This article explains the advanced project settings and functionalities of the Crashtest Security Suite – and how to earn the sweet fruits of automated pentesting in agile development processes.
In the project preferences, you can configure in-depth settings for further fine-tuning of your security scan. Especially the automation part is where you can use our software to the fullest extent and get started on your continuous security testing journey (also referred to as “DevSevOps”).
If your system is protected by authentication, you can specify the needed authentication to access the system.
If HTTP basic authentication (.htaccess protection) is enabled, configure the credentials here.
If your application has a login form, you may add credentials here. This only works for Multi-Page Applications.
Parameter authentication: This setting allows you to configure HTTP headers, GET parameters, or (session) cookies for authentication. If you would like to get more guidance on how to set up an API for scans, please check out this article.
More advanced authentication flows such as SAML or OAuth2 are described in our advanced authentication article.
This setting is where you start to reap the benefits of automated pentesting – starting a security scan automatically by time or event.
Configure a daily or weekly schedule so that your scans are started automatically at a certain time a day or a week. Just follow the steps shows in the video below:
Create a webhook so that your build system can start a security scan automatically based on your needs. You can easily integrate it into your CI/CD pipeline following the steps explained here.
Enter a Slack webhook so that we notify you every time a scan has finished. More information on the creation of Slack webhooks can be found here.
Crawler Mode & Throttling
Adjust the crawler mode to define whether the smart crawling should try to detect forms that appear on multiple sites and only scan them once to reduce the scan duration.
You can choose between the following crawling methods:
- The Smart Crawling mode tries to detect forms, which appear on multiple sites (e.g. a search form) and only scan them once to reduce the scan duration. Depending on the implementation of your web application this might reduce the scan coverage, if an identical form appears on multiple sites, but is processed differently. Please choose the exhaustive crawling if this is the case.
- The Exhaustive Crawling mode scans each detected form for vulnerabilities. Therefore forms appearing on multiple sites are scanned each time individually. This might significantly increase the scan duration but can increase the detection rate.
Adjust the throttling threshold to limit the maximum amount of requests per second, which are sent to scan your server. Please consider that the threshold influences the scan duration and that certain scanners require a minimum threshold.