Website Vulnerability Scanner

By Fortra's Digital Defense

Hackers will take advantage of any weakness in your cybersecurity systems, especially the most vulnerable parts of your IT infrastructure -- web applications.

By design, web applications are publicly accessible on the internet at all times, giving hackers near unlimited access to breach unprotected web servers without being on premises. Fortunately, you can prevent this with a reliable website vulnerability scanner.

With hacker attacks becoming more and more common, all companies need a web vulnerability scanner to look for vulnerabilities in web application security. At Digital Defense, we provide a security solution that covers all bases and leaves nothing to chance.


Sample Report

With every report generated by our web application security scanner, you can expect:

  • Simplified summaries of every finding as well as their risk ratings
  • Detailed explanations of the risks and recommendations
  • Dashboards that help explain overall security postures across various levels
  • Vulnerabilities ordered by risk level to help you assess which ones to prioritize
  • Recorded history and progress of your company's website security management solution that includes new, recurring, and fixed vulnerabilities


Website Vulnerability Scanner - Use Cases

Website Penetration Testing

Penetration tests are notorious for having long completion times, but effective web application security scanners can help speed up the process. Our streamlined security scanner is easy to configure and deploy, saving you both time and money when conducting complex security assessments.

Self-Security Assessment

If you want to defend your system against hackers, it's important to conduct regular in-house web application security testing. Our web application vulnerability scanners make a fine addition to any vulnerability management plan by helping root out false positives, keeping your server software updated, and more.

Third-Party Website Audit

With our web vulnerability scanner, businesses can show their customers the detailed scan results as proof of their dedication to tackling security vulnerabilities. Showing your customers these results will build confidence in your brand.


Technical Details


Our web vulnerability scanner provides insight into your web application's level of security by providing a list of potential vulnerabilities and technical recommendations to fix them.

It comes with a light scan and a full scan function. The former handles general issues and can generate up to 20 HTTP requests, which act as "security tests" for your web application. 

Full scans use several tools to send a maximum of 10,000 HTTP requests, so they can take much longer to complete. Our full scan may trigger several intrusion detection systems like a web application firewall, but rest assured that it's completely safe for your system.


Aside from choosing between a fast or full scan, our web application security scanner also comes with several other server configuration parameters like:

  • Target URL/Directory/Path is the part of your web application that requires scanning for website security vulnerabilities.
  • Username and Password Authentication requires entering credentials before a scan can start
  • Headers Authentication requires custom HTTP headers before a scan can start
  • Cookie Authentication requires a valid session cookie so the scanner can conduct an authenticated website scan


How It Works

Fast Vulnerability Scanning

Choose this option if you want a quick, basic assessment of your potential security vulnerabilities. This website vulnerability scanner uses tools that can detect issues like:

  • security issues for SSL/TLS, which are protocols designed to provide communications security over a computer network
  • web server configuration issues
  • insecure HTTP headers
  • insecure cookie settings
  • source code issues

Full Vulnerability Scanning

The full scans of our web vulnerability scanner use complex tools that detect less obvious web security vulnerabilities in your system. For instance, our scanner can spot potential entry points for injection attacks, which are potentially dangerous inputs that hackers introduce to a website. 

Injection attacks are so widespread that they are always included in the Open Web Application Security Project's (OWASP) top 10 security risks every year. OWASP is a leading open-source information authority for anything related to web protection and security tests.

By utilizing the full scan option, you can prevent big website security risks such as:

OS Command Injection

In this type of attack, a command injection introduces arbitrary commands on an operating system's host from web vulnerabilities. These attacks, which can even cause subdomain takeovers, can bypass application security whenever an application introduces unsafe user-supplied data to your system.

Injection Cross-site Scripting (XSS)

Injection XSS attacks can access sensitive information and even rewrite content on an HTML page. Attackers also use cross-site scripting tools to impersonate legitimate accounts and bypass your web security.

XML External Entity Injection (XXE)

Another web security vulnerability seen regularly in the OWASP top 10, XXEs allow attackers to interfere with a web application's XML data, which is necessary for the flexible development of user-defined document types.

Local File or Remote File Inclusion

Our web security scan tools can also detect every file inclusion whether stored on premises or off, a vulnerability often caused by poorly-written web applications. These vulnerabilities can also emerge when a website allows its users to upload files or submit input into files.

HTTP Host Header Injection

Hackers exploit vulnerabilities in your web application security to leave a host header injection. This type of attack can alter your website's content or reset another user's password.

SQL Injection Cross-site

An SQL injection is one of the most prevalent web hacking techniques. Our web security scanner prioritizes vulnerabilities that encourage this form of attack because it can destroy an entire web application's database.


Authenticated Scanning

Authenticated scans test the security of a network using an inside vantage point. This scanning method looks for every vulnerability that an unauthenticated scan can't detect.

Additional visibility into these security holes can help you identify solutions and software development tools that can protect essential data and customers' accounts whenever an attacker attempts to access the network. The information produced by authenticated scans can also help limit the potential damage done by insider threats and false positives.

You can configure our web application security scanner so it can act as an "authenticated user" through several methods:

Automatic Authentication

With this option, our scanner will authenticate by going through a login URL to obtain a session cookie. It will then use the cookie for every HTTP request during the operation to qualify as an authenticated scan.

This method sends the credentials and screenshots to the user so you can verify if the authentication was successful before starting the scan.

Recorded Authentication

Every elaborate web application needs a vulnerability scanner that can load dynamic components and pages. Our scanner takes advantage of the latest recording technology to log events whenever it logs into the scanning account. Then, a user needs to upload these logs to complete the authentication process.

If you want your automated scanner to have the ability to authenticate on specific targets, this form of authentication might be necessary.

Headers Authentication

This option lets you choose custom HTTP headers that the scanner can use for every request to a target web application. With headers, you get additional benefits aside from authentication. For instance, you can use one that can command your web browser to delete specific cookies and cache after a scan for extra security against potential vulnerabilities.

Cookie Authentication

With a cookie authentication, you can skip the credential process of the automatic authentication by logging into the target application yourself. After that, you can use a valid session cookie (by copying and pasting it from your browser windows to the scanner) to authenticate each one of the scan's HTTP requests.


Why Choose Digital Defense

At Digital Defense, we aim to prevent web application vulnerabilities and security issues in the most straightforward way possible.

There are countless web application scanning tools you can use. However what sets Digital Defense apart is our straightforward configurations and results. With our website application vulnerability management scanner, you get a productive and user-friendly process that gets you the necessary information quickly, with no fuss.

All of our tech stack web services have numerous use cases and flexible pricing plans so you can create your ideal cyber defense program while staying on budget. 

About Digital Defense

Our Frontline.Cloud SaaS platform supports Frontline Vulnerability Manager™, Frontline Web Application Scanning™, and Frontline Active Threat Sweep™ that together provide:

  • Asset discovery and tracking
  • OS and web application risk assessment
  • Targeted malware threat assessment
  • Machine learning features that leverage threat intelligence
  • Agentless & agent-based scanning
  • Penetration testing for networks, mobile applications, and web applications
  • Compliance management. One of the world’s longest tenured PCI-Approved Scanning Vendors

The Frontline.Cloud platform virtually eliminates false-positives associated with legacy vulnerability management solutions, while also automating the tracking of dynamic and transient assets and prioritizing results based on business criticality.

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