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OWASP Testing Guide v4


17th September, 2014: OWASP is announcing the new OWASP Testing Guide v4.

A big thank you to all the contributors and reviewers!

3rd August 2015, the OWASP Testing Guide v4 book now available!
You can buy the Guide here

Or you can download the Guide here

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Or browse the guide on the wiki here


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OWASP Testing Guide v3

16th December 2008: OWASP Testing Guide v3 is finished!

  • You can download the Guide in PDF here
  • Download the presentation here
  • Browse the Testing Guide v3 on the wiki here

'NEW: OWASP projects and resources you can use TODAY'
16th April 2010 in London, OWASP leaders deliver a course focused on the main OWASP Projects.
Matteo Meucci will deliver a training course on the OWASP Testing Guide v3.
More information here

Video @ FOSDEM 09: here



This project's goal is to create a "best practices" web application penetration testing framework which users can implement in their own organizations and a "low level" web application penetration testing guide that describes how to find certain issues.

Version 3 of the Testing Guide was released in December 2008 after going through a major upgrade through the OWASP Summer of Code 2008.

History Behind Project The OWASP Testing guide originated in 2003 with Dan Cuthbert as one of the original editors. It was handed over to Eoin Keary in 2005 and moved onto the new OWASP wiki when it came online. Being in a wiki is easier for people to contribute and has made updating much easier. Matteo Meucci took on the Testing guide after Eoin and shepherded it through the version 2 and version 3 updates, which have been significant improvements.

OWASP Testing Guide v3

Testing Guide v3: plan (archive)

26th April 2008: Version 3 of the Testing Guide started under OWASP Summer of Code 2008.

6th November 2008: Completed draft created and previewed at OWASP EU Summit 2008 in Portugal.

Final stable release in December 2008

OWASP Testing Guide v2

10th February 2007: The OWASP Testing Guide v2 is now published Matteo Meucci (as part of his AoC project) has just published the latest version of Testing guide which:

OWASP Testing Guide v2 in Spanish: Now you can get a complete translation in Ms Doc format

For comments or questions, please join the OWASP Testing mailing list, read our archive and share your ideas. Alternatively you can contact Eoin Keary or Matteo Meucci directly.

Here you can find:

We hope you find the information in the OWASP Testing project useful. Please contribute back to the project by sending your comments, questions, and suggestions to the OWASP Testing mailing list. Thanks!

To join the OWASP Testing mailing list or view the archives, please visit the subscription page.

Thanks to the translators all around the world you can download the guide in the following languages:

  • Japanese in PDF format here (this is a 1st draft of v3.0, final release coming soon).
  • Hebrew in PDF format (Risk Rating Methodology only for now). Thanks to Tal Argoni from TriadSec.

We invite you to explore and help us translate OWASP Testing Guide 4.0 at Crowdin. Please visit URL below to start translating this project:

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what is this project?
Name: OWASP Testing Project (home page)
  • The OWASP Testing Guide includes a "best practice" penetration testing framework which users can implement in their own organizations and a "low level" penetration testing guide that describes techniques for testing most common web application and web service security issues.
License: Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0
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Mailing list: Mailing List Archives
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current release
Testing Guide V 4.0 - 15th February 2013

The new project is available here - (no download available)

Release description:
  • Review all the control numbers to adhere to the OWASP Common numbering,
  • Review all the sections in v3,
  • Create a more readable guide, eliminating some sections that are not really useful,
  • Insert new testing techniques: HTTP Verb tampering, HTTP Parameter Pollutions, etc.,
  • Rationalize some sections as Session Management Testing,
  • Create a new section: Client side security and Firefox extensions testing.
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last reviewed release
Testing Guide V 3.0 - December 2008 - (download)
Release description: The OWASP Testing Guide v3 is a 349 page book; we have split the set of active tests in 9 sub-categories for a total of 66 controls to test during the Web Application Testing activity.
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