Infosec Know IT All Trivia: Application security

Test your knowledge of securing applications with these trivia questions. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the correct answer.

1.) A cracker exploits this in order to use a Web application to transport an attack to a user's browser. It can expose a local machine or enable an attacker to spoof content.
a. unvalidated parameter
b. buffer overflow
c. command injection flaw
d. cross-site scripting flaw

2.) This language recently proposed to Oasis will be designed to provide a standard way for application vulnerabilities to be defined and classified.
a. XrML

3.) This attack against Web applications involves getting information from a server by modifying the session's cookie.
a. chaffing
b. brain fingerprinting
c. cookie poisoning
d. cookie hijacking

4.) In this type of attack against database-driven applications, the intruder manipulates a site's Web-based interfaces to force the database to execute undesirable code.
a. smurfing
b. SQL injection
c. nuking
d. phreaking

5.) This protects Web applications written in Perl from dangerous code by assuming that all user input is potentially malicious and placing restrictions on the actions that the script may perform on that input.
a. promiscuous mode
b. Tempest-shielding
c. data key
d. taint mode

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1.) d. cross-site scripting flaw
Learn more about common vulnerabilities with these Best Web Links.

2.) b. AVDL
Learn more about Web services security standards with this article, Sorting out the Web services security landscape

3.) c. cookie poisoning
For more information about cookie poisoning, read the definition in our SearchSecurity.com glossary.

4.) b. SQL injection
Learn more about SQL injection in the white paper SQL injection: Are your Web applications vulnerable?

5.) d. taint mode
For more information on vulnerabilities due to poorly constructed code, read the tip Buffer overflows.

This was first published in December 2003

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