Brute force is certainly one of the most trivial attack techniques. The main reason: the human factor remains the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. Indeed, there is no need to carry out social engineering attacks or sophisticated SQL injection attacks to steal credentials because habits die hard: users’ passwords remain weak and therefore easy to guess. With the right tools, even the most novice attackers can compromise data and cripple the systems of large companies.

XSS (Cross-site Scripting) are particularly widespread vulnerabilities in web applications. In fact, more than one in two applications contains it according to various studies, both old and new. To support this statement, it is the most common vulnerability that we discover and exploit during our penetration tests on all types of applications and websites.

Principles, types of XSS attacks, exploitations, we present in this article an overview of XSS, as well as security best practices and measures to implement to counter the risks of attack.

DOM-based XSS is a particularly unknown vulnerability because it is rather rare. Indeed, it is a variant of XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) – certainly one of the most widespread vulnerabilities in web applications.

Principles, impacts, possible exploits, we present in this article a complete overview of DOM XSS vulnerabilities as well as best practices to prevent the risks of attacks and compromise of your web applications.

Introduction

Auditing an app protected by a CSRF token with Stepper

The CSRF token is a protection that requires the insertion of a random and dynamic value in a request. This value is then analysed by the server to determine whether the request is legitimate. During your penetration tests, you have probably already come across an application using these CSRF tokens. In this case, you may have noticed how confusing it is to analyse such an application with Burp.

Server security is a major issue for companies. Indeed, being a central element in the functioning of all the components of an information system (applications, network, infrastructure, employees, etc.), servers are often the prime targets of attacks.

SQL injections (SQLi): principles, impacts, exploitations and security best practices

Most web applications use one or multiple databases to store and process information in real time.

Indeed, when a user sends requests, the web application queries the database in order to build the response. However, when the information provided by the user is used to forge the query to the database, an attacker can alter the database by using it for purposes other than those intended by the original developer. This allows an attacker to query the database via SQL injection, or SQLi.

How to secure an internal network?

Network security is a major challenge for companies. Indeed, the growing importance of IT assets, the interconnection of information systems and their exposure have increased the risks of attacks. At the same time, information (data) is produced, processed, exchanged and exploited by systems and on networks that may be vulnerable in all their components or configuration: servers, workstations, segmentation, Wi-Fi, user access, applications, etc.

APIs are everywhere. In most IT systems (mobile applications, web platforms, cloud infrastructures, etc.) and in all sectors of activity, these programming interfaces facilitate the exchange of data and their availability to a wide audience, whether customers, partners, or employees. APIs are also the driving force behind the development and growth of connected objects, as they form the basis of the communication channels of IoT systems.