Modern exploits for Windows-based platforms require modern bypass methods to circumvent Microsoft’s defenses. In Advanced Windows Exploitation (EXP-401), OffSec challenges students to develop creative solutions that work in today’s increasingly difficult exploitation environment.The case studies in AWE are large, well-known applications that are widely deployed in enterprise networks. The course dives deep into topics ranging from security mitigation bypass techniques to complex heap manipulations and 64-bit kernel exploitation.AWE is a particularly demanding penetration testing course. It requires a significant amount of student-instructor interaction. Therefore, we limit AWE courses to a live, hands-on environment.This is the hardest course OffSec offer and it requires a significant time investment. Students need to commit to reading case studies and reviewing the provided reading material each evening.