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Poor HTTP Usage

This course describes how poor use of HTTP and HTML can be exploited, as well as possible mitigations.

7 videos  //  43 minutes of training

Course description

In most scenarios, developing a “clever hack” to achieve some goal is applauded in programming. However, this isn’t the case when abusing HTTP or HTML to simplify some aspects of web design. This course demonstrates some of the numerous ways in which poor use of HTTP and HTML makes a web application vulnerable to attack.

Course syllabus

Introduction to Poor HTTP UsageDuration: 2:15

This video provides an introduction to the poor HTTP usage course.

Introduction to HTTPDuration: 3:45

This video covers the fundamentals of HTTP.

Poor HTTP UsageDuration: 10:51

This video describes how poor use of HTTP and HTML can make an application vulnerable to attack.

Poor HTTP Usage ExploitationDuration: 9:23

This video describes how poor use of HTTP and HTML can be exploited by an attacker.

Poor HTTP Usage Case StudyDuration: 4:00

This video describes a case study of an application that misused HTTP and HTML.

Correct HTTP UsageDuration: 7:05

This video describes mitigations for poor use of HTTP and HTML.

Poor HTTP Usage DemoDuration: 5:48

This video demonstrates exploitation of poor HTTP usage.

Meet the author

Howard Poston


Howard Poston is a cybersecurity researcher with a background in blockchain, cryptography and malware analysis. He has a master's degree in Cyber Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology and two years of experience in cybersecurity research and development at Sandia National Labs. He currently works as a freelance consultant providing training and content creation for cyber and blockchain security. He can be reached by email at or via his website at

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$599 / license

Annually. Includes all content plus team admin and reporting.