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SAINT® Scanning Engine

Posted by Parth Barot on January 18, 2006

Experts praise the SAINT vulnerability scanner because it pinpoints security risks accurately and comprehensively, yet it’s simple to use. The SAINT vulnerability scanner is the first step in detecting network vulnerabilities. Here’s how the SAINT vulnerability scanner works:

4 Steps to a SAINT® Scan

SAINT® screens every live system on a network for TCP and UDP services (step 1). For each service it finds running, it launches a set of probes designed to detect anything that could allow an attacker to gain unauthorized access, create a denial-of-service, or gain sensitive information about the network (step 2).

When vulnerabilities are detected (step 3), SAINT vulnerability scanner categorizes the results in several ways, allowing customers to target the data they find most useful (step 4). SAINT® can group vulnerabilities according to severity, type, or count. It also can provide information about a particular host or group of hosts. SAINT® describes each of the vulnerabilities it locates, references Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVE), CERT advisories, and IAVA (Information Assurance Vulnerability Alerts) and describes ways to correct the vulnerabilities. In many cases, SAINT vulnerability scanner provides links where you can download patches or new versions of software that will eliminate the detected vulnerabilities.

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