New Acunetix WVS 6.5 sets new standards in web vulnerability scanning

Unique Acunetix WVS vulnerability checks save businesses time, money and embarrassment

London 20th May 2009 – Acunetix (www.acunetix.com), a pioneer in web application security scanning technology, has announced new ‘file upload forms vulnerability checks’ in version 6.5, an industry first and only Web Vulnerability Scanner to scan web applications for this type of vulnerabilities.

Robert Abela, Technical Manager at Acunetix said: “Modern and dynamic web applications allow users to upload images, videos, avatars and other types of files, which could lead to a number of new security issues.  The more functionality provided to the end users, the more web developers are automatically opening new security holes which malicious users take advantage of.  The new version of Acunetix WVS is specifically designed to help in securing modern web applications.”

Other key features available with the latest version of Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner are the new Login Sequence Recorder, Session Auto Recognition functionality and improved cookie and session handling.

With the new Login Sequence Recorder and Session Auto Recognition module, Acunetix WVS can automatically login to a wider range of authentication forms using different authentication mechanisms, while with the improved cookie and session handling; Acunetix WVS is now able to scan a broader range of dynamic web applications effectively.

With this new set of features, Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner adapts easily and makes scanning of modern web applications an easy task, thus saving enterprises valuable time and money.  It also helps in preventing hacker attacks; like the ones launched earlier this year against the Kaspersky support website and Twitter website.

“Hackers are taking advantage of the broad functionality modern web applications provide to the end user.  They can bypass file upload forms security checks to upload harmful files, which later can be used to compromise a web server or a legitimate user’s computer.  Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner helps web masters and developers check for vulnerabilities before web applications are available to the public, or before a malicious user finds them,” added Abela.

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner ensures website and web application security by automatically checking for SQL Injection, Cross site scripting and other vulnerabilities.  It also scans for AJAX and other Web 2.0 technologies for vulnerabilities, analyses against Google Hacking Database (GHDB), and gives you detailed reports that enable business to meet legal and regulatory compliances.   Acunetix WVS also features other advanced tools that permit fine tuning and help manual security audits of web applications security checks.

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner is available in three editions: a Small Business edition, an Enterprise edition for businesses operating more than 1 website, and a Consultant edition.

The Trial Version of Acunetix Web Vulnerability scanner can be downloaded from: http://www.acunetix.com/vulnerability-scanner/download/

About Acunetix

Acunetix was founded to combat the alarming rise in web attacks. Its flagship product, Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner, is the result of several years of work by a team of highly experienced security developers. Acunetix is a privately held European company. For more information please visit: http://www.acunetix.com.

Useful Links

‘File upload forms vulnerabilities’ whitepaper – http://www.acunetix.com/websitesecurity/upload-forms-threat.htm
Acunetix Web Security Blog – http://www.acunetix.com/blog/category/web-security-zone

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