Backup file

Medium Web Application Scanning Plugin ID 98074


Backup file


A common practice when administering web applications is to create a copy/backup of a particular file or directory prior to making any modification to the file. Another common practice is to add an extension or change the name of the original file to signify that it is a backup (examples include `.bak`, `.orig`, `.backup`, etc.).

During the initial recon stages of an attack, cyber-criminals will attempt to locate backup files by adding common extensions onto files already discovered on the webserver. By analysing the response headers from the server they are able to determine if the backup file exists. These backup files can then assist in the compromise of the web application.

By utilising the same method, scanner was able to discover a possible backup file.


Do not keep obsolete versions of files under the virtual web server root.

See Also,_Backup_and_Unreferenced_Files_for_Sensitive_Information_(OTG-CONFIG-004)

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 98074

Type: remote

Published: 2017/03/31

Updated: 2017/10/16

Scan Template: api, scan, pci

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 5.3

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N

Reference Information