Planning for Effective Web Penetration Testing

Web penetration testing allows teams to identify vulnerabilities in web application & web services before malicious hackers can exploit them. Use the Netsparker scanning tool during the web penetration tests to automate most of the process.

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To secure the web applications that your business depends on, you need a plan. That plan must include secure development and implementation, frequent vulnerability scanning, source code review, and penetration testing.

Effective web application assessment requires penetration testers to know the application, identify the vulnerabilities in it, and discover what data is at risk when those vulnerabilities are exploited.

Know Your Attack Surface, No Matter the Web Application Technology

The first step in doing an effective web application penetration test is knowing the scope of the application. All of the functions and user input fields in a web application can be attack vectors. Effectively pentesting an application requires the assessor to be able to see the entire web application in a clear and timely fashion, so they can move on to finding and exploiting vulnerabilities. The more a tool can help streamline that process, the more quickly the business can move into fixing the vulnerabilities and deploying a secure web application.

The Netsparker web application security scanner effectively maps out the pages and any possible attack vector, no matter the underlying platforms and technologies, or if the web server is running on Linux or Windows. The target application can be built around an open source platform like WordPress or Drupal, or it can be a unique and custom application developed in-house with PHP, .NET, Ruby, Python, or any other language. No matter what, our scanner will discover the page layout, and identify web vulnerabilities which an attacker may be able to exploit and launch an application attack.

The Netsparker web application vulnerability scanner is also scalable. Whether your business has a few websites, a few hundred, or even a few thousand, Netsparker allows cyber security teams to easily scope, schedule, and scan all of them.

Identify and Exploit Real Vulnerabilities

A true penetration test requires not only information gathering and vulnerability identification, but actually exploiting them to see what data can be exposed.

Netsparker’s exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ gives web application penetration testing teams a head start for the exploitation phase of their testing methodology. For the vulnerabilities it reports, Netsparker's report also provides a proof of exploit. That includes the the HTTP request that was used in the attack, the payload, as well the information that was compromised in response.

Therefore instead of having to manually verify web application scanner results and slog through frustrating false positives, a web application pentester can instead begin with a list of dead accurate, exploitable vulnerabilities. From SQL injection attacks, command injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), local file inclusion (LFI), remote file inclusion (RFI), and other vulnerabilities, some of which are listed in the OWASP top 10 list of security flaws, the report shows exactly what initiated the exploit and exactly what sensitive information was compromised.

That allows the pentester to understand the flaw more quickly, and use those dead accurate findings to get deeper into the web application and probably into the systems hosting it. It also allows the software development team to move more quickly and fix the vulnerabilities, thus writing more secure source code.

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Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner can help build a solid foundation for your web penetration testing program by getting you from web application attack surface mapping to actual exploitation more quickly. Contact us today, begin your 15-day free trial of either Netsparker Desktop or Netsparker Cloud, and see this for yourself.

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