GraphQL Security Testing Automation for Developers

Rate this content
Bookmark

NeuraLegion's developer friendly security scanner enables development teams to run dead accurate security tests on every build as part of their pipeline. False alerts and periodic infrequent scanning results in technical and security debt, as well as insecure product. But what is developer first DAST, when and how should you be integrating it into your pipelines and what should you be looking for when enhancing your GrapQL security testing automation? Join this talk to get up to date.

9 min
09 Dec, 2021

Video Summary and Transcription

Neuraligions is a dynamic application security testing scanner designed for developers to test apps, APIs, and ensure trusted security. It seamlessly integrates into pipelines, providing accurate results without false positives. The biggest issue with security scanners is accuracy, and Neuralegion addresses this by automatically validating findings and eliminating false positives. It also provides full visibility of recurring and new issues, along with developer-friendly remediation guidelines. Integrations with common tools and APIs make collaboration seamless and accurate.

Available in Español

1. Introduction to Neuraligions

Short description:

Neuraligions is a dynamic application security testing scanner designed for developers to test apps, APIs, and ensure trusted security. It seamlessly integrates into pipelines, providing accurate results without false positives. With Neuraligions, you can automate security testing for web apps, internal apps, and APIs, with support for REST, SOAP, and GraphQL. The scanner allows you to define the scope of the test, handle dynamic content, and leverage existing functional scripts. Scans are fast, covering various testing categories and business logic vulnerabilities. Authenticated scans are fully supported.

♪♪ I'm Oli, VP here at Neuraligions Developer Focused Security Testing Scanner. Thanks for joining as we discuss accurate security testing automation for developers and the CICD.

Now, a quick intro into Neuraligions. We're a global team of security experts and researchers creating the best dynamic application security testing scanner built to be loved by developers to test your apps, your APIs, but more importantly, to also be trusted by your security. You're releasing software faster than ever and security needs to keep up and this process needs to be owned by you developers.

We enable you to build the scan surface from the very first unit tests running tests on every build or every pull request. This is seamlessly integrated into your pipelines but more importantly, with no false positives. So you can trust the output to make detecting and fixing security vulnerabilities really, really quick and really, really simple. But let's take a look at what's under the hood. We have a nice UI for security folk to play around with and configure scans manually. But we're built for developers to own the security testing process as I mentioned.

Now if you sign up for our free account, you'll see this very, very nice UI but you'll also immediately notice that you can run scans via the CLI repeater installed via Docker Compose, NPM, Win and can actually configure your scans as code with a global YAML configuration based files integrated into your CI CD. For more info, you can obviously go and see our docs for a full command list. So you can actually stay in your terminal to manage these scans.

So how can you start automating your security testing today? Well, in terms of coverage, we've got you. With Neural Legion, you can start scanning every build for security vulnerabilities as part of your CI. Whether that's against your web apps, your internal apps, or indeed against your APIs, whether that's REST, SOAP, or indeed, GraphQL. Microservices and single page applications are fully supported. Whether pointing our scanner to a local or indeed a production URL, whether we are ingesting your API schemas or indeed Postman collections, or whether you're uploading your HTTP archive files, your heart files into our engine.

This also means that you can really define the scope of the security test, perhaps against a single entry point or a single end point, or against a specific new feature that you just made. These discovery methods can be run separately or indeed concurrently, meaning you can handle client-side dynamic content, JavaScript, and more. Are you using Selenium or indeed Cypress, for example? Well, you can start leveraging those existing functional scripts and get scanning with these heart files. This means that your developers and QA can now start working together, treating security bugs like your functional ones without the need to be a cybersecurity expert. Either way, scans are fast, running in minutes or hours, not days, maintaining your DevOps speed. The more you can find and fix, though, the better.

We have a comprehensive list of testing categories covering the OS top 10, the OS API top 10, Mitre 25, and indeed more. Additionally, our engine understands the context, understands the responses that we're getting back from the application server. And we can actually use this to test for business logic vulnerabilities, not just your trivial injections, but how can our engine bypass the logic or the validation mechanisms in your applications and APIs, removing even more manual security testing and truly putting security testing into the hands of developers. Authenticated scans are fully supported to maximize coverage, whether using formal authentication or header authentication, NTLM, OAuth, or indeed custom, multi-step authentication amongst others. We've got you covered in that respect.

2. Benefits of Neuralegion Scanner

Short description:

The biggest issue with security scanners is accuracy. Developers want real issues, not false positives. Neuralegion automatically validates findings, eliminating false positives. It provides full visibility of recurring and new issues, along with developer-friendly remediation guidelines. Integrations with common tools and APIs make collaboration seamless and accurate.

But I think the biggest issue with security scanners though is accuracy, right? Hands up if you love false alerts. No, I didn't think so. How much time do you spend validating issues or fixing issues from six months or a year ago? DevOps and CICD equals automation, correct? How can you do that without accuracy?

Developers want to know real issues, not hyperbole. People always talk about reducing false positives. Well, here at New Religion, we like to talk about removing false positives altogether for you automatically. Whether you're in a startup or a small organization, probably without a dedicated security team, or you might be a large enterprise organization where developers outweigh security by 50 or indeed 100 to one. Either way, you're developing and releasing at breakneck speed with multiple builds a day, but also introducing security issues into production at the same speeds too.

The last thing you wanna do is start introducing a bunch of false positives to your workload that needs validation, let alone not being able to actually validate your risk. Results just get ignored and pretty much the tool will be disabled. False positives in this manual validation of results is crippling your rapid release cycles and adds to your technical debt. Neuralegion scanner automatically validates every finding with a full proof of concept with no manual validation required. Your bills aren't gonna be failing for no reason and your JIRA ticket not swelling at the seams with false positives.

This example on the right has an automatically generated screenshot of this reflective cross site scripting security issue which causes this pop-up executable created perhaps by a malicious user. We automatically look for this reflection as part of our validation process and present it to you. Confirming the issue and making sure you're not chasing your tail. But now you know what's being reported as real, how do you fix the issues? Well, we give you full visibility of what's happening. Understand where your recurring issues are or new issues are being detected. Again, fully validated automatically by the engine so you don't have to do it. Developer friendly remediation guidelines are provided with additional resources to help you understand the issues and more importantly, how to fix them. All requests, responses, headers are provided and all issues can be copied as a curl for debugging with a cool retest feature to execute the same attack or the same payload, making remediation quicker and easier for you the developer. Assigning engineering teams or assets to specific projects allows you to segregate scanning and get global visibility, whether that's of your scans or indeed of your risk posture, which means teams are creating the same issues then training can be provided. Look at it as secure training on the go. And all of this seamlessly integrated into your pipelines.

With CICD and DevOps, we talk about shifting left. DAST has traditionally been carried out in stages four and five, run by security professionals. Tools have been built for security professionals. You can start shifting left, putting DAST into the hands of developers with Neuralegion. Scan every commit or pull request, get immediate feedback of the issues, no false positives to start fixing now. We have integrations with all your common tools or better still use our API and integrate. Jira tickets can be opened, messages sent to relevant colleagues in Slack. Collaboration is seamless, easy and accurate. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a free account and you can be up and scanning in minutes. Connect with us, see our docs for more info. Either way, enjoy the conference and happy accurate security scanning.

Check out more articles and videos

We constantly think of articles and videos that might spark Git people interest / skill us up or help building a stellar career

GraphQL Galaxy 2021GraphQL Galaxy 2021
32 min
From GraphQL Zero to GraphQL Hero with RedwoodJS
Top Content
We all love GraphQL, but it can be daunting to get a server up and running and keep your code organized, maintainable, and testable over the long term. No more! Come watch as I go from an empty directory to a fully fledged GraphQL API in minutes flat. Plus, see how easy it is to use and create directives to clean up your code even more. You're gonna love GraphQL even more once you make things Redwood Easy!
Vue.js London Live 2021Vue.js London Live 2021
24 min
Local State and Server Cache: Finding a Balance
Top Content
How many times did you implement the same flow in your application: check, if data is already fetched from the server, if yes - render the data, if not - fetch this data and then render it? I think I've done it more than ten times myself and I've seen the question about this flow more than fifty times. Unfortunately, our go-to state management library, Vuex, doesn't provide any solution for this.For GraphQL-based application, there was an alternative to use Apollo client that provided tools for working with the cache. But what if you use REST? Luckily, now we have a Vue alternative to a react-query library that provides a nice solution for working with server cache. In this talk, I will explain the distinction between local application state and local server cache and do some live coding to show how to work with the latter.
GraphQL Galaxy 2022GraphQL Galaxy 2022
16 min
Step aside resolvers: a new approach to GraphQL execution
Though GraphQL is declarative, resolvers operate field-by-field, layer-by-layer, often resulting in unnecessary work for your business logic even when using techniques such as DataLoader. In this talk, Benjie will introduce his vision for a new general-purpose GraphQL execution strategy whose holistic approach could lead to significant efficiency and scalability gains for all GraphQL APIs.

Workshops on related topic

GraphQL Galaxy 2021GraphQL Galaxy 2021
140 min
Build with SvelteKit and GraphQL
Top Content
Featured WorkshopFree
Have you ever thought about building something that doesn't require a lot of boilerplate with a tiny bundle size? In this workshop, Scott Spence will go from hello world to covering routing and using endpoints in SvelteKit. You'll set up a backend GraphQL API then use GraphQL queries with SvelteKit to display the GraphQL API data. You'll build a fast secure project that uses SvelteKit's features, then deploy it as a fully static site. This course is for the Svelte curious who haven't had extensive experience with SvelteKit and want a deeper understanding of how to use it in practical applications.

Table of contents:
- Kick-off and Svelte introduction
- Initialise frontend project
- Tour of the SvelteKit skeleton project
- Configure backend project
- Query Data with GraphQL
- Fetching data to the frontend with GraphQL
- Styling
- Svelte directives
- Routing in SvelteKit
- Endpoints in SvelteKit
- Deploying to Netlify
- Navigation
- Mutations in GraphCMS
- Sending GraphQL Mutations via SvelteKit
- Q&A
React Advanced Conference 2022React Advanced Conference 2022
95 min
End-To-End Type Safety with React, GraphQL & Prisma
Featured WorkshopFree
In this workshop, you will get a first-hand look at what end-to-end type safety is and why it is important. To accomplish this, you’ll be building a GraphQL API using modern, relevant tools which will be consumed by a React client.
Prerequisites: - Node.js installed on your machine (12.2.X / 14.X)- It is recommended (but not required) to use VS Code for the practical tasks- An IDE installed (VSCode recommended)- (Good to have)*A basic understanding of Node.js, React, and TypeScript
GraphQL Galaxy 2022GraphQL Galaxy 2022
112 min
GraphQL for React Developers
Featured Workshop
There are many advantages to using GraphQL as a datasource for frontend development, compared to REST APIs. We developers in example need to write a lot of imperative code to retrieve data to display in our applications and handle state. With GraphQL you cannot only decrease the amount of code needed around data fetching and state-management you'll also get increased flexibility, better performance and most of all an improved developer experience. In this workshop you'll learn how GraphQL can improve your work as a frontend developer and how to handle GraphQL in your frontend React application.
React Summit 2022React Summit 2022
173 min
Build a Headless WordPress App with Next.js and WPGraphQL
Top Content
WorkshopFree
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build a Next.js app that uses Apollo Client to fetch data from a headless WordPress backend and use it to render the pages of your app. You’ll learn when you should consider a headless WordPress architecture, how to turn a WordPress backend into a GraphQL server, how to compose queries using the GraphiQL IDE, how to colocate GraphQL fragments with your components, and more.
TestJS Summit 2023TestJS Summit 2023
48 min
API Testing with Postman Workshop
WorkshopFree
In the ever-evolving landscape of software development, ensuring the reliability and functionality of APIs has become paramount. "API Testing with Postman" is a comprehensive workshop designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in API testing using Postman, a powerful tool widely adopted by professionals in the field. This workshop delves into the fundamentals of API testing, progresses to advanced testing techniques, and explores automation, performance testing, and multi-protocol support, providing attendees with a holistic understanding of API testing with Postman.
1. Welcome to Postman- Explaining the Postman User Interface (UI)2. Workspace and Collections Collaboration- Understanding Workspaces and their role in collaboration- Exploring the concept of Collections for organizing and executing API requests3. Introduction to API Testing- Covering the basics of API testing and its significance4. Variable Management- Managing environment, global, and collection variables- Utilizing scripting snippets for dynamic data5. Building Testing Workflows- Creating effective testing workflows for comprehensive testing- Utilizing the Collection Runner for test execution- Introduction to Postbot for automated testing6. Advanced Testing- Contract Testing for ensuring API contracts- Using Mock Servers for effective testing- Maximizing productivity with Collection/Workspace templates- Integration Testing and Regression Testing strategies7. Automation with Postman- Leveraging the Postman CLI for automation- Scheduled Runs for regular testing- Integrating Postman into CI/CD pipelines8. Performance Testing- Demonstrating performance testing capabilities (showing the desktop client)- Synchronizing tests with VS Code for streamlined development9. Exploring Advanced Features - Working with Multiple Protocols: GraphQL, gRPC, and more
Join us for this workshop to unlock the full potential of Postman for API testing, streamline your testing processes, and enhance the quality and reliability of your software. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced tester, this workshop will equip you with the skills needed to excel in API testing with Postman.
GraphQL Galaxy 2020GraphQL Galaxy 2020
106 min
Relational Database Modeling for GraphQL
Top Content
WorkshopFree
In this workshop we'll dig deeper into data modeling. We'll start with a discussion about various database types and how they map to GraphQL. Once that groundwork is laid out, the focus will shift to specific types of databases and how to build data models that work best for GraphQL within various scenarios.
Table of contentsPart 1 - Hour 1      a. Relational Database Data Modeling      b. Comparing Relational and NoSQL Databases      c. GraphQL with the Database in mindPart 2 - Hour 2      a. Designing Relational Data Models      b. Relationship, Building MultijoinsTables      c. GraphQL & Relational Data Modeling Query Complexities
Prerequisites      a. Data modeling tool. The trainer will be using dbdiagram      b. Postgres, albeit no need to install this locally, as I'll be using a Postgres Dicker image, from Docker Hub for all examples      c. Hasura