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August 14, 2017
Your Complete Guide to Burp Suite
August 14, 2017
Since web applications offer data access to customers, employees, and other key groups, they have become a weak link for many organizations. If a hacker gains access, they often have direct access to confidential data, meaning that web application security testing should be a high priority to businesses today. Complete testing of a web-based system before going live can help address issues before the system is revealed to the public.An essential element of testing web application security is understanding the data moving between the browser and the server. That is where Burp Suite comes in. This tool allows penetration testers and security analysts to ensure everything is behaving properly using a combination of manual testing and automation to ensure full visibility.
What is Burp Suite?Burp Suite is a platform for performing penetration testing of web applications. With a suite of tools working together seamlessly, you are able to perform full-range security testing, from the initial mapping to the analysis of an application’s attack surface and vulnerabilities.This Java-based framework is often classified as an ‘Interception Proxy,’ whereas a penetration tester configures their browser to route traffic through the proxy to capture and analyze requests to and from the web application. “Individual HTTP requests can be paused, manipulated and replayed back to the web server for targeted analysis of parameter specific injection points. Injection points can be specified for manual as well as automated fuzzing attacks to discover potentially unintended application behaviors, crashes and error messages.”
Why use Burp Suite?A choice platform among penetration testers, Burp Suite offers users full control through a combination of advanced manual techniques and automation. Described as having an intuitive interface, new users are typically able to learn quickly while experienced users have many configuration options.Different than a traditional ‘point-and-click’ scanner, Burp Suite is offered with both free and paid versions with varying capabilities. Still, many users enjoy a wide range of tools, even within the free version.
What is Burp Suite used for?At a high level, Burp Suite can be used to:
- Scan for vulnerabilities
- Intercept browser traffic
- Automate custom attacks
- Perform manual testing using a variety of tools
- HTTP Proxy