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Free Online Web Application Security Scans for Open Source Projects

Category: News - Tags: netsparker news , netsparker cloud , open source - Thu, 08 Oct 2015, by Robert Abela

Netsparker Cloud Online Web Application Security Scanner LogoWe are happy to announce that we are giving free online web application security scans to all developers of open source web applications, with absolutely no strings attached, via a free Netsparker Cloud account. Netsparker Cloud is the only false positive free online web application security scanner.

At Netsparker we appreciate how much we have benefited from the open source community and we would like to give something back, and to also ensure more secure development of open source web applications for the future. If you are an individual (genius) developer, or work with a team of (genius) developers and would like to get your free online web application security scans, send us an email on, tell us which open source project you are working on and the URL and we will get you started immediately.

Testing the Web Vulnerability Scanners with Open Source Applications

The secret of our state-of-the-art scanning engine’s vulnerability detection capabilities is simple; substantial amounts of research and even more testing. Testing is the utmost priority to Netsparker as our end user will use our desktop and online web application security scanners to scan a multitude of web applications that can each use a wide range of technology to power them.

To help us get a good overview of what web applications our users will scan, we built a near real live test lab with open source web applications which we constantly scan, test and refine, test and then test some more.

The rationale for all this scanning and testing is that a big chunk of the websites and web applications we access every day, be it for leisure or for business are powered by open source web applications such as WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, miniBB, Twiki and many others. The reason why they are so popular is because they are available for free and typically they lead the industry in terms of innovation and features.

The downside to these open source web applications is that they can be vulnerable to malicious attack, due to lack of security testing. Netsparker knows this first hand as a result of our ongoing testing of all type of web applications. As part of this ongoing testing, Netsparker have identified a significant number of vulnerabilities in open source web applications, and we recently published an infographic that highlights the vulnerabilities we found in open source web applications. Earlier on this year we also published a report that summarizes the type of vulnerabilities we covered in our advisories.

Giving Back to the Open Source Community

The fact is that without open source web applications the whole process would have been more difficult, costly and time consuming. We also know that ‘free’ does not pay the bills, or even get you a slice of pizza, and most open source web applications are just side projects for many developers. Most of the time they do not have the budget to buy security tools to help them build more secure web applications.

We at Netsparker appreciate how much we have benefited from the open source community and we would like to give something back. We also want to ensure more secure development of open source web applications in the future.

Open Source Developer? Apply For Free Netsparker Cloud Scans

So, as a big ‘Thank you’ to all the open source developers, we will be giving away free Online web application security scans to developers of open source web applications. This will allow them to automatically scan their web application for vulnerabilities and security flaws. No surprises, no hidden costs, no strings attached! If you are a developer of an open source web application project just send us an email on and let us know which open source project you are working on.

We are more than happy to help you get started and to also give you some tips on how to get the best out of our online web application security scanner. Netsparker Cloud is a multi user platform with a web application vulnerability management system, so if you are a team you can collaborate together and ensure all vulnerabilities in your web applications are solved before you release your next update, thus gaining more trust from your users.

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