Invicti Shark (IAST and SCA)

Deploying Invicti Shark for Node.js

This document is for:
Invicti Enterprise On-Demand, Invicti Enterprise On-Premises

You can use Invicti Shark to carry out interactive security testing (IAST) in your web application to confirm more vulnerabilities and further minimize false positives.

  • Node.js is an open-source server environment designed to build scalable network applications, as it is capable of handling a vast number of simultaneous connections with high throughput. Depending on the specific frameworks and libraries, debugging a Node.js application can be tricky though.
  • You can take advantage of the Invicti Enterprise unique DAST-induced IAST approach to get an inside view into how security checks and test payloads are processed within these environments. These additional insights will let you isolate the location and root cause of security defects quickly.

Before deploying Invicti Shark, note the list of supported servers and frameworks.

Supported Servers and Frameworks

NodeJS Runtime

  • Tested on Windows: v10, v12, v14, v16, v18, v20
  • Tested on Ubuntu 20: v10, v12, v14, v16, v18, v20

Database Clients

  • better-sqlite3
  • Knex (PostgreSQL, CockroachDB, MSSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, SQLite3, Better-SQLite3, Oracle, and Amazon Redshift)
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Sequelize (Oracle, Postgres, MySQL, MariaDB, SQLite and SQL Server)
  • SQLite3


  • Director
  • Express
  • find-my-way
  • koa-router
  • LoopBack 4
  • Restify
  • Router


  • EJS
  • Handlebars
  • Pug


  • Axios (http-request)
  • ldapjs (ldapquery)
  • Libxmljs (xmlparser)
  • Needle (http-request)
  • Nodemailer (sendmail)

For Invicti Shark to operate, you need to download an agent and deploy it on your server. Please note that this agent is generated uniquely for each target website for security reasons.

To deploy Invicti Shark, you should keep in mind that the mechanism we need to use is to invoke the agent when launching the Node application.

Deploying Invicti Shark in Node.js consists of 3 steps:

Step 1. Downloading the Invicti Shark agent

You can find the required instructions to download the Invicti Shark agent in Deploying Invicti Shark.

Step 2. Copying the Invicti Shark agent

You need to create a dedicated folder inside the root folder of your operating system to hold the Invicti Shark agent.

  • For Windows:
  1. Create a folder in C: and name it shark
  2. Copy the Shark(IAST).tar file into C:\shark\
  • For Linux:
  1. Run mkdir /shark
  2. Locate the folder that contains the Invicti Shark agent file by using cd
  3. Run cp Shark(IAST).tar /shark/

Step 3. Launching your Node.js web application invoking Invicti Shark

  • For Windows:
  • Use "cd" to navigate to the folder which contains your web application (where the "app.js" file resides) and run the following command:

npx \shark\Shark(IAST).tar app.js

  • For Linux:
  • Use "cd" to navigate to the folder which contains your web application (where the "app.js" file resides) and run the following command:

npx /shark/Shark(IAST).tar app.js

Uninstall Invicti Shark

You may choose to uninstall the Invicti Shark files from your server. You can follow the steps below in order to uninstall.

  • For Windows, remove the "C:\shark\Shark(IAST).tar" file and then remove the "C:\shark" folder
  • For Linux, run the following command:

rm -rf /shark


Although the Invicti Shark agent is secured with a unique strong built-in password, it is recommended that the Invicti Shark client files are uninstalled and removed from the web application if they are no longer in use.

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