Scan an App

Identify risk by scanning your app for vulnerabilities. Scans attack the URLs in your app to identify behaviors that could be exploited by attackers. The specific attack types, URLs, and many other options are set in the scan configs.

Which type of scan should I run?

Scan typeDescription
Full scanScan all the things! Full scans attack all URLs in the app. This is the default scan type and is automatically the first scan type run on a new app. When other scan types are run against the full scan later, the full scan is also called a parent or base scan.
Incremental scanReduce scan results by scanning only the links that InsightAppSec deems new and updated since the last full scan run using the scan config. This acts as a baseline scan. Incremental scans reference the crawl map of the previously established baseline scan to determine new and updated links. The baseline scan is established using the first scan run after enabling Incremental scanning. Enable and disable this scan type in the scan config.
Validation scanTest whether a vulnerability was remediated by attacking the same vulnerabilities found in the parent scan. If the vulnerability was not found in the validation scan, its status changes to Remediated.

I want to:

Best identify risk by scanning everything in the app

Start a scan

Start a scan from an app or scan config:


  1. On the Apps page, click the application you want to scan.
  2. On the App Overview page, click Scan Now and select the scan config that you want to run.

Scan Config

  1. From the App Overview page, click the Scan Configs tab.
  2. Select the scan config that you want to run.
  3. On the scan config detail page, click Save and Scan.
How does this best identify risk?

Full scans are designed to crawl all URLs listed in the scan config and provide in-depth results that are relevant to your needs. Because these scans attack every target in the app, they provide the overall security of the app. Full scans are the most common scan type and are defined by, and triggered from, a scan config.

Use Case: Scanning apps before integration

Your company recently acquired a new company with a large amount of apps. Before integrating the new apps into your platform, you need to test for potential vulnerabilities. Because the apps haven’t been scanned before and you are unfamiliar with the acquired product, you want an in-depth scan of every aspect of the app. Run a full scan and evaluate the results to determine the risk of integrating.


Full scans should be your primary method for identifying risk to your apps. Because these scans attack every target in the app, they provide a view of the overall security of the app.

Enable and disable incremental scanning

You can enable incremental scanning on new or existing scan configs. When you enable the option for a scan that has not yet run, the first incremental scan runs a full scan to use as a baseline. The next time the scan runs, only the links that are new or updated based on the first crawl map will be attacked.

  1. On the Apps page, select your app.
  2. On the Scan Configs tab, select the scan you want to run.
  3. On the General tab, enable the option using the Incremental Scan toggle.
  4. Click Scan Now and select the scan config that you want to run.

As a best practice, you should regularly disable incremental scanning on your scan configs to ensure all vulnerabilities are found by a full scan.

Re-enabling incremental scanning after disabling it allows InsightAppSec to do a full scan of the application, as well as establish a new baseline. This allows you to ensure you are doing a full scan of your entire application, in case there has been a regression. This also helps to keep your incremental scans quick and and focused on scanning only newly introduced features and functionality.

Why should I run this scan?

To reduce the list of previously discovered vulnerabilities, you can scan the new or updated increments of your app. Incremental scans reference the crawl map of the previous scan to identify and attack only new and updated links.

If you enable Incremental scanning for a scan config that has not yet run, the first scan will crawl the entire app like a full scan. Incremental scans reference the crawl map of the previous scan to identify and attack only the links that InsightAppSec deems new or updated.

How does the scan determine what's new and changed?

When the scan starts, the scanner loads the crawl results of the parent scan. The scanner crawls the app and calculates the crawl signature of each link.

The incremental scan compares the crawl signature of each link to the signatures from the parent scan. If a crawled link from the incremental scan does not exist or is different from one in the parent scan, the incremental scan will attack the link. If a crawled link already exists in the parent scan, the incremental scan will not attack the link.


Disable incremental scanning and run periodic full scans to ensure you are finding as many vulnerabilities as possible and establish new baseline scans for incremental scanning. Although incremental scans are useful for reducing the number of repeat vulnerabilities, they are not as comprehensive as full scans and should not be used exclusively. Some changes to websites may not be seen as a significant change, such as database updates, and therefore will not be scanned.

Test vulnerability remediation by re-running a scan

Test remediation with a validation scan

Run a validation scan to see if the previous scan can find the vulnerability again. If the scan doesn't find it, the vulnerability status changes to Remediated.

  1. In your app, select the scan that you want to validate.
  2. Click Validate Scan.
  3. To view scan progress, click Scan Status in the banner notification.
  4. When the scan completes, on the Scan Details page, verify that the remediated vulnerability is listed in the Remediated field.
  5. On the Vulnerabilities page, verify that the vulnerability is not listed.

Validation scans use the scan engine. To test a fix on a single vulnerability without scanning, you can Replay an Attack.

Why should I test remediation this way?

Only vulnerabilities that still exist in your app will be listed in the validation scan results. Vulnerabilities that were attacked and not found to be no longer vulnerable will have their status updated to Remediated and will not be included in the validation scan results.

You can see how many vulnerabilities were remediated by checking the Remediated field in the Scan Information drawer. Any vulnerabilities that could not be attacked will not be included in the validation scan results and their status will not be updated.

How do I know if the vulnerability is remediated?

Validation scans automatically change the vulnerability status depending on whether the vulnerability was found, not found, or unknown when run against the parent scan:

  • Found - still vulnerable and will be part of the validation scan results.
  • Not found - no longer vulnerable, status is updated and the vuln is not included in the validation scan results.
  • Unknown - engine could not repeat the original attacks, statuses remain the same but the vuln is not included in the validation scan results.
Original statusFound vulnNot foundUnknown
False PositiveFalse PositiveFalse PositiveFalse Positive


Use validation scans to test for remediation and full scans for a complete view of your app security. Validation scans run against the attack findings from the parent scan and may find vulnerabilities that were not discovered in the parent scan. Although the Vulnerabilities page includes new and existing vulnerabilities found by a validation scan, it is not as comprehensive as running a full scan on the parent scan.

Work with active scans

Monitor and manage active scans

When the scan is in progress, the page shows the Scan Overview which has two tabs:

  • Vulnerabilities - This tab is useful for a live snapshot of the vulnerabilities being discovered on your app in real-time.
  • Scan Logs - The logs list in real time the actions taken by the InsightAppSec console as part of the scan, and can help you detect authentication or access failures early in the scan.
Pause, stop, and resume scans
  1. While the scan is running, view the Scan Overview.
  2. To pause the scan, click Pause Scan. Note: You can review all paused scans in the Scan Overview screen or the “Interrupted Scans” dashboard card.
  3. To resume a paused scan, click Resume Scan.
  4. To stop the scan, click Stop Scan and select whether to save or discard scan results.

When the scan completes, view the results on the Scan Overview page.

A scan can be paused for a maximum of 24 hours. After that time the scan is stopped, and the results up to that point, including any discovered vulnerabilities, will be retained. This restriction applies both to scans paused manually as well as scans getting paused due to a blackout.

View scan results

View vulnerabilities found by the scan

As the scan progresses, the Vulnerabilities tab displays vulnerabilities as they are discovered. When the scan is completed, the Scan Overview page displays KPIs and scan results. You can export the scan results to JIRA and generate reports, as well as view detailed information about each result. Click on any finding to view attack details and remediation ideas.

For more information on analyzing results, see Review Vulnerabilities.

View and delete scans

If you have a lot of scans, you may find it helpful to view scans by status, as well as delete failed scans from the Scanning Activity page.

  1. On the Scanning Activity page, click the status to view scans only in that status.
  2. To delete failed scans, in the Failed list, select the scans you want to delete and click the Delete icon.

What's Next?