Free Web Application Scanner - Metasploit's WMAP

WMAP is a lightweight web application security scanner available in the Metasploit framework, which helps identify web vulnerabilities.

Metasploit framework is preinstalled in Kali Linux. You can download Kali Linux virtual machine or virtual box from the below link:

After completing the setup of Kali, open the terminal and type the below command to initialize the database to create a default database.

#msfdb init

Start PostgreSQL service by using the below command

#service postgresql start

Start Metasploit by using the below command


Must check database status to see whether it is loaded or not

msf > db_status

Now initialize WMAP scanner

msf > load wmap

Listing help options

msf > help

Add a website into WMAP to start web application security scanning

msf > wmap_sites

msf > wmap_sites -l

Add a target to wmap

msf > wmap_targets -t

msf > wmap_targets -l

Now, run a vulnerability scan against the target and you will get an output similar to a below terminal snap

msf > wmap_run -t

You can launch a scanner by using the below command

msf > wmap_run -e

List out identified vulnerabilities by using the below command:

msf > wmap_vulns -l


Definitely, WMAP is a good vulnerability scanner to identify less severe issues in an application. However, this tool does not replace your primary scanner and manual effort to identify high-severity security issues.

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Disclaimer: This tutorial is for educational purpose only. Individual is solely responsible for any illegal act.

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