OWASP Zap vs. PortSwigger Burp

OWASP Zap is ranked 6th in Application Security Testing with 7 reviews vs PortSwigger Burp which is ranked 7th in Application Security Testing with 1 review. The top reviewer of OWASP Zap writes "Finds Vulnerabilities And Gives The Latest Attacks And How To Protect Against Them". The top reviewer of PortSwigger Burp writes "Thanks to the availability in executable JAR format -- this makes it a highly portable solution". OWASP Zap is most compared with PortSwigger Burp, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner and IBM Security AppScan. PortSwigger Burp is most compared with OWASP Zap, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner and IBM Security AppScan.
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Pros
It can be used effectively for internal auditing.The community edition updates services regularly. They add new vulnerabilities into the scanning list.It scans while you navigate, then you can save the requests performed and work with them later.Fuzzer and Java APIs help a lot with our custom needs.​It has improved my organization with faster security tests.​The vulnerabilities that it finds, because the primary goal is to secure applications and websites.The API is exceptional.

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I personally love its capability to automatically and accurately detect vulnerabilities. So, I would say it is the Burp scanner that is THE most powerful, valuable, and an awesome feature.

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It needs more robust reporting tools.As security evolves, we would like DevOps built into it. As of now, Zap does not provide this.I would like to see a version of “repeater” within OWASP ZAP, a tool capable of sending from one to 1000 of the same requests, but with preselected modified fields, changing from a predetermined word ​list, or manually created.It would be nice to have a solid SQL injection engine built into Zap.The port scanner is a little too slow.​It doesn't run on absolutely every operating system.The documentation is lacking and out-of-date, it really needs more love.

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The one feature that I would like to see in Burp is active scanning of REST based web services. A lot of organizations are providing APIs to access their services to support different business models like SaaS. Scanning these APIs is still a challenge for many security product companies.

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OWASP ZAP is a free tool provided by OWASP’s engineers and experts. There is an option to donate.As Zap is free and open-source, with tons of features similar to those of commercial solutions, I would definitely recommend trying it out.It's free and open, currently under the Apache 2 license. If ZAP does what you need it to do, selling a free solution is a very easy.

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Murat KayaReal User

Both have very powerful abilities. ZAP can be an advantage for free, but Burp's free version will work similarly. As someone who uses both, depending on the circumstances, one can be preferred to the other.

15 March 18
Paul GrossmanReal User

I’ll have to ask my community. I have had just passing experience with PortSwaggler and I know OWASP has a list of website security best dev
practices to avoid Xsite scripting and other vulnerabilities.

MicroFocus just did a demo with me on their product Fortify. It runs static and dynamic code analysis using OWASP recommendations, in about 16
programming languages, including VBScript. They do not have integration with ALM yet.

15 March 18
it_user183216User

We use Rapid 7 for our dynamic testing. I do not have experience with the two below even though I went to a talk on Zap week ago and the person did warn this was not a tool to be using on production system since it would be putting some data in the database as part of its attacks so needed to be done in a test environment.

14 March 18
Şemseddin MoldibiUser

I wasn’t aware of OWASP ZAP and we are using PortSwigger Burp in our software development company, so I would recommend Burp, but I’m already downloading OWAPS ZAP and will evaluate it to see the advantages/disadvantages.

14 March 18
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Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) is a free, open-source penetration testing tool being maintained under the umbrella of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). ZAP is designed specifically for testing web applications and is both flexible and extensible.

Burp Suite is an integrated platform for performing security testing of web applications. Its various tools work seamlessly together to support the entire testing process, from initial mapping and analysis of an application's attack surface, through to finding and exploiting security vulnerabilities.
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