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OWASP Newsletter #9 (10-June-2007)

Welcome to the 9th OWASP Newsletter, covering:

  • Final OWASP Top 10 v2007
  • SpoC2007 Selections
  • AppSec EU Conference in Italy
  • The next Conference in San Jose, CA
  • OWASP on the Move!
  • (non-OWASP) Project: Java Open Review Project

And pointers to the latest changes online.

If you have any content to add to the next edition, feel free to add it directly to its WIKI page (OWASP Newsletter 10).

PS: if all you readers regularly add an item to the Application Security News section on we most certainly become THE central point for the latest AppSec news (just an idea). We could then create a seperate news feed for your favorite aggregator.

Sebastien Deleersnyder

Belgium Chapter Leader

Featured Item: OWASP Top Ten final 2007 version !

Thanks to the hard work of Andrew and all other contributors and reviewers we are proud to present you the 2007 version of the OWASP Top 10. The OWASP Top Ten represents a broad consensus about what the most critical web application security flaws are. We urge all companies to adopt this awareness document within their organization and start the process of ensuring that their web applications do not contain these flaws.

Featured Item: SpoC2007 Selections Made !

OWASP is funding over 25 new application security projects this Spring with over $120,000. There are a variety of tools, documents, and other projects in the works. These projects are well underway and are targeted to be complete by the end of July. Congratulations to all the participants - everyone is looking forward to your work!

Featured Item: 6th OWASP AppSec Conference in Italy May 15-17 was a great success

The 6th OWASP AppSec Conference was held May 15-17 in Milan, Italy. Microsoft presented on "The Benefits of the SDL initiative to Microsoft and its Customers" and there were expert talks on Web Services Security, Securing AJAX, the Microsoft Secure Development Lifecycle, all the new OWASP projects, and much more.

You can read all the details and then access all the presentations online on the agenda page.

Featured Item: Planning for 7th OWASP AppSec Conference in San Jose, CA in Oct. 2007 underway.

We are now starting to plan the details for the 7th OWASP AppSec Conference which will be held in Oct 2007 in the San Jose, CA area. This conference will be our biggest ever with two full days of tutorials, two days for the conference (including a new 3rd track on Web Services Security), and a vendor booth area for the first time. Please check back for additional details which should be available soon.

Featured Item: OWASP on the Move!

Following discussions during the conference in Italy we had the idea of supporting OWASP presenters to spread the word at local chapter meetings and security events.

We have set up a first trial in Belgium where Ivan Ristic and Dinis will be doing presentations June 22nd. F5 Networks has locally sponsored their trip with € 1000. Program on A first stub is set up at (WikiMedia Kung-Fu Masters are invited to make the page look better :-)

Helsinki is already looking for OWASP speakers on SDLC, so if you are interested or know someone: contact Mikka!

Featured (non-OWASP) Project: Security Through Scrutiny: Java Open Review Project

A joint project from the Findbugs group and Fortify Software is examining open source components for security and quality defects. The project, accessible at, allows participants to:

  • submit projects to be scanned with Findbugs and Fortify Source Code Analysis suite
  • help review potential defects through the online code review interface
  • keep track of project defects as they are uncovered and fixed by the open source community
  • receive tips on performing code reviews for security defects

The project is open to all Java open source projects and any person that wants to contribute, either through code reviews, project submissions, or project feedback. Current projects include: Tomcat, Jforums, Azureus, Nuxeo, Spring, Struts, select OWASP projects, and more!

People are encouraged to visit the site: for more details or stop by the Fortify/Findbugs demo booth at JavaOne 2007. Project owners that are interested in being featured can email: openaudit <at> fortifysoftware <dot> com

Latest additions to the WIKI

Updated Chapter Pages

Other pages

New pages

A selection of new pages:

New Documents & Presentations from chapters

For a complete list of chapter presentations see the online table of presentations.

Latest Blog entries

OWASP Community

Chapter news:

Upcoming Chapter meetings:

Application Security News

Apr 21 - Concurrency and porn
"First it was porn, now it's privacy - a technical stuff-up on reality show Big Brother's website is said to have exposed the personal details of fans who signed up for its special features. Following reports that visitors to a pirate Big Brother site were sent to a hardcore porn page, it now seems the names and phone numbers of people who registered for the official site were able to be viewed by others"
Apr 21 - Does first Vista 0day undermine SDL?
Ken van Wyk discusses the importance of process for producing secure software, and notes that attacks on Vista may undermine the general support for Microsoft's approach. Check out Michael Howard's talk from the last OWASP conference for a great discussion on the success of the SDL.
Apr 19 - Why the software market is full of lemons
Bruce Schneier finally chimes in on an [old OWASP theme] - the problem of assymetric information between software buyers and sellers. He only talks about security products, but the same problem affects all types of software. Check the [Software Facts Label which is an idea for actually doing something to change the game.
Apr 10 - "There is no hope"
Despite all the good stuff at OWASP, Scott Berinato is giving up. "No official announcement is forthcoming, but the Internet is broken and it can't be repaired. Oh, it's still there. You can still use it. Then again, if you went hiking and came across an old, broken-down mine shaft, you could still use that, too."

OWASP references in the Media