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18 | F Test secureature ity
Pen testing in
the Web 2.0 era
How is penetration testing coping with the brave new virtualised
world of Web 2.0 with its new opportunities to breach security and
compromise data? ProCheckUp director Richard Brain outlines the
state of the art.
T
he increased market adoption Virtualisation uncontrolled creation and expansion
of virtualised servers and Server virtualisation is rapidly of the number of virtual machines,
interconnected web services becoming the standard in the server can allow worms and viruses to
(Web 2.0), introduces new environment. Driven by the release spread throughout the data centre. As
challenges when performing pen tests of the Windows 2008 server and Red un-patched and insecurely configured
to uncover flaws and to create proof of Hat enterprise 5.x. OS, and the desire hosted machines will be vulnerable
concept attacks. Testing with no prior to fully utilise the power of the latest to the same flaws as stand-alone
knowledge (black box) historically Xeon chipsets, virtual host machines operating systems and can become
has provided a good foundation for running these operating systems are reservoirs of malicious agents if not
a sound penetration test, though to easily able to support four to eight properly managed.
be able now to detect and defeat the virtual hosts. Additionally as virtual machines
more prevalent advanced attacks, Worm/viruses historically spread have predictable hardware profiles,
a more comprehensive system over network shares, exploiting new with similar virtual hardware shared
information and source code review is security flaws found within machines. between virtual machines, this
now required (white box testing). Virtual machine sprawl, which is the similarity might be exploited by future
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