The OWASP Testing Guide includes a "best practice" penetration testing
framework which users can implement in their own organizations and a
"low level" penetration testing guide that describes techniques for
testing most common web application and web service security issues.

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I would like to thank you all for the great effort in creating the new
OWASP Testing Guide v2. The new version is a complete rewrite that
subsumes the previous version and includes the "OWASP Web Application
Penetration Checklist", Version 1.1 dated 2004.

The project, as part of the OWASP Autumn of Code, started on October
1st 2006 reviewing all the old documentation. The first month we made
a call to action to collect all the best security experts on
application security asking them to collaborate in writing the Testing

We set up a 'dream team' of 39 authors and 20 reviewers: after 3
months of hard work and great team work we realized the v2 Release
Candidate 1 (RC1) by the 10th of January 2007. From that date to the
10th of February we received numerous great comments: more than 20
articles have been reviewed.

On the 10th of February we published the official version 2: a 272
pages high quality document, with 46 controls divided into 8


We need help to...

*** Continuously Improve the Guide.
The Guide is a "live" document: we always need your feedback! Please
join our testing mailing list and share your ideas with us. The next
step is to begin working on the new version: one issue that will be
improved is the client side testing.

*** Promote the Testing Guide
We would like to have some more media coverage on the guide, so
please, if you know somebody in there put them in touch. If you have
the chance, you can write an article about the Testing Guide and the
new OWASP Projects. Also you can pick up the OWASP Testing Guide
presentations and talk about it in local conferences and Chapter

*** Translate the Guide into your Local Language
If you'd like to translate the Testing Guide in your local language,
please contact us.

*** Add 'Quotes' to the Guide.
If you've used the guide and can share your experience, we'd love to
hear from you. You can add your quote to the OWASP wiki here:


Matteo Meucci
OWASP Testing Guide lead
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