To effectively assess the state of web application security, businesses need offensive security (ethical hacking) solutions. As part of this approach, you should use an automated web vulnerability scanner and perform manual web penetration testing. Both steps are needed because penetration testers are too valuable to spend time on issues that can be found automatically and vulnerability scanners cannot discover all types of security vulnerabilities (for example, business logic issues). Vulnerability scanners are often considered as pentesting tools because they are used by security professionals in the first stage of a comprehensive web security assessment.
Consider using Acunetix as your initial penetration testing tool. Acunetix is renowned for its high performance (engine written in C++) and a low rate of false positives. It is available for Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems as well as an online (cloud) solution.
Automated Penetration Testing ToolIf you work as a pen tester or ethical hacker, Acunetix can help you in several ways, depending on your requirements and workload.
- You can run Acunetix manually before beginning a penetration test to find common web application vulnerabilities such as SQL Injections, Cross-site Scripting (XSS), and more (including most OWASP Top-10 vulnerabilities as well as misconfigurations).
- If you don’t want to rely on automatic testing, you can use the Acunetix engine to crawl the web application and map its entire structure. You may then manually test the discovered structure.
- You can also use Acunetix to assess the state of your network security. Acunetix is integrated with OpenVAS and includes network vulnerabilities in its interface and reports.
More Than Web Vulnerability ScanningAcunetix started out as a simple vulnerability scanner but grew into a full-fledged vulnerability assessment and vulnerability management solution with extensive integration options including an API that you can use to build your own integrations.
- You can set up Acunetix to work in real-time within your SDLC. For example, an Acunetix scan can be triggered by Jenkins with every build.
- Acunetix can be used with your existing issue trackers such as Jira, GitLab, and more. This way, your security team can manage cybersecurity vulnerabilities outside of Acunetix along with all other issues.
- Acunetix can work with other security tools. For example, you can use Acunetix to set up temporary web application firewall (WAF) rules before your team can fix the vulnerability.
Further Manual Security TestingIn addition to an Acunetix scan, you can and you should follow up with further manual web and network protocol tests.
- While Acunetix tests for weak passwords using its own or supplied dictionary, you may attempt additional manual password cracking, for example, using a password cracker such as John the Ripper.
- Acunetix can help you with network scanning but it does not test WiFi security. Therefore, you may need to use other tools, such as aircrack-ng, to check for example for WEP/WPA vulnerabilities.
- For further manual tests, you can use free manual pentesting tools and open-source tools such as Kali Linux, Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP), Nmap, Metasploit, Wireshark, and more.
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"We use Acunetix as part of our Security in the SDLC and to test code in DEV and SIT before being promoted to Production."Kurt Zanzi, Xerox CA-MMIS Information Securtiy Office, Xerox