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Vaibhav Koli

Information Security Researcher Penetration Tester HTB Player Security Enthusiast CTF Player

Web application Security

Application Security Assessment is an attack simulation that is designed to evaluate the security concerns and vulnerabilities present in an application. It helps organizations gain knowledge of application vulnerabilities, their actual risk level, and accurate solution to mitigate them.
The Web Application Security Test is designed to identify and assess threats to the business through proprietary applications or those given by vendors with small or no customization. My web application security testing methodology is created around the well-known security assessment guide which is OWASP Web Security Testing Guide.

My Approach to Application Security Assessments

I always follow the OWASP Web Security Testing Guide as a benchmark. Also, I have a Hybrid Approach to Web Application Security. This includes black-box testing, grey-box testing, and business logic testing which might exploit or abuse an application's functionality to carry out unwanted behaviors such as privilege escalation, authorization bypass, parameter manipulation, etc.

Key components for a typical application security assessment

  • Understanding the application
  • Identify the threats
  • Create a threat profile
  • Execution of Test cases
  • Rate the threats
  • Create a detailed report

Why Application Security Assessment is important?

Applications are a crucial part of doing business in a world where everything connects to the internet. Organizations, now, use a wide range of applications that are developed in PHP, ASP, Ajax, JavaScript, JSP, Java, ASP.NET, Cold Fusion, Perl, Flash, Ruby, etc. Unsafe coding practices and Improper Configuration of applications lead to errors from the security aspect.
These applications expose customer data, financial data, and other sensitive and confidential data over the Internet. With the accessibility of such crucial data, proactive security assurance for these applications becomes paramount. Organizations should unfailingly consolidate application security assessments in their quality assurance program to control the possible risks.
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