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Core Security Adds Web App Security Testing

Version 7.5 adds the ability to test Web applications for SQL Injection and Remote File Inclusion vulnerabilities, two of significant areas of concern for Web applications.

Core Security on Tuesday plans to add Web application penetration testing capabilities to its Core Impact enterprise security software.

Core Impact previously allowed companies to test the security of applications on their servers and PCs and the effectiveness of their end-user security training initiatives.

Version 7.5 adds the ability to test Web applications for SQL Injection and Remote File Inclusion (RFI) vulnerabilities, two of significant areas of concern for Web applications.

"The big problems that our customers tell us about are the legacy Web applications that they cannot just take down," said Paul Paget, CEO of Core Security. "They're very concerned about security as attackers move aggressively against those products."

The other major attack vector for Web applications is Cross-Site Scripting (XSS).

Paget said a future update of Core Imact would address XSS attacks, and noted that the other two attack types, Cross-Site Posting and Directory Traversal, aren't nearly as common.

"We make this very safe, very easy, and very automated to do," said Paget.

While the use of automated vulnerability scanning has become common among security-conscious organizations, Alex Horan, product manager for Core Security notes that many scanning applications generate too many false positives, which must be tested with manually crafted attacks.

"The problem with the automated scanners today is not that they're missing holes, it's that they find holes that are not there," said Horan. "We remove all of those false positives, and we'll only find those issues that can actually be exploited."

Paget said his company will be offering Core Impact at a special rate of $25,000 through the end of November. As of December, the annual license fee will be $30,000.

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