Learning Path: Application Security Essentials

Attacking and Defending Authentication & Access Control

Web application security, among other things, deals with user authentication and controlling a user’s access to private information. From session management, to password management, to direct object reference, authentication and access control mechanisms are as critical as they are easy to misconfigure. 

In Attacking and Defending Authentication & Access Control, we’re getting in the shoes of both the attacker and defender to fully understand web app security. We begin with a look at methods to authenticate users. With the help of hands-on labs, we’ll explore how to attack and defend sessions, as well as defending web app session management. 

Next, you’ll learn in detail about the best practices of handling and resetting passwords. Our final module is all about access control. Here, you’ll primarily use hands-on labs to learn about various aspects of Insecure Direct Object Reference, including how to implement bulletproof Access Control Systems.

Our learning material is backed by years of security testing experience, knowledge, and original research across our entire security team. This course uses practical learning with labs and exercises extensively, with the aim of getting you as comfortable as possible with the moving parts of web application authentication and access control. 

Proficiency: Beginner
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Audience: Application Security
Course Duration: 4 hours
18 lessons
4 Cloud Labs

Course Outline

  • Course Introduction
  • Course Pre-requisites
  • Web Sessions – Introduction and Overview
  • Session Fixation Flaws and Defense
  • Authorization Intro
  • Insecure Direct Object Reference – Primary Key Variant
  • Insecure Direct Object Reference – Mass Assignment Variant