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Web Application Fuzzing and Positive Validation
by Prasanna Kanagasabai & Kartikeya Puri
A Security Fuzzer is a tool designed to provide random data (fuzzing testing) to an application and record the reaction of the application. In the context of web application testing, fuzzing means testing especially for buffer overflows, parameter validation encoding and error handling. The results of a fuzzing test reveals application vulnerabilities, which range from juicy stuff, like improper user supplied data sanitizing, failed boundary checks, up to apparently harmless disclosure of application environment details, such as OS version, Application Server version, database details and even private IP disclosure. In this article, the author gives us some essential knowledge about Application Web Fuzzing.
Fuzzing in a Penetration Test
by Joshua Wright
Protocol fuzzing has been a popular technique for bug discovery with a number of tools, books and papers describing the benefits and drawbacks. Although typically used for bug discovery in a lab environment, there are opportunities to use fuzzing in a penetration testing role too. Here, you will certainly get convinced by Josh, that fuzzing can be used in a wide range of ways.
Fuzzing as the Art for Security Testing
By Aniket Kulkarni
Fuzzing is concept within itself and can be crafted skillfully in order to achieve robust defect’s that can be termed as security defects. Article “Fuzzing” shows two flavors in series, mainly focusing on its concept to know it, its usage to craft it and its various outcomes to analyze it. Author’s first flavor focuses on knowing Fuzzing conceptually and explaining fuzzing in definitions, history and what are Fuzzers.
Introduction to exploit automation with Pmcma
by Jonathan Brossard
Determining exploitability is hard, writing exploits is hard. In fact, due to theoretical limitations hopefully known to the reader of this paper (aka: halting point problem), they are two sides of the same coin. Proving unexploitability is provably unfeasible in the general case, and practically for the vast majority of computer programs actually
used nowadays. So what you can get at best is a it’s not doable given the state of the art of exploitation. Public knowledge, common sense… In this article the author made a serious efforts to provide you all the details concerning Pmcma tool, released at the Black Hat US conference this year.
Common Database Issuses to Look at in Penetration Testing
by Srinivasan Sundara Rajan
As companies look for more avenues to share and consolidate their capital and operational expenses, the benefits in costs also bring in associated security issues and the need for information security professionals who provide Penetration Testing as a Service. In this article the author tells you about the things common for Penetration Testing and Database branches.
The Art (and Necessity) of the On-Site Social Engineering Audit
by Shane MacDougall
It’s a dismissive refrain made by security professionals that I’ve overheard throughout my career; “anyone can social engineer.” To a degree they are right. Anyone can, and for that matter, does social engineer on a daily basis. Here, Shane focuses on Social Engineering in general, but he also speaks about On-Site Attacs.
Here, we would also like to announce, that from this issue of PenTest Shane has become our Associate Editor, and Columnist. Welcome on board, Shane!
Interview with David Vaughn
by Aby Rao
David Vaughn is a decorated military combat veteran with HP’s Cyber Defense Alert center, part of the Security and Privacy Professional Services group. As a Senior Cyber
Security Analyst, he is considered as an accomplished Information Security Professional with more than 13 years of information security experience in both Federal and Commercial Domains. In this interview, Aby talks with David about his career, and shares with us with some of the David professional experiences.
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