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Live from the G-Unit Studios Welcome to Security Weekly, Episode 107 for May 9th, 2008

Episode Media


Tech-Lite Segment: Adventures in Intrusion Detection & Vulnerability Management

Paul & Larry share their thoughts about:

  • Development version of InProtect
  • New version of Aanval

Setting Twitterific to use SSL instead of basic auth. From a terminal window issue:

defaults write com.iconfactory.Twitterrific protocol -string "https://"

Stories For Discussion

GNUCITIZEN creates a "House Of Hackers" - [Paul] - This is a really neat concept that brings together hackers to network, make available security testing services, all in an environment full of XSS bugs :) 0x000000 found a few, how about that, some free security testing just for giving a place to call "home" [Larry] damn you, you beat me to this one

A tale of firmware reverse engineering - [Larry] - Yum. Now, if I only knew what device the toaster was...

Databases Offer Low Hanging Fruit For Attackers - [Paul] - A bit sensational, but does highlight a known problem. They don't offer much in the way of evidence that this is happening, but I've experienced it first hand. I know several organizations that just plain don't apply patches to the database. Default passwords? Why? It seems its almost like embedded devices, if its not a server or a desktop, organziations don't give it the resources to put security around it. Firewall, no problem, every organization knows they need one and a bit about implementation. Database security? Thats not in the forefront, so gues what, attackers are focusing there. Once I gain access to a system, through an open port in the firewall or client side attack, there is little in my way to gaining access to the data.

Free wifi at Starbucks - [Larry] but only for iPhone users. How do they know? They allow free access by allowing the mobile safari user agent to pass unrestricted. Cool. Just use the Firefox user agent switcher to change your user agent, and free web browsing! This is what happens when you put your "authentication" in the hands of the user.

Releasing snipets of binary analysis is still responsible disclosure - [Paul] - Core released an advisory that posted some of the binary analysis, and some called it irresponsible. I think people are way too sensitive about disclosure, this vulnerability was discovered months ago, and not to mention, doesn't give someone much to go on if you are seeking out the vulnerability. Whenever an advisory comes out, it gives attackers a place to look, and good guys a heads up for defense.

URL encoding via Morse Code - [Larry] - Great, another encoding method to look out for!

Nothing can stop a ninja, not even a key - [Paul] - A quarter, a cell phone camera, and some ninja skills and you can duplicate keys found laying around. Pretty handy stuff, maybe even easier than picking the lock, and way stealthier than smashing the door down, but maybe not as fun.

Aviv Raff's treasure Hunt - [Larry] - He hid an IE 0-day somewhere on his website, and informed MS the day before. Responsible or not?

Mozilla distributes malicious code - [Paul] - Since feb 19 17,00 copies of Firefox were downloaded with malicious code. This is scary, and why I'd like to underscore the need to extrusion detection.

Baaaaaad Dumpster diving - [Larry] - Wow, I like to dumpster dive, but discovering this would turn me off in a big way. So, not only were patient records found in the dumpster of a medical facility, but so were the illegally dumped remains of the facilities abortion practices. Aside from the political abortion debate, I think that business that engage in multiple horrific illegal practices should be taken out back and shot.

Three accused of hacking Dave & Buster's computers - [MikeP] - The government said the Dave & Buster's hackers illegally accessed 11 of the national chain's servers and installed packet sniffers at each location.