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Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation

Offensive Security
August 4-7


The days of porous network perimeters are fading fast as externally facing services become more resilient and harder to exploit. In order to gain that critical initial foothold in a network, penetration testers must be fluent in the art of exploiting front-facing web applications.

Offensive Security's Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation (AWAE) Course was created by taking widely deployed web applications found in many enterprises and actively exploiting them. This intensive, hands-on course takes your skills well beyond standard SQL injection or file inclusion attacks and will propel you into a world of mind-bending, blinded, SQL Injection, illogical authentication bypasses, heavy deserialization, and pass-the-hash web authentication weaknesses all chained to gain remote code execution unassisted. And that's just scratching the surface.

Topics covered include:

  • Advanced web application source code auditing
  • Non-interaction XSS attacks and exotic payloads
  • Leveraging CSRF attacks to achieve virtually unassisted remote code execution
  • State of the art SQL injection attacks (time based blind)
  • Authentication weakness/bypass attacks
  • Bypassing character restrictions in payloads
  • Command injection attacks
  • Java deserialization of untrusted data exploitation
  • PHP Object injection (attacking PHP's state machine)
  • Exotic file inclusion attacks (non PHP environments)
  • Multi-step, chained attacks making use of multiple vulnerabilities
  • Real world attacks on widely deployed network infrastructure applications.
  • ...and more!

Who Should Take this Course

Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation is NOT an entry level course. The pace of learning is fast and furious, and students are expected to have a solid understanding and experience of how to perform basic web application attacks, at a minimum. This class is perfect for experienced network penetration testers who are looking to take their web application penetration testing skills to the next level, as well as web application developers who need to understand how their code is attacked.

Student Requirements

AWAE students should already have a moderate understanding of the underlying protocols and technologies involved in testing web applications such as the HTTP protocol, SSL communications, and the usage of various browser plugins and proxies. A basic familiarity with web based scripting languages such as PHP, Ruby, Java, JavaScript, .NET C# is strongly recommended.

What Students Should Bring

Students are required to bring their own laptops with:
  • 64bit Host operating system
  • 8 GB RAM minimum
  • Administrative access to the host operating system
  • VMware Workstation / Fusion
  • 60 GB HD free minimum
  • Wired network support
  • USB 2.0 support or better

What Students Will Be Provided With

Students will be provided with virtual machines for use in class and the Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation Lab Guide. An in-class ""Hint System"" will provide electronic distribution of all scripts, POCs, etc.


Black Hat does not include the online course materials, exam, or lab.


Igor Frankovic (ronin) is a professional application and network penetration tester with over ten years of information security experience ranging from network and system administration to exploit research and development. Once he got the taste of the offensive side of information security, he earned the OSCP and OSCE certifications and never looked back. Igor spends his free time with his family, weaponizing new exploits, and putting his MMA opponents in their place.

Robert Carr has performed and led hundreds of application and penetration testing assessments over the past ten years. His prior experience ranges from system administration to web developer and is now performing assessments and contributing to course material. If you say something bad about nano during class, he might give you free stuff.