Help us improve your experience.

Let us know what you think.

Do you have time for a two-minute survey?

Navigation
Guide That Contains This Content
[+] Expand All
[-] Collapse All

    Honeypot Processors: File Processor: Incident - Suspicious Resource Enumeration

    Complexity: Low (2.0)

    Default Response: 1x = 5 day Block.

    Cause: WebApp Secure has a list of file tokens which represent potentially sensitive files. For example, developers will often rename source files with a ".bck" extension during debugging, and sometimes they forget to delete the backup after they are done. Hackers often look for these left over source files. WebApp Secure is configured to look for any request to a file with a ".bck" extension (as well as any other configured extensions), and trigger a Suspicious Filename incident if the file does not exist. Should the suspicious filename incident be triggered several times, this incident will then be triggered.

    Behavior: There are specific files that many websites host, that contain valuable information for a hacker. These files generally include data such as passwords, SQL schema's, source code, and so on... When hackers try to breach a site, they will often check to see if they can locate some of these special files in order to make their jobs easier. For example, if a hacker sees that the home page is called "index.php", they can try and request "index.php.bak", because if it exists, it will be returned as raw source code. This is usually an effort to exploit a "Predictable Resource Location" vulnerability. The first few times a user requests a filename containing a suspicious token, they will only get "Suspicious Filename" incidents. However if they request a large volume of filenames with suspicious tokens, then the "Suspicious Resource Enumeration" incident is generated. This incident represents a user who is actively scanning the site with very aggressive tactics to find unlinked and sensitive data.

    Note: For information on the attack types mentioned here, go to The Web Application Security Consortium Web Site and search for the attack name to learn more about it.

    Published: 2014-06-27