Application penetration testing simulates real world attacks on your applications to reveal security vulnerabilities applications’ design, development, implementation, and actual use. The goal is to reduce and eliminate security flaws before you are actually attacked by external intruders, or insiders with nefarious intentions. We draw upon the best methodologies on assessing software security from the Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). Tiloja provides the right box testing to meet your goals which are the "Black Box", "Gray Box" and "White Box"
Black Box Application Security Testing
A black box test will provide you the “real picture” of how secure your application is against actual attacks by hackers. It is able to review the security state of the environment in which your application resides. It will reveal security risks derived from third-party components and the resources that exist outside of your application. It is able to reveal injection vulnerabilities that exist in your application, such as SQL injection and command injection. It will also reveal hidden “back doors” in your application that were ‘hard-coded’ into the application. Black box testing will detect any possibilities of bypassing cryptographic algorithms used in your application that protect against unauthorized information disclosure. It will also reveal possibilities of bypassing authentication mechanisms and taking over other user accounts. Black box testing will identify Cross Site Scripting (XSS) and Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities in your application (the most hunted web application vulnerabilities in the world today). It will reveal potential Local File Inclusion (LFI) and Remote File Inclusion (RFI) vulnerabilities that exist in your application. Black box testing is also able to examine problematic interactions between subsystems that lead to security holes, such as unencrypted transmissions of sensitive information over an insecure medium.
White Box Application Security Testing
White box testing is a complete application source code review. It involves detailed application source code review to identify the difference between what security was designed in your application and what was actually built. White box testing reveals much deeper vulnerabilities in the underlying code that the black box tests may not be able to reach. Our team is given access to detailed information about the system under examination, including the complete source code. This allows us to examine parts of the system that are not accessible, or testable, using the common user interface (UI). White box testing can be undertaken before the system is actually complete and in production (e.g., in the design step itself, very early in the SDLC).
White box testing is able to identify exactly where the vulnerabilities exist in your application’s source code and why they are there. White box testing helps you determine whether the code design is actually implemented in the source code. After a white box test, it will be easier to take remediation measures to mitigate vulnerabilities. This is because it reveals the exact location of the vulnerabilities in the source code. White box testing is able to examine the extensive dimensions of a system’s programming such as audit log information, flaws in cryptographic procedures, and backend system hardening, etc. Developers with ill intent may embed back doors. If you require an in-depth analysis of your application’s security, white box testing is indispensable, as it involves a full application source code audit to discover and remove all security weaknesses by the “root.”
Gray Box Application Security Testing
Gray box testing provides you a full application inspection from the perspective of a developer and an attacker. It will be able to reveal injection vulnerabilities in your application, such as SQL injection and command injection. It will also reveal hidden back doors in your application that were “hard-coded” into the application. Gray box testing will detect any possibilities of bypassing cryptographic algorithms used in your application that protect against unauthorized information disclosure. It will also reveal possibilities of bypassing authentication mechanisms and taking over other user accounts. Gray box testing will identify XSS and CSRF vulnerabilities in your application (the most hunted web application vulnerabilities in the world today). It will reveal potential LFI and RFI vulnerabilities in your application. Generally, black box testing is faster but generates limited conclusions about the system (as we simulate attacks on the application from the “outside” only). On the other hand, white box testing generates deeper conclusions about security by examining the source code but can become very time-consuming as the source code increases in length. Gray box testing is the best approach, as it offers the best of both, that is, it generates more conclusive results than a black box test (simulation of attacks by a hacker) but takes less time and effort than a white box test (source code security audit).
Gray box testing offers you the best of both—white box testing and black box testing. It will provide you a perfect combination of application source code review (“inside look” at security) and simulation of attacks by an attacker (“outside look” at security).
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