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Recent Scans

Recent Scans is a window in Netsparker Enterprise that displays scans initiated by the scanner whatever their scan status is.

(In Netsparker Standard, recently completed scans are accessible from the File menu instead.)

  • You can filter the Recent Scans list using multiple filters and use more than one per column (see Column Filters).
  • If the column has been filtered, the magnifier icon on the column displays in gray.

Recent Scans Columns

This table lists the columns displayed in the Recent Scans window. All can be filtered.

Column

Description

Website

This column lists the website name and address or the domain part of the target URL for which the scan was initiated.

Path

This column lists the path. If the path does not contain a value, this column contains a forward slash (/) only.

Result

This column displays the status of a scan – its Scan Status – while it is running:

  • Archiving
  • Cancelled
  • Completed
  • Delayed
  • Failed
  • Paused
  • Pausing
  • Queued
  • Resuming
  • Scanning

Once a scan has finished, this column displays the number of issues detected by the scanner. Each issue type is colored according to its Vulnerability Severity Level.

  • Critical is dark red
  • High is red
  • Medium is orange
  • Low is yellow
  • Information Levels is blue

Scan Policy

This column displays the name of the policy that was used during the scan. A Scan Policy is a set of settings that determines how the scanner behaves in the Crawling and Attacking phases.

For further information, view Overview of Scan Policies.

Initiate Time

This column displays the date and time the listed scan was initiated.

Finish Time

This column displayed the date and time the scan finished.

Scan

Click the Scan button to start a Scan. From the dropdown, you can start an Incremental Scan, a Retest or a Scheduled Scan.

This button is displayed only once a scan has been completed.

Report

Click Report to view the scan results and overview.

This button is displayed only once a scan has been completed.

Column Filters

All columns can be filtered, using a highly customizable combination of Fields, Operators, and Values. Each is explained below. This is useful for teams that manage the security of many websites, website groups, and scans.

Filters & Values

This table lists the Filters and Values available for columns listed above. Select an option to filter the list by that criterion.

  • In many cases, Values can be entered into the Value field; in others, the Value can be selected from a dropdown.
  • You can enter more than one filter at a time.

Filter

Description

Value (Dropdown Options)

Website

Select to filter by the website Name as defined in the New Website window.

Enter a value.

Path

Select to filter by the Path part of the Target URL.

Enter a value.

Result

Select to filter by the scan status.

You can combine this filter with the Failure Reason one to narrow the results.

The dropdown options are:

  • Archiving
  • Results are archived when the scan is finished
  • Cancelled
  • Completed
  • Delayed
  • You can view which scans have exceeded the default Maximum Scan Duration limit of 48 hours, for example
  • Failed
  • You can use this value to see the various reasons scans have failed, for example, unreachable host, unresolvable domain
  • Paused
  • Scans can be paused or resumed manually anytime in Netsparker Enterprise.
  • The Scan Time Window feature of Netsparker Enterprise can pause scans at predefined times (e.g. business hours).
  • You can use this value to see which scans are in the Paused state.
  • Pausing
  • Netsparker Enterprise uses this temporary state while waiting for the completion of tasks.
  • You can use this value to see which scans are in the Pausing status.
  • Queued:
  • Netsparker Enterprise On-demand offers scalability by enabling scans on several targets at once.
  • On launch, Netsparker queues the task to start the scanning engine. If the agent is busy with another task, the new task is queued.
  • You can use this value to see which scans are in the Queued status.
  • Resuming
  • Netsparker Enterprise uses Resuming mode to conduct some processes in between the Pausing and Scanning statuses.
  • You can use this value to see which scans are in the Resuming status.
  • Scanning
  • This is the normal status of a scan while it is going through the Crawling or Attacking stages.
  • You can use this value to see which scans are in the Scanning status.

Scan Policy

Select to filter by the Scan Policy used in the scan (see Overview of Scan Policies).

Enter a value.

Initiate Time

Select to filter by the Initiate Time.

Select a date from the calendar picker.

Last State Changed

Until a scan has been completed, it will pass through different Statuses. This is the last date and time the state was changed.

Select a date from the calendar picker.

Website Groups

Select to filter by the Website Group of the Target URL (see Website Groups).

Enter a value.

Scope

Select to filter by the Scan Scope (see Scan Scope).

The dropdown options are the coverage limit of the scan:

  • Entered Path and Below
  • Only Entered URL
  • Whole Domain

Website URL

Select to filter by the Website URL of the scanned website.

Enter a value.

Scan Type

Select to filter by Scan Type (see Overview of Scanning).

The dropdown options are:

  • Full
  • Incremental
  • Retest

Report Policy

Select to filter by Report Policy used in the scan (see Custom Report Policies).

Enter a value.

Duration

Select to filter by the scan Duration.

Enter a value.

Scan Owner

Select to filter by the Scan Owner (the user who started the scan).

Enter a value (the Name). You cannot filter by the Scan Owner's Email address.

Failure Reason

Select to filter by Failure Reason (why the scan has not been completed).

The dropdown options are:

  • Agent is unreachable
  • Domain resolution failed
  • Failed to connect to proxy
  • Host was unavailable
  • Maximum Logout Exceeded
  • The Scan is Not Allowed
  • Unable to load scan session

Operator

This table lists and explains the Operators available for filtering columns. They work in conjunction with the Field, Operator and Value.

Operator

Description

Equal

This operator can be used for exact matching. For example, if you filtered by the Target URL http://www.example.com/, the filtered list of results would not also list http://api.example.com.

Not Equal

This operator can be used to exclude some results based on exactly matching. For example, if you filtered by the Target URL of http://www.example.com/, the filtered list of results would exclude scans for that one.

Contains

This operator can be used to include results if the filtered column contains the value. It does not matter where the value is. For example, you could filter for the word 'production'.

Starts with

This operator can be used to filter for columns that begin with the value. For example, you could filter for Website fields that begin with the 'https://' scheme.

Ends with

This operator can be used to filter for columns that end with the value. For example, you could filter for Website Name fields ending with 'Staging'.

Less than

This operator can be used to filter columns that contain numeric and date time values rather than string values. For example Initiate Time, Duration or Finish Time.

Less than or equal

This operator can be used to filter columns that contain numeric and date time values rather than string values. For example Initiate Time, Duration or Finish Time.

Greater than or equal

This operator can be used to filter columns that contain numeric and date time values rather than string values. For example Initiate Time, Duration or Finish Time.

Greater than

This operator can be used to filter columns that contain numeric and date time values rather than string values. For example Initiate Time, Duration or Finish Time.

Value

This table lists the dropdown values available for filtering columns.

Value

Description

  • (Not Set)
  • Agent is unavailable: This value can be used to filter down Recent Scans results according to Failure Reasons. As the name implies, when selected only failed scans due to agents being unavailable will be shown in the grid.
  • Domain resolution failed: This value can be used to filter down Recent Scans results according to Failure Reasons. As the name implies, when selected only failed scans due to domain resolution failure will be shown in the grid.
  • Failed to Connect to Proxy: This value can be used to filter down Recent Scans results according to Failure Reasons. As the name implies, when selected only failed scans due to failure in connection to proxy will be shown in the grid.
  • Host was unavailable: This value can be used to filter down Recent Scans results according to Failure Reasons. As the name implies, when selected only failed scans due to an unavailable host will be shown in the grid.
  • Maximum Logout Exceeded: This value can be used to filter down Recent Scans results according to Failure Reasons. As the name implies, when selected only failed scans due to Maximum Logout Exceeded will be shown in the grid.  The maximum Logout issue occurs when the scanner loses authentication frequently and needs to login again and again. After some attempts the scanner decides that it is not possible to continue the scan so it stops the scan operation.
  • The Scan Is Not Allowed: This value can be used to filter down Recent Scans results according to Failure Reasons. As the name implies, when selected only failed scans due to The Scan is Not Allowed. Allowance is decided if target IP address or resolved IP address of the target is in the accepted range.
  • Unable to load scan session: This value can be used to filter down Recent Scans results according to Failure Reasons. As the name implies, when selected only failed scans due to Unable to load scan session. This option only applies for Retest and Incremental Scans.
How to View Recent Scans in Netsparker Enterprise
  1. Log in to Netsparker Enterprise.
  2. From the main menu, click Scans, then Recent Scans. The Recent Scans window is displayed.
How to View the Scan Status of a Launched Scan in Netsparker Enterprise
  1. Log in to Netsparker Enterprise.
  2. Launch a new scan (see How to Scan a Website in Netsparker Enterprise).
  3. From the Scans menu, click Recent Scans. The Scan Status is displayed in the Result column. (It is also displayed in the Status field of the Scan Summary window.)

How to View Recent Scans in Netsparker Standard
  1. Open Netsparker Standard.
  2. From the ribbon, click the File tab. The Local Scans list is displayed.
  3. Use the Filter and Sort features to view as required.
How to Delete Scans from Local Scan File Filters in Netsparker Standard
  1. Open Netsparker Standard.
  2. From the ribbon, click the File tab. The local Scans list is displayed.
  3. Move your cursor over the scan you want to delete. An X is displayed in the top right corner.

  1. Click the X. The Delete Scan dialog is displayed.

  1. Click Yes.

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