Fortify - Application Security
Recent statistics show that almost half of breaches that cause material damage occur via applications. HP Fortify provides software and services that help organization secure applications to prevent those attacks. This blog serves as a platform for our penetration testers, product managers and marketers, and software engineers to provide analysis and insight regarding both web application security and how organizations can utilize our products and services to better secure their applications. For more information, visit

AppSec USA is this Week in Denver!

One of our favorite application security events is upon us. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were in NYC for AppSec 2013, which makes sense since it hasn't been a full year.European_Wasp.jpg

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Simplicity for application security—HP Application Defender

HP introduces HP Application Defender, the first application self-protection service managed from the cloud that provides immediate visibility and actively defends production applications against attacks. 

Cover your apps: How application security protects your enterprise

coveraps.jpgHP Protect is right around the corner! Watch this informative video where Paul Muller and Jacob West discuss how to cover your apps! 

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Header security – The new novelette

PHYSED blog480 with credit.jpgDo you want to provide extra layers of protection for your website users without a great deal of investment? With some simple HTTP header configurations, your website can boost the defense against injection attacks, SSL enforcement issues, information aggregation, and more.

5 trends in the future of software security

software security 2.jpgSoftware security—over the past decade, we’ve seen a lot of changes. At HP Protect, we'll be looking forward and discussing the 5 trends that you can expect to see in the future of software security.  

Sacrificing application security to meet demands? Not with HP Fortify!

HP-Fortify-On-Demand.jpgHP Protect is coming up fast, and there’s so much to take in while you’re there. Surrounded by the best in security, you’ll want to make time to attend a few HP Fortify demos. Remember: There's no need to sacrifice your application security when you've got HP Fortify in your corner!

Building an Application Security Program – Part 2

sandeep.pngThis is second in the series of 4 posts. In this series, we are discussing the recipe to build and implement an effective application security program. The first step of an organization’s application security journey should be “Assess” i.e. Assessment.


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Is the ‘Iron Dome’ doomed?

If we let down our guard, the bad guys will take our stuff. Don't make it easy for others to get through your defenses. Stay educated. Stay aware. And by all means, don't click that link!

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HP Study Reveals 70 Percent of Internet of Things Devices Vulnerable to Attack

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HP Fortify on Demand's is pleased to announce the release of its Internet of Things State of the Union Report revealing 70 percent of the most commonly used Internet of Things (Io) devices contain serious vulnerabilities.


10 devices were tested in various categories, including TVs, webcams, home thermostats, remote power outlets, sprinkler controllers, hubs for controlling multiple devices, door locks, home alarms, scales and garage door openers…



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HP Protect sessions--Expanding the horizons of dynamic scanning

horizon.jpgAt this year’s HP Protect conference in Washington DC, I will be co-presenting 2 separate talks, one about the WebInspect API and another about HP Fortify and Continuous Monitoring.  Read this blog post for more information.


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Building an Application Security Program – Part 1

When we are talking about introducing ‘secure development lifecycle’ at an enterprise level, we are looking at investment from the management; and whenever there is an investment there are expectations. This first blog post (in the series of 3) describes what are these expectations and how an application security program can be built and implemented to meet these expectations.

Application Security Program

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Dynamic protection with HP TippingPoint and HP Fortify

Tipping Point and HP Fortify.jpegWhat happens during the time you discover an app vulnerability until you can actually fix it? If you’re an HP TippingPoint or Fortify customer—don’t worry about it—we’ve got you covered.  

Making the Case for Application Security Testing

small__5474825330.jpgRunning into the seemingly never-ending struggle to get some priority in your organization for application security testing? Consider the following thoughts which may aid your cause.

Looking Out and Looking In

insider_threat_solutions.jpgAre you testing your internal applications for vulnerabilities?  You really should be.

How Safe is Your Data in the Cloud?

hp-a-cloudsecurity.jpgThe age-old debate for cloud storage comes down to one very real question, "Is your data safe?" 


Recently, "Team DoulCi," a Dutch-Moroccan team of hackers, claimed to have compromised a protective feature on Apple's iCloud system that could leverage an attacker to remove security measures on lost or stolen iPhone devices. 

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Modern Web Hacking – Accessing Data through Insecure Direct References

hackers gonna hack.jpgIn times past, traditional web application security vulnerabilities were everywhere. Today, it is very common to come across SQL injection and Cross-Site Scripting in older applications. Those vulnerabilities are commonly attributed to poor input validation and poorly formed SQL queries. In my experience, modern development frameworks have contributed to greatly reducing the number of traditional web application issues. So what should a modern hacker do?

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XSS and App Security through HTML5's PostMessage()

html5-xss.jpgIn my last post I mentioned how the attack surface of Cross Site Scripting (XSS) is continually growing with the release of new web technologies, specifically HTML5. This is going to be a technical dive into the new HTML5 postMessage() method which can be exploited to launch XSS attacks against a site which otherwise was properly filtering client provided input.

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WebInspect Release 10.20 in-depth series - Part 1 - The WebInspect API

WebInspect released version 10.20 back in April (to existing Fortify customers) with several new features and enhancements, so I thought I would start a series to talk a little deeper about each of these. I will start this series off with what I believe to be the one of the most important features: the new WebInspect API.

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The Slow Death of Manual Testing

2014-06-04_11-51-21.pngWe’ve seen the future and the future is a bit more about an alarming trend in the assessment and security consulting industry.


XSS--Beyond the Alert Box

blog_alertbox.jpgCross-site scripting is one of the most prominent web application vulnerabilities, which comes in many different shapes and sizes. Are we effectively communicating the business impact of XSS through the traditional alert box technique? The attack vector for this vulnerability is constantly growing and so should our testing efforts and demonstration of XSS.

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HP Fortify #Security Team judges Annual #ScriptEdHackathon

scripted-logo.jpgBack in November during AppSec USA, HP made a donation to a cool "kids and code" non-profit, ScriptEd in New York City. This month part of our team is back in the Big Apple for their annual Hackathon. 

Account Harvesting: The Fail Trifecta of Web Application Vulnerabilities

trifecta.jpgAt our testing practice here at Fortify on Demand we test a lot of web applications. We get them both as standalone web apps, and we get them as backends to mobile applications. During the course of this work we (too) often come across a serious issue that we refer to as Account Harvesting.


I call it a vulnerability, but really it’s really an uber-vuln—a brutal combination of three separate issues that are cause for significant concern when present simultaneously on the same app. It’s the fail trifecta of authentication security...

Announcing HP ArcSight Application View-protect your applications

Arcsight application view.pngWith the evolution of threats targeting applications as the weakest link in the security

ecosystem, it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep your information safeguarded. See how HP ArcSight Application View can help

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About the Author(s)
  • Adam Cazzolla is a Sr. Security Consultant with HP Fortify on Demand.
  • hacker, developer, script junkie [python,ruby,php]
  • Jason Johnson is a Sr. Security Consultant with HP Fortify on Demand.
  • I have a passion for security and endeavor to participate in strong security defenses.
  • Lucas Gates is an Advanced Dynamic Tester with the Fortify On Demand team who enjoys responsible hacking.
  • US Army veteran. IT and infoSec professional since 1994. Founder of HouSecCon. aka m1a1vet
  • Rick Dunnam is an IS security professional with 15+ years experience in Enterprise Security and has consulted for many industry verticals: Banking, CPG, Healthcare, Government, Hospitality, and more
  • Sam Denard is a Senior Security Engineer with HP Enterprise Security.
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