SANS SEC642 - Advanced Web Application Penetration Testing and Exploitation

SANS SEC642 - Advanced Web Application Penetration Testing and Exploitation

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What You Will Learn
Can Your Web Applications Withstand the Onslaught of Modern Advanced Attack Techniques?
Modern web applications are growing more sophisticated and complex as they use exciting new technologies and support ever-more critical operations. Long gone are the days of basic HTML requests and responses. The complexity of HTTP and modern web applications is progressing at breathtaking speed. With the demands of highly available web clusters and cloud deployments, web applications are looking to deliver more functionality in smaller packets at a decreased strain on backend infrastructure. Welcome to an era that includes tricked-out cryptography, WebSockets, HTTP/2, and a whole lot more. Are your web application assessment and penetration testing skills ready to evaluate these impressive new technologies and make them more secure?
Are You Ready to Put Your Web Applications to the Test with Cutting-Edge Skills?
This pen testing course is designed to teach you the advanced skills and techniques required to test modern web applications and next-generation technologies. The course uses a combination of lectures, real-world experiences, and hands-on exercises to teach you the techniques to test the security of tried-and-true internal enterprise web technologies, as well as cutting-edge Internet-facing applications. The final course day culminates in a Capture-the-Flag competition where you will apply the knowledge you acquired during the previous five course sections in a fun environment based on real-world technologies.
Hands-on Learning of Advanced Web Application Exploitation Skills
We begin by exploring advanced techniques and attacks to which all modern-day complex applications may be vulnerable. We'll learn about new web frameworks and web backends, then explore encryption as it relates to web applications, digging deep into practical cryptography used by the web, including techniques to identify the type of encryption in use within the application and methods for exploiting or abusing it. We'll then look at alternative front ends to web applications and web services such as mobile applications, and examine new protocols such as HTTP/2 and WebSockets. The last section of the course, before the Capture-the-Flag competition, will focus on how to identify and bypass web application firewalls, filtering, and other protection techniques.
You Will Learn
  • How to discover and exploit vulnerabilities in modern web frameworks, technologies, and backends
  • Skills to test and exploit specific technologies such as HTTP/2, Web Sockets, and Node.js
  • How to evaluate and find vulnerabilities in the many uses of encryption within modern web applications
  • Skills to test and evaluate mobile backends and web services used in an enterprise
  • Methods to recognize and bypass custom developer, web framework, and Web Application Firewall defenses
You Will Be Able To
  • Perform advanced Local File Include (LFI)/Remote File Include (RFI), Blind SQL injection (SQLi), and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) combined with Cross-Site Request Forger (XSRF) discovery and exploitation
  • Exploit advanced vulnerabilities common to most backend language like Mass Assignments, Type Juggling, and Object Serialization
  • Perform JavaScript-based injection against ExpressJS, Node.js, and NoSQL
  • Understand the special testing methods for content management systems such as SharePoint and WordPress
  • Identify and exploit encryption implementations within web applications and frameworks
  • Discover XML Entity and XPath vulnerabilities in SOAP or REST web services and other datastores
  • Use tools and techniques to work with and exploit HTTP/2 and Web Sockets
  • Identify and bypass Web Application Firewalls and application filtering techniques to exploit the system

What You Will Receive

  • A copy of the SEC642 Slingshot VM, which includes some of the latest and greatest open-source penetration testing tools for web application testing and Burp Suite Pro
  • A six-course session booklet that includes course slides, student notes, and multiple hands-on exercises for each day
This course assumes that you have a solid understanding of web penetration techniques and methodologies. You should be familiar with the HTTP protocol, HTML, and web applications. A minimum or one to two years of web penetration testing experience, successful completion of the GWAPT certification, or having attended the SEC542 course would fulfill these prerequisites.​
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