API Security Testing
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API Security Testing
API security testing is a critical process that ensures the protection of endpoints within an API. By identifying and addressing vulnerabilities, API security testing helps reduce the risk of data breaches and other malicious activity. With the increasing prevalence of APIs in modern applications, ensuring their security is vital to protecting sensitive customer information and system processes from potential threats. Failure to implement proper API security measures can have severe consequences for organizations in the event of a security breach.
Penetration testing, also known as pen testing or ethical hacking, involves simulating cyber attacks on computer systems using various techniques and technologies. This can include manually or automatically compromising servers, API calls and endpoints, web applications, wireless networks, network devices, and mobile devices, among other potential vulnerabilities. The goal of a penetration test is to identify and assess the security of these systems, helping organizations to safeguard against actual attacks.
By performing API security testing and penetration testing, organizations can identify and remediate vulnerabilities before they are exploited by attackers. This proactive approach to security can prevent serious consequences such as loss of data, reputation damage, and financial loss. As the threat landscape continues to evolve, it is crucial for organizations to stay up-to-date on the latest security best practices and regularly test their APIs and systems to maintain a strong security posture.
API Testing based on OWASP Security Framework Methodology
API testing is a critical process for evaluating the security of an API and protecting against a wide range of attacks. To ensure comprehensive coverage, testers use a combination of manual and automated techniques, including analyzing responses for unexpected behavior and using specialized tools to identify vulnerabilities.
At Cyber Legion, we specialize in API penetration testing and follow industry-standard best practices, including the OWASP Top 10, OWASP ASVS, and OWASP Testing Guide. We take a thorough approach to analyzing the target API and understanding its structure, authentication type, request methods, responses, and roles. Our team has expertise in testing web-based APIs, REST APIs, and mobile APIs.
We understand that conducting security assessments on microservice APIs can be challenging, as traditional web security assessment tools and methodologies may not be equipped to handle the specific characteristics and functionality of these APIs. To address this, we use a defined protocol and tailor our approach to the unique needs of each API.
Our goal is to identify and exploit any bugs or vulnerabilities that may exist, whether on a real production API or in a staging environment. By leveraging our expertise and using a rigorous testing approach, we help organizations minimize the risk of security incidents and safeguard their data and assets.
Broken Object Level Authorization
Test whether an attacker can manipulate object-level authorization controls to access unauthorized resources.
Broken Authentication and Session Management
Test whether an attacker can exploit weaknesses in authentication or session management to gain unauthorized access to the API.
Excessive Data Exposure
Test whether sensitive data is exposed through the API by conducting a comprehensive review of response objects, headers, and error messages.
Test whether the API is vulnerable to injection attacks, such as SQL injection or command injection, by attempting to inject malicious code.
Insufficient Logging and Monitoring
Test whether the API logs all relevant events and errors, and whether the logs are monitored to detect and respond to potential security incidents.
Broken Function Level Authorization
Test whether an attacker can bypass function-level authorization controls to access sensitive API functions.
Test whether the API allows an attacker to modify object properties that should be read-only, or to add additional properties to objects that should not have them.
Test whether the API is configured securely, including checking the use of secure protocols and encryption, and ensuring that sensitive data is protected appropriately.
Test whether the API is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks, eavesdropping, or other forms of interception or manipulation of communication channels.
Improper Error Handling
Test whether the API returns informative error messages that do not disclose sensitive information, and whether it handles errors securely and consistently.
How can we Help?
At Cyber Legion, we’re here to help you enhance and protect your organization’s security posture. Through our Secure Client Portal, we offer ongoing penetration testing and remediation services that cover application security, mobile app security, API security, IoT, and network penetration testing.
Our testing methodologies are based on reputable security frameworks and designed to minimize disruption during the testing process while keeping you informed every step of the way. We work closely with our clients to achieve the best results for every engagement, providing clear and comprehensive reporting that identifies any issues and helps improve your organization’s security.
Whether you need a one-time test or ongoing testing services, our experienced team is ready to provide the expert support and guidance you need to protect your assets and maintain the highest levels of security. Trust Cyber Legion to help you stay one step ahead of threats and secure your organization’s future.
What is API security testing?
APIs play a vital role in many important business processes, and it is essential that they are secure and able to withstand attacks. API security testing involves simulating a hacker’s attack on an API to evaluate its security. A security researcher will use various tactics to try to access sensitive user data or disrupt API functionality, and then provide a report to the company outlining any vulnerabilities found and suggesting solutions. Ensuring the security of APIs is critical, especially when they handle personal information.
Achieve all of your security objectives with the help of Cyber Legion’s comprehensive services. Our platform offers both penetration testing and vulnerability management, all in one convenient location. Stay up-to-date on live events and results through our bug tracking, risk dashboards, and ticketing systems. Experience the ultimate in security with Cyber Legion’s integrated solutions.
API Penetration Testing Service Features
Unlimited Cyber Legion CSaaS Platform access
Black, Grey or White Box Testing
Scheduled Security testing service – Work Request Button whenever you want
Manual & Automated Security Testing & Risk Validation
Business Logic & Technical Vulnerability Testing
Detailed Exploitation Evidence
Security Frameworks Checklists OWASP, SANS etc
OSINT & Threat Intelligence
Full Support & References for Remediation
Collaboration & Integration with ticketing, bug trackers etc
Unlimited Analysis, Tracking & Reporting
Live Events & Alerting emails
Retesting of discovered issues – unlimited
On-Demand and Custom Offering that Best Suits your Organization’s needs.
What is the OWASP Framework?
The OWASP Security Knowledge Framework is an open source web application that explains secure coding principles in multiple programming languages. The goal of OWASP-SKF is to help you learn and integrate security by design in your software development and build applications that are secure by design.
What are the benefits of API security testing?
API’s have increasingly become a target for hackers and malicious users over the years. Improper security can lead to massive data breaches and loss of user data which can go undetected due to the API being abused in a way that seems normal.
API security testing can provide several benefits, including:
Identifying vulnerabilities: API security testing helps identify any vulnerabilities that could potentially compromise the security of your system.
Improving data security: By testing for security vulnerabilities, you can ensure that sensitive data is protected from unauthorized access.
Meeting compliance requirements: Many industries have strict compliance requirements, and API security testing can help ensure that your system meets these requirements.
Protecting against cyber attacks: API security testing can help prevent cyber attacks by identifying and fixing vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers.
Enhancing user trust: By ensuring the security of your system, you can build trust with your users and improve customer satisfaction.
What is penetration testing?
Penetration tests (or pen tests) are attacks on your companies’ software and hardware systems, carried out by ‘ethical hackers’ to expose your system’s vulnerabilities. One example is a web application pen test. Web apps, browsers and plug-ins can house sensitive financial or personal data, so hackers are increasingly putting their efforts towards gaining access to them. The test would examine the endpoint of every web application.
How long does a penetration testing take?
The time that penetration testing takes depends on the size and complexity of your organization’s system structure, as well as the scope of the test itself. For the ‘average’ company, a network penetration test should take around three days. For a merchant processing millions of credit cards a year, for example, a pen test will take over a week, or possibly two.
How much does a pen test cost?
The penetration testing cost depends on the facts identified during scoping, such as the agreed time, goals, technical resources, approach, and remedial support.