Identifying the OWASP Top Ten Flaws in Websites

The Netsparker web application security scanner allows you to accurately identify security issues in your web applications that are listed in the OWASP Top 10 list of the most critical security flaws.

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Statistics show that insecure web applications online outnumber the secure ones. Many websites are vulnerable to direct impact vulnerabilities such as Cross-site Scripting (XSS) and Injection attacks – security vulnerabilities that are listed in the OWASP Top 10 list of the most critical web application security risks.

OWASP Top 10 compliance assists businesses to get started in web application security. They use it as a starting point in their development lifecycle environment to ensure all web applications are secure. The good news is that most vulnerabilities in the OWASP Top Ten list, as well as thousands of other known vulnerabilities, can be detected automatically with the Netsparker web application security scanner. So you do not need to pay third party security experts to build OWASP Top 10 compliant websites.

Introducing the OWASP Top 10 List

The OWASP Top 10 is a list of the most critical web application vulnerabilities and security risks. It highlights technical vulnerabilities and also issues such as access control, broken authentication and session management issues. All of these issues could lead to sensitive data exposure, data breaches and successful hack attacks.

The OWASP Top Ten list is published every three years by the Open Web Application Security Project, an online community dedicated to raising awareness on web application security and secure coding best practices. While the OWASP Top 10 is not a list of regulations and standards, it is recognised as a vital document that acts as a handbook for organizations that are new to web application security.

Eliminating OWASP Top 10 Vulnerabilities

The Netsparker web application security scanner is an automated and accurate DAST scanner that allows you to identify all the technical vulnerabilities outlined in the OWASP Top 10 list. Netsparker uses its exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ technology to automatically verify identified vulnerabilities, proving they are real and not false positives.

Since vulnerabilities are automatically verified, your team does not need web security expertise, dispensing with the need to spend days manually verifying scanner results. Results can be trusted, because they also include a proof of exploit that clearly sets out the impact an exploited vulnerability could have on the target web application or web service.

Building Compliant Web Applications, Web Services & Web APIs

Many businesses are required to adhere to more than one set of compliance regulations. For example, a financial institu business website which accepts online bookings and payments, and handles cardholder data, would have to comply with:

  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
  • General Data Protection Act (GDPR)

Hence why Netsparker has a built in reporting tool that allows you to generate a wide range of compliance reports. Web security scan compliance reports catalogue identified vulnerabilities according to specifications in your compliance regulations. They also include best practises tips to help you address all possible security holes. These reports assist project managers to better triage detected vulnerabilities because they highlight the most critical ones that should be addressed first.

Securing Web Applications Beyond OWASP Top 10 & Compliance

Adhering to a top 10 list of security flaws by the Open Web Application Security Project and other recognised web security standards, helps businesses get started with web application security. However, it only covers the bare minimum required to ensure that you have secure web applications and web APIs that do not have any known vulnerabilities. There are thousands of other web application vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit, so relying on compliance alone is not enough.

This is why businesses should use a security tool such as Netsparker's web vulnerability scanner. Netsparker scans websites and web services for thousands of different vulnerabilities and variants. It can also identify zero-day vulnerabilities in custom built modern web applications.

Netsparker's advanced scanning technology is reinforced by decades of engineering and penetration testing experience. It can detect commonly exploited vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, Cross-site Scripting (XSS) and Local File Inclusion vulnerabilities. But, it can also identify the most advanced vulnerabilities that even the most seasoned penetration tester cannot easily find, such as Server Side Request Forgery and Second Order vulnerabilities. In addition, Netsparker can also detect vulnerable libraries and vulnerabilities in open source software such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla!.

Improving Security & Automation with Netsparker

Netsparker is more advanced than the typical black box solution. Netsparker is the comprehensive web application security solution that you need to find vulnerabilities in all of your websites. It allows you to scale up your security efforts and automate more, as well as easily integrating with your SDLC environment to ensure the web applications and web APIs your developers are building are secure and compliant.

Reduce your security risks! Surpass OWASP Top 10 compliance and ensure that your web applications do not have any vulnerabilities and you web servers are free from security misconfigurations malicious hackers can exploit. Scan them automatically with the Netsparker web application security solution.

Netsparker is available as an on-premises Windows desktop scanner, and also as a hosted and self-hosted security team solution. Apply for a trial today.

What our customers are saying

"I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Netsparker ones. Netsparker was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me."
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