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PaulDotCom Security Weekly - Episode 342 for Thursday August 22nd, 2013
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Interview: Phil "Main Framed" Young
Philip Young, aka Soldier of Fortran, is a mainframe phreak! His love of mainframes goes back to when he watched Tron, wide eyed, for the first time. Though it would be decades until he actually got his hands on one he was always interested in their strangeness. Phil has always been in to security since his days as a sysop and playing around on Datapac (the Telenet of Canada). Some people build toy trains, others model airplanes, but Phil's hobby is mainframe security.
- How did you get your start in information security?
- Wait, people still use mainframes? What are the most common applications?
- What are the most popular mainframes? Are they newer techologies or are many still using previous models and software?
- Mainframes have always had a solid virtualization architecture, are their lessons to be learned from this?
- When I talk to people about Mainframe security, they go right to user roles and permissions, and seem to skip a lot of the stuff on your blog, why is that?
- When you talk to network or software people, we talk about buffer overflows, web app flaws, brute forcing, etc… We seem to talk about user roles and permissions last, lessons learned again?
- What are some of the most common security issues with mainframe technology?
- What do you recommend for folks in terms of software and training to start looking at mainframe security?
- Have you seen any serious changes with respects to improving the security process for mainframes?
- Where will you be next in terms of speaking and conferences?
- Three words to describe yourself
- If you were a serial killer, what would be our weapon of choice?
- In a game of ass grabby-grabby do you prefer to go first or second?
- If you wrote a book about yourself, what would the title be?
- Stranded on a desert island, which tablet would you bring with you if you could choose only one: Android, iPad or Surface?
Tech Segment: Zach Cutlip
Zachary Cutlip is a security researcher with Tactical Network Solutions, in Columbia, MD. At TNS, Zach develops exploitation techniques targeting embedded systems and network infrastructure. Since 2003, Zach has worked either directly for or with the National Security Agency in various capacities. Before embracing a lifestyle of ripped jeans and untucked shirts, he spent six years in the US Air Force, parting ways at the rank of Captain. Zach holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Zach will be going over how he does research on exploiting embedded systems and his exploit development framework bowcaster.
1) About & Why
Bowcaster, implemented in Python, is intended to aid those developing exploits by providing useful set of tools and modules, such as payloads, encoders, connect-back servers, etc. Currently the framework is focused on the MIPS CPU architecture, but the design is intended to be modular enough to support arbitrary architectures.
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