Offensive Web Testing Framework
OWASP OWTF is a project focused on penetration testing efficiency and alignment of security tests to security standards like the OWASP Testing Guide (v3 and v4), the OWASP Top 10, PTES and NIST so that pentesters will have more time to
- See the big picture and think out of the box
- More efficiently find, verify and combine vulnerabilities
- Have time to investigate complex vulnerabilities like business logic/architectural flaws or virtual hosting sessions
- Perform more tactical/targeted fuzzing on seemingly risky areas
- Demonstrate true impact despite the short timeframes we are typically given to test.
The tool is highly configurable and anybody can trivially create simple plugins or add new tests in the configuration files without having any development experience.
Note: This tool is however not a silverbullet and will only be as good as the person using it: Understanding and experience will be required to correctly interpret tool output and decide what to investigate further in order to demonstrate impact.
OWTF is developed on KaliLinux and macOS but it is made for Kali Linux (or other Debian derivatives)
OWTF supports both Python2 and Python3.
Using a virtualenv is highly recommended!
Manually set up the database
Replace the variables
$db_pass with values from the
settings.py file. Make sure the values
are exactly the same.
Start the postgreSQL server,
brew install postgresqland
pg_ctl -D /usr/local/var/postgres start
sudo systemctl enable postgresql; sudo systemctl start postgresqlor
sudo service postgresql start
psql postgres -c "CREATE USER $db_user WITH PASSWORD '$db_pass';"
sudo su postgres -c "psql -c \"CREATE USER $db_user WITH PASSWORD '$db_pass'\""
Create the database,
psql postgres -c "CREATE DATABASE $db_name WITH OWNER $db_user ENCODING 'utf-8' TEMPLATE template0;"
sudo su postgres -c "psql -c \"CREATE DATABASE $db_name WITH OWNER $db_user ENCODING 'utf-8' TEMPLATE template0;\""
pip install git+https://github.com/owtf/owtf#egg=owtf or clone the
python setup.py develop.
If you want to change the database password in the Docker Compose setup,
edit the environment variables in the
To run OWTF on Windows or MacOS, OWTF uses Docker Compose. You need to
have Docker Compose installed (check by
docker-compose -v). After
installing Docker Compose, simply run
make compose and open
localhost:8009 for the OWTF web interface.
Install on OSX
Dependencies: Install Homebrew (https://brew.sh/) and follow the steps given below:
$ virtualenv <venv name> $ source <venv name>/bin/activate $ brew install coreutils gnu-sed openssl # We need to install 'cryptography' first to avoid issues $ pip install cryptography --global-option=build_ext --global-option="-L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib" --global-option="-I/usr/local/opt/openssl/include" $ git clone <this repo> $ cd owtf $ python setup.py install # Run OWTF! $ owtf
- Resilience: If one tool crashes OWTF, will move on to the next tool/test, saving the partial output of the tool until it crashed.
- Flexible: Pause and resume your work.
- Tests Separation: OWTF separates its traffic to the target
into mainly 3 types of plugins:
- Passive : No traffic goes to the target
- Semi Passive : Normal traffic to target
- Active: Direct vulnerability probing
- Extensive REST API.
- Has almost complete OWASP Testing Guide(v3, v4), Top 10, NIST, CWE coverage.
- Web interface: Easily manage large penetration engagements easily.
- Interactive report:
- Automated plugin rankings from the tool output, fully configurable by the user.
- Configurable risk rankings
- In-line notes editor for each plugin.
Code of Conduct
Checkout Code of Conduct