WebGoat – A Security Tutorial

WebGoat is a project by OWASP that uses as lessons for developers to understand common security loop hole.

There is two ways of running that. The first one is simply downloading the bundled WAR file, and it can be run with this command

java -jar webgoat-container-7.0.1-war-exec.jar

The other way is checking out the source code, and run with your favorite IDE. In my case I use IntelliJ

Basically the folder structure is as followed.

- WebGoat
- - webgoat-container 
- WebGoat-Lessons

Both WebGoat and WebGoat-Lessons are git repository. They require Maven to run. To run it locally, We need to download the WebGoat and WebGoat-Lessons.

mkdir WebGoatWS
cd WebGoatWS
git clone https://github.com/WebGoat/WebGoat.git
git clone https://github.com/WebGoat/WebGoat-Lessons.git

And then create a Workspace in IntelliJ in WebGoatWS level.

After that, we have to create three maven profile. The equivalent in command line is as followed

cd WebGoat 
mvn install
cd WebGoat-Lessons 
mvn install

After compiling both projects, we need to copy the lessons JARs from WebGoat-Lessons to WebGoat

cp WebGoat-Lesson/target/plugins/*.jar WebGoat/webgoat-container/src/main/webapp/plugin_lessons/

Finally, the app can be started with the following command.

cd WebGoat/webgoat-container
mvn tomcat7:run-war

We can access the App with http://localhost:8080/WebGoat/