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Security Flaws in Third Party Apps

  • Published On: December 21, 2021 Updated On: May 21, 2022

Contents

  • Finding & Fixing Security Flaws in Third-Party Apps
  • Update Libraries and Request Patches
  • Most Common Software Weaknesses
  • Weak password requirements
  • Conclusion

Finding & Fixing Security Flaws in Third-Party Apps

One thing that you have to remember is that outside parties such as auditors, customers don’t care how vulnerabilities got into your environment. Even if your hands are tied, application security flaws can and likely will reflect poorly on you. As soon as you become aware of an application security flaw.

Update Libraries and Request Patches:

An organization that uses third party applications should make sure that they update libraries that the vendor releases. Usually, users ignore such notifications but updating libraries would ensure your device safety. In case a business finds or experiences a security flaw, it is advisable to report the same to the third-party vendor and request a security patch. A security patch can be a quick fix to the problem you are facing but it will need a better fix eventually.

Most Common Software Weaknesses:

At some point, many of these web applications end up with flaws such as cross-site scripting and SQL injection. These are regularly found and, presumably, resolved. But there's one set of weaknesses, in particular, that's taken for granted and often overlooked during typical vulnerability scanning and penetration testing exercises. Those weaknesses are associated with the application login mechanism.

Here are some common flaws with application login security that come up in every web security assessment and issues for which enterprises need to be on the lookout:

Lack of intruder lockout. This flaw enables attackers to attempt to crack passwords using any number of automated tools or manual processes. The common argument against intruder lockouts is the time and effort associated with legitimate user lockouts.

Descriptive error messages. These error messages are displayed when incorrect application login credentials are entered. These messages are a part of your user interface and experience (UI, UX); they're part of how you communicate with the user. Make sure your error messages are designed for the user, are helpful.

Error Message Types

  • Warning.
  • Lexical error.
  • Syntax error.
  • Evaluation error.
  • Invalid number.
  • System error.
  • Out of memory error.

Weak password requirements. Further facilitating password cracking are weak password requirements. Some web applications still allow passwords such as 111111 and abc123. Look at any of the security studies that come out every year and you'll see that weak passwords are a top contributor to security incidents and breaches.

Conclusion

Nowadays our modern and technology world frequently faces malware and ransom kind of threats in their working environment. There are several ways for attacks to drop your reputation and cause data loss or theft. Even a lot of organizations think that they are safe with good security infrastructure but still, they are vulnerable to a lot of threats which hackers can use malware and common attacks to break their company’s secure environment.

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