Introducing the WAF Testing Framework


Last week I attended an OWASP conference in Israel and participated in a panel about WAFEC. This panel is part of the currently ongoing effort to generate the second version of the WAF evaluation criteria standard. The panel gave me an opportunity to express my major concern about WAF evaluation today – the lack of measuring tools and in particular the continuous disregard towards measuring false positives.

I’ve already expressed these concerns in the last OWASP US conference where I presented a tool that might help the community overcome these issues.  The tool called WAF Testing Framework (WTF) is easily configurable with traffic samples that represent attacks (in a stateful manner) and good traffic. It then communicates according to this configuration with a bundled web application, assuming a WAF is installed in the way. The tool is able to measure the response of the WAF to each one of the requests and display a chart that includes information on False Negatives as well as False Positives.

We’ve decided to make this tool available to the community as open source. Initially it is available on our site Here. We will probably open an open source project for it on one of the standard repositories soon.