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Google open sources RatProxy security tool




Google open sources RatProxy security tool
Google open sources RatProxy security tool



http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2220583/google-releases-web-app 

By Shaun Nichols in San Francisco
vnunet.com
02 July 2008

Google has released the source code for a security tool it uses 
internally.

The RatProxy software analyzes web pages for potential security risks 
and reports them back to the site administrator.

Among the vulnerabilities RatProxy is able to test for are cross-site 
scripting flaws and incomplete cross-site defense mechanisms as well as 
potential data leak sources and risky code that retrieves data from 
outside domains.

The company hopes that developers will put the tool to use when coding 
new web-based services that rely on multiple sites and outside sources 
for data. Google security engineer Michal Zalewski warned, however, that 
the tool should not be considered a substitute for a thorough analysis 
by a security professional.

"We feel it will be a valuable contribution to the information security 
community, helping advance the community's understanding of security 
challenges associated with contemporary web technologies," explained 
Zalewski.

"We believe that responsible security research brings a net overall 
benefit to the safety of the Web as a whole, and have released this tool 
explicitly to support that kind of research."

Users can download the tool from the Google Code site. The tool works on 
Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and MacOS X operating systems.


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