Certification Programmes

MCSI Certification

MVRE - Certified Vulnerability Research 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.

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Intermediate Level MCSI Certification Advanced
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ic-clock 600+ hours
cpe-points 225
ic-money US$450
No Expiry, No Renewals

Overview

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.

Curriculum

Training Modules

  • Lab Setup - 2 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 - 6 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 - 6 exercises
  • Reporting Vulnerabilities - 4 exercises
  • Advanced Ghidra - 4 exercises
  • Taint Analysis - 4 exercises
  • SMT Solvers - 4 exercises

Scenarios

  • Real-World Vulnerability Research Challenges - 6 exercises

Sample Exercises

To be announced.

Enrolment and Fees

Fees

US$450 (+ GST if you're based in Australia).

Practical exercises must be completed online using MCSI's Online Learning Platform.

How to enrol

  1. Login/Register for MCSI's Online Learning Platform
  2. Select `Shop` from the left-side menu
  3. Find the MVRE - Certified Vulnerability Research and Exploitation Specialist, select `Buy` and proceed through the checkout process. You can purchase using a Credit Card or PayPal
  4. Once you have enrolled in the MVRE - Certified Vulnerability Research and Exploitation Specialist, the curriculum unlocks immediately
  5. In the left-side menu of the platform, select `Training & Education` then `MCSI Curriculums`, and you will see the MVRE - Certified Vulnerability Research and Exploitation Specialist listed

Terms and Conditions

  • No discounts
  • No refunds
  • No transfers
  • No renewal fees
  • No hidden fees
  • No time limits
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Requirements

Proficiency in the English language

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.

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Basic knowledge of Windows Internals (e.g. processes, services, DLLs, privilege levels etc.)
  • Programming in Assembly, C, and C++
  • Using command line utilities and tools
  • Operating virtual machines
  • Troubleshooting and resolving software errors
  • Using a disassembler and debugger

Career Outcomes

This certification successfully prepares you for the following roles:

  • Vulnerability Researcher
  • Senior Penetration Tester
  • Senior Red Teamer
Certification Detail

Training Curriculum and Certifications

Students unlock Certificates of Completion for every exercise they complete. Industry Certifications are unlocked upon achieving Skills Proficiency Milestones.

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Obtain CPE points by solving exercises

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Achieve multiple certifications

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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:

ASD Skills Proficiency Level Curriculum Completion Requirement Scenarios Completion Requirement
MCSI Vulnerability and Exploitation Learner Level 1 0% 0%
MCSI Novice Vulnerability and Exploitation Practitioner Level 2 20% 0%
MCSI Vulnerability and Exploitation Practitioner Level 3 50% 25%
MCSI Senior Vulnerability and Exploitation Practitioner Level 4 70% 50%
MCSI Certified Principal Vulnerability and Exploitation Practitioner Level 5 80% 100%
MCSI Certified Expert Vulnerability and Exploitation Practitioner Level 6 95% 100%

As an MCSI Certified Vulnerability Researcher and Exploitation Specialist you will be fully capable of performing the following:

  • Key Topics
    • Static Analysis
    • Dynamic Analysis
    • Attack Surface Identification
    • Fuzzing Harnesses
    • Stack Overflow
    • Heap Overflow
    • Use-after-Free
    • Race Conditions
    • Triaging
  • Vulnerability Research Tools
    • Ghidra
    • Domato
    • BinDiff
    • DynamoRio
    • WinAFL
    • WinDBG
    • Qiling
    • ProcMon
    • RPCView
    • Process Hacker
    • WinObjEx
    • OleViewDotNet
    • NtObjectManager
  • Bypassing Mitigations
    • Stack Cookies
    • DEP
    • ASLR
    • CFG
    • KASLR
    • SMEP
  • Triaging Crashes
    • Doctor Memory
    • ASAN
    • Driver Verifier
    • Root Cause Analysis
  • OSINT Research
    • Identifying high-value targets
    • Profiling developers
    • Discovering vulnerability patterns
  • Advanced Topics
    • Integrating exploits into Metasploit
    • Developing target validation capabilities
    • Identifying vulnerabilities using patch diffing
    • Writing N-Day exploits
    • Taint Analysis
    • SMT Solvers
  • Targets
    • Network services
    • Desktop applications
    • Browsers
    • Anti-virus software

Why MCSI’s Vulnerability Research and Exploitation Certification is World Class

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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.

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Internals Focused

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.

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Zero-Day Level

Students who have obtained MVRE have demonstrated that they can identify and exploit zero-day vulnerabilities across multiple platform and types of software.

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