WEB APPLICATION PENETRATION TESTING
Whether it is a SaaS product or a retail website launch, application security is an unmissable part. Let Cyphere perform web application penetration testing on your applications for security vulnerabilities with web application testing.
What is Web Application Pen Testing?
An application pen test aims to identify security vulnerabilities resulting from insecure coding practices or underlying platform weaknesses of software or a website.
Website security testing is named differently, often based on the name of applications, platforms or popular software in use. Web application security issues assessments are beneficial security measures along with internal web applications firewall (WAF) usage and these do not negate each other. There is the history of WAF bypasses in the past and it is then application code that should come up to the task. Ensuring secure coding practices is the comprehensive way to secure web applications.
Cyphere services can be commissioned to assess in-house developed applications, off-the-shelf or cloud service provider applications. For example:
- WordPress penetration testing, or similar CMS (Content Management System) application penetration test
- OWASP Penetration testing
- eCommerce businesses requiring Magento pen test or wordpress pen test
- More complex platforms such as Banking login product security, Gambling platforms web security, or eCommerce security
What type of web application penetration testing does your business need?
The following questions are helpful in deciding why and what type of web application penetration test service a business requires.
- Could your website compromise lead to a data breach?
- Could your platform or web application be exploited to access the underlying network?
- Are your development teams aware of API security risks?
- How is your CMS or off-the-shelf CMS security?
- Whether any processing or storing of payment details is performed securely?
- Are your web applications holding static content only, with a shared database instance?
- Whether any PII (Personally Identifiable Information) is stored in the shared database instance at the backend.
Most importantly, irrespective of your product, platform or network provider, Have you independently validated your security controls?
Benefits of Application Pen Testing
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Web application penetration Testing
A secure web application forms the basis of any business trading on the Internet. Without security in mind, applications are a treat for online fraudsters to target genuine unsuspecting users.
Secure code review
Secure Code review is the process of manually reviewing the source code that would highlight issues missed during a black box pentest. This review helps to detect the inconsistencies overlooked during all other web app security assessments.
API security testing
APIs are the backbone of architecture backing the digitally connected world. Web services security testing for public and private RETS APIs used by Mobile, Web Applications and Thick clients.
Thick client application pentesting
Thick or compiled applications are popular in an enterprise for their internal operations. Legacy thick client applications could have inherent problems waiting to be discovered or rather exploited
Threat modelling service deals with helping customers to identify, communicate, and understand threats and mitigations within the context of protecting most valuable data.
Database security review
Data breaches are directly related to extracting data from databases. Validation of security controls around data storage helps organisations protect the stored data. This includes both cloud and traditional database storage systems.
Web Application Vulnerabilities
Secure hardening vulnerabilities such as OS or web server software patching, information disclosures, directory listing, TLS/SSL encryption weaknesses and network footprint.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Web App Penetration Testing
Based on the functionality and requirements, web application security testing offerings include an application pen test, REST API security testing, source code review, database security to a multi-tiered assessment involving the entire tech stack. Sometimes this entire set of assessments is referred to as web application security testing or web services security testing.
Our testing methodology involves checks included in OWASP Top 10, OWASP API Security Top 10, SANS Top 20 Critical Controls and CIS, NIST 800-115. Any specific requirements should be discussed during scoping exercise to reflect this in the deliverables. See our pen test blog post for detailed information.
Our teams utilise a mix of open source and commercial software in addition to a number of custom scripts and utilities. We never perform a fully automated assessment, you can do that yourself with point and click website vulnerability scanners. We are happy to share a specific list based on the engagement.
In order to maximise the investments in independent testing, one should wait till the assessment is over. This offers comprehensive view of the attack surface as well as coverage and depth of issues identified. Any development activities that must continue should be discussed with our team to mutually agree on minimising impact on pen test. Similar approach is considered when using Web Application Firewall (WAF) to cover unauthenticated and authenticated vulnerability detection scenarios.