The Hacker News Logo
Subscribe to Newsletter

The Hacker News — Cyber Security and Hacking News Website: Web Application Vulnerability

Let Experts Do Their Job – Managed WAF by Indusface

Let Experts Do Their Job – Managed WAF by Indusface

August 13, 2019The Hacker News
WAF (Web Application Firewall) has been the first line of defence when it comes to application security for a while now. Many organizations have adopted WAF in one form or the other and most cases, compliance has been the driver for adoption. But unfortunately, when it comes to the efficacy of WAF in thwarting attacks, it has not lived up to the expectations. In most organizations, WAF has always remained in log mode with a little process to monitor and react, rendering the solution ineffective. The major challenge with effective deployment of WAF is: Applications are unique, and there is no silver bullet set of rules that will protect them all, Most WAF's do not try to understand the risk profile of the application; they end up providing common out of box vanilla rules that seldom works. Each application has its own intricacies and the out of the box rules that many WAF vendors provide create a lot of FPs (False Positives) or FNs (False Negatives), For proper implement
AppTrana — Website Security Solution That Actually Works

AppTrana — Website Security Solution That Actually Works

July 02, 2019The Hacker News
Data loss and theft continues to rise, and hardly a day goes by without significant data breaches hit the headlines. In January 2019 alone, 1.76 billion records were leaked, and according to IBM's Data Breach study, the average cost of each lost or stolen record has reached about $148. Most of these data leaks are because of malicious attacks, where exploitation of web application vulnerabilities is one of the most common cyber attack vectors. An application security breach is a problem facing one and all, and no matter what's the size of your company, your web applications are prone to cyber attacks. Hackers breach sites for a variety of reasons—some do it for fame, some to get competitive information, whereas some do it just for financial gains. No matter what the reason is, the cost of a security breach is always higher than the cost of protection, leading to loss of data, substantial financial losses, and most importantly, loss of customers' trust. If you a
Critical Flaw Reported in Popular Evernote Extension for Chrome Users

Critical Flaw Reported in Popular Evernote Extension for Chrome Users

June 13, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Cybersecurity researchers discover a critical flaw in the popular Evernote Chrome extension that could have allowed hackers to hijack your browser and steal sensitive information from any website you accessed. Evernote is a popular service that helps people taking notes and organize their to-do task lists, and over 4,610,000 users have been using its Evernote Web Clipper Extension for Chrome browser. Discovered by Guardio, the vulnerability ( CVE-2019-12592 ) resided in the ways Evernote Web Clipper extension interacts with websites, iframes and inject scripts, eventually breaking the browser's same-origin policy (SOP) and domain-isolation mechanisms. According to researchers, the vulnerability could allow an attacker-controlled website to execute arbitrary code on the browser in the context of other domains on behalf of users, leading to a Universal Cross-site Scripting (UXSS or Universal XSS) issue. "A full exploit that would allow loading a remote hacker contr
5 Popular Web Hosting Services Found Vulnerable to Multiple Flaws

5 Popular Web Hosting Services Found Vulnerable to Multiple Flaws

January 16, 2019Wang Wei
A security researcher has discovered multiple one-click client-side vulnerabilities in the some of the world's most popular and widely-used web hosting companies that could have put millions of their customers as well as billions of their sites' visitors at risk of hacking. Independent researcher and bug-hunter Paulos Yibelo, who shared his new research with The Hacker News, discovered roughly a dozen serious security vulnerabilities in Bluehost, Dreamhost, HostGator, OVH, and iPage, which amounts to roughly seven million domains. Some of the vulnerabilities are so simple to execute as they require attackers to trick victims into clicking on a simple link or visiting a malicious website to easily take over the accounts of anyone using the affected web hosting providers. Critical Flaws Reported in Popular Web Hosting Services Yibelo tested all the below-listed vulnerabilities on all five web hosting platforms and found several account takeover, cross-scripting, and in
Latest Joomla 3.7.1 Release Patches Critical SQL Injection Attack

Latest Joomla 3.7.1 Release Patches Critical SQL Injection Attack

May 17, 2017Mohit Kumar
If your website is based on the popular Joomla content management system, make sure you have updated your platform to the latest version released today. Joomla, the world's second popular open source Content Management System, has reportedly patched a critical vulnerability in its software’s core component. Website administrators are strongly advised to immediately install latest Joomla version 3.7.1, released today, to patch a critical SQL Injection vulnerability (CVE-2017-8917) that affects only Joomla version 3.7.0. “ Inadequate filtering of request data leads to a SQL Injection vulnerability .” release note says. The SQL Injection vulnerability in Joomla 3.7.0 was responsibly reported by Marc-Alexandre Montpas, a security researcher at Sucuri last week to the company. According to the researcher , ' The vulnerability is easy to exploit and doesn’t require a privileged account on the victim’s site ,' which could allow remote hackers to steal sensitive inf
3 Critical Zero-Day Flaws Found in PHP 7 — One Remains Unpatched!

3 Critical Zero-Day Flaws Found in PHP 7 — One Remains Unpatched!

December 29, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Three critical zero-day vulnerabilities have been discovered in PHP 7 that could allow an attacker to take complete control over 80 percent of websites which run on the latest version of the popular web programming language. The critical vulnerabilities reside in the unserialized mechanism in PHP 7 – the same mechanism that was found to be vulnerable in PHP 5 as well, allowing hackers to compromise Drupal, Joomla, Magento, vBulletin and PornHub websites and other web servers in the past years by sending maliciously crafted data in client cookies. Security researchers at Check Point's exploit research team spent several months examining the unserialized mechanism in PHP 7 and discovered "three fresh and previously unknown vulnerabilities" in the mechanism. While researchers discovered flaws in the same mechanism, the vulnerabilities in PHP 7 are different from what was found in PHP 5. Tracked as CVE-2016-7479, CVE-2016-7480, and CVE-2016-7478, the zero-day flaw
Two US State Election Systems Hacked to Steal Voter Databases — FBI Warns

Two US State Election Systems Hacked to Steal Voter Databases — FBI Warns

August 30, 2016Mohit Kumar
A group of unknown hackers or an individual hacker may have breached voter registration databases for election systems in at least two US states, according to the FBI, who found evidence during an investigation this month. Although any intrusion in the state voting system has not been reported, the FBI is currently investigating the cyberattacks on the official websites for voter registration system in both Illinois and Arizona, said Yahoo News . The FBI's Cyber Division released a " Flash Alert " to election offices and officials across the United States, asking them to watch out for any potential intrusions and take better security precautions. "In late June 2016, an unknown actor scanned a state's Board of Election website for vulnerabilities using Acunetix, and after identifying a Structured Query Language (SQL) injection (SQLi) vulnerability, used SQLmap to target the state website," the FBI alert reads. "The majority of the data exfiltr
Mark Zuckerberg Just Quits his Job at Facebook — Check Yourself!

Mark Zuckerberg Just Quits his Job at Facebook — Check Yourself!

November 19, 2015Wang Wei
Yes, you heard it right. Mark Zuckerberg has left his job at Facebook. Don’t believe me? I can prove it to you. —  Check this Facebook Post by yourself  — This is weird, Isn’t it? But, don’t be surprised or shocked, because what you just saw was only an illusion. This is actually a minor bug in the popular social media website that allows anyone to manipulate the life event of any user who has his work status posted on Facebook. The bug, uncovered by the independent hacker Sachin Thakuri , is not a technical flaw. So how was he able to do this? All Thakuri did is took the original URL of Mark Zuckerberg life event: https://www.facebook.com/zuck/timeline/story?ut=32&wstart=-2051193600&wend=2147483647&hash=971179541251&pagefilter=3 &ustart=1 &__mref=message_bubble ...and remove the ustart=1 parameter, which left him with: https://www.facebook.com/zuck/timeline/story?ut=32&wstart=-2051193600&wend=2147483647&ha
Seagate NAS Zero-Day Vulnerability allows Unauthorized Root Access Remotely

Seagate NAS Zero-Day Vulnerability allows Unauthorized Root Access Remotely

March 01, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Seagate , a popular vendor of hardware solutions, has a critical zero-day vulnerability in its Network Attached Storage (NAS) device software that possibly left thousands of its users vulnerable to hackers. Seagate's Business Storage 2-Bay NAS product , found in home and business networks, is vulnerable to a zero-day Remote Code Execution vulnerability, currently affecting more than 2,500 publicly exposed devices on the Internet. Seagate is one of the world’s largest vendor of hardware solutions, with products available worldwide. After Western Digital, Seagate ranked second and holds 41% of the market worldwide in supplying storage hardware products. A security researcher, named OJ Reeves , discovered the zero-day remote code execution vulnerability on 7th October last year and, reported to the company totally in the white hat style. But even after 130 days of responsible disclosure, the zero-day bug remains unpatched till now. In order to exploit the vulnerability, an atta
Google releases Cloud-based Web App Vulnerability Scanner and Assessment Tool

Google releases Cloud-based Web App Vulnerability Scanner and Assessment Tool

February 20, 2015Wang Wei
Google on Thursday unleashed its own free web application vulnerability scanner tool, which the search engine giant calls Google Cloud Security Scanner , that will potentially scan developers' applications for common security vulnerabilities on its cloud platform more effectively. SCANNER ADDRESSES TWO MAJOR WEB VULNERABILITIES Google launched the Google Cloud Security Scanner in beta. The New web application vulnerability scanner allows App Engine developers to regularly scan their applications for two common web application vulnerabilities: Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Mixed Content Scripts Despite several free web application vulnerability scanner and vulnerability assessment tools are available in the market, Google says these website vulnerability scanners are typically hard to set up and " built for security professionals, " not for web application developers that run the apps on the Google App Engine. While Google Cloud Security Scanner will be ea
Alibaba Marketplace Vulnerability Puts Millions Of Shoppers at Risk

Alibaba Marketplace Vulnerability Puts Millions Of Shoppers at Risk

December 12, 2014Wang Wei
Alibaba Group has patched a major security vulnerability in one of its e-commerce portals that exposed account details of tens of millions of Merchants and shoppers to cyber criminals. An Israeli application security firm, AppSec Labs, found a Cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in AliExpress, the company’s English language e-commerce site that was found vulnerable to similar flaw a week ago that compromised personal information of Alibaba customers. The flaw was fixed shortly after Cybermoon security firm disclosed it to Alibaba. AliExpress is an online marketplace owned by Chinese E-Commerce giant Alibaba.com, also known as Google of China. The company serves more than 300 Million active users from more than 200 countries including the U.S., Russia and Brazil. But the critical vulnerability found by the researcher could allow an attacker to hijack merchant’s account. Using AliExpress XSS vulnerability an attacker can inject any malicious payload script as value
SQL Injection Vulnerability in 'Yahoo! Contributors Network'

SQL Injection Vulnerability in 'Yahoo! Contributors Network'

October 09, 2014Mohit Kumar
Yahoo! Contributors Network ( contributor.yahoo.com ), the network of authors that generated the contents such as photographs, videos, articles and their knowledge to more than 600 million monthly visitors, was vulnerable to a Time based Blind SQL Injection vulnerability. Behrouz Sadeghipour, a security researcher reported the Blind SQLi vulnerability in Yahoo! ’s website that could be exploited by hackers to steal users’ and authors’ database, containing their personal information. Behrouz reported this flaw to Yahoo! Security team few months back. The team responded positively and within a month they patched the vulnerability successfully. Unfortunately after that Yahoo! announced to shut down ‘ Yahoo Contributors Network ’ due to its decreasing popularity and removed all the contents from the web, except some of the “work for hire” content may remain on the web. The critical vulnerability was able to expose the database which carried sensitive and personal inform
Popular Photo Sharing Website Likes.com Vulnerable To Multiple Critical Flaws

Popular Photo Sharing Website Likes.com Vulnerable To Multiple Critical Flaws

September 07, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Likes.com, one of the emerging social networking site and popular image browsing platform, is found vulnerable to several critical vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to completely delete users’ account in just one click. Likes.com is a social networking website that helps you to connect with people you like and make new friends for free. Just like any other social place, users can always follow their favorite tag or people who catch their fancy. It is much easier to use and is designed for those who want to look at pictures different people upload. An independent security researcher Mohamed M. Fouad from Egypt has found a series of critical security vulnerabilities in the Likes website that really pose danger to its users. The vulnerabilities he found not only have capability to add any post, comment to users’ account as well as delete users’ account, but the vulnerabilities can be escalated to deface entire website by posting malicious URLs and delete all use
Facebook Awards $50,000 Under Its New 'Internet Defense Prize' Program

Facebook Awards $50,000 Under Its New 'Internet Defense Prize' Program

August 22, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Along with a dream to make Internet access available to everyone across the world, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is working to make the Internet a more secure place as well. Till now, a number of large technology companies have bug bounty programs to reward researchers and cyber enthusiast who contribute in the security of Internet by finding out security holes in software or web platforms, and the social networking giant Facebook is the latest one to do so. Facebook and Usenix have together implemented the Internet Defense Prize — an award recognizing superior quality research that combines a working prototype with great contributions to securing the Internet, Facebook announced Thursday at the annual USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego. Also, Facebook announced the first award under its Internet Defense Prize, and crowned a pair of German researchers for their paper , “ Static Detection of Second-Order Vulnerabilities in Web Applications ” — a seemingly viabl
Exclusive Deals

Get Daily News Updates By Email

Join over 350,000 information security professionals — Get the best of our cyber security coverage delivered to your inbox every morning.