A testing framework for Web application security assessment

Yao Wen Huang*, Chung Hung Tsai, Tsung Po Lin, Shih-Kun Huang, D. T. Lee, Sy Yen Kuo

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The rapid development phases and extremely short turnaround time of Web applications make it difficult to eliminate their vulnerabilities. Here we study how software testing techniques such as fault injection and runtime monitoring can be applied to Web applications. We implemented our proposed mechanisms in the Web Application Vulnerability and Error Scanner (WAVES)-a black-box testing framework for automated Web application security assessment. Real-world situations are used to test WAVES and to compare it with other tools. Our results show that WAVES is a feasible platform for assessing Web application security.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-761
Number of pages23
JournalComputer Networks
Issue number5
StatePublished - 5 Aug 2005


  • Black-box testing
  • Complete crawling
  • Fault injection
  • Security assessment
  • Web application testing


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