It can be difficult to know if a vulnerability scanner is any good, especially if you're testing it against your own systems, which at this point in time, may not have any security problems!

We think this is why most vulnerability scanners go out of their way to tell you there's something wrong, or at least flood you with information about things they've noticed about your infrastructure, such as the fact there's a web server running, or what type of encryption it offers. This might look impressive to begin with, but it doesn't help later on when you're flooded with information, and you're missing genuine security issues because there's too much noise.

At Intruder, we like to be a little different. If we don't think there's anything wrong with your security, we'll say so. Of course where we see small opportunities for improvement, we'll mention them - but we don't throw purely "informational" issues at you which don't need any action, we know you're too busy for that.

That doesn't mean you're losing out on anything important though, under the hood we use an enterprise-grade scanning engine, and if you haven't already, check out our article "What's the benefit of perimeter-specific results?" to see how we prioritise issues that most vulnerability scanners call "informational" that do actually matter in the context of your perimeter. 

Where can I find it?

You can find the Noise Page by going to the Issues Page and clicking on Noise in the sidebar.

What can I view?

The Noise page shows you some of the so-called 'informational' checks that your targets have been scanned for. These checks vary for internal and external targets, but some examples can include the OS Identification, Device Hostname and MAC Address Enumeration. If you are interested in what has been discovered for each of these checks for your targets, you can view this information on the Noise page.

Once on the Noise page, start by clicking on the specific check that you want more information on. Once you have clicked into the check, a list of your targets will appear and you can then click the 'Details' button on the right hand side of each target to see what has been discovered for this check under the 'Raw scanner output' section.

Did this answer your question?