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Highlights from the Matasano Crypto Challenges

Presented by: Matt Cheung

The Matasano Challenges were a collection of exercises to teach people about mistakes in the implementation and use of cryptography. These could be thought of as the homework problems in a course on how cryptography goes wrong. In this training I selected challenges that I think are illustrative of concepts that can be reused in multiple contexts as well as attacks that can be done in the short time we have for the training.

The format will alternate between a lecture portion explaining the necessary concepts to understand the attack and a lab portion where we will use what we just learned to attack CTF style versions of the challenges. The lab portion will be time bound, but the challenges are available over the internet so if you don't finish, you can continue working after the training.


  • Introduction to Block Ciphers
  • ECB Mode Attacks
  • CBC Mode Attacks
  • Introduction to Public Key Cryptography
  • (EC)DSA Attacks
  • RSA Attacks

Technical Requirements

Laptop with the following:

  • Web testing tools such as a MITM proxy (e.g. burp suite), or browser extensions
  • Development environment ready to support making web requests, socket programming, and large integer arithmetic
  • Experience programming with web request programming and socket programming will be useful
  • I recommend Python as that is what I use and the PyCrypto library will be useful

Painless Web and Mobile Hacking 101

Presented by: Apoorv Munshi

This 1 hour workshop will help you to quickly get started in web and mobile application penetration testing. There are go-to Linux based penetration testing distributions that one can use but for beginners, who are not familiar with Linux and virtualization software, it can be a bit hard. We will see how easy it is to setup the testing environment on any operating system. Although this workshop only covers the setup and not the vulnerabilities, we will provide you with tons of resources and other tools and tips for further study.


  1. Introduction and motivation for conducting this workshop
  2. Installation of ZAP’s CA certificate to observe encrypted traffic
  3. Overview of Google Chrome’s developer tools
  4. Walkthrough of ZAP features including context, searching, fuzzer etc.
  5. Setting up Android smartphone for mobile application testing.
  6. Recommendations about books, articles, videos for further study.


Technical Requirements

NOTE: The installation of the required software/tools will NOT be covered in the workshop. Please prepare your system before the workshop.

A laptop

Any operating system is fine. 4 GB RAM is recommended for smooth performance.

A smartphone

Android 5.0 and above. Although there won’t be any demo on any iOS device, iOS users can follow similar steps.

Google Chrome 53.x

Please download and install the latest version of Google Chrome browser from this link for your operating system: Navigate to settings > People > Add person. Name the new profile as ‘pentest’ or anything you want and click ‘Add’.

Java Runtime Environment 8

Please download and install JRE from the following link:

OWASP ZAP requires JRE to run.


Please download and install the OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) from this link for your operating system: For Windows and Mac OS, the installation is pretty straightforward (via executables).

For installation on Linux , please follow the instructions given here:

FoxyProxy Standard Extension for Google Chrome

Visit this link in Google Chrome and then install the extension.

Threat Modeling Workshop

Presented by: Robert Hurlbut

Threat modeling is a way of thinking about what could go wrong and how to prevent it. Instinctively, we all think this way in regards to our own personal security and safety. When it comes to building software, some teams either skip the important step of threat modeling in secure software design or, they have tried threat modeling before but haven't quite figured out how to connect the threat models to real world software development and its priorities. Threat modeling should be part of your secure software design process. Using threat modeling and some principals of risk management, you can design software in a way that makes security one of the top goals, along with performance, scalability, reliability, and maintenance.


In this workshop, attendees will learn about Threat Modeling through understanding concepts and hands-on demos: Introduction to Threat Modeling, including how to conduct a typical Threat Modeling session Understand practical strategies in finding Threats, determine proper Mitigations, and how to apply Risk Management with the Mitigations Hands-on demo of one or two Real World Threat Modeling case studies Hands-on demo of the Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool 2016


Laptop with Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool 2016 installed (highly recommended, but not required)

You can find out more about this conference at the 2016 BASC Homepage
or by emailing [email protected]
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