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Minimize Web Applications Vulnerabilities through the Early Detection of CRLF Injection


Md. Mijanur Rahman, Md. Asibul Hasan


Vol. 23  No. 2  pp. 199-202


Carriage return (CR) and line feed (LF), also known as CRLF injection is a type of vulnerability that allows a hacker to enter special characters into a web application, altering its operation or confusing the administrator. Log poisoning and HTTP response splitting are two prominent harmful uses of this technique. Additionally, CRLF injection can be used by an attacker to exploit other vulnerabilities, such as cross-site scripting (XSS). Email injection, also known as email header injection, is another way that can be used to modify the behavior of emails. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is an organization that studies vulnerabilities and ranks them based on their level of risk. According to OWASP, CRLF vulnerabilities are among the top 10 vulnerabilities and are a type of injection attack. Automated testing can help to quickly identify CRLF vulnerabilities, and is particularly useful for companies to test their applications before releasing them. However, CRLF vulnerabilities can also lead to the discovery of other high-risk vulnerabilities, and it fosters a better approach to mitigate CRLF vulnerabilities in the early stage and help secure applications against known vulnerabilities. Although there has been a significant amount of research on other types of injection attacks, such as Structure Query Language Injection (SQL Injection). There has been less research on CRLF vulnerabilities and how to detect them with automated testing. There is room for further research to be done on this subject matter in order to develop creative solutions to problems. It will also help to reduce false positive alerts by checking the header response of each request. Security automation is an important issue for companies trying to protect themselves against security threats. Automated alerts from security systems can provide a quicker and more accurate understanding of potential vulnerabilities and can help to reduce false positive alerts. Despite the extensive research on various types of vulnerabilities in web applications, CRLF vulnerabilities have only recently been included in the research. Utilizing automated testing as a recurring task can assist companies in receiving consistent updates about their systems and enhance their security.


Cyber Security, OWASP vulnerabilities, Security Detection, CRLF Injection, Injection Attack