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Welcome to the OWASP Rochester Local Chapter

Welcome to the local Rochester chapter homepage. The chapter leaders are:

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Upcoming events

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Past events

  • Apr 26, 2020 (08:00): #Online Secure Coding Tournament 馃巵with prizes!Online event, 路 , Join us for a gamified online secure coding tournament! Compete against your fellow security & developer peers to identify & fix critical vulnerabilities in real-to-life code snippets! 21 frameworks available to play challenges in. Including .Net, Java, Python, Go, Angular, Node, React, iOS, Android, Scala, Ruby, PHP, C++, C, PL/SQL & COBOL! Tournament Step by Step Guide:https://www.yo (read more)
  • Mar 5, 2020 (17:30): Command and KubeCTL: Real-World Kubernetes Security for PentestersNixon Peabody, 1300 Clinton Square 路 Rochester, NYKubernetes is a security challenge that many organizations need to take on, and we as pentesters, developers, security practitioners, and the technically curious need to adapt to these challenges. In this talk we will look at tactics, techniques, and tools to assess and exploit Kubernetes clusters. We will demonstrate how to intercept service mesh traffic, evade runtime syscall filters, exploit cu (read more)
  • Nov 12, 2019 (17:30): OWASP ROC Chapter MeetSticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd 路 Rochester, NYPlease RSVP to [masked] by Nov 8th. We having a social and planning chapter meeting Nov 12th and will try a change of venue. Please bring your App Sec stories, conundrums, App Sec related questions, or just come to chat. The chapter will pay for appetizers for everyone to share. We鈥檙e also looking for suggestions for presentation or other activities. One question to consider: Would it be benefic (read more)
  • Jul 23, 2019 (17:30): Advanced Ethical Hacking1300 Clinton Square, 1300 Clinton Square 路 Rochester, NYJoin the Rochester OWASP chapter for a fun evening of hands-on advanced ethical hacking on July 23rd at 5:30pm at Nixon Peabody. The buffer overflow remains one of the most prolific and exploited software vulnerabilities. Join us for a brief and intense hands-on course where you will discover a buffer overflow vulnerability and then develop a code execution exploit for a stack based buffer overflo (read more)
  • May 8, 2019 (18:00): Joint OWASP-ISSA Rochester MeetingNixon Peabody, 1300 Clinton Square 路 Rochester, nyOWASP Amass Project Today, large organizations deal with the challenge of running their infrastructure across many networks and namespaces due to the use of cloud and hosting services, legacy environments and acquisitions. This can make it difficult for an organization to maintain visibility of its Internet-facing assets and an ability to track down systems that pose a risk to its security posture (read more)
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Last Year's Events

OWASP December 19th Meeting

You are invited to join the Rochester OWASP chapter and the ISSA Rochester chapter for our joint December 19th聽Meeting at 6pm. Space is limited, so please RSVP by Dec 12th聽so we can plan accordingly. Dinosaur BBQ will be provided! Come and hear a great presentation, and network with your fellow professionals.

The OWASP chapter is covering its portion of the costs for the event, so if you are a paid OWASP member, Thank you! If not, please consider signing up today.

Our own illustrious聽Jim Keeler聽will presenting:

Title: Introduction to Threat Modeling

Abstract: Every business has something to protect. Has yours modeled all of the ways it could be attacked? How will you defend your assets if attacked? How will you account for changes in the threat landscape? We will explore all of these questions and discuss a repeatable process for reducing risk.

Bio: Jim is a senior software engineer at Calero Software. He has been designing and building software since 2005 in many different languages and environments. At Calero, Jim volunteers on an internal security team to promote secure development practices, conduct threat modeling, and support security initiatives. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from SUNY Fredonia and is pursuing a GSSP-.NET certification.

Where: Nixon Peabody, 1300 Clinton Square, 14th floor [CORRECTED] (free parking underneath the building, bring the ticket to the meeting for validation)

When: Wednesday, Dec 19th, 6:00 PM

Please RSVP by Dec 12th聽to Ralph Durkee

Thank you, Hope to see you there!

Rochester Security Summit 2018

Date: Oct 9 & 10, 2018 OWASP AppSec Track:

  • What is the Android Colluded Applications Attack and How to Detect It (Igor Khokhlov & Leon Reznik)
  • Pentesting DevOps: Attacking Containers and Container Orchestration (Mark Manning)
  • Rocking The (Vox)Vote (Jason Ross)
  • Your Apps Have Gone Serverless. Has Your Security? (Tal Melamed)
  • Techniques Criminals Use to Break Authentication and How to Defend Against These Attacks (Danny Harris)
  • The Industrialization of Red and Blue Teaming (Ashley Zaya)

OWASP Juice Shop Workshop
July 18th, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
44 Celebration Drive, Conference Rooms 2007a and 2007b

We're looking for chapter members who are familiar with basic application security and the OWASP Top 10 who are interested in learning OWASP Juice Shop. The goal is to help plan and facilitate a larger capture-the-flag event at a future meeting. Please bring a Laptop with a WiFi network connection and a modern web browser. You will be installing OWASP Juice Shop on your laptop.

What is OWASP Juice Shop?

OWASP Juice Shop is an intentionally insecure web app for security trainings written entirely in JavaScript which encompasses the entire OWASP Top Ten and other severe security flaws. Juice Shop is written in Node.js, Express and AngularJS.

What will the workshop cover?

Jim Keeler will lead the workshop. Attendees will learn about the OWASP Juice Shop project, installation and setup, how to exploit common web application vulnerabilities, jeopardy style capture-the-flag (CTF) events, and CTF scoreboards. At the end of the workshop we will be looking for volunteers to help us host a future CTF event! Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP to Ralph Durkee, <[email protected]> so that we may expect you.

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Park anywhere in the green area. You can enter from Elmwood Ave going eastbound only or from Celebration Drive. Parking is free in the labeled surface lot. Enter the building by the arrow. Take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor. Take a right off the elevator and you should be able to easily find room 2007.

OWASP Rochester Social Event

Please join the Rochester OWASP chapter for a social event聽Wednesday, April 25th聽at MacGregors' in Henrietta.

Appetizers will be provided.

When:聽Wednesday, April 25 at 5:30pm

Where: MacGregors' Grill and Tap Room (300 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY)

OWASP Rochester Social Event

Please join the Rochester OWASP chapter for a social event聽Wednesday, December 6th聽at MacGregors' in Henrietta.

Appetizers will be provided.

When:聽Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30pm

Where: MacGregors' Grill and Tap Room (300 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY)


OWASP chapter meetings are free and open to anyone interested in application security. We encourage members to give presentations on specific topics and to contribute to the local chapter by sharing their knowledge with others.

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Past Presentations

Date Title Presenter Download
2019, May OWASP Amass Project Jeff Foley, Anthony Rhodes 16x16-icon-w-pdf.png
2019, April Ethical Web Hacking Jim Keeler 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png
2018, December Introduction to Threat Modeling Jim Keeler 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png
2012, May

Mercury Networks Security Symposium

I'll see your cross site scripting and raise you a Content Security Policy Lou Leone 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png
2011, January State of OWASP and the State of Web Application Security by Ralph Durkee Ralph Durkee 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png 16x16-icon-w-pdf.png
2010, August Man in the Middle Attacks: SSL Spoofing Duane Peifer 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png 16x16-icon-w-pdf.png
2010, August Man in the Middle Attacks: SSL Spoofing Ralph Durkee 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png 16x16-icon-w-pdf.png
2010, May New Techniques in Application Intrusion Detection Al Huizenga 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png 16x16-icon-w-pdf.png
2010, May Identity Federation and Claim-based Security Andrea Cogliati 16x16-icon-w-pdf.png
2010, February DC AppSec Conference Recap Ralph Durkee 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png
2009, October

October Hackerfest

Introduction to OWASP Rochester Ralph Durkee,

Lou Leone

2009, September Securing Apache Web Servers with Mod Security & CIS Benchmark Ralph Durkee 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png, ODP
2009, May Key Management - One Perspective Lou Leone 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png
2009, May


Introduction to OWASP Ralph Durkee,

Andrea Cogliati

2009, January Paranoid Programming Practices Lou Leone,

Aaron Witt

2008, May Database Encryption Ralph Durkee 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png
2008, January SQL Injection and Dynamic SQL Andrea Cogliati ZIP
2007, September 2007 OWASP Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Vulnerabilities Ralph Durkee 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png
2006, October The first of the OWASP top ten: unvalidated input Steve Buck 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png
2006, April PGP: Encryption for e-mail and web applications Ralph Durkee 16x16-icon-w-pdf.png
2006, February Identity Theft, Phishing and Pharming Danny Allan 16x16-icon-w-pdf.png
2006, February Secure e-mail Thomas Bullinger 16x16-icon-w-pdf.png
2006, January PCI Compliance Pat Massey,

Ralph Durkee,

Maureen Baran

2005, September Two Factor Authentication for Java Applications with Client Certificates Ralph Durkee 16x16-icon-w-pdf.png, SXI
2005, April Avoiding Backend Exploitation of Mail Forms Max Kessler 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png, SXI
2005, March Bringing Two-Factor Authentication to Web Applications Michael Starks 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png, SXI
2005, February Insecure Storage Chris Karr 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png
2005, January Access Control and Session Mgmnt Steve Buck 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png, SXI
2004, November Intro to OWASP Ralph Durkee 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png
2004, November Demonstration of SQL Injection attack and prevention Paul Cupo 16x16-icon-w-ppt.png