Configuring General Settings

General Settings in Acunetix On-Premises allows you to define your data retention policy. To access the General Settings, select Settings from the left-side menu, then select the General tab.

Scan Data Retention Settings

You can limit the amount of information retained in the main user interface, removing clutter and generally allowing you to manage your results easily. The default settings will retain the last 3 scans for each target (assuming the same scan profile was used), together with all the vulnerability information collected. Making a fourth scan will cause the oldest scan and its vulnerability information to be marked as Archived. To change the default number of scans retained, click in the text box and enter your preferred number, then click Save at the bottom of the page.

🔍 Archive Behavior with Different Scan Profiles

  • If you have made 3 scans with the "Cross-site Scripting" profile and 3 scans with the "SQL Injection" profile for the same target, all 6 scans will be retained and will not be archived (unless you make a 4th scan for one of those 2 profiles).
  • If you make a scan with the "Full Scan" profile, it will trigger archiving ALSO of scans made with any other profile — the "Full Scan" profile checks for all known vulnerabilities, and the scan and vulnerability information inside is therefore a superset of the results made with ANY other profile.
  • All "Recheck" scans

The list of vulnerabilities allows you to filter by "Archive Status", allowing you to view archived information as necessary.

Automatically Deleting Scans from the Archive

By default, Acunetix will retain archived scan and vulnerability information for 730 days (2 years), after which the archived data will be deleted. You can adjust this to any duration you prefer. If you wish to disable the deletion of archived data, you achieve this behavior by setting the number of days to a very large value (such as 73000 days or 100 years).

AcuSensor Bridge

The AcuSensor Bridge is a crucial component for IAST in Acunetix. Its primary function is to facilitate the relay of out-of-band messages between the Acunetix scanning engine and the IAST sensors. To learn more about the AcuSensor Bridge, refer to the AcuSensor Bridge document.

Log Settings

Data Retention policy for logs - Main Installation

You can customize data retention for Scan logs and System logs. The data retention fields specify the number of days for which Acunetix will retain logs before deleting them. If you specify 0 days, logs are not deleted; this implies that you will need to ensure that your Acunetix machine does not run out of disk space.

Data Retention policy for logs - Engine-Only Installation

To customize the data retention policy for logs in an engine-only installation, you will need to manually adjust the following configuration file:

  • Windows: C:\ProgramData\Acunetix\settings.ini
  • Linux: /home/acunetix/.acunetix/wvs.ini

...by editing (or adding if they are not present) the following lines:

scan_log_data_retention=10    # default 0 (forever)

backend_log_data_retention=5  # default 5

Customize location for logs

To customize the location of the log files, you will need to manually adjust the following configuration file:

  • Windows: C:\ProgramData\Acunetix\settings.ini
  • Linux: /home/acunetix/.acunetix/wvs.ini

...by editing (or adding if they are not present) the following lines (windows example):

logging.file.file_name=C:\ProgramData\Acunetix\logs\backend.log   # system logs

storage.scans=C:\ProgramData\Acunetix\shared\scans                # scan logs

or (linux example):

logging.file.file_name=~/.acunetix/logs/backend.log   # system logs

storage.scans=/home/acunetix/.acunetix/data/scans     # scan logs

 

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