Threat Hunting Workshop

Many organizations struggle to understand whether a breach is actively in progress or if it has happened at some point in the past. The most effective way to determine this is to proactively search an organization for evidence of a compromise. TrustedSec’s Threat Hunt combines proprietary methods with traditional incident response investigative techniques for discovering compromises within an environment in an efficient and proactive manner.

TrustedSec’s Threat Hunting Workshop training is strategically broken out into two days, which is broken out in the following manner:

  • - Presentation providing a deep dive into Threat Hunting concepts
  • - Hands-on lab exercises based on real-world incident response scenarios

The topics that will be covered during the presentation section of the training will include:

  • - Threat Hunting Foundations
  • - Threat Hunting Maturity
  • - Threat Activity Understanding
  • - Security Infrastructure
  • - Attack Surface Review
  • - Logging Considerations
  • - Critical Data and Key Points
  • - Indicator Differences
  • - Frameworks, Methodologies, and Strategies
  • - Proactive Threat Hunting Life Cycle
  • - Gathering APT Threat Intelligence
  • - Threat Hunting Process Development
  • - Operational Threat Hunting Considerations
  • - Detection Life Cycle

The training labs are self-contained and do not require any special software, tooling, or special lab setup or access. TrustedSec provides all the required network and host level telemetry required for each given lab.

Upon completion of the Threat Hunting Workshop training, students will have gained a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental principles of Threat Hunting along with practical application experience accomplished during the hands-on exercises. TrustedSec’s Threat Hunting Workshop custom training is created from vast knowledge gained during multiple years of client Threat Hunting engagements and immeasurable experience taken from real-world incident response engagements.

Hacking Android & IOT Apps

This course is the culmination of years of experience gained via practical penetration testing of mobile applications as well as countless hours spent in research. We have structured this course around the OWASP Mobile Security Testing Guide (MSTG) and relevant items of the OWASP Mobile Application Security Verification Standard (MASVS), so this course covers and goes beyond the OWASP Mobile Top Ten. This course provides participants with actionable skills that can be applied immediately from day 1.

Please note our courses are 100% hands-on, we do not lecture students with boring bullet points and theories, instead we give you practical challenges and help you solve them, teaching you how to troubleshoot common issues and get the most out of this training. As we try to keep both new and advanced students happy, the course is very comprehensive and we have not met any student able to complete all challenges during the class, therefore training continues after the course through our frequently updated training portal, for which you keep lifetime access, as well as unlimited email support.

Get a FREE taste for this training, including access to video recording, slides and vulnerable apps to play with:
4 hour workshop -

Each section starts with a brief introduction to the mobile platform for that section and then continues with a look at static analysis, moves on to dynamic checks finishing off with a nice CTF session to test the skills gained.

Day 1: Focused specifically on Android: We start with understanding applications and then deep dive into static and dynamic analysis of the applications at hand. This section is packed with hands-on exercises and CTF-style challenges.

Day 2: Focused on iOS: We start with understanding iOS Architecture and various security precautions in place. We then focus on static and dynamic analysis of the applications at hand. The section is filled with hands-on exercises ending with a CTF for more practical fun.

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Training Outline

Course Objectives

This course will take any student and make sure that:

  • - The general level of proficiency is much higher than when they came
  • - The skills acquired can be immediately applied to mobile app security assessments
  • - Skills can be sharpened via continued education in our training portal for free
  • - The student is equipped to defeat common mobile app assessment challenges
  • - People who are new to mobile security will learn a lot in this training.
  • - Advanced students will come out with enhanced skills and more efficient workflows
  • - The skills gained are highly practical and applicable to real-world assessments

Attendees will be provided with

  • - Lifetime access to training portal, with all course materials
  • - Unlimited access to future updates and step-by-step video recordings
  • - Unlimited email support, if you need help while you practice at home later
  • - Government-mandated and police apps in various countries
  • - Many other excitingly vulnerable real-world apps
  • - IoT apps controlling Toys, Drones, etc.
  • - Digital copies of all training material
  • - Custom Build Lab VMs
  • - Purpose Build Vulnerable Test apps
  • - Source code for test apps

Topics Included

  • 1. Review of Common Flaws in Source Code and at Runtime
  • 2. Modification of App Behavior Through Code/Configuration Changes
  • 3. Interception of Network Communication aka MitM
  • 4. Jailbreak/Root Detection Bypasses and App Review from a Privileged Standpoint
  • 5. Instrumentation (Review and Modification of App Behavior)
  • 6. CTF Challenges for Attendants to Test Their Skills

Why should you take this course?

This is more than a usual physical attendance course: You get lifetime access to a training portal with step-by-step video recordings, slides and lab exercises, including all future updates for free.

Students can take the course at their own pace and training portal access ensures topics can be reviewed on an ad-hoc basis as required by the student online after the course.

This training has been built from real issues seen in real applications, not fabricated vulnerabilities that you will never see in practice.

The goal is to start from the basics and ensure that each student comes out of the training with a significantly higher level of proficiency in the artistry of mobile pentesting.

Students will be taught ways to identify the attack surface of mobile apps, exploit interesting vulnerabilities and means to fix them. Ranging from fun defeating root/jailbreak detection, pinning, modifying app behaviour at runtime to inspecting what apps are doing in real time. The training also covers effective identification and exploitation of common vulnerability patterns, modification of Android and iOS apps at rest and at runtime, and more.

As the course has been written and carefully created by professional mobile app penetration testers, after many years of experience, many practical tips will be shared to leverage automation and make penetration testing more efficient as soon as the student goes back to their office.

Top 3 takeaways students will learn

  • - Learn how to find IoT vulnerabilities without even access to the physical device via mobile app analysis only.
  • - Identify and exploit mobile app security vulnerabilities as efficiently as possible
  • - Improve your mobile security testing process leveraging a number of open source tools, as well as lots of tips and tricks shared by the instructors after years of mobile app penetration testing.

Upon Completion of this training, attendees will know

Completing this training ensures attendees will be competent and able to:

  • - Intercept mobile app network communications
  • - Bypass certificate and public key pinning protections
  • - Bypass jailbreak/root detection
  • - Reverse engineer and analyze mobile apps from a blackbox perspective
  • - Review mobile app source code to identify security flaws
  • - Perform a mobile app security review

Course Content

Day 1: Hacking Android & IoT apps by Example

Part 0 - Android Security Crash Course

  • - The state of Android Security
  • - Android security architecture and its components
  • - Android apps and the filesystem
  • - Android app signing, sandboxing and provisioning
  • - Recommended lab setup tips

Part 1 - Static Analysis with Runtime Checks

  • - Tools and techniques to retrieve/decompile/reverse and review APKs
  • - Identification of the attack surface of Android apps and general information gathering
  • - Identification of common vulnerability patterns in Android apps:
    • + Hardcoded secrets
    • + Logic bugs
    • + Access control flaws
    • + Intents
    • + Cool injection attacks and more
  • - The art of repackaging:
    • + Tips to get around not having root
    • + Manipulating the Android Manifest
    • + Defeating SSL/TLS pinning
    • + Defeating root detection
    • + Dealing with apps in foreign languages and more

Part 2 - Dynamic Analysis

  • - Monitoring data: LogCat, Insecure file storage, Android Keystore, etc.
  • - The art of MitM: Intercepting Network Communications
  • - The art of Instrumentation: Hooking with Xposed
  • - App behaviour monitoring at runtime
  • - Defeating Certificate Pinning and root detection at runtime
  • - Modifying app behaviour at runtime

Part 3 - Test Your Skills

  • - CTF time, including finding IoT vulnerabilities through app analysis

Day 2: Hacking iOS & IoT apps by Example

Part 0 - iOS Security Crash Course

  • - The state of iOS Security
  • - iOS security architecture and its components
  • - iOS app signing, sandboxing and provisioning
  • - iOS apps and the filesystem
  • - Recommended lab setup tips

Part 1 - Static Analysis with runtime checks

  • - Tools and techniques to retrieve/decompile/reverse and review IPAs
  • - Identification of the attack surface of iOS apps and general information gathering
  • - Identification of common vulnerability patterns in iOS apps:
    • + Hardcoded secrets
    • + Logic bugs
    • + Access control flaws
    • + URL handlers
    • + Cool injection attacks, and more
  • - Patching and Resigning iOS binaries to alter app behaviour
  • - Tips to test without a jailbreak

Part 2 - Dynamic Analysis

  • - Monitoring data: caching, logs, app files, insecure file storage, iOS keychain, etc.
  • - Crypto flaws
  • - The art of MitM: Intercepting Network Communications
  • - Defeating certificate pinning and jailbreak detection at runtime
  • - The art of Instrumentation: Cydia Tweaks, Cycript, FLEX, PassionFruit and Frida
  • - App behaviour monitoring at runtime
  • - Modifying app behaviour at runtime
    • Part 3 - Test Your Skills

      • - CTF time, including finding IoT vulnerabilities through app analysis

      Prerequisite of Training Class

      Hardware & Software: Attendees should bring

      A laptop with the following specifications:

      • - Ability to connect to wireless and wired networks.
      • - Ability to read PDF files
      • - Administrative rights: USB allowed, the ability to deactivate AV, firewall, install tools, etc
      • - Knowledge of the BIOS password, in case VT is disabled.
      • - Minimum 8GB of RAM (recommended: 16GB+)
      • - 60GB+ of free disk space (to copy a lab VM and other goodies)
      • - VirtualBox 6.0 or greater, including the “VirtualBox Extension Pack”
      • - Genymotion (can be the free version)
      • - A mobile phone capable of receiving text messages
      • - A jailbroken iPhone / iDevice with iOS >=9 (ideally: iOS 12-14) for the iOS labs
      • - NOTE: For physical training sessions the instructor will bring some jailbroken phones for testing, however, you are encouraged to bring your own for the best possible experience.
      • - Optional but useful: One of the following BurpSuite, ZAP or Fiddler (for MitM)
      • - Optional but useful: A Mac/Hackintosh with the latest XCode installed, for iOS code review & labs

      Student / Prerequisites for attendees

      This course has no prerequisites as it is designed to accommodate students with different skills:

      • - Advanced students will enjoy comprehensive labs, extra miles and CTF challenges
      • - Less experienced students complete what they can during the class, and can continue at their own pace from home using the training portal.

      This said, the more you learn about the following ahead of the course, the more you will get out of the course:

      • Linux command line basics
      • Android basics
      • iOS basics

      Who should attend

      Any mobile developer, penetration tester or person interested in mobile security will benefit from attending this training regardless of the initial skill level:

      The course is for beginners, intermediate and advanced level students. While beginners are introduced to the nuances of mobile app security from scratch, intermediate and advanced level learners get to perfect both their knowledge and skills on the subject. Extra mile challenges are available in every module to help more advanced students polish their skills.

      The course is crafted in a way that regardless of your skill level you will significantly improve your mobile security skills:

      If you are new and cannot complete the labs during the class, that is OK, as you keep training portal access, you will learn a lot in the class but can continue from home with the training portal.

      If you are more advanced in mobile security you can try to complete the labs in full and then take the CTF challenges we have for each part, you will likely also attempt to complete some exercises from home later :)

      What to expect

      A fully practical class that will seriously improve your mobile security knowledge and skills, regardless of the skill level you come in with.

      Battle-tested tips and tricks that take your abilities to the next level and that you can apply as soon as you go back to your workplace, making security testing of mobile apps as efficient as possible.

      Intensive hands-on exercises that challenge you to deep dive into the world of mobile security.

      Lifetime access to training portal (including all future updates), unlimited email support, access to private groups to communicate with other students, and access to mandated apps, police apps, IoT apps and otherwise interesting apps from various countries.

      What not to expect

      This is more than a usual physical attendance course: You get lifetime access to a training portal with step-by-step video recordings, slides and lab exercises, including all future updates for free.

      The course does not cover: Android or iOS 0-day exploits against the platforms themselves, ARM exploit writing, writing buffer or heap overflows.

      Do not expect the teachers to be talking through slides most of the time: This class is practical not theoretical, the teachers don’t bore you with slides all the time, instead you do exercises all the time and the teachers help you solve the challenges you face as you complete them.