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Re: Vulnerability Assessment vs. PenTest
From: Gareth Davies <gareth.davies () mynetsec com>
Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2006 11:49:28 +0800

James Harless wrote:
Where is the line between a Vulnerability Assessment and a PenTest?  In
other words, which tests do you run which identifies your assessment as
a pentest rather than a VA? And, related, do VAs still have value? Do you feel that a PenTest
includes everything that a VA would (and more)?
My thoughts are that a VA is just an effort to document all the
identified and potential vulnerabilities on a network.  A PenTest is an
attempt to identify those vulnerabilities and then exploit some of them
to verify their weakness.

I saw a decent article on this a while ago, it's a little short and could be expanded but it seems to be about right.


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