Moth is a VMware image with a set of vulnerable Web Applications and
scripts, that you may use for:
- Testing Web Application Security Scanners
- Testing Static Code Analysis tools (SCA)
- Giving an introductory course to Web Application Security
The motivation for creating this tool came after reading
"anantasec-report.pdf" which is included in the release file which you
are free to download. The main objective of this tool is to give the
community a ready to use testbed for web application security tools.
For almost every web application vulnerability in existance, there is
a test script available in moth.
Other tools like this are available but they lack one very important
feature: a list of vulnerabilities included in the Web Applications!
In our case, we used the results gathered in the anantasec report to
solve this issue without any extra work.
There are three different ways to access the web applications and
- Through mod_security
- Through PHP-IDS (only if the web application is written in PHP)
Both mod_security and PHP-IDS have their default configurations and
they show a log of the offending request when one is found. This is
very useful for testing web application scanners, and teaching
students how web application firewalls work. The beauty is that a user
may access the same vulnerable script using the three methods; which
helps a lot in the learning process.
This is the first contribution of Bonsai Information Security to the
w3af project. Many more contributions are on it's way,
More information about moth and the download link can be found here:
Founder, Bonsai - Information Security