Using a Linux Vulnerability Scanner to Defend Your Secure Data

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The majority of websites are hosted on Linux based web servers, running on open source operating systems. These open source operating systems are appealing to developers because they can be downloaded and easily adapted to any specification--all free of charge.

In general open source operating systems and network services such as the Apache and Nginx web servers are very secure. This is so because the source code is available to anyone, and vulnerabilities can be identified early by so-called white hat hackers during penetration testing and vulnerabilities assessments.

However, every web server and every web application running on it can have misconfigurations, or be vulnerable to SQL injection or other type of vulnerabilities. That’s why it’s essential to incorporate a security tool such as a Linux vulnerability scanner into your company’s web application security defense plan. Netsparker is an easy-to-use vulnerability scanner that can analyze and identify misconfigurations that can lead to security flaws in open source web servers such as Apache, Nginx and Tomcat.

Network security and web application security work together to protect your information assets

A robust vulnerability management program utilizes a variety of security tools to conduct penetration testing and vulnerabilities assessments, each intended for a different purpose. Even though these tools work independently, it is important to remember that they are complementary, and each is integral to your information and web application security program.

Firewalls and hardened networks can help to keep the perimeter of your network safe by surveilling what information is coming in or going out of various network portals. Running network vulnerability tests with network vulnerability scanners such as OpenVAS can help identify gaps in coverage for information access points. In sum, these methods serve to keep an eye on the perimeter of your network. While this is critical, it does not take into account the steady stream of HTTP and HTTPS requests that are sent to your web applications. For this purpose, vulnerability scanning using a dedicated web vulnerability scanner is crucial.

Web Vulnerability Assessments

A web security scanner such as Netsparker can detect security vulnerabilities such as Cross-site Scripting (XSS), SQL Injection, and others automatically in thousands of web applications within hours. Further, an automated web application scanner can free up members of your IT team from having to run manual tests, which allows them to spend more time on remediation and proactive vulnerability prevention.

How Netsparker works to identify web application vulnerabilities

Netsparker is a reliable and easy to use web vulnerability scanner. It uses the exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ technology to automatically confirms the identified vulnerabilities. This means less time manually checking for false positives, which can be tedious and time consuming. In addition to identifying common vulnerabilities, Netsparker is equipped to identify issues that are more complex, like Out-of-Band SQL Injection, Server-side Request Forgery (SSRF), Blind Cross-site Scripting, Directory Traversal and many others.

Both of our editions--the on-premises and cloud-based--are fully configurable to adapt to your security requirements and policies. You can customize web attack options, crawling settings, URL rewrite rules, authentication, and more. This makes Netsparker an ideal fit for users of open source platforms like Linux who value the flexibility of easy modification.

Netsparker's security scanner is a proven partner

See why Netsparker is the web application security choice for leading organizations across industries. Get started today by downloading a free version of our desktop client or signing up for a free trial of our cloud-based system.

Our dead accurate, easy-to-use web application security scanner will find vulnerabilities and security flaws in your web-based systems so you can keep your information assets secure.

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