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Secure Java / JEE Web Application Development | Lifecycle (SDL)

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Secure Java Web Application Development Lifecyle (SDL) is a lab-intensive, hands-on Java / JEE security course. This training is essential for experienced enterprise developers who need to engineer, maintain, and support secure JEE-based web applications. In addition to teaching basic secure programming skills, this course digs deep into processes and practices that apply to the entire software development lifecycle.

Students will thoroughly examine best practices for defensively coding web applications, including XML processing, rich interfaces, and both RESTful and SOAP-based web services. Students will repeatedly attack and then defend various assets associated with fully-functional web applications and web services. This hands-on approach drives home the mechanics of how to secure JEE web applications in the most practical of terms.

Security experts agree that the least effective approach to security is "penetrate and patch". It is far more effective to "bake" security into an application throughout its lifecycle. After spending significant time trying to defend a poorly designed (from a security perspective) web application, developers are ready to learn how to build secure web applications starting at project inception. The final portion of this course builds on the previously learned mechanics for building defenses by exploring how design and analysis can be used to build stronger applications from the beginning of the software lifecycle.

This workshop is a key component to our Best Defense IT Security Training Series. Although this edition of the course is Java-specific, it may also be presented using .Net or other programming languages.

Understand potential sources for untrusted data
Understand the consequences for not properly handling untrusted data such as denial of service, cross-site scripting, and injections
Be able to test web applications with various attack techniques to determine the existence and effectiveness of layered defenses
Prevent and defend the many potential vulnerabilities associated with untrusted data
Understand the vulnerabilities of associated with authentication and authorization
Be able to detect, attack, and implement defenses for authentication and authorization functionality and services
Understand the dangers and mechanisms behind Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and Injection attacks
Be able to detect, attack, and implement defenses against XSS and Injection attacks
Understand the concepts and terminology behind defensive, secure, coding
Understand the use of Threat Modeling as a tool in identifying software vulnerabilities based on realistic threats against meaningful assets
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Apr 27, 2020 – May 1, 2020    10:00am – 6:00pm Live Online Register
Jun 8, 2020 – Jun 12, 2020    10:00am – 6:00pm Live Online Register
Jul 20, 2020 – Jul 24, 2020    10:00am – 6:00pm Live Online Register
Aug 26, 2020 – Aug 30, 2020    10:00am – 6:00pm Live Online Register
Sep 14, 2020 – Sep 18, 2020    10:00am – 6:00pm Live Online Register
Dec 7, 2020 – Dec 11, 2020    10:00am – 6:00pm Live Online Register
Course Outline

Part 1: Foundation

  1. Lesson: Who is Safe? 
    • Assumptions We Make
    • Security: The Complete Picture
    • Anthem, Dell, Target, Equifax, and Marriot Debriefs
    • Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Report
    • Attack Patterns and Recommendations
    • Tutorial: Working with Eclipse Neon (JEE Version) and Tomcat 8.0
    • Tutorial: Working with the HSQL Database
    • Exercise: Case Study Setup and Review
  2. Lesson: Security Concepts
    • Motivations: Costs and Standards
    • Open Web Application Security Project
    • Web Application Security Consortium
    • CERT Secure Coding Standards
    • Microsoft SDL
    • Assets and Trust Boundaries
    • Threat Modeling
    • Exercise: Case Study Asset Analysis
  3. Lesson: Principles of Information Security
    • Security Is a Lifecycle Issue
    • Minimize Attack Surface Area
    • Layers of Defense: Tenacious D
    • Compartmentalize
    • Consider All Application States
    • Do NOT Trust the Untrusted

Part 2: Vulnerabilities (Part 1)

  1. Lesson: Unvalidated Data
    • Buffer Overflows
    • Integer Arithmetic Vulnerabilities
    • Unvalidated Data: Crossing Trust Boundaries
    • Defending Trust Boundaries
    • Whitelisting vs Blacklisting
    • Exercise: Defending Trust Boundaries
    • Exercise: Defending Trust Boundaries with Regular Expressions
  2. Lesson: A1-2017: Injection
    • Injection Flaws
    • SQL Injection Attacks Evolve
    • Drill Down on Stored Procedures
    • Other Forms of Injection
    • Minimizing Injection Flaws
    • Exercise: Defending Against SQL Injection
  3. Lesson: A2-2017: Broken Authentication
    • Broken Quality/DoS
    • Authentication Data
    • Username/Password Protection
    • Exploits Magnify Importance
    • Handling Passwords on Server Side
    • Single Sign-on (SSO)
    • Exercise: Defending Authentication
  4. Lesson: A3-2017: Sensitive Data Exposure
    • Protecting Data Can Mitigate Impact
    • In-Memory Data Handling
    • Secure Pipes
    • Failures in TLS/SSL Framework
    • Exercise: Defending Sensitive Data
  5. Lesson: A4-2017: XML External Entities (XXE)
    • XML Signature
    • XML Encryption
    • XML Attacks: Structure
    • XML Attacks: Injection
    • Safe XML Processing
    • Exercise: Safe XML Processing
    • Exercise: Dynamic Loading Using XSLT
  6. Lesson: A5-2017: Broken Access Control
    • Access Control Issues
    • Excessive Privileges
    • Insufficient Flow Control
    • Unprotected URL/Resource Access
    • Examples of Shabby Access Control
    • Parts and Part Management
    • Exercise: Unsafe Direct Object References

Part 3: Vulnerabilities (Part 2)

  1. Lesson: A6-2017: Security Misconfiguration
    • System Hardening: IA Mitigation
    • Application Whitelisting
    • Least Privileges
    • Anti-Exploitation
    • Secure Baseline
  2. Lesson: A7-2017: Cross Site Scripting (XSS)
    • XSS Patterns
    • Persistent XSS
    • Reflective XSS
    • Best Practices for Untrusted Data
    • Exercise: Defending Against XSS
  3. Lesson: A8/9-2017: Deserialization/Vulnerable Components
    • Deserialization Issues
    • Identifying Serialization and Deserializations
    • Vulnerable Components
    • Software Inventory
    • Managing Updates
  4. Lesson: A10-2017: Insufficient Logging and Monitoring
    • Fingerprinting a Web Site
    • Error-Handling Issues
    • Logging In Support of Forensics
    • Solving DLP Challenges
    • Exercise: Error Handling
  5. Lesson: Spoofing, CSRF, and Redirects
    • Name Resolution Vulnerabilities
    • Fake Certs and Mobile Apps
    • Targeted Spoofing Attacks
    • Cross Site Request Forgeries (CSRF)
    • CSRF Defenses
    • Exercise: Cross-Site Request Forgeries

Part 4: Best Practices

  1. Lesson: Cryptography Overview
    • Strong Encryption
    • Message Digests
    • Encryption/Decryption
    • Keys and Key Management
    • NIST Recommendations
  2. Lesson: Understanding What's Important
    • Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
    • CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous SW Errors
    • Strength Training: Project Teams/Developers
    • Strength Training: IT Organizations
    • Leveraging Common AppSec Practices and Controls
    • Exercise: Recent Incidents

Part 5: Defending XML, Services, and Rich Interfaces

  1. Lesson: Defending Web Services
    • Web Service Security Exposures
    • When Transport-Level Alone is NOT Enough
    • Message-Level Security
    • WS-Security Roadmap
    • Java's XWSS API
    • Web Service Attacks
    • Web Service Appliance/Gateways
    • Exercise: Web Service Attacks
  2. Lesson: Defending Rich Interfaces and REST
    • How Attackers See Rich Interfaces
    • Attack Surface Changes When Moving to Rich Interfaces and REST
    • Bridging and its Potential Problems
    • Three Basic Tenets for Safe Rich Interfaces
    • OWASP REST Security Recommendations

Part 6: Secure Development Lifecycle (SDL)

  1. Lesson: SDL Process Overview
    • Types of Security Controls
    • Phases of Typical Data-Oriented Attack
    • Phases: Offensive Actions and Defensive Controls
    • Security Lifecycle Activities
  2. Lesson: Applying Processes and Practices
    • Threat Modeling Process
    • Modeling Assets and Trust Boundaries
    • Modeling Data Flows
    • Exercise: Threat Modeling
  3. Lesson: Risk Analysis
    • Identifying Threats
    • Relating Threats to Model
    • Mitigating Threats
    • Reviewing the Application
    • Exercise: Security Review

Part 7: Security Testing

  1. Lesson: Testing Tools and Processes
    • Security Testing Principles
    • Dynamic Analyzers
    • Static Code Analyzers
    • Criteria for Selecting Static Analyzers
  2. Lesson: Testing Practices
    • OWASP Web App Penetration Testing
    • Authentication Testing
    • Part Management Testing
    • Data Validation Testing
    • Denial of Service Testing
    • Web Services Testing
    • Ajax Testing

Who should attend

This is an intermediate-level JEE / web services programming course, designed for developers who wish to get up and running on developing well defended software applications. This course may be customized to suit your team's unique objectives.


Familiarity with Java and JEE is required and real world programming experience is highly recommended. Ideally students should have approximately 6 months to a year of Java and JEE working knowledge.


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