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Is it reasonable to do a pentest (or other non-theoric security audit) over a critical infrastructure?

Almost all agree that during a pentest it is impossible to guarantee the integrity of the target (Is it acceptable that a skilled professional pentester deletes or modifies sensitive data in ...
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Is it necessary to test all input parameters of a web application when testing its security?

We know that testing input parameters for lack of validation is one part of a black box web vulnerability assessment but, is it necessary to test ALL input parameters (parameters, cookies, HTTP ...
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What should a security audit report include?

Background I'm in charge of auditing a medium-scale web application. I have audited web applications several times before, but I've always wrote a short PDF quickly explaining what I encountered and ...
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Why is penetration testing important

In improving the security of an organization, it seems as though an audit of existing code, procedures, policies, infrastructure, etc. would be absolutely sufficient to reveal any security or policy ...
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Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next?

Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next? I am referring to finding vulnerabilities and developing exploits in various applications. I am ...
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The Economics and White Hat Nature of NSS ExploitHub

This question is about the economic model employed by NSS with their ExpoitHub exploit marketplace (site link) and whether it jives with the white hat claims of the company. The company has made news ...
4
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1answer
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Do blackbox penetration tests make sense if a whitebox audit would be possible as well?

Lets assume I am responsible for an application in my company and I decide to hire security experts to perform a security audit. Lets assume further that my company owns the source code of the ...
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What should be included in the ground rules for an attack review?

I've drafted some ground rules for a call for adversarial attack-review. I've tried to cover the following topics: Link to the policy that I want to enforce. Link to a minimal testbed and ...
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Problems during Pen-testing of SCADA systems

Is there a way to monitor the way the SCADA systems behave 'during pen-testing or security audit', and find out the implications of just port scans and/or monitor the state of activity while sending a ...