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Imperva(TM), Inc. Warns of Worm Attacks on Web Sites through Search Engines

by Donna Buenaventura / March 29, 2004 9:00 PM PST

Application Defense Center Demonstrates Feasibility of a New Web Worm

Imperva, Inc., a leader in Web application security, today published a white paper summarizing research carried out by its Application Defense Center (ADC) demonstrating the feasibility of launching worms that attack custom Web application software automatically. These methodologies leverage common Web search engine technologies to achieve the characteristics of a worm: anonymous origin, automated discovery of vulnerable sites, automated exploit and self-propagation.

Worm attacks like Code Red or NIMDA have become notorious for exploiting ubiquitous commercial applications -- such as Web server or database applications. However, until now it was thought impossible to create a worm
capable of attacking custom Web application software. Such a worm must adapt to the unique vulnerabilities of each site.


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