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GSoC2019 Ideas

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OWASP Project Requests

Tips to get you started in no particular order:

* Read Google Summer of Code Program(GSOC)`
* Read the GSoC SAT 
* Read the GSOC Student Guidelines
* Contact us through the mailing list or irc channel.
* Check our github organization

OWASP-SKF (draft)

Idea 1:

Build lab examples and write-ups (how to test) for different vulnerabilities over different technology stacks. These challenges are to be delivered in Docker so they can be

easily deployed.

In the current situation the security knowledge framework ultimately presents a list of security controls with correlating knowledge base items that contain a description and

a solution. The new labs are used to give the software developers or application security specialists a more in depth understanding and approach on how to test the

vulnerabilities in their own code.

The images that are pushed to the Github repository are already automatically build and pushed to a docker registry where the SKF users can easily pull the images from to get their

labs running. Of course they can download it and build it themselves from source by pulling the original repository.

Idea 2:

We want to extend the Machine learning chatbot functionality in SKF.

  • Create a desktop version of the chatbot. Where people can install the setup file on their local machine.
  • Extend the bots capability to do the google search(using web scraping) for the things which are not available in the database. So, it will have a wider scope of knowledge.
  • Extend the bot capability to reply what security controls should be followed from the ASVS and MASVS or other custom checklists that are present in SKF.
  • Extend the bot to different platforms like Facebook, telegram, slack etc.
    • Now the working chatbot implementation for example is only for Gitter

OWASP DefectDojo

OWASP DefectDojo is a popular open source vulnerability management tool, used as the backbone for security programs. It is easy to get started with and work on! We welcome volunteers of all experience levels and are happy to provide mentorship.

Option 1: Unit Tests - Difficulty: Easy

  • If you're new to programming, unit tests are short scripts designed to test a specific function of an application.
  • The project needs additional unit tests to ensure that new code functions properly.

Option 2: Feature Enhancement - Difficulty: Varies

  • The functionality of DefectDojo is constantly expanding.
  • Feature enhancements offer programming challenges for all levels of experience.

Option 3: Pull Request Review - Difficulty: Moderate - Hard

  • Test pull requests and provide feedback on code.

OHP (OWASP Honeypot)

OWASP Honeypot is an open source software in Python language which designed for creating honeypot and honeynet in an easy and secure way! This project is compatible with Python 2.x and 3.x and tested on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Getting Start

It's best to start from GitHub wiki page, we are looking forward to add more modules and optimize the core.


Currently we are using

  • Docker
  • Python
  • MongoDB
  • TShark
  • Flask
  • ChartJS
  • And more linux services

Expected Results




Students Requirements

  • Python
  • Packet Analysis
  • Docker
  • Database

Mentors and Leaders

OWASP Juice Shop

OWASP Juice Shop Project is an intentionally insecure webapp 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 Angular. The application contains more than 30 challenges of varying difficulty where the user is supposed to exploit the underlying vulnerabilities. Apart from the hacker and awareness training use case, pentesting proxies or security scanners can use Juice Shop as a "guinea pig"-application to check how well their tools cope with Javascript-heavy application frontends and REST APIs.

The best way to get in touch with us is the community chat on You can also send PMs to the potential mentors (@bkimminich, @wurstbrot and @J12934) there if you like!
To receive early feedback please put your proposal on Google Docs and submit it to the OWASP Organization on Google's GSoC page in Draft Shared mode. Please pick juice shop as Proposal Tag to make them easier to find for us. Thank you!

Challenge Pack 2019

Brief Explanation:

Ideas for potential new hacking challenges are collected in GitHub issues labeled "challenge". This project could implement a whole bunch of challenges one by one and release them over the course of several small releases. This would allow the student to work in a professional Continuous Delivery kind of way while bringing benefit to the Juice Shop over the duration of the project.

Coming up with additional ideas for challenges would be part of the project scope, as the list of pre-existing ideas might not be sufficient for a GSoC project.

Expected Results:

  • 10 or more new challenges for OWASP Juice Shop (including required functional enhancements to place the challenges)
  • Each challenge comes with full functional unit and integration tests
  • Each challenge is verified to be exploitable by corresponding end-to-end tests
  • Hint and solution sections for each new challenge are added to the "Pwning OWASP Juice Shop" ebook
  • Code follows existing styleguides and passes all existing quality gates regarding code smells, test coverage etc.

Getting started:

  • Get familiar with the architecture and code base of the application's rich Javascript frontend and RESTful backend
  • Get a feeling for the high code & test quality bar by inspecting the existing test suites and static code analysis results
  • Get familiar with the CI/CD process based on Travis-CI and several associated 3rd party services

Knowledge Prerequisites:

  • Javascript, Unit/Integration testing, experience with (or willingness to learn) Angular and NodeJS/Express, some security knowledge would be preferable.


  • Bjoern Kimminich - OWASP Juice Shop Project Leader
  • Timo Pagel - OWASP Juice Shop Project Collaborator
  • Jannik Hollenbach - OWASP Juice Shop Project Collaborator

Hacking Instructor

Brief Explanation:


Expected Results:


Getting started:


Knowledge Prerequisites:



Your idea

Brief Explanation:

You have an awesome idea to improve OWASP Juice Shop that is not on this list? Great, please submit it!

Getting started

Expected Results:

  • A new feature that makes OWASP Juice Shop even better
  • Code follows existing styleguides and passes all existing quality gates regarding code smells, test coverage etc.

Knowledge Prerequisites:

  • Javascript, Unit/Integration testing, experience with (or willingness to learn) Angular and NodeJS/Express, some security knowledge would be preferable.


OWASP-Securetea Tools Project

The purpose of this application is to warn the user (via various communication mechanisms) whenever their laptop accessed. This small application was developed and tested in python in Linux machine is likely to work well on the Raspberry Pi as well. -

Brief Explanation

We are looking any awesome idea to improve Securetea Project that is not on this list? We are expecting make this project will be useful to everyone to secure their Small IoT.


Below roadmap and expect results you can choose to improve Securetea Project . if any bugs please help to fix it


See Our Roadmap
Notify by Twitter (done)
Securetea Dashboard / Gui (done)

Expect Results

Securetea Protection /firewall
Securetea Antivirus
Notify by Whatsapp
Notify by SMS Alerts
Notify by Line
Notify by Telegram
Intelligent Log Monitoring
Login History

Students Requirements

  • Python
  • Javascript
  • Angular and NodeJS/Express
  • Database
  • Linux



Offensive Web Testing Framework (OWTF) is a project focused on penetration testing efficiency and alignment of security tests to security standards like the OWASP Testing Guide (v3 and v4), the OWASP Top 10, PTES and NIST. Most of the ideas below focus on rewrite of some major components of OWTF to make it more modular. OWTF is moving to a fresh codebase with a fully Docker testing and deployment environment. If you want to get a jumpstart, check out

OWASP OWTF - MiTM proxy interception and replay capabilities

Brief Explanation:

The OWTF man-in-the-middle proxy is written completely in Python (based on the excellent Tornado framework) and was benchmarked to be the fastest MiTM python proxy. However it lacks the useful and much need interception and replay capabilities of mitmproxy (

The current implementation of the MiTM proxy serves its purpose very well. Its fast but its not extensible. There are a number of good use cases for being extensible

  • ability to intercept the transactions
  • modify or replay transaction on the fly
  • add additional capabilities to the proxy (such as session marking/changing) without polluting the main proxy code


  • Design and implement a proxy plugin (middleware) architecture so that the plugins can be defined separately and the user can choose what plugins to include dynamically (from the web interface).
  • Replace the current Requester (based on urllib, urllib2) with a more robust Requester based on the new urllib3 with support for a real headless browser factory. The typical flow when requested for an authenticated browser instance (using PhantomJS)
  • The "Requester" module checks if there is any login parameters provided (i.e form-based or script - look at
  • Create a browser instance and do the necessary login procedure
  • Handle the browser for the URI
  • When called to close the browser, do a clean logout and kill the browser instance.

Expected results:

Knowledge Prerequisite: Python proficiency, some previous exposure to security concepts and penetration testing is welcome but not strictly necessary as long as there is will to learn.

OWASP OWTF Mentors: Contact: Abraham ArangurenViyat BhalodiaBharadwaj Machiraju OWASP OWTF Project Leaders

OWASP OWTF - Web interface enhancements

Brief explanation:

The current web interface is a mixture of Tornado Jinja templates and ReactJS. A complete UI change to a stable ReactJS-based interface should be the deliverable for this project. Most of the hard part for the change has already been done and added in a separate branch at

For background on OWASP OWTF please see:

Expected results:

  • IMPORTANT:Clean, maintainable (ES6 compatible and using recommended design patterns) React (JavaScript) code. (This is a good example!)
  • IMPORTANT: Thoroughly documented code along with API examples and example future components.
  • CRITICAL: Excellent reliability and performance.
  • Unit tests / Functional tests and easy to setup testing environment (preferably automated).

Knowledge Prerequisite: Python (reading API source code and endpoints), React.JS (high proficiency) and general JavaScript proficiency.

OWASP OWTF Mentors: Contact: Abraham ArangurenViyat BhalodiaBharadwaj Machiraju OWASP OWTF Project Leaders

OWASP OWTF - New plugin architecture

Brief explanation:

The current plugin system is not very useful and it is painful to browse many plugins. Most of the plugins do have much code and most of is repeated - much refactoring needed there.

This issue is documented in detail at

For background on OWASP OWTF please see:

Expected results:

OWASP iGoat (draft)

Idea 1: Completing OWASP iGoat documentation at and creating demo videos at for OWASP iGoat YouTube channel for learning purpose.

Idea 2: Adding new challenge pack / CTF for iGoat. It should be one point solution for learning iOS app security

OWASP Seraphimdroid

Idea 1: Anomaly detection of device state

The idea is that certain features of a device would be constantly monitored (battery use, internet usage, opp calls, etc.). Initially, the usual behaviour of the device would be learned. Later, anomalies normal behavior would be reported to the user. This should involve some explanations, such as which applications are causing an anomaly the device behaviors

Idea 2: On device machine learning of maliciousness of an app

Tensor-flow for on-device processing and some other libraries have been released that enable machine learning. We have previously applied a system, that based on permissions, is able to distinguish malicious apps from non-malicious. Now, we would like to learn also from other outputs and things one can monitor about application whether it can be malicious.

Idea 3: Enhansing privacy features

The vision of Seraphimdroid is to be aware of privacy threats. This may be achieved throug knowing which applications are using user accounts or other information that user has on phone to send to the server, or just by knowing which applications may be doing it. Knowledge base should be extending with the suggestions on how to improve privacy. Also, automated settings of various apps to use encryption should be proposed.