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Live from the PaulDotCom Studios Welcome to PaulDotCom Security Weekly, Episode 119 for August 21st, 2008

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Mini-tech Segment - SamuraiWTF

Kevin Johnson has done an awesome service to the community here. SamuraiWTF, as we've talked about briefly is a live CD full of Web app testing tools. Right now it is development "alpha', so there are still a few issues that are being resolved. They've even gone far enough to configure Wine to include some of the windows tools.

Note on logging in: (which will be better documented) The user to login as is "samurai" with the password of "samurai"

Some of the tools that we've talked about on the show in the past are included on the CD - HTTPrint, Nikto, Paros Proxy, the Burp Suite, Maltego CE and Gooscan.

I was real happy to see Grendel included as well, which was released right about DEFCON time. Grendel is pretty easy to use, and even provides a local proxy for additional manual testing, a la burp and Paros.

DirBuster (from OWASP) will brute force directories on a webserver to see if they exist. It likes a file to pre-populate (aka a "rainbow table"), but I wasn't able to locate a list on the CD in a few seconds, so I elected to do a brute force. It found some stuff right off on the site I tested (with permission), however with the default thread count, it would take 62254470 Days to complete! As you can see from the screen shots, I have at least one directory to follow up on.

I was hoping for some good bookmarks in the browser. I was happy to find the local install of BeEF, Ajax Shell, PHP Shell, and the local wiki - great for documenting your findings!

Of course, they also included w3af- the Web application Attack and Audit Framework, including the nice gui. w3af is similar in concept to Nessus, in that you define a host, and pick tests to run against it. It also adds the features of Metasploit, in that it can exploit its findings and deploy connection methods.

I must say the guys have done a fantastic job at the "first pass" development release to include some awesome, helpful tools all in one place. You can be sure that I'll be keeping this one around!

Kevin is always looking for feedback, tool suggestions and feature requests, so feel free to download, USE it, and offer kevin some feedback. His contact info can be found at the project site samurai.intelguardians.com

Stories For Discussion

FEMA phones hacked for toll calls - [Larry] - Yep, hackers broke in to the phone system and were able to place $12k in calls to Europe and Asia. The security consultant claims that the hack is "old school". Certainly, but we all know when there is money to be saved or made, the attack is certainly one attackers look for. Now, the method in which the hack was conducted? Even more old school - they attacker apparently utilized the default administrative password. FEMA blames the contractor that set up the system for leaving this open. Time for someone to start examining that contract... And yes, FEMA is a division of DHS, the same folks who are ultimately responsible for the TSA fun cavity searches at US airports. It gets better - allegedly DHS put out a notice for this type of system vulnerability in 2003...

Combatting Stego - [Larry] - I thought that this was an interesting approach - just add your own stego over top on systems where you can automate.

Search engines uncover potential Olympics "fraud" - [Larry] - Note, not a political commentary on China, the Olympics or the IOC. Stryde Hax (and apparently the AP as well) used Google.cn and Baidu so search for information about the age of China's star, gold winning gymnast He Kexin. From Excel documents found from "official" Chinese sources (Like the state run Chinese Gymnastics Association) list her birth-date as 1994, in contrary to her passport, which lists 1992. After access, the documents disappeared, but remained in search cache, then not in Google's but still in Baidu's. An important pont to be careful about what gets put on the internet - expand here!

Cisco Shell codes - [Larry] - Neat. Yay or full disclosure. Some patches for IOS to enable backdoor VTY/TTY sessions with a priv of 15 with no password.

DEFCON r ful ov hackrz - [Larry] - Wow, I love it when lawyers get it wrong.

Helpful tools for malware removal - [Larry] I know we all get calls form family to fix computers, usually for malware. Here's a great tool to gather all of the applicable tools in a jiffy. We of course know that the only way to totally remove the problem is a format and install Linux. :-)