Vulnerability Assessment

The internet age has brought in access to a wide plethora of information available at the touch of a button. As technology progresses at an exponential rate, so has the importance of cybersecurity. Its not uncommon for websites and web-based products to fall victim to regular attackers. As such, the need for web vulnerability scanners is more important than ever. So how can one get started with web vulnerability scanners? Here’s what you need to know.
What you need to know about web vulnerabilities

You might be asking yourself what web vulnerabilities are, or why should care about them for that matter. If not investigated properly, web vulnerabilities can in fact kill your online systems in its entirety. So before we look at how you can safeguard your web systems from these types of attacks, its important to get an understanding about these web vulnerabilities. According to OWASP, the top 10 types of vulnerabilities for 2020 includes,

  1. Injection

    This refers to a situation where the attacker sends invalid data to a web application through a code injection. The idea is to force an action the application was not meant to do. The most notorious type of injection is SQL injections.

  2. Broken authentication

    As the name implies, this is where a web system’s authentication mechanism is flawed. As a result attackers could employ brute force techniques to potentially gain access.

  3. Sensitive data exposure

    This is where data that is originally supposed to be protected, gets compromised due to lack of security measures. This has been one of the most common types of vulnerabilities during the past few years. Particularly among the big scale companies.

  4. XML External Entities (XXE)

    XXE is a type of attack that targets an application parsing XML input. This is where XML input containing a reference to an external entity is processed via a weakly configured XML parser.

  5. Broken access control

    In an online environment, access control refers to a defined scope of available access for users on a web system. For example, the owner of the system may require full admin access whereas a regular user wouldn’t require such specific access at all. Broken access control is a scenario where this defined scope of access is unavailable. As a result, malicious users may be able to get their hands on a web system.

  6. Security misconfigurations

    This is where attackers exploit any system misconfigurations that pertains to security. This ranges from unprotected files and directories to unpatched flaws.

  7. Cross Site Scripting (XSS)

    This is primarily injecting malicious client-side scripts into a website. XSS would use a website as a propagation method to distribute these malicious scripts. In case you’re curious, we’ve already talked about XSS back when Gmail posed a similar vulnerability.

  8. Insecure deserialization

    In this context, deserialization refers to the process of converting byte strings to objects. Insecure deserialization would offer attackers an opportunity to compromise systems.

  9. Using components with known vulnerabilities

    Many Content Management Systems and other forms of online systems constantly patch system updates regularly. But users may often ignore or delay these updates and continue to use outdated software. As a result, attackers would only need to exploit these existing vulnerabilities. This is a common sight with systems like WordPress.

  10. Insufficient logging and monitoring

    It’s vital for websites to have a proper logging and monitoring process set up in place. This would allow better surveillance that helps spot any unusual activity and take appropriate action. Negligence of this process would only leave attackers with more room to exploit.

I’m not sure if my website is secure enough. What should I do?

Of course, web vulnerabilities extend well over those specified by OWASP’s top 10. But, its important to understand how extensive web vulnerabilities can be in compromising a website. Practically, no website can account for 100% website security. However, one can always take preventive measures to ensure your website is protected as best as possible. This is where web vulnerability scanners come to the picture.

There’s a lot that goes into the process of web vulnerability scanning. Simply put, the process utilizes specialized tools and professionals with domain expertise to identify vulnerabilities on a website and offer appropriate preventive measures. You might not know how vulnerable your website is, but a professional web vulnerability scanning process would. If you’re wondering where to look for such a service, wonder no more. We at C-YBER offer a world-class web vulnerability scanning service.

Let C-YBER take care of you

Here’s what you need to do. First, you would need to contact our team regarding your issue. You can either email us on info@c-yber.com or give us a call on (+372) 602 3532. Don’t worry, we’re friendly!
If you are sure about the requirements, You can simply order the service via our online order form.

Once we have the required details and the green light to go ahead, we will commence the web vulnerability scanning process. A basic scan is usually a 24-hour process. Upon completion, you as the customer will be given the developer report. This includes all the identified vulnerabilities.

If you feel that we need to dig deeper into every single nook and cranny, C-YBER can offer to perform a deep scan as a specific service. As you might have guessed, a deep scan is much more thorough and investigates a plethora of avenues not possible on a basic scan. However, in order to effectively perform a deep scan, you need to integrate Acunetix’s AcuSensor with the website. In case you’re not sure how to do this, our team can help you here.

Getting back to the final report, the developer report, will showcase all our findings and any appropriate action that needs to be taken in order to patch the specific vulnerabilities. Though, we can understand that sometimes this task may be daunting. Particularly if you don’t have a tech team at your disposal to handle these sort of situations. Never fear, C-YBER is here. Our team can offer consultancy and development assistance to help you fix those vulnerabilities for a nominal fee.

If needed, we can perform another scan once the fixes have been applied, at a discounted rate. The objective here is to verify and provide reassurance that the vulnerabilities have been patched properly.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to say goodbye to those pesky web vulnerabilities. C-YBER is ready, at your service!