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The Art of Software Security Assessment: Identifying and Preventing Software Vulnerabilities by Justin Schuh, John McDonald, Mark Dowd

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Chapter 17. Web Applications

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Introduction

Web applications are one of the most popular areas of modern software development; in fact, they might be the single biggest innovation of the dot-com era. In less than a decade, they’ve caused a simple communications protocol (HTTP) to become a primary means of modern interaction. The rapid uptake of Web applications is a result of their capability to provide convenient access to information and services in ways not previously possible. The downside is that Web applications have introduced a new array of security concerns and vulnerability classes, so you’ll almost certainly be required to assess the security of Web applications. ...

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