MVRE - Certified Vulnerability Researcher and Exploitation Specialist
MVRE - Certified Vulnerability Researcher and Exploitation Specialist
An MCSI qualified professional Vulnerability Researcher and Exploitation Specialist is capable of identifying software vulnerabilities using techniques such as fuzzing harnesses, patch diffing, taint analysis, SMT solvers, static code analysis and OSINT research. Furthermore, they can also write fully-fledged exploits that bypass mitigations deployed from Windows XP to Windows 10.
Individuals who have successfully achieved their MVRE Certification can discover and exploit zero-day vulnerabilities in software deployed on workstations, servers, smartphones and embedded systems.
MCSI Certifications are world-class. The content is cutting-edge, uniquely-designed, hands-on and challenging. Our exercises teach in-demand skills that are immediately applicable in the field. MCSI's unique approach helps students around the world advance their careers.
This Certification has no expiry date. It has no renewal fees, no hidden fees, and is accessible with no time limits.
MCSI Certified Vulnerability Researcher and Exploitation Specialist:
Identify and select high-value targets for vulnerability research
Perform Attack Surface Identification and establish key focus areas for vulnerability research
Employ multiple vulnerability research techniques such as fuzzing harnesses, patching diffing, OSINT research, taint analysis and SMT Solvers
Triage crashes and identify the best bugs to spend energy and time exploiting
Bypass modern exploit mitigations on Windows 10
Develop and weaponize N-Days and Zero-Days
This Certification focuses 100% on teaching vulnerability research and exploitation techniques for the Windows operating system. Nonetheless, all the knowledge and tradecraft learnt can be applied on other operating systems such as Unix, OSX, and iOS.
Lab Setup - 4 exercises
Key Concepts - 4 exercises
Documentation - 3 exercises
Learning Ghidra - 8 exercises
Attack Surface Identification - 11 exercises
Static Analysis - 7 exercises
Dynamic Analysis - 7 exercises
Fuzzing Harnesses - 7 exercises
Vulnerability Exploitation - 10 exercises
Bypassing Mitigations - 12 exercises
Triaging - 5 exercises
Code Logic Vulnerabilities - 5 exercises
Race Condition Vulnerabilities - 3 exercises
Weaponisation - 4 exercises
Patching Diffing - 3 exercises
Attacking Browsers - 8 exercises
OSINT Research - 5 exercises
Reporting Vulnerabilities - 3 exercises
Advanced Ghidra - 4 exercises
Taint Analysis - 2 exercises
SMT Solvers - 2 exercises
Real-World Vulnerability Research Challenges - 6 exercises
Operation Black Panther - 8 exercises
Below are three (3) exercises from the 100+ exercises available in MVRE - Vulnerability Researcher and Exploitation Specialist certification:
Reverse engineer A Network Service And Identify Its Network Capabilities (Novice)
Take A Userland Exploit From Metasploit That Works On Windows 7 And Make It Work On Windows 10 (Advanced Beginner)
Write An N-Day Exploit For A Google Chrome Vulnerability (Competent)
Ability to comfortably read and understand IT documentation written in English. Ideally, an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent).
Note: You can register for this course without having undertaken an English test.
We recommend at least three (3) years of hands-on experience delivering penetration testing engagements in the field. OR
Knowledge and hands-on experience in low-level x86-64 programming and operating systems internals, particularly Windows internals.
Vulnerability research and exploitation requires time, dedication and persistence. We recommend that only highly-motivated students undertake this advanced course.
Knowledge of Windows Internals (e.g. processes, services, DLLs, privilege levels etc.)
Knowledge of x86-64 Assembly and low-level debugging tools and techniques
Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies
Knowledge of cyber attack stages (e.g., reconnaissance, scanning, enumeration, gaining access, escalation of privileges, maintaining access, network exploitation, covering tracks)
Knowledge of attack methods and techniques (DDoS, brute force, spoofing, etc.)
Knowledge of Internet and routing protocols
Knowledge of Internet network addressing (IP addresses, classless inter-domain routing, TCP/UDP port numbering)
Knowledge of scripting languages
Knowledge of strategies and tools for target research
Knowledge of the basic structure, architecture, and design of modern applications
Knowledge of the basic structure, architecture, and design of modern communication networks
Skills in searching for, identifying, and using online resources
Skills in writing programs in C/C++ and Python
Skills in installing software in virtual machines
Skills in technical writing
Skills in writing about facts and ideas in a clear, convincing, and organized manner
Skills in using command line utilities and tools
Skills in troubleshooting and resolving software errors
Skills in using a disassembler and debugger
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the MCSI Method™?
Are solutions included in certifications and bundles?
No. Our method of teaching cyber security consists of challenging you with real-world problem statements that you're expected to research and solve by doing your own research. This is how you'll be expected to work in the field. When you fail an exercise, we provide you with constructive feedback to improve and try again.
Do the videos provides the answers to exercises?
No. The videos teach concepts, mindset, methodologies, procedures and professional skills such as report writing, interviewing and preparing proposals.
Do bundles, training content, or certificates ever expire? Am I expected to buy again in the future?
Once purchased, bundles and certificates are unlocked forever. They are no recurring or ongoing fees.
Do I need to buy the training and the certification separately?
No. The price provided covers both. You only pay once.
Do you offer any special offers and discounts?
If I can't solve the exercise where do I go for help?
We have an online forum where you can ask questions and our team of professional instructors will help you out.
An `Unofficial Curriculum` contains MCSI's practical exercises aligned to a non-MCSI Industry Certification syllabus.
We offer unofficial curriculums for the OSCP, ISACA CISA, ISACA CISM, ISACA CRISC, CCT ICE, CCSAS, CCT ACE.
Do you provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits?
Yes. Every single exercise offers CPE credits. The number of credits earned depends on the difficulty of the exercise completed. Below are the CPE Credits achieve for an exercise in each difficulty:
Novice exercises = 1 CPE credits
Advanced Beginner exercises = 2 CPE credits
Competent exercises = 5 CPE credits
Proficient exercises= 8 CPE credits
Beyond Proficient exercises = 16 CPE credits
Are MCSI courses/certifications recognized and have value outside of Australia?
Yes. MCSI certifications have value worldwide and are recognized by employers looking for individuals with practical cyber security skills.
MCSI's training is 100% practical with real cybersecurity problems designed to teach immediately applicable skills in the field. To solve our practical exercises, students must do their own research and develop their own solutions.
While completing exercises, students also develop their own comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio of skills. Individuals use this portfolio to demonstrate their cybersecurity competencies to solve real industry problems to future employers or hiring managers.
Do I need to complete an exam to receive MCSI Certification?
No. MCSI Certifications are completed by solving practical cybersecurity exercises.
This certification successfully prepares you for the following
Senior Penetration Tester
Senior Red Teamer
Training Curriculum and Certifications
Students unlock Certificates of Completion for every exercise they complete. Industry Certifications are unlocked upon achieving Skills Proficiency Milestones.
Obtain CPE points by solving exercises
Achieve multiple certifications
Receive help from instructors online
MCSI's MVRE certification covers all six levels of the Australian Signals Directorate's Cyber Skills Framework. You will achieve a certificate upon reaching each level. You will earn an industry certification at Level 5. Click here to learn more.
ASD Skills Proficiency Level
Curriculum Completion Requirement
Scenarios Completion Requirement
MCSI Vulnerability and Exploitation Learner
MCSI Novice Vulnerability and Exploitation Practitioner
MCSI Vulnerability and Exploitation Practitioner
MCSI Senior Vulnerability and Exploitation Practitioner
MCSI Certified Principal Vulnerability and Exploitation Practitioner
MCSI Certified Expert Vulnerability and Exploitation Practitioner
As an MCSI Certified Vulnerability Researcher and Exploitation Specialist you will be fully capable of performing the following:
Attack Surface Identification
Vulnerability Research Tools
Root Cause Analysis
Identifying high-value targets
Discovering vulnerability patterns
Integrating exploits into Metasploit
Developing target validation capabilities
Identifying vulnerabilities using patch diffing
Writing N-Day exploits
Why MCSI’s Vulnerability Researcher and Exploitation Certification is World Class
Comprehensive, Effective, Exceeds Standards
Holders of the MVRE Certification have completed 100 practical online exercises thus demonstrating that they have the skills and knowledge in the following areas: software fuzzing, triaging, bypassing mitigations, weaponisation, patching diffing, taint analysis, and identifying zero-days in browsers, desktop applications, network services, smartphone applications and embedded systems.
Students who have obtained this Certification have demonstrated that they have a full understanding of the Windows operating system's internals and they are capable bypassing exploit mitigations from Windows XP to Windows 10.
Students who have obtained MVRE have demonstrated that they can identify and exploit zero-day vulnerabilities across multiple platform and types of software.