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ZAP vs Burpsuite in my mind at 2022

Hi :D

I’m going to compare ZAP and Burpsuite after a long time. Of course, it’s extremely subjective, so I hope you light enjoy it.

๐Ÿ“Œย TL;DR

  • ZAP has powerful scripting engine and automation
  • Burpsuite has powerful scanning engine and Thatโ€™s Early adopter.
  • They’re both really cool tools.

๐Ÿ”ย Compare

ZAP Burpsuite
Proxy O , HTTP/1.1 O๐ŸŽ– HTTP/1.1 , HTTP/2
Paasive Scan O O
Active Scan O O
Scan Configuration O๐ŸŽ–, Easy, Detail control O
Scan Results O, Mapping more information O, Detail results
Live Scan O, ATTACK Mode O, Live tasks
Manage scope O, Detail O, Easy
Manage workspace O O
Spidering O, Spider, Ajax Spider O, Powerful Crawler
Extensions (Addons) O, High quality O๐ŸŽ–, High quality, Many features
Scripting O๐ŸŽ–, Zest ๐Ÿ‘, Ruby, Python, JS, Groovy, Etc O, Python, Ruby
Performance O, Fast, but…, Heavy ๐Ÿ˜ซ O, More fast, but, Very heavy ๐Ÿคฏ
Automation O๐ŸŽ–, Automation framework, REST API, Cli flags O, REST API (Pro), GraphQL API (Enterprise)
Friendly CI/CD O๐ŸŽ–, Github actions, Jenkins extensions, REST API, Cli flags, Automation framework O, REST API (Pro), GraphQL API (Enterprise)
Dark mode O Intellij theme is posiible, but it is not official support O, Support Intelij theme
Embedded browser O , Firefox , Chrome , PhantomJS , Gecko O, Chrome , But, burpsuite is persistant to broswser session ๐Ÿ˜
Manual Testing O , Manual Request , Requester , Only History O๐ŸŽ– , Repeater , Inspector , Stepper , Logger, Flow and many history extensions
Fuzzing O๐ŸŽ–, with fuzz script O๐ŸŽ– , with turbo intruder
OAST Testing O๐ŸŽ– , OAST (public/private oast) , Callbacks (system oast) , Interactsh O๐ŸŽ– , Burp collaborator (public/private oast) , Interactsh (extension)
AAA Testing O , Access Control , Zest O, Many extensions
DOM Testing O, Eval Billian O๐ŸŽ– , DOM Invador ๐Ÿ‘ , When active scan for DOM, burp is powerful
Param Mining O, Only with fuzzer, Powerful but not easy O๐ŸŽ–, Param Minor ๐Ÿ‘, Powerful and easy
Smuggling Testing O, Manual Request, Fuzzer O๐ŸŽ–, Repeater, Turbo Intruder, HTTP Smuggler
Utility for Testing O , En/Decoder , Compare , Note , Etc.. O , En/Decoder , Compare , Note , Etc..
Statements O, Statd, Scanning Graph X
Support WebSocket O O
Support SSE O X
Support postMessage O O
Support JWT O O
Support GraphQL O O๐ŸŽ–, inQL..!
New Tech O O๐ŸŽ–, Fast apply
Using other applications O O
Customize O๐ŸŽ– O
HotKeys O O
Settings O๐ŸŽ–, Very detail control O
Friendly User O , Cool documents O๐ŸŽ–, Most people like Burp, Many articles
Dashboard X O
Use from web O, Web Swing, HUD X

โšœ๏ธ UI

Choose the UI according to your feel! They are similar but very different. but I love both :D

Both are also possible to change the UI structure. It’s just a difference in style.

โšก๏ธ Power of ZAP

๐Ÿช„ย Powerful Scripting

ZAP is based on a powerful scripting engine. Through this, I can configure everything I need for testing. which is the most powerful function of ZAP I think.

The more you script, the more the possibility and power of ZAP becomes.

โš™๏ธย Configuration

ZAP supports very detailed configurations. This means that it’s good for you to optimize the tool.

If you set it up well, it can’t be more comfortable.

๐Ÿค–ย Automation

The direction ZAP pursues is in Automation. This is really good for CICD or automation flow beyond just tools for manual testing.

Imagine that a tool you know well is in automation. It’s really cool, right?

๐ŸŸงย Power of Burpsuite

๐Ÿ”ญย Powerful Scanning

As everyone knows, Burpsuite’s scanner is the best scanning engine in existence. Based on portswigger’s outstanding research, it is very detailed and proficient in catching new technologies.

However, from how I feel about using Burpsuite Enterprise, there are parts that are not enough to leave everything to testing.

๐Ÿ’จย Fast support new tech

As I said before, burpsuite is good at new technologies! This has great advantages not only for scanners but also for manual testing.

๐Ÿ‘ฅย User frendly

Burpsuite is a tool loved by most security engineers and Burgbounty hunters. It has been the same for a long time and will probably be the same in the future.

Good communities and many materials can always be of great help, from beginners to experts. This is a really good weapon.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Me

I really like both, but I like ZAP more now :D