Testing the security of a web application refers to the evaluation of and applications inherent security. To expose loopholes and technical glitches of applications, organizations need to implement an all-inclusive security testing policy. This, along with a foolproof risk mitigation plan, can make a good recipe for a fully secure web application.
The 10 Tests under Web Application Penetration Testing
- Information Gathering: Testing for Information Gathering includes activities such as conducting search and reviews for any information leak (across metafiles, webpage comments, and metadata), apart from fingerprinting the entire web application, server, and framework.
- Configuration and Deployment Management Testing: Even a tiny error in the configuration of the deployed server can make the web application unstable and weak. Thus, properly testing configuration management is a business-critical activity that must be performed.
- Identity Management Testing: Testing for Identity Management is very crucial for establishing the brand of an application. This includes testing of processes such as user registration and account management, how are the role definitions specified, and whether or not the username is strong.
- Authentication Testing: Authentication testing is used to verify the digital identities and genuineness of people and products
- Authorization Testing: Authorization Testing is used to check the login permissions for a system along with the rules set for bypassing the checks and other privilege settings.
- Session Management Testing: Session Management is a core activity that controls all interactions (logging in to logging out) between users and web applications
- Input Validation Testing Validation testing is used to test all types of input and Includes several forms of Injection Testing, testing for cross site scripting, buffer overflow, vulnerabilities of different types, and so on. For in depth details, refer: www.owasp.org/index.php/Testing_for_Input_Validation
- Error Handling: A robust error/exception handling strategy helps reduce the chances of uncaught errors, helps hide critical information from hackers and malicious attacks, and thus proves very important for safeguarding business-critical data.
- Business Logic Testing: Testing Business logic happens to be the toughest – as also the most harmful, if not tested properly.
- Client Side Testing: Client-Side testing refers to testing the code execution on the client-side, usually within a web browser or browser plugin.
For in-depth reading, visit the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) web application security testing methodology.
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