Here are some of the most common web application vulnerabilities we offer protection from:
- SQL Injection This is the most common database injection technique and it occurs when you ask a user for input on a web page. A mean intended hacker can take advantage of a simple coding error that allows unverified inputs, to place malicious code in SQL statements and gain complete access to a backend database.
- Cross-site Scripting (XSS) This is another common application-layer web attack. A different injection technique that targets user browser by sending a malicious script to otherwise unsuspecting users in order to access everything from cookies, modify page content, session tokens and other sensitive information.
- Remote File Inclusion (RFI) This type of vulnerability is used by hackers in order to remotely inject files with malicious code. This type of vulnerability applies to web applications that dynamically include external files or scripts. The consequences of such a threat include access to sensitive information, compromised servers and even website content modifications.
- Cross-site Request Forgery (CSRF) This is a type of attack that targets authenticated users, forcing them to make requests on the attacker’s behalf. This type of malicious exploit is usually paired with social engineering like an email or a link that fools victims to give access to the web app on which they are authenticated. The results can include unauthorized fund transfer, data theft or password manipulation.
- File upload vulnerabilities This type of vulnerability is used by hackers in order to remotely inject files with malicious code. This type of vulnerability applies to web applications that dynamically include external files or scripts. The consequences of such a threat include access to sensitive information, compromised servers and even website content modifications.
When it comes to software security and vulnerability prevention for web applications, the following checklist should be integrated as early as possible in the development process, so any security issue can be detected and resolved in a timely manner.
- Web API Security This helps you protect the integrity of the increasingly public web-based APIs and the APIs that you own. Prevent major data breaches and connect services or transfer data in the safest way possible.
- Security Check Making sure you have a highly-secured web application is very important. This is why we always perform a deep security check in order to identify potential threats as early as possible. And, when in need, we even call our white hacking partners to make sure the security of our web apps is unbreachable.
- Information Gathering/code review This is one of the most important steps for a web application security test. It implies either a manual or an automated review of the source code in order to discover any security flaws as soon as possible in the development process.
- Denial of service (DoS) Better safe than sorry! Making sure you’re prepared for these types of attacks is a must. They basically consist of malicious information or traffic flood of the system in order to make it crash. This is usually done by sending an enormous number of messages with invalid return addresses and thus preventing real users from accessing the web app.
- Database & File backups Frequent automatic backups of your database and files are vital, especially when you’re running a production server. Avoid any loss or restore corrupted or missing files with regular backups.
- Disaster Recovery Just in case it all goes wrong. You never know when disaster strikes, therefore, it is better to be prepared with an updated backup that might come in handy.
- Brute Force Protection This helps web application from attacks that repeatedly attempt to guess a user’s password in order to gain access to user accounts. An example of brute force protection can be found on mobile devices when a PIN is entered incorrectly several times, after which the phone blocks for a few seconds.
- Password Requirements Asking users to add passwords to their accounts is simply not good enough when you are dedicated to protecting important information and data. Adding password requirements is the best way to make sure all your user accounts are protected with strong passwords, making it really hard for others to simply guess or easily discover those passwords.
- Access Control (2FA) The best option for protecting the account security of your users is by using 2-factor authentication. This works by requiring users for another piece of information after adding their passwords.