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Welcome to the OWASP Testing Guide 4.0

“Open and collaborative knowledge: that is the OWASP way.”
With V4 we realized a new guide that will be the standard de-facto guide to perform Web Application Penetration Testing. -- Matteo Meucci

OWASP thanks the many authors, reviewers, and editors for their hard work in bringing this guide to where it is today. If you have any comments or suggestions on the Testing Guide, please e-mail the Testing Guide mail list:

Or drop an e-mail to the project leaders: Andrew Muller Matteo Meucci

Version 4.0

The OWASP Testing Guide version 4 improves on version 3 in three ways:

1. This version of the Testing Guide integrates with the two other flagship OWASP documentation products: the Developers Guide and the Code Review Guide. To achieve this we aligned the testing categories and test numbering with those in other OWASP products. The aim of the Testing and Code Review Guides is to evaluate the security controls described by the Developers Guide.

2. All chapters have been improved and test cases expanded to 87 (64 test cases in v3) including the introduction of four new chapters and controls:
- Identity Management Testing 
- Error Handling 
- Cryptography 
- Client Side Testing 

3. This version of the Testing Guide encourages the community not to simply accept the test cases outlined in this guide. We encourage security testers to integrate with other software testers and devise test cases specific to the target application. As we find test cases that have wider applicability we encourage the security testing community to share them and contribute them to the Testing Guide. This will continue to build the application security body of knowledge and allow the development of the Testing Guide to be an iterative rather than monolithic process.

Copyright and License

Copyright (c) 2014 The OWASP Foundation.

This document is released under the Creative Commons 2.5 License. Please read and understand the license and copyright conditions.

Revision History

The Testing Guide v4 will be released in 2014. The Testing guide originated in 2003 with Dan Cuthbert as one of the original editors. It was handed over to Eoin Keary in 2005 and transformed into a wiki. Matteo Meucci has taken on the Testing guide and is now the lead of the OWASP Testing Guide Project. From 2012 Andrew Muller co-leadership the project with Matteo Meucci.

"OWASP Testing Guide", Version 4.0
15th September, 2008
"OWASP Testing Guide", Version 3.0
December 25, 2006
"OWASP Testing Guide", Version 2.0
July 14, 2004
"OWASP Web Application Penetration Checklist", Version 1.1
December 2004
"The OWASP Testing Guide", Version 1.0


Andrew Muller: OWASP Testing Guide Lead since 2013.

Matteo Meucci: OWASP Testing Guide Lead since 2007.

Eoin Keary: OWASP Testing Guide 2005-2007 Lead.

Daniel Cuthbert: OWASP Testing Guide 2003-2005 Lead.

v4 Authors

  • Matteo Meucci
  • Pavol Luptak
  • Marco Morana
  • Giorgio Fedon
  • Stefano Di Paola
  • Gianrico Ingrosso
  • Giuseppe Bonfà
  • Andrew Muller
  • Robert Winkel
  • Roberto Suggi Liverani
  • Robert Smith
  • Tripurari Rai
  • Thomas Ryan
  • Tim Bertels
  • Cecil Su
  • Aung KhAnt
  • Norbert Szetei
  • Michael Boman
  • Wagner Elias
  • Kevin Horvat
  • Tom Brennan
  • Juan Galiana Lara
  • Sumit Siddharth
  • Mike Hryekewicz
  • Simon Bennetts
  • Ray Schippers
  • Raul Siles
  • Jayanta Karmakar
  • Brad Causey
  • Vicente Aguilera
  • Ismael Gonçalves
  • David Fern
  • Tom Eston
  • Kevin Horvath
  • Rick Mitchell
  • Eduardo Castellanos
  • Simone Onofri
  • Harword Sheen
  • Amro AlOlaqi
  • Suhas Desai
  • Tony Hsu Hsiang Chih
  • Ryan Dewhurst
  • Zaki Akhmad
  • Davide Danelon
  • Alexander Antukh
  • Thomas Kalamaris
  • Alexander Vavousis
  • Clerkendweller
  • Christian Heinrich
  • Babu Arokiadas
  • Rob Barnes
  • Ben Walther

v4 Reviewers

  • Davide Danelon
  • Andrea Rosignoli
  • Irene Abezgauz
  • Lode Vanstechelman
  • Sebastien Gioria
  • Yiannis Pavlosoglou
  • Aditya Balapure

v3 Authors

  • Anurag Agarwwal
  • Daniele Bellucci
  • Ariel Coronel
  • Stefano Di Paola
  • Giorgio Fedon
  • Adam Goodman
  • Christian Heinrich
  • Kevin Horvath
  • Gianrico Ingrosso
  • Roberto Suggi Liverani
  • Kuza55
  • Pavol Luptak
  • Ferruh Mavituna
  • Marco Mella
  • Matteo Meucci
  • Marco Morana
  • Antonio Parata
  • Cecil Su
  • Harish Skanda Sureddy
  • Mark Roxberry
  • Andrew Van der Stock

v3 Reviewers

  • Marco Cova
  • Kevin Fuller
  • Matteo Meucci
  • Nam Nguyen
  • Rick Mitchell

v2 Authors

  • Vicente Aguilera
  • Mauro Bregolin
  • Tom Brennan
  • Gary Burns
  • Luca Carettoni
  • Dan Cornell
  • Mark Curphey
  • Daniel Cuthbert
  • Sebastien Deleersnyder
  • Stephen DeVries
  • Stefano Di Paola
  • David Endler
  • Giorgio Fedon
  • Javier Fernández-Sanguino
  • Glyn Geoghegan
  • Stan Guzik
  • Madhura Halasgikar
  • Eoin Keary
  • David Litchfield
  • Andrea Lombardini
  • Ralph M. Los
  • Claudio Merloni
  • Matteo Meucci
  • Marco Morana
  • Laura Nunez
  • Gunter Ollmann
  • Antonio Parata
  • Yiannis Pavlosoglou
  • Carlo Pelliccioni
  • Harinath Pudipeddi
  • Alberto Revelli
  • Mark Roxberry
  • Tom Ryan
  • Anush Shetty
  • Larry Shields
  • Dafydd Studdard
  • Andrew van der Stock
  • Ariel Waissbein
  • Jeff Williams
  • Tushar Vartak

v2 Reviewers

  • Vicente Aguilera
  • Marco Belotti
  • Mauro Bregolin
  • Marco Cova
  • Daniel Cuthbert
  • Paul Davies
  • Stefano Di Paola
  • Matteo G.P. Flora
  • Simona Forti
  • Darrell Groundy
  • Eoin Keary
  • James Kist
  • Katie McDowell
  • Marco Mella
  • Matteo Meucci
  • Syed Mohamed A.
  • Antonio Parata
  • Alberto Revelli
  • Mark Roxberry
  • Dave Wichers


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