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RE: [lists] Re: What to spend on a pentest
From: "Curt Purdy" <purdy () tecman com>
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 16:11:02 -0400

Intel96 wrote:
You also need to determine how much manual testing may have to be
performed on the systems.  Such as cracking logins, cracking cookies,
etc, or searching the systems for embedded passwords in script or
configurations files and looking at the database schemes.

Unfortunately, most pentest companies don't do manual testing.  Like the
bank that I was ISO at hired NetBankAudit to "pentest" them.  They likely
had a young tech running scripts on a dozen clients that night and found one
minor problem on our acquistion.  The next Sunday night between 10pm and
6am, I manually tested and found six serious problems.

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Information Systems Security


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