Application Security Locks Down DB2

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2012-04-30 Print this article Print

IBM DB2 version of AppDetective tool is now in beta.

Application Security Inc. has put out the beta for an IBM DB2 version of the companys AppDetective tool, a network-based, penetration testing tool and security audit scanner for databases. AppDetective has three modes of operation: Scan, Pen Test and Audit. Scan searches a network for databases and database components. Pen Test is a penetration test that performs brute-force external vulnerability assessments, mimicking the attempts of intruders who exploit holes to break into systems from the outside. Its test categories include denial of service, misconfigurations and password susceptibility. The tool comes equipped with a customizable, 30,000-word dictionary that checks for easily guessed passwords. The Audit mode examines internal database configurations and potential security holes, including specific access control settings, such as create_not_fenced, to determine who has been granted such access privileges.
Joe Zhou, a security specialist for the Corporate Security division of Sprint Corp. and a beta user of AppDetective for IBM DB2 as well as the Oracle and SQL Server versions of the tool, said that the tool isnt perfect yet. But it at least has more capabilities than the few other security tools for database protection hes managed to find and test, such as Symantec Corp.s Enterprise Security Manager, which only checks DB2s privilege settings against the ISO 17799 standard (the ISO information security standard).
AppDetectives capabilities exceed that, but for Zhou, in Kansas City, Mo., a perfect database security tool would check security at the operating system level. "If you can do an operating system-level check, you can verify that you have the right patches," he said. "From the database level, you can only check that settings are right, like authentication and authorization." According to Stephen Grey, manager of product marketing for Application Security, of New York, operating system checks will be available in an upgrade within one month after AppDetective for IBM DB2 ships on Dec. 16. The public beta of AppDetective for IBM DB2 can be downloaded here. The final version of AppDetective for IBM DB2 costs $1,295 per database instance. A maintenance package costs an additional 20 percent. The upgrade for operating system-level checks will be offered at no additional charge.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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