Adrian joins the show to talk about his history in security, his co-creation of Derbycon, a primer into how he gets conference videos online so quickly and other tales of fun at conferences.
Joey Peloquin came on to talk about his recent findings with mobile security testing, and the platform he prefers, among iOS, Android and the new MS Surface. Plus, Paul and Larry are in studio to talk about the stories of the week.
Craig Heffner is a Vulnerability Researcher with Tactical Network Solutions in Columbia, MD. He has 6 years experience analyzing wireless and embedded systems and operates the devttys0 blog which is dedicated to embedded hacking topics. He has presented at events such as Blackhat and DEF CON and teaches embedded device exploitation courses.
Have you ever jumped on a random WiFi connection and you didn't know where it was coming from? Probably. Most people have. But if you're one of Josh Wright's neighbors, or even if he's sipping coffee at the local shop, you might want to be careful about which wireless connection you're jumping on. But if you start seeing images that are out of focus or getting a page that seems about five years out of date or even end up on kittenwars.com, Josh might be the one responsible. Or at least his VM. You can get it on his site http://neighbor.willhackforsushi.com/
Josh is also working on something great for BSides Rhode Island. Check out the video below and he'll explain it. But if you hate the long lines at places like Cheesecake Factory and those stupid little buzzers that notify you when your table is ready, Josh might have some help for that. But you'll need to be at BSides RI to hear about it.
As for the stories of the week, we had a little bit of a lean week. However jokes about Jack's balls, I mean bells, were frequent and fun. After all, it was Mardi Gras and Jack brought beads for the whole crew with the one stipulation that we had to keep out clothes on.
Did you know that on Monday, February 18 at 2 pm, Paul and John will hold a free webinar with SANS. Titled "Active Defense Harbinger Distribution - Defense is Cool Again" the guys will be talking about the new offensive security distro that was built by Black Hills Infosec's Ethan Robish and John Strand. It's free, so sign up at the link above.
As for some of the stories, we knew it was going to be a rough week when Paul showed us the 10 ways to reduce security headaches in a BYOD world and #1 was to secure your data. Ohhhhkayyy. Moving on.
Paul also played the audio from a news broadcast from out west where the zombie apocalypse has begun. It's like a modern day War of the Worlds where people were actually calling the police to see if the story was true.
Jack explained how Mega's KimDotCom (isn't it quite egotistical to just take your first name and stick "dotcom" after it? I mean, seriously) continues to show his brilliance. Where else can you get a solid, top to bottom pentest for only about 10,000 euros. He challenged anyone to hack his site and after a few bugs, he began paying up. Pretty smart.
One story that actually didn't get mentioned on the show but is in the show notes is a quote from Bit9 after their hack this week: "There is no easy answer to a world where there are sophisticated actors continuously targeting every company and individual and whose primary goal is to steal information, whether for profit, power or glory. This is not fear-mongering or hype--everyone in the security business knows this fact. This is the state of cybersecurity today, and we are all frustrated and angered by it." Isn't this exactly why security firms get paid? Because there are bad people out there looking to steal information? If those people didn't exist, then would Bit9 need to exist? That's biting the hand that feeds you.
That's it for this week. We'll be back next week on the usual day, Thursday, February 21 at 6 pm EST! Until then, stay calm and hack naked!
This is a guest post from Sami, Product Manager for F-Secure Internet Security.
Some days you will remember forever. In your personal life, these irreplaceable days include the birth of your child, your wedding or visiting a new country. In business, it could be a promotion to new job, meeting an important business partner or speaking at a conference.
Last Tuesday is definitely a day I know I’ll remember forever.
When I woke up at 5am to catch my flight to Berlin, I had a little smile on face. I was heading to a ceremony where F-Secure would be given the prestigious BEST PROTECTION 2012 AWARD from AV-TEST.
Winning feels always great. Working in a software security company, you really don’t concentrate on winning a certain award or nomination. Our focus is on providing best possible product and service to our customers.
We know it’s not easy to select security software to protect your PC. Each vendor claims to provide the best protection, most features and the simplest interface.
Testing security software is not easy either. It’s especially difficult to prove how good protection is against modern, sophisticated malware. It requires deep knowledge of malware and state-of-the-art testing facilities. AV TEST is one of the most respected independent testing organizations in the antivirus industry.
Being recognized by AV-TEST as the best product to protect consumers feels even better than great. It feels awesome.
Of course, this award would not have been possible without huge effort from hundreds individuals within our Labs. It’s their skills, hard work and determination to be the best that has made all this possible. They analyze sophisticated threats, provide detection mechanisms against them and develop new technologies to protect against new, unknown malware.
It’s really they who receive this award. For me, it’s my honor to work with them.
After the award ceremony and photos, AV-TEST arranged for a trolley car tour around Magdeburg, where our guide George gave us a history of the city. A gala dinner followed. It was an excellent time and unique opportunity talk with Andreas Marx, Guido Habicht and Maik Morgenstern about latest trends in computer security.
Tomorrow, I’ll head back to Finland. My colleagues are anxiously waiting to celebrate this award in our own special way. At F-Secure we have a tradition. We take our trophies out on the town and pose them for pictures around Helsinki so we can post them online. And we never forget to get a picture in the sauna.
Great tradition. Great times.
Sami enjoys his freetime with his family and friends. He is a long distance runner who participates in 2-3 marathons every year. He never travels without his running gear.
This research article throws light on uncovering the password stored by different version of Outlook on different platforms.
Ethan Robish is a researcher with Black Hills Information Security and is here to give us some of the background on a suite of tools for the Offensive Countermeasures class - Active Defense Harbinger Distribution. The Active Defense Harbinger Distribution (ADHD) is a Linux distro based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It comes with many tools aimed at active defense preinstalled and configured. The purpose of this distribution is to aid defenders by giving them tools to "strike back" at the bad guys.
A lean week in episode 319's Drunken security news, but at least the house was full with PDC staff. With Paul, Larry, Allison and Jack in-studio and John and Carlos via Skype to fill us in on all the fun.
But first, make sure to not miss the other two segments from episode 319. First was 451 Research's Wendy Nather to talk with the team, and then Ethan Robish and John Strand came on to talk about a brand new distribution. If you like distributions like Samurai, Backtrack and others, you might be interested in this one. Titled ADHD (Active Defense Harbinger Distribution) this has been three years in the making and takes on offensive security with many of the tools you love.
As for the stories of the week, Paul started off with a couple quick hits, including a joke about the Federal Reserve hack and bugs in hospital embedded devices. Then follow along as Jack goes a long way to make a joke about prime numbers, after one of the largest only-divisible-by-one-and-itselfs was discovered.
The first story they dig into is one that Larry brought along, about SSL/TLS being broken. After some explanation on the Oracle padding issue and the use of the same key, John and Larry bring up Wright's Law (to be discussed in episode 320 on Tuesday). Larry wonders, who is working on fixing SSL and if there is someone with a fix today, it could take five years until it is fully implemented.
Do you need anything more than six seconds? Apparently if you use Vine for Twitter, that's all you'll need. It's a new video sharing service, but all you get is six seconds of video. And what happens on Vine stays on Vine, right? Umm, no.
What would you do if you were Adobe's CISO? Take the staff out to lunch? Quit? Or actually get things cleaned up. I guess at least they're not Sony.
Congratulations to Allison who is Gold GCIA certified after her paper on digital watermarking to help prevent leaks. You can read the entire thing in the SANS Reading Room.
Lastly, Larry drops an "I told you so" with regard to Universal Plug and Play (uPnP). As Larry wrote, now there is a single Packet UDP exploit for it, for almost every device - of which there are millions of devices connected to the internet based on HD Moore's scanning.
Oh and if your company is looking for their next great employee (or if you get a referral bonus) contact Larry with the opportunity.
Thug is a Python low-interaction honeyclient. All too often in Incident Response you have logs that indicate a client was exploited by an exploit kit and compromised, but retrieving a copy of the the applicable piece of malware is difficult. Thug is designed to mimic a vulnerable web browser and follow the exploit kit back to its malware.
But with all that in the books, the conversation quickly turn to porn, smut and "sextortion." Yup, this was the first time that word had ever been uttered on the Paul's Security Weekly, which required a visit to Urban Dictionary. As Allison noted, you can now get your very own sextortion coffee mugs, bumper stickers and magnets. The article described talks about how someone hacks into girls' computers (password guessing?), finds risqué photos and then uses those to get the girls to either send more pictures or go on video. Another man was recently charged with a similar crime where he'd talk to boys in IRC, get them to reveal themselves in a video chat where he'd then grab screenshots and use that against the victims. Lessons learned? If you are going to take a nude picture of yourself, DON'T INCLUDE YOUR FACE! But if push comes to shove, profit off it. As Paul said, it worked for the Kardashians and the Hiltons.
Did you know you're 182 times more likely to get malware on a news site than on a porn site?
China hacked the New York Times! Or did they? Wait, China did it? How in the world did a country of one billion people hack the NY Times. Isn't that the same thing as my blog getting hacked by the kid down the street and saying "The United States did it!" Maybe it was someone in China, maybe it was someone hired by Chinese government officials maybe it was someone who does things the same way that Chinese hackers have done it in the past. But as Allison and Jack noted, it's good that the Times is being so public with the situation.
As we begin adding more technology to embedded devices like televisions, we're not paying any additional attention to the security on them. Researchers are reporting having seen televisions and CCTV cameras pop up in their honeypots.
Paul talked about fifty million Universal Plug and Play network devices being open to packet attack. As he noted: "This is not a shock to me at all. UPnP is horrible, there just had to be a flaw in there somewhere. HD Moore found some, and turns out there are millions of vulnerable devices on the Internet. I am so happy to see this research come to light, it needs to happen. Free tools exist to check for the vulnerabilities, and details are forthcoming."
Speaking of forthcoming, the new version of Backtrack Linux is coming...
Oracle now cares about fixing the flaws in Java. Really? What could have possibly spurred this on? Maybe when the US Department of Homeland Security is telling everyone to stop using it? Maybe when they say they're patching the flaws and then a few minutes later, someone already has a new vulnerability for it? Good to know that this is what it takes for Oracle to finally care about security. Now imagine if such a company were involved in things like databases? Oh wait.
Wrapping this up with just a few more things. Paul talks about an XSS vulnerability in the VMware Management Interface. Free environment snapshots? Yes please!
Allison brings up the new law making it more illegal to jailbreak your mobile device if the carrier says you can not. But what about if you buy an unlocked phone for full price? That's ok, right?
Oh yeah, that grad student who was expelled from a Canadian university for telling them about their bad security practices? Well, it's actually a little worse. According to his expulsion letter, he was twice caught and admitted to using SQL injection to break into their informational systems. Yeah, that's a little more than just informing the school about their bad security practices, that's rubbing their nose in it. So lesson for the day, if you're paying someone thousands of dollars for a graduate degree, don't rub their nose in their bad security practices and expect to stick around.
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