Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessment

We are one of the well-established penetration testing companies, who have been consistently delivering quality projects for clients across the globe. Some of our customers include industry leaders across banking, financial services and various government entities. We specialize in the whole spectrum of penetration testing capabilities – right from information gathering, foot-printing, vulnerability assessment, exploitation, and reporting. Our penetration testing practices encompass web applications, client-server applications, infrastructure, SCADA, ERP systems, mobile applications, wireless, social engineering and a whole host of technologies and platforms.

Our Approach

Penetration Testing constitutes that part of a security assessment exercise which attempts to simulate the techniques adopted by an attacker in compromising the target systems. Our penetration testing methodology is well aligned with established standards and practices, combined with our extensive experience.

Adactin is engaged in different types of penetration testing services.

Web Application Security Testing
In this type of penetration test, we assess the security of the application by focusing on remotely exploitable vulnerabilities, application architecture, design and implementation. We also assess the controls with respect to user access, privilege levels, development and delivery, and overall design of the applications. This helps to give the total threat profile of your web application environment.

Network Penetration Testing
This type of a penetration test involves identifying the targets through Google searches, WHOIS, DNS queries, etc. Fingerprinting and identifying vulnerabilities. The exploitation of these vulnerabilities depends on whether it is part of the engagement or not. Limited exploitation is always done in terms of password guessing, directory traversals, file uploads, etc. Before going for stronger exploitation methods such as Denial of Service attacks, Buffer Overflow exploits, etc., we take prior written consent from the management so as to not to cause possible fallouts from the such exploitation methods.

Risk-based Penetration Testing
The days and age of tool-based scanning is long over. The need of the hour is for the penetration testing team to understand the business risks associated with the application and build test cases accordingly. Be it an ERP system or a mobile application, our first step is to always understand the flow of the application, the business processes around the system, and the concomitant risks from it. Once the automated scanning parts are over, then our real expertise comes into play leveraging our database of test cases combined with our strong understanding of business processes across various industries.

This approach, then might also include social engineering attacks, threat modelling, and other elements that might not be typical of a traditional penetration testing exercise.

Benefits you get with Adactin
Our penetration testing service is a highly creative, out-of-the-box engagement, and often results in new vulnerabilities being discovered or a new tool being developed from such an exercise. Our teams are highly passionate and committed to doing as comprehensive an assessment as possible. Our team members are also actively engaged in security research initiatives such as:

  • Security advisories of the vulnerabilities we have discovered
  • Penetration testing tools that we have developed
  • Our articles that have appeared in various publications and websites,
  • Presentations made at various security forums and conferences

We pride ourselves in providing quality deliverables to our clients during our security assessment engagements with them. Our client testimonials are the strongest testimony for our work quality and deliverables.



Application Security

We are a leading application security company with a full range of services around application threat modelling, security assessments, secure code review, trainings on secure coding, and implementing an application security strategy for your organisation.

Application Security Assessment
Application Security Assessments are designed to identify and assess threats to the organisation through proprietary applications or those delivered by vendors with little or no customisation. Our application security assessment methodology is designed around the following well known security assessment guides such as:


  • OWASP Top 10 (Open Web Application Security Project)
  • Threat Modeling processes such as STRIDE and DREAD
  • OWASP’s Software Assurance Maturity Model (OpenSAMM)
  • Open Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSTMM)
  • Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) guidelines


As your applications may provide interactive access to potentially sensitive materials, it is vital to ensure that these applications don't expose the underlying servers and software to malicious attack(s) or allow any unauthorised user to access, modify or destroy data or stop critical system services.

Our Approach to Application Security Assessments
Adactin uses a number of application security testing techniques. This might include black-box testing, grey-box testing, fault injection, and behaviour monitoring. This is done along with business logic testing which might exploit or abuse an application's functionality to carry out unwanted actions such as privilege escalation attacks, authorisation bypass, parameter manipulation, etc.

Threat Modeling enables you to make effective application risk management decisions in the Software Development Life Cycle. It prioritises your business's security requirements allowing you to understand and define security strategy from a defense perspective. We typically adopt the industry standard threat modeling approach by using STRIDE and DREAD models to evaluate your overall application security posture.

Development of Secure Code Development Guidelines

Based on the globally accepted OWASP guidelines, we help clients by developing comprehensive secure coding guidelines, which not only address the programming language in use, but also the configuration of the platform being used to run the application. For instance, our PHP secure coding guidelines incorporate security configurations to be done on php.ini, .htaccess and httpd.conf files in order to ensure that vulnerability in these does not result in an application compromise.

Benefits of Risk-Based Security Assessment
During application security assessments, an important aspect often overlooked is the business logic testing which directly impacts the business operations. This needs to be tested by understanding the business process running on the system and then by building business logic test cases accordingly. Having worked with organisations across numerous industries, we have a fairly strong understanding of typical business process such as online trading, e-commerce, retail banking, treasury, payroll, procurement, etc. This helps us build in-depth business logic cases even in a routine penetration testing exercise and add far more value than a plain-vanilla penetration testing exercise.

Further, our research shows that one-size-fits-all doesn’t work when it comes to application security strategy. Having worked with organisations of all shapes and sizes and at various levels of maturity when it comes to application security, we have realized that every organisation needs to adopt a customized approach for application security.