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A DAST (Dynamic Application Security Testing) scanner examines a running application for vulnerabilities. It delivers automated alerts if it finds flaws that allow for attacks such as SQL injections, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), and others. DAST tools can detect runtime issues since they are designed to perform in a dynamic context.
A REST API is an API that adheres to the REST (representational state transfer) architectural style's design principles. REST gives developers a great amount of flexibility and freedom. It's one of the reasons why REST APIs have become a popular way to connect components and applications in a microservices architecture.
So, if you are wondering how to level up your DAST scans on your REST APIs- we have the answer: Automate them!
REST Assured is a Java-based library that makes testing REST services in Java much more accessible. It is an open-source Java-based Domain-Specific Language (DSL) that allows you to write robust, readable, and maintainable automated tests for your RESTful APIs. REST Assured works particularly well with Maven, an automation tool used primarily for Java projects.
It allows easy validation of technical response data and compilation of data-driven tests. Many RESTful APIs demand that consumers authenticate themself to interact with them. Widely used API authentication methods, such as Basic and OAuth 2.0 authentication, are supported by REST Assured.
Functional tests, integration tests, regression tests, and other types of tests can all be written using Postman. It can also be integrated with your CI/CD pipeline so that you can automatically test any code changes before they're deployed to production. This way, you can be confident that your API won't break in production.
Postman has tools for accelerating the API Lifecycle, including tools for design, testing, documentation, mocking, and discovery. It allows all your API artifacts to be conveniently stored, iterated upon, and collaborated upon on a single, shared platform across teams.
Insomnia is a cross-platform framework for testing RESTful applications. Unlike Postman, Insomnia supports environment variables to reuse values across multiple requests. This open-source framework is powerful and easy to use, making it an excellent choice for any developer.
The Tavern is a Python library to perform automated tests on APIs with a simple & flexible YAML-based syntax. Using the Python library, you can also integrate Tavern into your own test framework or CI setup.
Karate is an open-source solution that combines API test automation, mocks, performance testing, and UI automation in a single framework. Karate has a reputation for being easy to read & very maintainable.
It is possible to write tests without prior Java experience and support concurrent execution in several threads and configuration switching and staging. Users can write tests without necessarily being programmers.
API testing doesn't have to be a drag. With the Hippie-swagger tool, you can automatically validate your APIs against their Swagger documentation. By doing so, you can be confident that your requests and responses are always in sync and that your documentation is always accurate.
Frisby.js is an excellent tool for testing API endpoints. It's flexible, easy to use, and fast. Plus, it has a bunch of built-in expect handlers to help you test the HTTP response of your API.
Assertible helps you automate your API testing as part of your CI/CD pipeline. It also lets you automatically sync your API tests with the latest specifications changes. Assertible is an API testing tool that continuously tests web services and focuses on automation and reliability.
DevSecOps is about securing software throughout the development lifecycle, from planning and designing to building, testing, and deploying. You're in luck if you want to learn more about DevSecOps' other components. AppSecEngineer offers a DevSecOp learning path that allows you to look into every minute detail related to this process.
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Vishnu Prasad is a DevSecOps Lead at we45. A DevSecOps and Security Automation wizard, he has implemented security in DevOps for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Vishnu has experience in Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery across various verticals, using tools like Jenkins, Selenium, Docker, and other DevOps tools. His role sees him automating SAST, DAST, and SCA security tools at every phase of the build pipeline. He commands knowledge of every major security tool out there, including ZAP, Burp, Findsecbugs, and npm audit, among many others. He's a tireless innovator, having Dockerized his entire security automation process for cross-platform support to build pipelines seamlessly. When AFK, he is either pouring over Investment journals or in the swimming pool.