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7 Deadly Security Sins of Web Applications

The top ways organizations open themselves up to damaging Web app attacks.
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Image Source: Adobe Stock (Pavel Ignatov)

Image Source: Adobe Stock (Pavel Ignatov)

Web application attacks are on the rise, according to recent figures from Akamai, which logged a 10% increase in attacks from Q4 of 2016 to the same time period in 2017.

"The vast majority of web application attacks are the result of untargeted scans looking for any vulnerable system, but a few are directed attempts to compromise a specific target," writes Martin McKeay, senior security advocate for the firm, within its most recent State of the Internet Security report. "In either case, they are so frequent and so 'noisy' — in other words, difficult to accurately detect — that many organizations are struggling to simply keep their web application firewalls running effectively, and do not have the spare cycles to worry about what their systems might be missing."

The bottom line is that organizations need to improve their secure coding practices to reduce their risk in their arena. This list highlights some of the biggest risks organizations open themselves up to when it comes to their Web apps. 

 

Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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4/4/2018 | 12:32:14 PM
SQL Injection - Worst aspect of today's refusal to use database best practices
Since I began in software development thirty years ago, I have seen a progressive refusal to effectively employ relational database technology in the mainstream of software development.  The primary manifestation of this is the refusal to apply normalization, instead applying the self-defeating antipattern of object-relational mappers and other persistence frameworks.

However the worst side of this is the terrible security holes in web database applications via SQL Injection.  This is something that does not lie with the database at all, even in the porous case of MySQL.  SQL Injection vulnerabilities are directly and exclusively the result of lazy application programming.  All of the countermeasures under development to mitigate SQL Injection such as database "firewalls" and virtual private databases are add-ons not needed with secure database application development.

SQL injection is an Application Coder's problem | The Schema Czar

 
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