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Passing The GWAPT Exam

Passing The GWAPT Exam

So, I finally went for it and attempted the GIAC GWAPT exam and passed it! I’ve been conducting some pen tests prior to taking the SANS SEC 542 course and the GWAPT exam. The course taught me many new things, and gave me a new perspective, and insight when it comes to web application pen testing. This blog post is to share my experience on how to best prepare for taking the GWAPT exam.

Should I take this exam or challenge the GWAPT ?

Many people will ask themselves this very same question. The best answer really depends on what your career goals are for your future. If you plan on being a pen tester, then this is a must at least if you are new or an intermediate to web pen testing. These days the Internet is filled with web applications, and now with more data and applications placed in the cloud. WebApp pen testing is a skill in demand and will be needed to test anything open to the public via the cloud.

Studying

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BurpSuite & ZAP Bypass Proxy

BurpSuite & ZAP Bypass Proxy

I wanted to make this tutorial for users that might get stuck in a similar situation.

I was security testing a website using Burpsuite and would end up with SSL Handshake failures. And, it really made no sense at first since Burpsuite uses Java. And, I had the latest version of Java installed on my machine. Burpsuite was giving me SSL Handshake failure alerts and was asking me to install JCE Strong Cipher policies. Turns out the website was using VERY strong ciphers (which is a very good thing). And, they were using no medium or outdated ciphers.

Now, these ciphers are so strong that even the latest Java package does not contain them….yet.

So that meant I had to find another way to use Burpsuite, but still have the ability to make a proper SSL handshake using the strong ciphers. I then turned to another similar product called OWASP ZAP. This is a great product and I have used it back when I didn’t quite have the funds to purchase Burpsuite. What I realized was that I could use Burpsuite and have ZAP filter my traffic for me. For some reason ZAP has all of the strong ciphers and did not fail the SSL handshake, which meant I could transfer traffic as:

 Browser -> Burpsuite -> ZAP -> Webserver

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