Web application security testing

All businesses, from independent contractors to banks and international corporations, depend on web applications. People switch to online services mostly because of their convenience, cross-platforming, resource friendliness, and high availability. Therefore, users are transferring their PII, finances, and other private data to the web. Hackers, in turn, take advantage of that and the fact, that 90% of all web apps are exposed to cyberattacks (as of 2018-2020).

As the number of security vulnerabilities of web apps is high (on average, 22 vulnerabilities per application) and grows constantly, every organization must consider web application penetration testing.

10Guards’s OSCP certified web app penetration testing team performs security testing for both web applications and websites. After thoroughly examining the system and effectively identifying its vulnerabilities with tried and tested technologies, our team presents a comprehensive report, which leads the organization through eliminating weaknesses and preventing future attacks.

Web application security vulnerabilities
10Guards web application penetration tests are aligned with the OWASP Top 10 most critical application security risks. By replicating attackers techniques, our team can identify common and unique vulnerabilities, including:

• Security misconfigurations (Four out of five web applications are exposed to this)
• Cross-site scripting
• poor input validation
• Broken authentication
• Broken access control
• Injections
• Sensitive data exposure
• Poor session management
• Flaws in the application structure
• Database interaction errors

Steps of web application or website penetration testing

1. Preparation stage
10Guards’s web app penetration testing experts team up with the organization’s specialists to define a scope, best strategy, and the timeframe for project execution. Then our ethical hackers perform open-source intelligence (OSINT),
to gather publicly available information that could be used to compromise the web application.

2. Vulnerability discovery and exploitation
Our team uses a large variety of manual and automated tools to assess applications and websites. After a list of found vulnerabilities is compiled, each one is analyzed and harmlessly exploited. This helps to reveal additional risks and potential attack possibilities, and as a result – mitigate those risks by adding protection or changing application logic.

3. Reporting and debriefing
As soon as the technical part of testing is complete, our experts present a formal report. It describes all findings during previous steps with exhaustive technical details, and a list of recommended actions, sorted by the severity of discovered weaknesses.