Welcome to Coraza Web Application Firewall, this project is a Golang port of ModSecurity with the goal to become the first enterprise-grade Open Source Web Application Firewall, flexible and powerful enough to serve as the baseline for many projects.

Coraza Web Application Firewall v2

Build Status Coreruleset Compatibility CodeQL Maintainability Rating Coverage GoDoc Project Status: Active – The project has reached a stable, usable state and is being actively developed.

Welcome to Coraza Web Application Firewall, this project is an enterprise grade, Golang port of ModSecurity, flexible and powerful enough to serve as the baseline for many projects.


  • Linux distribution (Debian and Centos are recommended, Windows is not supported yet)
  • Golang compiler v1.16+

Migrate from v1

  • Rollback SecAuditLog to the legacy syntax (serial/concurrent)
  • Attach an error log handler using waf.SetErrorLogCb(cb) (optional)
  • If you are using @detectXSS and @detectSQLi (CRS) install the plugin
  • If you are using @rx with libpcre (CRS) install the plugin
  • If you are using low level APIs check the complete changelog as most of them were removed

Running the tests

Run the go tests:

go test ./...
go test -race ./...

Coraza v2 differences with v1

  • Full internal API refactor, public API has not changed
  • Full audit engine refactor with plugins support
  • New enhanced plugins interface for transformations, actions, body processors and operators
  • Now we are fully compliant with Seclang from modsecurity v2
  • Many features removed and transformed into plugins: XML processing, PCRE regex, Libinjection (@detectXSS and @detectSQLi)
  • Better debug logging
  • New error logging (like modsecurity)

Your first Coraza WAF project

package main

func main() {
 // First we initialize our waf and our seclang parser
 waf := coraza.NewWaf()
 parser, _ := seclang.NewParser(waf)

 // Now we parse our rules
 if err := parser.FromString(`SecRule REMOTE_ADDR "@rx .*" "id:1,phase:1,deny,status:403"`); err != nil {

 // Then we create a transaction and assign some variables
 tx := waf.NewTransaction()
 tx.ProcessConnection("", 8080, "", 12345)

 // Finally we process the request headers phase, which may return an interruption
 if it := tx.ProcessRequestHeaders(); it != nil {
  fmt.Printf("Transaction was interrupted with status %d\n", it.Status)

Why Coraza WAF?


  • Simplicity: Anyone should be able to understand and modify Coraza WAF’s source code
  • Extensibility: It should be easy to extend Coraza WAF with new functionalities
  • Innovation: Coraza WAF isn’t just a ModSecurity port, it must include awesome new functions (in the meantime it’s just a port 😅)
  • Community: Coraza WAF is a community project and everyone’s idea will be heard

Plugins roadmap

  • WASM scripts support
  • Lua script support
  • Integrated DDOS protection and directives with iptables(Or others) integration
  • Integrated bot detection with captcha
  • Open Policy Agent package (OPA)
  • Enhanced data signing features (cookies, forms, etc)
  • OpenAPI enforcement
  • JWT enforcement
  • XML request body processor
  • Libinjection integration (done)
  • Lib PCRE integration (done)
  • Bluemonday policies (maybe)

Coraza WAF implementations

Some useful tools


How to contribute

Contributions are welcome, there are so many TODOs, also functionalities, fixes, bug reports and any help you can provide. Just send your PR.

cd /path/to/coraza
egrep -Rin "TODO|FIXME" -R --exclude-dir=vendor *

Special thanks

  • Modsecurity team for creating ModSecurity
  • OWASP Coreruleset team for the CRS and their help
  • @fzipi for his support and help
  • @dune73 for the Modsecurity Handbook (The bible for this project) and all of his support

Companies using Coraza


The name Coraza is trademarked, Coraza is a registered trademark of Juan Pablo Tosso.


For donations, see Donations site