In recent years, web application attacks have ranked in the top spot within the cyber-threat environment. Given that, all organizations must have a strategic IT plan in place that takes both defensive and proactive actions to protect their web services, web APIs and applications.
The web server on which the web applications are hosted are also an easy target, especially those that have been around long enough for hackers to familiarize themselves with. The Apache HTTP Server, has been around since the earliest days of the Internet, and is also the most popular web server, hence it is a common target.
Once of the ways to ensure that your Apache web server does not have any misconfigurations that leads to security flaws, it is important to scan it with a web server security scanner, as this article explains.
Around 30% of the websites on the internet are hosted on the Apache web server, making it one of the most widely-used web server software. Its reliability and adaptability makes it a valued choice for those looking for a powerful web software solution. But though Apache is a widely used platform and one that is under constant scrutiny, that does not mean that it is immune to outside attacks.
In contrast, given its ubiquity, it is a very secure web server, though a misconfiguration can lead to vulnerabilities which malicious hackers can exploit, placing the web server, and the web application and business data it hosts at risk to outside hacking. And as with any successful outside attack, the results can include loss or theft of information assets.
Though Apache offers regular security updates, vulnerabilities still exist and user errors still happen. Hence why it is of utmost importance to use an Apache security scanner that can identify vulnerabilities in the software itself but also possible misconfigurations that could lead to security issues.
The Netsparker web vulnerability scanner scans both the target web application and the web server it is hosted on for misconfigurations and security vulnerabilities. Netsparker goes beyond checking the Apache version number of the web server, but has heuristic security checks for web servers such as Apache and Nginx that run on Linux, and IIS that runs on Microsoft Windows Server. Netsparker also checks the web server’s SSL / TLS configuration and alerts you of possible issues in the scan reports.
Though aside from ensuring that your web server has the latest security patches applied, and the Apache server configuration is secure, a lot of focus should be given to the web applications hosted on that web server. The easiest way to get started is to run an automated scan for security vulnerabilities with the Netsparker web scanner.
Netsparker’s web application vulnerability scanner can help by easily and thoroughly scanning all of your web applications for potential security issues. Netsparker uses exclusively the Proof-Based ScanningTM technology to find vulnerabilities without yielding false positives. This saves you time to work on remediation rather then vulnerability verification. Netsparker's web application scanners scans web applications, web services and web APIs for Cross-site scripting (XSS), SQL injection, and thousands of other vulnerability variants that routinely pop up on the OWASP Top Ten list of most critical web security flaws.
Netsparker can scan any type of modern and custom web application, including Web 2.0, HTML5 and Single Page Applications (SPAs), regardless if they are built with PHP, .NET or Java. It is Chrome based crawling engine can crawl and attack any type of web application accessible via HTTP and HTTPS protocols. Netsparker is also fully customizable--allowing you to modify the parameters so the scanner does not make redundant checks. For example you can configure the scanner to target a specific setup, such as PHP framework hosted on Apache and uses MySQL. If instead you have an ASP.NET web application that is hosted on IIS and uses the Microsoft SQL Server, then you can disable the other security checks so the scan time is shorter. Netsparker will also act as an IIS server security scanner and scans the web server for possible misconfigurations.
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