[WEB SECURITY] Web Application Scanners Comparison

anantasec anantasec at googlemail.com
Tue Jan 27 08:59:50 EST 2009

Hi all,

In the past weeks, I've performed an evaluation/comparison of three
popular web vulnerability scanners.This evaluation was ordered by a
penetration testing company that will remain anonymous. The vendors
were not contacted during or after the evaluation.

The applications (web scanners) included in this evaluation are:
- Acunetix WVS version 6.0 (Build 20081217)
- IBM Rational AppScan version 7.7.620 Service Pack 2
- HP WebInspect version 7.7.869

I've tested 13 web applications (some of them containing a lot of
vulnerabilities), 3 demo applications provided by the vendors
(testphp.acunetix.com, demo.testfire.net, zero.webappsecurity.com) and
I've done some tests to verify Javascript execution capabilities.

In total, 16 applications were tested. I've tried to cover all the
major platforms, therefore I have applications in PHP, ASP, ASP.NET
and Java.

The report can be found at http://drop.io/anantasecfiles/
The full URL to the PDF document:

I've included enough information in this report (the javascript files
used for testing, exact version and URL for all the tested
applications) so anybody with enough patience can verify and reproduce
the results presented here.

Therefore, I will not respond to emails for vendors. You have the
information, fix your scanners!

Best wishes & regards,


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