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Acunetix rolls out v.13 of its web app scanning software

Acunetix, an automated web application security software provider, has launched Acunetix Version 13 including souped-up web and network scan capabilities.

The latest version boasts an improved user interface and innovations including its SmartScan engine, malware detection, comprehensive network scanning, proof-of-exploit, and incremental scanning, according to the vendor.

“You cannot find these unique features in any other product,” promises Acunetix CTO Nicolas Sciberras, noting that performance and accuracy are key.

Scanning complex web applications using traditional web vulnerability scanners can take hours and be a drag on production site performance as well as internal processes.

The new SmartScan engine speeds things up by prioritising unique pages to discover more vulnerabilities early on. Acunetix expects the SmartScan engine to find approximately 80 percent of vulnerabilities within 20 percent of scan time. Fewer requests are also needed to find the vulnerabilities, reducing the load on the site during scanning.

Additionally, incremental scanning means users can choose to scan only the elements of the web application that have changed since the last full scan. Acunetix estimates this can shorten the process by as much as 90 percent.

With Acunetix v13, network scanning functionality also becomes available on all platforms. Web vulnerabilities and network vulnerabilities are part of the same assessment and management processes. And web malware scanning augments the previously available malicious link discovery functionality.

“Acunetix discovers scripts on websites and web applications, downloads them, and scans them locally using Windows Defender on Windows or ClamAV on Linux,” the vendor reports.

Discover FAQ and more details here.

The scanner can now additionally import WADL, ASP.Net WebForms, and Postman files to seed the crawl. Users can also export vulnerabilities to additional issue trackers GitLab, Bugzilla, and Mantis. Read the full announcement.

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