A browser security test is applied to determine the ability of a browser to protect networked data and computer systems from malware and other attacks.
Commonly tested characteristics include the security holes and vulnerabilities inherent to the programming of a browser. When these vulnerabilities are found, the testing tool recommends or installs appropriate patches.
Off-the-shelf software is typically used in modern browser security testing. Manual testing is also used, especially with specific tests, such as an organization that hires a white hat hacker to infiltrate browsers and patch vulnerable areas.
A browser security testing tool checks one or more of the following Web browser characteristics: