3 Widely Used Types of Attacks on Web Software

Nowadays software products, in particularly web-based ones, are widely utilized in almost all the business segments and leisure.

Web applications allow to buy goods, manage various processes, perform money transactions, etc. They attract attention of hackers because they process confidential data. That is why any web site testing, desktop testing and mobile testing should allocate substantial time on thorough security testing and discovering the system vulnerabilities.

Experts in Web Software Security Mention Such Widely Applied Types of Cyber-Attacks:

  1. SQL injection. Computer burglars inject SQL commands into an SQL queries through the web software user interface. The server executes the query and allows the malicious user to steal or alter data in the web application database.
  2. Cross-site scripting or XSS. It is a popular type of web software vulnerabilities. It allows hackers to insert malicious code into the user interface of web software so that the inserted elements can be seen by other users. The code runs, when a user opens the page, and interacts with the web server providing the hacker access to the application data.
  3. Manipulations with URL. Web software often transfers data from the browser running on the client computer to the server and vice versa by means of URL. Change in the URL may give access to the system data if this type of vulnerability is not revealed during manual or automated testing.

One should pay attention to these vulnerabilities performing web software testing.