Web Application Testing: The API Puzzle

web-application-testingThe greatest challenge for web application security testing is the many components involvedthat can blur a clear understanding of the risks.

There is a vast sea of vendor-specific APIs, interfaces, plug-ins, weak input fields, and integration complexity. It’s easy to see why IT administrators can be overwhelmed in managingweb application vulnerability testing.

We take the complexity burden from you by offering advanced permutation scanning for strong risk-based vulnerability identification.

CyberSec uses both advanced scanning techniques and years of testing web application security experiences to provide the best harden foundation, possible.

Pieces of the puzzle

For web application security penetration testing, presentation to the workstation’s browser and input validation is needed for strong verification. Some areas requiring important examination are:

Java Versions ActiveX Controls Field Hash Transport
Input Validation Access integrity Cookies management
P2P transports .NET Compatibilities Buffer overflow potential
Browser compatibilities Mobile device presentation XSS weakness
Chat interfaces Exception handling Services encryption
Integer Overflow attacks Clear Text Transport Session hijacking
Caching virus carriers Plug-in holes, (e.g. Adobe Flash, etc.) Insertion scripting
Patching support Lack of SDLC early mitigation Forgery interface requests

Web Application Testing: Early Best Practice Adoption

Fortifying from the ground, up

When IT departments are on a strict deadline, checking to make sure their input field controls is locked down and secure is normally not one of their highest priorities. Developers assume network administrators will take over all the security aspects needed to protect their applications. That’s why it’s very important to adopt secure coding best practices early in the Software Delivery Life Cycle (SDLC) process.

Using default code parameters inside field inputs is always a hacker’s delight as these are some the easiest access levels to circumvent with a simple public network sniffer, Java Console or API watch windows debug window, available free on the internet or built into the browser.

Incorporating use-cases in Quality Assurance phase of testing, instituting standards for avoiding threat exposures in run-time analysis, and educating the programming teams on how this works is required for producing a robust and reliable web application solution.

CyberSec provides both plans and workflow template designs to help your support department incorporate this into their production rollouts strategies.

Web Application Testing: Session Behavior

Finding the right balance

Thorough testing in package performance is essential. A program can work poorly with too muchencryption that slowsdown the response time in caching and browser loading, but also open up potential holes for hackers which can crack the code with console monitors during a sudden session time out drop. When we implement our penetration testing for web applications, we add this to metrics and benchmarks so your teams can have a baseline to improve upon in both reaction time and process integrity.

Mobile World – included

Web app penetration testing for applications used on smart iDevices such as the Apple ™ iPhone or iPad requires extensive analysis during the device’s connection to the service. Most mobile apps used for these devices are web based and require the same detail and attention as they do their workstation brethren. We give approach recommendations how to manage the mobile SDLC lifecyclebetter, for good mitigation techniques.

Web Application Testing: Integration Vulnerabilities

The Integration Challenge

When working with business programs on the internet or intranet requiring layered communication transports, (e.g. Apps, Web, Database layers, etc.), programmers must design adapters into their coding so data query requests can flow efficiently from layer to layer. Based on where the layered hosts are, in your topology, many times these data transports are “clear-text” travelingfrom system-to-system. Coded back-doors are also identified during our scanning phase.

We make sure to find out if this an acceptable risk to the business by identifying those weak points in the overall design. Our experience and expertise can advise whether integration transports are secure or open to external, or more importantly, internal cybercriminals.

Backtracking Legacy Systems

Because IT environments can be very dynamic, on-going changes to older systems can be easily missed. Especially coded ones. Support overloaded IT shops will sometimes follow the adage of “if it’s not broke, don’t’ fix it” philosophy without realizing the legacy system has code weaknesses.

Our analysis will find these legacy systems and bring them to light, while advising the important updates andcorrections needed which you may not be aware of.

Why hire “Web Application Testing” design specialists?

CyberSec wants your business to be both secure and successful. We provide the years of expertise in coding best practices from a long history of real-world hacking experiences that is the kind of quality you want to protect your environment, safelywith. We can give the layout that best fits your company’s needs reducing cost, mitigating risk, and adding to the quality of your IT Compliance requirements for strong development lifecycle management.