Google has released a new development tool aimed at uncovering security holes
in web applications.

The company said that the new tool, dubbed Skipfish, will allow developers to
scan web applications for possible security vulnerabilities. Currently in beta
mode, the tool is designed to support multiple application frameworks and will
run on Windows, Linux, MacOSX and BSD operating systems.

Google said that speed and compatibility were the main priorities when
designing the tool. Skipfish was written in C and engineered to run quickly
while putting minimal strain on processors.

"The safety of the Internet is of paramount importance to Google, and helping
web developers build secure, reliable web applications is an important part of
the equation," wrote Google developer Michal Zalewsk in a blog posting.

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