What is a Web Application?
A Web Application is a computer program that can perform any set of tasks or a specific function by using a client, called web browser. The application can be any webmail, instant messaging services, online retail services etc.
Why Is Web Application Security important?
The website is being attacked daily in order to hamper the business and compromise the sensitive information and it is due to the increased sharing of information through social networking and increasing adoption of business in the web platform.
Penetration Testing Tools:
In this blog, I have tried to list almost all the important web application testing tools which are used to find the vulnerabilities in any of the web application.
It is a Java-based Web Penetration Testing framework. It can perform everything from initial mapping to exploiting the vulnerabilities.
Burp suites come in two editions, i.e. Professional and community. It can detect the vulnerabilities like SQL injection, cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery. Vulnerabilities like server-side template injection to attack web servers are detected by using Burp Suite.
Download link: https://portswigger.net/burp
This tool is used for testing the web applications security through manual, automated and hybrid testing of different web applications. It is a free and GUI based open source testing platform and has an included website crawler which helps in for automated testing and intercepting the proxy.
Below are some of the activities that are also performed by this tool:
- Blind SQL injection
- SSL interception for HTTP websites.
- Header Injection
- Directory listing
- File inclusion
- Cross-site scripting.
Download link: https://subgraph.com/vega/download/
It is a vulnerability scanner that can be used for reporting, monitoring, scanning, and exploiting the vulnerability. The tool is used for checking the vulnerabilities like File inclusion, SQL injection, cross-site scripting and many more.
It is also used for the detecting the remote flaws of the hosts that are on the network and the missing patches as well. Apart from this, it can also be used for auditing purpose.
Download link: https://www.tenable.com/downloads/nessus
It is a vulnerability scanner that is capable of performing the most advanced SQL injection and it is also the best tool that can be used for the black box and grey box testing to find the vulnerabilities impacting the website.
Features of Acunetix:
- Host header injection
- SQL injection
- Cross-site scripting
- Directory traversal.
Download link: https://www.acunetix.com/vulnerability-scanner/download/
Zed Attack Proxy:
It is an open source tool that can be used to find the vulnerabilities in web applications either by inputting the URL. It is a very simple tool that can be used by newbies.
The activities performed by this tool are mentioned below:
- Authentication support
- Web socket support
- Plug -n-hack support
Everyone Should Take It Seriously:
Data breaches via insecure web applications occur regularly in companies where security processes are mature and integrated into a company’s daily business processes. Everyone should take the security of web applications seriously, in order to minimize the damage inflicted to the company.