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These tools and products are designed to identify vulnerabilities in web-based applications.  They may consist of XSS checks, SQL injection attacks, vulnerabilities in CMS software, vulnerabilities in installed software packages, Java or JavaScript issues, or brute force attacks.  Typically they offer what is known as "black-box" testing, meaning that it comes at the website from the Internet, and doesn't know anything about the box or software.  Some of the tools and products listed here also include source code scanners and other checks to help improve the security of web-based applications.  A source code scanner is a "glass-box" test, as it can now see the code on the web server itself, not just what is presented to the Internet.

 

The commercial tools often use a vulnerability database that is used to check for known vulnerabilities that could be exploited in web-based attacks.  They may require a subscription fee as well as the product purchase to keep the vulnerability database up to date.

 

 

There is a separate category for the online and Security as a Service (SaaS) scanning tools, as they are really a different beast from tools that you install and run yourself.  You are trusting a website or a company to scan your site correctly, and not act on vulnerabilities identified.  Be sure to check Online and SaaS Website Scanners as well if an online tool will meet your needs.

 

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The Nessus vulnerability scanner is the world leading vulnerability scanner, with over five million downloads to-date. Nessus is currently rated among the top vulnerability scanners throughout the security industry and is endorsed by professional security ...

VendorTenable Network Security
Pricing ModelFreeware
Modified
NTOSpider

NTOSpider is the first next-generation web application vulnerability scanner, providing automated vulnerability assessment with unprecedented accuracy and comprehensiveness. Able to quickly scan and analyze large complex web sites/applications, NTOSpider ...

VendorNT OBJECTives, Inc.
Pricing ModelCommercial
Modified
Rational AppScan

IBM® Rational AppScan® is a portfolio of application-security and risk-management solutions. With advanced security testing and a platform managing application risk, the IBM Rational AppScan portfolio delivers the security expertise and critical integrati ...

VendorIBM Software
Pricing ModelCommercial
Modified

AppSentry for the Oracle Application Server detects security risks and vulnerabilities within the Oracle Application Server and associated application. With over 100 audits and checks specifically written for the Oracle Application Server, AppSentry autom ...

VendorIntegrigy Corporation
Pricing ModelCommercial
Modified

Domino Scan II is specially developed to present the attacker's eye view of the security issues surrounding Lotus Domino Web servers and bespoke Notes applications. Running on Microsoft Windows, DominoScan II has the capability to audit Lotus Domino Web S ...

VendorNGS Secure
Pricing ModelCommercial
Modified

OraScan is a multi–environment auditing application developed to assess the security of Oracle Web applications. The finely detailed level of auditing supported by OraScan allows systems administrators and security professionals to gain full control of se ...

VendorNGS Secure
Pricing ModelCommercial
Modified

Typhon III transforms the process of identifying and fixing infrastructure and web application vulnerabilities into an exact science. Capabilities include the fast and accurate identification of current and historical security vulnerabilities – the swifte ...

VendorNGS Secure
Pricing ModelCommercial
Modified

Acunetix has pioneered the web application security scanning technology: Its engineers have focused on web security as early as 1997 and developed an engineering lead in web site analysis and vulnerability detection. Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner inc ...

VendorAcunetix Ltd
Pricing ModelCommercial
Modified
HP WebInspect

Formerly SPI Dynamics HP WebInspect performs web application security testing and assessment for today's complex web applications, built on emerging Web 2.0 technologies. HP WebInspect delivers fast scanning capabilities, broad security assessment covera ...

VendorHP
Pricing ModelCommercial
Modified

Scuba by Imperva is a free, lightweight Java utility that scans Oracle, DB2, MS-SQL, and Sybase databases for known vulnerabilities and configuration flaws. Based on its data security assessment results, Scuba creates clear, informative reports with detai ...

VendorImperva
Pricing ModelFreeware
Modified
Paros Proxy

We wrote a program called "Paros" for people who need to evaluate the security of their web applications. It is free of charge and completely written in Java. Through Paros's proxy nature, all HTTP and HTTPS data between server and client, including cooki ...

VendorChinotec Technologies Company
Pricing ModelFreeware
ModifiedNever

A semi-automated, largely passive web application security audit tool, optimized for an accurate and sensitive detection, and automatic annotation, of potential problems and security-relevant design patterns based on the observation of existing, user-init ...

Vendorlcamtuf
Pricing ModelFreeware
ModifiedNever

Burp Suite is an integrated platform for performing security testing of web applications. Its various tools work seamlessly together to support the entire testing process, from initial mapping and analysis of an application's attack surface, through to fi ...

VendorPortSwigger Ltd.
Pricing ModelCommercial
Modified
Nikto

Nikto is an Open Source (GPL) web server scanner which performs comprehensive tests against web servers for multiple items, including over 6400 potentially dangerous files/CGIs, versions on over 1200 servers, and version specific problems on over 270 serv ...

VendorCIRT Inc
Pricing ModelOpen Source
Modified

Wikto is a tool that checks for flaws in webservers. It provides much the same functionality as Nikto but adds various interesting pieces of functionality, such as a Back-End miner and close Google integration. Wikto is written for the MS .NET environment ...

VendorSensepost
Pricing ModelOpen Source
Modified

WebScarab is a framework for analysing applications that communicate using the HTTP and HTTPS protocols. It is written in Java, and is thus portable to many platforms. WebScarab has several modes of operation, implemented by a number of plugins. In its mo ...

VendorOWASP
Pricing ModelOpen Source
ModifiedNever

ProxMon is an extensible Python based framework that reduces testing effort, improves consistency and reduces errors. Its use requires limited additional effort as it processes the proxy logs that you’re already generating and reports discovered issues. I ...

VendoriSEC Partners, Inc.
Pricing ModelOpen Source
Modified

The primary goal of Pantera is to combine automated capabilities with complete manual testing to get the best penetration testing results. The following are some notable Pantera Features: * User-friendly custom web GUI. (CSS): Pantera itself is a web appl ...

VendorOWASP
Pricing ModelOpen Source
Modified
GamaScan

Gamasec’s web application vulnerability scanning does automated search for security weaknesses in web applications and produces a detailed security report with recommendations for optimally matched solutions. GamaSec identifies application vulne ...

VendorGamaSec
Pricing ModelLimited Free Trial
Modified

A regularly-updated signature-based scanner that can detect file inclusion, sql injection, command execution, XSS, DOS, directory traversal vulnerabilities of a target Joomla! web site. Overview Joomla! is probably the most widely-used CMS out there ...

VendorOWASP
Pricing ModelOpen Source
Modified

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