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Topic: Gray, the new Black: Gray-Box Web Vulnerability Testing

Speaker: Brian Chess

Brian Chess is a founder of Fortify Software, an HP company, andserves as Fortify’s Chief Scientist, where his work focuses on practical methods for creating secure systems. His book, Secure Programming with Static Analysis, shows how static source code analysis is an indispensable tool for getting security right.

Brian holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he studied the application of static analysis to the problem of finding security-relevant defects in source code. Before settling on security, Brian spent a decade in Silicon Valley working at huge companies and small startups. He has done research on a broad set of topics, ranging from integrated circuit design all the way to delivering software as a service.


Abstract: Gray, the new Black

Penetration testers who use only black-box tools are destined to lose to attackers who are willing to spend more time or effort looking for vulnerabilities. Defenders need to make use of one of the few natural advantages at their disposal: ready access to the system they’re trying to protect.

In this talk Brian will discuss gray-box vulnerability testing techniques that expose web application internals so that testers understand what an application is doing and can spot vulnerabilities faster. The tool observes the program while it executes. It reveals attack surface, points out vulnerable program behavior, opens up a code-level view of the application, and allows a tester to understand information flow inside the program.


View the slide deck from this presentation.


Sponsor: Safenet

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