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RE: Web Application Vulnerability Scanner
From: "Craig Wright" <Craig.Wright () bdo com au>
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2007 07:57:34 +1100

To take the PCI-DSS quote:

"11.2 Run internal and external network vulnerability scans at least quarterly and after any significant change in the 
network (such as new system component installations, changes in network topology, firewall rule modifications, product 
upgrades). 

Note: Quarterly external vulnerability scans must be performed by a scan vendor qualified by the payment card industry. 
Scans conducted after network changes may be performed by the company's internal staff."

You need both the scan vendor and (unless you like to pay lots of money) an internal scan. There is no requirement that 
you need a special tool. Nessus is ok as long as you can use it correctly and also maintain the system design and 
config well. 
 
What I rarely see is the "internal scans" component. Remember that a Qualys scan of the external interface is NOT an 
internal scan.
 
Personally, form actually auditing systems, I would ask more the do you have s11.5 covered? Do you have integrity 
monitoring tools on ALL systems. This is Aide, Tripwire or similar (Redhat patch management tools are NOT integrity 
tools even if they do check hashes)?
 
Regards,
Craig Wright (GSE-Compliance)



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From: listbounce () securityfocus com on behalf of AJ
Sent: Fri 2/11/2007 8:07 AM
To: Erin Carroll
Cc: Jax Lion; security-basics () securityfocus com; security-basics-return-46370 () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Web Application Vulnerability Scanner



I second the WebInspect recommendation. To add to Erin's "plug and
play" comment, it is indeed plug and play but if you are the kind of
person who likes to roll their own security tests it is also very
customization friendly. The "custom agent" functionality which let's
you do this is pretty cool.

In the interest of fair disclosure I interned at the company that made
WI (SpiDynamics, since then they have been acquired by HP).

Aarjav



On 11/1/07, Erin Carroll <amoeba () amoebazone com> wrote:
Jax,

There are multiple commercial solutions available which would satisfy your
PCI requirements; WebInspect, Qualys, WatchGuard to name a few of the Best
of Breed. However, the best choice really depends on your internal
security expertise and ability to translate tool results output to PCI
compliant-ese or the tool's built-in reporting capabilities.

My personal recommendation would be WebInspect on the strength of the tool
from a purely security focus but if you are looking for plug n play
solution which outputs results in PCI format to run past your auditors
your best bet may be Qualys.

Hope that helps some. If you have more questions please feel free to ping
me off-list.


--
Erin Carroll
Moderator, SecurityFocus pen-test mailing list



On Thu, 1 Nov 2007, Jax Lion wrote:

My company is looking to invest on a web application vulnerability
scanner for PCI compliance.

I do not know what is the latest and greatest, but our auditor
informed us that Nessus would no longer cut it.

The scanner must satisfy PCI requirements, so if you have worked or
working on a PCI project - I'm open to recommendations.




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