Assessing and Exploiting Web Applications with Samurai-WTF

Justin Searle and Kevin Johnson

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USA 2011 Weekday Training Session //August 1-2


Come take the official Samurai-WTF training course given by the two founders and lead developers of the project! You will learn the latest Samurai-WTF open source tools and as well as the latest techniques to perform web application penetration tests. After a quick overview of pen testing methodology, the instructors will lead you through the penetration and exploitation of various web applications, including client side attacks using flaws within the application. Different sets of open source tools will be used on each web application, allowing you to learn first hand the pros and cons of each tool. After you have gained experience with the Samurai-WTF tools, you will be challenged with a capture the flag event. This final challenge will give you time to practice your new skills at your own pace and experiment with your favorite new tools. This experience will help you gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to perform web application assessments and expose you to the wealth of freely available, open source tools.

Teaching Methods:

This course will be very lab intensive with limited lecture and demonstration of the features and use of each tool.

Who Should Attend:

Individuals with a basic understanding of web application vulnerabilities and attacks. This course will focus on use of the tools, not the theories behind the attacks.

Student Requirements:

  • Laptop with VMware Player
  • 4 GB of hard drive space for vir3
  • 2 GB of RAM

What you get:

  • Digital copy of the slides
  • Two virtual machines (each less then 2GB in size)


Justin Searle is a Senior Security Analyst with InGuardians, specializing in the penetration testing of web applications, networks, and embedded devices, especially those pertaining to the Smart Grid. Justin is an active member of ASAP-SG (Advanced Security Acceleration Project for the Smart Grid) and led the Smart Grid Security Architecture group in the creation of NIST Interagency Report 7628. Previously, Justin served as JetBlue Airway's IT Security Architect, and has taught courses in hacking techniques, forensics, networking, and intrusion detection for multiple universities and corporations. Justin has presented at top security conferences including DEFCON, ToorCon, ShmooCon, and SANS. Justin co-leads prominent open source projects including the Samurai Web Testing Framework, Middler, Yokoso!, and Laudnum. Justin has an MBA in International Technology and is a CISSP and SANS GIAC certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), and Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT).

Kevin Johnson is a security consultant with Secure Ideas. Kevin came to security from a development and system administration background. He has many years of experience performing security services for fortune 100 companies, and in his spare time he contributes to a large number of open source security projects. Kevin's involvement in open-source projects is spread across a number of projects and efforts. He is the founder of many different projects and has worked on others. He founded BASE, which is a Web front-end for Snort analysis. He also founded and continues to lead the SamuraiWTF live DVD. This is a live environment focused on Web penetration testing. He also founded Yokoso and Laudanum, which are focused on exploit delivery. Kevin is a senior instructor for SANS and the author of Security 542: Web Application Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking. He also presents at industry events, including DEFCON and ShmooCon, and for various organizations, like Infragard, ISACA, ISSA, and the University of Florida.

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