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OWASP WebGoat repositories: Deliberately insecure JavaEE application to teach application security

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/08/02

Last year in OWASP top rated security “feature” A01:2021 – Broken Access Control, I promised to write more about how learn about OWASP documented and rated security vulnerabilities.

Today is the day you should start learning from [Wayback/Archive.is] Github: OWASP WebGoat:

Deliberately insecure JavaEE application to teach application security

It is a Java backend with a JavaScript/HTML frontend, but the vulnerabilities just as easily apply to other back-end stacks.

Repositories:

  1. [Wayback/Archive.is] WebGoat/WebGoat: WebGoat is a deliberately insecure application

    WebGoat is a deliberately insecure web application maintained by OWASP designed to teach web application security lessons.

    This program is a demonstration of common server-side application flaws. The exercises are intended to be used by people to learn about application security and penetration testing techniques.

    WARNING 1: While running this program your machine will be extremely vulnerable to attack. You should disconnect from the Internet while using this program. WebGoat’s default configuration binds to localhost to minimize the exposure.

    WARNING 2: This program is for educational purposes only. If you attempt these techniques without authorization, you are very likely to get caught. If you are caught engaging in unauthorized hacking, most companies will fire you. Claiming that you were doing security research will not work as that is the first thing that all hackers claim.

  2. [Wayback/Archive.is] WebGoat/WebGoat-Lessons: 7.x – The WebGoat STABLE lessons supplied by the WebGoat team.

    This repository contains all the lessons for the WebGoat container. Every lesson is packaged as a separate jar file which can be placed into a running WebGoat server.

  3. [Wayback/Archive.is] WebGoat/WebWolf (Can’t have a goat without a wolf, but I wonder where the cabbage is)
  4. [Wayback/Archive.is] WebGoat/WebGoat-Legacy: Legacy WebGoat 6.0 – Deliberately insecure JavaEE application
    This is the WebGoat Legacy version which is essentially the WebGoat 5 with a new UI.
    This program is a demonstration of common server-side application flaws. The exercises are intended to be used by people to learn about application penetration testing techniques.
  5. [Wayback/Archive.is] WebGoat/WebGoat-Archived-Releases: WebGoat 5.4 releases and older

    WebGoat 5.4 releases and older

  6. [Wayback/Archive.is] WebGoat/groovygoat: POC for dynamic groovy/thymeleaf based lesson system

    POC to demonstrate dynamic lessons with groovy controller/thymeleaf templates

They are by OWASP:

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is an online community that produces freely-available articles, methodologies, documentation, tools, and technologies in the field of web application security.[4][5]The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) provides free and open resources. It is led by a non-profit called The OWASP Foundation. The OWASP Top 10 – 2021 is the published result of recent research based on comprehensive data compiled from over 40 partner organizations.

Very important is the [Wayback/Archive.is] OWASP Top Ten Web Application Security Risks | OWASP:

The OWASP Top 10 is a standard awareness document for developers and web application security. It represents a broad consensus about the most critical security risks to web applications.

Globally recognized by developers as the first step towards more secure coding.

Companies should adopt this document and start the process of ensuring that their web applications minimize these risks. Using the OWASP Top 10 is perhaps the most effective first step towards changing the software development culture within your organization into one that produces more secure code.
Changes in the OWASP Top 10 between 2017 and 2021:

More OWASP repositories (including the [Wayback/Archive.is] OWASP/Top10: Official OWASP Top 10 Document Repository and [Wayback/Archive.is] OWASP/www-project-top-ten: OWASP Foundation Web Respository which seem to be at a 4-year update interval got updated in 2021) are at [Wayback/Archive.is] Github: OWASP.

Related: [Archive.is] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers on Twitter: “This so much sounds like German government IT-projects: …”

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–jeroen

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