Automated Scanning of login protected pages, extended support for Java Frameworks and Ruby on Rails, and the detection of vulnerabilities in WP core and WP plugins

London, 24th June 2015 – Acunetix, the pioneer in automated web application security software, has announced the release of version 10 of its Vulnerability Scanner. New features are designed to prevent the risk of hacking for all customers; from small businesses up to large enterprises, including WordPress users, web application developers and pen testers.

With the number of cyber-attacks drastically up in the last year and the cost of breaches doubling, never has limiting this risk been such a high priority and a cost-effective investment. The 2015 Information Security Breaches Survey from PWC found 90% of large organisations had suffered a breach and average costs have escalated to over £3m per breach, at the higher end.

“It’s a sad fact that today the odds are that your business has already been breached, perhaps multiple times. Don’t let cyber-criminals drive your web app security strategy. Proactively identify security exploits before criminals do and take back control,” said Nick Galea, CEO, Acunetix.

The areas of a website which are most likely to be attacked and are prone to vulnerabilities are those areas that require a user to login. Therefore the latest version of Acunetix vastly improves on its ‘Login Sequence Recorder’ which can now navigate multi-step authenticated areas automatically and with ease. It crawls at lightning speed with its ‘DeepScan’ crawling engine now analyzing web applications developed using both Java Frameworks and Ruby on Rails. Version 10 also improves the automated scanning of RESTful and SOAP-based web services and can now detect over 1200 vulnerabilities in WordPress core and plugins.

“Acunetix maintains its lead in cutting-edge web application technologies. By re-engineering the ‘Login Sequence Recorder’ from the ground up and baking-in support for external tools, we have extended the scanner’s reach into web applications, further bridging the gap between manual and automated security testing,” added Nick Galea.

Automated scanning of restricted areas

Latest automation functionality makes Acunetix not only even easier to use, but gives better peace of mind through ensuring the entire website is scanned. Restricted areas, especially user login pages, make it more difficult for a scanner to access and often required manual intervention. The Acunetix “Login Sequence Recorder” overcomes this, having been significantly improved to allow restricted areas to be scanned completely automatically. This includes the ability to scan web applications that use Single Sign-On (SSO) and OAuth-based authentication. With the recorder following user actions rather than HTTP requests, it drastically improves support for anti-CSRF tokens, nonces or other one-time tokens, which are often used in restricted areas.

Top dog in WordPress vulnerability detection

With WordPress sites having exceeded 74 million in number, a single vulnerability found in the WordPress core, or even in a plugin, can be used to attack millions of individual sites. The flexibility of being able to use externally developed plugins leads to the development of even more vulnerabilities. Acunetix v10 now tests for over 1200 WordPress-specific vulnerabilities, based on the most frequently downloaded plugins, while still retaining the ability to detect vulnerabilities in custom built plugins. No other scanner on the market can detect as many WordPress vulnerabilities.

Support for various development architectures and web services

Many enterprise-grade, mission critical applications are built using Java Frameworks and Ruby on Rails. Version 10 has been engineered to accurately crawl and scan web applications built using these technologies. With the increase in HTML5 Single Page Applications and mobile applications, web services have become a significant attack vector. The new version improves support  for SOAP-based web services with WSDL and WCF descriptions as well as automated scanning of RESTful web services using WADL definitions. Furthermore, version 10, introduces dynamic crawl pre-seeding by integrating with external, third-party tools including Fiddler, Burp Suite and the Selenium IDE to enhance Business Logic Testing and the workflow between Manual Testing and Automation.

Detection of Malware and Phishing URLs

Acunetix WVS 10 will ship with a malware URL detection service, which is used to analyse all the external links found during a scan against a constantly updated database of Malware and Phishing URLs. The Malware Detection Service makes use of the Google and Yandex Safe Browsing Database.

A trial version can be downloaded from:

About Acunetix

Acunetix is the market leader in web application security technology, founded to combat the alarming rise in web attacks. Its products and technologies are the result of a decade of work by a team of highly experienced security developers. Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner is the tool of choice for customers including the US Army, the US Air force, Barclays Bank, American Express and more. It’s available both as an online and on-premises solution. Acunetix beats competing products in many areas; including speed, the strongest support of the latest types of web application development architectures such as JavaScript, ability to access restricted areas with ease, the most advanced detection of WordPress vulnerabilities and a wide range of reports.

Tamara Naudi
Marketing Manager
Tamara started off her career with Acunetix in 2005. Since then she has witnessed the company grow into a leader in the web security sphere.