Time and Attack Mapper AKA TA-Mapper – Time/Effort Estimator Tool For Blackbox Security Assessment


Time and Attack Mapper (alternatively known as TA-Mapper) is an effort estimator tool for blackbox security assessment (or Penetration Testing) of applications. This tool provides more accurate estimation when compared to rough estimation. Penetration testers who always has hard time explaining/justifying the efforts charged (or quoted) to their customers can find this tool handy by able to calculate efforts with greater accuracy required for application penetration testing.

In addition, this tool helps application pen-testers in itemizing their penetration testing efforts into micro-level and provides more clarity of their pen-testing activities. In future the author has plans to extend this tool ability to generate test cases.

The tool was written back in 2004 to support a freelance assessment. The author was intrigued to write this tool when he was asked by one of his Fortune 100 customer to justify efforts quoted against the activities for a penetration testing assignment. It not just helped him win the project but also help him educate the customer in knowing the activities involved at the micro-level. After making few changes in the tool the author thought it has been kept private too long and it’s the right time to share it with the world.

How it works

The strength of this tool lies in the background factors that were taken into consideration which helps in making an accurate estimation.

The tool makes it calculation based on various test types set against individual attacks. Almost all attacks performed against an application involve different factors in the way it is tested. Hence those different factors make it more complex to make a generic calculation of efforts. Around seven different test types were identified where different complex factors were mapped and grouped to come up with a mathematical formula for calculating efforts against individual attacks.

You can download TA-Mapper here:

TA-Mapper.zip

Or read more here.

Posted in: Hacking News, Security Software


Latest Posts:


OWASP APICheck - HTTP API DevSecOps Toolset OWASP APICheck – HTTP API DevSecOps Toolset
APICheck is an HTTP API DevSecOps toolset, it integrates existing tools, creates execution chains easily and is designed for integration with 3rd parties.
trident - Automated Password Spraying Tool trident – Automated Password Spraying Tool
The Trident project is an automated password spraying tool developed to be deployed on multiple cloud providers and provides advanced options around scheduling
tko-subs - Detect & Takeover Subdomains With Dead DNS Records tko-subs – Detect & Takeover Subdomains With Dead DNS Records
tko-subs is a tool that helps you to detect & takeover subdomains with dead DNS records, this could be dangling CNAMEs point to hosting services and more.
Arcane - Tool To Backdoor iOS Packages (iPhone ARM) Arcane – Tool To Backdoor iOS Packages (iPhone ARM)
Arcane is a simple script tool to backdoor iOS packages (iPhone ARM) and create the necessary resources for APT repositories.
SharpHose - Asynchronous Password Spraying Tool SharpHose – Asynchronous Password Spraying Tool
SharpHose is an asynchronous password spraying tool in C# for Windows environments that takes into consideration fine-grained password policies and can be run over Cobalt Strike's execute-assembly.
Axiom - Pen-Testing Server For Collecting Bug Bounties Axiom – Pen-Testing Server For Collecting Bug Bounties
Project Axiom is a set of utilities for managing a small dynamic infrastructure setup for bug bounty, basically a pen-testing server out of the box with 1-line.


Comments are closed.