Wednesday, November 25, 2015

OWASP Connector Newsletter - November 25, 2015


OWASP in the News

OWASP Podcasts


ToolsWatch Survey

Status of Reviews

Latest Releases


Global AppSec Events

Local and Regional Events

Partner and Promotional Events


New OWASP Chapters

Chapter Restarts

Chapter Transitions

New Academic Supporters

Chapter Activities


Contributing Corporate Members

Social Media

OWASP Foundation Social Media


OWASP in the NEWS!

Toolswatch '2015 Best Security Tool' survey: Please vote for your favorite OWASP security tools!

AppSec California Application and Web Security Training Sessions Announced,

Test-Aankoop: helft webwinkels niet goed beveiligd (Half of ecommerce websites tested not properly secured), Het Niewsblad (Belgium).

OWASP Podcasts

OWASP Projects and activities are often the subject of webcasts and podcasts. Sit back and relax as you watch and listen to these recent episodes.

Mark Miller interviews Board members Tom Brennan and Josh Sokol about an upcoming event in NYC: OWASP Shark Tank - Could You Convince Someone to Invest in Your Project?

Mark Miller - OWASP 24/7 Podcast Series



Simon Bennetts asks you to please vote for you favorite OWASP security tools in the Toolswatch '2015 Best Security Tool' survey:

In 2014 OWASP tools came in at number:

2. ZAP
5. Xenotix

and in 2013:

1. ZAP
5. Xenotix
10. O-SAFT

Project Reviewers Needed

Thank you for volunteering!

Timo Pagel, Munir Njiru, Ricardo Campo and Jorge Stephan and Nikola Milosevic

The Volunteer Board has a number of openings:

OWASP Security Shepherd - Project Reviews will be available on the Leader List the week of 12/7 OWASP Security Logging Project - One Volunteer still needed
OWASP Security Knowledge Framework - One Volunteer still needed
OWASP SeraphimDroid Project - Needs Two Volunteers
OWASP Java Encoder Project - Needs Two Volunteers
OWASP Jave HTML Sanitizer Projects - Needs Two Volunteers
OWASP API Security Project - New Incubator needs Two Volunteers

Thank you in advance for your efforts and time.

Project Task Force

Initiative Leader:
Claudia Aviles-Casanovas
Project Coordinator

OWASP PodCasts created by Mark Miller offer a great forum for getting an update on projects. Listen to interviews with project leaders at

Latest Releases

OWASP Mth3l3m3nt Framework User Guide
Project Leader: Munir Njiru
Project Page:
OWASP Mth3l3m3nt Framework is a penetration testing aiding tool and exploitation framework. Mth3l3m3nt provides the ability to create or do custom LFI and RFI exploits fast with little or no effort at all. It also enables you to store all your quick wins based on its ability to manage HTTP bots, say no to runaway web shells and yes to centrally managed herds in large penetration testing engagements.


Global AppSec Events

AppSecEU 2016, 27 June to 1 July 2016, Rome, Italy

AppSec EU 2016 is coming to Rome, Italy on 27 June to 1 July 2016!

The Call for Trainings is Now Available! Deadline for proposals: 31 December, 2015.

The Call For Papers is open until 15 January 2016. Submit yours soon.

We are now accepting sponsorships for AppSec EU 2016. For information visit the AppSec EU Sponsor Information Page and Download the Flyer.

Other Global AppSec Events

We are still accepting sponsorships for AppSec Cali 2016 to be held in Santa Monica, California on January 25-27, 2016. Visit the website for details.

We are pleased to announce that AppSecUSA 2016 will be held on 11-14 October 2016 in Washington DC. Mark your calendars!

Regional and Local Events

AppSec Rio de la Plata 2015, December 1, 2015 - December 3, 2015, Montevideo, Uruguay

German OWASP Day, December 1, 2015 - December 3, 2015

OWASP Gothenburg Day, December 8, 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden

AppSec Cali 2016, Jan. 25, 2016 - Jan. 27, 2016, Santa Monica, CA

New Zealand Day 2016, February 3, 2016 - February 4, 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

CyberSecurity 2016, May 16, 2016 - May 20, 2016, New York, NY, USA

The first Conference Videos Videos from LASCON, (Lonestar Application Security Conference) in Austin, TX, USA, are now available on Vimeo.

Partner and Promotional Events

CyberSecure December 15 - 16, 2015 The Sheraton Times Square New York, NY, USA

CodeMash January 5 - 8, 2016 Sandusky, Ohio, USA

BSides Lagos January 22, 2016 Nigeria

SC Congress London, February 10, 2016 ILEC Conference Centre London, UK

Blackhat Asia 2016, March 31 - April 1, 2016 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. OWASP members receive a $200/USD discount on Briefings with discount code: OWBR0316

SC Congress Toronto, June 1, 2016 - June 2, 2016 Metro Convention Center Toronto, CN

Ads are not endorsements and reflect the messages of the advertiser only. They represent co-marketing arrangements
with other organizations in support of the OWASP Community. CLICK HERE for more information on advertising.

Black Hat Asia 2015, Singapore, March 29- April 1, 2016, USD$200 Discount: OWBR0316Black Hat Asia 2015, Singapore, March 29- April 1, 2016, USD$200 Discount: OWBR0316


New Chapters

Chapters Restarts


New Academic Supporters

Learn more about our Academic Supporter program

Notable Chapter Activity

Ashwini Paranjpe of the OWASP Pune chapter reported they completed their second chapter discussion at PTC. She would like to thank Manish and Sumita for a wonderful presentation on OWASP top 5 issues. And thanks to Sajith and PTC folks for arranging venue and tea/coffee for our chapter discussion. Note that presentation slide deck is uploaded at

The next Pune chapter meeting is scheduled for 17th December and will cover remaining 5 OWASP vulnerability issued, followed by a technical presentation on any security topic. Visit the Pune chapter wiki page for details or to volunteer.

The NYC/NJ Chapters are trying something new at the December 7th meeting: two projects will make pitches to a crowd of 300, with two angel investors in attendance. They address questions such as "What does it take to get a project funded with limited resources?" How to fund of projects and how to allocate your personal time. Mark Miller interviewed Tom Brennan, OWASP Board member and event organizer, and OWASP Board member Josh Sokol as well as two people who will be pitching their projects. Listen in to see if this is something you might want to do for your chapter or project.

We at the OWASP Global Foundation are looking forward to hearing about more such events in future.

Share your chapter's successes! Submit your stories here


Contributing Corporate Members

  • Optiv
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fortinet

Social Media

OWASP Social Media Site

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Friday, November 13, 2015

November 2015 - Community News Flash

November 2015 Community News Flash In this Issue:
  • FEATURE: New Funding Rules and What They Mean For Chapters and Projects
  • ELECTION: Election Results: 2016 Global Board of Directors!
  • PROJECT UPDATES: Call for Project Reviewers
  • CHAPTER ACTIVITY: New Chapters, Leader Transitions
  • EVENTS: Upcoming Local and Regional Events
  • RESOURCES: List of Resources in this Issue
FEATURE: New Funding Rules and What They Mean For Chapters and Projects

The Global Board has voted on several proposals affecting funding rules for chapters and projects. A summary of the voting record is available on the wiki. The rule changes that may affect your activities are as follows:
  • Chapters and projects with more than a $5000 allocation as of October 1 are required to submit a budget for 2016 by December 1, 2015 (November 1 beginning in 2016 and thereafter). Affected leaders have already been notified.
  • All chapter accounts with less than $500 will be brought to $500 on Jan 1 as long as they have two active leaders.
  • Similarly, a $500 starting budget will be applied for projects newly reaching Lab Status. Projects newly reaching Flagship Status with an account balance less than $1000 will be brought to $1000. Both Lab and Flagship status projects will need to have at least two active leaders at that time.
Over the past week, Executive Director Paul Ritchie has reached out to leaders who have more than $5000 in their budgets and held a series of Go2Meeting sessions for Q&A. We will do a second series for those with allocations under $500. Any leader is welcome to join these calls.

We will review the original purpose & objective, then I'll talk about the tools & Timeline. I'm happy to take any and all questions.

Please join my Go-To-Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

--  Thursday, Nov. 19  08:00 Pacific / 11:00 EST / 16:00 GMT / 17:00 CET
--  Monday, Nov. 23    09:00 Pacific / 12:00 EST / 17:00 GMT / 18:00 CET
--  Tuesday, Nov. 23   07:00 EST     /  Noon GMT / 21:00 JST / 17:30 IST

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 529-205-341

Please RSVP for the meeting that works best for your timezone.

See the results of several board proposals affecting funding for 2016:

You may check your account balance and funding history here:

ELECTION: Election Results: Global Board of Directors

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Global Board of Directors. Tom Brennan joins Tobias Gondrom, Michael Coates, and Josh Sokol who were elected for second terms. They join Matt Konda, Andrew van der Stock, and Jim Manico who each have another year of their terms left. Fabio Cerullo has finished his board term and is stepping down. We thank him for his service. Thanks as well to all nominees, Jonathan Carter, Abbas Naderi Afooshteh, Bil Corry, Nigel Phair, and Milton Smith for putting yourselves forward. The new board term begins on January 1, 2016.

You may view the complete 2015 Global Board Election Results on the OWASP wiki.
PROJECT UPDATES: Call for Project Reviewers

The Project Task Force needs your help with project reviews to graduate projects from Incubator to Lab, and from Lab to Flagship status. Please join in the efforts and participate in supporting the OWASP Foundation, Global Projects division.

The following are the OWASP Tool and Code Projects that require your expertise volunteer time:

Three OWASP Tool Projects for Graduation Review
One OWASP Code Project for Graduation Review

Please click on the links below if you are interested in adding your name to our list of reviewers.

Volunteer participation from the OWASP Community is critical to the growth and development of OWASP Projects since it provides an effective way to for project leaders to have their projects tested and validated based on the extensive professional advice and support of the OWASP community.

We have the following incentives for your help in kick starting our Project Review Call Out for Volunteers:

Amazon Gift Cards:
$5 for Any Incubator New Project
$15 for one Tool, Code, or Documentation Project Review
$30 for two Tool, Code, or Documentation Project Review
$40 for three Tool, Code or Documentation Project Review
$50 for four Tool, Code or Documentation Project Review
$60 for five Tool, Code or Documentation Project Review

Subscribe to our Project Task Force Google list.

Thank you in advance for your efforts and time.

Project Task Force

Initiative Leader:
Claudia Aviles-Casanovas
Project Coordinator

OWASP PodCasts created by Mark Miller offer a great forum for getting an update on projects. Listen to interviews with project leaders at

New Chapters
Chapter Restarts
New Leaders
New Academic Supporters
Notable Chapter Activity

The new Taguig has hit the ground running, having already concluded five-day Microsoft System Administration training conducted at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. The attendees were from Philippine Institute of Cyber Security Professionals, OWASP Manila and Cagayan Valley, TCON and Philippine Army personnel. OWASP Taguig Chapter organized the event for the members of the community.

OWASP Qatar's first meeting will be November 23 from 9am-1pm at the InterContinental Doha. Visit their wiki page for details.

If you are interested in starting or helping to restart a chapter that has gone inactive, please review the listings at the Volunteer Opportunities page of the wiki. If you are a current chapter leader and are having difficulty finding space, volunteers or funding to host a meeting, let me know. I can direct you to resources and funding to help you.

Also keep in mind you can view your Chapter's budget and available funds at the Donation Scoreboard:
EVENTS: Upcoming Local and Regional Events

OWASP AppSecEU 2016 in Rome: talks, trainings and sponsorships opportunities

We are beginning to contact all the possible speakers, trainers and sponsors for the next OWASP AppSecEU that will be held in Rome from 27th June to 1st July 2016. More than 800 attendees are expected at the event with 3 days of training followed by the 2-day conference that includes:
  • Five-talks in parallel with a focus on the core mission OWASP (Dev Ops Hack, CISO and Research);
  • Key notes of security experts;
  • Exhibition spaces that offer innovative solutions to the new needs of the companies.
You can now submit your training or talk!

Call for Training:

Call for Presentation:

Sponsorship Document:

Regarding sponsorship, please let us know if you are interested in one of the options because we have already received several requests and we would like to sign all the contracts as soon as possible (within 31 Dec. 2015).

More Upcoming Events

2015 Global Board of Directors Election

OWASP Tool Projects:

OWASP Code Project(s):

Chapter Leader Handbook:

Funding Resources:

Donation Scoreboard - Current Chapter and Project Funding Allocations:


Feel free to contact me at any time if you have a question or suggestion. To create a trackable case, please use the contact us form at

Noreen Whysel
Community Manager
OWASP Foundation
Community Manager Open Hours on Slack:

Join the #AsktheCM channel Tuesdays from 10am-Noon EDT.

CORRECTION: Deadline for 2016 budgets for chapters with more than $5,000 in their account was originally listed as November 1, 2015. Given the delay of the announcement, the deadline has been extended to December 1, 2015 for the 2016 budget. Subsequent years will have a November 1 deadline.

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