Posted by : Deepak Vasudevan Thursday, October 09, 2008

Free Web Application Vulnerability Scanner from Acunetix

I came across a tool called 'Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner' recently whilst searching for something. I really feel that every web developer should have a copy of at least the freeware to run their website/application through it before giving it to the customer. Today's websites are exposed to a lot of attacks from hackers. A few of the more common ways include Cross Site Scripting, SQL Injection etc. Careless development and callous configuration of web server might seriously jeopardize the security of the website. In these circumstances, the tools like those from Acunetix lends a great helping hand in pin-pointing at the exact problem.

  1. Free download is available
  2. Smaller download and memory footprint
  3. Easier to use since it allows you to browse the application first while it records and then replays back.
  4. Checks against SQL Injection and Cross Site Scripting
  5. Inspects coding horrors that lead to Cross Site Scripting

I just thought I would share this review with other peer web developers so that everyone can grab a copy of this tool to strenghten their web applications' fortresses.

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