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Re: Features of a vulnerability scanner
From: Patrick Boucher <pboucher () gardienvirtuel com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 14:07:21 -0500


1) One of the most important feature in a vulnerability scanner is it's 
ability to modify it's parameters, For exemple, something the target will not 
answer to Ping, traceroute or even TCP ping.  But will have port 25 open.  
The scanner should do it's work even in thoses conditions.

2) And SQL injection and analysis of the web page's content. Like extracting 
comments or error in HTML programming.

That's one of the primary thing that, I think, is missing. 

If any body know of a way to do thoses thing, please let me know! 


 On Monday 01 December 2003 05:26, Marc Ruef wrote:
Dear List

I would like to ask you pen-testers two generic questions about
vulnerability scanners:

1. Which features for you are very important or is the most important in a
vulnerability scanner software? 2. Which features are you missing in the
existing vulnerability scanner products?

A vulnerability scanner in this context is a tool that looks automaticly
for potential security holes. There are for example Nessus, ISS Internet
Scanner, Symantec NetRecon, GFI LanGuard, SATAN, SAINT, Vigilante, Dante
Security Scanner, ... Port scanner and enumeration utilities like nmap,
N-Stealth, Whisker or Nikto are here not counted to vulnerability scanners.


Marc Ruef


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