Deploying the AcuSensor agent for Java - Docker (Spring Boot)

AcuSensor Network Prerequisites
AcuSensor makes use of the AcuSensor Bridge. For more information, refer to the AcuSensor Bridge documentation.

The AcuSensor agent needs to be deployed to your Docker Spring Boot container. This guide shows you how to deploy AcuSensor together with your Spring Boot web application into a Docker container.

IMPORTANT: The following installation instructions are for the newer version of the Java IAST sensor. If you are running the older, aspectjweaver-based Java sensor, you need to remove the old sensor, and any reference to aspectjweaver.jar before proceeding with installing the newer version of the Java sensor.

How to deploy the AcuSensor agent for Java

NOTE: This document assumes that you are logged into the Docker host as root and that all files for this web application will be kept in the folder "/root/myspringapp/"

Step 1: Prepare the folder for Spring Boot Docker deployment

  • On the Docker host, run the following command:
  • mkdir /root/myspringapp/

Step 2: Prepare AcuSensor for your container

  • Create a Target in your Acunetix UI for the exact URL of your new web application (for example:
  • Download the Acunetix Java AcuSensor for your web application target from the Acunetix UI.
  • Copy the Acunetix Java AcuSensor (AcuSensor.jar) to the Docker host into folder /root/myspringapp/

Step 3: Prepare the Spring Boot web application for your container

  • Build your application called, for this example, myspringapp.jar
  • Copy the JAR file for your web application myspringapp.jar to the Docker host folder /root/myspringapp/

Step 4: Create a Dockerfile for your Spring Boot web application

  • To create and edit your Dockerfile, run the following command:
  • nano /root/myspringapp/Dockerfile
  • Edit the contents of your Dockerfile to show the following:

FROM openjdk:8-jdk-alpine

WORKDIR /root/myspringapp/

COPY AcuSensor.jar AcuSensor.jar

COPY myspringapp.jar myspringapp.jar


CMD java -javaagent:/root/myspringapp/AcuSensor.jar -Dacusensor.debug.log=ON -jar /root/myspringapp/myspringapp.jar

NOTE: The parameter "-Dacusensor.debug.log=ON" is optional, and should ONLY be used for troubleshooting purposes. If this parameter is retained, this will output AcuSensor logging as additional lines in the Tomcat logs starting with "[Invicti-debug]".

  • Save the Dockerfile and exit the nano editor.

Step 5: Build your Docker image and start a container based on the image

  • On the Docker host, run the following commands:
  • cd /root/myspringapp/
  • docker build -t myspringapp:test .
  • docker run --publish 8080:8080 --detach --name myspringapp myspringapp:test

You are now ready to scan your new Spring Boot web application with Acunetix.


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