Web Application Manual Penetration Testing

Companies depend on web apps to handle their most sensitive information. With their growing complexity comes unforeseen security flaws and simple human error. This risk increases as web applications become more interconnected through the linking of APIs.

Web application penetration testing simulates a real-world attack, identifying security issues within your organisation’s web applications or web services such as REST API’s. Identified vulnerabilities are documented in a severity ordered report with clear recommendation instructions, allowing your organisation to fix and secure identified security issues.

Why do I need a Web Application Penetration Test?

An application or API penetration test can give you valuable insight into the security posture of your application assets so you are able to fix them before hackers are able to cause serious damage by exploiting them.

How Long Does It Take To Perform Web Application Security Test?

The overall time depends on the size and complexity of the in-scope application(s). That said, most tests take anywhere from one week to four weeks, start to finish.

Is it expensive?

This question is asked almost all the time but it is not easy to answer until some level of scoping has been performed as the complexity of the application will ultimately determine its cost. Our scoping process is very quick: all you have to do is to fill in a short questionnaire.

For example, when determining the work effort, we take the following into account: dynamic pages, API endpoints, and requests, user roles/permissions, the overall number of pages, etc.

Web Services

Whiteshield offers web service testing, manipulating and fuzzing parameters found in the WSDL. These configuration files provide a structure for SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) requests which the web service accepts – and to which it responds.

Benefits of a Manual Penetration Test

If an organization only hires a firm that uses automatic vulnerability scanners, critical items could be missed as automated vulnerability scanners often fail to pick up on more subtle security flaws. An experienced attacker may understand the context of the application and may figure out how to abuse its logic.

Our experts make use of vulnerability scanners in the preliminary phases of an application security test, though it is only in the beginning. With a greater understanding of the application’s context, we can provide assessments that are more relevant to your user-base and individual security needs.