Testing webserver-security with Nikto

A decent tool to test a webserver’s security setup is Nikto. It performs comprehensive tests on any given webserver and outputs its vulnerabilities. Using Ubuntu, the tool is easily available. It can be installed like this:

aptitude install nikto

To perform an actual test, the basic syntax looks like this:

nikto -h www.serverofinterest.tld

Depending on the extend of the test and the vulnerability of the server in question, the output might take a while. Yet, it will be quite enlightening as to where a server’s problem are.

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