OWASP Minneapolis/St. Paul: What Permissions Does Your Database User REALLY Need?

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I’ll be presenting at OWASP Minneapolis / St. Paul on Monday June 18th, 2012. The topic is “What Permissions Does Your Database User REALLY Need?” and the talk abstract is:
Attaching web applications to databases as “sa” or “root” might be easy but it is also a horrible idea. This presentation provides a methodology as well as tools to create fine-grained database user permissions based on application-specific requirements. The negative impact of permissive database user account permissions is demonstrated alongside the potential benefits of constrained database user access. Tools for the automated creation of security-role-specific MySQL user permission policies will be demonstrated and these will be used as a model  for making “least privilege” database accounts a standard practice in web application deployment.
This is very similar to the talk I gave at SOURCE Boston this year with some updates to the permission-calculation tool. You can see a brief video with some background on the talk here:

Be sure to sign up at EventBrite to reserve your spot and contact us if you would like to meet up in Minneapolis.
–Dan
dan _atdenimgroup.com

About Dan Cornell

A globally recognized application security expert, Dan Cornell holds over 15 years of experience architecting, developing and securing web-based software systems. As the Chief Technology Officer and a Principal at Denim Group, Ltd., he leads the technology team to help Fortune 500 companies and government organizations integrate security throughout the development process. He is also the original creator of ThreadFix, Denim Group's industry leading application vulnerability management platform.
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