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WAF: Web Application Firewalls — How do they even work?

Introduction

What you need to know about WAF evasion techniques before we start is that this is a topic that is VERY hard to describe properly. WAFs are super diverse and research into them is sparse. All of this is because a WAF can be configured just like any networking component. The configuration can differ from target to target and this is a real challenge. We will first explore how WAFs work so we can design a proper attack technique. You need to know your enemy before you can fight it.

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