OAT-006 Expediting

Expediting is an automated threat. The OWASP Automated Threat Handbook - Web Applications (pdf, print), an output of the OWASP Automated Threats to Web Applications Project, provides a fuller guide to each threat, detection methods and countermeasures. The threat identification chart helps to correctly identify the automated threat.


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Summary Defining Characteristics

Perform actions to hasten progress of usually slow, tedious or time-consuming actions.

Indicative Diagram

Indicative diagram for OAT-006


Using speed to violate explicit or implicit assumptions about the application’s normal use to achieve unfair individual gain, often associated with deceit and loss to some other party.

In contrast to OAT-016 Skewing which affects metrics, Expediting is purely related to faster progression through a series of application processes. And OAT-017 Spamming is different to Expediting, since the focus of spam is to add information, and may not involve the concept of process progression.

Other Names and Examples

Algorithmic trading; Automated stock trading; Betting automation; Game automation; Gaming bot; Gold farming; Financial instrument dealing; High frequency trading; Last look trade; Mining; Purchase automation; Ticketing automation; Trading automation; Virtual wealth generation bot

See Also


CAPEC Category / Attack Pattern IDs

  • 210 Abuse of Functionality

CWE Base / Class / Variant IDs

  • 841 Improper Enforcement of Behavioral Workflow

WASC Threat IDs

  • 21 Insufficient Anti-Automation
  • 42 Abuse of Functionality

OWASP Attack Category / Attack IDs

  • Abuse of Functionality

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