What is a Target?

A target is a website, web application, server, or network device that you would like to scan for security vulnerabilities. In general, a target license is required for each web application and for each domain.

For licensing purposes, the following rules apply:

  • localhost and consume 1 target
  • example.com and www.example.com count as 1 target
  • https and http count as 1 target
  • Subdomains are different targets, e.g. www.example.com and www2.example.com consume 2 targets
  • Different URLs in the same domain count as 1 target, e.g. www.example.com and www.example.com/blog/ consume 1 target
  • Different ports for the same address count as 1 target, e.g. www.example.com:8080 and www.example.com:8888 consume 1 target
  • Acunetix test sites (vulnweb.com) do not consume any targets
  • There is an upper limit to the number of targets you can create, irrespective of how many variations are created following the above rules; this limit is equal to 5 times the number of targets purchased and allowed by your license

What are Network Scans only targets?

A Network Scans only target is a network server or device that can be configured in Acunetix, which you can scan for network vulnerabilities.

Acunetix Online customers can configure up to n Network Scans only targets where n is their license limit (essentially doubling their scan target quota).

TIP: Maximizing your Acuneitx Online license

If your license is for 10 targets, you can maximize your license by creating:

  • 10 targets for web + network scans; and
  • 10 targets for network-only scans

Acunetix Premium On-Premises customers can configure an unlimited number of free network targets with the OpenVAS network scanner.

You can configure OpenVAS network scanner integration on the Network Scanner Settings page. For more information, refer to Installing Network Scanning (OpenVAS) and Configuring Network Scanning.


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