The Web Application Hacker's Handbook, 2nd Edition: LIVE!

Dafydd Stuttard and Marcus Pinto july 21-22 july 23-24


Ends February 1


Ends June 1


Ends July 20


July 21-24


Our "Web Application Hacker's Handbook" Series is still the most deep and comprehensive general purpose guide to hacking web applications that is currently available. In late 2011, MDSec set up the online training labs: over 200 hacking labs hosted in the cloud. In this course, we bring you the solutions, demos, and much more material and technologies for you to try.

So if you're a fan of the original want to try your hand exploiting everything in the new Second Edition, you're in luck.

Did we mention Burp Suite? If you want to learn from the author of Burp, you're in luck again.

We have run courses for over 5 years at BlackHat, and we know what you want. This structured course is balanced at 120 slides with numerous opportunities to watch instructor-led demos, whilst hacking our library of over 150 lab exercises, spanning .Net, J2EE, PHP and finishing with a "Capture the Flag" contest.

In our labs, no question is left unanswered (or unasked)!

course syllabus

The course syllabus follows the chapters of the Second Edition of The Web Application Hacker's Handbook, with strong focus on practical attacks and methods. After a short introduction to the subject we delve into common insecurities in logical order:

Introduction to Web Application Security Assessment (Chapters 1-3)
Automating Bespoke Attacks: Practical hands-on experience with Burp Suite (Chapter 13)
Application mapping and bypassing client-side controls (Chapters 4-5)
Failures in Core Defense Mechanisms: Authentication, Session Management, Access Control, Input Validation (Chapters 6-8)
Injection and API flaws: (Chapters 9-10) User-to-User Attacks (Chapters 12-13)

Attendees will gain theoretical and practical experience of:

For more detailed information about the course's practical structure, see the Web Application Hacker's Methodology chapter from the original version of the book.

Course timeline

This is a 2-day course.

teaching methods

Student Requirements

Students should bring a copy of the Web Application Hacker's Handbook and a laptop. A standard windows, Linux or Mac laptop is fine providing it meets the following prerequisites:

What you should bring

What you will get

Printed handbook of the course slides and other reference material. Interactive web-based version of the WAHH methodology, supported by practical examples of each vulnerability type. A standalone web application which can be used to practice the techniques and attacks from the course.


Dafydd Stuttard is an independent security consultant, author and software developer. He has ten years' experience in security consulting and specializes in the penetration testing of web applications and compiled software. He works with banks, retailers and other enterprises to help secure their critical applications.

Dafydd is author of The Web Application Hacker's Handbook and SQL Injection Attacks and Defense. Under the alias "PortSwigger" Dafydd created the popular Burp Suite of web application hacking tools. He has developed and presented training courses at security conferences around the world.

Marcus Pinto is internationally recognised as a leader in the application and database security field, having spent the last ten years in Information Security. His consulting experience has placed him in front of hundreds of clients and some of the most technical areas of security currently in commercial demand. He has delivered to some of the most high-profile audiences, including training many commercial and government penetration testing teams, heading up an internal UK Government and a commercial security team, and advising banks on structuring their online banking applications.

Marcus is a technical advisor to CREST, and develops a certification set up to test the best application and infrastructure security consultants in the world.

Marcus is a director of MDSec (,, an education-focused consultancy, performing training, penetration testing and research.