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Web Application Threats

October 31, 2012


Nowadays Website Applications are an essential part of businesses.  There are no limitations to what website applications can do.  They can create amazing sites that help in all aspects of life and business: sales, finance, human resources, management, public relations, communication, posting and edits, uploading, online stores, checkout systems, tracking systems, education, forums, message boards, compliance, track-ability. However there are a great number of web application threats that endanger those applications.

If you are a web developer or a database manager you may be familiar with a couple of web applications like PhpMyAdmin or WordPress. These web applications are one of the favorite targets of malicious hackers (black hats) because they access a high level of privileges (shell) on the server. Attackers try to find exploits and vulnerabilities in popular web applications because it gives them limitless access to a large amount of information and consumers.

The fact is any web application that has upload capabilities to a server without using appropriate security methods and authentication can holdweb application threats because it allows attackers to directly upload exploits to your server gain access to infinite amounts of data.  If you have a vulnerable web application, sooner or later it will be hacked and exploited.  Even if you don’t consider yourself a target you can still be a victim because attackers seek out their targets for different purposes. The damages are endless and can cost you your business, major loss of revenue, proprietary business corporate assets, harm or destroy people through identity theft and loss of credit, and can cost lives by leaking government secrets and military highly confidential national security  information.

One of the favorite methods is called “Dorking”, where attackers to find a large amount of victims because they are easy targets through web applications and can be massively exploited.

Some web applications have a signature (trade-mark or header) which are being “dorked”; they list all servers that are being used and specific web application directories of where the web application is being stored.

If you are adding or updating your web applications you should be aware of how it could affect you, because most likely it will open new web application threats or even expose old patches. Do not update your web application unless you are also ready to secure and update your patches on your site.  You should hire a professional Ethical Hacking Service Provider to patch and secure your preexisting web applications and secure them.

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