Deploying the AcuSensor agent for JAVA - Docker & WAR File

The AcuSensor agent will need to be deployed to your Docker container. This section describes how to deploy AcuSensor together with your web application into a Docker container.

The Java AcuSensor requires:

  1. Deploying aspectjweaver.jar into your web server - provides the integration required for AcuSensor to work with your application
  2. Deploying the Acunetix Java AcuSensor into your web server - this is unique for each Target, and can be downloaded by using the Download JAVA AcuSensor button
  3. Configuring your web server to use Load Time Weaving (AspectJWeaver)

Assumptions for this document

  • This document assumes that you will be using version 1.9.5 (latest at time of writing) of AspectJWeaver.
  • 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/mywar/"
  • This document assumes the URL for your WAR web application will be http://<mydockerhostipaddress>:8080/helloworld/

Prepare Folder for Spring Boot Docker deployment

On the docker host, run the following command:

  • mkdir /root/mywar/

Preparing AspectJWeaver for your container

To download and deploy AspectJWeaver, run the following commands:

Preparing AcuSensor for your container

  • Create a Target in your Acunetix UI for the exact URL of your new web application (for this example: http://<mydockerhostipaddress>:8080/helloworld/ )
  • 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/mywar/

Preparing Environment Variables for Tomcat to use AcuSensor

  • Run the following command on the docker host:
  • nano /root/mywar/
  • This will create a new file. Add this line to the "" file:

JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -javaagent:/usr/local/tomcat/lib/aspectjweaver.jar -Dacusensor.debug.log=ON"

  • Exit nano and save the changes to the "" file.

Preparing your web application for your container

  • Build your application called, for example, HelloWorld.war
  • Copy the HelloWorld.war file to the docker host folder /root/mywar/

Create Dockerfile for your web application

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

FROM tomcat:9.0-alpine

COPY AcuSensor.jar /usr/local/tomcat/lib/AcuSensor.jar

COPY aspectjweaver.jar /usr/local/tomcat/lib/aspectjweaver.jar

COPY HelloWorld.war /usr/local/tomcat/webapps/helloworld.war


CMD ["", "run"]

  • Save the Dockerfile and exit the nano editor

Build your Docker Image and Start a Container based on the Image

On the docker host, run the following commands:

  • cd /root/mywar/
  • docker build -t mywar:test .
  • docker run --publish:8080:8080 --detach --name mywar mywar:test

Confirm your new Web Application works by pointing your browser to your docker container:


Congratulations! You are now ready to scan your web application with Acunetix.



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