In this tutorial i’m going to explain how to Find Vulnerabilities for Any Website Using Nikto
tool in Kali linux, Before attacking any website, it’s critical to do good reconnaissance. A few minutes of recon can save you hours on a hack. Simply trying various attacks without first finding which attacks the site is vulnerable is pure foolishness.
Nikto tool is freely available in hacker’s Os Kali linux,
Let’s start with Kali Linux,
First off, you need to have Kali linux (or backtrack) up and running on your machine. Any other Linux distro might work, but you’ll need to install Nikto on your own.
There are a number of tools and applications to find vulnerabilities in websites, but one of the simplest (and one of my favorites) is nikto.
This small and simple tool examines a website and reports back to you the potential vulnerabilities that it found that you could use to exploit or hack the site. In addition, it’s one of the most widely used website vulnerabilities tools in the industry and in many circles considered the industry standard.
Although this tool is extremely useful and effective, it is NOT stealthy. Any website with an IDS or other security measures in place will detect that you are scanning it. Originally designed for security testing, it was never meant to be stealthy.
Step 1: Fire Up Kali & Open Nikto
Although there are many options in using nikto, we will limit ourselves here to the basic syntax, such as this:
nikto -h <IP or hostname>
Step 2: Scan the Web Server
Let’s start with a safe web server on our own network. In this case, I have started the http service on another machine on my network. There is not a website hosted by this machine, just the web server. Let’s scan it for vulnerabilities by typing:
nikto -h 192.168.1.104
Nikto responds with a lot of information, as you can see below.
First, it tells us the server is Apache 2.2.14, probably on Ubuntu. It nailed this info and gives up more information on other potential vulnerabilities on this web server.
Note near the bottom that it identifies some vulnerabilities with the OSVDB prefix.
3: Scan the Site
Let’s see what nikto can tell us about this site.
nikto -h webscantest.com
Once again, it identifies the server (Apache) and then proceeds to identify numerous potential vulnerabilities pre-fixed with OSVDB.
Note, in lower half of this page there are cross-references to the various information sources about this vulnerability, as well as references to tools and filters such as Nikto, Nessus, and Snort.
Finally, lets point nikto at www.facebook.com.
nikto -h facebook.com
As you can see, Facebook is tightly secured with few vulnerabilities. As you can imagine, if Facebook weren’t secure, every script-kiddie on the planet would be hacking it to see who his true love is chatting with online.