[OWASP-METRICS] Attack surface

Pete Lindstrom petelind at spiresecurity.com
Thu Sep 16 16:47:41 EDT 2004

Hi, Jeff - try this:
As far as I know, this is the best treatment out there on the concept. (I
disagree with some of it).


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> [mailto:owasp-metrics-admin at lists.sourceforge.net] On Behalf 
> Of Jeff Williams
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> Subject: [OWASP-METRICS] Attack surface
> Hi everyone. I keep reading articles that use the concept of 
> "attack surface" to describe how attackable an application 
> actually is.  But I've never seen the concept explored very 
> deeply. For a web application, it seems to me that the attack 
> surface is strictly limited to the range of allowed HTTP 
> requests. Anyone interested in helping model this?  Seems to 
> me that it shouldn't be too hard, would be really useful, and 
> is likely to be automatable.
> --Jeff
> Jeff Williams, CEO
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