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WASC Announcement: Static Analysis Technologies Evaluation Criteria Published

The Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) is pleased to announce the Static Analysis Technologies Evaluation Criteria. The goal of the SATEC project is to create a vendor-neutral set of criteria to help guide application security professionals during the process of acquiring a static code analysis technology that is intended to be used...

Five pieces of advice for those new to the infosec industry

I've worked in the security field in various roles (script kiddie, security researcher, incident response, application security engineer, security consultant, strategy, etc..) and thought I'd share a few points to those of you starting out in the security industry. Things are worse than you expect The reality is that companies, even large...

Security Industry Plagiarism: Finding 3 examples in 5 minutes with Google

UPDATE: One of the authors has posted two responses including an apology (accepted). I was taught in grade school that if you plan on writing something, never plagiarize. If you want to republish portions of existing content ensure you properly quote/reference them, and never represent this content as your own original work....

Quick defcon/blackhat preparation list

A couple of people had asked me what are some things that you can do prior to attending hacker cons such as Blackhat and Defcon. Kurt Cobain said it best "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after you'. Here's a short list (albeit not complete as I don't plan to...

Summary of Google+ browser security protections

Ray "Vanhalen" Kelly has written a post describing the security mechanisms used by Google+, as well as compares them to facebook. In particular he reviews each HTTP protection header and provides a good explanation of the purpose of each protection. Link: https://www.barracudanetworks.com/blogs/labsblog?bid=1743

Paper: Web Application finger printing Methods/Techniques and Prevention

Anant Shrivastava has posted a whitepaper providing a rundown of application fingerprinting methodologies, as well as comparisons of various tools such as W3af, BlindElephant, and Wapplyzer. "This Paper discusses about a relatively nascent field of Web Application finger printing, how automated web application fingerprinting is performed in the current scenarios, what are...

Oracle website vulnerable to SQL Injection

Someone has published a SQL Injection in labs.oracle.com at http://www.thehackernews.com/2011/07/oracle-website-vulnerable-to-sql.html . That is all.

WASC Announcement: 'Static Analysis Tool Evaluation Criteria' Call For Participants

I sent the following out to The Web Security Mailing List (which I moderate) announcing a new WASC Project. "The Web Application Security Consortium is pleased to announce a new project "Static Analysis Tool Evaluation Criteria (SATEC)". Currently WASC is seeking volunteers from various sections of the community including security researchers, academics,...

Results of internet SSL usage published by SSL Labs

Ivan Ristic (of modsecurity fame) has published the results of an evaluation against over 900,000 websites supporting SSL. The goal of this evaluation was to see how people really use/misuse ssl in the wild, as well as report on the usage of browser protections such as the Secure cookie flag, and Strict-Transport-Security....

Another use of Clickjacking, Cookiejacking!

Rosario Valotta has published an interesting attack against IE that takes advantage of clickjacking. In a nutshell it combines origin flaws within IE with clickjacking to trick a user into copying/pasting their own cookies from any site! Demonstration below The technical details can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/tentacoloviola/cookiejacking and his slides at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx0ZW50YWNvbG92aW9sYXxneDoxMWJlZTI5ZjVhYjdiODQx

NIST publishes 50kish vulnerable code samples in Java/C/C++, is officially krad

NIST has published a fantastic project (its been out since late December, but I only just became aware of it) where they've created vulnerable code test cases for much of MITRE's CWE project in Java and c/c++. From the README "This archive contains test cases intended for use by organizations and individuals...

How not to publish SCADA security advisories

"Luigi Auriemma" has posted an interesting series of SCADA vulnerabilities to the bugtraq security list this morning. From his email "The following are almost all the vulnerabilities I found for a quick experiment some months ago in certain well known server-side SCADA softwares still vulnerable in this moment. In case someone doesn't...

The OWASP AppSec USA 2011 Call for Papers (CFP)

Lorna Alamri writes in the following announcement "The OWASP AppSec USA 2011 Call for Papers (CFP) is now open. Visit the following URL to submit your abstract for the September 22-23, 2011 talks in Minneapolis, Minnesota: http://www.appsecusa.org/talks.html We're excited to announce that speakers will be in good company with our first keynote,...

Easy Method For Detecting Caching Proxies

While thinking about some of the transparent proxy problems I came up with a fairly reliable way to detect caching proxies. Caching proxies can be either explicit or transparent, but are typically used in a transparent mode by an ISP to cut down on upstream bandwidth. A side effect (and benefit :)...

Announcing WASC Web Hacking Incident Database (WHID) Mail-list

Ryan Barnett (Leader of the WASC Web Hacking Incidents Database Project) has announced a new mailing list where users can subscribe to hear about the latest hacking incidents. From his email to The Web Security Mailing List "Greetings everyone, I wanted to let everyone know that we have setup a mail-list for...

WASC Party at RSA

The Web Application Security Consortium (in which I am a co founder) is throwing a party at RSA this year in San Francisco. Here's the formal announcement. "Take a Break @ RSA and Meet-up with Your Peers at the WASC Meet UP Join your Web application security peers for lunch at Jillian's@Metreon....

Tracking and understanding security related defects: Useful data points for shaping your SDLC program

In addition to CGISecurity, I also run a website called QASEC.com where I post SDLC related content. I've just published a lightweight article discussing tips and tricks for tracking software level vulnerabilities in larger organizations. Abstract: "If you work in infosec for a large organization it can be difficult to easily track...

Most common password for Gawker users is 123456

Gawker was recently compromised and had its source code and user passwords leaked onto the web. The Wall Street Journal has published a list of the top 50 passwords with the #1 password being '123456'. The full list can be found at http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/12/13/the-top-50-gawker-media-passwords/

New Silicon Valley security conference - BayThreat

A handful of people from silicon valley (myself included) have been discussing the lack of good hacker conference in the bay area (RSA does not count) for some time and decided to meet up during defcon to see what we could do about this. It was concluded that the only logical thing...

Phrack #67 is out for 25th anniversary!

To celebrate 25 years the phrack team has published issue #67. Introduction The Phrack Staff Phrack Prophile on Punk The Phrack Staff Phrack World News EL ZILCHO Loopback (is back) The Phrack Staff How to make it in Prison TAp Kernel instrumentation using kprobes ElfMaster ProFTPD with mod_sql pre-authentication, remote root FelineMenace...

Interesting IE leak via window.onerror

Chris Evans has posted an interesting bug in IE involving using JavaScript's window.onerror to leak cross domain data. From his blog "The bug is pretty simple: IE supports a window.onerror callback which fires whenever a Javascript parse or runtime error occurs. Trouble is, it fires even if www.evil.com registers its own window.onerror...

Palin e-mail snoop sentenced to a year in custody

"Former college student David Kernell, whose criminal prying into Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account caused an uproar two months before the 2008 presidential election, was today sentenced to a year and a day in federal custody by a judge who recommended that the time be served in a Knoxville, Tenn. halfway house....

CGISecurity Turns 10!: Summary of the more interesting site posts throughout the years

To commemorate this site turning 10 I've created a list of my top 10 thought provoking/innovate posts that people who haven't been following this site may be unaware of. The Cross-site Scripting FAQ (2001) In 2001 someone informed me of this new threat involving the injection of HTML/Javascript into a site's response...

CGISecurity.com Turns 10!: A short appsec history of the last decade

Ten years ago today I started cgisecurity.com to fill a void in the application security space. At the time no other dedicated site existed, neither OWASP nor WASC had been created, and the www-mobile list was effectively the only place to discuss web related vulns and attacks . When I first started...

WASC Web Hacking Incident Database Semi-Annual Report for 2010

Fellow WASC officer Ryan Barnett has published an update to the Web Hacking Incident Database project. He sent the following to The Web Security List (a list which I operate) this morning. "Greetings everyone, I wanted to let you all know that we have released the new WHID report for 2010 -...

Apple website hit with SQL Injection

"A hack attack that can expose users to malware exploits has infected more than 1 million webpages, at least two of which belong to Apple. The SQL injection attacks bombard the websites of legitimate companies with database commands that attempt to add hidden links that lead to malware exploits. While most of...

New Site Addressing Python Security

For you python developers out there, Craig Younkins sent the following to The Web Security Mailing List (which I moderate) this morning. "I'd like to invite you to a new community - http://www.pythonsecurity.org/ - which is now the central hub for security in Python. We're writing articles on security topics and how...

Why publishing exploit code is *generally* a bad idea if you're paid to protect

Update2: Further proof that people are abusing this in a wide scale and likely wouldn't have had the exploit code not been released. Update: I've clarified a few points and added a few others. Recently Tavis Ormandy (a google employee) discovered a security issue in windows, and days after notifying Microsoft published...

A reminder that CSRF affects more than websites

Maksymilian Arciemowicz has published an advisory outlining how one can perform CSRF attacks against FTP services, in this case Sun Solaris 10 ftpd. An attacker could embed a payload such as the following to execute commands on ftpd. <img src="ftp://.....////SITE%20CHMOD%20777%20FILENAME";> The NetBSD team addressed this issue by failing on large commands. The...

Paper: Feasibility and Real-World Implications of Web BrowserHistory Detection

Artur Janc and Lukasz Olejnik have published a whitepaper outlining CSS history techniques along with results of what they found from real world users. From the whitepaper"Browser history detection through the Cascading Style Sheets visited pseudoclass has long been known to the academic security community and browser vendors, but has been largely...

Mozilla releases browser checker to see if you're running vulnerable plugins

Mozilla has released a tool that identifies which browser plugins you have installed, identifies if it is vulnerable, and provides you with links to get the updates. Very handy! Browser Plugin Check: https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/

Release of Strict Transport Security http module for ASP.NET.

Sacha Faust has published an IIS http module for the Strict Transport Security protocol. From his blog "I’ve been tackling the problem of users connecting to online services from untrusted network. At work we typically call this the “Startbucks” scenario where a user is connecting to a random wifi and accessing corporate...

Apache Compromised Again

It appears someone used a combination of XSS on an Apache domain, a url shortener, and an issue tracking system to ultimately lead to rooting of 2 core Apache machines used to host bugzilla, and the main shell server. This is a great breakdown of a real world incident that people rarely...

Tools: CMS Explorer Tool Released

Sullo writes in "CMS Explorer is designed to reveal the the specific modules, plugins, components and themes that various CMS driven web sites are running. It can also search OSVDB.org for vulnerabilities in found components, as well as "bootstrap" a security proxy by downloading potential file names from the component's code repository...

Be careful of "scheme relative urls" when performing 3xx redirects

Former coworker Sacha Faust has published an entry on how the lack of handling relative urls when implementing URL redirection can lead to open redirector's. Article: http://blogs.msdn.com/sfaust/archive/2010/03/30/saferedirect.aspx

TJX Hacker Gets Pwned, 20 Years In Prison

Could the trend of claiming not to know any better while hacking due to asperger's be coming to an end? From Wired "Convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for leading a gang of cyberthieves who stole more than 90 million credit and debit card...

Secure Application Development on Facebook Platform

Facebook and isecpartners have teamed up to write an article on developing secure applications on the Facebook platform. "This document provides a basic outline/best practice for developing secure applications on the Facebook platform. Facebook applications are web, desktop, or mobile applications that make use of the Facebook API to integrate tightly with...

Web Security Dojo v1.0 release

From the announcement "Web Security Dojo is a turnkey web application security lab with tools, targets, and training materials built into a Virtual Machine(VM). It is ideal for both self-instruction and training classes since everything is pre-configured and no external network connection is needed. All tools and targets are configured to use...

Watcher 1.3.0 passive Web-vulnerability testing tool released

"A new update to the Watcher passive vulnerability detection and security testing tool has been released. Watcher is an open source addon to the Fiddler Web proxy that aids developers, auditors, and penetration testers in finding Web-application security issues as well as hot-spots for deeper review." - Casabasecurity The full announcement can...

XSS, SQL Injection and Fuzzing Barcode Cheat Sheet

Someone has published an amusing cheat sheet that will allow you to fuzz barcode scanning systems for common input validation issues such as XSS and SQL Injection. They even provide an online barcode generator which allows you to create your own payloads. Not much else to say really :) Link: http://www.irongeek.com/xss-sql-injection-fuzzing-barcode-generator.php

Multiple Adobe products vulnerable to XML External Entity Injection And XML Injection

I haven't really been posting advisories on this website for the past year, however a series of XML Injection/XXe vulnerabilities in Adobe products caught my eye. XML Injection is to web services, what XSS is to web pages (an attacker controllable application response able to perform abuses against the consumer). This advisory...

2010 SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors Released

I was luck enough to assist in this project and I must say that a lot of great discussions took place. Unlike many other top x security lists, SANS/MITRE's methodology is fairly extensive and well documented giving you insight into how decisions were made. I do want to point out that top...

Larry Suto Web Application Security Scanner Comparison Report Inaccurate Vendors Say

Larry Suto published a report comparing the various commercial web application security scanners. As you'd expect the vendors are likely to respond about how inaccurate the report is, however in this case both HP and Acunetix argued valid points. From Acunetix "They were not found because Larry didn’t authenticated our scanner (didn’t...

R.I.P. Apache 1.x: Apache 1.3.42 marks of end life

The latest version of Apache 1.3.42 is the last 1.3 version of Apache that will be released. I admit I've been running 1.3 for ages now due to it being rock solid and having a decent security track record. The announcement states that security patches 'may be available' at http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/patches/ but consider...

Weaning the Web off of Session Cookies Making Digest Authentication Viable

Timothy D. Morgan has published an excellent paper describing How UI limitations hinder adoption of HTTP based authentication How UI behaviors are/can be abused pertaining to HTTP auth Observations on Cookie limitations Proposals for browser vendors to allow for more widescale adoption of HTTP based auth such as digest From the paper...

WASC RSA Meet-Up 2010!

The Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) is having an official meetup in San Francisco during the RSA conference.If you like to get free food/drinks, shoot pool, and chat appsec with many of the leading researchers in the appsec world this is your chance. WASC RSA 2010 Meet-up Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Lunch...

Facebook security pretty much what you'd expect?

An interview claiming to be with a facebook employee discusses a few things that you probably were hoping didn't happen. Here are some choice quotes from the article " Rumpus: Have you ever logged in to anyone’s account? Employee: I have. For engineering reasons. Rumpus: Have you ever done it outside of...

Hacker Messes With Student's Schedule

I don't usually post much about hacking incidents but this one was particularly funny. "A college student has been dropped from her classes twice, apparently the victim of someone who hacked into her schedule.Michelle McCoy-Lloyd was going to take two culinary classes at San Joaquin Delta College starting next week.Last month, someone...

WASC Threat Classification to OWASP Top Ten RC1 Mapping

Jeremiah Grossman and Bil Corry have created a nice visual mapping between the OWASP Top Ten and the WASC Threat Classification v2. More Information: http://jeremiahgrossman.blogspot.com/2010/01/wasc-threat-classification-to-owasp-top.html

Announcement: WASC Threat Classification v2 is Out!

I am very pleased to announce that the WASC Threat Classification v2 is finally out the door. This project has by far been one of the most challenging, intellectually stimulating projects I've had the chance to work on. I have included the official announcement below. "The Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) is...

Stephen Watt sentenced to 2 years in prison for role in TJX

Stephen Watt (alias JimJones/Unix Terrorist/PHC/etc) was sentenced to 2 years in prison for his role in writing the blablah sniffer used by the folks involved in the TJX credit card incident. From wired magazine "While accused TJX hacker kingpin Albert Gonzalez awaits a possible sentence of 17 years or more in prison,...

Adobe on Fuzzing Adobe Reader For Security Defects

Adobe has published an entry on their blog outlining how fuzzing plays a part in discovering security issues in their product prior to launching it. Its good to see a company such as Adobe publishing this information as its one of those things that is discussed frequently by the security community, however...

132,000+ sites Compromised Via SQL Injection

Net-Security has posted an article on the discovery of 132k+ sites that have been SQL Injected. From the article "A large scale SQL injection attack has injected a malicious iframe on tens of thousands of susceptible websites. ScanSafe reports that the injected iframe loads malicious content from 318x.com, which eventually leads to...

Potential risks of using Google's free DNS service?

Google has announced that they are offering a free DNS service to anyone wanting to use it. Unfortunately the motivations/privacy concerns aren't being discussed in as much detail as I'd like, and people aren't asking the important question of why google is offering such a free service. Several points to consider Google...

Preventing Security Development Errors: Lessons Learned at Windows Live by Using ASP.NET MVC

Microsoft has published a paper on its ASP.NET MVC framework, how to use it, and how utilization of an SDL eliminates the potential to introduce vulnerabilities such as XSRF. From the paper "On the Microsoft platform, most Web applications are based on ASP.NET and the Microsoft®.NET Framework. ASP.NET MVC is a new...

Clientless SSL VPN products break web browser domain-based security models

A new CERT advisory has been published outlining a weakness in the way web based SSL clients operate, resulting in a Same Origin Policy breakage. Here's the meaty details. "As the web VPN retrieves web pages, it rewrites hyperlinks so that they are accessible through the web VPN. For example, a link...

Nozzle: A Defense Against Heap-spraying Code Injection Attacks

Microsoft has been working on a tool called 'Nozzle' to prevent the exploitation of heap spraying attacks and released a whitepaper describing the process. From the whitepaper. "Heap spraying is a new security attack that significantly increases the exploitability of existing memory corruption errors in type-unsafe applications. With heap spraying, attackers leverage...

Symantec SQL Injected, Seeks Counseling

"The Romanian hacker who successfully broke into a web site owned by security vendor Kaspersky Lab has struck again, this time exposing shortcomings in a Symantec web server. The hacker, known only as Unu, said in a blog post today that he was able to access a server belonging to the security...

Firefox 3.6 locks out rogue add-ons

From computerworld "Mozilla will add a new lockdown feature to Firefox 3.6 that will prevent developers from sneaking add-ons into the program, the company said. The new feature, which Mozilla dubbed "component directory lockdown," will bar access to Firefox's "components" directory, where most of the browser's own code is stored. The company...

Article: Securely deploying cross-domain policy files

Peleus from Adobe's security team has published a blog entry on how to securely deploy flash crossdomain.xml files. If you're considering using flash on your site, or already are be sure to check out this article. Article: http://blogs.adobe.com/asset/2009/11/securely_deploying_cross-domai.html

OWASP Issues 2010 Top 10 (RC1)

At AppsecDC OWASP published the latest version of its top ten list. From the Top Ten "OWASP plans to release the final public release of the OWASP Top 10 -2010during the first quarter of 2010 after a final, one-month public comment period ending December 31, 2009. This release of the OWASPTop 10...

Heading out to AppsecDC

I'll be heading out to AppSecDC to present Transparent Proxy Abuse on Thursday, so if you're attending and want to chat about appsec I'll be available after my talk. Here's a teaser of my presentation I'll be presenting a video demonstrating this abuse case against Squid and Mac OS X Parental Control...

TLS negotiation flaw published

Steve Dispensa and Marsh Ray have published a paper describing a weakness in the TLS negotiation process. This is the same attack discussed on the IETF TLS list. From the whitepaper "Transport Layer Security (TLS, RFC 5246 and previous, including SSL v3 and previous) is subject to a number of serious man-in-the-middle...

Amazon EC2 cloud computing for password/crypto cracking

There is a rather lengthy set of posts on using cloud based computing services as ideal venues for crypto and password cracking. Link: http://news.electricalchemy.net/2009/10/cracking-passwords-in-cloud.html Link: http://news.electricalchemy.net/2009/10/password-cracking-in-cloud-part-5.html

Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Evaluation Toolkit adds protection to processes

Microsoft has published the Enhanced Mitigation Evaluation Toolkit. This toolkit allows you to specify a process to add the following forms of protection (without recompiling). SEHOP This mitigation performs Structured Exception Handling (SEH) chain validation and breaks SEH overwrite exploitation techniques. Take a look at the following SRD blog post for more...

Attacking Magstripe Gift Cards

Corsaire has published a rather lengthy paper on attacking gift card systems. While this is a little off topic it's a good read. "This paper is based on research conducted on a large number of UK gift cards. It has been created to complement the presentation “Stored Value Gift Cards: Magstripes Revisited”,...

Metasploit sold to Rapid7

It was announced this morning that Rapid7 has purchased metasploit, and hdmoore! That is all. Rapid7 Announcement: http://www.rapid7.com/metasploit-announcement.jsp Metasploit Blog: http://blog.metasploit.com/2009/10/metasploit-rising.html Metasploit Blog: http://blog.metasploit.com/2009/10/joining-team.html More Coverage http://www.andrewhay.ca/archives/1085 http://blog.ianetsec.net/perspective/2009/10/nick-selby-metasploit-acquisition-shakes-up-the-pentest-landscape.html http://darkreading.com/vulnerability_management/security/management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=220800067

OWASP Publishes Transport Layer Protection Cheat Sheet

"This article provides a simple model to follow when implementing transport layer protection for an application. Although the concept of SSL is known to many, the actual details and security specific decisions of implementation are often poorly understood and frequently result in insecure deployments. This article establishes clear rules which provide guidance...

WASC Announcement: 2008 Web Application Security Statistics Published

The Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) is pleased to announce the WASC Web Application Security Statistics Project 2008. This initiative is a collaborative industry wide effort to pool together sanitized website vulnerability data and to gain a better understanding about the web application vulnerability landscape. The statistics was compiled from web application...

One character mistake knocks .se TLD offline

"What was essentially a typo last night resulted in the temporary disappearance from the Internet of almost a million Web sites in Sweden -- every address with a .se top-level down name. According to Web monitoring company Pingdom, which happens to be based in Sweden, the disablement of an entire top-level domain...

WASC TC v2 - Improper Input Handling Section Completed

I lead the WASC Threat Classification v2 project and we've just completed a section that I felt deserved its own post. Prasad Shenoy along with the WASC TC peer review team authored a really great section on Improper Input Handling meant to describe each aspect of input handling with a medium level...

Yahoo Best Jobs in America ranks infosec professional #8

After checking out my favorite stocks this morning at finance.yahoo.com I saw an article titled 'best jobs in America' so figured I'd check it out. To my surprise Computer/Network Security Consultant was ranked as the 8th best job in the US. Very cool! Link: http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/107932/best-jobs-in-america.html

Announcing the Web Application Security Scanner Evaluation Criteria v1

"The Web Application Security Consortium is pleased to announce the release of version 1 of the Web Application Security Scanner Evaluation Criteria (WASSEC). The goal of the WASSEC project is to create a vendor-neutral document to help guide information security professionals during web application scanner evaluations. The document provides a comprehensive list...

WASC Honeypots - Apache Tomcat Admin Interface Probes

The WASC Distributed Open Proxy Honeypots project has published an entry on people performing brute force attacks against tomcat administrative interfaces through WASC's open relay proxies. Tomcat Brute Forcing: http://tacticalwebappsec.blogspot.com/2009/10/wasc-honeypots-apache-tomcat-admin.html

Reddit XSS worm spreads

UPDATE: Reddit has posted a blog entry at http://blog.reddit.com/2009/09/we-had-some-bugs-and-it-hurt-us.html addressing this. "Popular social news website Reddit has stopped the spread of a cross-site scripting (XSS) worm that hit the site on Monday. The XSS worm spread via comments on the site, originally from the account of a user called xssfinder. Reddit failed...

SVN Flaw Reveals Source Code to 3,300 Popular Websites

"A Russian security group has posted a detailed blog post about how they managed to extract the source code to over 3,300 websites. The group found that some of the largest and best known domains on the web, such as apache.org and php.net, amongst others, are vulnerable to an elementary information leak...

New open source web application layer firewall 'ESAPI WAF' released

"The open-source ESAPI WAF is a departure from commercial, network-based firewalls, as well as ModSecurity's free WAF, says Arshan Dabirsiaghi, developer of the ESAPI WAF and director of research for Aspect Security. Dabirsiaghi will roll out the WAF at the OWASP Conference in Washington, D.C., in November. "WAFs today are deployed as...

Strict Transport Security (STS) draft specification is public

Fellow coworker Jeff Hodges has announced the formal specification draft for Strict Transport Security. STS is a new proposed protocol for allowing a website to instruct returning visitors to never visit the site on http, and to only visit the site over https and is entirely opt in. This can prevent MITM...

Microsoft publishes BinScope and MiniFuzz

From the download pages. BinScope "BinScope is a Microsoft verification tool that analyzes binaries on a project-wide level to ensure that they have been built in compliance with Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) requirements and recommendations. BinScope checks that SDL-required compiler/linker flags are being set, strong-named assemblies are in use, up-to-date build...

Chrome adds defence for cross-site scripting attacks, already busted

"The 4.0.207.0 release uses a reflective XSS filter that checks each script before it executes to check if the script appears in the request that generated the page. Should it find a match, the script will be blocked. According to Chromium developer Adam Barth, the developers plan to post an academic paper...

WASC Distributed Open Proxy Honeypot Shows Brute Force Attacks Against Yahoo

Fellow WASC officer Ryan Barnett has published findings pertaining to a distributed brute force attack against Yahoo's login pages as part of his findings for the WASC Distributed Open Proxy Honeypot Project . For those not aware of this project, Ryan leads an initiative where people run open relay proxies and centrally...

MS09-048: Vulnerabilities in Windows TCP/IP Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Microsoft has just published a remote vulnerability in the windows TCP/IP stack. "This security update resolves several privately reported vulnerabilities in Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) processing. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker sent specially crafted TCP/IP packets over the network to a computer with a listening service....

Apache.org Incident Report For 8/28/2009 Hack

From the report "Our initial running theory was correct--the server that hosted the apachecon.com (dv35.apachecon.com) website had been compromised. The machine was running CentOS, and we suspect they may have used the recent local root exploits patched in RHSA-2009-1222 to escalate their privileges on this machine. The attackers fully compromised this machine,...

Apache.org Compromised via stolen SSH keys

Netcraft is reporting that apache.org has been compromised. The apache blog posted the following message indicating an SSH key compromise. "This is a short overview of what happened on Friday August 28 2009 to the apache.org services. A more detailed post will come at a later time after we complete the audit...

Article: Bypassing DBMS_ASSERT in certain situations

David "I like to beat up on oracle" Litchfield has published a new paper outlining how DBMS_ASSERT can be misused in such a way that SQL Injection is possible. From the whitepaper "The DBMS_ASSERT builtin package can be used by PL/SQL developers to protect against SQL injection attacks[1]. In [2] Alex Kornbrust...

AppSec DC 2009

"OWASP Announces International Application Security Conference for 2009 Speaker Agenda Released and Registration Open for 2009's Largest Web Application Security Event Washington DC August 20th, 2009 -- Following in the footsteps of the Open Web Application Security Project's (OWASP, http://www.owasp.org ) immensely successful and popular conferences earlier this year in Australia, Poland,...

WASC Threat Classification v2 updates

We're nearing the completion of the WASC Threat Classification v2 (2 sections left!) and have added the following new sections since my last couple of posts. Null Byte Injection Integer Overflows We've also heavily updated the following sections Buffer Overflows (in depth discussion of heap vs stack vs integer overflows) SQL Injection...

Bypassing OWASP ESAPI XSS Protection inside Javascript

"Everyone knows the invaluable XSS cheat sheet maintained by "RSnake". It is all about breaking things and features all the scenarios that can result in XSS. To complement his efforts, there is an excellent XSS prevention cheat sheet created by "Jeff Williams" (Founder and CEO, Aspect Security). As far as I have...

Wordpress Admin Password Reset Vulnerability

"Yesterday a vulnerability was discovered: a specially crafted URL could be requested that would allow an attacker to bypass a security check to verify a user requested a password reset. As a result, the first account without a key in the database (usually the admin account) would have its password reset and...

Next Phase of WASC's Distributed Open Proxy Honeypot Project Begins

Fellow WASC Officer Ryan Barnett has started the next phase of the Distributed Open Proxy Honeypot Project where people deploy open relay proxies and send the results to a central host for analysis. I met up with Ryan at blackhat where he showed me the central console displaying metrics for each proxy...

Gary McKinnon loses appeal

"Gary McKinnon has lost a judicial review against his extradition to the United States on hacking charges. Lawyers for the Briton hoped his recent diagnosis with Asperger's Syndrome would be enough to persuade judges to overturn previous rulings and allow McKinnon to be tried in the UK." - The Register Long story...

Why you never use ATMs in the hotel defcon is hosted in, or near

Just got back from vegas and finally started catching up. Looks like a fake ATM was placed at defcon (no surprise). "As the conference was kicking off a few days ago, attendees noticed that at ATM placed in the Riviera Hotel, which plays host to the annual event, didn't quite look right,...

One In Two Security Pros Unhappy In Their Jobs?

Darkreading posted the following article on a infosec job survey that I found highly intriguing. "Kushner and Murray say they were surprised by security's high number of unhappy campers -- 52 percent of the around 900 security pros who participated in the survey are less than satisfied with their current jobs. Only...

Hacking Short CSRF Tokens using CSS History Hack

Securethoughts has posted an entry on combining CSS history theft hacking to brute force short CSRF tokens and has created a POC demonstrating it. While not fast this is certainly achievable (assuming the token is still valid/hasn't expired once identified) on short CSRF token values, and has the advantage in that it...

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July 2009

It is Microsoft patch Tuesday and the following issues have been addressed. MS09-029 Vulnerabilities in the Embedded OpenType Font Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution (961371) This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows component, Embedded OpenType (EOT) Font Engine. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution. An...

Firefox 3.5 0Day published

"The exploit portal Milw0rm has published an exploit for Firefox 3.5. The exploit demonstrates a security vulnerability by starting the Windows calculator. In testing by heise Security, the exploit crashed Firefox under Vista, but security service providers Secunia and VUPEN confirmed that attackers using prepared websites can infect PCs. The cause of...

Static Analysis Tools and the SDL (Part Two)

"Hi, Bryan here. Michael wrote last week on static analysis for native C/C++ code, and this week I’ll be following up by covering the tools we use for managed static analysis. The SDL requires teams writing managed code to use two static analysis tools: FxCop and CAT.NET. Both of these tools are...

Static Analysis Tools and the SDL (Part One)

"This is part one of a two part series of posts by myself and Bryan Sullivan; I will cover the static analysis tools we use at Microsoft (and make available publicly) for analyzing unmanaged (ie; Native) C and C++ code, and Bryan will cover managed code static analysis in a later post....

Antisec hackers replace all imageshack images!

The hacking group/movement antisec has replaced every image on imageshack with a hacked image and has posted the following to the full disclosure mailing list. " __ .__ _____ _____/ |_|__| ______ ____ ____ \__ \ / \ __\ | ______ / ___// __ \_/ ___\ / __ \| | \ |...

Months later, more products identified using exploitable transparent proxy architecture

It's been more than 3 months since I published my paper on abusing transparent proxies with flash, and 4 months since CERT's Advisory (VU#435052). Since that time additional products have been identified as being exploitable. Still Vulnerable Squid http://www.squid-cache.org/ Astaro http://www.astaro.org/astaro-gateway-products/web-security-http-https-ftp-im-p2p-web-filtering-antivirus/24916-socket-capable-browser-plugins-result-transparent-proxy-abuse.html QBik Wingate http://www.securityspace.com/smysecure/catid.html?ctype=cve&id=CVE-2009-0802 Tiny Proxy? https://packetprotector.org/forum/viewtopic.php?id=4018 Smoothwall, SchoolGuardian, and NetworkGuardian http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/MAPG-7M6SM7...