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Summary of OWASP Mumbai Chapter Meetings Held To-Date
Topics presented till date:
1. Secure coding fundamentals - Richard Lewis, Tech Mahindra
2. Threat Analysis and Modeling - Dharmesh Mehta, Mastek
3. 5 ways to lose your user's password - Shalini Gupta, Runa Dwibedi - Paladion Networks
4. Significance of Random Numbers in Application Security - Richard Lewis, Tech Mahindra
5. Defeating Java Decompilation - Girish Kulkarni, Tech Mahindra
6. /GS Security Check in Visual Studio - Chanda Dutta et al, Tech Mahindra
7. Black Vector of Web Exploitation - Aditya Sood, Sec Niche [Download Presentation]
8. End User Privacy Breaches : Rishi Narang, ThirdBrigade [Download Presentation]
9. Privacy on the Web - The road ahead in the 21st century : Yogesh Badwe, Orange Business Services [Download Presentation]
Roster of OWASP Speakers with Profiles
1. Anuradha Srinivasan, Technical Analyst with Mastek, is working with the Application Security Assurance Team for the last 1.5 year. She has 2.5 years of experience in Java development. She is currently involved in conducting Security Assessments and trainings for projects across Mastek.
2. Richard Lewis, Senior Security Consultant with Tech Mahindra, has 8 years of information security experience. Before joining Tech Mahindra, he worked for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Richard works in the e-security group of Tech Mahindra and is building a security fabric for secure software development. Richard has a programming background in C, C++, device drivers and MFC. Richard has led the development of two nation-level PKI deployments (India, UK). He has also led the development of a desktop encryptor, authentication SDK and cryptographic SDK. Richard is married, lives with his wife and daughter in busy Mumbai and loves to read the Bible and engage in church outreach work. Richard maintains a blog on application security at http://SecureApps.Blogspot.com
3. Dharmesh M Mehta, Technical Analyst with Mastek, has been with the Application Security Assurance Team for more than 3 years. He is involved in conducting security assessments, threat modeling and conducting security workshops for the developer community. He is also a Certified | Ethical Hacker. Dharmesh is the Chapter Leader for OWASP, Mumbai Chapter. You can read Dharmesh's Blog on Smart Security at http://smartsecurity.blogspot.com
4. Shalini Gupta, Associate Security Consultant at Paladion. She completed her MPIT (Network Specialization) from SCIT in 2005. With Paladion she has an experience of more than 1.5 years in the application security field. Among her other contributions in the area of Application Security is a 2-part series on SSL that Shalini wrote for Palisade, the application security journal for developers.
5. Runa Dwibedi, Associate Consultant at Paladion. She is a certified BS7799 Lead Auditor. She completed her MCA from Bangalore University and also holds an MBA degree from SCDL, Pune. She has an experience of 1.5 years in development of security tools and an experience of 1 year in application security field. She is also actively involved in writing and publishing articles for Palisade.
6. Girish Kulkarni has 2.5 years of information security experience. Before joining Tech Mahindra, he was employed with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Girish currently works in the Enterprise DRM group as Technical Associate and is part of DRM product development team. Girish has a programming background in JAVA and is also proficient in JAVA swing. He has been involved in a very large PKI deployment for the Indian government.
7. Chanda Dutta, Divya Makhija, Sugita Kumari, Upma Sharma – Trainees pursuing PGDM-Software Development and Management from Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology. Upma is pursuing PGDM-Systems from the same institute. They work in the Secure Software Engineering practice at Tech Mahindra.
8. Aditya Sood – Independent Security Researcher. He is the founder of SecNiche (www.secniche.org). He has been an active speaker at CERT-IN and XFocus - XCon (China).
9. Rishi Narang – Vulnerability Research Analyst, Third Brigade. Before joining Third Brigade, he was employed with iPolicy Networks in Security Research Team responsible for IDS/IPS Signatures’ Development for NIPS. Hee has also worked with XIUS Telecom as Server Administrator for Linux and HP Unix Clusters. Currently, he works in the IDS/IPS Filter Development Team and is involved with Vulnerability Research, Zero day attacks & exploits most of the time.
10. Yogesh M Badwe – Senior Security Engineer, Orange Business Services. Yogesh works in the Web Application Vulnerability Assessment Domain for BFSI clients. Apart from being CCNP and ITIL Certified he also holds the cVa [Certified Vulnerability Assessor-DNV] certification. His previous experience was in the domain of Security Management & implementation of Security Event Management Products on Enterprise Networks. He carries out active research in the field of Security Event-Correlation and Next Generation Attack-Pattern Detection and has published a research paper at an international conference on computer security and forensics relating to privacy issues.
Minutes of Meeting - Monday July 31st 2006 [03:00 PM - 5:00 PM]
The second OWASP Mumbai Chapter Meet was held at TechMahindra premises in Chandivali. Mr. Richard on behalf of TechMahindra gave a warm welcome to all the delegates to the OWASP Mumbai Local Chapter –II. Accompanying him, Mr. Dharmesh of Mastek Ltd – Mumbai Chapter Head gave a brief description about the goals of OWASP Mumbai Chapter and the road ahead.
1. Significance of Random Numbers in Application Security: Richard Lewis, e-Security Consultant with Tech Mahindra, started with the practical usage of random numbers. He explained how good random number generation prevents applications from malfunctioning, increases strength of cryptographic operations which in turn increases entropy associated with the key. He went on to explain how random numbers automate otherwise manual tasks and how it increases the security of application. He explained the concepts of entropy and to which level it should be reached in an application. In the end he talked about the various sources of random numbers. He showed developers the simple mathematics required to calculate minimum password lengths, given the security requirements.
2. Java Decompilation: Girish Kulkarni, e-Security Consultant with Tech Mahindra went through Java Decompilation utility and techniques to defeat decompilation. Use of obfuscators, byte code encryptor/decryptor and generating executable from source were some of the techniques that he explained.
3. /GS Security Check in Visual Studio: Chanda Dutta, Divya Makhija, Sugita Kumari, Upma Sharma from Tech Mahindra, presented the usage of /GS security check in Visual Studio. Chanda started the presentation by giving an introduction to /GS Security Check feature of Visual Studio. She explained what is /GS Buffer Security Check, the need of /GS and what it can prevent. Sugita further explained how /GS works and what is canary with process of how to using a canary can prevent buffer overrun. Upma then demonstrated a simulation explaining normal working of buffer overflow and how can it be prevented. Divya explained the various limitations of /GS as how the features of /GS can be exploited and summarized the /GS Buffer Security Check features and functionalities.
Venue and Sponsor Details:
Tech Mahindra Limited. Wing 1, Oberoi Estate Gardens, Chandivali, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 072, Maharashtra, India.
Minutes of Meeting - First Meeting - Saturday June 24th 2006 [09:30 - 12:00]
With the welcome address by Anuradha, the first meeting of Mumbai Chapter embarked. Right from giving a brief introduction about OWASP and its aim, Anuradha explained the focus of OWASP as a voluntary organization aiming at contributing to the knowledge as a part of sharing it. Apart from it, Anuradha briefed about OWASP Top 10 Project and OWASP Guide to building Secure Application.
Richard presented on Secure Coding Fundamentals and elucidated the Cost factor inculcated due to insecure code resulting in Network Cost, Productivity Cost and so on. Further explaining the basic reasons of threat to code, he explained how the mistakes done by the Programmers, I/O, API Abuse, Environment & Configuration and Time & State were responsible for Security flaws in an application. Moving ahead, Richard laid down a few principles to be followed as Secure Coding – General Guidelines for all the languages and specific Secure Coding Guidelines for C & C++, Java and .NET
Richard's Presentation Download
With Threat Analysis & Modeling Process, Dharmesh explained the steps followed as Threat Modeling Process starting from Defining Application Requirement, Application Architecture, and Modeling Threats looking at CIA feature of Security Basics. The aim covered to look towards gathering the information needed from application development teams in order to mock out the potential threats that are inherit in the software application they build starting from the very inception of the software birth. Giving the demonstration of Threat Analysis and Modeling Tool v2.0 with the basic example of its functionality, Dharmesh presented the Threat Modeling in real scenario.
Dharmesh's Presentation Download
Shalini and Runa explained how password can be lost or manipulated in a real life scenario and it dealt with the countermeasures to be taken to avoid it. The topics covered under it included Stealing Password using different methods as – Browser’s Refresh, Browser’s Memory, Remember feature, Forget Password feature and last but not the least SQL Injection. The role of Browser’s Viewing Tool available showed a clear picture of how password could be easily cracked.
Shalini and Runa's Presentation Download
CPE Credits for CISSP's ISC2 has approved 1 CPE for each hour of an OWASP local chapter meeting.
Chapter leader will have a sign up sheet with at least First Name, Last Name, and the date of the OWASP Meeting. After the meeting, the single sheet will be signed once by a chapter lead as proof of attendance, scanned into a .PDF, and emailed out to the chapter members with the meeting minutes so they have a copy for records and can claim CPE credits.