Web application security is of utmost importance in these times due to rising threat of hackers and data leaks. So, in order to avoid this security of web application is really important. Web application security scanners is a programme which performs testing on web application and identifies security vulnerabilities. They just perform functional testing without accessing the source code to find security vulnerabilities.
Below is the list of top web application testing tools.
Netsparker is a web application security scanner for both detection and exploitation of vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting etc and other security issues. It is capable of detecting these issues irrespective of the platform or technology on which the web application has been built. Netsparker is a failsafe which means that you don’t need to verify vulnerabilities detected by it. Moreover, Netsparker has full HTML5 support, it provides a complete report of vulnerabilities and it’s very easy to use.
Wapiti is a vulnerability and penetration scanner it performs a full black box scan which does read the source code of the application but scans the web pages of the deployed web application. Wapiti is capable of detecting many kinds of vulnerabilities such as XPath injections, SQL injections, XSS injections, file inclusions, command execution, CRLF injections, and XXE injections. Some of the key features of Wapiti are that it supports HTTP and HTTPS proxies, it extracts URLs from flash SWF files, and it can even activate or deactivate SSL certificates for verification.
- IBM AppScan
IBM Appscan is an excellent tool for beginners in web application security testing. It provides extremely good tutorials and documentation which helps the user learn quickly as compared to other tools. One of its unique features is that it performs API/Server/Mobile web application security testing with a single tool. It also allows you to perform manual exploratory before running automated scan so that you can hit on those areas which may remain untested by other tools.
Grabber is an open source web application scanner. It is capable of detecting many security vulnerabilities such as Cross scripting, SQL injection, Ajax testing, File inclusion, JS source code analyser. Grabber is not as fast as compared to other security tools but it is portable and easy to use. Since it’s a bit slow as compared to other tools it should be only to test small web application as it can take too much time to scan large application. This tool is recommended only for personal use and not for any kind of professional testing.
Webscrab is Java-based web application security testing tool which analyses web application using HTTP or HTTPS protocol. This tool works as an intercepting proxy which allows you to review the request and response coming to your browser and going to the server. This tool is designed for advanced users who have a good understanding of HTTP protocols and can write codes.
Webscrab has a spider tool which can automatically find new URLs of the target website and easily extract scripts and HTML of the page. It is capable of detecting most common vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, XSS and CRLF and many other vulnerabilities.
- Iron Wasp
Iron Wasp is an abbreviation for Iron Web application and security platform which is an open source tool for vulnerability testing. It’s a GUI based scanning tool which can detect more than 25 kinds of web vulnerabilities. It is built on Python and Ruby and generates a report in both HTML and RTF formats. It provides support for recording login sequence and has False positive detection which helps in verifying vulnerabilities.
Vega is a free open source web application vulnerability scanner. It is written in Java and provides GUI based testing environment. This tool has a prime feature which allows the user to set preferences like a total number of path descendants, a number of child paths of a node, depth and a maximum number of request per second, It is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
- SQL Map
SQL Map is another open source web application security testing tool. It has a capacity of automating the process of finding and exploiting SQL injection vulnerability in a website database. It has a powerful detection engine and a penetration tester which can easily perform SQL injection check on a website.
- Kali Linux
Kali Linux is developed by Offensive Security which provides world-class security testing services. It is an open source tool which consists of more than 600 penetration testing tool which is used for security tasks such as Penetration Testing, Security research, Computer Forensics and Reverse Engineering. It is completely customizable and supports multiple languages.
W3af is an abbreviation for Web Application Attack and Audit Framework. It consists of features such as fast HTTP requests, integration of web and proxy servers into the code, injecting payloads into various kinds of HTTP requests etc. It has a command-line interface and works on Linux, Apple Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.