Compared to traditional web applications, the modern development process is more dynamic, relies on a rapid delivery cycle, and follows a microservice framework. Such frameworks largely depend upon Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) as one of the most crucial components. Unfortunately, while APIs offer many benefits, they are common targets of attack vectors because of the API layer’s fundamental application vulnerabilities and security risks.
Modern cryptographic security protocols use cipher suites, such as the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol and its deprecated predecessor Secure Socket Layer (SSL). Cipher suites are a set of algorithms used to secure network connections between clients and servers. For example, the TLS/SSL protocols are used to establish HTTPS, FTPS, POP3, SMTP, and others.
An Application Programming Interface (API) is a set of protocols that allow software components to interact. The intermediary interface is commonly used for streamlining development by enabling software teams to reuse code. APIs also abstract functionality between systems by decoupling applications from the infrastructure they run on. Though the benefits and use cases of APIs in modern business continue to rise, inherent security challenges present various security risks. This article delves into multiple risks associated with API vulnerabilities while learning common API security best practices to implement robust security mechanisms.
With organizations adopting web applications for various functions, including e-commerce, customer engagement, and brand empowerment, such applications are now critical growth enablers for modern businesses. As these applications churn large amounts of user and organizational data, they remain the target of a critical cyberattack. This article discusses web security basics, common vulnerabilities, and resources one can use to keep abreast with the changing threat landscape.
The Apache Log4J library is a logging library for Java widely used for many Java-based projects. On the 9th of December, a security researcher from the Alibaba Cloud security team disclosed a dangerous Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability in this library. In this vulnerability disclosure, many attacks have been spotted in the wild. The good news is that the Apache Software Foundation has already fixed and rolled out the vulnerability.
Session hijacking attack is a highly prevalent attack that results in identity theft, data breaches, and financial fraud. A recent Verizon study found out that approx 85% of breaches were caused due to the human element and were avoidable in the presence of robust security measures.
The WordPress content management system (CMS) is popular with communities, e-commerce stores, educational websites, and blogs on account of its flexibility and support to a variety of use-cases. The free, open-source CMS is also supported by advanced plugins that enable users to customize the look and feel of their websites.
A Cross-Site Scripting attack involves the execution of malicious code on a victim’s browser. Typically, the challenges to prevent Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities are complex since attacks can be orchestrated at any point in a vulnerable web application. This article explores the best practices for Cross-Site Scripting prevention, types of attacks in modern web applications, and addresses commonly asked questions.
Software applications are integral components of an organization’s success. While applications are built to support faster growth and enhanced user experience, these are also prone to security incidents in the absence of appropriate security mechanisms. In this article, we delve into what is application security and why is it important to adopt the right practices and tools to ensure attack vectors do not exploit inherent application vulnerabilities.