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* <b>Date</b> July 21, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Revision as of 19:24, 26 June 2008

Welcome to the OWASP Rochester Local Chapter

Welcome to the local Rochester chapter homepage. The chapter leader is Ralf Durkee


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. Prior to participating with OWASP please review the Chapter Rules.

The Rochester chapter has two mailing lists: one for announcements and one for general discussion. The announce list is for official communications (e.g meeting announcements, web site updates, etc). The discussion list is for general participation and everyone is encouraged to post. The announce mailing list can be found here. The discussion mailing list can be found here. You can also review the announce and discussion e-mail archives to see what folks have been talking about. Please make sure you are subscribed to announce to receive any last minute meeting info.

Local Officers

Meeting Dates & Location

Dates: The third Monday of every month, starting at 6:00 PM.

Types of events: Formal meeting (featuring a presentation) in odd numbered months, informal event (open forum with beer and wings) in even numbered months


  • Formal meetings at 1225 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 (near I-390) Google Maps
  • Beer and wings at Mac Gregor's Grill & Tap Room, 300 Jefferson Rd, NY 14623 Google Maps

Formal meeting space is graciously offered by Bryant & Stratton College Enter the Frontier Commons plaza, near the Post Office. Towards the right, rear of the plaza is the PSC (Professional Skills Center) door, which is to the left of the main Bryant & Stratton entrance door. There will be a sign on the door indicating the room in which we will meet.

Please note that for informal meetings at Mac Gregor's, everybody needs to pay for their own food and drinks.

July Meeting Details

In July we'll have a joint meeting with Rochester ISSA chapter. This meeting will start at 5:30pm instead of usual 6pm. Please RSVP to Andrea Cogliati to speed up admission process.

  • Date July 21, 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Location RG&E - 89 East Avenue, 1st Floor Conference Room - Rochester, NY 14649 - Free parking is in the gated west lot next to the RG&E Building.
  • Title Input Validation: The root of all evil
  • Abstract A brief definition and overview of input validation. Review of common input validation strategies. Concluding with examples of issues resulting from weak or non-existent input validation, including examples of corrective validation solutions.
  • Presenter Duane Peifer

Duane is a Senior Systems Engineer at UberGuard Information Security, LLC, in Avon, NY, were he provides UberGuard's customers with technical consulting and web site security assessments and penetration tests. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and has 15 years of Systems Engineering and Project Management experience. Duane is also the co-owner of UberScan, LLC, a startup software development company.

Future Events

Oct 29-30 2008 - Rochester Security Summit 2008
The Rochester OWASP chapter in partnership with other Rochester institutions is organizing the third annual Rochester Security Summit Oct 29-30 during National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year we'll have a full day dedicated to application security and we are are working to bring to Rochester the best national acclaimed speakers.

Visit Rochester Security Summit Site for details.

Past Presentations

May 2008 Database Encryption, by Ralf Durkee PPT

January 2008 SQL Injection and Dynamic SQL, by Andrea Cogliati ZIP

September 2007 2007 OWASP Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Vulnerabilities, by Ralph Durkee PowerPoint

October 2006 The first of the OWASP top ten: unvalidated input, by Steve Buck. PowerPoint

April 2006 PGP: Encryption for e-mail and web applications, by Ralph Durkee PDF

February 2006 Identity Theft, Phishing and Pharming, by Danny Allan PDF

February 2006 Secure e-mail, by Thomas Bullinger PDF

January 2006 PCI Compliance, by Pat Massey, Ralf Durkee, Maureen Baran PDF

September 2005 Two Factor Authentication for Java Applications with Client Certificates, by Ralf Durkee PDF Open Office

April 2005 Avoiding Backend Exploitation of Mail Forms, by Max Kessler PowerPoint Open Office

March 2005 Bringing Two-Factor Authentication to Web Applications, by Michael Starks PowerPoint Open Office

February 2005 Insecure Storage, by Chris Karr PowerPoint

January 2005 Access Control and Session Mgmnt, by Steve Buck PowerPoint Open Office

November 2004 Intro to OWASP by Ralf Durkee. Demonstration of SQL Injection attack and prevention, by Paul Cupo PowerPoint