How To Test For Insecure Cryptographic Storage

How To Test For Insecure Cryptographic Storage

If you are not already familiar with the concept of  Insecure Cryptographic Storage, please see the article entitled “What Is Insecure Cryptographic Storage“.

Note that you do not really “test” for this vulnerability, as it is a design or deployment decision and should be transparent to the user.  Thus, detecting this vulnerability is straightforward in white-box testing scenarios, and very difficult in black-box testing scenarios.  In a white-box testing scenario, you should investigate the following:

  • Contact the database administrator (if applicable) to learn if database encryption is enabled
  • Contact the development team to learn if the application itself is performing encryption
  • Review the source code looking for encryption/decryption operations

In a black-box scenario, if you encounter an error message generated by a database exception and it contains encrypted data, you know that application data is encrypted at rest.  Otherwise the test is inconclusive because you have no insight into the encryption status of the database.

For insight into how to avoid or fix Insecure Cryptographic Storage, please see the article entitled “How To Prevent Insecure Cryptographic Storage“.

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