Attacking and Securing Java / JEE Web Applications | JEE Secure Coding

Hands-on Java / JEE Secure Coding | Hunt Down Vulnerabilities & Improve the Security of Deployed Java / JEE Web Applications

TT8320-J

Intermediate

4 Days

Course Overview

Attacking and Securing Java/JEE Web Applications is a lab-intensive, hands-on Java / JEE security training course that provides a unique coverage of Java application security. In this course, students begin with penetration testing, hunting for bugs in Java web applications. They then thoroughly examine best practices for defensively coding web applications, covering all the OWASP Top Ten as well as several additional prominent vulnerabilities (such as file uploads, CSRF and direct object references).  Students will repeatedly attack and then defend various assets associated with fully functional web applications and services.  This hands-on approach drives home the mechanics of how to secure JEE web applications in the most practical of terms.

Students will leave the course armed with the skills required to recognize actual and potential software vulnerabilities and implement defenses for those vulnerabilities.   This course begins by developing the skills required to fingerprint a web application and then scan it for vulnerabilities and bugs.   Practical labs using current tools and techniques provide students with the experience needed to begin testing their own applications. Students also gain a deeper understanding of how attackers probe applications to understand the runtime environment as well as find potential weaknesses. This course the introduces developers to the most common security vulnerabilities faced by web applications today. Each vulnerability is examined from a Java/JEE perspective through a process of describing the threat and attack mechanisms, recognizing associated vulnerabilities, and, finally, designing, implementing, and testing effective defenses.

Although this edition of the course is Java-specific, it may also be presented using .Net or other programming languages.

Course Objectives

Practical labs reinforce these concepts with real vulnerabilities and attacks.  Students are then challenged to design and implement the layered defenses they will need in defending their own applications. There is an emphasis on the underlying vulnerability patterns since the technologies, use cases, and methods of attack as constantly changing. The patterns remain the same through all the change and flux.

Working in a dynamic, lab-intensive hands-on coding environment you’ll learn to:

  • Ensure that any bug hunting is performed in a safe and appropriate manner
  • Identify defect/bug reporting mechanisms within their organizations
  • Work with specific tools for targeted vulnerabilities
  • Avoid common mistakes that are made in bug hunting and vulnerability testing
  • Understand the concepts and terminology behind defensive, secure coding including the phases and goals of a typical exploit
  • Develop an appreciation for the need and value of a multilayered defense in depth
  • Understand potential sources for untrusted data
  • Understand the consequences for not properly handling untrusted data such as denial of service, cross-site scripting, and injections
  • To test web applications with various attack techniques to determine the existence of and effectiveness of layered defenses
  • Prevent and defend the many potential vulnerabilities associated with untrusted data
  • Understand the vulnerabilities of associated with authentication and authorization
  • Detect, attack, and implement defenses for authentication and authorization functionality and services
  • Understand the dangers and mechanisms behind Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and Injection attacks
  • Detect, attack, and implement defenses against XSS and Injection attacks
  • Understand the risks associated with XML processing, file uploads, and server-side interpreters and how to best eliminate or  mitigate those risks
  • Understand techniques and measures that can used to harden web and application servers as well as other components in your infrastructure

Need different skills or topics?  If your team requires different topics or tools, additional skills or custom approach, this course may be further adjusted to accommodate.  We offer additional Java / JEE, secure coding, development, hacking, database security, bug hunting and other related topics that may be blended with this course for a track that best suits your needs. Our team will collaborate with you to understand your needs and will target the course to focus on your specific learning objectives and goals.

Course Prerequisites

This is an intermediate -level programming course, designed for experienced Java developers who wish to get up and running on developing well defended software applications.  Familiarity with Java and JEE is required and real world programming experience is highly recommended.  Ideally students should have approximately 6 months to a year of Java and JEE working knowledge.

Take Before: Students should have basic development skills and a working knowledge in the following topics, or attend these courses as a pre-requisite:

  • TT5102  JEE Web Application Development Essentials

Take After: We offer a variety of introductory through advanced security, development, project management, engineering, architecture and design courses that serve as an excellent follow on to this course.  Please see our Application Security and Secure Coding Training Suite list of courses for details and learning plan recommendations that may include:

  • Java, Node.js, C++ or .Net oriented Web Application Security hands-on training
  • Refresher training for updated skills or to fulfill PCI compliance requirements

Please see the Related Courses Tab for Pre-Requisite course specifics and links, links to similar courses you might review as an alternative, as well as suggested Next-Step Follow-On Courses and Learning Path recommendations.

Course Agenda

Please note that this list of topics is based on our standard course offering, evolved from typical industry uses and trends. We’ll work with you to tune this course and level of coverage to target the skills you need most. Topics, agenda and labs are subject to change, and may adjust during live delivery based on audience interests, skill-level and participation.

Session: Bug Hunting Foundation

Lesson: Why Hunt Bugs?

  • Security and Insecurity
  • Dangerous Assumptions
  • Attack Vectors
  • Lab: Case Study in Failure

Lesson: Safe and Appropriate Bug Hunting/Hacking

  • Working Ethically
  • Respecting Privacy
  • Bug/Defect Notification
  • Bug Bounty Programs

Session: Moving Forward From Hunting Bugs

Lesson: Removing Bugs

  • Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
  • OWASP Top Ten Overview
  • Web Application Security Consortium
  • CERT Secure Coding Standards
  • Bug Hunting Mistakes to Avoid
  • Tools and Resources

Session: Foundation for Securing Web Applications

Lesson: Principles of Information Security

  • Security Is a Lifecycle Issue
  • Minimize Attack Surface Area
  • Layers of Defense: Tenacious D
  • Compartmentalize
  • Consider All Application States
  • Do NOT Trust the Untrusted
  • Tutorial: Working with Eclipse (JEE Version) and Apache TomEE 7x
  • Tutorial: Working with the HSQL Database
  • Lab: Case Study Setup and Review

Session: Bug Stomping 101

Lesson: Unvalidated Data

  • Buffer Overflows
  • Integer Arithmetic Vulnerabilities
  • Unvalidated Data: Crossing Trust Boundaries
  • Defending Trust Boundaries
  • Whitelisting vs Blacklisting
  • Lab: Defending Trust Boundaries

Lesson: A1: Injection

  • Injection Flaws
  • SQL Injection Attacks Evolve
  • Drill Down on Stored Procedures
  • Other Forms of Injection
  • Minimizing Injection Flaws
  • Lab: Defending Against SQL Injection

Lesson: A2: Broken Authentication

  • Quality and Protection of Authentication Data
  • Handling Passwords on Server Side
  • SessionID Risk Reduction
  • HttpOnly and Security Headers
  • Lab: Defending Authentication

Lesson: A3: Sensitive Data Exposure

  • Protecting Data Can Mitigate Impact
  • In-Memory Data Handling
  • Secure Pipes
  • Failures in TLS/SSL Framework
  • Lab: Defending Sensitive Data

Lesson: A4: XML External Entities (XXE)

  • XML Parser Coercion
  • XML Attacks: Structure
  • XML Attacks: Injection
  • Safe XML Processing
  • Lab: Safe XML Processing
  • Lab: Dynamic Loading Using XSLT

Lesson: A5: Broken Access Control

  • Access Control Issues
  • Excessive Privileges
  • Insufficient Flow Control
  • Unprotected URL/Resource Access
  • Examples of Shabby Access Control
  • Sessions and Session Management
  • Lab: Unsafe Direct Object References
  • Lab: Spotlight: Verizon

Session: Bug Stomping 102

Lesson: A6: Security Misconfiguration

  • System Hardening: IA Mitigation
  • Application Whitelisting
  • Least Privileges
  • Anti-Exploitation
  • Secure Baseline

Lesson: A7: Cross Site Scripting (XSS)

  • XSS Patterns
  • Persistent XSS
  • Reflective XSS
  • DOM-Based XSS
  • Best Practices for Untrusted Data
  • Lab: Defending Against XSS

Lesson: A8/9: Deserialization/Vulnerable Components

  • Deserialization Issues
  • Identifying Serialization and Deserializations
  • Vulnerable Components
  • Software Inventory
  • Managing Updates
  • Lab: Spotlight: Equifax

Lesson: A10: Insufficient Logging and Monitoring

  • Fingerprinting a Web Site
  • Error-Handling Issues
  • Logging In Support of Forensics
  • Solving DLP Challenges
  • Lab: Error Handling

Lesson: Spoofing, CSRF, and Redirects

  • Name Resolution Vulnerabilities
  • Fake Certs and Mobile Apps
  • Targeted Spoofing Attacks
  • Cross Site Request Forgeries (CSRF)
  • CSRF Defenses
  • Lab: Cross-Site Request Forgeries

Session: Secure Development Lifecycle (SDL)

Lesson: SDL Overview

  • Attack/Defense Basics
  • Types of Security Controls
  • Attack Phases: Offensive Actions and Defensive Controls
  • Secure Software Development Processes
  • Shifting Left
  • Actionable Items Moving Forward

Session: Moving Forward with Application Security

Lesson: Applications: What Next?

  • Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
  • CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous SW Errors
  • Strength Training: Project Teams/Developers
  • Strength Training: IT Organizations
  • Leveraging Common AppSec Practices and Control
  • Lab: Recent Incidents
  • Lab: Spotlight: Capital One

Lesson: Making Application Security Real

  • Cost of Continually Reinventing
  • Paralysis by Analysis
  • Actional Application Security
  • Additional Tools for the Toolbox

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