Certified Secure Web Applications Engineer - C)SWAE Course Outline

(5 Days)


* This class is also available as a self-study package with 12 months of class access and an exam

Organizations and governments fall victim to internet based attacks every day. In many cases, web attacks could be thwarted but hackers, organized criminal gangs, and foreign agents are able to exploit weaknesses in web applications. The Secure Web programmer knows how to identify, mitigate and defend against all attacks through designing and building systems that are resistant to failure. The secure web application developer knows how to develop web applications that aren’t subject to common vulnerabilities, and how to test and validate that theirapplications are secure, reliable and resistant to attack. The vendor neutral CertifiedSecure Web Application Engineer certification provides the developer with a thorough and broad understanding of secure application concepts, principles and standards. The student will be able to design, develop and test web applications that will provide reliable web services that meet functional business requirements and satisfy compliance and assurance needs.

The CertifiedSecure Web Application Engineer course is delivered by high level OWASP experts and students can expect to obtain real world security knowledge that enables them to recognize vulnerabilities, exploit system weaknesses and help safeguard against application threats.

Audience Profile

  • Coders
  • Web Application Engineers
  • IS Managers
  • Application Engineers
  • Developers
  • Programmers


  • A minimum of 24 months experience in software technologies & security
  • Sound knowledge of networking
  • At least one coding Language
  • Linux understanding
  • Open shell

At Course Completion

Upon completion, Certified Secure Web Application Engineer students will be able to establish industry acceptable auditing standards with current best practices and policies. Students will also be prepared to competently take the C)SWAE exam

Course Outline


Module 1: Web Application Security

Web Application Security Web Application Technologies and Architecture Secure Design Architecture Application Flaws and Defense Mechanisms Defense In-Depth Secure Coding Principles

Module 2: OWASP TOP 10

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) OWASP TOP 10 2013

Module 3: Threat Modeling & Risk Management

Threat Modeling Tools & Resources Identify Threats Identify Countermeasures Choosing a Methodology Post Threat Modeling Analyzing and Managing Risk Incremental Threat Modeling Identify Security Requirements Understand the System Root Cause Analysis

Module 4: Application Mapping

Application Mapping Web Spiders Web Vulnerability Assessment Discovering other content Application Analysis Application Security Toolbox Setting up a Testing Environment

Module 5: Authentication and Authorization Attacks

Authentication Different Types of Authentication (HTTP, Form) Client Side Attacks Authentication Attacks Authorization Modeling Authorization Least Privilege Access Control Authorization Attacks Access Control Attacks User Management Password Storage User Names

Account Lockout Passwords Password Reset Client-Side Security Anti-Tampering Measures Code Obfuscation Anti-Debugging

Module 6: Session Management Attacks

Session Management Attacks Session Hijacking Session Fixation Environment Configuration Attacks

Module 7: Application Logic Attacks

Application Logic Attacks Information Disclosure Exploits Data Transmission Attacks

Module 8: Data Validation

Input and Output Validation Trust Boundaries Common Data Validation Attacks Data Validation Design Validating Non-Textual Data Validation Strategies & Tactics Errors & Exception Handling

Structured Exception Handling

Designing for Failure

Designing Error Messages

Failing Securely

Module 9: AJAX attacks

AJAX Attacks Web Services Attacks Application Server Attacks

Module 10: Code Review and Security Testing

Insecure Code Discovery and Mitigation Testing Methodology Client Side Testing Session Management Testing Developing Security Testing Scripts Pen testing a Web Application

Module 11: Web Application Penetration Testing

Insecure Code Discovery and Mitigation Benefits of a Penetration Test Current Problems in WAPT Learning Attack Methods

Methods of Obtaining Information Passive vs. Active Reconnaissance

Footprinting Defined Introduction to Port Scanning OS Fingerprinting Web Application Penetration Methodologies The Anatomy of a Web Application Attack Fuzzers

Module 12: Secure SDLC

Secure-Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) Methodology Web Hacking Methodology

Module 13: Cryptography

Overview of Cryptography Key Management Cryptography Application True Random Generators (TRNG) Symmetric/Asymmetric Cryptography Digital Signatures and Certificates Hashing Algorithms XML Encryption and Digital Signatures Authorization Attacks

NOTE: Student will use Kali Linux

Detailed Lab Description

Module 1 – Environment Setup and Architecture

Exercise 1 – VM Image Preparation Exercise 2 – Checking Network connectivity between all VMs Exercise 3 – Discovering your class share (Optional, ask the Instructor) Exercise 4 – Navigating Linux Attack v3 Exercise 5 – Proxy Setup – Setting up Burp Suite Exercise 6 – Setting up Paros Exercise 7 – Setting up WebScrab

Module 2 – OWASP TOP 10 2013

Exercise 1- Injection Flaws – SQL Injection (AltoroMutual banking site) Exercise 2- Injection Flaws – String SQL Injection (OWASP Broken Apps WebGoat) Exercise 3- Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Exercise 4 – Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF)

Module 3 – Threat Modeling

Exercise 1 – Application Risk Assessment Exercise 2: Define the Entry Points Exercise 3: Define the Assets Exercise 4: Define User Access Exercise 5: Identify and Rate Risks Exercise 6: Identify Security Controls Exercise 7: Identify Threats

Module 04 – Application Mapping & Analysis

Exercise 1 – Enumerating Content and Functionality Exercise 2 – User-Directed Spidering Exercise 3 – Discovering hidden content Exercise 4 – Brute-Force Techniques brute force DVWA a. Form Based Authentication b. Attacking Web Authentication

Module 5 – Authentication and Authorization attacks

Exercise 1 – Missing Function Level Access Control Exercise 2 – Sensitive Data Exposure Exercise 3 – Security Misconfiguration Exercise 4 – Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities

Module 6 – Session Management attacks

Exercise 1 – Hijack a Session

Exercise 2 – Spoof an Authentication Cookie Exercise 3 – Session Fixation Exercise 4 – Broken Authentication and Session Management (AltoroMutual banking)

(No lab description for Modules 7 and 8)

Module 9 – AJAX Security

Exercise 1: Same Origin Policy Protection Exercise 2: DOM-Based cross-site scripting Exercise 3: Client Side Filtering

Module 10 – Code Review and Security Testing

Lab 10-1 – Code Review Exercise 1: Account Retriever Exercise 2: FileUpload Exercise 3: XMLHelper

Lab 10-2 Security Test Scripts Exercise 1: Create Test Scripts

Lab 10-3 Writing Java Secure Code