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Project Name OWASP AppSensor Project - Detect and Respond to Attacks from Within the Application
Short Project Description

Real Time Application Attack Detection and Response


Article on why Application Based Intrusion Detection is a must for critical applications.

The AppSensor project defines a conceptual framework and methodology that offers prescriptive guidance to implement intrusion detection and automated response into an existing application. Current efforts are underway to create the AppSensor tool which can be utilized by any existing application interested in adding detection and response capabilities.


AppSensor defines over 50 different detection points which can be used to identify a malicious attacker.


AppSensor provides guidance on how to respond once a malicious attacker has been identified. Possible actions include: logging out the user, locking the account or notifying an administrator. More than a dozen response actions are described.

Defending the Application

An attacker often requires numerous probes and attack attempts in order to locate an exploitable vulnerability within the application. By using AppSensor it is possible to identify and eliminate the threat of an attacker before they are able to successfully identify an exploitable flaw.

Project key Information Project Leaders:

Michael Coates
John Melton
Colin Watson
Dennis Groves

Project Contributors:

Ryan Barnett
Simon Bennetts
August Detlefsen
Dennis Groves
Randy Janida
Jim Manico
Giri Nambari
Eric Sheridan
John Stevens
Kevin Wall

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Summer of Code 2008 Project!


If you walk into a bank and try opening random doors, you will be identified, led out of the building and possibly arrested. However, if you log into an online banking application and start looking for vulnerabilities no one will say anything. This needs to change!

As critical applications continue to become more accessible and inter-connected, it is paramount that critical information is sufficiently protected. We must also realize that our defenses may not be perfect. Given enough time, attackers can identify security flaws in the design or implementation of an application.

In addition to implementing layers of defense within an application, we must identify malicious individuals before they are able to identify any gaps in our defenses. The best place to identify malicious activity against the application is within the application itself. Network based intrusion detection systems are not appropriate to handle the custom and intricate workings of an enterprise application and are ill-suited to detect attacks focusing on application logic such as authentication, access control, etc. This project will create the framework which can be used to build a robust system of attack detection, analysis, and response within an enterprise application

Project Lead

Michael Coates (michael.coates [at] aspectsecurity [dot] com)

Project Roadmap

Current: v1.2 in the works, demo application in development

May, 2009 - AppSec EU Poland - Presentation (PPT) (Video) (first half only)

January, 2009 - v1.1 Released - Beta Status

November, 2008 - AppSensor Talk at OWASP Portugal

November, 2008 - v1.0 Released - Beta Status

April 16, 2008 - Project Begins

Pages in category "OWASP AppSensor Project"

The following 4 pages are in this category, out of 4 total.