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Syhunt as Alternative to Acunetix

This document compares key functionality and scan capabilities of two industry-leading products: Syhunt Hybrid and Acunetix. The comparison is of particular interest for those undecided between the two products and for those seeking for an alternative to Acunetix.


Both Syhunt and Acunetix are pioneer industry-leading web application security competing companies. The development of both products began almost at the same epoch, Syhunt was founded in 2003 while Acunetix was founded in 2005. In 2008, Syhunt went beyond the DAST market and added its first SAST capabilities (Syhunt Code), which has been expanding heavily since then, and in 2019, added MAST capabilities (Syhunt Mobile). Acunetix in comparison added IAST capabilities in 2008 (known as AcuSensor), OAST capabilities (AcuMonitor) in 2013 and, in 2019, network scans through OpenVAS. Syhunt's OAST capabilities (Syhunt Signal), unveiled in 2020, integrate with Syhunt's SAST capabilities to provide hybrid-augmented security analysis.


The table below offers a closer look at the different testing methodologies and features of Syhunt Hybrid and Acunetix and why Syhunt can best suit the application security needs of an organization.

FeatureSyhunt Hybrid Platinum PlusAcunetix StandardAcunetix Premium
Number of Target WebsitesUnlimitedRestricted to 5 (minimum)Restricted to 5 (minimum)
Number of Detected Web Vulnerabilities8.000+6500+6500+
Detect Mobile Vulnerabilities iOS & Android
Deep Crawler (crawls HTML5 & JS-heavy websites)
Gray-Box Vulnerability Testing HAST (Hybrid-Augmented Analysis) IAST (AcuSensor) IAST (AcuSensor)
Gray-Box Vulnerability Testing Language SupportPHP, ASP, ASP.NET, Java, Node.js, Lua, Perl, Python & RubyPHP, ASP.NET & Java onlyPHP, ASP.NET & Java only
Black-Box Vulnerability Testing DAST & OAST (Syhunt Signal) DAST & OAST (AcuMonitor) DAST & OAST (AcuMonitor)
White-Box Vulnerability Testing SAST, MAST & FAST
Compliance Reports (PCI-DSS, CWE/SANS, WASC, and more)
Version Control Systems Integration (GIT, Azure Repos, GitHub, etc)
Issue Tracker Integration (Jira, GitLab, GitHub, etc)
Continuous Scanning & Integration GitLab & Jenkins Pipeline
Architecture & Scale
Unlimited Web Scanning
Multiple Simultaneous Scans
Max Number of Simultaneous ScansUnlimitedUnlimited
DeliveryOn-PremisesHosted or On-PremisesHosted and On-Premises
Vulnerability Assessment Features
Manual Login Sandcat Browser Session Integration
Google Chrome Integration
Mozilla Firefox Integration
Login Sequence Recorder Login Sequence Recorder
Manual Intervention during Scan
Malware Content Detection DAST, SAST & FAST DAST only DAST only
Vulnerability Reporting
Report Templates
OWASP Top 10 Report
CWE/SANS Top 25 Report
WASC Threats Report
CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) for Severity CVSS3, CVSS2 CVSS3, CVSS2 CVSS3, CVSS2
Remediation Advice
Trend Graphs
WAF Virtual Patching Big IP ASM, Imperva, ModSecurity, XML Export
Version Control Systems Integration (GIT, Azure Repos, GitHub, etc)
Issue Tracker Integration (Jira, GitLab, GitHub, etc)
Continuous Integration GitLab & Jenkins Pipeline

DAST Accuracy & Crawling Coverage Comparison

VulnerabilitySyhunt DynamicAcunetix
Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Detection100%100%
SQL Injection100%100%
LFI/Path Traversal100%94%
Unvalidated Redirect100%100%
Crawling Coverage (WIVET)94%94%

For more details. see Scanner Comparison.