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WhatWeb v0.4.7 Released. Performance enhancements and bug fixes
From: Andrew Horton <andrew () morningstarsecurity com>
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2011 23:42:12 +1200

Version 0.4.7 of WhatWeb is now released. This is a stability release with performance enhancements
and a few bug fixes.


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Download: www.morningstarsecurity.com/research/whatweb/whatweb-0.4.7.tar.gz
Homepage: www.morningstarsecurity.com/research/whatweb/
Latest Version: 0.4.7, 5th April 2011
License: GPLv2
Author: urbanadventurer aka Andrew Horton from Security-Assessment.com
Wiki: https://github.com/urbanadventurer/WhatWeb/wiki
Development Version: https://github.com/urbanadventurer/WhatWeb


About WhatWeb
================================================================================

WhatWeb identifies websites. It's goal is to answer the question, "What is that Website?". WhatWeb
recognises web technologies including content management systems (CMS), blogging platforms,
statistic/analytics packages, JavaScript libraries, web servers, and embedded devices. WhatWeb has
over 900 plugins, each to recognise something different. WhatWeb also identifies version numbers,
email addresses, account ID's, web framework modules, SQL errors, and more.

WhatWeb can be stealthy and fast, or thorough but slow. WhatWeb supports an aggression level to
control the trade off between speed and reliability. When you visit a website in your browser, the
transaction includes many hints of what web technologies are powering that website. Sometimes a
single webpage visit contains enough information to identify a website but when it does not, WhatWeb
can interrogate the website further. The default level of aggression, called 'passive', is the
fastest and requires only one HTTP request of a website. This is suitable for scanning public
websites. More aggressive modes were developed for in penetration tests.

Most WhatWeb plugins are thorough and recognise a range of cues from subtle to obvious. For example,
most WordPress websites can be identified by the meta HTML tag, e.g. '<meta name="generator"
content="WordPress 2.6.5">', but a minority of WordPress websites remove this identifying tag but
this does not thwart WhatWeb. The WordPress WhatWeb plugin has over 15 tests, which include checking
the favicon, default installation files, login pages, and checking for "/wp-content/" within
relative links.


Features:
        * Over 900 plugins
        * Control the trade off between speed/stealth and reliability
        * Plugins include example URLs
        * Performance tuning. Control how many websites to scan concurrently.
        * Multiple log formats: Brief (greppable), Verbose (human readable), XML, JSON, MagicTree,
RubyObject, MongoDB.
        * Recursive web spidering
        * Proxy support including TOR
        * Custom HTTP headers
        * Basic HTTP authentication
        * Control over webpage redirection
        * Nmap-style IP ranges
        * Fuzzy matching
        * Result certainty awareness
        * Custom plugins defined on the command line


Changelog
================================================================================

Version 0.4.7 Released April 5th 2011
* Performance enhancements & bug fixes
* Added -p + as a shortcut for -p +plugins-disabled
* Added --quiet, -q - to not display brief logging to STDOUT
* Fix Makefile - you can now install whatweb over an old version
* Removed certainty from Mongo and JSON output unless certainty < 100
* Removed certainty info from verbose output unless certainty <100
* Bugfixes for error reporting
* Updated some error messages
* Disallow simultaneous use of aggressive level 3+ and recursive spidering
* Changed default open and read timeouts to 15 and 30 seconds respectively
* Updated slow plugins
* Added plugins: TVersity, Ultimate-Bulletin-Board,
* Moved plugins to plugins-disabled: atom_feed, meta-city, meta-contact, meta-country,
meta-geography, meta-state, meta-zipcode and script
* Renamed mailto plugin to email


-- 
Cheers,
Andrew Horton
Security Consultant for Security-Assessment.com

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