Friday, August 26, 2016

ZAP (OWASP Zed Attack Project) Basics

ZAP Overview

OWASP Zed Attack Proxy Project (ZAP) is a popular Java-based and open source security tools. It is useful for performing penetration tests on your (or ones you have permission to test) web site for security vulnerabilities.

It works similar to Fiddler, but has several tools for helping to find the vulnerabilities, not just give you the ability to hack at requests. It does this by having you change the proxy in your browser to point to ZAP and then point ZAP to your corporate proxy or the web site itself.

It is extensible via a plug-in architecture. There are lots of videos and tutorials on how to use ZAP. For more details there is an excellent ZAP Getting Started Guide that you can use to get everything installed and explains how to start using it.

Another great resource is: Getting Started with ZAP and the OWASP Top 10: Common Questions

Manual Tests

It is important to keep in mind that not all kinds of penetration / security checks can be done automatically and ZAP does not cover them. It is probably worth reviewing the information on the OWASP .NET Project for .NET security specifics.

Installing ZAP

On the home page for ZAP there Download ZAP link, but you can also use this direct download link to the page.

Monday, August 22, 2016


OpenXava is a nice Java based model driven development model such that you only have to create the domain classes you want to model. You then decorate the properties to add additional details such as relationships, if it is required, specify views, etc. The UI and database is generated automatically for you. This could be a very nice tool to do a quick POC or demo. It is open source that uses Eclipse as the IDE. It could be a good replacement for projects that used IronSpeed Designer and don't mind switching from C# to Java.