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RE: Application Assessment
From: "Ory Segal" <osegal () watchfire com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 13:16:29 +0300


You should also check: http://www.webappsec.org (Web Application
Security Consortium)

With regards to utilities, you can download the free Watchfire
Powertools (HTTP Proxy, HTTP request editor, etc.), here's the link:

At the same link, you can also download eval versions of Watchfire's
AppScan product (An automated application security scanner).

You can also find basic and advanced whitepapers on the subject at:


-----Original Message-----
From: Glyn Geoghegan [mailto:glyng () corsaire com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2005 4:48 AM
To: goenw
Cc: pen-test () securityfocus com; Webappsec
Subject: Re: Application Assessment

On 8 Aug 2005, at 12:53, goenw wrote:


anybody have experience with application assessment ? I am a network 
guy, dont know much about the apps PT.
1. is there any tools that allow me to do the assessment throughly ?

If you're talking web-applications, check out www.owasp.org for a wealth
of information on the subject.  You may also want to take a look at the
webappsec mailing list at www.securityfocus.com.

Typically, the kind of tools you'll need are the personal-proxy
category, allowing you to intercept and modify communications between
the client and server - see Paros Proxy, Odysseus and Burp Proxy, for

There are fully automated tools, but in my personal experience the
manual approach has worked more effectively.

Fat client/binary assessment is a slightly different (and arguably more
complex) beast, and probably off-topic for this list.

2. should i have external party conduct this, what are the things i 
should expect from them (success criteria) ?
any comments are appriciated.

That depends on how confident you are with your abilities, the drivers
for the assessment and a wealth of factors.  Normally, some coding or
development background is essential to identify and understand potential

Check out www.application-testing.com for our guide on the world of
Application Security Assessments.

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