WebInspect 2

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-05-20 Print this article Print

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SPI Dynamics WebInspect provides a cost-effective way to scan custom Web applications on one or two Web servers for coding vulnerabilities. Web developers will especially appreciate the developer-oriented sections in its vulnerability descriptions. As with Sanctums AppScan, organizations using WebInspect should continue to perform human audits and regular penetration tests.

Cost Analysis

At $4,995 per tested server, WebInspect lets organizations test one or two servers quite cheaply, but costs rise quickly for larger shops.

(+) Finds custom application and Web server vulnerabilities; provides a full programming language and programming tools to write custom rules; information-packed vulnerability descriptions. (-) A full scan of an application took longer with WebInspect than it did with AppScan; could crash a tested server or put test data into a tested applications database.

Evaluation Short List

•Sanctums AppScan www.spidynamics.com

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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