Use cases

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for penetration testing

Leverage RPA to speed up your pentests by offloading80% of manual work to pentest robots

  • Specialized RPA built by pentesters

  • Fully controllable testing logic

  • Workflow continuity for chained scans

  • Drag & drop visual builder for pentest robots

  • Shared templates for consistency across engagements

  • Secure, fully managed RPA environment

Boost productivity & increase your accuracy with RPA-fueled pentesting

Offload tedious work to our pentest robots and make your entire workflow more efficient

Recon

  • Pre-built Domain Recon and Treasure Hunter pentest robots

  • Chain multiple info gathering tools

  • Automatically run follow-up scans for each web port discovered

  • Data aggregated in the Attack Surface

Vulnerability detection

  • Dedicated, editable pentest robots

  • Scan scheduling & scan completion alerts - no manual check-in required

  • Automated successive scans based on conditions that match your testing stages

  • No waiting times between scans

Vuln analysis & exploitation

  • Ready-to-use exploitation pentest robot (e.g. Auto HTTP Login Bruteforcer)

  • Rich customization options when building your own pentest robots

  • Visual editor with drag & drop option to chain tools and logic blocks that replicate your pentesting workflow

What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

Robotic Process Automation is the tech we built into Pentest-Tools.com so you can easily create, customize, and use pentest robots that replicate your repetitive actions and workflows.

Automate penetration testing grunt work with Pentest Robots

Robotic Process Automation is not meant to replace humans. It’s meant to perform clearly defined tasks for them. RPA frees pentesters from tedious manual work that involves repetition and steps that are linked together (e.g. starting one scan after another).

We know you’re wondering and no, RPA is not AI. This type of automation is closer to Scratch. It has obvious limitations but this is actually what makes it a goldmine for security teams.

How does RPA for penetration testing work?

RPA makes it very easy to automatically run a sequence of actions you define in the form of pentest robots.

With these, you can reliably chain and automate tasks such as subdomain discovery, port scanning, fingerprinting, and a lot more.

Use the visual editor to combine tool blocks and logic blocks, tweaking settings for each scanner as you need.

Once deployed, pentest robots interact with target systems, scan them, capture data, and trigger responses based on the conditions you set. The resulting findings instantly populate the Attack Surface view and your pentest reports.

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How is RPA different from other automation tools in pentesting?

Penetration testing tools have come a long way and many boast automation capabilities. Some even want to replace humans – a cliché we fiercely oppose.

The problem is most automation solutions out there tend to be quite inflexible and noisy. Their lack of customization options gives pentesters the chills.

Controlled testing is what you need and we know that. With RPA, we deliver a much more targeted approach to pentest automation.

Pentest robots are replicable testing flows with clearly defined rules that you set. You control their behavior from start to finish which helps avoid the risk of accidental damage.

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Why should I use RPA in my pentest engagements?

Whether you’re an independent pentester or part of a security team, pentest robots help you apply your knowledge and expertise at scale.

By automating time-intensive, lower-value tasks you make time for more impactful, strategic work that helps you over-deliver and impress.

Personal gains

  • Major time-savings

  • Productivity boost

  • More time for creative, rewarding work

  • Stronger focus on complex vulns

  • Alignment with your team

  • Less draining manual work

Business wins

  • Fast ROI

  • Works for senior and junior pentesters

  • Higher job satisfaction

  • Process consistency across teams

  • Scalability at every business stage

  • Compliance-ready audit trail

How do I start using RPA for penetration testing?

If you’re ready to automate as much as 80% of your pentesting tasks so you can focus your expertise on the 20% that makes all the difference, here’s how to get started.

  1. 1

    Choose a plan that includes access to our pentest robots.

  2. 2

    In your dashboard, go to Targets and choose Scan with Robot, selecting the pre-built robot that suits your needs.

  3. 3

    Sit back and watch it do your work for you, as Findings accumulate in your dashboard and your Attack Surface view starts to develop.

  4. 4

    Once you get familiar with them, you can build your own pentest robots under Automation/Robots.

Not sure if RPA for pentesting is for you?

Watch this walkthrough by our founder, Adrian Furtuna, from our launch at Black Hat Europe 2020:

Pentest Robots - Automate your pentesting flows and remove 80% of manual work

What are the limitations of RPA for penetration testing?

RPA is not the solution to all your problems. There’s a limit to how much RPA-based pentest robots can mimic human actions – and that’s a good thing.

This gives you control and keeps automated actions contained to the testing stages and tasks you choose.

Full transparency: for the moment, you can use a selection of tools from the platform to build pentest robots - Find Subdomains, URL Fuzzer, Website Recon, Website Scanner, Port Scanner, Password Auditor.

In future platform updates we’ll make other tools and scanners on Pentest-Tools.com available in the Robot Design Studio, so keep an eye on them.

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Changelog

Latest Pentest Robots updates

  • Web app vulnerability scanners benchmark results

    We evaluated our Website Vulnerability Scanner with some of the most-known tools in Dynamic Web Application Security Testing, both commercial and open-source options: Burp Scanner, Acunetix, Qualys, Rapid7 InsightVM, and ZAP. Find out which was the most accurate scanner and which had the most false positives!

    For a look behind the scenes, check out our blog article.

    For all the data behind the results in the benchmark, download the white paper.

    vulnerability detection across both targets

  • NEW: a detailed benchmark of top network vulnerability scanners

    We tested the most used network vulnerability scanners: Nessus Professional, Nmap vulnerability scripts, Nuclei, OpenVAS, Qualys, and Rapid7 Nexpose, including our own Network Vulnerability Scanner.

    Find out how these popular network vulnerability scanners perform in a benchmark so you can validate yourself.

    We explained the testing methodology and benchmark results in this blog article.

    To get all the details, download the white paper.

    network vulnerability scanners benchmark

  • Even more (detailed) Network Scanner findings

    Our Network Scanner packs a big punch (which this benchmark confirms). The list of findings it can get you has just gotten stronger with:

    • IP information - uncover the physical location, Autonomous System (AS) details, and associated company names of your network hostnames

    • Wappalyzer integration - our Network Scanner now uses Wappalyzer to identify the underlying technologies of web apps, giving you richer insights for results coming from our version-based scanning engine (one of 4 engines this tool uses)

    • More individual findings for publicly exposed services, including SSH (with exposed authentication), RPC, WinRM, FTP, POP3, and Telnet

  • New, powerful custom Sniper exploits

    • CVE-2024-24919 (CVSSv3 8.6) - can remote, unauthenticated attackers read the contents of any file on affected Check Point VPN servers, including password hashes for local accounts or SSH private keys?

    • CVE-2022-31137 (CVSSv3 9.8) - can ransomware actors gain remote access to Roxy Wi, the server management GUI, using this vulnerability? 

    • CVE-2024-27198 (CVSSv3 9.8) - can attackers use this critical CVE to get RCE on your JetBrains TeamCity server? 

    These three custom exploitation modules our team added to Sniper will give you the answers - and proof! (The module for CVE-2024-24919 is coming in the next 48 hours).

  • Website Scanner updates for 20/20 vision

    Our Website Vulnerability Scanner now has: 

    • Better spider results table - you now get a broader view of what the web spider did, including page title, page size, and status codes.

    • spider results table for Website ScannerMore verbose vulnerability evidence - we've revamped some of the explanations around more complex detections so you get more details about the methods our scanner uses.

  • (Much) faster URL fuzzing with light scans

    We did two things to make light scans with the URL Fuzzer finish much quicker:

    • changed the default wordlist

    • included the ability to automatically add links and words from the HTML page source to the wordlist.