It’s likely your organization is already attempting to find as many vulnerabilities as possible in your applications during the DevOps and DevSecOps phases before you deploy them to production. A typical enterprise will run applications through DAST (Dynamic Application Security Testing) and Penetration testing before allowing the application to make its way out to a production deployment. A typical DAST or penetration testing tool will run simulated attacks using attacks on well known and common vulnerabilities found in application code, similar to the way a hacker will to find and exploit a vulnerability.
Typically the way these testing tools work is the testing tools reside on a server that is separate from the server that the application resides on, so that attacks are coming across the network, similar to the way they would in an actual attack. While this is great for simulating an actual attack, it has the downside that a successful attack detection is only detected if there’s response back to the testing server. The testing tool detects vulnerabilities based solely on the responses it’s receiving back from the application server from an attack. If there’s no response back, or only a partial response, it’s possible the testing tool may not be aware of all the vulnerabilities that exist on the tested application. And from the numbers of detected vulnerabilities after code has made it to production, it’s obvious testing isn’t finding all the vulnerabilities in the deployed code.
So the question then arises, how can you improve your vulnerability detection during your testing of your applications before you go to production?
Based on the continued discovery of vulnerabilities in released code, we need to find ways to make Application Security easier and more informative for developers. K2 Cyber Security can help address the issues around the lack of remediation guidance and the poor quality of security testing results. K2 Cyber Security Platform is a great addition for adding visibility into the threats discovered by penetration and security testing tools and can also find additional vulnerabilities during testing that testing tools may have missed. K2 can pinpoint the exact location of the discovered vulnerability in the code. When a vulnerability is discovered (for example, SQL Injection, XSS or Remote Code Injection), K2 can disclose the exact file name along with the line of code that contains the vulnerability, details that testing tools typically are unable to provide, enabling developers to start the remediation process quickly.
In addition, because the K2 agent resides on the application server, when a DAST or penetration testing attack is run, K2 has visibility into the application, understands the application execution, and intention of the code, so that K2 can detect and report on additional vulnerabilities that the DAST and penetration testing tools will miss by not having application server visibility. In testing with some of the leading testing tools, and well-known vulnerable applications, K2 detected significant additional vulnerabilities that the testing tools missed.
K2 Cyber Security Platform offers two use cases, the first as described here is additional visibility during pre-production (development) penetration testing, while the other is runtime protection for applications in production. In the second use case, K2 offers an ideal runtime protection security solution that detects true zero-day attacks, while at the same time generates the least false positives and alerts. Rather than rely on technologies like signatures, heuristics, fuzzy logic, machine learning or AI, we use a deterministic approach to detect true zero-day attacks, without being limited to detecting attacks based on prior attack knowledge. Deterministic security uses application execution validation, and verifies the API calls are functioning the way the code intended. There is no use of any prior knowledge about an attack or the underlying vulnerability, which gives our approach the true ability to detect new zero-day attacks. Our technology has 8 patents granted/pending, and has minimal false alerts.
Get more out of your application security testing and change how you protect your applications, and check out K2’s application workload security solution.