FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Columbia, MD 4/19/2010 —
Since 2003, application security researchers and experts from all over the world at the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) have carefully monitored the state of web application security and produced an awareness document that is acknowledged and relied on by organizations worldwide, including the PCI, DOD, FTC, and countless others.
Today, OWASP has released an updated report capturing the top ten risks associated with the use of web applications in an enterprise. This colorful 22 page report is packed with examples and details that explain these risks to software developers, managers, and anyone interested in the future of web security. Everything at OWASP is free and open to everyone, and you can download the latest OWASP Top 10 report for free at:
Dave Wichers, OWASP Board member and COO of Aspect Security, has managed the project since its inception. “This year we have revamped the Top 10 to make it clear that we are talking about risks, not just vulnerabilities. Attempts to prioritize vulnerabilities without context just don’t make sense. You can’t make proper business decisions without understanding the threat and impact to your business.” This new focus on risks is intended to lead organizations to more mature understanding and management of application security across their organization.
The time has come to get application security awareness out of the security community and directly to the people who need to know it most. This year, our audacious goal is to get the OWASP Top 10 into the hands of every web developer in the world – but we need your help. We ask anyone reading this; would you be willing to do one simple thing to help protect the future of the Internet? If you know people who write code for the web, could you forward them the OWASP Top 10 and ask them kindly...
For too long, many organizations have relied exclusively on an occasional scan or penetration test to gain assurance for their internal and external web applications. This approach is expensive and doesn't provide much in the way of coverage. Like other types of security, application security requires a risk management program that provides visibility across the entire portfolio and strategic controls to improve security. If your organization is ready to tackle application security, there are dozens of free books, tools, projects, forums, mailing lists, and more at OWASP. You can also join one of over 180 local chapters worldwide or attend our high quality and inexpensive AppSec conferences.
The OWASP Top 10 for 2010 are:
- A1: Injection
- A2: Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
- A3: Broken Authentication and Session Management
- A4: Insecure Direct Object References
- A5: Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)
- A6: Security Misconfiguration
- A7: Insecure Cryptographic Storage
- A8: Failure to Restrict URL Access
- A9: Insufficient Transport Layer Protection
- A10: Unvalidated Redirects and Forwards
The 2010 update is based on more sources of web application vulnerability information than the previous versions were when determining the new Top 10. It also presents this information in a more concise, compelling, and consumable manner, and includes strong references to the many new openly available resources that can help address each issue, particularly OWASP's new Enterprise Security API (ESAPI) and Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS) projects.
The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a worldwide free and open community focused on improving the security of application software. Our mission is to make application security visible, so that people and organizations can make informed decisions about true application security risks. Everyone is free to participate in OWASP and all of our materials are available under a free and open software license. The OWASP Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization that ensures the ongoing availability and support for our work from our members: Individuals, Organizational Supporters & Accredited University Supporters.
Interviews: Jeff Williams – OWASP Chair and Top 10 Project Founder (jeff.williams@owasp.,org)
Interviews: Dave Wichers – OWASP Board Member and Top 10 Project Lead (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact: Lorna Alamri – Connections Committee (email@example.com)
Company Name: Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
Web site address: http://www.owasp.org