Web applications wide open to hackers

Thursday, 5 February 2004, 10:31 AM EST

The vast majority of web applications are wide open to attacks by hackers, a four-year testing programme has revealed.

According to vulnerability assessments conducted by the Application Defense Center of security firm WebCohort, at least 92 per cent of web applications are vulnerable to some form of hacker attack.

The testing examined more than 250 web applications running on e-commerce, online banking, enterprise collaboration and supply chain management websites.

The most common vulnerabilities were found to be cross-site scripting (80 per cent), SQL injection (62 per cent) and parameter tampering (60 per cent).

By Robert Jaques at vnunet.

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