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Eliminate Potential Vulnerabilities With Web Application Penetration Testing

With so many organizations falling victim to cybercriminals attacks, companies must be willing to go the extra mile to secure internal and external web applications. Many businesses think that vulnerability scans are enough for locating security failings in a web application. While vulnerability scans can highlight known weaknesses, web application penetration testing shows you how well they would hold up in a real-world attack by unauthorized users.

Call in RedTeam Security specialists to conduct pen testing on web applications. Our cybersecurity experts have the knowledge and experience needed to strengthen a web app’s ability to stand up to inside and outside security threats. With our help, your business can:

  • Find security flaws in your web environments
  • Highlight potential risks to your organization
  • Help you map out a path toward addressing and repairing any identified flaws

Set up a free consultation with us today by calling (612) 234-7848.

What is Web Application Penetration Testing?

Web application penetration testing involves testing the security integrity of a company’s browser-based applications. RedTeam Security evaluates the attack surface of all potentially vulnerable web-based services, including APIs and web interfaces. We execute the same steps malicious attackers might perform to penetrate the security and gain access to protected information or enter a company’s internal systems.

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You may be a business that specializes in creating web applications for use by other organizations. They must have full confidence in your application to ensure its ongoing success. Your business’s failure to locate and address vulnerabilities puts your reputation and bottom line at risk. It’s hard to win back trust after a security breach.

Pen testing helps confirm that a web application performs at the expected level of reliability, functionality, security, and performance. RedTeam looks for vulnerabilities identified by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). It’s a community effort devoted to uncovering and reporting on the latest web application security vulnerabilities.

Why You Need Web Application Penetration Testing

Businesses rely on web applications more than they ever have in the past to conduct daily business. That includes customer-facing applications that allow them to perform activities like making purchases or transferring money from one account to another. Many companies also depend on internal web products to conduct day-to-day business. Developers may use open source components and plugins when building web apps, opening the door to possible security risks.

Thanks to constant technological advancements and our growing dependency on the internet, cyber thieves have an unlimited new frontier of attack vectors to exploit. They move from one website to another, looking for that one security weakness that aids them in their quest.

The ideal time to conduct web application penetration testing would be before a production release. However, schedule pressures often lead to developers deploying applications without putting them through the proper security paces. That can leave web applications ripe for exploitation by hackers.

RedTeam Security steps in to address the security flaws left in development and production web applications and APIs. Our specialist comes in and acts as an ethical hacker to help companies stop accumulating technical debt from past mistakes. Our goal is to help businesses feel confident going forward with cybersecurity protection offered by RedTeam Security specialists.

Threats to Web Applications

RedTeam Security pen testers have backgrounds in software development. They understand the common mistakes developers can make, so they go beyond merely trying to break a web application. Our experts use their experience to find critical issues before they become a security crisis.

The following vulnerabilities represent some of the top OWASP security risks to web applications.

  • SQL Injection — Hackers alter the SQL statements used in an application’s backend. These sql injection attacks trick it into executing commands that provide unauthorized access to data.
  • Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) — Applications that execute scripts in the browser receive and run untrustworthy requests. Hackers use those malicious scripts to perform actions like defacing websites, hijacking cookie sessions, or redirecting unsuspecting users to websites where they can steal their information.
  • Broken Authentication and Poor Session Management — Websites typically invalidate cookies for a session once a user closes a browser or logs out of a website. If that invalidation doesn’t happen, and the session remains open, hackers can hijack those still-valid cookies and get hold of the sensitive information it contains.
  • Security Misconfiguration — Developers who fail to properly define the security configuration for a web application and related components leave it vulnerable to unauthorized access by a hacker. Areas they like to target include URLs and input fields.
  • Insecure Deserialization — When data under the control of a user becomes deserialized by a website, attackers can manipulate it by passing harmful information into the source code.
  • XML External Entities Injection (XXE) — Attackers interfere with how a web application processes XML data. Attackers can then view files on the server and access back-end systems on which the web application relies.
  • Broken Access Controls — Users may end up with access to restricted resources or can perform functions outside of their designated roles. That leaves an organization vulnerable to an attack from the inside.
  • Vulnerable Components — Developers may use components in their website that may be out-of-date, susceptible to attack, or unsupported. Hackers gain an opening through which they can steal sensitive information or hijack a company’s systems.
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Inadequate Logging and Monitoring — Failing to log security-critical events or run security monitoring makes it harder to detect the malicious activities of an attacker.

How Web Application Penetration Testing Works

Penetration testing for web apps primarily puts the focus on its setup and environment. RedTeam Security pen testers typically follow best practices in finding cracks in a web app’s security infrastructure.

1. Gather Information

Our RedTeam Security penetration tester starts by working with company IT leaders and other stakeholders to define each web application penetration test’s scope and goals. They also research the infrastructure of the web app. That includes gathering information on various components like domain names, subdomains, the network, and the mail server.

Having that data on hand helps our security expert understand the web app’s functions and where there might be vulnerabilities present. They come up with the parameters they will use when it comes to performing different types of penetrations tests:

  • Black Box Testing — Our analyst comes up with tests that mimic a hacker’s actions with average skills but lack knowledge about the inner workings of a web application.
  • Gray Box Testing — The analyst executes tests from a web user’s perspective with access to an organization’s system.
  • White Box Testing — The analyst designs tests mimicking the actions that could be taken by a user with elevated system access, like someone who works in IT or security.

2. Model Threats and Exploit Security Loopholes

The RedTeam Security analyst then moves on to conducting evaluations that provide insight into how an application should respond to different attacks. The security assessment typically includes going through the application code to estimate the expected reactions while it runs. They also perform a more dynamic analysis that includes assessing the application’s performance during a live run.

Our specialist thinks of various scenarios under which an attack could occur. They scan ports and networks to get a 360-degree view of the system and any attached devices. The web app pen tester also models social engineering scenarios a hacker might use to entice a company worker into giving up vital information they can exploit for web application access.

From there, RedTeam Security team members perform the testing scenarios using various testing tools, then records the outcomes. They do their best to gain access through the target website by exploiting the vulnerabilities uncovered during the information-gathering phase. The pen tester also evaluates how long they can maintain their access and how deeply they can penetrate a company’s security firewalls before discovery.

3. Outline and Execute Remediation Steps

After each web app penetration test, the RedTeam Security expert prepares a report that includes the following information:

  • The kind of test performed
  • The details involved in running the pen test on the web app
  • The vulnerabilities and supporting evidence discovered during the test
  • The recommendations the analyst has for dealing with the issue

Having this information helps business owners understand the risks to their company. RedTeam Security makes sure that clients receive a full risk analysis for web applications and APIs, along with guidance on repairing the problems to prevent exploitation by hackers.

Web Application Penetration Testing Vs. Vulnerability Scans

One of the biggest mistakes an organization can make is conflating penetration testing with a vulnerability scan. While each plays an essential role in cyber risk analysis, they represent different control methods. Understanding those differences is critical to making sure your web applications can stand up to brute force attacks from bad actors.

Vulnerability scans typically use automation to detect vulnerabilities in devices attached to the network like routers, firewalls, servers, applications, and switches. The purpose of running a vulnerability assessment is to identify the location of those weaknesses. Relying on vulnerability scans to evaluate web application risks can be less costly for businesses.

Web app penetration testing is more targeted in scope. While vulnerability scans identify threats, a web app pen testing relies on having someone with experience using various tools to mimic a cyber attacker’s deliberate acts, or the inadvertent actions a user might take that could expose critical information. They try to find the most at-risk entry points into a web application’s inner workings.

Start Application Penetration Testing Today

Many organizations can be hesitant about implementing web app penetration testing for a variety of reasons. They may be afraid that it will take too long and keep them from hitting a production release date. The potential costs involved can encourage company leaders to pursue less-expensive security methods that are insufficient for addressing the security loopholes present in a web application.

The number of moving parts involved in constructing most web applications can present a huge security risk that could cost businesses a lot more in the long run. RedTeam Security evaluates all components’ integrity, including API endpoints, dynamic pages, and user roles and permissions.

Without web application pentesting, your company’s cost could be much higher if a hacker gains control of your systems and prevents you from doing business. Your company will also have to deal with losing customers’ trust if their information ends up on the dark web. The damage to your reputation could be irreparable.

Hire The Penetration Testing Industry Leader

Don’t leave yourself open to abuse from bad actors. Let RedTeam Security help you improve your organization’s security posture by identifying security issues in your web application infrastructure. Call us at (612) 234-7848 or contact us for a free consultation with a cybersecurity expert today..

How Much Does An Application Penetration Test Cost?

We get this question a lot and it’s not easy to answer until some level of scoping has been performed. Our scoping process is quick, online, and painless. But overall, the complexity of the application will ultimately determine its cost. For example, when determining the work effort, we take the following into account: dynamic pages, API endpoints, and requests, user roles/permissions, the overall number of pages, etc.

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