Run other application in ZAP 🎯

ZAP has one interesting feature. It is a function that can use external applications. This makes it easier and more powerful for security testing to work with external tools. Today’s post is how to use the Apply bridge(?) in ZAP.

Warm-up exercise

Open Application Menu

First, enter the application settings page. There are two ways.

  • Options > Applications
  • Context Menu(Right Click) > Run Applicationn > Configure Applications

You can easily call it from Context Menu(Right click) by adding Application to ZAP!

Set Application Info

Zap’s application not only runs apps, but it can parse HTTP Request/Response data such as History and Requester and use it as a factor value. If you use it well, you will be able to test faster.

It’s a special character defined in the ZAP.


the full url, e.g. 'http://localhost/test?a=b' 


the site, e.g. 'http://localhost:8080/' 


the hostname, e.g. 'localhost' 


the port, e.g. '80' 
the first cookie field from the request header (if any) 

Post Data

the POST data sent, if any, with any newlines replaced with "\n" 


the HTTP message id to fetch data from the API (/JSON/core/view/message/?id=$msgid), does not alway exist, will return -1 if no message id 
%header-{{ header }}% 
the request header by name (if any), e.g. %header-user-agent% would return the value of the User-Agent header


My sample data.. sqlmap

  • Full Command: /usr/local/bin/sqlmap
  • Working Dir: /usr/local/bin
  • Parameter: --dbs --no-cast --random-agent -u %url%

In addition to sqlmap, you can conveniently perform tasks such as XSStrike and dotdotpwn.

Run application on ZAP

Right click > Run Application > Your App!

[/usr/local/bin/sqlmap, --dbs, --no-cast, --random-agent, -u,]
 ___ ___[']_____ ___ ___  {1.3.3#stable}
|_ -| . [,]     | .'| . |
|___|_  [)]_|_|_|__,|  _|
      |_|V...       |_|

[!] legal disclaimer: Usage of sqlmap for attacking targets without prior mutual consent is illegal. It is the end user's responsibility to obey all applicable local, state and federal laws. Developers assume no liability and are not responsible for any misuse or damage caused by this program

[*] starting @ 00:10:29 /2019-07-02/

[00:10:29] [INFO] fetched random HTTP User-Agent header value 'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.2; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.3 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/6.0.460.0 Safari/534.3' from file '/usr/local/Cellar/sqlmap/1.3.3/libexec/txt/user-agents.txt'
[00:10:29] [INFO] testing connection to the target URL
[00:10:32] [INFO] heuristics detected web page charset 'ISO-8859-2'
[00:10:33] [INFO] checking if the target is protected by some kind of WAF/IPS
[00:10:37] [INFO] testing if the target URL content is stable
[00:10:37] [INFO] target URL content is stable
[00:10:37] [CRITICAL] no parameter(s) found for testing in the provided data (e.g. GET parameter 'id' in '')

[*] ending @ 00:10:37 /2019-07-02/