Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner vs. OWASP Zap

As of June 2019, Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner is ranked 10th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 6 reviews vs OWASP Zap which is ranked 5th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 9 reviews. The top reviewer of Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner writes "I would highly recommend implementing this product to those who really care about the vulnerabilities and security of their products/applications". The top reviewer of OWASP Zap writes "Inexpensive licensing, free to use, and has good community support". Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner is most compared with Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner, OWASP Zap and IBM Security AppScan. OWASP Zap is most compared with PortSwigger Burp, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner and IBM Security AppScan. See our Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner vs. OWASP Zap report.
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Crawling feature: Netsparker has very detail crawling steps and mechanisms. This feature expands the attack surface.Attacking feature: Actually, attacking is not a solo feature. It contains many attack engines, Hawk, and many properties. But Netsparker's attacking mechanism is very flexible. This increases the vulnerability detection rate. Also, Netsparker made the Hawk for real-time interactive command-line-based exploit testing. It's very valuable for a vulnerability scanner.When we try to manually exploit the vulnerabilities, it often takes time to realize what's going on and what needs to be done.The scanner is light on the network and does not impact the network when scans are running.Scan, proxify the application, and then detailed report along with evidence and remediations to problems.The scanner and the result generator are valuable features for us.Its ability to crawl a web application is quite different than another similar scanner.

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The OWASP's tool is free of cost, which gives it a great advantage, especially for smaller companies to make use of the tool.This solution has improved my organization because it has made us feel safer doing frequent deployments for web applications. If we have something really big, we might get some professional company in to help us but if we're releasing small products, we will check it ourselves with Zap. It makes it easier and safer.It can be used effectively for internal auditing.The community edition updates services regularly. They add new vulnerabilities into the scanning list.It scans while you navigate, then you can save the requests performed and work with them later.Fuzzer and Java APIs help a lot with our custom needs.​It has improved my organization with faster security tests.​The vulnerabilities that it finds, because the primary goal is to secure applications and websites.

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The custom attack preparation screen might be improved.It would be better for listing and attacking Java-based web applications to exploit vulnerabilities.The higher level vulnerabilities like Cross-Site Scripting, SQL Injection, and other higher level injection attacks are difficult to highlight using Netsparker.I think that it freezes without any specific reason at times. This needs to be looked into.The support's response time could be faster since we are in different time zones.Maybe the ability to make a good reporting format is needed.

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There's very little documentation that comes with OWASP Zap.If there was an easier to understand exactly what has been checked and what has not been checked, it would make this solution better. We have to trust that it has checked all known vulnerabilities but it's a bit hard to see after the scanning.It needs more robust reporting tools.As security evolves, we would like DevOps built into it. As of now, Zap does not provide this.I would like to see a version of “repeater” within OWASP ZAP, a tool capable of sending from one to 1000 of the same requests, but with preselected modified fields, changing from a predetermined word ​list, or manually created.It would be nice to have a solid SQL injection engine built into Zap.The port scanner is a little too slow.​It doesn't run on absolutely every operating system.

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We never had any issues with the licensing; the price was within our assigned limits.OWASP Zap is free and it has live updates, so that's a big plus.It is competitive in the security market.

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OWASP Zap is free to use.It's free. It's good for us because we don't know what the extent of our use will be yet. It's good to start with something free and easy to use.OWASP ZAP is a free tool provided by OWASP’s engineers and experts. There is an option to donate.As Zap is free and open-source, with tons of features similar to those of commercial solutions, I would definitely recommend trying it out.It's free and open, currently under the Apache 2 license. If ZAP does what you need it to do, selling a free solution is a very easy.

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Netsparker finds and reports web application vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection and Cross-site Scripting (XSS) on all types of web applications, regardless of the platform and technology they are built with. Netsparker's unique and dead accurate Proof-Based scanning technology does not just report vulnerabilities, it also produces a Proof of Concept to confirm they are not false positives, freeing you from having to double check the identified vulnerabilities.

Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) is a free, open-source penetration testing tool being maintained under the umbrella of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). ZAP is designed specifically for testing web applications and is both flexible and extensible.

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