A workshop on DAST and how to put it into your pipeline

A talk by Tanya Janca
Founder & CEO, wehackpurple.com

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Adding DAST to CI/CD, Without Any Losing Friends

Everyone wants to put tests into the release pipeline, but no one wants to wait hours for them to finish. In this talk, we will discuss multiple options for adding dynamic application security testing (DAST) to your CI/CD, in ways that won’t compromise speed or results, such as limiting the scope, using HAR files, and using test subsets, etc. Then we will do it! Learn to set up a CI/CD in GitHub using Actions, create a Bright Sec DAST account, and scan BrokenCrystals.com to find many, many vulnerabilities.

Requirements: Users will need a laptop with Wi-Fi and admin access to install a repeater tool on their laptops in order to participate. They will also create a GitHub and Bright Sec account, which are both free. They can run the repeater using windows, npm or docker for the workshop.

Outline: - State problems

⁃   insecure software is a serious, industry-wide issue

⁃   Need for accuracy

⁃   Need for speed

⁃   Need to test from several angles, and we are zeroing in on Dynamic but will cover other options at a high level

⁃   Need to keep a good relationship with devs, or our sec tools will be turned off/circumvented

⁃   earlier we do security feedback, the cheaper and faster it is to fix

•   Define DAST and explain how it works, including proxying. Briefly, this is hopefully review.

•   Define CI/CD, how it works and benefits. Again, this is hopefully review.

-   Strategies for DAST in a pipeline

⁃   Run it on full blast, lose all of your (dev) friends - explain all reasons why this is a sub-optimal approach

⁃   HAR files - pre-defined scope and eliminate need for crawling

⁃   Sub sets of tests (for instance, search injection in all pipelines one week, then XSS the next, etc, eliminating as you go)

⁃   Technology-specific tests only (if an App is Wordpress, only run word-press related tests, Mongo tests, noSQL tests, AWS tests, etc.

⁃   APIs and Swagger files - How to automate API DSAT scanning + tips

-   Strategies for DAST NOT in a pipeline

⁃   automated/scheduled scans

⁃   Manual 1-off

⁃   pentests

⁃   When each makes sense, strategies and tips


-   Set up of GitHub account

-   Clone GitHub Repo

-   Setup BrightSec account

-   Install Repeater

-   Setup a scan using the CI/CD

-   See the build break when the scanner finds a LOT of vulnerabilities

-   Review vulnerabilities, discuss potential fixes

-   Summarize/conclusion

-   Q&A

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