Automated Web Application Security Testing tools are in the core of modern penetrating testing practices. You cannot rely 100% on the results they produce, without considering seriously their limitations. However, because these tools are so good at picking the low-hanging fruit by employing force and repetition, they still have a place in our arsenal of penetrating testing equipment.
These tools are not unfamiliar to modern day penetration testers. In fact, there are plenty of them to choose from, ranging from low-grade command line utilities to high-end frameworks. There are plenty of commercial tools as well some of which are a lot better, in terms of features and false-positives rate, when compared to open source alternatives. People often choose what they are more familiar with. I prefer to use tools that are right for the job without discriminating a particular operating system, platform, and style.
Without further ado, I would like to introduce you yet another tool to compete in the market of automated web application security scanners (not only), released as part of our own Websecurify initiative. The tools is called Websecurify (big surprise) and it is written on the top of common web technologies, which provide significant benefit over other technologies used in open source and commercial alternative products.
Here are some of the key features of Websecurify:
- It is 100% open source, GPL, CC product, ready to benefit the open source movement
- The engine employs technologies, such as Web Workers, from the latest HTML5 specs
- The core engine can be taken out from the binary bundles and used as part of self-defending web applications. I will talk about this soon.
- The testing and reporting mechanisms are asynchronous. This means that the report is cooking while the test is performed. It also means that decisions are taken immediately, i.e. they are not scheduled.
- The tool is cross-platformed thanks to xulrunner
- Everything is written with extensibility in mind
- It can be extended in pretty much the same way you can extend Firefox and Thunderbird
There are many other features, which I am going to talk about soon.
At the moment the tool is only available as a MacOS DMG package and source code. The Windows and Linux versions will be released soon. In the future we are planning release all platform specific packages at the same time. Now is just an exception as we are mostly interested to get an early feedback. I am sure that that there will be a lot of bugs to fix and features to add/improve before we reach version 1.0.Download Version 0.2 from http://code.google.com/p/websecurify/
Published by GnuCitizen on 7th August 2009