Virtual Desktop Penetration Test

NetSPI will identify vulnerabilities that provide unauthorized access to the operating system through desktops published via virtualization platforms like Citrix and VMware.

Improve application security with a virtual desktop penetration testing by NetSPI

As the number of remote workers increases it’s become more challenging to manage physical workstations. As a result, many companies provide remote desktop access through virtualization platforms like Citrix and VMware. Those platforms can make it easy for remote employees, partners, and vendors to access what they need without as much overhead cost and management. However, with the ease of access comes additional risks that don’t have to be considered for laptops not typically accessible from the internet.

During Virtual Desktop Penetration Tests, NetSPI will identify vulnerabilities that provide unauthorized access to the operating system through desktops published via virtualization platforms like Citrix and VMware. Additionally, NetSPI will review the system configuration to identify vulnerabilities that could be used to escalate privileges, pivot into the internal environment, or exfiltrate sensitive data.

NetSPI also offers host-based pentests and red team engagement that focus on virtualization platforms:

Our processes and platform allow our penetration testers to focus on identifying 20% more vulnerabilities at a higher criticality than other application penetration testing services.

The NetSPI Difference

NetSPI delivers industry-leading penetration testing expertise and a vulnerability
management platform that makes penetration test results actionable.
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A collaborative team with experience and expertise produces the highest
quality of work

Consistent processes with formalized quality assurance and oversight deliver consistent results
Technology allows more focus on testing and scales to large engagements and multiple ongoing projects
Actionable guidance by a trusted partner from the start of the engagement to the end of remediation

Our Virtual Desktop Penetration Testing Service

NetSPI will test your virtual desktop whether it is hosted internally or in a virtualized environment. NetSPI’s approach to virtual desktop pentesting includes reviewing server-side controls, data communication paths, and potential client-related issues. We will employ manual and automated pentesting processes using commercial, open source, and proprietary software to evaluate your application.

Breakout Testing

During breakout testing NetSPI will attempt to identify configurations that may allow an attacker to bypass desktop restrictions, exfiltrate data, or access assets on the internal network.

  • Virtualization platform vulnerabilities and configurations
  • Virtual desktop configurations
  • Ingress configurations
  • Egress configurations

Pentesting Research and Tools

Learn about network security testing on our blog, from our open-source penetration testing tool sets for the infosec community, and in our SQL injection wiki.

Benefits of Virtual Desktop Penetration Testing

Pentest your applications to:

Avoid breaches

Discover your vulnerabilities and exposure, before a breach occurs.

Achieve compliance

Meet application security testing requirements from a third-party.

Improve security

Learn how to strengthen your software development process.

Augment your team

Get a fresh set of eyes from penetration testing experts.


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