How to Deploy Strategic Pentesting in Your Vulnerability Management Program
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by Synack
3d ago
Test to Find the Exploitable Vulnerabilities and Their Root Causes Vulnerability Management in Your Cybersecurity Program Today’s complex software systems often include code that leaves them vulnerable to attack by hackers who are always looking for a way to break in. And even with a system with no inherent vulnerabilities, a misconfiguration or careless deployment of credentials handling can afford hackers an opportunity for infiltration. A record 26,448 software security flaws were reported in 2022, with the number of critical vulnerabilities up 59% on 2021. So a good cybersecurity program s ..read more
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The Top 5 Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities for Government Agencies in 2022
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by Luke Luckett
1w ago
Government agencies are faced with cybersecurity challenges from all sides. Digital transformation initiatives can expose weak points in an attack surface, putting pressure on agencies’ IT teams to get it just right. And from insider threats to persistent vulnerabilities within networks and operating systems, public sector leaders feel the urgency to obtain a clear picture of what’s most at-risk. As we kick off 2023, the Synack Red Team reviewed the most common vulnerabilities found in 2022. Each of these vulnerabilities have the potential to pose significant threats to large organizations—gov ..read more
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Exploits Explained: Second Order XXE Exploitation
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by SRT Community
3w ago
Kuldeep Pandya is a member of the Synack Red Team. You can find him on Twitter or his blog. This writeup is about my recent discovery of a Second Order XXE that allowed me to read files stored on the web server. One morning, a fresh target was onboarded and I hopped onto it as soon as I received the email. In the scope, there were two web applications listed along with two postman collections. I prefer postman collections over web apps, so I loaded the collections with their environments into my postman. After sending the very first request, I noticed that the application was using SOAP API to ..read more
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How Synack Scales Pentesting Without Compromising Quality
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by Simon Preston
1M ago
While the end of the year looms, security teams are busy closing out projects before the holiday season. One of our clients, a large multinational company, has a requirement to have a large number of assets tested annually for vulnerabilities by an external provider, adding to the end-of-year task list.   Our client faced a situation where they had a large number of assets that needed testing in the final months of the year. In this situation, a traditional pentesting model struggles to scale. A pentester, or even a small team of pentesters, can only work so fast: All you can do is p ..read more
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Making Security Testing Part of Your Agile Software Development Life Cycle
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by Greg Copeland
1M ago
Developing and updating software using an agile methodology has become increasingly popular and indeed has benefits compared with a traditional waterfall approach, including productivity efficiencies, flexibility and continuous improvement. But when it comes to validating software security, agile methodology also presents challenges.  With an agile Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) also comes concurrent workflows, adjusting goals and frequent deliverable changes. Predictable static security testing methods that may have been suitable for a waterfall approach quickly fail to keep pace ..read more
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Don’t Let API Penetration Testing Fall Through the Cracks
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by Synack
1M ago
API (application programming interface) cybersecurity isn’t as thorough as it needs to be. When it comes to pentesting, web APIs are often lumped in with web applications, despite 90% of web applications having a larger attack surface exposed via APIs than user interfaces, according to Gartner. However, that kind of testing doesn’t cover the full spectrum of APIs, potentially leaving vulnerabilities undiscovered. As APIs become both increasingly important and increasingly vulnerable, it’s more important than ever to keep your APIs secure. APIs vs. Web Applications APIs are how software program ..read more
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Untangling Your Cloud Assets with Offensive Security Testing
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by Kirsten Gibson
1M ago
Cloud technology has afforded organizations the ability to operate dynamically and build new technologies quickly while keeping costs low. However, as organizations move away from on-premises IT infrastructure, they may lose visibility into their new cloud-based assets.  Cloud environments, such as the big three cloud providers (Amazon, Google and Microsoft), vastly differ from provider to provider. Large organizations likely have assets in more than one cloud environment, which creates a challenge for security teams. Specialized knowledge is needed to ensure proper configuration across c ..read more
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Worry-free Pentesting: Continuous Oversight In Offensive Security Testing
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by Luke Luckett
1M ago
In your cybersecurity practice, do you ever worry that you’ve left your back door open and an intruder might sneak inside? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. The experience can be a common one, especially for security leaders of large organizations with multiple layers of tech and cross-team collaboration to accomplish live, continuous security workflows. At Synack, the better way to pentest is one that’s always on, can scale to test for urgent vulnerabilities or compliance needs, and provides transparent, thorough reporting and coverage insight. Know what’s being tested, where it’s happen ..read more
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What’s Wrong with Bug Bounty Programs?
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by Synack
2M ago
What Is a Bug Bounty Program?  The concept of bug bounty programs is simple. You allow a group of security researchers, also known as ethical hackers, to access your systems and applications so they can probe for security vulnerabilities – bugs in your code. And you pay them a bounty on the bugs they find. The more bugs the researcher finds, the more money he makes. Assessing the value or success of bug bounty programs can be difficult. There is no one methodology or approach to implementing and managing a bug bounty program. For example, a program could employ a couple or hackers or seve ..read more
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Reporting Can Be the Hero or Villain of Your Cybersecurity Pentesting
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by Synack
2M ago
Reporting is a critical but often-overlooked component of cybersecurity testing The overall goals of nearly any technology can be summed up by the title of a song by the popular French music duo Daft Punk: “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” New technologies are commonly judged against two or more of these characteristics. Applying this to cybersecurity tools, does it harden my attack resistance? Can it do the job better with less cost or resources? Does it do the job faster? And ultimately are my defenses stronger? But in the urgency to design and implement the features that will achieve thes ..read more
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