Timeout not working on large scan

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12 Nov, 2016 06:57 PM

Hi all,

I'm having a trouble scanning a internal web page. It's a quite small site, however the scan never ends. I'm setting a timeout of 10 hours and last time ran for 15 hours and didn't stop. When I kill (with several signals i loose the report).

Any ideia how can I kill without loosing the report? I cannot hit Ctrl+c because I'm running over ssh on another machine and cannot leave the session on for several hours.

And any idea of why this timeout is not working? I've set the timeout for a lower number(2 hours) and worked great.

I'm using the proxy plugin to make the login, and the i shutdown the proxy to start the scan. Here is the command:

arachni http://www.intranet --plugin=proxy --scope-exclude-pattern=logo --checks=active/* --timeout 10:00:

Kind regards!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Tasos Laskos on 17 Nov, 2016 04:46 PM

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    I'm not sure what could be causing the time-out not to work.
    About the scan never ending though, do the page have some sort of functionality that generates pages forever? Like a calendar?

  2. 2 Posted by MRodrigues on 18 Nov, 2016 08:29 AM

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    Thank you for the reply!

    I've retested with smaller timeouts (e.g. 6h00) and everything works great. So it might have been another issue without a plausible explanation.

    Altough it's a small site with perhaps 20 pages, arachni makes all the tests(CSRF,XSS,LFI,..), and instead of ending, then goes again for the same set of tests. I don't know why this happens, but it doesn't freezes on the same page.

    With the timeout I've solved the problem.

    Thank you

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Tasos Laskos on 20 Nov, 2016 05:01 PM

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    Glad you got it working but I'd really like to see what's going with the scan not ending.
    Any chance I can be given access to the web page?

  4. Tasos Laskos closed this discussion on 14 Dec, 2016 02:13 PM.

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