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How do I tell content-discovery to give up on a certain directory tree

Tim | Last updated: Jan 24, 2023 06:19PM UTC

This is a common problem with automated spidering tools: It gets stuck (for days in some cases) in a directory structure like /blog/2023/01/post1 and /blog/2023/01/post2 etc. and it does a good job discovering that /blog/2022 also exists but I don't need it to exhaust itself on this directory. There are hundreds of queued tasks looking for items in the blog directory and I don't see a way to delete those. I tried taking /blog/ out of scope but it still enumerates content there. Thanks!

Hannah, PortSwigger Agent | Last updated: Jan 25, 2023 10:19AM UTC

Hi There isn't really a way to do this from the Content Discovery engine. However, if you go to "Settings > Search > Out-of-scope request handling", you can tell Burp to drop all out-of-scope requests. You could do this while running the Content Discovery tool to prevent it from making requests to items that are out of scope.

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