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The NAP of the Americas provides carrier-neutral connectivity, bilateral and unilateral peering, colocation, and a full menu of managed services, routing Internet traffic between the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe.
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Web application firewalls are an important building block in every HTTP network. First of all, they protect the most exposed part of your IT assets : the website. Web applications need their [intelligent and self-learning] bodyguard. When we say bodyguard, we mean a solution which ‘understands’ the application, taking into account its behavior, and can REACT. At the same time, it has to be discrete and stick to business logic. It is the “last rampart”, the ultimate protection! Network security is not web application security!
The perimeter network firewall cannot block all flows and attacks. Indeed, it usually lets http flows (ports 80 and 443) come into company's networks as it is usually needed for communication with outside world.
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Is your WebsiteVulnerable? Article
Webmaster dilemma: having to choose between “easy and quick developments” and security?
« 75% of malicious attacks on the web take place on the application layer (Gartner) »
«... The evolution of web applications has been characterized by a relatively immature level of security awareness ... (Deloitte and Touche) »
Websites create value. Whether you are an e-merchant, a manager, or a car manufacturer, your core values (accounting, supply chain, customer data, business info, …) are processed, stored and communicated via your internet applications and more generally thanks to your IT system. Web applications include of course websites as well as business and logic internal applications, intranets, extranets, portals … It is a fact: more and more companies and administrations tend to ‘webize’ their IT infrastructure.
But there are disadvantages : being open brings dangers and threats that are often underestimated.
Web protocols are not secure.
«More than 80% of all malware that emerged in the past year focused on application-level vulnerabilities (various sources, 2006). »
« In June 2006, 92 SQL injection and 34 cross-site scripting (XSS) new vulnerabilities were recorded on our database (Secunia) »
These real threats result in: private data theft, illegal use of your website (for instance: to host forbidden content or spam relays), website defacement, e-commerce website abuse, and unavailability.
Major threats include :
· Cross-site scripting (XSS) - arbitrary code injection in scripts
· SQL injection - reading or modifying databases
· Command injection - unauthorized command execution
· Parameter/form tampering - sending false arguments to the application
· Cookie/header tampering - HTTP fields use to send false values to the web server
· Buffer overflow - overflowing buffer memory
· Directory traversal/forceful browsing - access outside the application
· 'Attack obfuscation' - attack masquerading, for instance via URL encoding
Very well known security principles are confidentiality, availability, integrity and auditability. HTTP and HTTPS protocols give poor results on these aspects. Web protocols hardly authenticate, only partly guarantee confidentiality and integrity, and malicious SSL traffic will remain illegitimate when processed by your website!
Keep in mind that an URL sent by a browser is a command line to your web server: for instance, a URL generating an SQL command or activating a CGI script.
Coding secure web applications is a hard work.
« For far too many development professionals, Web application security only consists of producing applications that are functional and stable, not building hacker protection into the code or checking for SQL injection vulnerabilities (Spi Dynamics) »
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