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Burp Suite Professional to XML: BURP2XML

With the incorporation of Burp Suite Professional into our audit processes, we discovered that there was not an easy method to extract results from Burp’s session file without having to manually re-run Burp. In order to automate this process, we have developed a standalone Python script to process Burp’s session files into XML, and have released it under the GPLv3 License here


#!/usr/bin/env python
#Developed by Paul Haas, <phaas AT redspin DOT com> under Redspin. Inc.
#Licensed under the GNU Public License version 3.0 (2008-2009)
'''Process Burp Suite Professional's output into a well-formed XML document.

Burp Suite Pro's session file zipped into a combination of XML-like tags
containing leading binary headers with type and length definitions followed by
the actual data.  The theory is that this allows the file to read sequentially
rather than requiring tedious XML parsing.  However, without re-writing Burp's
internal parser, we have no way to extract results from its files without
loading the results in Burp.  

This tool takes a zipped Burp file and outputs a XML document based upon the
provided arguments which allows regular XPATH queries and XSL transformations.
import datetime, string, re, struct, zipfile, sys

TAG = re.compile('</?(w*)>',re.M) # Match a XML tag
nvprint = string.printable.replace('x0b','').replace('x0c','') # Printables

def milliseconds_to_date(milliseconds):
	'''Convert milliseconds since Epoch (from Java) to Python date structure:

	There is no direct way to convert milliseconds since Epoch to Python object
	So we convert the milliseconds to seconds first as a POSIX timestamp which
	can be used to get a valid date, and then use the parsed values from that
	object along with converting mili -> micro seconds in a new date object.'''
		d = datetime.datetime.fromtimestamp(milliseconds/1000)
		date = datetime.datetime(d.year,d.month,,d.hour,d.minute,d.second,
	except ValueError, e: # Bad date, just return the milliseconds
		date = str(milliseconds)
	return date	

def burp_binary_field(field,i):
	'''Strip Burp Suite's binary format characters types from our data.
	The first character after the leading tag describes the type of the data.'''
	if len(field) <= i:
		return None,-1
	elif field[i] == 'x00': # 4 byte integer value
		return str(struct.unpack('>I',field[i+1:i+5])[0]),5
	elif field[i] == 'x01': # Two possible unsigned long long types
		if field[i+1] == 'x00': # (64bit) 8 Byte Java Date
			ms = struct.unpack('>Q',field[i+1:i+9])[0]
			date = milliseconds_to_date(ms)
			value =	date.ctime() # Use the ctime string format for date
		else: # Serial Number only used ocasionally in Burp
			value = str(struct.unpack('>Q',field[i+1:i+9])[0])
		return value,9
	elif field[i] == 'x02': # Boolean Object True/False
		return str(struct.unpack('?',field[i+1:i+2])[0]),2
	elif field[i] == 'x03' or field[i] == 'x04': # 4 byte length + string
		length = struct.unpack('>I',field[i+1:i+5])[0]
		#print "Saw string of length",length,"at",i+5,i+5+length
		value = field[i+5:i+5+length]
		if '<' in value or '>' in value or '&' in value: # Sanatize HTML w/CDATA
			value = '<![CDATA[' + value.replace(']]>',']]><![CDATA[') + ']]>'
		value = ''.join(c for c in value if c in nvprint) # Remove nonprintables
		return value,5+length # ** TODO: Verify length by matching end tag **
	print "Unknown binary format",repr(field[i])
	return None,-1

def burp_to_xml(filename):
	'''Unzip Burp's file, remove non-printable characters, CDATA any HTML,
	include a valid XML header and trailer, and return a valid XML string.'''

	xml = '' # Our output string
	z = zipfile.ZipFile(filename) # Open Burp's zip file
	burp ='burp','rb') # Read-in the main burp file
	m = TAG.match(burp,0) # Match a tag at the start of the string
	while m:
		xml +=
		index = m.end()
		etag ='<','</') # Matching tag

		m = TAG.match(burp,index) # Attempt to get the next tag
		if not m: # Data folows
			# Read the type of data using Burp's binary data headers
			value, length = burp_binary_field(burp, index)
			if value is None: break

			xml += value
			xml += etag
			index += length + len(etag) # Point our index to the next tag
			m = TAG.match(burp,index) # And retrieve it

	xml = '<?xml version="1.0"?><burp>' + xml + '</burp>' # XMLify our string
	return xml # And return it

def main():
	'''Called if script is run from the command line.'''
	import sys
	if (len(sys.argv) < 2):
		print __doc__
		print "Usage:",sys.argv[0],"burp_session_file {output XML name}"
	xml = burp_to_xml(sys.argv[1])
	# Write out file to a optional argument or provided file + xml extension
	out = sys.argv[2] if (len(sys.argv) > 2) else sys.argv[1]+'.xml'
	out = open(out, 'wb')
	#sys.stdout.write("# Output written to %s.xml" % out)

if __name__ == '__main__':

My next post will include some useful commands for parsing XML on the command line. Let us know if you have any questions running it or include it in your projects.

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