New Automation & Auto-Configuration Features Make Securing Your Website Easier and Faster
London, 16th Feburary 2012 -- Acunetix, a name on the
forefront of the web application security industry, today announced the
8th version of its popular Web Vulnerability Scanner product.
Through this new iteration of WVS, Acunetix reaffirms its position as
a leader in the development of web application security scanners.
Version 8 echoes years of counter-hacking experience through its new
ability to lock hackers out by integrating scan results into Imperva’s
Web Application Firewall, and by recognizing a new breed of
vulnerabilities through new detection methods.
Additionally, Acunetix WVS 8 takes vulnerability scanning to a new
level by integrating smarter and more reliable automated features,
making it quicker to launch a scan with less configuration required.
"Acunetix WVS 8 continues to set new standards for web
vulnerability scanners. Web security exploit statistics are steadily on
the rise -- unfortunately not in favor of website owners -- which is why
version 8 of WVS focuses on providing a comprehensive solution to
anyone wanting to make their online presence a safe one. Acunetix WVS
8's high performance scanning engine provides even more accurate exploit
detection, and coupled with the new automation enhancements securing a
web application has never been easier. WVS 8 makes it clear why Acunetix
is the number one choice for companies to audit and secure their
New feature showcase:
An automated web scanner that thinks like a hacker
* Manipulation of inputs from URLs:
Acunetix WVS can automatically identify URL parameters and manipulate
them to detect vulnerabilities. This technology is not present in any
other competing vulnerability scanner.
Replace manual intervention with scanner intelligence
* Automatic custom 404 error page identification:
Acunetix WVS 8 can automatically determine if a custom error page is in
use, and recognizes it without needing any recognition patterns to be
configured before the scan.
Interpret IIS 7 rewrite rules automatically
Using the web application's web.config file, WVS 8 can automatically interpret rewrite rules without requiring any manual input.
Fix vulnerabilities while locking hackers out
* Imperva Web Application Firewall integration:
An exciting co-operation between Imperva and Acunetix; WVS 8 scan
results can be imported into an Imperva Web Application Firewall and
interpreted automatically as firewall rules.
Use WVS 8 as a true security scanning workhorse
* Multiple instance support:
Acunetix WVS 8 can be relaunched as multiple instances on the same
machine, allowing the user to scan multiple websites enabling further
support for multi-user scenarios on the same server/workstation.
Re-scan without re-configuring
* Scan settings templates:
WVS 8 can save the settings for the scan of a specific application as a
template, making it quick and easy to recall those exact settings for
the same application each time it is scanned. This is particularly
useful when auditing multiple sites, enabling the user to load the
template for each site instead of re-configuring everything manually.
Launch a scan quicker than before
* Simplified Scan Wizard:
In addition to the introduction of Scan Settings Templates and automatic
custom 404 error page recognition, the Scan Wizard contains far less
options so it's much easier and quicker to kick off a scan.
Access your results from anywhere and everywhere
* Web-based scheduler:
Accessible via a web interface, the new Scheduler allows administrators
to download scan results from any workstation, laptop, or smartphone.
The new Scheduler will automatically launch another instance of WVS when
multiple web scans are due, preventing multiple processes from
depending on the resources of one WVS instance, and thereby allowing
scans to complete in less time.
Identify threats unseen by other black-box scanners
* New HTTP Parameter Pollution vulnerability class:
At the time of writing, Acunetix WVS 8 is the only scanner that tests for this security vulnerability.
Ensure complex scans will complete automatically and successfully
* Smart memory management:
The following settings have been added to optimise scanning efficiency:
Define number of files per directory
Limit number of subdirectories per website
Assign Crawler memory limit
Other New Features
- Real time Crawler status (number of crawled files, inputs discovered, etc.)
- Support for custom HTTP headers in automated scans
- Configurable log file retention
- Detailed Crawler coverage report
- Scan status included in report
Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner 8 Combats Rise in
Web Hacking Attacks