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WAF Identifier

The WAF Identifier Security Check detects whether there is a Web Application Firewall (WAF) enabled in the target site.

If a WAF is enabled in the target site, it will block Netsparker attacks and greatly reduce the scan coverage. It should be disabled in order for Netsparker to function properly.

WAF Identifier Security Check runs before Netsparker makes any attacks to the target site and analyzes whether the website is using any WAF. If a WAF is identified, Netsparker Standard shows a pop-up notification. Users can do one of the following:

  • Click OK to stop the scan, disable the WAF and start a new scan
  • Click Ignore to dismiss the warning

Netsparker Enterprise only reports the WAF detection in its report. It does not show any pop-up. For more information, see Web Application Firewall Detected.

The WAF Identifier Security Check is enabled by default. There are no additional settings available for the WAF Identifier Security Check.

For further information, see Security Checks.

How to Disable the WAF Identifier Security Check in Netsparker Enterprise

  1. Log in to Netsparker Enterprise.
  2. From the main menu, click Policies, then New Scan Policy.

New Scan Policy Screen

  1. Click the Security Checks tab.

Security Checks Screen

  1. Deselect the WAF Identifier checkbox.

WAF Identifier Screen

  1. Click Save.

How to Disable the WAF Identifier Security Check in Netsparker Standard

  1. Open Netsparker Standard.
  2. From the Home tab, click the Scan Policy Editor. The Scan Policy Editor dialog is displayed.
  3. Select the scan policy you want to edit.
  4. Select the Security Checks tab
  5. In the Security Checks list, scroll down to WAF Identifier Security Check. (Or, type 'waf' in the search box to filter the security checks.)

  1. Deselect the WAF Identifier Security Check checkbox.
  2. Click OK.


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