Web Application
Firewall Validation

Validate protections against web application attacks



Launch web application attacks such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS) and file inclusion.


Prevention of vulnerability exploitation in web applications including OWASP application security flaws.


WAF protections and frequent changes to the web site such as new forms, libraries and other software modules are protected.


Validate the effectiveness of your Web Application Firewall
(WAF) against threat evolutions and stop attacks in the pre-exploitation stage.

  • Track WAF effectiveness over time and prevent security drift
  • Find, prioritize, and fix security gaps against an exhaustive and
    continuously updated library of web application attacks
  • Benchmark your web application security performance against industry peers
  • Safe to run in production
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Web Application Firewall (WAF) Vector

Web Applications are a core component in business operations. As these process sensitive data, huge amounts of money and effort are spent protecting these assets. In the past IT security teams just had a few enterprise web apps to defend. Now they need to protect the web back-end of multiple and varied mobile apps, SaaS apps and other cloud-delivered solutions.

Furthermore, the number and diversity of threats continues to increase, from advanced malware to web-specific application-layer attacks, as well as denial and distributed denial of service (DoS, DDoS) attacks and security-induced usability issues. Regarding security, organizations rely on WAF for protecting their web apps. These days, cybercriminals and novice black hats easily find all sorts of automated attack tools and exploit kits online. With such tools, all they need to do is insert a URL address as the target and launch their attack. A successful attack can bring down a website that is used to generate revenue for the organization. Every minute of down time costs the organization a lot of money, impacts its brand credibility and translates into business loss. A notorious example is the infamous Equifax breach that was caused by an application server vulnerability (Apache Struts) affecting over 140 million consumers.

The Web Application Firewall vector will validate the configuration, implementation, and efficacy, to ensure that the Web Application Firewall blocks malicious payloads before they get to your Web Application. The platform simulates an attacker who tries to bypass your organization’s WAF and reaches the web application, after which they attempt to perform malicious actions, such as mining sensitive information. The assessments use real payloads with benign outcomes that do not put the organization’s web applications at risk.

Technical reports provide analysis of the attacks and actionable mitigation guidance that help security teams to shore up their defenses against web application attacks. Standards-based risk scoring enable IT and security teams to identify security gaps, prioritize mitigations and take corrective measures to increase WAF efficacy. Executive reports include trend analysis to identify security drift and industry-peer benchmarking to gain comparative insights.
If a user isn’t sanitized properly, hackers can send remote commands to the app, usually in order to gain access to confidential data like user accounts, PII or even credit card numbers. The most common form is in SQL language to directly extract information from the database.
When adversaries inject malicious script into a website, usually thanks to lack of input sanitation, whenever a user accesses that webpage they are subject to a script that tries to steal information from them.
In a denial of service attack the adversary’s goal is to exhaust the application resources so users (web or internal) cannot use the application at all. Techniques include bringing the app to 100% memory or CPU utilization, extremely slow communication (low-and-slow DoS) or simply flooding the app with millions of HTTP requests simultaneously.
A form of an automated attack aiming at cracking usernames and passwords to get an unauthorized access and bypass authentication mechanisms. The attacker uses brute-force in order to takeover user accounts and carry out some actions disguised under their identity.

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