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Application Security

breathmint, A Refreshing Burp Parser

Burp Suite has been my favorite web app testing tool for a while and seems like it keeps getting better with age & updates. Typically, I have avoided using other tools to parse the Burp output (xml) because most of what we report comes from manual testing. Somewhat recently, I started using extensions to add the manual testing results to Burp and thus it made sense to write a script to parse Burp xml output.

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We're Doing it Wrong

As an industry, we have failed. Miserably. Cyber security professionals have implemented a broken methodology and graduated from failing to properly identify the problem to failing to present an effective solution. The network security methodology of: 1. Find Vulnerabilities, and then 2. Apply Security Patch, simply does not work for the custom web application environment. This statement may seem obvious, but it’s exactly what the industry has tried to do.

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Introducing AppTrust

FYRM Associates is proud to announce our new AppTrust offering that enables organizations to produce secure applications in Agile environments, in a cost-cutting manner. The typical, flawed approach to application security is based on the network security model of “when we find a vulnerability, we patch it.” This forces your organization into a never-ending game of catch-up with attackers that is nothing more than a costly and time-consuming strategic failure.

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Cross Site Scripting Anonymous Browser (XAB) Proof-of-Concept Released

Today I finally found the time to release the XAB Proof-of-Concept code. An apology to those of you who have been emailing us wondering when we would publish it. For the time being, it’s hosted at sourceforge and you can download the code from the XAB project page located at: [] ( We’ve submitted talks to Black Hat and Defcon for the updates we’re working on, so hopefully we’ll have the chance to catch everyone up, solicit some more feedback, and grab a brew.

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The New PCI 6.6

By Matt Flick in PCI

All Your Public facing Web Apps Are Relevant To Us. I’m going to start off this post with the moral of the story: Good intentions often have bad, unintended consequences. The following is the ‘Testing Procedures’ text of requirement 6.6 from the new PCI DSS v1.2 (source: [] ( For public-facing web applications, ensure that either one of the following methods are in place as follows: Verify that public-facing web applications are reviewed (using either manual or automated vulnerability security assessment tools or methods), as follows:

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Application Security Industry: 2008 Report Card

I have had many discussions this year regarding the future of the application security industry and even more about its current state. It’s interesting how people of such varying backgrounds will have similarly varying views; this short article is designed to capture those views and hopefully drive some productive discussion as a result. Where are we now? Should be a simple question, right? Let me summarize in three main categories:

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Development Double Agent

Of the many ideas floating around the cyber security industry lately, there is one often overlooked but very effective approach: spying. Too often security personnel will look at developers as improperly educated code jocks, akin to Hollywood’s portrayal of “hackers” in the 1990s. Similarly, developers see the security analyst as an idealistic zealot with no concept of how things are in the “real world.” So the goal is to bridge the gap between the security and development groups.

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