The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a worldwide not-for-profit charitable organization focused on improving the security of software. They have a community of over 42,000 volunteers all over the world who offer their assistance in a variety of ways to ensure the safety and security of the Internet. The OWASP mission is to make software security visible so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks.
About every three years, OWASP publishes a “top ten” list of application security flaws. Some of the OWASP leading security volunteers scour the Internet and use various resources to find the latest and greatest flaws in Internet applications so they can publish this list. This list has become the de-facto standard for the most dangerous application security vulnerabilities found on the Internet. While this list is certainly a valuable and powerful tool for assessing your organization’s application security, I would recommend formulating your own top ten list as well. The top ten OWASP vulnerabilities may not be the same as your own organization’s top ten vulnerabilities.
That said, it’s still interesting to know what vulnerabilities are out there ready to be exploited. The OWASP top ten list that was published in 2017 is as follows:
The BIG-IP Application Security Manager is a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that provides protection from these vulnerabilities, and we will spend some time this week discussing the advantages of deploying a WAF in front of your web applications to defend against these threats. While it’s always best to build a secure application by using secure coding practices, we understand that the reality of life today is that some (if not all) of your web applications are vulnerable to attack.