"Web Application Attack and Audit Framework"
|Stable release||1.0-stable / 25 May 2011|
|Preview release||1.6 / 31 March 2014|
w3af (short for web application attack and audit framework) is an open-source web application security scanner. The project provides a vulnerability scanner and exploitation tool for Web applications. It provides information about security vulnerabilities and aids in penetration testing efforts.
This cross-platform tool is available in all of the popular operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD and OpenBSD and is written in the Python programming language. Users have the choice between a graphic user interface and a command-line interface.
w3af identifies most web application vulnerabilities using more than 130 plug-ins. After identification, vulnerabilities like (blind) SQL injections, OS commanding, remote file inclusions (PHP), cross-site scripting (XSS), and unsafe file uploads, can be exploited in order to gain different types of access to the remote system.
w3af is divided into two main parts, the core and the plug-ins. The core coordinates the process and provides features that are consumed by the plug-ins, which find the vulnerabilities and exploit them. The plug-ins are connected and share information with each other using a knowledge base.
Plug-ins are categorized in the following types:
- Metasploit Project
- Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC)
- Web application security
- OWASP Open Web Application Security Project