Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



Qualys Releases SSL Labs APIs for Automated Website Testing

Cloud security and compliance solutions provider Qualys today announced the availability of free assessment APIs and a new tool that enable SSL Labs users to automate SSL vulnerability testing for websites.

Cloud security and compliance solutions provider Qualys today announced the availability of free assessment APIs and a new tool that enable SSL Labs users to automate SSL vulnerability testing for websites.

Qualys SSL Labs is a non-commercial research effort that provides documentation on deploying SSL/TLS correctly, and tools that can be used to test a browser’s SSL implementation and a server’s configuration.

According to the company, the addition of API access allows security experts who manage more than one website to consolidate testing, detect configuration changes that might introduce vulnerabilities, and receive certificate expiration notifications.Qualys SSL Labs APIs

The new server assessment APIs provide full access to the SSL Labs server inspection functionality, and allow users to conduct scheduled and bulk testing. The APIs also enable the integration of SSL Labs assessment with an organization’s security policies, Qualys said.

Automated and bulk testing can be carried out with ssllabs-scan, an open source command-line scanning tool that doubles as the reference API client. The new SSL Labs APIs, which can be used freely for non-commercial purposes, have already been integrated by third-party tools such as .Net Wrapper and Seccubus.

“Many organizations struggle to fully understand their exposure to various SSL/TLS security issues, due to the complexities of secure server configuration and constant change and attack disclosure in this space,” said Ivan Ristic, director of engineering at Qualys. “By offering free API access, we are enabling our users to automate website testing and regularly check their configuration in order to ensure websites are secure and protected from SSL vulnerabilities.”

Some major organizations are already planning on putting the new APIs to good use. According to Qualys, the Czech Republic (CZ) domain registry will use them to monitor over 1 million domains.

Written By

Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

Click to comment


Daily Briefing Newsletter

Subscribe to the SecurityWeek Email Briefing to stay informed on the latest threats, trends, and technology, along with insightful columns from industry experts.

Gain valuable insights from industry professionals who will help guide you through the intricacies of industrial cybersecurity.


Join us for an in depth exploration of the critical nature of software and vendor supply chain security issues with a focus on understanding how attacks against identity infrastructure come with major cascading effects.


Expert Insights

Related Content


Less than a week after announcing that it would suspended service indefinitely due to a conflict with an (at the time) unnamed security researcher...

Data Breaches

OpenAI has confirmed a ChatGPT data breach on the same day a security firm reported seeing the use of a component affected by an...

IoT Security

A group of seven security researchers have discovered numerous vulnerabilities in vehicles from 16 car makers, including bugs that allowed them to control car...


A researcher at IOActive discovered that home security systems from SimpliSafe are plagued by a vulnerability that allows tech savvy burglars to remotely disable...

Risk Management

The supply chain threat is directly linked to attack surface management, but the supply chain must be known and understood before it can be...


Patch Tuesday: Microsoft calls attention to a series of zero-day remote code execution attacks hitting its Office productivity suite.


Patch Tuesday: Microsoft warns vulnerability (CVE-2023-23397) could lead to exploitation before an email is viewed in the Preview Pane.


The latest Chrome update brings patches for eight vulnerabilities, including seven reported by external researchers.