Exploring the OWASP Top Ten

Detailed Exploration of the Leading Source for Defining the Most Significant Application Security Vulnerabilities



2 Days

Course Overview

The impact for exploited software is obvious. We are beyond the point where vulnerabilties must be addressed. The recently updated OWASP Top 10 has become the most recognized source for defining the most significant vulnerabilities. This series of quick, hard-hitting sessions sets the context and charges through each of the OWASP vulnerabilities. Each virtual, instructor-led session provides a solid set of information for developers, testers, and other stakeholders about understanding, identifying, and mitigating a vulnerability. These short, intense sessions maximize the flow of information in an effective and interactive manner.

Students who attend this course will gain an understanding of the recently updated OWASP Top 10. Each of these sessions provides useful insights, discussions, and, in many cases, demonstrations of the application vulnerabilities that are plaguing the industry.

Course Objectives

After a quick examination of the context for application security and the OWASP Top 10, each of the vulnerabilties are covered in detail. After the ten vulnerabilities are examined in detail, we wrap up with sessions on next steps for attendees to take as well as an overview of Threat Modeling.

Attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • The mechanism by which the vulnerability is exploited. Often the exploitability of a vulnerability is rooted in an underlying pattern that is valid across many technologies and architectures.
  • The prevalence of the vulnerability, including characteristics to focus on during design and code reviews to help detect potential issues.
  • The potential consequences of a successful exploit.
  • The measures that can be taken to eliminate, prevent, or minimize the risk of an exploited vulnerability.
  • The relative effectiveness of scanners and other tools in detecting the vulnerability being discussed.
  • Generic and code-specific references that can be utilized after the session.

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 secure coding, secure software and web application 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 introductory-level course designed for technical stakeholders and web developers. Familiarity with programming is helpful but not required.

Please see the Related Courses tab for specific Pre-Requisite courses, Related Courses that offer similar skills or topics, and next-step 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.

Session 1: Jumping into the OWASP Top 10

  • Security: The Complete Picture
  • Attack Patterns
  • Anthem, Dell, Target, Equifax, and Marriot Debriefs
  • Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Report
  • Assumptions We Make
  • Recognizing Assets
  • Introduction to OWASP Top 10

Session 2: A1: Injection

  • Injection Flaws
  • Examples: SQL Injection
  • Drill Down on Stored Procedures
  • Understanding the Underlying Problem
  • Other Forms of Injection
  • Minimizing Injection Flaws
  • Potential Demonstration: Defending Against SQL Injection

Session 3: A2: Broken Authentication

  • Weak Authentication Data
  • Protecting Authentication Data
  • Protecting Authentication Services
  • Effective Credential Management
  • Effective Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Handling Passwords on Server Side
  • Potential Demonstration: Defending Authentication

Session 4: A3: Sensitive Data Exposure

  • Protecting Data Can Mitigate Impact of Exploit
  • Regulatory Considerations
  • Establishing an Asset Inventory
  • At Rest Data Handling
  • In Motion Data Handling
  • In Use Data Handling
  • Potential Demonstration: Defending Sensitive Data

Session 5: A4: XML External Entities (XXE)

  • Recognizing XML Processing: Direct, REST, SOAP, etc.
  • Challenges of Safe XML Parsing
  • Managing External Entity Resolution
  • XSLT Processing Challenges
  • Safe XML Processing
  • Potential Demonstration: Safe XML Processing

Session 6: A5: Broken Access Control

  • Access Control and Trust Boundaries
  • Excessive Privileges
  • Insufficient Flow Control
  • Unprotected API Resource Access
  • JWTs, Sessions and Session Management
  • Single Sign-on (SSO)
  • Potential Demonstration: Enforcing Access Control

Session 7: A6: Security Misconfiguration

  • System Hardening: IA Mitigation
  • Application Whitelisting
  • Principle of Least Privileges in Real Terms
  • Secure Configuration Baseline
  • Error-Handling Issues

Session 8: A7: Cross Site Scripting (XSS)

  • XSS Patterns
  • Stored XSS
  • Reflected XSS
  • Best Practices for Untrusted Data
  • Potential Demonstration: Defending Against XSS

Session 9: A8/9: Insecure Deserialization

  • Recognizing Serialization in Java, JSON.Net and Elsewhere
  • Deserializing Hostile Objects
  • Safely Managing Deserialization

A9: Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities

  • Maintaining Software Inventory
  • Awareness of Vulnerabilities, Updates, and Patches
  • Managing Versions, Updates, and Patches
  • Reducing Software Risks

Session 10: A10: Logging and Monitoring

  • Fingerprinting a Web Site
  • Recognizing When and What to Log
  • Logging in Support of Forensics
  • Monitoring and Alerting
  • Responding to Alerts

Session 11: Moving Forward

  • Strength Training: Project Teams/Developers
  • Strength Training: IT Organizations
  • Leveraging Common AppSec Practices and Controls

Session 12: Threat Modelling

  • Types of Security Controls
  • Attack Phases
  • Threat Modelling Overview
  • Modeling Assets, Trust Boundaries, and Data Flows
  • Relating Threats to Model
  • Mitigating Threats

Course Materials

Each student will receive a Student Guide with course notes, code samples, software tutorials, diagrams and related reference materials and links (as applicable).

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