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Web Server Application Attacks CIS502 Emmanuel Nyeanchi January 18, 2014 In this day and age technology has moved to the forefront of everyone’s lives. This is shown every day from the constant commercials from companies trying to get you to buy a new product. The main thing that has changed in the last 50 or so years is the use of the internet and the World Wide Web. When it was first introduced it was viewed by some as a gimmick or a fad that wouldn’t last. Contrary to that the World Wide Web has not only lasted through the years but it has also gotten better and added even more features, therefore drawing in more users. The main thing that has spiked recently is online buying. This is because it is seen as an easier alternative to making your purchases because of your ability to avoid the long lines and the fact that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. I know that personally I used it during the holidays, especially Black Friday, and I bought everything I needed without having to leave my home. The most important thing is that I received the same sales that I would’ve gotten if I went to the store. But with the new number of users to the internet comes new threats to users and their personal data. With the recent attacks on Target and them losing thousands of its customer’s credit card data due to theft, people need to be more aware of the types of Web Application attacks that exist and how to avoid and prevent them. 3 common Web Application Vulnerabilities and mitigations strategies for each The top three Web Application Vulnerabilities according to are 1.Cross-Site Scripting, 2.Injection Flaws, and 3.Malicious File Execution. The first attack known as Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) occurs when attackers take advantage of flaws in XSS. Usually a web application is supposed to encode and validate the data that it sends to

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