Simple Built-in HTTP Layer Security Tests for GET Requests

Introduction

Arjuna makes conducting various security tests very straight-foward.

For this purpose, Arjuna makes various HTTP actions directly available to all HTTP services and end-points created using its SEAMful Model for HTTP Layer Automation (In-Progress).

This section discusses tests which can be conducted for requests that use HTTP GET method.

Auto-complete Should be Disabled

Auto complete field in an HTML form are a security vulnerability as it could lead to sensitive information stored in browser cache. In systems which are used by multiple users, one user’s information could be leaked to another user including passwords.

Validate Auto-compelete Off for a Form

You can check whether autocomplete is off by using autocomplete_form HTTP action.

service.action.autocomplete_form.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
    form="login-form"
)
  • route is the absolute or relative URI.

  • form is the value of the id field in HTML for this form.

You can also use some other attribute like name by using the attr argument:

service.action.autocomplete_form.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
    attr="name",
    form="login-form"
)

Validate Auto-compelete Off for a Field

You can check whether autocomplete is off for a field by using autocomplete_field HTTP action.

This action checks whether the autocomplete is off at a field level or for its containing form.

service.action.autocomplete_field.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
    form="login-form",
    field="some-field-id"
)
  • route is the absolute or relative URI.

  • form is the value of the id field in HTML for this form.

  • field is the value of the id field in HTML for this field.

You can also use some other attribute like name by using the attr argument:

service.action.autocomplete_field.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
    attr="name",
    form="login-form",
    field="some-field-id"
)

Private Resource Disclosure

Some resources are not meant for public consumption.

However, at times by configuration or deployment mistakes, they become accessible. An example is that if debug configuration is not switched off in public deployment, an internal debugging link could be exposed leading to critical information disclosure.

As it is a common occurence, Arjuna let’s you validate this using private_resource HTTP action.

service.action.private_resource.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
)
  • route is the absolute or relative URI.

Private IP Disclosure

HTML responses might contain Private IPs and this considered an information disclosure vulnerability.

Arjuna let’s you validate this using private_ip_disc HTTP action.

service.action.private_ip_disc.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
)
  • route is the absolute or relative URI.

Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)

A server must restrict origins other than itself from where its resources can be loaded by a browser.

Arjuna let’s you validate this using cors_policy HTTP action.

service.action.cors_policy.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
)
  • route is the absolute or relative URI.

Frameable Response (Potential Clickjacking)

A malicious website can embed a server’s response and carry out clickjacking attacks.

A server should disbale its responses to be frameable.

Arjuna let’s you validate this using frameable_response HTTP action.

service.action.frameable_response.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
)
  • route is the absolute or relative URI.

Strict Transport Policy

Implementation of strict transport policy forces browsers to load the content only using HTTPS (encrypted) for a server.

Arjuna let’s you validate this using strict_transport HTTP action.

service.action.strict_transport.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
)
  • route is the absolute or relative URI.

Information Disclosure

Many a times HTTP response contents have sensitive information. An example can be a detailed error trace divulging database table names.

Arjuna let’s you validate this using info_disc HTTP action.

You can pass a regular Python string or a regular expression for a match.

service.action.info_disc.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
    regex="\\d+(Some pattern)"
)
  • route is the absolute or relative URI.

  • regex is a plain string or regular expression.

Note

As the regular expession is used to format an internal YAML file duing pre-loading, you’d need to double escape in regular expressions.

To avoid this, use Python raw string and use single escaping as demonstrated above.

Minium Secure JS Version

Many a times, applications use JavaScript library versions that have known vulnerabilities.

Arjuna let’s you validate minimum secure JavaScript library version using min_js_version HTTP action.

You can pass a a regular expression for a match. Put parenthesis around the version part to enable proper extraction.

service.action.min_js_version.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
    regex=r"jQuery\\s+v(.*?)\\s+",
    min="3.5.1"
)
  • route is the absolute or relative URI for the JavaScript file.

  • regex is the regular expression for extracting JS version.

  • min is the minimum expected secure JavaScript library version.

Note

As the regular expession is used to format an internal YAML file during pre-loading, you’d need to double escape in regular expressions.

To avoid this, use Python raw string and use single escaping as demonstrated above.

Vulnerable JS Version

Sometimes, rather than checking a minium secure version, you might want to directly check for a vulberable version of a JavaScript library being used.

Arjuna let’s you validate this using vulnerable_js_version HTTP action.

You can pass a a regular expression for a match.

service.action.min_js_version.perform(
    route="/a/b/c",
    regex=r"jQuery\\s+v(3.0.0)\\s+"
)
  • route is the absolute or relative URI for the JavaScript file.

  • regex is the regular expression for macthing JS version.

Note

As the regular expession is used to format an internal YAML file during pre-loading, you’d need to double escape in regular expressions.

To avoid this, use Python raw string and use single escaping as demonstrated above.