Positives in Web Application Security and How to Tackle Them. The more a web application security scanner can automate, the better it is.
For example imagine a web application with visible input fields, which by today's standards is a small application. If a penetration tester had to manually test each input on the web application for all known variants of cross-site scripting xss vulnerabilities, he would need to launch around different tests.
If each test takes around 2 minutes to complete, and if all works smoothly such test would take around 12 days should the penetration tester work 24 hours a day. And this is just about the visible parameters. And what about the under the hood parameters? Typically there is much more going on in a web application hidden under the hood rather than what can be seen. Therefore it is difficult for a penetration tester to rapidly identify all attack surfaces of a web application, while an automated web application security scanner can do the same test and identify all "invisible" parameters in around 2 or 3 hours.
But it is not just about time and money. When hiring a security professional for a web application penetration test, it will be limited to the professional's knowledge, while on the other hand a typical commercial web application security scanner contains large numbers of security checks and variants backed by years of research and experience. Therefore automation is another important feature to look for.
By automating the security test will cost less and is done more efficiently. For more information about the advantages of automating web application vulnerability detection, refer to Why Web Vulnerability Testing Needs to be Automated. Web application security is something that should be catered for during every stage of the development and design of a web application.
The earlier web application security is included in the project, the more secure the web application will be and the cheaper and easier it would be to fix identified issues at a later stage.