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Custom Report Policies

A Report Policy in Netsparker is a list of reporting settings for both the web security scan results and reports. A Custom Report Policy, therefore, enables you to configure these settings – how the web security scanner reports its findings in the interface and in reports. (If you want to enable or disable specific security checks in the actual Scan itself, you should configure a Scan Policy instead.)

When you exclude the SQL Injection vulnerability from a Report Policy and run a report, the scanner will still check if the target web application is vulnerable to this vulnerability. However, if it detects one, it won’t report it in the Scan Results. With the Report Policy, the SQL Injection is only hidden.

 

If you later generate a Report from the same Scan with the Default Report Policy, in which the SQL Injection vulnerability is included, the identified SQL Injection vulnerability will be listed in the report.

For example:

  • You can specify which detected vulnerabilities Netsparker should report in the Scan Results
  • You can also change the Severity level – or the visibility – of a vulnerability

Netsparker’s built-in Report Policy is called the Default Report Policy. It is read-only and it is used to provide the default settings for your custom Report Policies. You can clone existing Report Policies or create new ones, and then the new custom report policy is modified to suit your requirements.

Two significant customisations are possible:

  • Excluding a vulnerability from the web security Scan Report
  • Changing the Severity Level of a vulnerability

Report Policy Fields

This table lists and explains the fields in the New Report Policy window in Netsparker Enterprise, and how to exclude a vulnerability or how to change the severity level of a vulnerability.

Fields

Description

Name

Enter a friendly name for the Report Policy.

Description

Enter a simple description that will help you remember what it is for.

Title

Using the checkboxes in this field, you can include or exclude a vulnerability from your web security scan report.

When a vulnerability is unchecked in a Report Policy:

  • If Netsparker identifies such vulnerability during a Scan, it will not report the vulnerability in the scan results or in any of the reports generated with that Report Policy
  • However, if you generate a report from the same Scan with a different Report Policy (that includes this vulnerability), if detected, it will be listed in the report

Highlighted rows indicate which the vulnerabilities have been excluded from the scan.

Severity

Using the dropdowns, you can change the Severity level of each relevant vulnerability.

Highlighted rows indicate which vulnerabilities have had their Severity Level amended.

For further information, see Vulnerability Severity Levels.

How to View Report Policies in Netsparker Enterprise

From the main menu, click Policies, then Report Policies. The Report Policies window is displayed. From there, you can view, clone, edit or delete any listed policy. Admin users with permission can manage their Team Member's Report Policies. This means that if a Report Policy is private but belongs to your team member, you can still view, edit, delete and clone that policy.

How to View Report Policies in Netsparker Standard

From the ribbon, click the Home tab, then Report Policy Editor. The Report Policy Editor window is displayed. From there, you can view, clone, edit or delete any listed policy, or add a new one.

How to Create a Custom Report Policy in Netsparker Enterprise
  1. From the main menu, click Policies, then New Report Policy. The New Report Policy window opens at the General tab.

  1. In the Name field, enter a name for your report policy.
  2. In the Description field, enter a description for your report policy.
  3. Click the Vulnerabilities tab. The full list of vulnerabilities Netsparker scans for is displayed.

  1. Browse through the list of vulnerabilities and use the checkboxes to select or deselect the ones you want to include or exclude from your Scan Report. You can also use the input field at the top to search for a specific vulnerability.
  2. For each vulnerability, use the dropdowns in the Severity column to change the Severity Level of each vulnerability, if required.
  3. Click Save.
How to Create a Custom Report Policy in Netsparker Standard
  1. From the ribbon, click the Home tab, then Report Policy Editor. The Report Policy Editor dialog is displayed. This consists of a Report Policy list, a vulnerabilities library list (with the full list of vulnerabilities that Netsparker scans for) and individual vulnerability details.
  2. In the Report Policy Editor, click New. At the top of the Report Policy list, new Report Policy is displayed.
  3. Click on the new Report Policy to rename it.
  4. In the vulnerabilities library list, browse through it and use the checkboxes to select or deselect those you want to include or exclude from your Scan Report. You can also use the input field at the top to search for a specific vulnerability.
  5. For each vulnerability, use the dropdown to change the Severity Level of each vulnerability, if required.
  6. To add a new vulnerability to the Report Policy, click New in vulnerabilities library list. The Vulnerability Editor dialog is displayed.

     Fill in the fields as required and click OK.

  1. To clone a selected vulnerability to the Report Policy, click Clone in the vulnerabilities library list. The Clone Vulnerability dialog is displayed.

     From the Type dropdown, select the vulnerability type and click OK.

  1. To edit a selected vulnerability in the Report Policy, click Edit in the vulnerabilities library list. The Vulnerability Editor dialog is displayed. Change as required and click OK.
  2. To delete a selected vulnerability in the Report Policy, click Delete.
  3. To overwrite CVSS environmental matrices in all vulnerabilities, click Set Metrics. The Environmental Metrics dialog is displayed.

    Select the dropdown options from the fields as required. Click OK.

  1. On the Report Policy Editor, click OK.
How to Clone the Default Report Policy in Netsparker Enterprise
  1. From the main menu, click Policies, then Report Policies.
  2. For the relevant policy, click Clone. The New Report Policy tab is displayed.
  3. Complete the fields as described from step 2 in How to Create a Custom Report Policy in Netsparker Enterprise in Netsparker Enterprise.
How to Clone the Default Policy in Netsparker Standard
  1. From the ribbon, click Home, then Report Policy Editor.
  2. Select the relevant policy and click Clone. A cloned version of the relevant policy is displayed with ‘Copy’ after its name.
  3. Edit the cloned copy as described from step 3 of How to Create a Custom Report Policy in Netsparker Standard.

How to Use a Custom Report Policy in a Scan in Netsparker Enterprise

Once you have created a Custom Report Policy, you can use it when creating a New Scan, New Scheduled Scan or New Group Scan.

  1. From the main menu, click Scans, then New Scan. The New Scan window opens at the General tab.

  1. From the Report Policy dropdown, select your Custom Report Policy.
  2. Complete the remaining fields as described in Creating a New Scan.
How to Use a Custom Report Policy in a Scan in Netsparker Standard
  1. From the ribbon, click Home, then New. The Start a New Website or Web Service dialog is displayed.
  2. From the Report Policy dropdown, select your Custom Report Policy.
  3. Complete the remaining fields as described in Creating a New Scan.

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