Deploying AcuSensor for Node.js - Docker in Acunetix 360

You can use AcuSensor to carry out interactive security testing (IAST) in your web application to confirm more vulnerabilities and further minimize false positives.  

  • Node.js is an open-source server environment designed to build scalable network applications, as it is capable of handling a vast number of simultaneous connections with high throughput. Depending on the specific frameworks and libraries, debugging a Node.js application can be tricky though.

  • You can take advantage of Acunetix’s unique DAST-induced IAST approach to get an inside view into how security checks and test payloads are processed within these environments. These additional insights will let you isolate the location and root cause of security defects quickly.

The most principled way of deploying AcuSensor in a Docker scenario is to simply layer the AcuSensor modifications onto your already existing container definition. This simple example will demonstrate how you can deploy AcuSensor together with your web application.

The following example demonstrates how you can deploy AcuSensor together with your web application.

Step 1. Adding your website to Acunetix 360


For this example, we will assume that the URL for your target is

  1. Add your website to Acunetix 360. For further information, see Adding a website in Acunetix 360.
  2. Download the Node.js sensor. For further information, see Deploying AcuSensor in Acunetix 360.
  3. Save the Node.js sensor file to use it later on.

Step 2. Defining the web application image

The following file structure defines the simple web application.





  1. Create your /testnodejs-docker/Dockerfile file to read as follows:

From node:12

#setup the web pages

Copy src/. .

#install npm and dependencies

Run npm install

  1. Create your /testnodejs-docker/src/app.js file to read as follows:

const app = require('express')();

const port = 60000;

app.get('/', function (req, res) {


  '<html><body>' +

  '<h1>AcuSensor Example for Node.JS</h1>' +

  '<br>' +

  'Hello World! - Main Page' +

  '<br>' +

  '<a href="/page1">Go to Page 1</a>' +




app.get('/page1', function (req, res) {


  '<html><body>' +

  '<h1>AcuSensor Example for Node.JS</h1>' +

  '<br>' +

  'Hello World! - Page 1' +

  '<br>' +

  '<a href="/">Go to Main Page</a>' +




app.listen(port, function(err){

  if (err) console.log(err);

  console.log("Server listening on port: ", port);


  1. Create your /testnodejs-docker/src/package.json file to read as follows:


  "name": "testnodejs-docker",

  "version": "1.0.0",

  "dependencies": {

    "express": "*"



  1. Finally, build the image with:

cd /testnodejs-docker

docker build -t testnodejs-docker

Step 3. Defining AcuSensor layer image

AcuSensor layer will be defined through the following file structure:




node-acusensor.tar file you created in the first step to your docker host into the /testnodejs-docker-acusensor directory.

Create your /testnodejs-docker-acusensor/Dockerfile file to read as follows:

From testnodejs-docker

#setup and install AcuSensor

Run mkdir /acusensor

Copy node-acusensor.tar /acusensor/node-acusensor.tar

#expose port and launch the app with AcuSensor

Expose 60000

Cmd [ "npx", "/acusensor/node-acusensor.tar", "app.js" ]

Build and run your image with:

cd /testnodejs-docker-acusensor

docker build -t testnodejs-docker-acusensor

docker run -d -p 60000:60000 --name mytestnodejs testnodejs-docker-acusensor

Step 4. Testing and scanning your web application

  1. Point your browser to your web application - in this example to confirm it is running as intended; you will get the following:

  1. Run a scan on your URL. The scan summary displays whether AcuSensor is used for the scan.

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