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August 2006

Web Application Break-In

It's time to protect online Assets from increasing attacks. The statistics are alarming: Gartner estimates 75 percent of attacks against Web sites take place at the application layer. Most of the vulnerabilities documented by Symantec in the second half of 2005 were found in Web application technologies. And a majority of the 20 most severe vulnerabilities in the US-CERT database are Web application flaws. While companies have focused on securing their network perimeters, Web applications remain vulnerable to attack. Cybercriminals are growing more and more adept at exploiting their interactive nature to bypass traditional perimeter security defenses. By moving up the network protocol stack and communicating at layer 7, attackers can interface directly with an application's processes, and pass data designed to masquerade as legitimate application requests or commands through normal request channels such as scripts, URLs and form data. This can easily lead intruders to a wealth of valuable data without them having to break into ...

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