This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.X

OWASP Top 10 released for 2013

Share this article:

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has released its well-referenced Top 10 risks list facing developers.

For another year, ‘injection', which includes vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, was rated as the top application security risk. It was followed by ‘broken authentication and session management', which can lead to password, key and session compromises. Coming in third was ‘cross-site scripting', a flaw that lets attackers inject data-stealing code into a website not under their control.

In 2012, injection also held the top spot. This year, broken authentication and session management and cross-site scripting switched positions on the list.

According to OWASP, which had been seeking feedback for this year's list for several months, the rankings are meant to "raise awareness about application security by identifying some of the most critical risks facing organisations".

The OWASP Top 10 project, first unveiled in 2003, is often referenced by standards groups and US government agencies. 

However, some security experts caution that the list should not be viewed as a "prescriptive" guide for securing software because it is too broad. As proof, they point to the fact that the list hasn't seen very much movement since it was first released.

Share this article:

SC webcasts on demand

This is how to secure data in the cloud


Exclusive video webcast & Q&A sponsored by Vormetric


As enterprises look to take advantage of the cloud, they need to understand the importance of safeguarding their confidential and sensitive data in cloud environments. With the appropriate security safeguards, such as fine-grained access policies, a move to the cloud is as, or more, secure than an on-premise data storage.


View the webcast here to find out more

More in News

China refutes new FBI hacking claims

China refutes new FBI hacking claims

It's been another week of claims and counterclaims as the US and Chinese governments accuse each other of deviant cyber security practices.

SC Exclusive: Bank of England to appoint new CISO in January

SC Exclusive: Bank of England to appoint new ...

Bank of England Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Don Randall is to leave his post in the New Year to take up an unspecified supervisory role, with William Brandon set ...

Sandworm vulnerability seen targeting SCADA-based systems

Sandworm vulnerability seen targeting SCADA-based systems

Hard on the heels of the `Sandworm' spy group revealed by iSIGHT Partners earlier in the week, Trend Micro says its has spotted the zero-day vulnerability of the same name ...