OWASP ZAP w2022-12-05 released: finding vulnerabilities in web applications
The OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) is easy to use integrated penetration testing tool for finding vulnerabilities in web applications. It is designed to be used by people with a wide range of security experience and as such is ideal for developers and functional testers who are new to penetration testing as well as being a useful addition to an experienced pen testers toolbox.
ZAP provides automated scanners as well as a set of tools that allow you to find security vulnerabilities manually.
Some of ZAP’s features:
- Open source
- Easy to install (just requires java 1.7)
- Completely free (no paid for ‘Pro’ version)
- Ease of use a priority
- Comprehensive help pages
- Fully internationalized
- Translated into a dozen languages
- Community-based, with involvement, actively encouraged
- Under active development by an international team of volunteers
Some of ZAP’s functionality:
- Intercepting Proxy
- Traditional and AJAX spiders
- Automated scanner
- Passive scanner
- Forced browsing
- Dynamic SSL certificates
- Smartcard and Client Digital Certificates support
- Web sockets support
- Support for a wide range of scripting languages
- Plug-n-Hack support
- Authentication and session support
- Powerful REST-based API
- Automatic updating option
- Integrated and growing marketplace of add-ons
OWASP ZAP w2022-12-05 has been released.
The core networking code has been replaced by a new add-on which means changes are no longer bound to core/stable releases. This add-on uses a modern network stack which will make it much easier to support modern protocols such as HTTP/2.
In addition, the following features have been added:
- HTTPS pass-through
- Certificate validity period configuration
To facilitate more frequent functional enhancements and bug fixes the core/traditional Spider has been moved to an add-on which means such changes are no longer bound to core/stable releases. Other add-ons which use Spider functionality have also been re-worked to support the Spider add-on, including: Quick Start, Form Handler, GraphQL, OpenAPI, SOAP, and the Automation Framework. More details are given in the release notes.
Multi-threaded Passive Scanner
The passive scanner has been updated to use a configurable number of threads, by default 4. This has been shown to significantly reduce the time spent processing the passive scan queue.
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