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    Activity Processors: Header Processor: Incident - Illegal Request Header

    Complexity: Suspicious (1.0)

    Default Response: None.

    Cause: WebApp Secure monitors all of the request headers included by clients. It has a list of known request headers that should never be accepted. This list is configurable, and by default, includes any headers known to be exclusively involved in malicious activity. Should a user include one of the illegal headers, this incident will be triggered. Because the list of illegal headers is configurable, it cannot be guaranteed that the request that contained the header is strictly malicious, but it does signify that the client is doing something highly unusual.

    Behavior: Some HTTP headers can be used in order to get the server to do something it isn't designed to do. For example, the "max-forwards" header can be used to specify how many hops within the internal network the request should make before it is dropped. An attacker could use this header to identify how many network devices are between themselves and the target webserver. Because the list of illegal headers is customizable, the type of behavior the header relates to can vary. However this type of behavior is generally performed when scoping the attack surface of the website.

    Published: 2014-06-27