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Web fuzzers review

Intro

This is a December 2020 web fuzzing tools review made by myself. I have measured times, CPU usage and RAM consumption in three different lists, 10K, 100K and 400K lines and putting each tool with three different sets of threads: 40, 100 and 400 threads.
Why? Because I have been a ffuf user since version 0.9 (13 Apr 2019) and recently I thought that maybe it was time to review the rest of the tools.
This is not intended to be a serious investigation, a technical paper, or anything like that, just a series of tests that I have done for fun. The results shown are my opinion and if at any time you do not like them or you don't agree, you can stop reading or explain to me how I could have done it better :)
All the results of my runs and tests are posted here, it has three sheets (info, performance and features).

Tools

Small summary of each tool with the features and results that I got. This section not follows any special order.

wfuzz

GitHub's first release 2014, it's like a tank for web fuzzing, it has a lot of (really a lot) customizations and does almost everything very well. Everybody knows it, he was the best until Golang came.

Pros

  • Lot of customization.
  • Maybe most versatile.

Cons

  • RAM eater.
  • High CPU usage even with sort lists.
  • Slow.

ffuf

GitHub's first release Nov 2018. For me, it has become the best, it is fast, versatile, many options and does not give problems.

Pros

  • Fast.
  • Multiple options.
  • Low resource usage.

Cons

  • Fancy/non-relevant features like:
    • Pause/resume.
    • ETA.
  • Ugly recursion output.
  • Only errors count, to check them you must run again with -debug file flag.
GitHub's first release Oct 2020. It's the youngest in the list and I really wanted to try it because it looks great and comes with some features that I didn't see in other tools.

Pros

  • Response link extractor.
  • Pause and resume.
  • Low CPU usage.

Cons

  • Tool has crashed in some tests.
  • Feels buggy.
  • RAM eater.
  • No FUZZ keyword.
  • No rate/time limits.

gobuster

  • Author: @OJ
  • Language: Go
GitHub's first release 2015. For me, it was the predecessor of fuff, I used it on OSCP exam, and it took me a while to get rid of it.

Pros

  • Really fast.
  • Low CPU and RAM.
  • S3 enum.
  • Patterns usage.

Cons

  • No recursion.
  • No colors.
  • No filters.
  • Lack of features.
  • Author: @phra
  • Language: Rust
GitHub's first release May 2019. I got to this one because I read about it on the feroxbuster page and I found it very interesting.

Pros

  • The fastest.
  • Best in CPU and RAM.
  • IIS Shortname scanner

Cons

  • No recursion.
  • No colors.
  • The one with the least features.
  • Last commit sept 2019, maybe abandoned.
  • Sometimes crashes with many threads.

dirsearch

GitHub's first release Jul 2014. It was the first fuzzing tool I used, it comes with custom wordlist, pretty output and a lot of options.

Pros

  • Prettiest output imo.
  • Quality options by default.
  • Easy of use, recommended for noobs.
  • Wordlists mutation.

Cons

  • The slowest.
  • No FUZZ keyword.

Results

Time

  1. 1.
    rustbuster
  2. 2.
    ffuf
  3. 3.
    gobuster
  4. 4.
    feroxbuster
  5. 5.
    wfuzz
  6. 6.
    dirsearch

CPU

  1. 1.
    feroxbuster
  2. 2.
    dirsearch
  3. 3.
    gobuster
  4. 4.
    ffuf
  5. 5.
    rustbuster
  6. 6.
    wfuzz

RAM

  1. 1.
    gobuster
  2. 2.
    rustbuster
  3. 3.
    ffuf
  4. 4.
    dirsearch
  5. 5.
    feroxbuster
  6. 6.
    wfuzz

Features

  1. 1.
    ffuf
  2. 2.
    wfuzz
  3. 3.
    dirsearch
  4. 4.
    feroxbuster
  5. 5.
    gobuster
  6. 6.
    rustbuster

General

  1. 1.
    ffuf
  2. 2.
    gobuster
  3. 3.
    feroxbuster
  4. 4.
    rustbuster
  5. 5.
    dirsearch
  6. 6.
    wfuzz

Final thoughts

I will continue using ffuf because it seems that it's the tool with the best balance between functionalities and performance. I was very surprised by Rust and I really want Feroxbuster to continue growing and become a worthy rival for ffuf and finally it seems that the fathers of fuzzing tools are left behind, the world advances!
Last modified 11mo ago