Often the overall security of a software application is impacted due to loopholes in the operating systems, networks, system configuration, third-party services, or endpoints. The QA professionals perform penetration testing to identify the loopholes that make the software vulnerable to targeted security attacks by gaining access to the application’s features and data.
Often the overall security of a software application is impacted due to
loopholes in the operating systems, networks, system configuration,
third-party services, or endpoints.
The QA professionals perform penetration testing to identify the
loopholes that make the software vulnerable to targeted security
attacks by gaining access to the application’s features and data. The QA
professionals need to combine manual and automated ethical hacking
techniques to identify all security vulnerability in the application.
But they must perform penetration testing continuously throughout
the software development life cycle (SDLC) to make the application
100% secure. That is why; it is important for software QA testing
professionals to know the pros and cons of handy penetration testing
The commercial penetration testing tool supports Windows, Linux and
OS X. It can also be used for identifying the security vulnerabilities in web
application, servers and networks. Metasploit is designed based on a
concept called exploit. Exploit is written as a code that can enter the
targeted system by surpassing its security features. After entering into
the system, exploit run a code called payload additionally to perform a
variety of operations on the targeted system. Hence, Metasploit makes it
easier for testers to perform end-to-end penetration testing based on
custom code. At the same time, it allows testing professionals to use a
command-line tool and a GUI clickable interface.
Wireshark is designed specifically as a network protocol analyzer. It enables
testers to gather in-depth information about a wide range of network protocols.
In addition to supporting multiple operating systems, Wireshark provides a
three-pane packet browser, reads and writes different capture file formats,
decompresses compressed file formats, and provides decryption support for
many protocols. Also, it allows users to browse the captured network data
efficiently, use advanced display filters, and simplify test data analysis by
applying color rules to packet lists.
As a web application attack and audit framework, w3af is designed
with features to identify and exploit all vulnerabilities in web
applications. It supports Windows, Linux and OS X, and allows users to
choose from both console and graphical user interfaces. At the same
time, the tool allows users to integrate web and proxy servers into the
code. Also, it facilitates fast HTTP requests, along with allowing testers
to inject payloads into different types of HTTP requests.
The commercial penetration testing tool enables users to assess the
security of their software through advanced techniques used by cyber
criminals. Core Impact Pro further allows software QA testers to use
both command-line and GUI clickable interfaces. But it supports only
Windows platform. The testers can use Core Impact Pro to identify
security vulnerabilities in web application, mobile apps, and network
and network devices. The wireless penetration testing capabilities of the
tool further enables users to assess the vulnerability of the application
to the real-work security attacks executed over Wi-Fi networks.