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2/22/2017
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80% Of Web Applications Contain At Least One Security Bug

Study by Contrast Security finds an average of 45 vulnerabilities per Web application.

A new study on Web application vulnerabilities by security software firm Contrast Security shows that sensitive data exposure affects 69% of these applications and is responsible for 26% of all vulnerabilities.

Some 80% of applications contain at least one flaw, with an average of 45 vulnerabilities per application: 55% are affected by cross-site request forgery and 37% suffered from security misconfiguration.

"All of these vulnerabilities have been documented in the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top Ten for over a decade, yet they're obviously still a major problem," said Jeff Williams, co-founder and CTO of Contrast Security.

On comparing application vulnerabilities across Java and .NET, researchers discovered that cross-site request forgery had a higher occurrence rate in Java applications (69%) as compared to .NET (31%). Additionally, .NET applications suffered from fewer injection flaws (17%) than Java (38%).

"Insecure code has become the leading security risk and, increasingly, the leading business risk as well," Williams said.

The full survey is here.

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TylerS27501
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TylerS27501,
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11/21/2017 | 3:38:18 PM
80% Of Code
If this is true the real quesetion is why are enterprises still spending 80% of their security spend on network security and leaving the application layer so vulnerable to attack?
Jet Hedon
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2/23/2017 | 3:04:48 PM
Re: 80%?
Haha agreed
ClarenceR927
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2/22/2017 | 11:22:51 AM
80%?
80%?  I think you are 20.5% low from my experience.
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