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Welcome to the OWASP Rochester Local Chapter

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

OWASP December 19th Meeting

You are invited to join the Rochester OWASP chapter and the ISSA Rochester chapter for our joint December 19th Meeting at 6pm. Space is limited, so please RSVP by Dec 12th so we can plan accordingly. Dinosaur BBQ will be provided! Come and hear a great presentation, and network with your fellow professionals.

The OWASP chapter is covering its portion of the costs for the event, so if you are a paid OWASP member, Thank you! If not, please consider signing up today.

Our own illustrious Jim Keeler will presenting:

Title: Introduction to Threat Modeling

Abstract: Every business has something to protect. Has yours modeled all of the ways it could be attacked? How will you defend your assets if attacked? How will you account for changes in the threat landscape? We will explore all of these questions and discuss a repeatable process for reducing risk.

Bio: Jim is a senior software engineer at Calero Software. He has been designing and building software since 2005 in many different languages and environments. At Calero, Jim volunteers on an internal security team to promote secure development practices, conduct threat modeling, and support security initiatives. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from SUNY Fredonia and is pursuing a GSSP-.NET certification.

Where: Nixon Peabody, 1300 Clinton Square, 13th floor (free parking underneath the building, bring the ticket to the meeting for validation)

When: Wednesday, Dec 19th, 6:00 PM

Please RSVP by Dec 12th to Ralph Durkee

Thank you, Hope to see you there!


OWASP chapter meetings are free and open to anyone interested in application security. We encourage members to give presentations on specific topics and to contribute to the local chapter by sharing their knowledge with others.

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Prior to participating with OWASP please review the Chapter Rules.

Local Officers

    • President: Vacant
    • Vice President: Ralph Durkee
    • Treasurer: Ralph Durkee
    • Secretary: Appointed by Event Coordinator at each meeting.
    • Event Coordinator: Vacant
    • Communications and Chapter OWASP Evangelist: Vacant
    • Webmaster: John King
    • Mail List Administrator: John King

Meeting Dates & Location

Dates: Meetings are announced via the announcement mailing list and on the website. Meetings reminders are sent to the OWASP Rochester Announcement distribution list at least one week prior to a meeting.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a meeting or hosting a meeting please contact one of the local officers listed above.

Past Events

Rochester Security Summit 2018

Date: Oct 9 & 10, 2018 OWASP AppSec Track:

  • What is the Android Colluded Applications Attack and How to Detect It (Igor Khokhlov & Leon Reznik)
  • Pentesting DevOps: Attacking Containers and Container Orchestration (Mark Manning)
  • Rocking The (Vox)Vote (Jason Ross)
  • Your Apps Have Gone Serverless. Has Your Security? (Tal Melamed)
  • Techniques Criminals Use to Break Authentication and How to Defend Against These Attacks (Danny Harris)
  • The Industrialization of Red and Blue Teaming (Ashley Zaya)

OWASP Juice Shop Workshop
July 18th, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
44 Celebration Drive, Conference Rooms 2007a and 2007b

We're looking for chapter members who are familiar with basic application security and the OWASP Top 10 who are interested in learning OWASP Juice Shop. The goal is to help plan and facilitate a larger capture-the-flag event at a future meeting. Please bring a Laptop with a WiFi network connection and a modern web browser. You will be installing OWASP Juice Shop on your laptop.

What is OWASP Juice Shop?

OWASP Juice Shop is an intentionally insecure web app for security trainings written entirely in JavaScript which encompasses the entire OWASP Top Ten and other severe security flaws. Juice Shop is written in Node.js, Express and AngularJS.

What will the workshop cover?

Jim Keeler will lead the workshop. Attendees will learn about the OWASP Juice Shop project, installation and setup, how to exploit common web application vulnerabilities, jeopardy style capture-the-flag (CTF) events, and CTF scoreboards. At the end of the workshop we will be looking for volunteers to help us host a future CTF event! Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP to Ralph Durkee, <> so that we may expect you.

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Park anywhere in the green area. You can enter from Elmwood Ave going eastbound only or from Celebration Drive. Parking is free in the labeled surface lot. Enter the building by the arrow. Take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor. Take a right off the elevator and you should be able to easily find room 2007.

OWASP Rochester Social Event

Please join the Rochester OWASP chapter for a social event Wednesday, April 25th at MacGregors' in Henrietta.

Appetizers will be provided.

When: Wednesday, April 25 at 5:30pm

Where: MacGregors' Grill and Tap Room (300 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY)

OWASP Rochester Social Event

Please join the Rochester OWASP chapter for a social event Wednesday, December 6th at MacGregors' in Henrietta.

Appetizers will be provided.

When: Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30pm

Where: MacGregors' Grill and Tap Room (300 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY)

Rochester Security Summit 2017

Date: Oct 19-20, 2017

OWASP Track (day 2):

  • Keynote: David Kennedy
  • Beyond the Top 10 (John N. King, Mary Beth King)
  • How Billion Dollar Enterprises Manage Application Security at Scale (Altaz Valani)
  • Almost Intractable Application Security Problems… and Solutions (Danny Harris)

Joint OWASP-ISSA Rochester Chapter Meeting
July 13, 2017
Nixon Peabody
1300 Clinton Square, 14th Floor

How Billion Dollar Enterprises Manage Application Security at Scale

Security Compass recently completed a research study by surveying companies across multiple industries with the goal of discovering how large, complex organizations address application security at scale. The majority of respondents surveyed were multinational organizations who reported annual earnings greater than $1 billion USD. Through this new research study, we have gleamed novel insights on how large organizations manage application security at scale. Through this presentation, we will reveal aggregated insights, industry trends, and best practices that illuminate how organizations are addressing application security at scale, so that you may apply and compare these learnings to the state of application security at your own organization.

Speaker: Altaz Valani

Altaz Valani is a Research Director at Security Compass responsible for managing the overall research vision and team. Prior to joining Security Compass, Altaz was a Senior Research Director in the Application Development Practice at Info-Tech Research Group providing IT managers, directors, and senior managers with guidance and analysis around application development – including Agile, Cloud, Mobile, and the overall SDLC. His other past positions include Senior Manager at KPMG, and various entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial positions where he worked side by side with senior-level stakeholders at blue chip clients to drive business value through software development.

Altaz enjoys coding, teaching, and the challenge of learning. He received his BEng in Computer Engineering from McMaster University, and his MBA from the University of Western Ontario. AltazMAS!


Free parking is available underneath the building. Please bring your ticket with you for validation.

Entrance for parking:,-77.605952/@43.1556506,-77.6077177,17.12z

OWASP Rochester Chapter Event March 1, 2017
6:00pm to 7:15pm
Nixon Peabody
1300 Clinton Square, 13th Floor

Introduction to Application Security and OWASP Top 10 Risks (part 2 of 2)

Want to learn more about the security challenges developers face? This session will provide easy to understand, demo-driven examples of four common application vulnerabilities. You’ll see the attack in action, learn how the attack works, learn how it can be prevented, and watch a successful defensive counter.

This session will be covering the following components of the OWASP Top 10:

  • A1 – Injection
  • A3 – Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
  • A8 – Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)
  • A10 – Unvalidated Redirects and Forwards

The source code used in the demo is freely available and uses a Java/JEE stack.


Source code:

Speaker: John King

John is an experienced developer with a special focus on application security, enterprise software, and Agile product development. He’s a Senior Web Programmer / Analyst for RIT, an Officer of the Rochester Chapters of ISSA and OWASP, and has been a contributor to the Rochester Security Summit for the past four years.

OWASP Rochester Chapter Event November 18, 2016
Noon to 1:15pm
GOL-2130 (Air Gap Lab)

Introduction to Application Security and OWASP Top 10 Risks (part 1 of 2)

Application Security is really hot and very much in demand. Find out why it’s so hot and get an in-depth introduction to application security and 6 of the OWASP Top 10 Application Risks. Ralph will discuss the how-to of the exploits and defenses for:

  • A2 – Broken Authentication and Session Management
  • A4 – Insecure Direct Object References
  • A5 – Security Misconfiguration
  • A6 – Sensitive Data Exposure
  • A7 – Missing Function Level Access Control
  • A9 – Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities
Slides Media:Durkee_OWASP_Top_10_2016_11_v11.pdf

Speaker: Ralph Durkee

Ralph is the principal security consultant and owner of Durkee Consulting, Inc since 1996. Ralph started the OWASP Rochester, NY chapter in 2004 and served as founding officer and president for the Rochester ISSA chapter and the annual Rochester Security Summit. He routinely performs network and application penetration tests, software security assessments and secure software development consultations for clients. His expertise in advanced penetration testing, incident handling, secure software development and secure Internet and web applications is based on over 30 years of hands-on technical experience. He has developed and taught a wide variety of professional security seminars including custom web application security training, and SANS SEC401 & SEC504 – Hacker Techniques and Incident Handling and CISSP bootcamp courses since 2004. Ralph also regularly consults on the development and implementation of a wide variety of security standards such as web application security, database encryption, Windows, and Linux security. Ralph also has done security consulting for compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, and holds the following certifications CISSP, C|EH, CRISC, GSEC, GCIH, GSNA, GCIA, GPEN and GXPN.

Rochester Security Summit 2016

Date: Oct 5-6, 2016

OWASP Track (day 2):

  • Keynote: Jeremiah Grossman
  • Introduction to Application Security and OWASP Top 10 Risks (Ralph Durkee & John King)
  • Common Developer Crypto Mistakes (Kevin W. Wall)
  • #DevOpsSec – Killing the Buzz? (Jason Ross)
  • Web Application Firewall Evaluation with DevOps, SDLC and the New OWASP Core Rule Set (Chaim Sanders)
OWASP Rochester Social Event (8/11/16, MacGregors')

Please join the Rochester OWASP chapter for a social event August 11th at MacGregors' in Henrietta.

Come out and discuss your favorite topics in application security! Appetizers will be provided.

When: Thursday, August 11 at 5:30pm

Where: MacGregors' Grill and Tap Room (300 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY)

Understanding and Preventing Cross-Site Request Forgery Attacks

Date: Feb 10th, 12 Noon - 1:30pm Location: Univ of Rochester College Town – Building 3

John King

Ranked #8 on the OWASP Top 10, “Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) is an attack that forces an end user to execute unwanted actions on a web application in which they're currently authenticated.” (OWASP Wiki)

CSRF vulnerabilities are commonplace and easily missed by developers who are unfamiliar with this class of attack. Unlike injection vulnerabilities, they do not become apparent during testing unless you know exactly what to look for. This session will provide an introduction to CSRF vulnerabilities, and will include an attack demonstration and practical examples that prevent this type of vulnerability.

John is a web application developer with 10+ years of experience, with a focus on product management, user-experience, and application security. He has recently joined RIT ITS as a Senior Web Programmer / Analyst. He also serves as an officer of the Rochester chapters of OWASP and ISSA, and helps plan the annual Rochester Security Summit.

NodeJS Security

Date: Nov 6th 12 noon - 1:30pm Location: Univ of Rochester College Town – Building 3

Jason Ross

NodeJS has become an industry standard for deploying agile web applications. This talk provides an introduction to NodeJS – what it is, what it isn’t, how to get it running, and common elements that get deployed with Node (such as Grunt and Bower). With a firm understanding of the platform, we'll then examine common problems and security risks associated with NodeJS applications, as well as what options are currently available to secure and audit NodeJS projects.

Jason Ross is a Senior Consultant specializing in web application testing, Android application and device testing, and incident response management. He has provided network and application vulnerability assessment & penetration testing to a wide range of clients, including US Government agencies and Fortune 100 companies. He has also developed and delivered training tools and programs to major clients on topics such as advanced mobile penetration testing and forensic techniques.

Jason has a background in network incident response, forensic analysis and Unix & Windows platform engineering. He is an independent security researcher, and has spoken at numerous security conferences, including BlackHat DC, BSides Las Vegas, DEF CON Skytalks, and various regional conferences. Jason is also an active participant in the anti-malware community, and works with several highly vetted trust groups to track, monitor, and mitigate malicious Internet activity.

Introduction to OWASP Application Security – Building and Breaking Applications

Date: Sept 18th 12 noon - 1:30pm

Ralph Durkee, Principal Security Consultant, CISSP, C|EH, GSEC, GCIH, GSNA, GCIA, GPEN

Application Security continues to be the most challenging and demanding area for securing our information. Even large organizations like Google and Microsoft that are well funded and have a strong commitment to security, have difficulty developing secure software. Too often, when a vulnerability is found and a software patch is provided, the initial patch is soon found to be lacking and is still vulnerable. The initial patch for the recent Android StageFright vulnerability is a prime example. So yes, writing secure software is a serious challenge, but it can be done. Knowing how to build secure software and how to break insecure software can be both fun and profitable. There is and will continue to be a growing demand for developers and application penetration testers that “get it”. We'll discuss specific examples from the OWASP Top 10 and the OWASP secure coding principles about how things can go very wrong, and what we can do to keep the bad guys out.

Presentation Slides:

Application Security for Agile and Continuous Delivery

Date: May 12th, 2015 6pm

Douglass Wilson, IBM Distinguished Engineer
  • CTO for Vulnerability, Risk and Compliance Products IBM Security Systems IBU
  • Free food and drink, provide by our meeting Sponsor, IBM
Mulconry's Irish Pub, 17 Liftbridge Lane East, Fairport, NY 14450
Hands-on Ethical Hacking
Preventing and Exploiting Stack Overflow Vulnerabilities

Date: Apr 15, 2015 5:30pm

Ralph Durkee
  • We'll have a hands-on Ethical Hacking training session on preventing and exploiting stack overflow vulnerabilities.
  • In the session we'll discuss how to find a buffer overflow vulnerability and then develop a customized exploit for a stack based buffer overflow.
  • We'll also discuss and test mitigating techniques such as address randomization, stack protections mechanisms, non-executable stacks and of course secure programming to prevent buffer overflows.
Rochester Security Summit 2014

Date: Oct 7-8, 2014 8am - 4:30pm Topics:

  • Top Ten Web Defenses (Jim Manico)
  • Ethical Hacking: Preventing and Writing Exploits for Buffer Overflows (Ralph Durkee)
  • Docker and Linux Containers for Infosec Professionals (Matt Kaar)
  • Building a Software Security Program (Kuai Hinojosa)

Location: Hyatt Regency, Rochester, NY 14604

June 20 2014 Meeting

Topic: Security Development Lifecycle Speaker: Larry Kovnat (CISSP, CISM) Location: Nixon Peabody, 1300 Clinton Square, Rochester, NY 14604 Speaker: Larry Kovnat (CISSP, CISM) Location: Nixon Peabody, 1300 Clinton Square, Rochester, NY 14604

April Meeting 2013

Topic: Ethical Hacking as a Professional Penetration Testing Technique
Speaker: Ralph Durkee, Durkee Consulting

May 2012

Mercury Networks Security Summit Tpoic: Mozilla's Content Security Policy Speaker: Lou Leone

May 2011 Meeting

Michael Coates webinar on Attack-Aware Applications.

May 5, 2011

MercuryFest Speakers: Ralph Durkee, Andrea Cogliati, Duane Peifer Topic: SSL Man-in-the-Middle and Spoofing Attacks

March 2011 Meeting

Topic: Pastebin Scrapping
Speaker: Silas Cutler, Global Crossing, Security Architect

January 2011 Meeting

Topic: State of OWASP and the State of Web Application Security
Speaker: Ralph Durkee, Durkee Consulting

August Meeting 2010

Topic: Man in the Middle Attacks: SSL Spoofing
Speaker: Duane Peifer, UberGuard Information Security and Ralph Durkee, Durkee Consulting

June Meeting 2010

Topic: Client Side Exploits 101
Speaker: JP Bourget, BS IT, RIT 2005; MS Computer Security and Information Assurance, RIT 2008; CISSP; MCSE, CSS

May Meeting 2010

Topic: New Techniques in Application Intrusion Detection
Speaker: Al Huizenga, Director of Product Management, Mykonos Software, Inc.

February Meeting 2010

Ralph Durkee presented a recap of the recent AppSec conference in DC.
Andrea Cogliati gave a talk on Identity Federation and Claim-based Security.

Oct 29-30 2008 - Rochester Security Summit 2008
The Rochester OWASP chapter in partnership with other Rochester institutions is organizing the third annual Rochester Security Summit Oct 29-30 during National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year we'll have a full day dedicated to application security and we are are working to bring to Rochester the best national acclaimed speakers.

Visit Rochester Security Summit Site for details.

Past Presentations

Mercury Networks Security Symposium May 2012 I'll see your cross site scripting and raise you a Content Security Policy by Lou Leone Presentation - PPTX

January Meeting 2011 State of OWASP and the State of Web Application Security by Ralph Durkee PPT PDF

August Meeting 2010 Man in the Middle Attacks: SSL Spoofing by Duane Peifer PPT PDF
August Meeting 2010 Man in the Middle Attacks: SSL Spoofing by Ralph Durkee PPT PDF

May Meeting 2010 New Techniques in Application Intrusion Detection by Al Huizenga PPTX PDF
May Meeting 2010 Identity Federation and Claim-based Security by Andrea Cogliati PDF

February Meeting 2010 DC AppSec Conference Recap by Ralph Durkee PPT

October Hackerfest 2009 Introduction to OWASP Rochester by Ralph Durkee, Lou Leone PPT

September OWASP 2009 Securing Apache Web Servers with Mod Security & CIS Benchmark by Ralph Durkee PPT Open Office

May OWASP 2009 Key Management - One Perspective by Lou Leone PPT

May IEEE 2009 Introduction to OWASP, presented by Ralph Durkee and Andrea Cogliati PPT

January 2009 Paranoid Programming Practices, by Lou Leone and Aaron Witt PPT

May 2008 Database Encryption, by Ralf Durkee PPT

January 2008 SQL Injection and Dynamic SQL, by Andrea Cogliati ZIP

September 2007 2007 OWASP Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Vulnerabilities, by Ralph Durkee PowerPoint

October 2006 The first of the OWASP top ten: unvalidated input, by Steve Buck. PowerPoint

April 2006 PGP: Encryption for e-mail and web applications, by Ralph Durkee PDF

February 2006 Identity Theft, Phishing and Pharming, by Danny Allan PDF

February 2006 Secure e-mail, by Thomas Bullinger PDF

January 2006 PCI Compliance, by Pat Massey, Ralf Durkee, Maureen Baran PDF

September 2005 Two Factor Authentication for Java Applications with Client Certificates, by Ralf Durkee PDF Open Office

April 2005 Avoiding Backend Exploitation of Mail Forms, by Max Kessler PowerPoint Open Office

March 2005 Bringing Two-Factor Authentication to Web Applications, by Michael Starks PowerPoint Open Office

February 2005 Insecure Storage, by Chris Karr PowerPoint

January 2005 Access Control and Session Mgmnt, by Steve Buck PowerPoint Open Office

November 2004 Intro to OWASP by Ralf Durkee. Demonstration of SQL Injection attack and prevention, by Paul Cupo PowerPoint