Web Application Penetration Testing
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Types of Penetration Testing for Web Applications
In addition to the attacker’s location, there are other aspects to consider such as: B. Level of Access and Scope of Knowledge. Here are the three main types of penetration tests you can run:
How Do You Test Web Application Security
Web application penetration testing is typically implemented in three phases: planning, deployment, and post-processing. Below is a quick checklist for your reference.
- Define the scope of the test.
- Provide the pentester with all needed information, including relevant documentation.
- Determine a success criteria for your test.
Review any available results from previous tests, if applicable.
- Assess and learn as much as possible about the tested environment.
- Run the test using several different roles.
- Follow the pre-defined successes criteria and reporting procedure when discovering vulnerabilities.
- Create a clear and detailed report, explaining the measures taken, vulnerabilities detected, and the severity of each vulnerability.
- Provide recommendations for remediating the detected vulnerabilities.
- Re-test to check that the discovered vulnerabilities were properly remediated.
- Once all tests are concluded, revert all changes back to the original configuration, including proxy settings.
Open Web Application Security Project.
Lifecycle and Test Framework
This guide also shows how to organize audits step-by-step according to the development stage of your application. In this way, the activity runs through its entire lifecycle. So what you need to do is pre-development, definition and design phase, during development, rollout, and finally maintenance and support.
With this organizational pattern, a framework of tests is proposed to identify and detail control points upon which the corresponding tests will be applied.
Control Points and Security Tests
This procedure suggests two phases of security testing. One is the passive phase, in which the application’s behavior is monitored and all possible functions are performed. The purpose of this phase is to understand the logic of the process and identify potential vectors for attacks, vulnerabilities, or both.
In the second stage, the proposed tests are actively executed according to the vectors identified in the first stage.
The tests are grouped into 11 categories:
Additionally, this guide includes a section on creating audit reports. This section proposes a sample report divided into three main sections.
An executive report, which clearly and simply evaluates the results obtained by the auditor, does not go into technical details and is intended to provide a high-level overview of the impact of what was found.
- A test report describes the specifications of the actions, scope, and limitations of each test performed.
- A report of findings presenting the results of each test and recommended countermeasures to correct the observed problems.
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