Training "Mastering Burp Suite Pro - 100% hands-on"


This is not a training about Web hacking. This is a training for Web hackers who want to master their toolbox.


Burp Suite Pro is the leading tool for auditing Web applications at large. Its users are mainly penetration testers, QA people, or advanced developers. Mastering Burp Suite allows users to get the most out of the tool, optimizing time spent. Work will be faster, more effective and more efficient. What's more, advanced automation techniques allow detection of additional vulnerabilities whether complex or subtle. Attendees will also learn to measure the quality of their attacks, a crucial skill in real-life engagements.

Most features included in the tool are covered, including the newest ones like Infiltrator (IAST of Java and .Net applications). Alternative strategies and techniques will be demonstrated, giving a wider view of available functionalities. Tons of challenges are available (even after the training!), covering classic web applications, of course, but also thin clients, mobile applications, realistic APIs, e-commerce platforms, ...

Target audience

The training is mostly aimed at Web application penetration testers. However, other roles like QA people and advanced developers would also profit from the presented skills. Whatever your role, this training will provide beneficial automation skills whether novice (having used the Free version a few times) or expert (using the Pro version for years).


Every trainee goes through the main track, composed of nearly 100 challenges. Plenty of additional ones are available, depending on your speed, taste, skills and professional needs. No way to get bored! Among the available challenges: complex brute-force, data extraction, support of custom formats, automatic management of anti-CSRF tokens, weak cryptography, webhooks, NoSQL injections, authorizations bugs, aggressive disconnection, JWT-authenticated APIs, arbitrary Java deserialization, blind stored XSS, instrumented Java applications, strict workflows, ...

Training infrastructure

The challenges are hosted in a totally self-contained Docker infrastructure (around 20 containers) which is made available to all trainees right after the training session. It’s super easy to use: install Docker, run a few commands, enjoy the challenges!

Docker-based training infrastructure

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Basic knowledge of Burp Suite (UI navigation, traffic interception and replay)

Laptop (with appropriate wired or WiFi connectivity)

64-bit OS supported by Burp Suite Pro (Linux, Windows or Mac)

Administrative privileges (in order to configure network settings)

Recent version of the 64-bit Oracle JVM (can be installed using the Burp bundles)

Burp Pro license (I can provide temporary ones)

Modern browser (no IE6, no Epiphany)

Day 1

The first day is spent on well defined tasks where the goal is to find flags, like in CTF contests. We practice basic automation using tools like Proxy, Repeater and Intruder.


  1. GUI, tools, shortcuts, inline help, ...


  1. Defining the scope, filtering and sorting data, ...


  1. Exploitation of the D-Link DIR-100 backdoor, efficiency tips, ...


  1. Most payload types, anti-CSRF tokens without macros, data extraction, ...

Day 2

On the second day, challenges get more complex: solving them requires a good understanding of the underlying application and the usage of multiple Burp Suite tools.

Advanced Intruder

  1. Customized wordlists, exporting results, time-based feedback, ...

Advanced Proxy

  1. Live modifications, interception and manual analysis, ...

Data frobbing

  1. Dealing with opaque chunks of data

Macros and sessions

  1. Anti-CSRF tokens, short-lived sessions, strict workflows, ...

Day 3

The third and last day is quite different from previous ones. After introducing numerous advanced subjects, I invite students to select the ones they are interested in. They then spend the day working on whatever subjects they picked.

Highly useful extensions and third-party tools

  1. Logger++, AutoChrome, ...

Tools for authentication and authorization audits

  1. Authz, Compare Maps, AuthMatrix, ...

Advanced automation

  1. AngularJS and blind XSS, dynamic external references, ...

Web Services

  1. SOAP and REST interfaces, JWT authentication via macros, ...

OOB communication via Collaborator

  1. Set up your own instance, interact manually

IAST with Infiltrator

  1. Instrumented version of Jenkins and WebGoat are available

Automated and headless usage

  1. Fine tuning, using REST interfaces, ...

Advanced Web exploitation

  1. Java deserialization, weak cryptography, complex macros, ...

Upcoming public trainings

No public trainings left for 2019. See you in 2020 for the next ones!

I also give worldwide in-house trainings. Please contact me directly...

Additional information

Previous public sessions

2019: Hack In The Box (NL), NorthSec (CA)

2018: Hack In The Box (NL), Prague (CZ), HITB GSEC (SG)

2017: Hack In The Box (NL), Czech OWASP meeting (CZ)

2016: NorthSec (CA), HackInParis (FR), HITB GSEC (SG), Cybsec (CH)

2015: Hackfest (CA), HackInParis (FR)

2014: HackInParis (FR), Insomni'hack (CH)

2013: AppSec Security Forum (CH)

What to expect

3 days of intensive hands-on practice
PDF slidedeck (~600 pages)
Working copy of the challenges infrastructure
A temporary Pro license
Some Burp Suite goodies

Trainer biography

Nicolas Gregoire has more than 15 years of experience in penetration testing and auditing of networks and (mostly Web) applications. He is an official Burp Suite Pro trainer since 2015, and trained hundreds of people since then. Outside of that, he founded Agarri, a small company where he finds security bugs for customers and for fun. His research was presented at numerous conferences around the world and he was publicly thanked by numerous vendors for responsibly disclosing vulnerabilities in their products and services, directly or through bug bounty programs.

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