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I would like to know if there is a remote way to understand if a web app uses the Spring framework. In particular Spring security.

Is there any kind of analysis on HTTP headers that can provide information about it?

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  • If you can get the app to expose stack traces it should be pretty easy to spot spring security filters in the stack. – Affe Mar 19 '19 at 22:49
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Welcome to Security.SE. :)

Yes, there are a few things you can do to find Spring Framework, or more specifically Spring Boot. Spring Security is a little more awkward, but you can look for /login and see what it does. Here's some things I do:

Aside from that, look at the HTML responses. Especially on /login. It has a boilerplate response.

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  • Would this be considered a type of fingerprinting then? – Daisetsu Mar 20 '19 at 8:19
  • Yes. :) Just a question of where. Some applications have dead giveaways in response headers (X-Powered-By, for example), while others have standard CSS bundlers, like with Ruby on Rails framework. – h4ckNinja Mar 21 '19 at 6:15

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