Try Harder: From Mantra to Mindset

Our community manager, Tony Punturiero, breaks down the meaning of Offensive Security’s legendary motto “Try Harder”, and how it can help jump start your cyber career.

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Understanding the Fundamentals of Web Application Security

Web application security can be a rewarding career path. However, the web application security space, and cybersecurity industry as a whole, lives in a constant state of change. An unrelenting curiosity and passion for lifelong learning is mandatory for anyone seeking to specialize in this niche. Here are some fundamentals to help you pursue these skills.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It’s an effort to raise awareness about cybersecurity among those who aren’t typically aware or concerned. For those of us in the infosec industry, it’s a good reminder that we’re in a position to mentor those around us in having safer online lives.

In support of Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019, we’ve gathered some basic resources you can share with friends and family outside infosec.

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Analyzing a Creative Attack Chain Used to Compromise a Web Application

What if someone was able to access and steal your company’s intellectual property or customer data? These are the types of concerns Chief Information Security Officers lose sleep over. Despite conducting frequent and independent security audits, even the most security focused organizations can remain susceptible to the latest vulnerabilities and attacks.

Today, most organizations handle sensitive personal and business data in web based applications, and as a result, allocating resources towards vulnerability mitigation isn’t a choice anymore, it’s a must.

In this piece, we’ll analyze a creative scenario where a malicious actor can use an attack chain to exploit a web application via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) > Cross-site scripting (XSS) > Remote Code Execution (RCE).

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5 Best Practices for Web Application Security

When it comes to web application security, there are many measures you can implement to reduce the chances of an intruder stealing sensitive data, injecting malware into a webpage, or public defacement. As more and more organizations transition their business operations to web applications, security in the development process can no longer be an afterthought. Whether it’s a code injection, privilege escalation, DDoS attack, or a vulnerable element, bad actors are constantly looking for creative ways to manipulate exploits for personal gain.

We’ve rounded up our top five (5) best practices to help you fortify your application security.

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BlackHat 2019 Recap

BlackHat has always been one of our favorite industry conferences. Although OffSec has been providing educational workshops for years at BlackHat, this was our first year holding an official booth. The booth was a major hit, as we had the opportunity to chat with long-time Offensive Security alumni and also meet some new faces…

Did you attend one our BlackHat workshops or stop by the OffSec booth? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience and any feedback you might have — tag us on Twitter @OffSecTraining!

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Sitting down with OffSec’s new community manager, Tony Punturiero

Our team is super excited to welcome Tony Punturiero, founding member and moderator of NetSecFocus, as Offensive Security’s new community manager. Some of you may know Tony already, as he’s been a knowledgeable InfoSec community member long before he officially joined us.

As community manager, Tony will ensure that OffSec does an even better job of communicating with our customers, listening to feedback, and advocating internally as the voice of our customers.

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OSCP/OSCE/OSWP Review

It’s no secret that Offensive Security offers some of the best technical training in the information security field. Their brand has become synonymous with penetration testing in the eyes of most tech recruiters on LinkedIn.

Some of the most common questions I get on LinkedIn are related to the OSCP/OSCE/OSWP certifications. Some people even go as far as asking for solutions to their exam machines. Sorry, you won’t be finding anything like that here (TRY HARDER). I will however offer an honest review and offer some tips to help you decide if you are ready to take the plunge into any of these 3 awesome courses!

This article originally appeared on Jul 20, 2019, posted by Joey Lane and has been republished unedited and in its entirety with permission from the author. Original post: https://blog.own.sh/oscp-osce-oswp-review/

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Kali NetHunter App Store – Public Beta

Kali NetHunter has been undergoing a ton of changes as of late. Now supporting over 50 devices and running on Android devices from KitKat (v4.4) to Pie (v9.0), its amazing the extra capabilities that have been introduced.

But, we don’t want to stop there. After a ton of work, we are really excited to introduce the Kali NetHunter App Store!

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Come see OffSec at BlackHat in Vegas

For those planning on attending Black Hat in Las Vegas on August 3-8, come stop by our booth (#2604) in the Business Hall — which will be available August 7-8. Members from many different teams of OffSec will be there and would love to meet you! Rumors are swirling that we’ll also be handing out special Challenge Coins to visitors that Try Harder… so make sure to stop by.

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AWAE Exam for OSWE Certification now Available with Online Course

In March we released the online version of Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitations (AWAE) to amazing customer response. Thank you to everyone that has taken the course! We really appreciate the kind words and reviews. Today, we are very pleased to announce the availability of the Offensive Security Web Expert (OSWE) certification.

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Development of a new Windows 10 KASLR Bypass (in One WinDBG Command)

by Morten Schenk

Windows 10 1809 Kernel ASLR Bypass Evolution

When it is well-implemented, Kernel Address Space Layout Randomization (KASLR) makes Windows kernel exploitation extremely difficult by making it impractical to obtain the base address of a kernel driver directly. In an attempt to bypass this, researchers have historically focussed on kernel address leaks to retrieve these addresses, either through specific kernel-memory disclosure vulnerabilities or using a kernel-mode read primitive created through a kernel vulnerability like a pool overflow or a write-what-where.

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AWAE Now Available Anywhere, Anytime

Our Advanced Web Attacks and Exploitation (AWAE) live training course has been one of the fastest-selling classes at various industry events for years. The Black Hat classes perennially sell out in a matter of minutes, and every year we’re snowed under by demand from security professionals wondering when we’ll offer it online. For this reason, today we’re excited to announce AWAE is now available online…

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Cheating Attempts and the OSCP

Last week, an individual started to release solutions to certain challenges in the OSCP certification exam. This led to some discussion on Twitter and made it clear to us that there is a fair amount of misunderstanding about what’s on the exam, how we catch cheaters, how many people attempt to cheat, and what happens when they are discovered. In this post, we would like to shine some light on our certification process.

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