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Next Chapter Meeting: January 10th, 2013

The next OWASP Chicago chapter will be on January 10th, 2013 from 6PM to approximately 9:30PM. Space for the meeting is being graciously provided by Morningstar at their Chicago headquarters location (22 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602).

Tell your friends! Many people just don't hear about these meetings and most people I ask say they heard about it from a friend or co-worker.

This is event is completely free and open to everyone, but you must RSVP. Please RSVP at the following EventBrite page so that security can let you into the building:

When you arrive, you will need to sign in with security in the lobby of the building, who will direct you to the cafeteria for refreshments. We will then move to the Auditorium for talks.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 6:00PM - 6:30PM - Refreshments @ Cafeteria - Light snacks. If you want food, you can bring your own and eat here. Food is not allowed in the auditorium.
  • 6:30PM - ~9:30PM - Talks! @ Auditorium

Stay tuned to this page for more information.


This time, we will be doing short-format talks -- about 25-30 minutes each. There will be time for Q&A.

  • Common Ruby on Rails Pitfalls by Matt Konda and Jonathan Claudius
  • Automation Domination by Brandon Spruth:

You have either bought some really expensive static and/or dynamic web scanning tools, or you are looking to go on the "cheap" with some free ones. The next decision you will need to make will be either running these in scanning tools manually or dominate with automation! Our discussion will explore some popular options on how to best automate the implementation of your scanning tools, with Continuous Integration, OWASP Projects, and to Normalizing your scanning metrics/findings/vulnerabilities.

  • Static analysis, or CSP, or Python evented stuff (one of them, not all) by Ben Toews
  • Basic Analysis of iOS applications by John Downey

General Information

Anyone in our area interested in information security is welcome to attend. Our meetings are informal and encourage open discussion of all aspects of application security. We invite attendees to give short presentations about specific topics.

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If you have any questions about the Chicago chapter, please send an email to Vitaly McLain.

Presentation Archives

Bad Cocktail: Spear Phishing - Mike Zusman - Presentation slides here

Making Money on the Web The Blackhat Way - Jeremiah Grossman - Presentation slides here

Extreme Client-Side Exploitation - Nate McFeters - Presentation slides here

Automated Thrash Testing - Andre Gironda - Presentation slides here

Defeating Information Leak Prevention - Eric Monti - Presentation slides here

[1]Webapps In Name Only Thomas Ptacek, Matasano Security

Where modern network architecture meets legacy application design, we get "The Port 80 Problem": vendors wrapping every conceivable network protocol in a series of POSTs and calling them "safe". These "Webapps In Name Only" are a nightmare for application security specialists.

In this talk, we'll discuss, with case studies, how tools from protocol reverse engineering can be brought to bear on web application security, covering the following areas:

- Locating and Decompiling Java and .NET Code - Structure and Interpretation of Binary Protocols in HTTP - Protocol Debugging Tools - Web App Crypto Tricks

[2]Token-less strong authentication for web applications: A Security Review Cory Scott, ABN AMRO

A short presentation on the threat models and attack vectors for token-less schemes used to reduce the risk of password-only authentication, but yet do not implement "true" two-factor technologies for logistical costs or user acceptance reasons. We'll go over how device fingerprinting and IP geo-location work and discuss the pros and cons of the solutions.

[3]Secure Password Storage John Steven, Cigital

This talk discusses the pros and cons of the current practices such as salted-hashes, adaptive hashes and proposes an alternative solution for strengthening these existing practices. The talk will discuss the cryptographic properties of the current practices, but does not require a PhD in mathematics to understand the details.

[4]Stripe CTF 2.0; A Walkthrough Jeff Jarmoc, Dell SecureWorks Zack Fasel, Dubsec Labs

In this presentation, we walk through our solutions to Stripe CTF 2.0. Focus is on how we discovered the vulnerabilities, and how we went about finding and exploiting them.


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