Detect Unpublicised Web Services
Attack Pattern ID: 144 (Standard Attack Pattern Completeness: Stub)Typical Severity: LowStatus: Draft
+ Description


An attacker searches a targeted web site for web services that have not been publicized. Generally this involves mapping the published web site by spidering through all the published links and then attempt to access well-known debugging or logging services, or otherwise predictable services within the site tree. This attack can be especially dangerous since unpublished but available services may not have adequate security controls placed upon them given that an administrator may believe they are unreachable.

+ Attack Prerequisites

The targeted web site must include unpublished services within its web tree. The nature of these services determines the severity of this attack.

+ Resources Required

Spidering tools to explore the target web site are extremely useful in this attack especially when attacking large sites. Some tools might also be able to automatically construct common service queries from known paths.

+ Related Attack Patterns
NatureTypeIDNameDescriptionView(s) this relationship pertains toView\(s\)
ChildOfAttack PatternAttack Pattern87Forceful Browsing 
Mechanism of Attack (primary)1000