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Spring 2010 Research. Website Vulnerability Test. Summary. I will be building a website using Microsoft Visual Studio Professional. The website will be fully functional and will include a database which will use Microsoft server 2005. The website will be based on a fraternity web system.

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Spring 2010 Research

Website Vulnerability Test


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Summary

I will be building a website using Microsoft Visual Studio Professional. The website will be fully functional and will include a database which will use Microsoft server 2005. The website will be based on a fraternity web system.

The database will be a simple one and will only include three tables (Region, Chapter, Member). You will be able to log on using a user name and password . There will be features so that you can add and remove members, update chapter info and add new regions.



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User Interface

I will be using CSS style sheets to give the website a more rich feel. Microsoft Visual Studio allows you to incorporate CCS style sheets in your web project and I though that it would be good to have a richer content instead of using plain HTML. I am not that familiar with CSS or Microsoft Visual Studio so I am learning as I go along.



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Current Progress

I was introduced to ASP.Net MVC (Model View Controller) approach to web development last week in my C Sharp class and I decided that I will use this in my research project.

I have mapped out my database, started the implementation of the CSS style sheet and began to add new methods to my Controller In order to further manipulate my database.


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Problems in Project

  • Insufficient knowledge in using style sheets.

  • Insufficient knowledge in Visual Studio.

  • Problems running Microsoft SQL server 2008

I have been reading and watching videos provided by ASP.net that have helped me to progress, and I have also taken some tutorials online for Visual Studio which have also helped.

I have come across a lot of reading material that helped me with connecting the database to my webpage.


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Tomcat Web Server

Tomcat web server is a light weight local web server that can be used to run web applications locally. Once I have completed my web project I will run it locally to do some Web site vulnerability testing.

You can download tomcat for free here:

http://tomcat.apache.org/download-60.cgi


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Website Testing

The main purpose of this project was to test security vulnerabilities in websites. I do not host a website so I had to do some research to figure out how to build one.

Once my web site project is complete I will be using Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner to test my web site for possible vulnerabilities. Acunetix WVS automatically checks your web applications for SQL Injection, XSS & other web vulnerabilities.

I wanted to try to use some other products but they were not free.

You can download a free copy of Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner here:

http://acunetix-web-vulnerability-scannerfree.smartcode.com/info.html


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References

  • http://acunetix-web-vulnerability-scanner-free.smartcode.com/info.html

  • http://tomcat.apache.org/download-60.cgi

  • http://www.asp.net/learn/videos/

  • http://www.microsoft.com/express/Database/


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