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Assessing and Exploiting Web Apps with SamuraiWTF

Justin Searle & Tim Tomes | July 27-28 & 29-30



Ends May 31



Ends July 24



Ends July 30


Come take the official Samurai-WTF (Web Testing Framework) training course given by one of the founders and lead developers of the project! You will learn the latest Samurai-WTF open source tools and the latest manual techniques to perform an end-to-end penetration test. After a quick overview of pen testing methodology, the instructors will lead you through the process of testing and exploiting web applications, including client side attacks using flaws within the application. We’ll introduce you to the best open source tools currently available, and teach you how these tools integrate with the manual testing techniques. One of the major goals in this course is teaching you the glue that keeps all these techniques and tools together to successfully perform a pentest from beginning to end, which is overlooked in most web pentesting courses.

The majority of the course will be performing an instructor lead, hands-on penetration test. We don’t give you a list of overly simplistic steps to go an do in the corner. Instead, at each stage of the test we present the goals that each testing task is to accomplish and perform pentest along with you on the projector while you are doing it on your own machine. Primary emphasis of these instructor lead exercises is how to integrate these tools into your own manual testing procedures to improve your overall workflow. At the end of course, you will be challenged with a capture the flag event to apply your new skills and knowledge. We will also send you home with several additional vulnerable web apps to practice your new skills at your own pace and experiment with your favorite new tools. This experience will help you gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to perform web application assessments and expose you to the wealth of freely available, open source tools.

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Justin Searle is a Managing Partner of UtiliSec, specializing in Smart Grid security architecture design and penetration testing. Justin led the Smart Grid Security Architecture group in the creation of NIST Interagency Report 7628 and currently plays key roles in the Advanced Security Acceleration Project for the Smart Grid (ASAP-SG), National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resources (NESCOR), and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Justin has taught courses in hacking techniques, forensics, networking, and intrusion detection for multiple universities, corporations, and security conferences, and is currently an instructor for the SANS Institute. In addition to electric power industry conferences, Justin frequently presents at top security conferences such as Black Hat, DEFCON, OWASP, and AusCERT. Justin co-leads prominent open source projects including the Samurai Web Testing Framework, Middler, Yokoso!, and Laudanum. Justin has an MBA in International Technology and is a CISSP and SANS GIAC certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), and Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT).

Tim Tomes is a Senior Security Consultant and Developer for Black Hills Information Security with experience in information technology and application development. A veteran, Tim spent several years as an Officer in the United States Army conducting various information security related activities. Tim manages multiple open source projects such as the Recon-ng Framework, the HoneyBadger Geolocation Framework, and PushPin, is a SANS Instructor for SEC542 Web Application Penetration Testing, writes technical articles for PaulDotCom, and frequently presents at information security conferences.