As the country develops, more people exploit others’ information for personal gain. Websites are a common target as people prioritize convenience over safety. As such, security researchers and web developers should know how to explore website directories for vulnerabilities and verifying website structure. One tool that can help with this task is Gobuster.
Gobuster is a command-line tool that can be used to brute-force website directories and subdomains. It sends HTTP requests to a website and analyzes responses to find hidden directories or files.
To get started with Gobuster, you first need to install it on your system. It’s available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and can be installed using the package manager for your specific operating system.
Once installed, you can use Gobuster to explore website directories by running a command like the following:
gobuster dir -u https://example.com -w wordlist.txt
The ‘dir‘ command searches for directories using the ‘-u‘ website URL and ‘-w‘ wordlist.
Gobuster sends HTTP requests to the target website, trying to access each directory in the wordlist file. As it finds directories that are accessible, it will output them to the console.
You can also use Gobuster to search for subdomains by running a command like the following:
gobuster dns -d example.com -w wordlist.txt
This command searches for subdomains using a wordlist file (-w) with Gobuster, specifying the target domain (-d).
Gobuster will search for unlisted subdomains by sending DNS requests to the target domain. As it finds subdomains, it will output them to the console.
Using Gobuster to explore website directories and subdomains can be a valuable tool for security researchers and web developers. Identifying vulnerabilities and verifying website structure improves overall web presence.