2011 BASC Presentations

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Presented by: Rob Cheyne

Reversing Web Applications

Presented by: Andrew Wilson

Information gathering is not only the first step, but perhaps the most important repeated process within penetration testing. How well a tester is capable of learning the characteristics and nuances of an application can make all the difference in comprehensive testing and sophisticated attacks. Information gathering is far more than merely mapping an application.

This talk focuses on common pitfalls and misconceptions of information gathering, and how we can approach it better. Using strategies from reverse engineering and forensics, we will learn the skills and tools needed to find evidence, grok what it means, so that we can ensure ensure consistent & comprehensive understandings of how a site works. Specific things that will be covered include: Anti-patterns, learning behaviors of an application, reading exceptions between the lines, finger printing a website beyond HTTP headers, creating a working API for scripted attacking, and content discovery beyond throwing massive wordlists at the wall.

Tools which support these tasks, and counter measures that make this more challenging will be discussed throughout the talk.

Mozilla Secure World: Simple Ways to Secure Your Website

Presented by: HaoQi Li

MozSecWorld is a web security reference site. It can teach you simple ways that you can make your own websites more secure. You'll learn through diagrams, explanations, and best of all, live demos! :) If you are a web developer, you might find the open-source code for each demo helpful too.

OWASP Mobile Top 10 Risks

Presented by: Zach Lanier

This presentation will feature the recently unveiled, official OWASP Mobile Top 10 Risks. As many agree that mobile application security is in its infancy, this list is intended to help developers and organizations prioritize their security efforts throughout the development life cycle. Many of the same mistakes made over the past decade in other areas of application security have managed to resurface in the mobile world. There have also been many new security challenges introduced by mobile applications and platforms. Through the OWASP Mobile Security Project, the primary goal is to enhance the visibility of mobile security risks just as OWASP has successfully done for the web.

As the attack surface and threat landscape for mobile applications continues to rapidly evolve, arming developers with the tools they need to succeed is essential. Each environment presents very unique and different risks to consider. Our research and findings will be presented from a platform agnostic perspective.

WAFs - An Overview of Free Web Application Firewalls

Presented by: Roy Wattanasin

Web application firewalls (WAFs) are an additional security layer that can help protect against 'some' common attacks as from the OWASP top ten security risks list. By customizing the rules to your applications, many attacks can be identified and thwarted. However, this requires significant effort with testing and maintaining application change control. Participants will come away with the basics of web application firewalls, differences, best practices and learn some common characteristics of using them.

The Perils of JavaScript APIs

Presented by: Ming Chow

Client-side development with JavaScript has grown significantly thanks to Ajax, the plethora of JavaScript libraries such as jQuery, and powerful JavaScript engines such as Google's V8. With the rapid push for HTML5 and the emergence of Node.js, JavaScript has become paramount. However, we are starting to move away from the same-domain policy. Currently, the XMLHttpRequest object in the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox now supports cross-domain communications to a degree. HTML5 has also introduced a number of features including WebWorkers, cross-document messaging, and WebSockets that are JavaScript-heavy and have raised a number of security issues. This presentation will also delve into the best practices of rendering and parsing JSON, the security woes surrounding WebGL, and the state of creating and running a Node.js web server

You can find out more about this conference at the BASC homepage: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/2011_BASC_Homepage.
Conference Organizer: Jim Weiler