How To Solve Web Sites Security Issue …

By ajay at November 16, 2009 | 2:10 am | Print

A majority of Web sites have at least one major security issue that could be used by hackers for fraud-related purposes, according to a new survey.

Some 64 percent of 1,300 Web sites run by 250 enterprises have at least one serious vulnerability, said WhiteHat Security, which specializes in finding vulnerabilities in Web applications. The statistics come from WhiteHat’s customer base, which lets the company regularly review their sites for problems.

The most prevalent problem is cross-site scripting. There’s a 66 percent a Web site will have such a problem, WhiteHat said. A cross-site scripting flaw can allow data or malicious code to be drawn from another a Web site, which can potentially cause a data breach.

“In the case of a cross-site scripting problem, the fix is usually just one line of code, Grossman said. The problem in getting it fixed, however, tends to be on the human side.

WhiteHat will usually inform the security department of a company, which then has to pass on the information to the developers of the Web application. The custom code of the Web application can’t be modified by the security department.”


The company found it took an average of 67 days for a cross-site scripting problem to be fixed. That compared with 78 days for an information leakage problem, 87 days for content spoofing trouble and 62 days for a SQL injection vulnerability.

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