The internet has created unlimited opportunities for organizations and companies when it comes to conducting important business transactions and sharing information on a global scale. New levels of security concerns have been brought in the forefront. This is because of the evolving nature of data and information. The sensitive nature of information, critical business applications and client’s private information (financial and otherwise) has come to be in even more risk than before.
Web application security testing ( for mobile apps as well) is therefore an essential requisite for businesses in order to give their clients and customers the peace of mind that only a secure and risk free software can provide. The experts at Lean Security provide the following areas that shouldn’t be over-looked when testing web and mobile applications for vulnerabilities.
This is the first entry point that comes when accessing any application - web or mobile based. For effective operation of the application, the authentication should be spot-on. The application should be able to verify incorrect or changed passwords, have the ability to ‘lock up’ if user enters the wrong password a number of times, verify the password rules which are to be implemented on all authentication pages (registration, forgot password, changed password), etc.
The security experts at Lean Security state the importance of information (password, account number, credit card numbers) to be displayed in an encrypted format. The cookie information on the other hand needs to be stored in encrypted format. HTTPS should be used and any data transmission over the network needs to be secured.
The user shouldn’t be able to access or navigate the application when/if logged out from the system or upon expiration of the user session. The session values should also be displayed in an encrypted format in the address bar. Protocols need to be in place that prohibits the access of secure and unsecure web pages.
In the case of any non-functionality, the system shouldn’t display any exceptions/errors from any server, application or database information. Why? Because application errors often contain information not intended for the user/hacker to view. In its stead, the custom error page should be shown. For this proper exception and error handling is very important. Not conducting a proper job can lead to attacks and disclosure of system level details.
Proper execution of applications testing is absolutely crucial, which can only be carried out by a professional security expert such as Lean Security, the professional security and WAF managed service provider in Australia.