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Top 12 Penetration Testing Tools 2019

Security Testing, Tools

Friday March 29, 2019

There is a bunch of penetration testing tools available on the internet. This article brings to you the 12 most coveted, critically acclaimed, and best penetration testing tools.

Following Penetration Testing Tools are Covered in this Blog.

1. NETSPARKER
2. CORE IMPACT
3. METASPLOIT
4. W3AF
5. NESSUS
6. CAIN & ABEL
7. ACUNETIX
8. PROBELY
9. WIRESHARK
10. KALI LINUX
11. BURPSUITE
12. ZED ATTACK PROXY (ZAP)

1. NETSPARKER

Netsparker is perhaps the most accurate penetration testing tool. It automatically identifies vulnerabilities in both web API’s and applications. It eliminates the need for the penetration tester to manually sit and test different vulnerabilities. All the real vulnerabilities are brought into the limelight just with a simple scan and it is capable of finding vulnerabilities like cross-site scripting, SQL injection and so on. You can simply download and install it from the internet.

2. CORE IMPACT

It is one of the oldest penetration testing tools present in the market. The range of exploits in this penetration testing tool is impeccable, they also have Metasploit exploits, automated wizard processes, PowerShell commands etc. Exploits written by Core Impact are commercial grade and widely used in both companies and security consultancies. The price of this tool is on the higher side but you get exactly what you are paying for.

Also Read: Top 10 Automation Testing Tools 2019

3. METASPLOIT

It is one of the most prevalent and advanced penetration testing tools for penetration testing. It has a set of exploits that can enter a system bypassing its security. If the exploit successfully enters the system, a payload is run which basically provides a framework for testing. This is a commercial product; therefore you have to purchase it after the free trial if you want access to all the features. Metasploit is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

4. W3AF

This is a free penetration testing tool and to be frank, does a great job. It has a bunch of useful features like fast HTTP requests, injecting payloads, various HTTP requests and so on. The user interface of W3AF is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Unlike other tools, this one is free to download and use.

5. NESSUS

Nessus is a very capable vulnerability scanner with website scan, IP scan, and has a sensitive data search specialist module. All these functionalities are built into Nessus and help in finding vulnerabilities in the system, capable of handling all testing environments.

6. CAIN & ABEL

This is the perfect tool for decoding passwords and network keys. Cain & Abel accomplishes this by using different methods like network sniffing, cryptanalysis attacks, cache uncovering, dictionary, and routing protocol analysis. This is a free tool but is only available for Windows operating systems.

7. ACUNETIX

It is a full-fledged, fully automatic vulnerability scanner capable of scanning over 4500 different types of vulnerabilities. The best part of this tool is that it can complete several tests automatically which sometimes take hours to complete. The results generated on this tool are accurate and fast. Acunetix supports all systems including JavaScript, HTML5, and CMS.

8. PROBELY

Probely not only finds vulnerabilities but also suggests a possible fix on it. The user interface of this tool is ridiculously intuitive and has all the necessary features for penetration testing. Probely is capable of finding out upward of a thousand different types of vulnerabilities including OWASP TOP10.

9. WIRESHARK

This is less of a penetration testing tool and more of a network analyzer. It is compatible with Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, and so on and so forth. Wireshark is free to download and install on all operating systems. All the information gathered by Wireshark is presented in a systematic manner on TShark utility.

10. KALI LINUX

Kali Linus is developed and maintained by Offensive Security. It is an open source tool which basically means that anyone can use it and add features to it. Version tracking, tools listings, and metapackages are integrated into Kali Linux for penetration testing. Kali Linus is free to download and use on almost all operating systems.

11. BURPSUITE

This penetration testing tool has an intruder tool mainly for executing attacks. The intruder tool has limited functionality but all of its functions can be unlocked by purchasing it. This tool makes penetration testing very time efficient. Burp Suite is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

12. ZED ATTACK PROXY (ZAP)

ZAP is free to download and use. It basically scans web applications for vulnerabilities. There are different types of scanners integrated into the ZAP penetration testing tool. The main feature of ZAP is perhaps the proxy intercepting tool which is particularly useful in different test scenarios. ZAPis compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

BEEF, Nmap, Dradis, Social Engineer Toolkit, SQL Map, Retina, and John The Ripper are some honourable mentions. These are definitely worth giving a try. The 12 above-mentioned penetration testing tools are the best in the business and will get the job done for you. The only thing you have to check out is the compatibility with your operating system.

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