OWASP Top 10 – A10 Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF)

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The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a non-profit organization that provides information about web application security. The OWASP Top 10 is a list of the most critical web application security risks. In this article, we will discuss the A10 Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) vulnerability.

What is SSRF?

Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) is a type of vulnerability that allows an attacker to send requests from the server to other internal or external systems. This can be done by manipulating input parameters such as URLs, IP addresses, and ports.

How does it work?

An attacker can exploit SSRF by sending requests to internal systems that are not intended to be accessed from outside the network. For example, an attacker could send a request to retrieve sensitive data from a database server or access administrative functions on another system.

Why is it dangerous?

SSRF can be used for various malicious purposes such as stealing sensitive data, executing arbitrary code on other systems, and launching attacks against other networks. It can also lead to unauthorized access and privilege escalation.

Examples of SSRF Attacks

Here are some examples of how attackers have exploited SSRF vulnerabilities:

  • An attacker could use SSRF to bypass authentication mechanisms by accessing internal APIs.
  • An attacker could use SSRF to scan internal networks for vulnerable services.
  • An attacker could use SSRF to launch attacks against third-party services.

Preventing SSRF Vulnerabilities

Here are some best practices for preventing SSRF vulnerabilities:

  • Avoid using user-supplied input in URLs or IP addresses.
  • Use whitelisting to restrict the URLs and IP addresses that can be accessed.
  • Implement input validation to ensure that only valid URLs and IP addresses are accepted.
  • Monitor network traffic for suspicious activity.


SSRF is a serious vulnerability that can lead to unauthorized access, data theft, and other malicious activities. It is important for organizations to take steps to prevent SSRF vulnerabilities by implementing best practices such as input validation, whitelisting, and monitoring network traffic. By following these guidelines, organizations can reduce the risk of SSRF attacks and protect their sensitive data from unauthorized access.

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