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Checks Made by JSA Vulnerability Manager


JSA Vulnerability Manager uses a combination of active checks that involves sending packets and remote probes, and passive correlation checks. The JSA Vulnerability Manager database covers approximately 70,000 Network, OS, and Application layer vulnerabilities.

You can search the complete scanning library by CVE, date range, vendor name, product name, product version, and exposure name from the Research window on the Vulnerabilities tab.

JSA Vulnerability Manager Tests

The following examples are some of the categories that JSA Vulnerability Manager tests:

  • Database checks

  • Web server checks

  • Web application server checks

  • Common web scripts checks

  • Custom web application checks

  • DNS server checks

  • Mail server checks

  • Application server checks

  • Wireless access point checks

  • Common service checks

  • Obsolete software and systems

The following table describes some checks that are made by JSA Vulnerability Manager.

Table 1: Types Of JSA Vulnerability Manager Checks

Type of Check


Port scan

Scans for active hosts and the ports and services that are open on each active host

Returns MAC if the host is on the same subnet as the scanner

Returns OS information

Web application scanning

Checks each web application and web page on a web server by using the following checks:

File upload

HTTP directory browsing

CWE-22 - Improper limitation of a path name to a restricted directory (path traversal)

Interesting file / seen in logs

Auto complete password in Browser

Misconfiguration in default files

Information disclosure

Unencrypted login form

Directory index-able: checks if the server directories can be browsed

HTTP PUT allowed: checks if the PUT option is enabled on server directories

Existence of obsolete files

CGI scanning: common web page checks

Injection (XSS/script/HTML)

Remote file retrieval (server wide)

Command execution from remote shell

SQL injection, including authentication bypass, software identification, and remote source

Reverse tuning options, except for specified options

Note: Authenticated web app scanning is not supported. For example, if authentication is required to access the site, you can't run web app tests.


User name and password disclosure

Access to file systems

Default user names and passwords

Privilege escalation

Denial of service

Remote command execution

Cross site scripting (Microsoft)


Exploits and open access to databases.

Default passwords

Compromised user names and passwords

Denial of service

Admin rights

Web server

Known vulnerabilities, exploits, and configuration issues on web servers.

Denial of service

Default admin passwords

File system view ability

Cross site scripting

Common web scripts

Commonly found web scripts such as CGI

E-commerce related scripts



DNS server

Weak password encryption

Denial of service

Determine account names

Send emails

Read arbitrary emails and sensitive account information

Get admin access

Wireless access point

Default admin account passwords

Default SNMP community names

Plain text password storage

Denial of service

Common services

Domain name system (DNS)

File transfer protocol (FTP)

Simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP)

Application server

Authentication bypass

Denial of service

Information disclosure

Default user names and passwords

Weak file permissions

Cross site scripting


Client-side vulnerabilities on IE, Chrome, Skype, and others.

Password testing

Default password testing

Windows patch scanning

Collects registry key entries, windows services, installed windows applications, and patched Microsoft bugs.

UNIX patch scanning

Collects details of installed RPMs

Web Application Scanning

JSA Vulnerability Manager uses unauthenticated scanning for core web application scanning. The following list describes JSA Vulnerability Manager web vulnerability checks:

  • SQL Injection Vulnerabilities

    SQL injection vulnerabilities occur when poorly written programs accept user-provided data in a database query without validating the input, which is found on web pages that have dynamic content. By testing for SQL injection vulnerabilities, JSA Vulnerability Manager assures that the required authorization is in place to prevent these exploits from occurring.

  • Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerabilities

    Cross-Site Scripting vulnerabilities can allow malicious users to inject code into web pages that are viewed by other users. HTML and client-side scripts are examples of code that might be injected into web pages. An exploited cross-site scripting vulnerability can be used by attackers to bypass access controls such as the same origin policy. JSA Vulnerability Manager tests for varieties of persistent and non-persistent cross-site scripting vulnerabilities to ensure that the web application is not susceptible to this threat.

  • Web Application Infrastructure

    JSA Vulnerability Manager includes thousands of checks that check default configurations, cgi scripts, installed and supporting application, underlying operating systems and devices.

  • Web page errors

For in-depth web application scanning, JSA Vulnerability Manager integrates with IBM Security AppScan to provide greater web application visibility to your vulnerabilities.

Network Device Scanning

JSA Vulnerability Manager includes the following plug-ins that support scanning of network devices:

  • SNMP

    JSA Vulnerability Manager supports SNMP V1 and SNMP V2. SNMP V3 is not supported. JSA Vulnerability Manager uses a dictionary of known community defaults for various SNMP-enabled devices. You can customize the dictionary.

  • OVAL scanning

    JSA Vulnerability Manager uses OVAL to detect and report known vulnerabilities. The JSA Vulnerability Manager OVAL scanning plug-in currently works only with Cisco devices.

External Scanner Checks

The external scanner scans the following OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) CWEs (Common Weakness Enumerations):

  • Directory Listing

  • Path Traversal, Windows File Parameter Alteration, UNIX File Parameter Alteration, Poison Null Byte Windows Files Retrieval, Poison Null Byte UNIX Files Retrieval

  • Cross-Site Scripting, DOM Based Cross-Site Scripting

  • SQL Injection, Blind SQL Injection, Blind SQL Injection (Time Based)

  • Autocomplete HTML Attribute Not Disabled for Password Field

  • Unencrypted Login Request, Unencrypted Password Parameter

  • Remote Code Execution, Parameter System Call Code Injection, File Parameter Shell Command Injection, Format String Remote Command Execution

Database Scanning

JSA Vulnerability Manager detects vulnerabilities on major databases by using authenticated scanning of target hosts. In addition, JSA Vulnerability Manager targets several databases by using plug-ins.

Operating System Checks

Table 2: Operating System Checks

Operating system

Vulnerability scanning

Patch scanning










CentOS Linux




Debian Linux




Fedora Linux




Red Hat Linux




Sun Solaris








Suse Linux




Ubuntu Linux








AS/400 / iSeries




OVALs and Operating Systems

OVAL definitions are supported on the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 10

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1

  • Microsoft Windows 8

  • Microsoft Windows 7

  • Microsoft Windows Vista

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003

  • CentOS versions 3 - 7

  • IBM AIX versions 4-7

  • RHEL versions 3 - 7

  • SUSE versions 10 - 11

  • Ubuntu versions 6-14

  • Red Hat 9

  • Solaris versions 2.6, 7 - 10