Cracking the Perimeter (CTP) is an online, self-paced course that is among the most challenging ethical hacking and penetration courses available in the industry. In addition to traditional course guide and video-based lectures, each student receives access to a virtual penetration testing lab where techniques learned within the course can be practiced in a safe and legal environment. You will learn how to identify hard-to-find vulnerabilities and mis-configurations in various operating systems and execute organized attacks in a controlled and focused manner. Upon successful completion of the course and certification exam, you will officially become an Offensive Security Certified Expert, which proves you have not only mastered advanced penetration testing skills, but that you have the demonstrated ability to think laterally and perform under pressure.
Cracking the Perimeter is an advanced course and requires prior knowledge of Windows exploitation techniques. You should be comfortable in OllyDbg and understand concepts such as shellcode encoding, use of the Metasploit Framework, and Linux at large.
Course Overview & Syllabus
Like other Offensive Security courses, CTP combines traditional course materials teaching advanced penetration testing skills with hands-on, practice within a virtual lab environment. The course covers the following topics in detail. View the full syllabus.
The Web Application Angle
Cross Site Scripting Attacks – Scenario #1
Real World Scenario
Directory traversal – Scenario #2
Real World Scenario
The Backdoor angle
Backdooring PE files under Windows Vista
Advanced Exploitation Techniques
MS07-017 – Dealing with Vista
Cracking the Egghunter
The 0Day angle
Windows TFTP Server – Case study #1
HP Openview NNM – Case study #2
The Networking Angle – Attacking the Infrastructure
Bypassing Cisco Access Lists using Spoofed SNMP Requests
GRE Route-Map Kung Fu
Sniffing Remote Traffic via GRE tunnel
Compromised Router Config
What competencies will you gain?
Greater confidence in debugging Windows binaries
Ability to work through encoding issues and space restrictions while crafting exploits
An understanding of PE structure in order to learn techniques that backdoor executables and bypass AV
Familiarity with more advanced protections like ASLR
Increased comfort using creative and lateral thinking to achieve expanded view of standard vectors
Ability to think outside of the box in order to determine innovative ways of penetrating internal networks
Supporting Your Online Journey
3.5 Hours of Instructional Course Video
145 Page Course Guide
Active Student Forums
Access to Virtual Lab Environment
Once you have completed the course and practiced your skills in our labs, you’re ready to take on the intense 48-hour online certification exam – a real-world, hands-on test that takes place in our dedicated exam lab– and become an official Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE), which demonstrates that you have mastered advanced penetration testing skills.
Register for CTP Course at least 10 days before you want to start
Establish Connection to Virtual Lab
Progress through course materials. Practice in labs.
Schedule certification exam within 90 days of completing course
Successfully complete the 48-hour online exam to earn your certification
The OSCE – A Real World Penetration Testing Certification
Learn how to bypass security systems with Cracking the Perimeter. This pentest training course will teach you advanced attack vectors and lead toward marking you as an Offensive Security Certified Expert(OSCE), with proven hands-on experience in the field.