Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

3/19/2009
03:43 PM
Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell
Commentary
50%
50%

Cenzic: Top 10 Security Threats. Web Apps And Browser Lead The List.

80% of security vulnerabilities related to the Web are applications, according to a new report from Cenzic, Inc. Chief among the vulnerable? Browsers, with Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox leading the list b a long shot.

80% of security vulnerabilities related to the Web are applications, according to a new report from Cenzic, Inc. Chief among the vulnerable? Browsers, with Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox leading the list b a long shot.Reading bMighty with a browser? Of course you are -- and if you're using either IE or Firefox, of course you know that you're using vulnerable technology.

A new security trends report from Cenzic, Inc. found that in the second half of 2008. IE had the most reported vulnerabilities, with 43%. Firefox fans can't throw too many stones, though: according to Cenzic, Firefox came in a close second with 39% of reported browser vulnerabilities. Apple's Safari drew 10% of the reports, while Opera accounted for 9%.

But browsers are nothing compared to Web apps. A breathtaking 80% of vulnerabilities resorted in the second half of 2008 involved Web-based applications.

Overall numbers were up, too, by 10%, to 2,835 reported vulnerabilities.

The vulnerability assessment and risk management company's Top Vulnerabilities List includes the following Web application areas of concern:

* SQL Disclosure * Forceful Browsing Past Authorization Boundary * Insufficient Password Strength * Cross-Site Scripting * Buffer Overflow * Command Injection * SQL Parser * All Forms Submitted via SSL

That list should give you, your IT team and vendors plenty of pause (and plenty of matters to address/redress while you pause) -- and the presence of weak passwords as a major vulnerability (no surprise there, of course) should send your strong password policy memo into circulation again, now. The entire Cenzic Web Applications Security Trends Report Q3-Q4 2008 can be downloaded here.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
Edge-DRsplash-10-edge-articles
7 Old IT Things Every New InfoSec Pro Should Know
Joan Goodchild, Staff Editor,  4/20/2021
News
Cloud-Native Businesses Struggle With Security
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  5/6/2021
Commentary
Defending Against Web Scraping Attacks
Rob Simon, Principal Security Consultant at TrustedSec,  5/7/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-31187
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-11
Windows WalletService Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
CVE-2021-31188
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-11
Windows Graphics Component Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability This CVE ID is unique from CVE-2021-31170.
CVE-2021-31190
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-11
Windows Container Isolation FS Filter Driver Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
CVE-2021-31191
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-11
Windows Projected File System FS Filter Driver Information Disclosure Vulnerability
CVE-2021-31192
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-11
Windows Media Foundation Core Remote Code Execution Vulnerability