Identify Vulnerabilities in Node.js Applications with a Security Scanner

It is very difficult to find vulnerabilities in Node.js JavaScript run-time environment because it sits at the back-end of the web application. Hence why you should use an automated vulnerability scanner.

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Web applications that are online 24/7 and available to everyone are always at risk for online attacks and hacks. Industry insider report that up to 96% of tested web applications have vulnerabilities. Even though a totally impenetrable system is unrealistic, there's no good reason not to take precautions to minimize security vulnerabilities in your websites.

JavaScript (JS) is incredibly popular — many web applications makes extensive use of JavaScript on the front end or on the backend with Node.js. With so many dependencies by open source projects making their way into the hands of JS developers, it's no surprise that new vulnerabilities in popular NPM packages emerge constantly. And with new Node.js applications emerging frequently, it's hard to ignore Node.js security, and the risk of their known vulnerabilities and their associated security risks. In JavaScript web applications, security vulnerabilities like Cross-site Scripting (XSS) are very common, and some vulnerable dependencies could even allow attackers to run malicious code. Security scanners are one tool that identifies those key Node.js vulnerabilities so that you can immediately remedy them.

Web Vulnerability Assessments and Website Security

Take some of the load off your IT teams with automation. One great way to do this is with vulnerability assessment software: Routine assessments are one of the best ways to help keep your website, web application and web server safe. Cut down the time it takes to identify vulnerabilities in web applications and get results you can trust.

Why Choose Netsparker Vulnerability Scanner?

There's no shortage of Node security solutions and website vulnerability scanners out there, so it can be hard to figure out which one offers the best website security solution. For example a solution such as Snyk seems good, though it is limited to open source applications. On the other hand, Netsparker can understand and scan any language, including Node.JS, python, Ruby, PHP, .NET and others. Here are some key reasons why Netsparker should be the vulnerability scanner of your choice.

Advanced Vulnerability Scanning

Netsparker's online scanner works by scanning web applications for common security vulnerabilities like Cross-site Scripting (XSS), SQL injection and others like those listed in the OWASP top risks. This security scanner can scan any kind of custom made HTML5, Web 2.0 application, Single Page Application (SPA) and any other modern web application that heavily relies on JavaScript and other client-side technology. If it is available via HTTP or HTTPS (SSL/TLS), the Netsparker security scanner can scan it.

Dead Accurate Online Website Vulnerability Scanner

Netsparker's exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ sets it apart from the competition. This technology totally eliminates the need to manually check the security scan results for false positives. This means you save time and energy without compromising on the security of your web application.

Netsparker’s security scanning works by identifying all the possible attack surfaces on websites. It then attacks them, and automatically exploits any security vulnerabilities it finds. That means you can trust that the results are never a false positive. Netsparker will report the data it managed to extract from the web application by exploiting the reported security vulnerability in the scan report. With the proof of exploit for any noted vulnerabilities, you'll always have full confidence in the results of each scan. There's no wasted time trying to manually verify these vulnerabilities; you can immediately act to remediate them.

Beyond Web Application Security

The Netsparker vulnerability scanner also scans the web server for possible misconfigurations, so you'll know if your online web servers have any flaws hackers can exploit. And if it identifies off the shelf web applications such as WordPress, or frameworks such as Google Web Toolkit or retire.js, Netsparker uses its extensive known software vulnerability database to scan them and ensure they are up to date and secure. It also checks and recommends best practices, for example checks if the web applications is using HTTP headers to protect against XSS vulnerabilities.

After the scanning is finished, you can generate a technical report for your developers to help them understand the issues, an executive report to give them an overview of the security of all web applications, and a PCI DSS, HIPAA or other compliance reports to ensure your web applications meet all regulatory compliance requirements.

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Netsparker makes your web application security vulnerability scanning painless. Take advantage of top of the line website vulnerability scanning technology to help you identify vulnerabilities more quickly. Netsparker is available as a Windows-based desktop application and as a hosted or self-hosted web application security solution.

Don’t ignore web application vulnerabilities in your Node.js applications. Get the information you need with Netsparker. Sign up for your free demo today and see why Netsparker is the right security tool for your business.

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