Category:Vulnerability Scanning Tools

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Web Application Vulnerability Scanners are the automated tools that scan web applications to look for known security vulnerabilities such as cross-site scripting, SQL injection, command execution, directory traversal and insecure server configuration. A large number of both commercial and open source tools are available and and all these tools have their own strengths and weaknesses.

Here we will provide a listing of vulnerability scanning tools currently available in the market. The plan is to extend this listing to provide information about each tool's strengths and weaknesses to enable you to make an informed decision about the selection of a particular tool to meet your requirements.

Disclaimer: OWASP does not endorse any of the Vendors or Scanning Tools by listing them in the table below. We have made every effort to put this information as acurately as possible. If you the vendor of a tool below and think that the information provided below is incomplete or incorrect, please send an e-mail to our mailing list and we will make every effort to correct this information.

Tools Listing

Name Owner Licence Platforms
Acunetix WVS Acunetix Commercial / Free (Limited Capability) Windows

Cenzic Hailstorm Cenzic Commercial Windows

N-Stealth N-Stalker Commercial Windows

Nikto CIRT Open Source Unix/Linux

HP WebInspect HP Commercial Windows

Wikto Sensepost Open Source Windows

Rational AppScan IBM Commercial Windows

NTOSpider NT OBJECTives Commercial Windows

Parasoft WebKing Parasoft Commercial Windows / Linux / Solaris

WebScanService German Web Security Commercial N/A

WebApp360 nCircle Commercial Windows

QualysGuard Qualys Commercial N/A

Grabber Romain Gaucher Open Source Python 2.4, BeautifulSoup and PyXML

Grendel-Scan David Byrne Open Source Windows, Linux and Macintosh

Wapiti By Informática Gesfor in the European ICT-Romulus Project Open Source Windows, Unix/Linux and Macintosh

SecurityQA Toolbar iSec Partners Commercial Windows

Burp Suite PortSwiger Commercial / Free (Limited Capability) Most platforms supported


MileScan Web Security Auditor


Retina Web Security Scanner eEye Digital Security Commercial Windows

ScanDo KaVaDo Inc Commercial Windows

Whitehat Sentinel WhiteHat Security Commercial N/A


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