Course Overview

Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation (AWAE) is an advanced course for web application security. It’s an option for skills specialization after completing PWK and the OSCP exam.

AWAE teaches students the complex tools, techniques, and approaches used by sophisticated cybercriminals to create advanced web app exploits. This course sells out annually at Black Hat.

Students who complete the course and pass the exam earn the Offensive Security Web Expert (OSWE) certification, demonstrating mastery in exploiting front-facing web applications.


Course includes a 48-hour exam.


Learn web application attacks and exploits.


Gain access to a virtual penetration testing lab.


Earn your OSWE certification.

Certification Process

OSWE is an advanced web application security certification. We recommend starting with PWK and earning the OSCP penetration testing certification first.

Once you’ve completed the AWAE course material and practiced your skills in the labs, you’re ready to take the certification exam.

The OSWE exam has a time limit of 48 hours and consists of a hands-on web application assessment in our isolated VPN network. Within the exam environment, you’ll attack various web applications and operating systems. Points are awarded for each compromised application, based on their difficulty and the level of access obtained.

If you obtain the points needed to pass, you must submit a comprehensive web application assessment report. It should contain in-depth notes and screenshots detailing your findings. This exam is proctored.

Real-world Benefits

A passing exam grade will declare you an Offensive Security Web Expert (OSWE). Certified OSWEs have a clear and practical understanding of the web application assessment and hacking process. They’ve proven their ability to review advanced source code in web apps, identify vulnerabilities, and exploit them.


Register at least 10 days prior to desired start date.


Establish connection to the virtual lab.


Progress through course materials and practice your skills.


Schedule certification exam within 120 days of course completion.


Successfully complete the 48-hour exam and earn your OSWE.

Course Details

Who is this course for?

Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation is not an entry-level course. AWAE is designed for:

  • Experienced penetration testers looking to evolve their web application testing skills to an advanced level
  • Any professional who works with the codebase and security infrastructure of a web application (could be a software engineer, web application developer, etc)


Course Overview & Syllabus

AWAE is not a fuzzing course. The bulk of your time will be spent analyzing source code, decompiling Java, debugging DLLs, manipulating requests, and more, using tools like Burp Suite, dnSpy, JD-GUI, Visual Studio, and the trusty text editor. The course covers the following topics in detail. For a more complete breakdown of the course topics, please refer to the AWAE syllabus.

  • Persistent Cross-Site Scripting
  • Session Hijacking
  • .NET Deserialization
  • Data Exfiltration
  • Bypassing File Extension Filters
  • Magic Hashes
  • PostgreSQL Extension and User Defined Functions
  • Bypassing REGEX restrictions
  • Cross-Site Request Forgery
  • Type Juggling
  • Blind SQL Injection
  • Bypassing File Upload Restrictions
  • Loose Comparisons
  • Bypassing Character Restrictions
  • PostgreSQL Large Objects
  • Debugging .NET Assemblies
Course Prerequisites

Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation has the following prerequisites:

  • Familiarity with web application attack vectors, theory, and practice
  • Familiarity with Linux in general, file permissions, navigation, editing, and running scripts
  • Ability to write simple Python / Perl / PHP / Bash scripts
  • Experience with web proxies, such as Burp Suite and similar tools


What competencies will you gain?
  • Performing advanced web app source code auditing
  • Analyzing code, writing scripts, and exploiting web vulnerabilities
  • Implementing multi-step, chained attacks using multiple vulnerabilities
  • Using creative and lateral thinking to achieve expanded view of standard vectors
  • Thinking outside the box to determine innovative ways of exploiting web vulnerabilities


Supporting your Online Journey
  • 6-hour video series
  • 270-page course guide
  • Active student forums
  • Access to virtual lab environment

Course Pricing


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