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9 Best Web Application Penetration Testing Tools for 2020 | Ethical Hackers Academy

Cyber Security | December 26, 2020

The world of the internet has expanded and has covered almost all aspects of our lives. The Internet of Things has made everyday living genuinely digital. Internet is no longer just confined to random searches of the elusive piece of information, but a means to carry out most of the activities from banking to switching on the bathroom geyser.

And with the internet, so has the cybersecurity threats entered almost all aspects of our lives. Thus, it becomes imperative to safeguard ourselves from the loopholes which the hacking faculties might prey upon.

The most trusted and foolproof method used by Cyber Security is the use of the Web Application Penetration Testing tools or Web Pen Tools to check the network, server, or web application and in case of an attack identifies and blocks the loopholes; preventing the worse.

Web Application Penetration Testing tools

To counter the advances in the field of hacking, it is essential to keep abreast of the latest and the best in the Web Pen Tools. Here is the list of some of the top Web Application Penetration Testing tools one can use to test web app penetration if any:

This is a web vulnerability scanner that can scan and detect vulnerabilities of over 4500 kinds, including XSS and SQL injections. It is fully automated, thus saving hours and hours of manual testing.

It has high accuracy and low false positives rates. Thus it is fast and reliable. With an advanced manual Pen tool and can be easily integrated with other popular WAFs and vulnerability trackers. It can be operated on CMS systems and supports HTML5, JavaScript, and Single page applications.

 Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP):

The ZAP is the most trusted and popular Web Pen tool is an open-source web application security testing tools. Developed by OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) and is the most widely used tool to identify the loopholes during the development and testing phase of Web applications. The application is written in JavaScript and accessed through the CMD.

It is easy to use across multiple platforms and is automatic. It is useful in SQL and XSS injections, identifies session ID in URL rewrite, accesses Application error disclosure, Private IP disclosures, and can identify missing anti-CSRF tokens and security headers. It’s reliable and easy to use, making it the most popular Web Application Penetration Testing.


The web application security testing tool developed by SourceForge is an open-source, free testing tool. It is a highly useful testing tool against GET and POST HTTP attacks. It performs the black box testing and can effectively identify Server Side Request Forgery, CRLF, database, XSS, XXE injections.

It can identify weak .htaccess configurations can be breached and also detects Shellshock or Bash bugs. It supports authentication bid different methods and uses brute Force directories and file names on targeted web servers. It is a highly advanced Web Pen tool and needs a strong understanding of the tool, which is aided by the official manual available on the website.


A web application penetration tool that can also be used to measure the strength of the source code of a web application. Though written in JavaScript, it can be used to analyze applications written in more than 20 languages. It can be accessed via the CMD and has an interactive GUI.

It can identify Dos attacks, HTTP response splitting, Memory corruption, SQL injections, and Cross-site scripting. It can quickly identify tricky issues and supports accurate tracking of both short-lived and long-lived code branches. It can be easily integrated with other tools. The color risk indicators are handy and time-saving.

 Iron Wasp:

The Web Penetration Testing tool that can detect broken authentications. Cross-site scripting, CSRF tokens, and Privilege escalations, in addition to over 25 varieties of other application loopholes.

The tool is popular amongst testes new and seasoned for its ability to accurately detect false positives and false negatives, saving a lot of labor and time. The application is written in Python and can be extended through plugins or modules written in C#, Ruby or VB NET. It had a GUI based interface and enabled the generation of reports in RTF and HTML formats. The tool can be used in most of the OS.

With the significant strides in the world of internet and web applications, the threats imposed by hackers have become more advanced. The world of Cyber Security is presented with more challenging and complex threats each day.

The number of updates researching your trusted antivirus software every day is a testimony of this fact. Thus to ensure that all loopholes in Cyber Security are blocked, it is essential to keep abreast tools that can be used to check, identify and block all the loopholes in our systems, networks, and servers. 

 Vega – Web Security Testing Platform

To start with, Vega is an opensource tool for web app pentesting. It is used for testing various testing of the app like SQL injection, XSS.

Input validation errors, It runs on various OS and platforms like Windows, Linux, OSX and runs on java based platforms with GUI. It also has to debug for bugs. It is developed by Subgraph Vega.

The scanner has many options to use and several modes of Injection.

Nmap (“Network Mapper”)

 Nessus(Zenmap) is a testing tool that scans the target for vulnerabilities It can detect hackers trying to sneak into the target and raise an alarm.

It is used for security auditing also. It is used for mapping the IP addresses filled with IP ADDRESSES, firewalls.routers, etc.


 Metasploit is one of my favorites. It is one of the most used pentesting frameworks in the security domain. It makes hacking easier. Used by Red and Blue teams. It was written by HD Moore.

 The world’s most used penetration testing framework

It is one of the best tool to analyze traffic on the network. It supports hundreds of protocol including decryption and analysis.

One can get the credentials of user traffic by sniffing through Wireshark.One of the best sniffing tools. You can download it from offensive security project websites or using it inbuild with Kali Linux.

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