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If you are worried about the security testing of your website, then have a look at the Burp Suite that can test your website security efficiently. Here I am giving all the information needed for the use of Burp Suite.

Burp Suite

Burp Suite is an integrated platform and graphical tool which is used to perform security testing of any application software. It can act as an interrupting proxy and also captures traffic between the internet browser and web browser.

It supports the entire process by checking from initial mapping and analysis of the attack surface of the application, through finding and exploiting security vulnerabilities. It is a free application. It provides a better solution for the web application. It contains basic functionality like a proxy server, scanner and intruder. It also contains more advanced options such as a spider, a repeater, a decoder, a comparer, an extender and a sequencer.

It is very useful for testing different applications. This contains very important features like repeater, intruder, and intercept which are important for penetration testing. This application is majorly used by bug bounty hunters. This supports third-party plugins to carry out any other additional tasks.

Burp Suite contains three types of editions:

  • Enterprise Edition
  • Professional Edition
  • Community Edition

Enterprise Edition

Burp Suite Enterprise Edition is a web-based application that allows you to use Burp Scanner’s cutting-edge web scanning logic to uncover dozens of different types of vulnerabilities. It is designed for automated scanning at any scale and integration with the software development process.

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Enterprise Edition

It is majorly for a large software team and for super-fast feedback. This will help you to achieve full visibility of your security exposure in your enterprise environment.

Professional Edition

Burp Suite professional is a toolkit of web security tester’s choice. It is used to automate repetitive testing tasks and then it digs deeper with its expert-designed manual and semi-automated security testing tools. It has a robust and modular framework and is packed with optional extensions that can increase web application testing efficiency.

Burp Suite
Professional Edition

It has to be purchased to use and you can use a one-month free trial of your choice. It is a single product all within it. It is a powerful manual application security testing tool, its capabilities are perfect for experienced pen testers.

Community Edition

Burp Suite community is used for a limited set of manual tools for exploring web security and intercepting web traffic for penetration purposes. It doesn’t contain a web vulnerability scanner for scanning websites. It is not an advanced manual tool. But it is essential for testing website security. It can be used free of cost.

Burp Suite
Community Edition

Installing Burp Suite

Here we install Burp Suite Community Edition in windows because it is free of cost than the other two Editions.

Installing it requires some basic requirements for the system, which are having at least 8 GB of memory and 2 CPU. If you have to perform more web application penetration testing, then you need more memory and you have to increase CPU strength.

For installing Burp Suite Community Edition you have to go to the following website

Then navigate to Community Edition and select download 64-bit windows and click on the download button.

After it gets downloaded set up with all defaults and finish the setup.

When you open the Burp Suite for the first time it will be like this.

In this Community edition, we can only create a temporary project. So select a temporary project and click next and then click on start burp. A window appears like this.

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Burp Suite host window

Now open your Firefox browser and add the foxy proxy extension to the browser. After adding of extension it appears as

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Foxy proxy site

Then go to the burp and go to the Options tab and enter the host address as shown there in the foxy proxy tab.

Burp Suite
Adding Proxy

And click on save. The host was saved and now you have to download the CA certificate for getting used with this Burp host. For that, we have to go to the following link in Firefox and click on the CA certificate to download it.

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CA certificate

After downloading the certificate we have to add this certificate to the Firefox browser to get search results without error.

For that, we have to open settings in Firefox and navigate to certificates and click on view certificate and import certificate and add the certificate to the browser.

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Importing CA certificate for fire fox

At the time of importing a dialogue box appears, on that check the box first which is trust this CA to see results and click ok. The certificate gets added.

And that’s it now you can check that the website you are trying to open can be seen in the burp in the forward tab where you can test the website security.

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Intercepting work space

The remaining tabs that were appearing on the upper side helps in testing the website security.

Mainly Burp Suite works on some tools that are the following:

  • Target – This contains detailed information about targeted applications.
  • Proxy – It is a middle man in between the end browser and target web application. Its lets you intercept, inspect, and modify the raw traffic passing in both directions.
  • Scanner – It is only for professional Editors. It is an advanced web vulnerability scanner which looks for vulnerabilities in the website.
  • Intruder –  It is the tool which carries out automated customized attacks against web applications. It makes our testing faster and more secure. 
  • Repeater – This tool manipulates and reissues individual HTTP requests and analyzes application responses.
  • Sequencer – This tool is used to analyse the quality of randomness in an application’s important data items that are unpredictable. 
  • Decoder – This tool is used for Decoding and encoding application data.
  • Comparer – This is to differentiate between two items in an application.
  • Extender – This tool is for adding extensions for the burp
  • Logger – This is for recognizing and analyzing HTTP traffic.
  • Inspector – This tool provides useful features for analyzing and editing HTTP and web sockets messages.

Other resources

For more about Burp Suite, you can follow the link below

For setting up of Burp Suite visit the following link

For more about Burp, Suite Communities visit the official page by the following link

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