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Re: [lists] Re: What to spend on a pentest
From: "David M. Zendzian" <dmz () dmzs com>
Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2006 11:54:21 -0700

I've been following this thread and have noticed that no one here is considering the liability of a "real" pen test. Unless you are testing QA or Dev environments, anything you find could not only prove that a compromise is real but also bring that business offline, and since you don't know when or where or what you'll find the business would need to keep someone "on-call" during the entire engagement to restore or fail over.

Plus if you look at some of the pen-test requirements (standards(pci, ...), regulations(sox, hipaa, ...)) and look at what they call for when pen-testing. PCI pen-tests are required yearly, however the pen test must stop right at the edge of running the exploit, so you never know if it actually runs. So here we have an industry standard "pen-test" (and don't forget that PCI also requires quarterly vulnerability assessments) where the pen-test is specifically required to not penetrate.

That tied with most business' not willing to perform social or physical testing, it is 90% network based these days; so the majority of pen-tests are really only expanded vulnerability tests. But also remember that most companies only get pen-tests or vulnerability tests because of these standards or regulations which then bind what they testers are able to do.

What I would be interested in is hearing from those 10% of pen testers who are able to do "real" pen tests, and what motivates their clients if it is not a "requirement".

David M. Zendzian
dmz

Curt Purdy wrote:
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.
<snip>

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.


Curt Purdy CISSP, GSNA, GSEC, CNE, MCSE+I, CCDA Information Security Officer Information Systems Security
infosysec.net
443.846.4231

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