Soft­ware app­li­ca­ti­on deve­lo­pers have to focus on secu­ri­ty tes­ting cru­cial­ly in today’s web world, sin­ce more and more peop­le ever­y­day have inte­gra­ted Inter­net and soft­ware into their dai­ly life. Whe­ther it is mobi­le, com­pu­ter soft­ware, moni­to­ring sys­tem or even air­pla­ne, ever­ything requi­res soft­ware to per­form their rudi­men­ta­ry func­tions. Alt­hough most of your soft­ware users may not know much about soft­ware secu­ri­ty, it is abso­lute­ly necessa­ry for you to per­form soft­ware secu­ri­ty tes­ting as a soft­ware pro­vi­der in order to pro­tect your soft­ware, as well as your cli­ents, from ille­gal mali­cious acti­vi­ties by hackers and pranksters.

The­se are the top 6 soft­ware secu­ri­ty thre­ats iden­ti­fied in 2016

1. SQL Injection
This code injec­tion method direct­ly attacks soft­ware that is data dri­ven by injec­ting an SQL que­ry through the input data. This can basi­cal­ly lea­ve all your cli­ent data vul­nerable to the hackers.
2. Bro­ken Authen­ti­ca­ti­on and Ses­si­on Management
For soft­ware that works on authen­ti­ca­ti­on and sign-in sys­tem, this vul­nera­bi­li­ty can let any unaut­ho­ri­zed per­son access the user’s iden­ti­ty and data, which can result in loss of con­fi­den­tia­li­ty and avai­la­bi­li­ty of data.
3. XSS or Cross Site Scripting
Typi­cal­ly found in soft­ware that con­nects through the Inter­net (web-based), cross site scrip­ting vul­nera­bi­li­ty results in the hackers being able to relay cli­ent-side script on the web pages that are view­ed by other users. This method has beco­me the cent­re of atten­ti­on in the hacking uni­ver­se in the past few years.
4. Inse­cu­re Direct Object References
This vul­nera­bi­li­ty can grant a hacker who is an exis­ting soft­ware user to vio­la­te the secu­ri­ty of the soft­ware easi­ly by chan­ging the para­me­ter and acces­sing the part of sys­tem that the par­ti­cu­lar user is not aut­ho­ri­zed for. This can enab­le the hacker to wreck havoc from wit­hin the software.
5. Secu­ri­ty Misconfiguration
This vul­nera­bi­li­ty can hap­pen at any sta­ge in the soft­ware, inclu­ding cus­tom code, web ser­ver, app­li­ca­ti­on frame­work and data­ba­se. The hacker eit­her gains access or know­ledge of the inter­nal sys­tem through unpro­tec­ted files and direc­to­ries, sys­tem flaws, etc.
6. Cross Site Request Forgery
This vul­nera­bi­li­ty allows the aut­ho­ri­zed users to access sys­tem func­tions which are left unpro­tec­ted by the soft­ware, by chan­ging the URL or a para­me­ter that grants access to pri­vi­le­ged func­tions. If the admi­nis­tra­ti­ve func­tions of soft­ware fall in the wrong hands, they can be used to expo­se pri­va­te data pro­ces­ses of other users, which can severely degra­de the repu­ta­ti­on of the software.
Hackers have always found their way into the soft­ware by brea­king its secu­ri­ty para­me­ters, and fol­lowing up on just a few soft­ware secu­ri­ty tes­ting mea­su­res won’t sol­ve the pro­blem for good. Con­ti­nuous impro­ve­ments in the software’s secu­ri­ty will streng­t­hen not only the soft­ware, but the trust you share with your soft­ware users. Hence, it is high­ly recom­men­ded that secu­ri­ty tes­ting for your soft­ware must be inte­gra­ted into the soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment pro­cess, so that it is imple­men­ted from the very foun­da­ti­on. We all wish to crea­te soft­ware for our cli­ents that is not only reli­able in terms of pro­ces­sing and user expe­ri­ence, but also safe­guards their pri­va­cy and secu­res their con­fi­den­ti­al data.