Exploiting and Protecting Web Applications


Stanford School of Engineering

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Web applications are vulnerable to many types of attacks to which traditional client-server applications are not as susceptible. These vulnerabilities, over the past several years, have resulted in attacks that have exposed companies to monetary losses and reputational damage.

This course covers these vulnerabilities, how attacks are constructed based on them, and techniques that can be used to mitigate such vulnerabilities.

Example web vulnerabilities covered in this course include client-state manipulation, cookie-based attacks, SQL injection, cross domain attacks (XSS, XSRF, XSSI), DNS rebinding, timing attacks, user tracking, and HTTP header injection. In addition, this course covers security issues that can arise in Web 2.0 and HTML5 applications that take advantage of heavy use of JavaScript, AJAX, mash-ups, and HTML5 extensions.

What you will learn

  • Overview of Web Technologies (HTTP, cookies, JavaScript, caching, session management)
  • Browser Security Model (document object model, same-origin-policy andviolations of it), and SSL
  • Coverage of HTML5 vulnerabilities due to frame communication, localstorage, cross-origin resource sharing, and other HTML5 features
  • SQL Injection (and other forms of command injection including LDAP andXPath Injection)
  • Cross-site scripting (XSS), cross-site request forgery (XSRF), andcross-site script inclusion (XSSI), Clickjacking
  • Prevention techniques including input validation, output escaping, signatures, message authentication codes, and frame busting


  • $495 per online course
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Course Access
60 day access to the online course starts upon payment. The end date of a section of this course does not restrict your access to the course material.

Course Materials
Course materials are available for download from the online videos page. All materials are available for printing and review upon enrollment.

Final Exam
Online participants are asked to complete a final exam at the end of each course to maintain the integrity of the program. A score of 85% must be achieved to successfully pass the exam. A digital record of completion will be emailed to participants when they pass the exam.

Course Evaluation
It is required that participants complete the course evaluation once they have passed the final exam.