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SpoC 007 - Attacks Reference Guide

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AoC Candidate: NSRAV Security Research Group

Project coordinator: TBA

Project Progress: 70% Complete, Progress Page

NSRAV Security Research Group - Attacks Reference Guide

Background Information

NSRAV is a security research center located at University of Sao Paulo Brazil, with more than 10 years on the information security field. Our team is formed by PhDs, MSc, graduate and post-graduate students and security specialists with GIAC/SANS and CISSP certifications.

We develop research and consulting activities in almost every field of information security, focused on EHT, Web applications, IDS/IPS and detection techniques, grid security, among others. The group is leaded by Leonardo Cavallari Militelli and Matteo Nava.

Our Expectations

We recently started contributing to OWASP and we are developing a Portuguese translated version of Testing guide v2 in order to spread it out to the ones who has potential language barrier.

The maintenance of attacks and vulnerability information is very close to our activities. We believe that we have the specific knowledge and expertise to develop this project.

Executive Summary

We are proposing that we will research about new types of attacks and techniques that aim to Web application/server and report all details about each one. We are intended to explain in details each attack, classify by severity, likelihood of exploitation and impact (when possible), cite references and means of circumvent.

The present OWASP Attacks reference guide lists a great quantity of attacks, but lots of them are lacking explanation and references. For instances, SQL Injection is completely referenced, while Format string has only the topics but no description at all.

Also, we plan to categorize the attacks according to testing guide categories, in order to give a better view of the attacks related to certain test category.

We believe that the Attack reference guide is very important to OWASP since it describes theoretical and practical all the threats a Web application can be susceptible, it gives the reason for OWASP existence.

The vulnerability reference guide is important as well and we will be constantly contributing to maintain it up to date, since it misses lots of information and references on the items. Also, it has almost 600 vulnerabilities and we are quite sure that there are some redundant or even out-of-date items.

Specific activities

As long we will be participating as a group, the activities will be divided as following steps:

  • Identify all existent attacks at OWASP site.
  • Research new attacks and techniques
  • Create test scenarios and exploitation, in order to acquire evidences to be published (when needed)
  • Detail and reference each attacks, with most known and reliable sources.

Long-Term Vision for the Project

We expect that with a worldwide contribution, the Attack and Vulnerability reference guides can become the most complete and updated security reference available. Also, we expect to create cross-reference among OWASP documents, using the same concepts, definitions, and categories in order to inter-link all the documents.

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