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OWASP AppSec Pipeline

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The OWASP AppSec Rugged DevOps Pipeline Project

The OWASP AppSec Rugged DevOps Pipeline Project is the place to find the information you need to increase the speed and automation of your AppSec program. Using the documentation and references of this project will allow you to setup your own AppSec Pipeline.


The AppSec pipeline project is a place to gather together information, techniques and tools to create your own AppSec Pipeline. AppSec Pipelines takes the principals of DevOps and Lean and applies that to an application security program. The project will gather references, cheat sheets, and specific guidance for tools/software which would compose an AppSec Pipeline.


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What is OWASP Security Principles Project?

The AppSec pipeline project is a place to gather together information, techniques and tools to create your own AppSec Pipeline.

Project Leaders

Matt Tesauro
Aaron Weaver
Matt Konda

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What are DevOp Security Pipeline Tools?

DevOp security pipeline tools are written with the mindset of API first. The goal is that a security tool will expose all the core functionality of the product as an API. Tools need to have an API so that the 'All the things' can be automated. Each tool will be evaluated with the criteria outlined below including example pipeline use cases.

Evaluation Criteria

Application Description: Overview of the security tool, description and product web page.
API: The type of API (REST, SOAP), API coverage (% of total features available via the API) and API Docs.
Pipeline Position: Where in the AppSec pipeline the tool would be best suited to reside
Cloud Scalable: Is the tool cloud aware and can the tool scale based on demand?
Runs as a Service: Can the tool run as a service or in headless mode?
Pipeline Example: Link to an example use case of the tool in the pipeline
Client Libraries: What client libraries are written to assist in integration. For example a python or Go library.
CI/CD Plugins: Does the tool have CI/CD plugins for integration into a DevOps pipeline. For example a Jenkins plugin.
Data Sent to the Cloud: What kind of data, if any, is sent off premise to the cloud? Is there an option to keep all data in-house?


We are currently working on gathering a list of the current tools and evaluating each tool based on the criteria listed. The goal is to create a one page wiki document of the application.

Get Involved

Interested in participating or having your product included in the review? Contact Aaron Weaver

What is an AppSec Pipeline?

An AppSec Pipelines takes the principals of DevOps and Lean and applies that to an application security program. An AppSec pipeline is designed for iterative improvement and has the ability to grow in functionality organically over time. When starting out an AppSec Pipeline choose the area that is your greatest pain point and work on a reusable path for all the AppSec activities that follow.

Pipelines have four distinct areas which will be covered in depth. The first is the "Intake process" or "first impression." This is where customers request AppSec services such as dynamic, static or manual assessments from the AppSec team. The intake process consists of an application repository that a requestor will either choose from a listing of applications or provide the details of the application. The second part is "triage" where the determination is made for applying the requested services. An application request may have an automated scan in which case a request would be made to conduct a ZAP scan. The third part is "test" which is the heart of the pipeline. It is here where all the AppSec tools are automated, results are fed into a central repository and reviewed for false positives. Finally the end of the pipeline is "deliver" where the results are distributed to the customer. This will vary by organization, however most pipelines will integrate with a defect tracker and will produce summary metrics and reporting for senior management.

The goal of an AppSec Pipeline is to provides a consistent process from the application security team and the constituency which typically is developers, QA, product managers and senior stakeholders. Throughout the process flow each activity has well-defined states. The pipeline relies heavily on automation for repeatable tasks so that the critical resource, AppSec personnel, is optimized.

Rugged DevOps AppSec Pipeline Template

===Pipeline - Intake (“First Impression”)=== Major categories of Intake

  • Existing Application
  • New Application
  • Previously tested Application
  • Application to re-test findings

Key Concepts

  • Ask for data about Apps only once
  • Have data reviewed when an application returns
  • Adapt data collected based on broad categories of Apps

Pipeline - Triage

  • Inbound request triage
    • Ala Carte App Sec
    • Dynamic Testing
    • Static Testing
    • Re-Testing mitigated findings
    • Mix and match based on risk

Key Concepts

  • Activities can be run in parallel
  • Automation on setup, configuration, data export
  • People focus on customization rather than setup

Pipeline - Test

Pipeline - Deliver

Source of truth for all AppSec activities

  • Dedupe / Consolidate findings
  • Normalize scanner data
  • Generate Metrics
  • Push issues to bug trackers
  • Report and metrics automation REST + tfclient
  • Source of many touch points with external teams

How do I integrate an AppSec Pipeline into my existing pipeline(s)?

AppSec Pipeline Example #1

Example Rugged DevOps AppSec Pipeline

AppSec Pipeline Presentations

Rugged DevOp Interviews

Rugged DevOps


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Besides the project leaders, contributions have been made by:

  • Adam Parsons - Bag of Holding
  • Matt Brown - suggestions and review of Bag of Holding
  • Lee Thurlow - suggestions and review of Bag of Holding

Future releases will include:

  • List of open source tools for each portion of the AppSec Pipeline
  • Additional releases of Bag of Holding with new and exciting features
  • Documentation and references to integration of the various pieces of the AppSec Pipeline.