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Are there any open source solutions for testing web security vulnerabilities? I am not looking to make my web application bullet proof since it'll be used internally at our organization. But I'd like to test it for the bare essentials from a web security perspective.

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Zed Attack Proxy from OWASP - https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Zed_Attack_Proxy_Project

And generally I would advise browsing the site to learn more about security

Metasploit community edition is free - http://www.metasploit.com/about/choose-right-edition/

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Burp Suite also has a free edition portswigger.net/burp. The professional edition, while not free is extremely cheap compared to other comparable solutions at $299 for a license. –  Sam Woods Jan 15 '13 at 18:21
    
Good catch, I'd forgotten that one, though how I could forget a product with such a wonderful name... –  Phil Kirkham Jan 15 '13 at 19:53
    
The OWASP group is a great source of info. ZAP and the WebGoat project can teach you a LOT. Webgoat is even guided, almost like taking a class. Once you feel comfortable with those concepts, download and explore some of the pre-packaged distros for this like BackTrack or SamuraiWTF. Then set up a VM and see what you can do! –  maznika Feb 1 '13 at 18:38

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