Website Security Testing

5 Common Threats to Website Security

Website Security is a major concern for every web application. The last thing you wish is for a hacker to alter the content of your application, which poses a serious threat to its security. These risks could result in an attack that results in theft of website data, application resources, unauthorized access and brings virus and similar malware in the application.

The most effective way to combat these threats is going for website security testing. This enables you to protect your website by finding vulnerabilities that hackers tend to exploit.

Keeping yourself informed about different types of attacks and reasons why they occurred, gives an upper hand to safeguard a website’s information and security. It’s not an unknown fact that growing connectivity amongst devices and reliability on the internet has enabled hackers technically to create potential malware threats, which needs regular checking.

Let’s know about most common types of attacks that a web application faces:

Cross-site Scripting (XSS)

It is seen as a type of injection, where harmful scripts and texts are injected into the website data. Cross-Site Scripting attacks are aimed at breaking trusted website where a hacker attacks the end user with the use of malicious codes. It poses a serious threat to the website as the attack creates unwanted user outputs.

Cross-site Request Forgery(XSRF)

A one click attack type, as its commonly known, is used to exploit a website through unauthorized tags and commands. These attacks pose a serious threat to users and trust of an application.

SQL Injection

This a type of attack where SQL statements are injected into the website with malicious codes to attack the database of the website. This type of vulnerability can pose a serious threat as an attacker can gain authentication and authorization of an application.

Path Traversal

It is also called directory traversal attack. With the manipulation of reference files of dot-dash, the attack aims at files that are usually stored outside website root folder. This brings insufficient security on the website.


Hackers area always on a hunt to cause intrusion in website security. Through Local File Inclusion, where hackers put alternate codes to hack internal files of the website. Another one Remote File Inclusion where they divert a user on the website to malicious codes through inappropriate URLs.

These were the most common attacks that pose threat to a website’s security. To know more about these threats and website security testing, consult Avyaan.

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