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David Campbell dcampbell at owasp.org
Mon Apr 7 23:29:05 EDT 2008


All,

I'm pleased to announce that next month the Denver OWASP chapter will be 
welcoming Ryan Barnett, who will be delivering our feature presentation:

"Virtual Patching for Web Applications with ModSecurity"

Fixing identified vulnerabilities in web application always requires
time. Organizations often do not have access to a commercial
application's source code and are at the vendor's mercy while waiting
for a patch. Even if they have access to the code, implementing a patch
in development takes time. This leaves a window of opportunity for the
attacker to exploit. External patching (also called "just-in-time
patching" and "virtual patching") is one of the biggest advantages of
web application firewalls as they can fix this problem externally. A 
fix for a specific vulnerability is usually very easy to design and in 
most cases it can be done in less than 15 minutes. This presentation 
will outline exactly when and where Virtual Patching is appropriate and 
will show the proper steps for their creation and testing.

Ryan C. Barnett is a recognized security thought leader and evangelist 
who frequently speaks with the media and industry groups.

He is the director of application security at Breach Security. He is 
also a faculty member for the SANS Institute, where his duties include 
instructor/courseware developer for Apache Security/Building a Web 
Application Firewall Workshop, Top 20 Vulnerabilities Team Member and 
Local Mentor for the SANS Track 4, "Hacker Techniques, Exploits and 
Incident Handling" course. He holds six SANS Global Information 
Assurance Certifications (GIAC): Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), Systems and 
Network Auditor (GSNA), Forensic Analyst (GCFA), Incident Handler 
(GCIH), Unix Security Administrator (GCUX) and Security Essentials (GSEC).

Mr. Barnett also serves as the team lead for the Center for Internet 
Security Apache Benchmark Project and is a member of the Web Application 
Security Consortium. His web security book, "Preventing Web Attacks with 
Apache” was published by Addison/Wesley in 2006.

The meeting will be held at Raytheon Polar Services, which was also the 
location of our February meeting.  Details available on the Denver OWASP 
wiki @ http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Denver#Next_Meeting.

Also, please note that the Front Range OWASP conference is rapidly 
approaching.  Please save the date 10 June 08 for the conference.  More 
info at 
http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Front_Range_Web_Application_Security_Summit_Planning_Page.


Cheers,

David Campbell
OWASP Denver


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