Testing: Introduction and objectives
This Chapter describes the OWASP Web Application Penetration testing methology and explains how to test each vulnerabilities.
What is Web Application Penetration Testing?
A penetration test is a method of evaluating the security of a computer system or network by simulating an attack. A Web Application Penetration Testing focalize only on evaluating the security of a web application.
The process involves an active analysis of the application for any weaknesses, technical flaws or vulnerabilities. Any security issues that are found will be presented to the system owner together with an assessment of their impact and often with a proposal for mitigation or a technical solution.
What is a vulnerability?
Given an application that own a set of assets (resources of value such as the data in a database or on the file system), a vulnerability is a weakness on a asset that makes a threat possible. So a threat is a potential occurrence that may harm an asset exploiting Vulnerability. A test is an action that tends to show a vulnerability in the application.
Our approach in writing this guide
The OWASP approach is Open and Collaborative:
- Open: Every security experts can partecipate with his experience at the project
- Collaborative: we usually make a brainstorming before write down the articles: so we can share our ideas and develop a collective vision of the project
What is the OWASP testing methology?
Penetration testing will never be an exact science where a complete list of all possible issues that should be tested can be defined. Indeed, penetration testing is only an appropriate technique for testing the security of web applications under certain circumstances. Our goal is to collect all the possible testing techniques, explain it and mantain it updated. We have splitted the test in 8 sub-categories:
- Information Gathering
- Business logic testing
- Authentication Testing
- Session Management Testing
- Data Validation Testing
- Denial of Service Testing
- Web Services Testing
- AJAX Testing
Here is the list of test that we will explain in the next paragraphs:
|Information Gathering||Application Discovery|
|Spidering and googling|
|Analisys of error code|
|DB Listener Testing|
|File extensions handling|
|Old, backup and unreferenced files|
|Business logic testing|
|Authentication Testing||Default or guessable account|
|Bypassing authentication schema|
|Directory traversal/file include|
|Vulnerable remember password and pwd reset|
|Logout and Browser Cache Management Testing|
|Session Management Testing||Session Management Schema|
|Session Token Manipulation|
|Exposed Session Variables|
|Data Validation Testing||Cross site scripting|
|HTTP Methods and XST|
|Stored procedure injection|
|Denial of Service Testing||Locking Customer Accounts|
|User Specified Object Allocation|
|User Input as a Loop Counter|
|Writing User Provided Data to Disk|
|Failure to Release Resources|
|Storing too Much Data in Session|
|Web Services Testing||XML Structural Testing|
|XML content-level Testing|
|HTTP GET parameters/REST Testing|
|Naughty SOAP attachments|
|AJAX Testing||AJAX Vulnerabilities|
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