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Syhunt as Alternative to Netsparker

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

Background

Both Syhunt and Netsparker 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 Netsparker was founded in 2006. 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 mobile application security testing (Syhunt Mobile). Netsparker in comparison added OAST capabilities (known as Netsparker Hawk) in 2016. Syhunt's OAST capabilities (Syhunt Signal), unveiled in 2020, integrate with Syhunt's SAST capabilities to provide hybrid-augmented security analysis.

Comparison

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

FeatureSyhunt Hybrid Platinum PlusNetsparker StandardNetsparker Enterprise
DeliveryDesktop ApplicationHostedHosted or On-Premises
Number of Target WebsitesUnlimitedRestricted to 5 (min) to 20 (max)50+
Detect Mobile Vulnerabilities iOS & Android
Gray-Box Vulnerability Testing HAST (Hybrid-Augmented Analysis)
Black-Box Vulnerability Testing DAST & OAST (Syhunt Signal) DAST & OAST (Netsparker Hawk) DAST & OAST (Netsparker Hawk)
White-Box Vulnerability Testing SAST, MAST & FAST
PCI Vulnerability Scanning
Version Control Systems Integration (GIT, Azure Repos, GitHub, etc)
Issue Tracker Integration (Jira, GitHub, etc)
Continuous Scanning & Integration Jenkins Pipeline
Tech Support Included
Vulnerability Assessment Features
Deep Crawler (crawls HTML5 & JS-heavy websites)
Web Services Scanning (WSDL, REST etc) SAST-based SAST-based DAST-based
Authentication Support (Web Forms, Client-side Certificates, Basic Auth, etc) Custom
URL Rewrite Detection
Proof of Concept and Proof of Exploit
Manual Login
Manual Crawling
Vulnerability Reporting
Full Detailed Scan Report
Compliance Reports (PCI-DSS, CWE/SANS, WASC, and more)
OWASP Top 10 Report
CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) for Severity CVSS3 CVSS3 CVSS3
Trend Graphs
Integrations
WAF Virtual Patching Big IP ASM
Version Control Systems Integration (GIT, Azure Repos, GitHub, etc)
Issue Tracker Integration (Jira, GitHub, etc)
Continuous Integration Jenkins Pipeline
Integration APIs CLI, REST API & Lua API CLI only REST API only
Other Functionality
Vulnerability Retesting
Scan Preferences Editor and Optimizer
HTTP Request Builder HTTP & XHR, Request Loader
Advanced Pen Testing Tools Syhunt Sandcat, Huntpad

DAST Accuracy & Crawling Coverage Comparison

VulnerabilitySyhunt DynamicNetsparker
Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Detection100%100%
SQL Injection100%100%
LFI/Path Traversal100%96%
Unvalidated Redirect100%100%
Crawling Coverage (WIVET)94%92%

For more details. see Scanner Comparison.