Options Active Scan Input Vectors screen

This screen allows you to configure the active scan input vectors.
These are the elements that the active scanner will attack.
Scanning all of the elements supported will take longer, but not scanning some elements may cause some vulnerabilities to be missed.

Injectable Targets

The request elements that the active scanner will target:

URL Query String & Data Driven Nodes

Key value pairs in the request URL query, ie after the ?.
If Data Driven Nodes are defined within a Context they will be tested.

Add URL Query Parameter?

When selected ZAP will add a query parameter to GET requests which did not originally have one. This may increase scan time, however, it may also reveal issues that would otherwise go un-noticed.


Key value pairs in the request POST data.

URL Path

Path elements in the request URL, ie the elements separated by /.

HTTP Headers

Request HTTP Headers.

All Requests

Allows to scan the HTTP Headers of all requests. Not just requests that send parameters, through the query or request body.

Request cookies.

If selected the cookie values will be URL encoded when attacked. By default they will not be encoded - this is new in ZAP 2.15.0, previously they were always encoded.

Build-in Input Vector Handlers

The data formats that the active scanner will target:

Multipart Form Data
XML tag/attribute
Google Web Toolkit
OData id/filter

Enable Script Input Vectors

If this option is selected then the active scanner will use any enabled script input vectors.
Script input vectors are scripts which you have written or imported into ZAP and allow you to target elements which are not supported by default.

This screen also allows you to configure the parameters which will be ignored by the active scanner.

Refer to Parameter section in Add Alert dialogue for more details about the parameter names.

See also

UI Overview for an overview of the user interface
Options dialogs for details of the other Options dialog screens
Active Scan Input Vectors