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Special Guest: Chris Brenton is Your source for invisible security bug spray

Chris Brenton is a private consultant and is one of the founding members of the initial Honeynet Project, one of the original Internet Storm Center handlers, and started up one of the first managed security ISP's. Along with being a published author, Chris is responsible for maintaining all of the material in the SANS Perimeter Protection In-Depth course. In his spare time, Chris teaches rally and high speed off road security driving where he can be found teaching students to make their side window the front of the car.


  1. How did you get your start in information security?
  2. Tell us about you blog, how did you get started in blogging and what kind of things did you write about early on?
  3. Tell us about Packet Decode
  4. What have been some of your website challenges/brain teasers? What's been your favorite so far?

Packet Decode for the iPhone

From the Packet Decode website:

Packet Decode is a reference guide for anyone that needs to decode Internet Protocol (IP) network traffic. If you are a network engineer, intrusion analyst or ethical hacker, this app will make your life a whole lot easier. How many times have you known what header field you wanted to look at, but could not remember the syntax to get your decoding tool to present the data properly? Tired of having to dig through RFCs or online docs? Tire no longer!

tool walk-through & screen caps

Tech Segment: Workshop fun

Stories For Discussion

  1. GOOGLE DNS SERVICE - [The Intern] - So google is going to do DNS services to make the inter-tubes faster. Will it work? HD Moore did some investigation and its not looking quite so bad... http://blog.internetnews.com/skerner/2009/12/is-google-public-dns-safe-look.html
  2. So, who's to blame? - [Larry] - Restaurant sues POS vendor because their systems get hacked and CC numbers stolen, resulting in $50K in losses. So, who is to blame?
  3. Backtrack 4 and Nessus 4.2 - [Paul Asadoorian] - First off, I want to compliment kriggins on a job welld one keeping this updated. Now, I haven't testing this process, but these instructions tell you how to setup a persistant bt4 install, install nessus, and include tycrypt encrypted volumes. However, I do want to point out that you can cut 40-50% of the work to do this by buying an 8GB thumb drive and using the BT4 "install.sh" desktop icon to create the thumb drive. This gives a fully writable linux distro, which is much cleaner, less prone to error, and gives you more usable space. Lets face it, if you are going to perform updates to BT4 and run Nessus scans, you need all the space you can get.
  4. Sprint, Feds and GPS, oh My! - [Larry] - An interesting take on some GPS tracking stuff that we've been talking about. How about the Feds doing 8 million requests for GPS locations of customers? It is unknown about the warrant stance. Apparently the web interface is as easy as plugging in the phone number of the subscriber, and out pop the results. Wow, my question is, where does one find this website, and can we audit their passwords?
  5. Nessus 4.2 Released! - [Paul Asadoorian] - Any questions? Comments? Thoughts? Suggestions?
  6. Metasploit with free NeXpose Commmunity edition - [Larry] - An interesting turn of events, which intern Darren and I were just discussing las night. I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Let's discuss the implications.
  7. Who's the BOSS? - [Larry] An english version of the JBOSS hacking paper. A great read, but of course, it comes right after discovering a JBOSS MX console after a pentest engagement has closed. So, anyone know where I can get me a copy of redteam.war?
  8. Stop playing with your tree! - [Larry] - An interesting tool from Didier Stevens, on creating processes with a different one as a parent - which inherits full rights of the parent. IE, with admin rights, create a process with lsass.exe as a parent which will inherit SYSTEM. All using documented API calls.

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