Understanding Session Management – One of OWASP Top 10 (Part 2)
Security

Welcome to the second half of my two-part blog on Understanding Session Management. In part 1, we covered what was session management and started digging into some possible attack types associated with this vulnerability. Here we will continue to look into other associated attack types. 4. Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) – Severity: High “Cross-Site Request […]

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Application Security Review Process – A Case Study
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What is application security, or AppSec? Let’s talk about web application security first. OWASP was created in 2001 and has been known as the best community for web application security. Volumes of online resources for web application security defects, security testing, and security projects have been produced by OWASP. Yet web application security is only […]

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Dependency Checking Your Ruby Application

Dependency Checking Your Ruby Application Checking your application’s dependencies for known vulnerabilities is a critical, relatively low effort step you should take to secure your application, which you may have read about in another recent article: What is SCA? Compared to the wealth of tools used for dependency checking in, for example JavaScript,  there’s not […]

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Database Security – A Pentester’s Notes
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One of the most prevalent issues that continue to vex application developers is weaknesses in database security that open us to exploit.  Database security is a broad subject, and I will not cover all the security issues here but want to provide context and understanding around some of the more comment vulnerabilities. In this blog, […]

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What is WAF?
WAF

Before diving into WAF security, it’s important to note the difference between web servers and application servers. A web server is internet facing on the front end, while an application server is where the code resides and is not internet facing. Between the web server and app server, all the HTTPs encrypted data is decrypted […]

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What is SCA?
SCA

SCA stands for Software Composition Analysis. It’s a technique where you try to analyze the dependencies that your application includes to make sure that they don’t have any known vulnerabilities. In fact, up to 80% of the components that we include in our applications have some known vulnerability in them which can expose our applications […]

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What is RASP?
RASP

RASP stands for Runtime Application Self Protection. Like IAST it’s agent based, so it watches your software run and tries to determine if something is attacking it. The goal of IAST is to try to determine if something’s attacking it by a certain behavior. RASP adds a layer to that by recognizing something’s attacking it […]

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What is IAST?
IAST

IAST stands for Interactive Application Security Testing. The basic idea is that you have software that watches your application running, usually in a Java or .NET world that uses what’s called the profiling API, and it watches everything that happens in your application and tries to determine if that activity is somehow attacking the software. […]

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