Deploying AcuSensor for JAVA - Windows (JBOSS 7.4 Standalone + WAR File)

The following article shows you how you can run a Java application in JBOSS and then use AcuSensor to run an interactive application security testing (IAST) scan for that application.

🔍 Environment Notes

  • This document was tested on Windows 10 using Java SE Development Kit 8 Update 241 (64-bit) installed in the folder C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_241.
  • You will also need to set your JAVA_HOME environment variable to the folder in question:


  • Install JAVA
  • Install Eclipse IDE for Enterprise JAVA and Web Developers
  • Install Eclipse Extensions from "Web, XML, Java EE and OSGI Enterprise Development":
  • Eclipse Java EE Developer Tools
  • Eclipse Java Web Developer Tools
  • Eclipse Web Developer Tools
  • JST Server Adapters Extensions (Apache Tomcat)

Step 1: Prepare an Example Application Using Eclipse IDE

  • Go to the menu item File → New → Project

  • In the New Project wizard, search for and select the Dynamic Web Project option and click on the Next button

  • Set the Project name field to axexample-java
  • Set the Target runtime field to Apache Tomcat v8.5
  • Set the Dynamic web module version field to 3.1
  • Set the Configuration field to Default Configuration for Apache Tomcat v8.5
  • Click on the Next button

  • In the Java window, leave default settings and click on the Next button

  • In the Web Module window, enable the Generate web.xml option and click the Finish button

  • In the Open Associated Perspective? dialog, click on the No button
  • Expand the axexample-java project
  • Right-click on the src folder
  • Select the New → Other option

  • Highlight the Servlet option
  • Click on the Next > button

  • Set the Java package field to com.mytest.axexample
  • Set the Class name field to axExampleJavaServlet
  • Click on the Finish button
  • Edit the contents of the file to read as follows:

package com.mytest.axexample;



import javax.servlet.ServletException;

import javax.servlet.annotation.WebServlet;

import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;

import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;

import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;


 * Servlet implementation class HelloWorldServlet



public class axExampleJavaServlet extends HttpServlet {

        private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;



     * @see HttpServlet#HttpServlet()


    public axExampleJavaServlet() {


        // TODO Auto-generated constructor stub



         * @see HttpServlet#doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)


        protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {

                PrintWriter out = response.getWriter();

                out.print("<html><body><h1>Test JAVA Site Example for AWS Elastic Beanstalk</h1><br>Welcome to the main page.<br></body></html>");



         * @see HttpServlet#doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)


        protected void doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {

                // TODO Auto-generated method stub

                doGet(request, response);



  • Expand the axexample-java project, right click on the axexample-java/src/main/webapp folder, and select the New → File option

  • Set the filename to index.html and click on the Finish button
  • Edit the contents of the index.html file to read as follows:


<title>Test JAVA Site Example for AWS Elastic Beanstalk</title>



<h1>Test JAVA Site Example for AWS Elastic Beanstalk</h1><br/><br/>

<a href="axExampleJavaServlet">Click here to invoke servlet</a>



  • Make sure that the changes to both new files are saved
  • Right-click on the axexample-java project, click on the Export… option, search for the WAR file option, and select it

  • Click on the Next > button and select a Destination for your exported WAR file

  • Ensure that the filename for your export file is axexample-java.war
  • Click on the Finish button

Step 2: Prepare AcuSensor for Java

We will deploy the test application to the following URL: (in a production environment, you will need to change this to the hostname you will use for your deployment)

  • Create a new target for your URL
  • Download AcuSensor for Java from the Acunetix UI and retain the AcuSensor.jar file for the next step

Step 3: Prepare a folder for the AspectJWeaver component

Step 4: Deploy AcuSensor and required components

  • Create a folder %JBOSS_HOME%\modules\system\layers\base\com\invicti
  • Create a folder %JBOSS_HOME%\modules\system\layers\base\com\invicti\sensor
  • Create a folder %JBOSS_HOME%\modules\system\layers\base\com\invicti\sensor\main
  • Copy your AcuSensor.jar file into %JBOSS_HOME%\modules\system\layers\base\com\invicti\sensor\main
  • Using a text editor, create a file %JBOSS_HOME%\modules\system\layers\base\com\invicti\sensor\main\module.xml
  • Edit the contents of the %JBOSS_HOME%\modules\system\layers\base\com\invicti\sensor\main\module.xml file to read as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<module name="com.invicti.sensor" xmlns="urn:jboss:module:1.9">


    <resource-root path="acusensor.jar"/>

    <resource-root path="aspectjrt-1.9.7.jar"/>



    <module name="javax.api"/>

    <module name="javax.servlet.api"/>

    <module name="java.logging"/>

    <module name="org.jboss.modules"/>



C:\Users\default.user> cd C:\jboss\standalone\configuration

C:\jboss\standalone\configuration> copy standalone.xml standalone-invicti.xml

        1 file(s) copied.


  • Using a text editor, edit the contents of the %JBOSS_HOME%\standalone\configuration\standalone-invicti.xml file by adding the highlighted lines below immediately below the line <subsystem xmlns="urn:jboss:domain:ee:6.0">:




        <subsystem xmlns="urn:jboss:domain:ee:6.0">


                <module name="com.invicti.sensor" slot="main"/>






  • Edit the contents of the %JBOSS_HOME%\bin\standalone.conf.bat file and add the following to the bottom of the file:

rem *** Acusensor settings

set "JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% -Dacusensor.debug.log=ON"

set "MODULE_OPTS=-javaagent:C:\aspectjweaver\aspectjweaver-1.9.7.jar"

Step 5: Deploy your application

  • Copy your axexample-java.war file into the %JBOSS_HOME%\standalone\deployments folder

Step 6: Start your JBOSS server

  • From the command line, navigate to your %JBOSS_HOME%\bin folder, and launch JBOSS specifying the custom config file created earlier:

C:\Users\default.user> cd C:\jboss\bin

C:\jboss\bin>standalone --server-config=standalone-invicti.xml

Calling "C:\jboss\bin\standalone.conf.bat"

Setting JAVA property to "C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_241\\bin\java"


  JBoss Bootstrap Environment

  JBOSS_HOME: "C:\jboss"

  JAVA: "C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_241\\bin\java"

  JAVA_OPTS: "-javaagent:"C:\jboss\jboss-modules.jar" -Xms1G -Xmx1G -XX:MetaspaceSize=96M -XX:MaxMetaspaceSize=256m -Djboss.modules.system.pkgs=org.jboss.byteman -Dacusensor.debug.log=ON -verbose:gc -Xloggc:"C:\jboss\standalone\log\gc.log" -XX:+PrintGCDetails -XX:+PrintGCDateStamps -XX:+UseGCLogFileRotation -XX:NumberOfGCLogFiles=5 -XX:GCLogFileSize=3M -XX:-TraceClassUnloading "



Test and scan your web application

Point your browser to your web application to confirm it is running as intended; you will get the following:

Finally, run a scan on your target; the Activity panel will confirm that AcuSensor was detected and used for the scan.


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