The course syllabus follows the chapters of the Second Edition of The Web Application Hacker's Handbook, with strong focus on practical attacks and methods. After a short introduction to the subject we delve into common insecurities in logical order:
- Introduction to Web Application Security Assessment (Chapters 1-3)
- Automating Bespoke Attacks: Practical hands-on experience with Burp Suite (Chapter 13)
- Application mapping and bypassing client-side controls (Chapters 4-5)
- Failures in Core Defense Mechanisms: Authentication, Session Management, Access Control, Input Validation (Chapters 6-8)
- Injection and API flaws: (Chapters 9-10)
- User-to-User Attacks (Chapters 12-13)
Attendees will gain theoretical and practical experience of:
- Real-world, 2015 techniques in blind / parameter XXE injection, request method abuse, relative path overwrites, XSS filter evasion
- How to hack using all of the "OWASP top 1"...from SQLi to LDAP, XPath, SOAP, Java Deserialisation, Server Side Template Injection
- How to quickly and efficiently pinpoint and exploit vulnerabilities in web applications
- The real risk: how to turn XSS/CSRF vulnerabilities into full account compromise
- Harnessing new technologies such as HTML5, NoSQL, and Ajax
- New attack types and techniques: Bit Flipping, Padding Oracle, Automated Access Control checking
- How to immediately recognize and exploit Logic Flaws
For more detailed information about the course's practical structure, see the Web Application Hacker's Methodology chapter from the original version of the book.
This course benefits attendees who have been performing application security assessments for anywhere between 6 months to 4 years.
Developers wanting to see attacker tricks and techniques are also welcome.