Monthly Archives: February 2013

Adrian “IronGeek” Crenshaw, Joey Peloquin – Episode 321 – February 21, 2013

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, Josh Wright, Drunken Security News – Episode 320 – February 12, 2013

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 But if you start seeing images that are out of focus or getting a page that seems about five years out of date or even end up on, Josh might be the one responsible. Or at least his VM. You can get it on his site

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!

Exposing the Outlook Password Secrets

Microsoft Outlook is the popular email client used within the enterprises worldwide. Like many applications, Outlook also stores the account password for subsequent logins when user selects the 'Remember Password' option during authentication. Different versions of Outlook store the password at separate locations using distinct encryption methods.

This research article throws light on uncovering the password stored by different version of Outlook on different platforms.

ADHD with Ethan Robish, Drunken Security News – Episode 319 – February 7, 2013

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.

Interview with Wendy Nather – Episode 319 – February 7, 2013

Wendy Nather is Research Director of the 451 Research Enterprise Security Practice. With over 20 years of IT experience, she built and managed the IT security program at the Texas Education Agency, where she directed multimillion-dollar initiatives for a statewide external user base of over 50,000. She has also provided security guidance for the datacenter consolidation of 27 Texas state agencies.

Interview with Dr. Gene Spafford – Episode 318 – January 31, 2013

Dr. Spafford is one of the senior, most recognized leaders in the field of computing. He has an on-going record of accomplishment as a senior advisor and consultant on issues of security and intelligence, education, cybercrime and computing policy to a number of major companies, law enforcement organizations, academic and government agencies... [With] over three decades of experience as a researcher and instructor, Professor Spafford has worked in software engineering, reliable distributed computing, host and network security, digital forensics, computing policy, and computing curriculum design. Dr. Spafford is a professor with an appointment in Computer Science at Purdue University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1987.

Thug with Ben Jackson, Drunken Security News – Episode 318 – January 31, 2013

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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