Web applications are one of the most common types of software in use today. Due to their complexity and ubiquity, web applications represent a unique challenge to the security posture of any organization. Modern web applications handle increasingly sensitive data, so it is important to ensure that they do not introduce significant risk to an organization.

Nettitude has a large team of CREST certified penetration testers who specialize in web application penetration testing. The Nettitude penetration testing team is diverse and contains a wealth of experience in both security and software development.

Nettitude are highly capable of Penetrating testing web applications, web services, APIs and more, across an extremely large range of technologies.

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What Are The First Stages Of Web Application Testing?

Based on the individual organization’s requirements, Nettitude will first formalize an appropriate testing strategy. Various levels of simulated attack are possible, each with their own points of merit. It is important, before technical delivery commences, to identify primary security concerns such that the overall security posture of the web application can be accurately evaluated.

Because of these factors, the very first step is to receive an in-depth consultation with a Nettitude web application penetration testing expert, so that a strategy appropriate to the goals of the engagement can be designed and proposed.

Technical Delivery

Both breadth and depth of findings must be achieved during most engagements. Consequently, Nettitude use a combination of manual and automated tools and techniques throughout each engagement. The toolsets used vary from well configured off the shelf software to custom made tools, depending on the task at hand.

Nettitude utilizes a methodology that moves from initial discovery exercises through to in-depth exploitation:

  • Reconnaissance and threat intelligence gathering
  • Enumeration
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • Exploitation
  • Post Exploitation

Once the full attack surface of a web application has been mapped, Nettitude proceed to probe for vulnerabilities.

Design, implementation and operational vulnerabilities are all analyzed and exploited in a standard web application penetration test. Nettitude go far beyond basic lists such as the OWASP Top 10 and ensure that all possible weaknesses are analyzed.

Understanding each web application’s functionality from an end user’s perspective is important to Nettitude and allows flaws to be uncovered that are often missed by others. Each engagement is unique and Nettitude ensures that priority is given to those flaws that directly affect the primary security concerns described by the client organization ahead of the test.

It is not uncommon for Nettitude to uncover methods of remote code execution and advanced data exfiltration, even in commercial off the shelf web applications. Nettitude specialize in identifying application attack chains; it is often the case that the overall impact of a series of flaws is greater than the sum of its parts.

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