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Creating a configuration file for a CI-driven scan

  • Last updated: July 16, 2024

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We provide a template configuration file. The file includes comments to help you to understand and edit each of the parameters. After you edit the configuration file, you can rename it to burp_config.yml, to match the integration examples we give in this section.

You can get the template YAML file here (opens in a new tab):

Mandatory settings

Mandatory settings define what Burp Suite Enterprise Edition should scan. These settings vary depending on whether you're scanning a web app or an API. If you only define mandatory settings when scanning an API definition, Burp Scanner uses the default scan configuration.

Common requirements

For all CI-driven scans, you must specify an Enterprise server URL and API key (enterpriseServer.url and enterpriseServer.apiKey). For more information, see Creating API users.

Web apps

For web app scans, you must provide start URLs (site.startUrls). These are the URLs that Burp Scanner starts scanning from.

APIs

You can add API definitions by either uploading a file (site.apiDefinition.fromFile) or providing a URL (site.apiDefinition.fromUrl). You must provide one of these properties when running a CI-driven scan on an API definition.

For API scans, Burp Suite Enterprise Edition supports API definitions in JSON or YAML format, compatible with OpenAPI 2.0.x or 3.0.x.

Proxy settings

If you need to use a proxy to connect to your Enterprise server, add the URL and authentication credentials into the following fields. The authentication credentials are optional:

  • proxyUrl
  • proxyUsername
  • proxyPassword

Defining the scope

Burp Scanner only visits URLs that are in scope. Use the YAML file to set the scope of your scan, to make sure Burp Scanner only visits URLs that you have permission to scan. You can also use the scope to focus on particular paths that you're interested in.

To define the scope, enter URLs as values in the site.inScopeUrlPrefixes or site.outOfScopeUrlPrefixes parameters.

Note

The start URLs are automatically added to the site.inScopeUrlPrefixes parameter.

Public key certificate

If your Burp Suite Enterprise Edition server is configured with a self-signed or private CA TLS certificate, you can add this to the enterpriseServer.tlsCertificate parameter. This verifies the certificate received from your server, to make sure your scan results are transmitted over a secure connection.

Alternatively, you can add the TLS certificate as an environment variable in your docker run command. For more information, see Getting started with CI-driven scans.

Authentication

You can use authenticated scanning to scan content that is behind authentication. We support two methods of authentication:

  • Login credentials (usernames and passwords)
  • Recorded logins for more complex authentication processes

Login credentials

To define login credentials, enter a list of username and password pairs in the logins.loginCredentials setting.

Recorded logins

You can use our Chrome plugin to record login sequences. For more information, see Recording login sequences:

  1. Follow the instructions in the link above to install our Chrome plugin, and save the recorded login sequence to the clipboard.
  2. Save the contents of the clipboard as a JSON file in the same directory as the configuration file.
  3. In the logins.recordedLogins parameter, enter the path for the JSON file.

Scan configuration

You can select from built-in scan configurations, or you can use your own custom scan configuration.

Selecting a built-in scan configuration

You can select from the list of built-in scan configurations. These are the same built-in scan configurations used by Burp Suite Enterprise Edition and Burp Suite Professional.

If you don't select a built-in scan configuration, the default configuration is used.

To use a built-in scan configuration, enter the name of the configuration in the scanConfigurations.builtIn setting. The configuration names are case-sensitive.

Selecting a custom scan configuration

You can create custom scan configurations in Burp Suite Enterprise Edition and Burp Suite Professional. You can then export the scan configuration as a JSON file. For more information, see Using custom scan configurations.

Once you have created a custom scan configuration, save it as a JSON file in the same directory as the configuration file. Enter the path for the JSON file in the scanConfigurations.custom parameter.

Note

If you select more than one scan configuration, Burp Scanner combines the settings from these scan configurations. If settings in two or more scan configurations conflict, the setting from the lowest configuration in the list takes precedence.

Configuring connection settings

The JSON file contains some environment variables that enable you to configure the connection settings used when running CI-driven scans:

  • headersCookiesConfig enables you to add a list of custom headers and cookies to requests made when scanning a site. This enables you to, for example, configure header authentication. For more information on configuring request headers and cookies, see Adding headers and cookies.
  • platformAuthentication enables you to add authentication credentials for HTTP Basic and NTLM authentication. For more information on the settings available, see Configuring platform authentication.
  • proxies enables you to enter a list of upstream proxy servers for the connection to use. For more information on the settings available, see Configuring upstream proxy servers.

Viewing scan results in the dashboard

If you want to view the progress and results of scans in the Burp Suite Enterprise Edition dashboard, you must provide a correlation ID (site.correlationId). Burp Suite Enterprise Edition creates a site with the same name as your correlation ID. You can choose any unique text string for the correlation ID, up to 64 characters long.

If you don't provide a correlation ID, Burp Suite Enterprise Edition doesn't show the progress or results of your scans. The scan data is only saved to the burp_junit_report.xml file.

Specifying report format

By default, CI-driven scans output reports in JUnit XML format. However, they can also output in Burp XML format if required. Use the reporting.reportFormats parameter to specify the format to use.

Ignoring specific vulnerabilities

You can ignore specific vulnerabilities, so that they do not cause the build to fail. Burp Scanner still looks for these vulnerabilities, and records them in the results. For a list of vulnerabilities, see Vulnerabilities detected by Burp Scanner.

Enter the name of the vulnerabilities in the reporting.ignoredIssues parameter. Names are case-sensitive. If you name an issue and don't supply a path, the issue is ignored everywhere.

We support the use of regex for the paths.

Setting the threshold

You can set a threshold that causes Burp Scanner to tell your CI/CD system to fail the pipeline step.

To enable a threshold, set reporting.threshold.enabled to TRUE. Then enter a minimum severity and a minimum confidence. If Burp Scanner detects an issue with at least this severity and confidence, it finishes with a non-zero exit code.

You can set the reporting.threshold.enabled to:

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

You can set the threshold.minimumSeverity to:

  • INFO
  • LOW
  • MEDIUM
  • HIGH

You can set the threshold.minimumConfidence to:

  • TENTATIVE
  • FIRM
  • CERTAIN

If you don't input values for these parameters, the default values are TRUE, LOW, and TENTATIVE.

Configuring output detail level

The verboseScanning environment variable controls the amount of detail provided in scan output:

  • When verboseScanning is set to true, the scan produces detailed output, making it easier to troubleshoot and gain deeper insights into what the scan is doing.

  • When verboseScanning is set to false, the scan produces minimal output, showing only the most important information. This mode is useful for routine scans where detailed information is not necessary. This is the default option.

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