When we conduct a web application penetration test, we look for security vulnerabilities, technical flaws, and improper coding in your web application. Using OWASP and SANs to guide us, we simulate attacks and analyze multiple attack vectors related to the target web application. The objective is to test and validate the security controls of your web application. The goal is to understand the vulnerabilities that introduce information security risks and the actions that need to be taken knowing those risks.
What it looks like
What we look for
Broken Access Control
Vulnerable and Outdated Components
Identification and Authentication Failures
Software and Data Integrity Failure
Security Logging and Monitoring Failures
Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF)
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During a white-box pen test, our tester is provided with all the information about the system that is being tested. These are typically network diagrams and credentials. This type of pen testing strategy helps reveal vulnerabilities more quickly and provides better test coverage since we know exactly what we're testing.
During a gray-box pen test, our tester is provided with limited information about the system that is being tested. This is typically user-level credentials. This strategy emulates an attacker located within the network perimeter. The intent is to validate vulnerabilities an attacker may exploit using a compromised user account.
During a black-box pen test, our tester has very limited knowledge of the infrastructure. A good amount of effort is spent during recon. The network and attack surface are all manually mapped. This strategy emulates a real hacker and their ability to compromise a target starting with limited knowledge.
Our penetration testing engagement broken down to three main steps.
Here we plan and define the extent of our test, what will be tested, where the testing will take place, and who will conduct it.
Here we perform information gathering, port scanning, enumeration, vulnerability scanning, and attempt exploitation.
Here we provide a report of our findings, a list of vulnerabilities, categorize the risk as high, medium or low, and recommend repair.
Validate vulnerabilities and possibility of actual exploitation
Achieve compliance with regulations and industry standards (ISO 27001, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, NIST 800-53)
Ensures effectiveness of security controls and defense systems
Identify vulnerabilities, prioritize cybersecurity risk and take appropriate action
Reveal actual risks. Determine feasibility of attack vectors and business impact of successful attack
Demonstrate commitment to security and maintain trust with stakeholders
Assures the organization that it is operating within the acceptable limit of cybersecurity risks
Prioritize efforts on high-severity vulnerabilities and delegate specific type of vulnerabilities to appropriate department.
What is a web
A web application in general is an application that is installed on a web server (organization). This allows the application to be served over the internet and interact with client software like a web browser (visitor). In simple terms, it is a bidirectional dynamic website. What makes it different from a typical dynamic website is the two-way interaction. With a web application, a visitor can change what they see on the website (e.g., changing their username), and the website can change what the visitor sees (the website returning with a "username already exists"). If your website collects information and updates the site dynamically, allowing it to interact with a specific user, it is a web application.
What is a web application penetration test?
A web application pen test follows the same methodology as any other pen test. However, it focuses more on vulnerabilities that come with a web application and its design. It involves performing active analysis of the application by simulating attacks on the target application. During a web application pen test, the pen tester tries to exploit the vulnerability of the application to determine what information and access the tester can gain.
Why do I need a web application penetration test?
Web applications have and will continue to be the largest internet target due to their accessibility, attack vectors, and the value of the data that interacts with them. Most web applications are responsible for collecting sensitive and confidential data and storing that data structurally in databases. This process, and the interaction between client and server, gives an attacker an unlimited opportunity to steal confidential information, hijack sessions, gain unauthorized access, and control. This is possible due to exploiting one or multiple vulnerabilities within a web application. Performing a pen test on your web application helps identify these vulnerabilities, test the feasibility of an exploit working and the steps to remediate them.
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BitSpartan penetration tests are all conducted by elite ethical hackers who have undergone the most rigorous training available. All of our pen testers hold industry-recognized certifications such as LPT, CPENT, OSCP, GPEN, or CEH Master. All of our pen testers deployed in any engagement have demonstrated advanced reconnaissance and foot printing techniques, pivoting, double pivoting, tunneling, networking knowledge, advanced scanning techniques, firewall bypassing techniques, evading IDS/IPS, scripting, target database construction, and manual and automated exploitation methods.
Whether you need penetration testing done for compliance, contractual, remediation, or hygienic reasons, we can help.