How to do security testing manually without any tools

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How can I do security testing manually without any tools?


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  • Subhendu Sen
    For what security have you asked for? The tag indicated auditing, but this is not cleared here. What did you mean for manually? Did you mean, just like account based auditing? What type of business is there?
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  • ToddN2000
    What type of testing are you looking to do? About the only type of testing you could do, without any tools, is just brute force. Try to hack your way in by trying different passwords. Without tools, this seems like a near impossible task. Why no tools ??? 
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I wrote a book about this subject (Hacking For Dummies) and there are plenty of other resources online and in bookstores. If you have a specific question, rather than wanting to learn a generic subject like this, please let us know and we can probably help.
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  • ToddN2000
    Pick up Kevin's book. I own a copy of it myself. It has lot of great info info in it and explained well. A good starting point if you are looking into security for a career.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    If you are clear about the scope and test cases, you can easily perform security testing manually.
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  • ToddN2000
    Yes, if the rules are defined well you can probably test without tools. The down side is it will take longer to accomplish and leave you open to human error which may flaw the testing.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Thanks for the kind words, @ToddN2000!

    Yes, you can manually test for security flaws just like car companies could manually build cars. But they don't for a reason... And you shouldn't either. It just depends on how much time you have and how good you are. If you don't use good security testing tools it's guaranteed that you will overlook some stuff...likely big stuff.
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