MySQL Gets Security Scanner

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-06-19 Print this article Print

Application Security Inc. is rolling out a security scanner for MySQL, the open-source database from MySQL AB, and for Web apps.

Application Security Inc. is rolling out a security scanner for MySQL, the open-source database from MySQL AB, and for Web applications. AppDetective 3.2 for Web Applications and AppDetective 3.2 for MySQL are network-based vulnerability assessment scanners that locate and assess the security of network database applications. Both Web applications and back-end databases can provide an easy way for intruders to exploit application vulnerabilities. To combat that potential, AppDetective can now check Web applications for susceptibility to XSS (Cross Site Scripting), SQL Injection and Parameter Manipulation attacks, among other holes.
For MySQL databases, the update brings a new set of security checks for Denial of Service, Password Strength, Application Integrity and Access Control configurations.
AppDetective supports Oracle Corp. databases, Microsoft Corp.s SQL Server, IBMs DB2 UDB (Universal Database), Sybase Inc.s databases, and Lotus Domino Mail and Web Server applications. In addition, new operating system-level checks for DB2 examine all application-relevant files for vulnerabilities such as discrepancies between database file permissions and best-practice security policies. The upgrade also comes with a new class of checks for Lotus Domino to help scan for and fix holes caused by misconfiguration or weak passwords. AppDetective 3.2 is available immediately. Pricing starts at $1,295 per unit under test.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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