Friday, October 9, 2009


Burp Scanner now allows reporting of issues in XML format, to enable easy integration with other tools. To create an XML report, simply select the issues you wish to report, and choose XML within the reporting wizard:

The XML has a flat structure, and contains a list of issues, with meta-information about issue type, URL, etc., reported within each issue element. The (internal) DTD looks like this:

<!DOCTYPE issues [
<!ELEMENT issues (issue*)>
<!ATTLIST issues burpVersion CDATA "">
<!ATTLIST issues exportTime CDATA "">
<!ELEMENT issue (serialNumber, type, name, host, path, location, severity, confidence, issueBackground?, remediationBackground?, issueDetail?, remediationDetail?, requestresponse*)>
<!ELEMENT serialNumber (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT location (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT severity (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT confidence (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT issueBackground (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT remediationBackground (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT issueDetail (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT remediationDetail (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT requestresponse (request?, response?)>
<!ELEMENT request (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT response (#PCDATA)>

The serialNumber element contains a long integer that is unique to that individual issue. If you export issues several times from the same instance of Burp, you can use the serial number to identify incrementally new issues.

The type element contains an integer which uniquely identifies the type of finding (SQL injection, XSS, etc.). This value is stable across different instances and builds of Burp.

The name element contains the corresponding descriptive name for the issue type.

The path element contains the URL for the issue (excluding query string).

The location element includes both the URL and a description of the entry point for the attack, where relevant (a specific URL parameter, request header, etc.).

The other elements, some of which are optional and can be selected by the user within the reporting wizard, are hopefully self-explanatory.

Now, edt, the clock is ticking for the Dradis function to import Burp Scanner issues!

P.S., IBurpExtenderCallbacks now has the following method, which you can use to shut down Burp programmatically:

public void exitSuite(boolean promptUser);

If the method returns, the user cancelled the shutdown prompt.