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Introduction to enterprise vulnerability assessment; finding Struts

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 10:30 AM EST (2018-06-12 14:30:00 UTC)
  • Adrien de Beaupré

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This is an introduction to SANS SEC460, Enterprise Threat and Vulnerability Assessment, focusing on web application testing. It's a story about how a vulnerability in a framework could lead to web application compromise. We will discuss how a remote code execution vulnerability led to the Equifax data breach. If there is an exploitable condition in a component that your application relies on you could be in trouble. A properly performed security assessment can help you identify these issues and describe the risk associated with it. The Struts 2 framework implemented poor input validation in an API call which meant that any and all applications based on that framework were vulnerable. A live demo of identifying the vulnerability will be performed during the session.


Adrien de Beaupre is the co-author of the brand new course, SEC460, Enterprise Threat and Vulnerability Assessment.

Speaker Bio

Adrien de Beaupré

Adrien de Beaupre is a Principal SANS instructor and works as an independent consultant in beautiful Ottawa, Ontario. His work experience includes course development, technical instruction, vulnerability assessment, and penetration testing. He is a member of the SANS Internet Storm Center ( and is actively involved with the information security community.

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