Server-Side Request Forgery Prevention Guide

Learn how to detect and prevent server-side request forgery.
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The Server Application Programming Interface (SAPI) allows web servers to process information from external networks through server-side requests. These server-side requests enable the application server to — read from or write to — external systems. While the seamless information exchange offers several benefits for modern application delivery, misconfigurations often lead to a vulnerable web application where malicious actors can modify the target resource URL and inject unexpected user inputs to obtain unauthorized access to sensitive data. Known as server-side request forgery (SSRF), the attack follows a common pattern where hackers trick the target application into making malicious requests to unintended external resources. 

This guide discusses the server-side request forgery vulnerability, its impacts, prevention techniques, and best practices to mitigate such attacks.

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