[Owasp-cambridge] OWASP Cambridge Chapter Meeting - 8th March - Android WebView: Attack and Defence

Adrian Winckles adrian.winckles at owasp.org
Sun Mar 6 11:47:15 UTC 2016

Just a reminder for this weeks meet up 

OWASP Cambridge Chapter Security Seminar

Tuesday 8th March 2016 17:30 – 19:30, Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB002), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Hosted by the Department of Computing & Technology, Anglia Ruskin University, and OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Cambridge Chapter

Guest speakers:  Andrew Lee-Thorp, Cigital

Title: So you want to use a WebView? Android WebView: Attack and Defence


The (Android) WebView is an embeddable component that powers the majority of internet-enabled apps. In Android, WebViews are currently a hot topic but for all the wrong reasons. WebViews make connections, render HTML and run JavaScript and so can be attacked using traditional web attacks like connection hijacking and XSS. Secondly, WebView-enabled apps combine local resources with web-based content that are rendered in the same container. This makes a Same Origin Policy bypass far more dangerous: it can mean access to the local device file-system and juicy local user data that you thought was sandboxed. Malicious code can even target other applications remotely by using the WebView as a proxy. Finally WebViews create residual risks that simply cannot be mitigated through any in-app technical control. This talk is aimed at both testers and developers. They learn some fundamental WebView mistakes, how to attack them, how to fix them and which vulnerabilities simply must be accepted in this design.


Andrew Lee-Thorp is a security consultant with over 10 years of experience cutting his teeth in development from smart cards through to high-end servers systems.  He currently works as a Consultant with Cigital Ltd where he performs code reviews, architectural risk analysis, and Android testing. Andrew's strategic focus is in developing assessment tooling and improving mobile testing capability within the company where he works. Andrew holds a postgraduate degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Information Security.


OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit worldwide charitable organization focused on improving the security of application software. Their mission is to make application security visible, so that people and organizations can make informed decisions about true application security risks.

The Department of Computing & Technology at Anglia Ruskin University is enhancing its curricula and capabilities in information security following its successful BSc(Hons) Information Security and Forensic Computing pathway. Establishing a joint professional networking group with OWASP concentrating on aspects of computing and application security is a key part of this enhancement. A key aim the department is working towards is developing a MSc Information Security specialising in Application Security and as part of this activity looking to develop and a local Information Security Student Society.


17:30 – 17:45 Welcome from the OWASP Cambridge Chapter Leader, Adrian Winckles, Course Leader in Information Security & Forensic Computing, Anglia Ruskin University

17:45 – 19:00: Andrew Lee-Thorp, Cigital “So you want to use a WebView? Android WebView: Attack and Defence”

19:00– 19:30 Refreshments & Networking (coffee, tea, juice) in LAB006


To register for this free event, please register online at


The meeting will be held in the Lord Ashcroft Building, Room LAB002 (Breakout Room LAB006 for networking & refreshments).

Please enter through the Helmore Building and ask at reception.

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus
East Road
Cambridge CB1 1PT

Get further information on travelling to the university.

http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/your_university/anglia_ruskin_campuses/ca mbridge_campus/find_cambridge.html

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