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RE: Application Assessment
From: Juan Carlos Reyes Muñoz <jcreyes () etb net co>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 10:26:00 -0500
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One question... have you ever tried Watchfire's Appscan? If so, which tool
could be better between Appscan and Webinspect?
Juan Carlos Reyes Muñoz
GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst - SANS Institute
Consultor de Seguridad Informática
Cel. (57) 311 513 9280
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Miami, FL 33172
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De: Brokken, Allen P. [mailto:BrokkenA () missouri edu]
Enviado el: Jueves, 11 de Agosto de 2005 01:43 p.m.
Para: Glyn Geoghegan; goenw
CC: pen-test () securityfocus com; Webappsec
Asunto: RE: Application Assessment
I am a Security Analyst for the University of Missouri - Columbia Campus.
I came from a systems administration background, and in the past 18 months
have been tasked with application security as just part of a greater
Information Systems Auditing program.
I personally have used
SpikeProxy from www.insecure.org
Paros, mentioned by others
and evaluated a handful of other Proxy/Automated Attack Methods.
However, the best tool I've seen and the one we finally purchased is
WebInspect from SPI Dynamics
I did some independent test between SpikeProxy and WebInspect on the a few
different applications. With SpikeProxy it took basically 1 working day
to run the tool, and verify false positives, look up good references for
the vulnerabilities and write the report. The same application with
WebInspect took approximately 15 minutes of my time to configure, and
generate the final report while taking about 2 hours to actually run
without my intervention. It typically found 20% more vulnerabilities than
I could find by the more manual method with SpikeProxy, and produced
extensive reports that not only explained the vulnerabilities, but gave
code references the developers could use to fix their problem.
Those were results I got prior to training. I got some extensive training
with the tool and on web application testing in general at Security-PS
http://www.securityps.com. They are a Professional Application Security
auditing company and they use this as their core tool because of both the
accuracy of the tool and the responsiveness of the company. In the
training I got to learn how to effectively use the a whole suite of tools
including a Web Brute force attacker, SQL Injector, Proxy, Encoders /
Decoders, and Web Service assessment tools to name a few.
The tool is a little pricey, but I work with litterally dozens of campus
departments and have evaluated LAMP, JAVA/ORACLE, ASP.NET/SQL Server and
even VBScript/Access systems with the WebInspect Suite of tools. The #1
comment I get from the developers is how helpful the report was in
correcting their code. For that broad spectrum of coding enviroments I
couldn't possibly provide code level help to the developers without this
We've been using it now for almost a year and the responsiveness of their
Sales and Technial staff has been extreme. I haven't had a single issue
that wasn't resolved in less than 24 hours. I've also gotten a lot of
support from their sales staff regarding application security awareness
for our campus developers in general.
One last thing to mention is the updates. I have never seen a tool that
is so consistently updated. I have run 2 or 3 assessments in the same day
and had updates for new vulnerabilities made available each time I ran the
tool. If a week goes by without using it there can be litterally 100's of
new signatures it needs to add to the list.
If you have more questions and want to talk offline I'd be happy to answer
Systems Security Analyst - Principal
Univeristy of Missouri
brokkena () missouri edu
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