Authorization / External Service Interaction (SMTP)

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External service interaction (SMTP) refers to a vulnerability in the software application, wherein the application interacts with external mail server services such as Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). This vulnerability is classified as a type of authorization issue, as the application is not properly authorized by the user to interact with the external services. According to the CWE directory, this vulnerability is categorized as CWE-287: Improper Authentication. The OWASP Testing Guide provides testing strategy for this vulnerability, by testing the authorization of the application in order to interact with the external services.


External service interaction (SMTP) vulnerability poses a grave risk to the security of the application. If exploited, this vulnerability could allow an attacker to gain access to the application, or to view sensitive information. This could result in a data breach, financial loss, and other potential damage. A risk assessment should be conducted to properly assess the risk of this vulnerability.


The best way to mitigate the risks associated with external service interaction (SMTP) vulnerability is to ensure that the application is properly authorized before interacting with any external services. This can be done by using a secure authentication process, and by using encryption protocols such as TLS or SSL. Additionally, the application should be tested regularly to ensure that the authorization process is secure.

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