Automation Framework

The new Automation Framework will in time replace the Command Line and Packaged Scan options. It allows you to control ZAP via one YAML file and provides more flexibility while not being tied to any specific container technology.

The Automation Framework is included with the latest version of ZAP as well as the stable docker image. The framework is plugable and many of the existing add-ons have been enhanced to support it.

Updating Add-ons

Important: if you run the framework from the command line you should not use the -addonupdate option or the addOns updateAddOns option - this has been found to cause problems when updating add-ons which are defined in the current plan. The recommended approach is to run ZAP inline once to update all of the add-ons and then again to run the plan, e.g.:

./ -cmd -addonupdate
./ -cmd -autorun zap.yaml <any other ZAP options>

If you are using the framework in the ZAP stable docker image then the recommended approach is to run ZAP in this way:

docker run -v $(pwd):/zap/wrk/:rw -t owasp/zap2docker-stable bash -c " -cmd -addonupdate; -cmd -autorun /zap/wrk/zap.yaml"

The weekly and live docker images are less likely to be out of date but if you want to use an add-on which has been updated since they were released then you should use the same sort of command.

A longer term solution is being worked on.

Framework Overview

For details of how to get started with the framework see the main framework help page.

The framework supports:

  • environment - which defines all of the applications the plan can act on
  • Authentication - all of the authentication mechanisms supported by ZAP
  • Job Tests - which can be used to validate the outcome of jobs

The full set of jobs currently supported by the framework and other add-ons are:

For details of future changes planned see the tracker issue.