Netsparker's Web Application Security Blog

Successfully Integrating Security into the Software Development Life Cycle

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Wed, 16 Oct 2019 - by Allen Baird
Successfully Integrating Security into the Software Development Life Cycle

It is vital that security measures, including web application security scanning, play an early role in the software development life cycle. This article summarizes a podcast discussion in which Netsparker CEO Ferruh Mavituna talks about the place of security testing in the SDLC and how companies can achieve this integration with maximum success. Read More

What Is DevSecOps: How to Incorporate Security into DevOps

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
What Is DevSecOps: How to Incorporate Security into DevOps

DevSecOps, or Development, Security and Operations, is a software development methodology that integrates security checks and practices into DevOps processes. Implementing DevSecOps requires organizations to adopt a security-first mindset and use automated security validation in their DevOps pipeline. This article looks at the evolution of methodologies towards DevSecOps and shows what tools can be used to ensure security in agile web application development. Read More

5 Ways a Cyberattack Can Hurt Your Organization

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Wed, 02 Oct 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
5 Ways a Cyberattack Can Hurt Your Organization

Cyberattacks are an inevitable part of everyday business for organizations of all sizes worldwide. Despite growing awareness of the consequences of a successful attack, many organizations still downplay the associated risks. A cyberattack can have devastating and long-lasting consequences for the entire organization, and in this article, we will look at 5 crucial ways that a cyberattack can hurt your business. Read More

What is Code Injection and How to Avoid It

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Fri, 27 Sep 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
What is Code Injection and How to Avoid It

Code injection, also called Remote Code Execution (RCE), occurs when an attacker exploits an input validation flaw in software to introduce and execute malicious code. Code is injected in the language of the targeted application and executed by the server-side interpreter. Any application that directly uses unvalidated input is vulnerable to code injection, and web applications are a prime target for attackers. This article shows how code injection vulnerabilities arise and how you can protect your web applications from injection. Read More

Why Websites Need HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Tue, 24 Sep 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
Why Websites Need HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)

HTTPS has become the protocol of choice for any serious website, but enforcing the use of HTTPS instead of HTTP requires the HTTP Strict Transport Security header, or HSTS. Using the HSTS header, the server informs the visiting browser that only the HTTPS version of the requested site is available, and plain HTTP will not be served. In this article, we will look at the history of HSTS, see how it works and how to set it up, and learn why using it can actually drive traffic to your website. Read More

September 2019 Update for Netsparker Enterprise

Category: Releases - Last Updated: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 - by Netsparker Security Team

This blog post announces the September 2019 update for Netsparker Enterprise. Highlights are support for internal agents and bulk operations, and new issues tracking integrations and API endpoints. Other new features are support for data exporting, a technical contact change option, scan conversion options, and new malware technology. Read More

7 Crucial Components of Cyber Incident Recovery

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
7 Crucial Components of Cyber Incident Recovery

Organizations are consistently reporting increased numbers of cyber incidents, with data breaches and ransomware infections fast becoming a common occurrence. Solid security procedures and good planning can go a long way towards preventing many incidents but when things go wrong, you have to be prepared for recovery. In this article, we will look at 7 key aspects of planning for cyber incident recovery to maintain business continuity and minimize costly downtime. Read More

Goodbye XSS Auditor

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Wed, 04 Sep 2019 - by Sven Morgenroth
Goodbye XSS Auditor

Chrome has retired the XSS Auditor because of problems with bypasses and security issues. This article describes how the Auditor worked, how it was bypassed and how it began. It examines the XSS Auditor’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities – deactivatable security and information leaks it caused. Finally, it suggests a secure alternative for the XSS Auditor. Read More

Scaling-Up and Automating Web Application Security

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Tue, 03 Sep 2019 - by Allen Baird
Scaling-Up and Automating Web Application Security

This blog post summarizes a security talk given by CEO, Ferruh Mavituna, about scaling-up and automating web application security. Ferruh discusses the stages of vulnerability detection, website and vulnerability categories, the benefits and limits of automation, pre and post-scan challenges to automation, and the elimination of false positives. Read More

A Cyber Incident Response Plan for Your Web Applications

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
A Cyber Incident Response Plan for Your Web Applications

With so many businesses dependent on web and cloud technologies, sooner or later every organization may need to handle a web cyber security incident. Having a cyber security incident response plan (IR plan) is crucial for maintaining business continuity and recording information to manage any incident and its aftermath. This article looks at how you can plan your web security incident responses, what threats you need to consider, and why having an effective and tested response plan is a necessity for modern organizations. Read More

Clickjacking Attacks: What They Are and How to Prevent Them

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
Clickjacking Attacks: What They Are and How to Prevent Them

Clickjacking attacks attempt to trick the user into unintentionally clicking an unexpected web page element. Most clickjacking methods exploit vulnerabilities related to HTML iframes and prevention centers around preventing page framing. In this blog post, we will see how clickjacking works, how it can be prevented, and why this threat to application security is not going away any time soon. Read More

How Buffer Overflow Attacks Work

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Thu, 08 Aug 2019 - by Netsparker Team
How Buffer Overflow Attacks Work

A buffer overflow occurs when a program tries to write too much data into the buffer. This can cause the program to crash or to execute arbitrary code. Buffer overflow vulnerabilities exist only in low-level programming languages such as C with direct access to memory. However, they also affect the users of high-level web languages because the frameworks are often written in low-level languages. Read More

What Is Privilege Escalation and Why Is It Important?

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Fri, 02 Aug 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
What Is Privilege Escalation and Why Is It Important?

This article explains what is privilege escalation, what are the types of privilege escalation (horizontal and vertical) and how can privilege escalation endanger your systems. It also examines typical privilege escalation scenarios and teaches you how you can protect user accounts in your systems and applications to maintain a good security posture. Read More