Reviewing scan results

The Scans page provides a list of all scans performed, including the type of scan (Scan Profile), the time and date when the scan was performed (Schedule), a count of vulnerabilities found for each severity level, and the current status of each scan. This list can be filtered by:

  • Archive Status
  • Business Criticality
  • Scan Profile
  • Status
  • Target
  • Target Group
  • Threat (severity level)

In the case of Scheduled scans, only the latest scan result for a specific target is displayed upon opening the scan. For instance, if you initiate multiple scans manually, each scan result is shown individually. However, if you establish a schedule, only the most recent scan result is visible.

Scan results sections

When a scan is complete, Acunetix sends you an email with a summary of the results and a link allowing you to access the scan results directly. You can also access the scan results by clicking the relevant target link from the list of scans on the Scans page.

The scan results header panel shows a summary of the scan parameters and the number of open vulnerabilities by severity. Below this are 6 sections providing the results of the scan.

  • Scan Information: This section provides an overall threat level rating for the target URL based on the number and severity of vulnerabilities discovered by the scanner.

  • Vulnerabilities: This is the list of detected vulnerabilities, ordered by severity. You can filter the information by confidence, severity, status, and vulnerability type. For example, you may choose to view only Critical and High severity vulnerabilities with a status of ‘Fixed’. On the right hand side you have the option to change which columns are displayed. Click a vulnerability from the list to view all information about the detection and to change the vulnerability status.

  • Site Structure: Use this section to check that the scan has covered all the sites for your target and to identify vulnerabilities affecting a specific file or folder. Click a folder to expand the site structure tree. You can also click on a vulnerability to show more information.

  • Scan Statistics: Here you’ll find two data tables that you can sort by number of runs/requests or by total duration.
  • Operations: This table analyzes the different scan operation types that were performed, showing the number of times each scan operation was performed, the average duration of each operation, and the total duration of all the operations.
  • Locations: This table analyzes the different URLs that were scanned, showing the number of times each URL was scanned, the average duration of each scan, and the total duration of all the scans performed on that location.

  • Events: A list of events related to the scan. This section shows when the scan started and completed, and if any errors were encountered during the scan. Click the down arrow to reveal more details for each event.

Vulnerabilities Detected by AcuMonitor

An Acunetix scan makes use of AcuMonitor to detect certain vulnerabilities such as Blind XSS, Email Header Injection, and certain types of SSRF, XXE and Host Header Attacks. AcuMonitor can only detect some of these vulnerabilities after the scan has finished. When this happens, AcuMonitor will update the scan results with the new vulnerabilities detected and you will receive an email notifying you that the scan results have been updated. For more information about AcuMonitor, refer to AcuMonitor Technology.


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