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OWASP Top Ten 2017 Report

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top Ten Report allows you to view only those detected vulnerabilities and issues that fall under the OWASP Top 10 Classification.

  • Collecting data from the web application security industry, the OWASP Foundation has been publishing and updating its vulnerability lists since 2003 to raise awareness among developers, web application security community, and companies of  the most critical security risks.
  • As a black box vulnerability scanner, Netsparker crawls and attacks your web application to identify vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, Cross-site Scripting (XSS), and thousands of other variants. Some of these vulnerabilities are listed in the OWASP Top Ten 2017 lists.
  • Both Netsparker editions allow you to generate an OWASP Top Ten 2017 Report. To view technical details, you need to click on the relevant vulnerability.
  • The report lists vulnerabilities that appear in the OWASP Top Ten 2017 list and provides technical details of each vulnerability. It helps you to fix those vulnerabilities and issues.
  • The report is available in HTML or PDF format.
There can be other vulnerabilities and security issues found in your web applications but not listed in the OWASP Top Ten 2017 Report.
Click to view a sample OWASP Top Ten 2017 Report.

For further information, see Overview of ReportsReport Templates, and Built-In Reports.

Comparison between OWASP lists

Note that the OWASP Top Ten 2013 and 2017 have some differences. When the Open Web Application Security Project renewed its list in 2017, it added new security risks and dropped some threats from the 2013 list. The project, for example, introduced three new web application security risks: XML External Entities (XXE) Injection, Insecure Deserialization, and Insufficient Logging and Monitoring. Overall, 2017 reflects the changes in web application development.

For further information, see OWASP Top Ten 2013 Report.

OWASP Top Ten 2017 Report sections

There are five sections in the OWASP Top 10 2017 Report:

  • Scan Metadata
  • Vulnerabilities
  • Vulnerability Summary
  • Vulnerability Names and Details
  • Show/Hide Scan Details

Scan metadata

This section provides details on the following items:

  • Scan Target
  • Scan Time
  • Scan Duration
  • Description
  • Total Requests
  • Average Speed
  • Risk Level

For further information, see Progress, and Scan Duration and Speed.


This provides a numerical and graphical overview of:

  • Numbers                        The numbers of issues detected at various Vulnerability Severity Levels
  • Identified Vulnerabilities        The total number of detected vulnerabilities
  • Confirmed Vulnerabilities        The total number of vulnerabilities that Netsparker verified by taking extra steps such as extracting some data from the target

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Vulnerability summary

This section provides a summary of information about each discovered vulnerable URL and categorizes them based on severity. For example, if Netsparker determines a vulnerability as Critical, it requires immediate attention.

If you click on an identified vulnerability, you can access detailed information, such as HTTP request and response codes and body, about the vulnerability and, if any, Proof of Exploit. If Netsparker finds a vulnerability but has no proof of exploit, Netsparker presents a certainty degree about this issue.

This table lists and explains the columns in the Vulnerability Summary.




This shows whether Netsparker has verified a vulnerability.


This displays the name of the issue and provides a link to a detected issue that attackers can exploit.


This is the HTTP method of the request in which Netsparker sent the payload. It demonstrates what Netsparker deployed in order to identify an issue.


This is a reference to a resource that contains the issue.


This is the variable used to identify the issue.

For further information, see Vulnerability Severity Levels.

Vulnerability names and details

This section describes all identified issues and vulnerabilities, along with their Impact and Proof of Exploit. It also explains what Actions to Take and a Remedy for each one, including External References for more information.

This table lists and explains the headings in the Vulnerability Names and Details section.




This is the name of the identified issue.


This is the label to group, organize, and filter issues in the target web application.

Proof of Exploit

This is a piece of evidence supplied to prove that the vulnerability exists, showing information that is extracted from the target using the vulnerability.

For further information, see Benefits of Proof-Based Scanning™ Technology.

Vulnerability Details

This displays further details about the vulnerability.

Certainty Value

This indicates how much Netsparker is sure about the identified issue.


This shows the effect of the issue or vulnerability on the Target URL.

Required Skills for Successful Exploitation

This gives details on how malicious hackers could exploit this issue.

Actions to Take

These are the immediate steps you can take to decrease the impact or prevent exploitation.


This offers further steps to resolve the identified issue.

External references

This provides links to other websites where you can find more information.


OWASP 2017: This provides further information about this vulnerability according to the 2017 Edition of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 list.

Remedy References

This provides further information on the solution for identified issues.

Proof of Concept Notes

These notes demonstrate in principle how a system may be compromised.


This is the whole HTTP request that Netsparker sent in order to detect the issue.


This is the reply from the system against the payload.

Show/Hide scan detail

This section provides some profile and policy settings that Netsparker uses to adjust its scanning to reach more coverage. For example, it lists all enabled security checks.

It provides information on your preference in selecting this scan so that developers have more details on how this scan was run.

For further information, see Security Checks.

How to generate an OWASP Top Ten 2017 Report in Netsparker Enterprise
  1. Log in to Netsparker Enterprise.
  2. From the main menu, select Scans > Recent Scans.
  3. Next to the relevant scan, select Report.
  4. On the Scan Summary page, select Export.

  1. From the Report drop-down, select OWASP Top Ten 2017.

  1. From the Format dropdown, select an option.
  2. If required, select one of the following to configure your report:
    • Exclude Addressed Issues excludes those issues on which you've already taken action. (All Information level findings are marked as Accepted Risk automatically by default. To change this behavior, see Do not mark Information issues as accepted risks in General Settings).
    • Export Confirmed includes only those issues that are confirmed.
    • Export Unconfirmed includes only those issues that are unconfirmed.
  1. Select Export.

You can view the report in the Save location.

How to Generate an OWASP Top Ten 2017 Report in Netsparker Standard
  1. Open Netsparker Standard.
  2. From the ribbon, select the File tab. Local Scans are displayed. Double-click the relevant scan to display its results.
  3. From the Reporting tab, click the OWASP Top Ten 2013 or 2017 Report. The Save Report As dialog box is displayed.

  1. Select a save location, then Save.
  2. The Export Report dialog is also displayed at this point, with the Path field already populated from the previous dialog.

  1. From the Export Report dialog, you can decide on:
  • Policy: Select the default report policy or customized report policy (see Custom Report Policies).
  • Format: Select HTML and/or PDF format.                 
  • Vulnerability Options (select one or all):
    • Export Confirmed: When selected, the report will include confirmed vulnerabilities.
    • Export Unconfirmed: When selected, the report will also include unconfirmed vulnerabilities.
    • Export All Variations: Variations mean that if Netsparker identified some passive or Information level issues in more than one page, it does not show all these variations. However, users can change this by enabling or disabling this option.
  • Header and Footer:
    • Enter relevant information that will appear in the header and footer section of the report.
  • Open Generated Report: When selected, your report(s) will be shown when you select Save.        
  1. Select Save.

You can view the report in the Save location.


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