Specialist bug bounty tools will really help you take your hacking to the next level. But what's the best bug bounty hunting software for you? And what sort of features should you look for?
A 2018 HackerOne survey of over 3,500 respondents showed that Burp Suite was the most widely used tool among bug bounty hunters worldwide (32.7%). This was ahead of other software, such as Fiddler (14.7%) and WebInspect (11.1%).
Burp Suite Community Edition is free to download, but lacks many of the power functions you'll find in Burp Suite Pro. It's therefore really aimed at beginners only.
If you want to make money bug bounty hunting, then Burp Suite Pro is the way to go. It gives you access to all the bug bounty tools mentioned on this page. It's the hacking software of choice for pentesters all over the world. With a little effort, we think you'll find Burp Suite pays for itself quite quickly on bug bounty programs.
"I love @Burp_Suite because it's helped me make a killing on bug bounties for a small investment of $300"
"I got my hands on a professional license for Burp Suite and I am just beginning to realize how MUCH this thing does. My ignorant self, thought this thing was just a fuzzer for the longest time."
"If you're not using @Burp_Suite then you're not doing bug bounties right! Seriously, it took me a long time to realize Burp was a thing, but since I began using it a year ago I can no longer live without it, and that's a good thing!"
"The best invest a bug bounty hunter can ever make." @Burp_Suite
Burp Suite is made up of many interlinked tools, but a bug bounty hunting workflow will generally start with Burp Proxy. Proxying web traffic allows you to select individual components of a web app for further testing. These items can then be sent to other bug hunting tools within Burp Suite to check for vulnerabilities.
The diagram above shows some of Burp Suite's major components, and where they might sit within different types of workflow. Whether you prefer automated bug bounty tools, a fully manual approach, or a mixture of the two, Burp Suite has you covered. Let's have a closer look at how some of Burp's popular functions work on an individual basis:
We'll admit to a little bias when talking about bug bounty hunting tools. We are, after all, the makers of Burp Suite. So what should you look for when considering which tools to use?
Firstly, we'd recommend choosing a tool with a good community around it - especially if you're just starting out bug bounty hunting. If a tool has a good userbase, you'll be able to pick their brains when you occasionally get stuck.
With this in mind, support from a tool's creator is invaluable if you have a deeper query the user community can't help with. In the case of Burp Suite, customer support is something PortSwigger takes pride in.
Finally, flexibility is a great quality to have in your tools. Flexibility saves having to launch multiple applications to complete a task - streamlining your workflow.
It's important to remember at this point that the tools on this page are by no means the limit of what Burp Suite can do. In fact, we've barely scratched the surface here. Burp Suite isn't called the hacker's Swiss Army knife for nothing. Happy hunting.