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Cambridge OWASP Chapter Meeting

Tuesday 1st April 17:30 – 20:30 (Anglia Ruskin University, East ROad, Cambridge LAB003)

Hosted by the Department of Computing & Technology, Anglia Ruskin University, OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Cambridge Chapter and IEEE Industrial Electronics Chapter

Guest speaker(s):

Ian Glover (CREST):

Ian is the President of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST). CREST is a not for profit organisation established to help develop professionalism within the information technology security testing community. The Register is used by organisations to gain a level of assurance that the security testers are competent and that the organisations they work for have appropriate processes and controls in place to protect their information. The CREST qualifications have been assessed and are recognised by the UK government. The qualifications are a mandatory requirement for individuals carry out penetration testing work on government systems.

Title : Overview of the CREST activities to professionalise the industry.

Overview of the CREST activities to professionalise the industry. The recent CESG initiative to define the penetration testing role and the new Cyber Hygiene scheme


17:30 – 17:45 Welcome from the OWASP Cambridge Chapter Leader, Adrian Winckles, Course Leader in Information Security & Forensic Computing, Anglia Ruskin University

17:45 – 18:15 OWASP AppSec Europe 2014 - Cambridge 23rd to 26th June 2014 – What’s On and How do I get Involved - Adrian Winckles

18:15 – 19:15 Ian Glover – CREST/IISP - Overview of the CREST activities to professionalise the industry.

19:15 – 19:30 Q & A – Further meetings and ideas. 19:30 – 20:00 Speaker TBD 20:00 – 20:30 Refreshments & Networking (coffee, tea, juice) in LAB006


To register for this free event, please register online here

The conference will be held in the Lord Ashcroft Building, Room LAB003 (Breakout Room LAB006 for networking & refreshments).

Please enter through the Helmore Building and ask at reception.

Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge Campus East Road Cambridge CB1 1PT

Get further information on travelling to the university.

Meeting Location

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Next talks

Name Speaker Yiannis Chrysanthou (KPMG)
Bio Yiannis has been in the information security field for about 6 years now. Prior to joining KPMG, he was an Ethical Hacking Instructor and a Project Manager for various infrastructure projects.

He is an active member of Team Hashcat. Winner of Crackmeifyoucan competition at Defcon (2nd place in 2013,1st place in 2012, 2nd place in 2011 and 1st place in 2010), Winner of Positive Hackdays / Hashrunner (1st place 2012,2nd place 2013).

Title Modern Password Cracking
Abstract This presentation briefly describes the most popular password cracking techniques. It then suggests an optimized attack that combines several techniques with best performance in mind. The presentation suggests the use of Markov Chains for password recovery, in combination with a range of other modified versions of common attacks.

All attacks work together and make use of common resources such as Dictionaries, and Rulesets to achieve the most optimal output possible. The result is a dynamic, highly flexible and robust attack that can be used by anyone with average computer literacy and limited resources within reasonable time.

Name Speaker Damien King (KPMG)
Bio Damien has 1st class BSc Applied Computer Science; Distinction & MSc Information Security; Dissertation in Mobile Device Exploitation. 

He is currently a Penetration Tester at KPMG focusing on mobile and web application security.

He also have an interest in automation/scripting in python - hence the exploitation tool he will present.

Title Filename Enumeration with TildeTool
Abstract In certain versions of Microsoft IIS, it is possible to detect the short names of files and directories which have an 8.3 file naming scheme (e.g. FILENA~1.TXT) equivalent in Windows.

This issue particularly affects .Net websites that are vulnerable to direct URL access, as an attacker can find important files and folders that they are not normally visible.

We will first talk through the steps of how to test for this vulnerability manually, then demonstrate 'TildeTool' which automates the process.

Date Name / Title Link
5th March 2013 Sarantis Makoudis / Android (in)Security presentation
5th March 2013 Nikhil Sreekumar / Power On, Powershell presentation
12th November 2013 Paul Cain / Tracking Data using Forensics
12th November 2013 James Forshaw/ The Forger's Art: Exploiting XML Digital Signature Implementations