Vulnerability Scanner

A vulnerability scanner is a type of computer program used to gather information on computers and systems on a network in order to find their weaknesses. By using a vulnerability scanner tool such as nmap or unicornscan, one can determine the number of clients attached to a particular network as well as various information regarding their addresses, ports, applications and services and potential exploits that can be used against them. Some scanners offer the ability to deploy payloads for the purpose of using a found exploit, and others simply display information on network topology.

Types of vulnerability scanners include: port scanners, network enumerators, network vulnerability scanners, web application security scanners, database security scanners, ERP security scanners, and computer worms (which require scanning capabilities to spread within a network).

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