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 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.
WebScarab is a Java-based security framework for analyzing web applications with the help of HTTPS or HTTP protocol. With available plugins, you can extend the functionality of the tool. This tool functions like an impeding proxy. So, you can easily review the response and request approaching your web browser and passing to the server. You can also modify the request or response before they are received by server or browser.
If you are a beginner, then this tool isn’t for you. This tool was designed for those who possess good knowledge about the HTTP protocol. To efficiently work with this tool, the ability to write codes is also necessary.
Webscarab provides many features which help penetration testers work closely on a web application and find security vulnerabilities. It includes a spider that can automatically get new URLs corresponding to the target site. It can easily extract HTML and scripts of the webpage. Proxy observes the traffic between the server and your browser, and you can take control of the request and response by using available plugins. Available modules can easily detect the most common threats like XSS, CRLF, SQL injection, and many others.
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.
SQLMap is another popular open source tool for penetration testing. It automates the entire process of detecting and scrutinizing the vulnerability of SQL injection within a website’s database. SQLMap possesses a very robust detection engine along with many useful features. So, the penetration testers can easily implement SQL injection checks on websites.
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 Audit Framework and Web Application Attack. Some of the features are- Web and proxy server integration into the code, inserting payloads into different types of HTTP requests, speedy HTTP requests, etc. It offers a command-line interface and works on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and Linux.