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How secure is my bespoke software developed in PHP

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#1 bespokesoftwaredeveloperuk

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 04:57 PM

Hi All,


I am new here and new to PHP...so please be gentle!


I was wondering if there is any kind of tool/framework/plug-in available which will help me find security holes in my bespoke software developed using PHP.


For obvious reasons, I cannot make the application public...but any advice/guidance/best practice guide would be really appreciated.


Has anyone used or can recommend any free/open source penetration testing tools which would highlight the most common security mistakes?


Thank you in advance!



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#2 TinyI

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 07:20 PM



generally, as a rule, always make sure you filter any input, and escape any output. That rules out many problems you'll have security wise. Have regexes to look at things which are trying to break your SQLs such as sleeps or 'ORS' or 'UNIONS' etc.


There is a distro of linux called Kali which is a pen-testing distro. It has tools ready installed. Obviously, your testing will only be as good as your knowledge of the tools to test it with. Please note, I personally haven't tried this myself, but had it recommended.


Good luck.

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