Cross-site Scripting or XSS is one of the most common types of web attacks.

Hackers inject malicious scripts in trusted websites to harm both the website and its visitors.

If your business is looking for scanning and testing tools to detect XSS, we have created a list of the best ones that you should try.

1. Find XSS

If you seek a simple project-based tool that will help find cross-site scripting problems across a website or a PHP project, Find XSS is one of the most trusted tools that you’d find. Their website offers a detailed explanation of how to get started.

Additionally, there are plenty of other security tools within the website that will help you monitor and detect other security problems.

  • Free test available
  • Scans for XSS and SQLi
  • Option to upload projects
  • Firefox addons available

2. XSS Mister Scanner

Mister Scanner XSS Tool tests your website for even the deep-seeded issues including the ones in your header, which seemingly look benign. Other that that, this scanner is capable of testing for every other server and OWASP issue including SQL Injection, Caching loopholes, and Cross-site Request Forgery.

The first scan is free and you will get detailed reports every week for $2. This is the cheapest OWASP or SQLi scanner that we have come across.

  • Free XSS Scan
  • OWASP Top 10 coverage
  • 24*7 support
  • Used by 1000+ companies

3. Quttera

When it comes to detecting Cross-Site Scripting, Quttera is one of the best online testing tools in the market. Although it is not restricted to one vulnerability detection, you can use it the way you like it.

It detects OWASP Top 10 and SANS 25, which includes SQL Injection, XSS, and CSRF. With a free forever scan option, you can also get a trial on WAF to fix the vulnerabilities virtually.

  • SQLi, XSS, CSRF, and OWASP Top 10
  • Easy to setup
  • Compatible with Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress
  • HTML 5 and JavaScript scan

4. XSS Scanner

XSS Scanner is another free, basic tool that every developer should possess. You can test it out today and if it looks good, opt for the premium scans which also include periodic testing of the website. In the premium plan, you even get alerts for critical vulnerabilities found during the scan.

XSS Scanner is apt for bloggers, developers, and small companies.

  • Quick scan
  • Through XSS testing
  • Free plan

5. Acunetix

Acunetix provides downloadable and online versions of it scanner to test for common vulnerabilities. The tool is fully capable of checking for all common kinds of XSS including Blind XSS and Dom-based XSS.

With testing capability for more than 3000 vulnerabilities, Acunteix is one of the better choices for online businesses.

  • Automatic checks for Blind XSS and Dom-based XSS
  • Tests for SQLii, CSRF, and 3000 security issues
  • Compatible with Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress
  • Scan authenticated pages
  • Detailed reports
  • HTML5 and JavaScript support

6. W3af (Plugin)

The W3af XSS audit plugin is strictly for people who understand it. The plugin sends JavaScript strings as input to test specific web pages. When configured correctly, this tool will efficiently identify persistent cross site scripting vulnerabilities.

  • Plugin-based tool
  • Configurable parameters
  • Identifies persistent XSS

7. Qualys

Qualys is one of the most respected companies in the cyber security space. Their web application scanning is fully loaded to identify any kind of vulnerability including XSS, CSRF, and SQLi. It can test web applications, websites, APIs, and even IoT to ensure deep security.

Loaded with malware detection, we highly recommend this one.

  • OWASP Top 10 detection (SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), cross-site request forgery (CSRF) and unvalidated redirection)
  • Tests APIs and IoT
  • Malware detection included
  • SOAP and REST API scanning
  • Scheduling features
  • Online dashboard

8. Tenable

If you’re looking for a fully-loading scanning solution, Tenable is another option on the lines of AppTrana and Qualys. It promises automated and accurate scanning for OWASP Top 10 issues including XSS and SQLi. Due to the time constraints, we couldn’t test this tool but have heard rave reviews from some of the companies we know.

  • No-touch automatic scans
  • Supports HTML5 and AJAX web applications
  • Unified, central dashboard
  • Free trial available

9. Swascan

This Italy-based company has joined hands with Cisco to offer one of the best Cross-site scripting scanners. Swascan is fully capable of detecting common XSS issues like:

  • Type I or Persistent or Stored XSS;
  • Type II or Non-persistent or Reflected XSS and
  • DOM-based XSS or Type 0.

The product scans entire website looking for security reports and then creates detailed reports.

  • OWASP Top 10 coverage (SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting, Cross-Site Request Forgery, and more)
  • Automated scanning and reporting
  • Free Trial availability
  • HTML5 and JavaScript support

Bonus: Rapid 7

Rapid 7 is the final XSS checking tool on our list. Loaded with features like OWASP Top 10 detection, remediation support, and flexible pricing plans, Rapid 7 is a worthy competitor to all other commercial tools on our list. Although this tool doesn’t cover more than OWASP vulnerabilities, lower prices justify the use. It is not as expensive as Qualys or Rapid 7.

  • OWASP Top 10 vulnerability detection
  • Free trial available
  • Easy to understand reports
  • Remediation support

Do you know of any such tools? Leave them in the comments.

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