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What scanning engine does Intruder use?
What scanning engine does Intruder use?

Find out what Intruder uses under the hood

Joe Haigh avatar
Written by Joe Haigh
Updated over a week ago

We didn't start Intruder to re-invent the wheel; there were already tons of vulnerability scanners out there with lots in common. In fact, when it comes down to the actual checks they perform, there isn't a huge difference between them, especially at the top end of the spectrum.

That said, we wanted to do things a little differently here, which is why we opted for three different scanners:

Essential plan

Powered by OpenVAS – the world's most popular open-source scanning engine used globally by both the public and private sector. This is the perfect solution for small companies with a limited internet-footprint and heavy reliance on open-source software.

Pro, Premium and Vanguard plans

Built upon Tenable Nessus – a commercial-grade scanning engine, used by large organisations and international Government bodies. This solution caters to those that with a vast number of systems exposed to the internet; but it doesn’t stop at just the external perimeter, it covers internal systems and lots of enterprise software too.

Authenticated web-app scanning / API scanning bolt-on

Users also have the option to add a leading open-source web-app scanning engine to their armoury. Zap is used to scan API schemas, as well as authenticated layers of a web-app and can be bolted onto any existing subscriptions. To read more about authenticated web-app scanning, please head to our Help Centre.

For anyone unsure as to which plan would suit them best, why not reach out and set up a time to chat? A quick call can help us assess your needs and suggest a solution that would work best for you.

See and search all checks

If you've signed up for a free trial or you're currently a customer and your first assessment has been completed, you can access and search the full list of checks we perform, as well as view the scanning engine (see the logo), the CVSS rating and the associated CVE.

  • Essential (infrastructure license only)

    For Essential customers, this list will only include external checks (as internal scanning is only available on our Pro/Vanguard plans).

  • Pro / Vanguard (infrastructure license only)

    The list includes both internal and external checks:
    Tenable Internal (Nessus):

    Tenable External:

  • + Application license

    For users with an application licenses, you'll benefit from ZAP checks too:

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