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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.

Five Questions:

  • 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

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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.

Here's the Github repo for Bowcaster: https://github.com/zcutlip/bowcaster

Original Bowcaster (originally "Crossbow") announcement on my blog: http://shadow-file.blogspot.com/2013/03/crossbow.html

Some Bowcaster tutorial posts on my blog: http://shadow-file.blogspot.com/2013/03/buffer-overflows-with-crossbow-part-1.html http://shadow-file.blogspot.com/2013/03/buffer-overflows-with-crossbow-part-2.html http://shadow-file.blogspot.com/2013/03/buffer-overflows-with-crossbow-part-3.html http://shadow-file.blogspot.com/2013/04/buffer-overflows-with-bowcaster-part-4.html

Here's a tutorial I posted on getting Debian MIPS Linux up and running in QEMU for dynamic analysis: http://shadow-file.blogspot.com/2013/05/running-debian-mips-linux-in-qemu.html

Here's my Github repo for proof-of-concept exploits: https://github.com/zcutlip/exploit-poc

Here's a link to the Speakers Page for 44Con. Sorry no direct link to my abstract, but my talk is entitled "Reversing and Exploiting BT CPE Devices" http://44con.com/speakers

Here's a video (with cool music) of me popping root on the BT HomeHub, which is the topic of my 44CON talk. https://vimeo.com/52954499


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