As noted in the article "Penetration Testing of Web Applications" the use of web applications to conduct business is increasing. Companies often have custom sites built by in-house developers, and it is almost impossible to find all the vulnerabilities in a web site using automated tools. Simply looking for default installations of different software may turn up nothing, but it may still be vulnerable to many different programming errors in this custom-built site. Conducting an assessment of website can be a major undertaking and it is much more painful if the assessment is carried out with out the proper tools. A manual inspection of the site is almost always required, but when a particular vulnerability is found it can be very handy to have a set of tools to automate certain steps from there.
By Neil Desai at SecurityFocus.
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