So what is w3af? It is an open source security scanner that has a long list of features. If you have never heard of it, take a tour on the w3af website. I've used this valuable software in the past to secure web applications of all types. I would like to make it available for Slackware users everywhere.
w3af is extremely out of date on SlackBuilds.org. I have been working on updating w3af to version 1.6.49 from 1.0. I had hoped for the update to occur for Slackware 14.2. Unfortunately w3af will remain at version 1.0 due to a regression in a dependency that is shipped in official Slackware. This is a minor set back that will probably result in a positive outcome. Slackware is known for including only the most stable software available for Linux.
What should be expected next? I plan to reorganize my w3af-sbo repository and begin preparing for the next stable Slackware. I will be focusing on preparing w3af for Slackware-current and Slackware64-current. I will heavily use slackrepo to build, rebuild, and install w3af and all of its dependencies. After that I plan to make binary packages available for download on a Slackware mirror dedicated to this project.
I haven't decided on a timeline or a specific road map yet. Please contact me if you have suggestions about improvements, or if you wish to lend a hand.
Thanks for reading!