RE: Web Application Penetration Testing Tools

From: Faiz Ahmad Shuja (
Date: 10/12/03

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    To: "'Brian E'" <>, <>
    Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2003 03:15:04 +0500

    Try Achilles, A Windows web attack proxy -

    "Achilles is a tool designed for testing the security of web
    applications. Achilles is a proxy server, which acts as a
    man-in-the-middle during an HTTP session. A typical HTTP proxy will
    relay packets to and from a client browser and a web server. Achilles
    will intercept an HTTP session's data in either direction and give the
    user the ability to alter the data before transmission. For example,
    during a normal HTTP SSL connection a typical proxy will relay the
    session between the server and the client and allow the two end nodes to
    negotiate SSL. In contrast, when in intercept mode, Achilles will
    pretend to be the server and negotiate two SSL sessions, one with the
    client browser and another with the web server. As data is transmitted
    between the two nodes, Achilles decrypts the data and gives the user the
    ability to alter and/or log the data in clear text before transmission."


    -----Original Message-----
    From: Brian E []
    Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2003 6:25 AM
    Subject: Web Application Penetration Testing Tools

    When performing penetration testing of web applications I have used a
    minibrowser from for a very long time.

    This simple application allows me to browse a web application and easily
    see links, form elements, cookies, a log of actual commands being sent
    back and forth and more. The ability to manipulate cookies and form
    elements makes it very useful.

    Unfortunately, it's support as a web browser is limited so I can't test
    all web applications (such as embeded scripts and frames).

    Does anyone know of some other good tools for auditing web applications
    with the ability to manipulate form data and cookies before being sent
    to the server?

    Preferably, I'm looking for something based on Windows that is browser
    based (as opposed to proxy based) but am still open to all platforms and


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