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OWASP Testing Guide v2 Table of Contents

Open Source Black Box Testing tools

  • OWASP CAL9000 -
    • CAL9000 is a collection of browser-based tools that enable more effective and efficient manual testing efforts. Includes an XSS Attack Library, Character Encoder/Decoder, HTTP Request Generator and Response Evaluator, Testing Checklist, Automated Attack Editor and much more.

Testing for specific vulnerabilities

Testing AJAX

Testing for SQL Injection

Testing Oracle

Testing SSL

Testing for Brute Force Password

Testing for HTTP Methods

Testing Buffer Overflow



Commercial Black Box Testing tools

Source Code Analyzers

Open Source / Freeware


Acceptance Testing Tools

Acceptance testing tools are used validate the functionality of web applications. Some follow a scripted approach and typically make use of a Unit Testing framework to construct test suites and test cases. Most, if not all, can be adapted to perform security specific tests in addition to functional tests.

Open Source Tools

  • WATIR - - A Ruby based web testing framework that provides an interface into Internet Explorer. Windows only.
  • HtmlUnit - - A Java and JUnit based framework that uses the Apache HttpClient as the transport. Very robust and configurable and is used as the engine for a number of other testing tools.
  • jWebUnit - - A Java based meta-framework that uses htmlunit or selenium as the testing engine.
  • Canoo Webtest - - An XML based testing tool that provides a facade on top of htmlunit. No coding is necessary as the tests are completely specified in XML. There is the option of scripting some elements in Groovy if XML does not suffice. Very actively maintained.
  • HttpUnit - - One of the first web testing frameworks, suffers from using the native JDK provided HTTP transport, which can be a bit limiting for security testing.
  • Watij - - A Java implementation of WATIR. Windows only because it uses IE for it's tests (Mozilla integration is in the works).
  • Solex - - An Eclipse plugin that provides a graphical tool to record HTTP sessions and make assertions based on the results.
  • Selenium - - JavaScript based testing framework, cross-platform and provides a GUI for creating tests. Mature and popular tool, but the use of JavaScript could hamper certain security tests.

Other Tools

Runtime Analysis

Binary Analysis

Requirements Management

Site Mirroring

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OWASP Testing Guide v3

16th December 2008: OWASP Testing Guide v3 is finished!

  • You can download the Guide in PDF here
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  • Browse the Testing Guide v3 on the wiki here

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This project's goal is to create a "best practices" web application penetration testing framework which users can implement in their own organizations and a "low level" web application penetration testing guide that describes how to find certain issues.

Version 3 of the Testing Guide was released in December 2008 after going through a major upgrade through the OWASP Summer of Code 2008.

History Behind Project The OWASP Testing guide originated in 2003 with Dan Cuthbert as one of the original editors. It was handed over to Eoin Keary in 2005 and moved onto the new OWASP wiki when it came online. Being in a wiki is easier for people to contribute and has made updating much easier. Matteo Meucci took on the Testing guide after Eoin and shepherded it through the version 2 and version 3 updates, which have been significant improvements.

OWASP Testing Guide v3

Testing Guide v3: plan (archive)

26th April 2008: Version 3 of the Testing Guide started under OWASP Summer of Code 2008.

6th November 2008: Completed draft created and previewed at OWASP EU Summit 2008 in Portugal.

Final stable release in December 2008

OWASP Testing Guide v2

10th February 2007: The OWASP Testing Guide v2 is now published Matteo Meucci (as part of his AoC project) has just published the latest version of Testing guide which:

OWASP Testing Guide v2 in Spanish: Now you can get a complete translation in Ms Doc format

For comments or questions, please join the OWASP Testing mailing list, read our archive and share your ideas. Alternatively you can contact Eoin Keary or Matteo Meucci directly.

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Thanks to the translators all around the world you can download the guide in the following languages:

  • Japanese in PDF format here (this is a 1st draft of v3.0, final release coming soon).
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Name: OWASP Testing Project (home page)
  • The OWASP Testing Guide includes a "best practice" penetration testing framework which users can implement in their own organizations and a "low level" penetration testing guide that describes techniques for testing most common web application and web service security issues.
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Testing Guide V 4.0 - 15th February 2013

The new project is available here - (no download available)

Release description:
  • Review all the control numbers to adhere to the OWASP Common numbering,
  • Review all the sections in v3,
  • Create a more readable guide, eliminating some sections that are not really useful,
  • Insert new testing techniques: HTTP Verb tampering, HTTP Parameter Pollutions, etc.,
  • Rationalize some sections as Session Management Testing,
  • Create a new section: Client side security and Firefox extensions testing.
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Testing Guide V 3.0 - December 2008 - (download)
Release description: The OWASP Testing Guide v3 is a 349 page book; we have split the set of active tests in 9 sub-categories for a total of 66 controls to test during the Web Application Testing activity.
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