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OWASP Joomla Vulnerability Scanner FAQ

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Q. Do I need Internet Connection to run the scanner?

  Probably Yes or No depending on your wish.
  Yes if you want:
  1. To update the scanner/its database (via SVN checkout/the scanner)
  2. To test for Remote File Inclusion

Q. What's the purpose of the scanner?

  To detect and report all possible vulnerabilities of Joomla! CMS in a pentesting approach.

Q. Does it support HTTPS?

  Yes, if you have Perl LWP with HTTPS support. If you don't have, you'll get
  error like 501 Protocol scheme 'https' is not supported

Q. Why did you donate it the OWASP?

  Being an OWASP asset, the project is certain to reach wide range of people as
  OWASP chapter meetings are being held worldwide yearly. As the scanner is
  written in a way mainly to assist pentesters, this will be useful if I
  donate it to the OWASP. What's more, you'll achieve trust by developer communities.
  If anyone sees this reason, they all probably want to join.

Q. How do you version your scanner? 0.0 ?

  I feel the scanner needs a lot of versions passes
  to be a full-blown Joomla! scanner. That's why I started it from 0.0.1.

Q. How do you define the quality of your vulnerability scanner?

  First of all, it should address a well-known existing security problems of a product.
  As long as that product or its users exist, the tool should be updated frequently
  after new security holes are released. Dead vulnerability scanners quickly get out of date
  and we cannot get true benefit from it. Results from an outdated scanner are never reliable.
  Therefore, a vulnerability scanner must be up to date along with the target product.

Q. Are there any reasons or forces that made you start the project?

  Yeah, I started 'coz I feel it's a need.
  I used to use Joomla scanner from but it got outdated quickly.
  The author left update tasks to us. In addition, it focus mostly on
  SQL injection, LFI/RFI, ..., a type of 0wnage hacking. 
  There is a need to find every published vulnerabilities about the target 
  CMS - not only serious ones but also low/medium.
  We need to automate it - the finding process. We need the tool that does 
  like this. Today's web vulnerability scanners I have used use KB + fuzzing. 
  Their KB is not complete. We can't feel easy even if we see no vulnerability 
  reports from the scanner.
  Generic fuzzing tools can find vulnerabilities, yet it doesn't know
  the hidden parts of a specific application. Thus, it will miss 
  critical vulnerabilities.
  There are dozens of POC Joomla component exploits but I find it takes pain
  to run each to confirm vulnerability.
  The hacking methodology is always the same in every surface
  :: Recon - Enum - Exploit - Own ::
  You defeat the enemy when you know best/most about him.
  Unless you can collect better enough information about the target,
  then you're blindly kicking his door. Your success is at stake.
  When you get everything of your target at your finger tips, 
  you can easily work out which way is
  the best to attack it and which is more likely to be successful.
  One reason why I started the project is Joomla! is popular in top CMS applications.	
  Creating Joomla! component is easy. Easiness leads to the plethora of components:
  both commercial and free ones.
  Security holes are out (nearly) each month than any other CMS. 
  With that ever happening, Joomla! sites shown up in top google search results are 
  getting hacked daily. There is a responsibility for the Whitehats to stop this mess!  

Q. Which areas can be exploitable in Joomla!?

  First is Core, which is the Joomla! main application framework.
  Second is Extensions (of both Joomla! core team and third-party developers), 
   They comprise of the following:
      - Components
      - Modules
      - Templates
      - Plugins
 No doubt, there are hundreds of extensions currently available on the web waiting for
 exploitation. Some are free; some commercial.