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Test for Web Server Vulnerability

By Blane Warrene

Nikto is a handy tool created by the folks at Cirt.Net for comprehensive scanning of your web servers’ security.

As described on the Cirt site:

[indent]Nikto is an Open Source (GPL) web server scanner which performs comprehensive tests against web servers for multiple items, including over 2600 potentially dangerous files/CGIs, versions on over 625 servers, and version specific problems on over 230 servers. Scan items and plugins are frequently updated and can be automatically updated (if desired).
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It includes support for Unix (which would of course include OS X) and Windows-based machines and is the replacement for htmap from the same group.

This is an excellent starting point when performing a thorough review of servers under your administration for security, vulnerability and tightening up configurations.

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