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Most Web Apps Contain High-Severity Vulnerabilities

April 16, 2018 / Tara Seals

An analysis of web applications shows that 94% of applications tested had at least one high-severity vulnerability. According to Positive Technologies’ Web Application Vulnerabilities in 2017 report, collated through the security firm’s automated source code analysis through the PT Application Inspector, most detected vulnerabilities (65%) overall were of medium severity, with much of the remainder (27%) consisting of high-severity vulnerabilities. “Web applications practically have a target painted on their back,” said Leigh-Anne Galloway, Cyber Security Resilience Lead at PT. “A large number of unfixed, exploitable vulnerabilities is a windfall for hackers, who can use these flaws to steal sensitive information or access an internal network. Fortunately, most vulnerabilities can be discovered long before an attack ever happens. The key is to analyze application source code.”