The core of the plugin code is simple. It implements the processProxyMessage method in IBurpExtender, to get a handle to all requests and responses passing through Burp Proxy. For response messages, it checks whether the requested URL is in scope, and if so uses a regular expression to match any HTML comments within the response. Anyone with some basic Java skills can create code like this. What may be less familiar is actually getting your code to load and run within Burp.
If you want to play with this example yourself, you can download the source code. The steps to compile and run the plugin are as follows:
- If you don't already have it, download and install the Java Development Kit (JDK) from Sun.
- Create a directory to work in, and cd into it from the command line.
- Copy the plugin source file (BurpExtender.java) into your working directory.
- Create a subdirectory called "burp", and copy the IBurpExtenderCallbacks.java file into this directory. You will need this file in the correct relative path, because the plugin code makes use of the IBurpExtenderCallbacks interface.
- In your working directory, compile the BurpExtender.java source file into a .class file using javac, the Java compiler. The exact command will depend on the location of your JDK - for example, on Windows, you might type: "\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_04\bin\javac.exe" BurpExtender.java
- Confirm that the file BurpExtender.class has appeared in your working directory.
- Build a Java archive (JAR) file containing your .class file. Depending again on your JDK location, you might type: "\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_04\bin\jar.exe" -cf burpextender.jar BurpExtender.class
- Confirm that the file burpextender.jar has appeared in your working directory.
- Copy your normal Burp JAR file into your working directory.
- Using the actual name of your Burp JAR file, start Burp using the command: java -Xmx512m -classpath burpextender.jar;burp.jar burp.StartBurp
To make use of the actual functionality of this plugin, you simply need to add the domains that interest you to Burp's Target Scope, and then browse to them via Burp Proxy. Any HTML comments contained within in-scope responses will be printed to the command line, and saved to a file in your working directory.