Last updated: January 27, 2023
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The issue activity tab contains a sequential record of the Scanner's activity in finding new issues and updating existing issues. This is useful for various purposes:
- Monitoring the results of a scan in progress.
- Manually reviewing new issues as they are reported.
- Viewing details of deferred interactions with the Burp Collaborator server.
Each item in the issue activity table contains the following details:
- An index number for the item, reflecting the order in which items were added.
- The time that the activity occurred.
- The action that was performed (e.g. "Issue found" or "Evidence added").
- The issue type.
- The host and URL path for the issue.
- The insertion point for the issue, where applicable.
- The severity and confidence of the issue.
You can select an item in the table to view the full details of the associated issue.
When an item is selected, the issue is displayed with all of its current details. These may differ from the original details at the time that the activity was recorded - for example, if the user has modified the issue's severity or confidence, or if additional evidence for the issue was subsequently captured.
You can use the context menu on the issue activity table to perform various actions on the selected item(s):
- Add comment - You can use this function to add a comment to the selected item(s). See Annotations for more details.
- Highlight - You can use this function to apply a highlight to the selected item(s). See Annotations for more details.
- Set severity - This lets you reassign the severity level of the issue. You can set the severity to high, medium, low, or informational. You can also flag the issue as a false positive.
- Set confidence - This lets you reassign the confidence level of the issue. You can set the confidence to certain, firm or tentative.
- Report selected issues - This starts Burp Scanner's reporting wizard, to generate a formal report of the selected issues.
Each issue is only recorded the first time it is found. If you scan the same site multiple times, new entries will only be added to the log for:
- Issues that were not found in any previous scans of the site.
- Previously logged issues for which new evidence has been found.
Issue activity annotations
You can annotate issue activity items by adding comments and highlights. This can be useful to flag up interesting items for further investigation.
You can add highlights in two ways:
- You can highlight individual items using the drop-down menu on the left-most table column.
- You can highlight one or more selected items using the Highlight item on the context menu.
You can add comments in two ways:
- You can double-click the relevant entry, within the Comment column, to add or edit a comment in-place.
- You can comment one or more selected items using the Add comment item on the context menu.
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