Web security scanner or web application vulnerability scanner is crucial while conducting a security assessment analysis or test of any web application. The automated tools perform the security test for the known vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, Cross site scripting (XSS), HTML injection, LFI, RFI and misconfiguration of the web server. Every tool has their own merits and demerits, upon searching on Internet you will find both the commercial and open source tools.


In this article you will find the list of top 5 web application security scanner:

Tool

License

Vendor

Platform

Netsparker

Commercial

NetSparker

Windows

Burp Suite

Free/Commercial

PortSwiger

Windows, Linux and others

Vega

Open source

Subgraph

Windows, LInux & MAC

Zed Attack Proxy

Open source

OWASP

Windows, Linux & MAC

GamaScan

Commercial

GamaSec

Windows

The number of factors have been selected to create the aforementioned list. There are many other known vulnerability scanners are available on the Internet, both commercial and free. The main factor is the active community of a particular tool. Mostly free and open source tools are outdated and they fail to find the potential weakness in the web application because of the updated language or server side softwares.

So, active community, how frequently they update their vulnerability database, the support (vendor and third party blogs), usability are the main factors of the said list.

Netsparker

Netsparker claims to be the only False-positive-free web application security scanner. It has a smart security checking mechanism, and it is capable of finding:

  • Cross-site-scripting (XSS)
  • SQL-injection
  • DOM XSS
  • Command injection
  • Blind command injection
  • Remote code injection
  • HTTP header injection
  • and other known vulnerabilities

Burp Suite

Burp Suite is an integrated platform for performing security testing of web applications. Its various tools work seamlessly together to support the entire testing process, from initial mapping and analysis of an application's attack surface, through to finding and exploiting security vulnerabilities.

Burp gives you full control, letting you combine advanced manual techniques with state-of-the-art automation, to make your work faster, more effective, and more fun.

Vega

Vega is a free and open source scanner and testing platform to test the security of web applications. Vega can help you find and validate SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), inadvertently disclosed sensitive information, and other vulnerabilities. It is written in Java, GUI based, and runs on Linux, OS X, and Windows.

Vega includes an automated scanner for quick tests and an intercepting proxy for tactical inspection. The Vega scanner finds XSS (cross-site scripting), SQL injection, and other vulnerabilities. Vega can be extended using a powerful API in the language of the web: Javascript.

Zed Attack Proxy

The OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) is an easy to use integrated penetration testing tool for finding vulnerabilities in web applications.

It is designed to be used by people with a wide range of security experience and as such is ideal for developers and functional testers who are new to penetration testing.

GamaScan

GamaScan, is a remote online web vulnerability-assessment service delivered via SaaS (software-as-a-service) and is designed to identify security weaknesses in web applications.

The GamaSec Application Vulnerability Scanner identifies application vulnerabilities ( e.g. Cross Site Scripting (XSS), SQL injection, Code Inclusion etc.. ) as well as site exposure risks. It also ranks threat priority, produces highly graphical, intuitive HTML reports, and indicates site security posture by vulnerabilities and threat exposure.

Conclusion:

Finding vulnerabilities on a web application is an art supported by the science. When I say it is an art, I mean the success depends on the selected tool, methodology and approach, while it is supported by science means the tool. If your approach is excellent but your tool is not, then you will fail. So tool is your weapon, keep the right weapon before going to war.