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Re: Application Assessment
From: Glyn Geoghegan <glyng () corsaire com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 11:47:58 +1000

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 example.

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 vulnerabilities.

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

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