Introduction to Web Application Security
When was the last time you made an online transaction? You’re thinking of the login page of your bank. This is a good example of web application security. It serves as the front door between you and your bank. You identify yourself via your username and password. But what happens if someone gets this sensitive information?
In this article, you’ll learn the top ten web application security vulnerabilities. You’ll also see some web application security best practices. You’ll know why it’s important to use SecureBox for each web application security risk.
What Is Web Application Security?
Web application security is the protection of web-based apps and websites from threats. These threats come in many forms. To know about the solution, we discuss first the risks or vulnerabilities.
Web Application Security Risks
OWASP stands for Open Web Application Security Project. It’s a community that provides information and tools on web application security. They also provide us with web application security standards to follow. Here are OWASP’s top ten web application security risks:
Web Application Security Risk #1: Injection
This is a type of attack where the cybercriminal inserts malicious code in the web forms. They try to gain access to your web server to compromise your applications and web services. An application is vulnerable to an SQL injection attack if the user input isn’t validated. Preventing malicious commands from executing is the best way to thwart this. SecureBox has a whitelisting feature that is configurable to confirm user input.
Web Application Security Risk #2: Broken Authentication
The attacker will try to gain access to a few accounts in your system. They do this by applying credential stuffing and brute force attacks. The attacker will then try to compromise your entire network and do malicious things. An application is vulnerable if it has a weak authentication system. SecureBox protects you from brute-force attacks.
Web Application Security Risk #3: Sensitive Data Exposure
An attacker steals sensitive data which is not secure. Information that is not encrypted is the favorite target of cybercriminals. Any data transmitted in plain text is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. SecureBox protects you from this kind of threat.
Web Application Security Risk #4: XML External Entities (XXE)
An attacker will upload malicious code in your XML processor. Web application attacks like this happen because the app itself accepts XML code. You can prevent this by validating the user input. SecureBox’s whitelisting feature takes care of this threat.
Web Application Security Risk #5: Broken Access Control
An attacker is good at exploiting access control. Attack vectors like this happen when there are misconfigurations on user permissions. You can prevent this by examining log access control failures. SecureBox will notify you and generate a report for any suspicious activity.
Web Application Security Risk #6: Security Misconfiguration
An attacker would always exploit known vulnerabilities or security flaws. There are still systems which use default usernames and passwords. Cybercriminals have a list of known usernames and passwords for different things. Your router for example still uses the default username “admin” and “1234” for the password. You must first secure the operating system environment on which your applications run. Always check for the latest patches which contain bug fixes and upgrades. A good and free patch management software is available here.
Web Application Security Risk #7: Cross-site Scripting (XSS)
A typical XSS attack would target your web browser. The attack will either try to download malware or record your keystrokes. You can prevent this by using an anti-malware and anti-keylogger program like SecureBox.
Web Application Security Risk #8: Insecure Deserialization
Serialization converts objects or data structures into a storable, transmittable, and reconstructible format. Deserialization is the opposite process. An attacker injects hostile objects into a web app which triggers deserialization. This in effect will execute malicious codes or scripts on the web server. You can thwart these threats by using web application firewalls or WAF. These will check for suspicious and malicious activities. SecureBox also offers WAF features.
Web Application Security Risk #9: Using Components With Known Vulnerabilities
This is pretty much self-explanatory. An attacker would use the same pattern of attack on a target. If a new patch or solution comes up, then that would render the attack useless. The solution that applies here is the same with web application security risk number six. Securing web apps is not enough. You must also update it on a regular basis. Windows has a built-in patch management system that does this job well.
Web Application Security Risk #10: Insufficient Logging And Monitoring
An attacker takes advantage of a system that lacks monitoring capabilities. You can’t catch what you can’t see. Attackers are good at hiding their trails on a system. If you don’t have any means of logging suspicious activities, then chances are your system is prone to hacks. Good thing SecureBox can protect you from this kind of threat. These are the reports that you’ll be getting when you use SecureBox:
- Malware threat detection reports
- Network IP change reports
- Application upgrade reports
- Remote control detection reports
- Application usage reports
- License usage reports
- Injection detection reports
- Application uninstall/install reports
- Email notifications base on reports
Securing websites, web applications, and other web services is a challenging task. There’s no need to use different security tools to combat these threats. SecureBox is all you’ll ever need in countering these web application security risks. Sign up now and get a free demo!