Proxy plugins with RPC client and Dispatcher_Grid

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29 Jun, 2017 02:16 PM

First of all, i really appreciate all the work you have done. In my opinion Arachni is a good and robust tool for pentesting.
I'm currently learning Unix and networks, so i'm a false begineer in this domain, but I really want to understand things.

I have a question about proxy plugin with the arachni_rpc command.

Basically, i have an arachni_rpc_client and an arachni dispatcher_grid(, both in docker containers.
I've run the following command:

root@b27d7759eccb:/arachni# bin/arachni_rpc --dispatcher-url  --plugin=proxy:port=8282,bind_address= --spawns=1 --grid-mode=balance --checks=xss* --report-save-path=/home/arachniwebreport/reportafr/report.afr --scope-directory-depth-limit=1  --scope-page-limit=1
Here is the Output:
Arachni - Web Application Security Scanner Framework v1.5.1
Author: Tasos "Zapotek" Laskos <[email blocked]>
(With the support of the community and the Arachni Team.)


[~] 0 issues have been detected.
[~] Status: Paused
[~] Sent 0 requests.
[~] Received and analyzed 0 responses.
[~] In 00:19:49 . . .

Here are my questions:
1) Is it normal for the status to be in "paused" ?
2) How can i "launch" the analyze ?
3) Does Arachni set the proxy at the dispatcher grid url ( ? If yes, how ?
4) Is it the good way to set the proxy at the dispatcher_grid host ?


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Tasos Laskos on 01 Jul, 2017 11:23 AM

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    1. The scan is paused because it's waiting for you to use the proxy first.
    2. Once you shut down the proxy by visiting http://arachni.proxy/shutdown the scan will resume.
    3. Yeah the proxy will run on the Dispatcher that provided the Instance.
    4. Pardon?
  2. 2 Posted by Raty918 on 03 Jul, 2017 09:08 AM

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    Hi Tasos,

    First of all, thank you for your response. I really appreciate it.

    4) Sorry, my last question was not really clear.

    Basically, i have a rpc client and a rpc server ( a dispatcher_grid linked to others dispatchers).

    I wanted to know if it is a good practice to set the proxy plugin on the rpc server (dispatcher_grid)

    5) And last question, i made a netstat, to see if the proxy port (8282) was opened when i had set the proxy. But i didn't see 8282 opened on any dispatchers.

  3. 3 Posted by Raty918 on 03 Jul, 2017 11:29 AM

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    5) My bad, it is perfectly working, i'm just blind

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Tasos Laskos on 04 Jul, 2017 01:31 PM

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    1. The plugin will work on the machine which provided the scanner Instance, i.e. one of the Dispatchers, there's no way around that.

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