Choosing a Joomla Vulnerability Scanner

A good Joomla vulnerability scanner does not just do a version check, but should also launch a series of heuristic vulnerability checks, like Netsparker, which has a dedicated scanning engine for websites built with Joomla.

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Joomla is a free, award-winning, open-source content management system (CMS) that's used to publish web content and build powerful web applications. Originally an open source project developed by Open Source Matters, Inc., Joomla is built on a model–view–controller architectural pattern.

Of course, risk is inherent with any open-source CMS, and Joomla is not an exception. Malicious hackers frequently target Joomla websites believing they are an easy target. Luckily, there are tools to help you mitigate vulnerabilities in your Joomla websites.

What does a vulnerability scanner do?

To make sure your Joomla site and Apache web server area secure, you need to scan them for security vulnerabilities and flaws. That's where vulnerability scanners like Netsparker or Joomscan come in. In short, vulnerability scanners enable you to automatically identify weak spots in your Joomla web application, regardless if it is running on HTTP or HTTPS. A good Joomla vulnerability scanner means that your IT team can address any security issues before malicious hackers exploit them.

Routine vulnerability assessments with a Joomla vulnerability scanner is a great way to keep a Joomla web application secure and keep your peace of mind. Plus, these vulnerability scanners save you time and make it easy for your online security to grow as your web application does.

What is the Netsparker Vulnerability Scanner?

There are quite a few Joomla vulnerability scanners available, such as the Joomscan tool, an open source Joomla Vulnerability Scanner which is also an OWASP project. Though the OWASP Joomla vulnerability scanner Joomscan is restricted to Joomla and is signature based, which means it does not have the coverage and heuristic security vulnerability detection of Netsparker.

Netsparker scans web applications for security vulnerabilities like Cross-site Scripting (XSS), SQL injection, Local and Remote File Inclusions, and thousands of others, some of which are listed in the OWASP Top Risk. The Netsparker security scanner can scan any type of web service and web application regardless of the programming language used,, including modern and custom made HTML5, Web 2.0 application, Single Page Applications (SPA) and others that heavily rely on JavaScript and client side technology.

Netsparker also has a dedicated engine for off the shelf web applications such as Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. So Netsparker can be a dedicated Joomla vulnerability scanner that can identify security issues in your Joomla core and setup, but also in any other custom web application you might be running. The Joomla scanning engine in Netsparker does not just check if you are running the latest version on your Joomla installation, but it also checks if you are running any vulnerable extension and runs a number of heuristic security checks, ensuring your site is not vulnerable to the latest Joomla vulnerabilities.

Netsparker’s exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ is what distinguishes it from other vulnerability scanners. Netsparker's Proof-Based Scanning™ makes manually checking for false positives unnecessary because it automatically verifies the identified vulnerabilities, to proof that they are real and not false positives. Upon verifying vulnerabilities Netsparker also generates a proof of exploit, highlighting the impact the vulnerability can have should it be exploited on the Joomla CMS. Proof of exploits makes your penetration tests easier and save you time and energy. Netsparker helps stay on top of any Joomla CMS vulnerabilities, because you do not have to manually verify anything and you'll have total confidence in the results of each scan.

With Netsparker, there's no second guess and no human error: you'll know what type of vulnerabilities your website has and can start fixing them right away. Use it as your Joomla vulnerability scanner and start seeing the difference right away.

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It's never too soon to take a step towards better website security, and Netsparker is here to help you keep your Joomla web application and web services secure. Sign up for your free security scan demo today and let us show you why Netsparker is the right security tool for your business. Netsparker is available as a Microsoft Windows desktop software scanner but also as a hosted service.

What our customers are saying

"I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Netsparker ones. Netsparker was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me."
"As opposed to other web application scanners, Netsparker is very easy to use. An out of the box installation can detect more vulnerabilities than any other scanner."
"We chose Netsparker because it is more tailored to web application security and has features that allow the university to augment its web application security needs."