Web application penetration testing

A web application is any software that can be accessed through a web server (like Apache, IIS, etc.), but not necessarily with a web browser (like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.). An appropriate example of web application includes portals for online banking, Web sites, which are managed by a content management system (such as Joomla, Mambo, WordPress, etc.), E-commerce websites, SVN, Web Services, etc.

Nowadays, web applications are also among the favorite targets of hackers who can use relatively simple vulnerabilities for gaining access to confidential information. However, most often it contains valuable personal information, possession of which could lead to further complications.

Statistically, over 80% of all compromises are due to exploited weaknesses in web applications. In many cases, vulnerabilities that result in a potential compromise are completely ignored by conventional and automated testing methods. In other cases, vulnerabilities are identified but incorrectly considered inviolable because of the presence of protective technologies.

For example, a common misconception is that you can use queries with a specific parameter to eliminate all risks from injecting code into the database. In reality, the exploitation is still possible if the queries are not constructed properly. Another misconception is that Web Application Firewalls protect them from attacks. Practically speaking firewalls can only be configured to protect against specific attack vectors but are ineffective against diverse approaches.

TAD GROUP`s Best Practice suggests that an organization should perform a web application test in addition to regular security assessments to ensure their protection.

The biggest risk that an organization can face is assuming that it is secure when in fact it is vulnerable.

TAD GROUP can take care of the permanent safety of your web applications!

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