ASST: Novel Open Source Web Security Scanner
OWASP ASST (Automated Software Security Toolkit) | A Novel Open Source Web Security Scanner.
Web applications have become an integral part of everyday life, but many of these applications are deployed with critical vulnerabilities that can be fatally exploited. As the technology used to develop these applications become sophisticated, so do the attackers’ techniques. Attackers no longer need physical access to the victims, they can attack more than one at the same time and the possibility of being caught and brought to justice is minimal. Automated web vulnerability scanners have been heavily used to assess the security of web applications. They can improve the efficiency of vulnerability scanning compared to traditional manual vulnerability detection that is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and inefficient. There are a lot of web vulnerability scanners on the Internet, however, they do not explain the possible attack and how to have counter- measurements against it. We designed and implemented a new automated web vulnerability scanner called Automated Software Security Toolkit (ASST), which scans a web project’s source code and generates a report of the results with a detailed explanation about each possible vulnerability and how to secure against it. We have tested the performance of ASST, and compared its results with other major open-source vulnerability scanners. Our results show that ASST can identify web software security vulnerabilities more comprehensively and accurately.
What is ASST?
Currently concentrates on PHP and MySQL programming languages, but since its core functionalities are ready and available for everyone, programmers can contribute and add plugins or extensions to it, to add features and make it scan for other programming languages such as Java, C#, Python, etc.., and their frameworks. So its infrastructure is designed to be contributed with other programmers to make it better and more novel.
The best of our knowledge, ASST is the only tool that scans PHP language according to OWASP Top 10 Web Application Security Risks.
How ASST Teaches Developers of How to Secure their Codes?
When ASST scans for a project it checks each and every file line by line for security vulnerabilities. If a vulnerability was detected, it will alert in the report at which line in which file a vulnerability was detected and a “Click Here” link to explain the attack and how to secure against it.
ASST’s results are shown as HTML Report linked with PDF files to explain each attack and its protection mechanism.
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