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Web App Hacking: Sensitive Data Exposure

by Dawid Czagan

This course helps to understand various types of sensitive data exposure in modern web applications. You'll learn about testing for sensitive data exposure, common problems, and countermeasures.

What you'll learn

Sensitive data exposure can lead to very severe consequences (user impersonation, account takeover, disclosure of credentials – to name a few). In this course, Web App Hacking: Sensitive Data Exposure, you'll learn about various types of sensitive data exposure in modern web applications. First, you'll see how the attacker can learn the credentials to the database as a result of insecure error handling. Next, you'll learn how the attacker can read the content of sensitive files, when the files are insecurely processed. You'll also learn how to extract the metadata from publicly available files and how sensitive information can be found in metadata. After that, you'll see how easily the attacker can go from the disclosure of software version to remote code execution on the production server. Then, you'll learn about insecure communication channel between the browser and the web application. Finally, you'll learn about the disclosure of cookie with sensitive data and you'll see how the URL with sensitive information can leak to external domain via Referer header. By the end of the course, you'll know how to test web applications for different types of sensitive data exposure and how to provide countermeasures for these problems.

About the author

Dawid Czagan is listed among the Top 10 Hackers by HackerOne. He has found security vulnerabilities in Google, Yahoo, Mozilla, Microsoft, Twitter, and other companies. Due to the severity of these bugs, he has received numerous awards for his findings. He has delivered security training courses at key industry conferences, such as Hack In The Box, CanSecWest, 44CON, Hack In Paris, DeepSec, BruCON, and for many corporate clients. His students include security specialists from Oracle, Adobe, Red H... more

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