[Owasp-leaders] A neutral Benchmark

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Sat Nov 28 01:00:21 UTC 2015

I really like this idea, Johanna, and it seems inline with Dave's
suggestion of having an Advisory Board for the project.  The one thing that
I do think that we need to steer clear from, however, is in publishing the
results of the tests conducted with the Benchmark.  If others want to test
and publish their personal results, that's not something we can stop, but
in an effort to be vendor-neutral, I think that OWASP should not be
publishing results.


On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 4:16 PM, johanna curiel curiel <
johanna.curiel at owasp.org> wrote:

> Hi Dave
> >>I don¹t have licenses to any of these tools and so far, no one has
> stepped
> up and offered to run any of these tools against the Benchmark.
> I think that the Contrast marketing campaign hurt the participation of a
> promising project before it could take off.
> For every specific xml output report , you need to create a parser in
> order to produce the reports. Without their collaboration or people with
> licences to test, you won't get their input
> As a neutral party with no conflict of interests in this project, I think
> we can request licenses to these vendors and with the participation of
> other volunteers that have no commercial ulterior motives to this. I have
> added Ali Ramzoo, who is also part of the  OWASP Research initiative
> We could indeed:
>    - Promote that the project is under a neutral research initiative
>    - Ask for licenses,
>    - Deploy them in a VM we can all have access to
>    - Verify if the tools can produce an XML output report (if not you
>    cannot parse)
>    - Discuss with them our findings privately before publishing our
>    findings
>    - We have also to be very conscious that if the XML report does not
>    generate all the findings in their tool (as the case of ZAP with Fuzzing)
>    then we need mention this very clear. Otherwise you can hurt the reputation
>    of the tool.
> This is how I can help this project and try to create a neutral clean view
> of a tool which I believe has potential but it needs to shake off all the
> publicity around Contrast
> Regards
> Johanna
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