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Deep Packet Inspection Engine Goes Open Source

This is great news, especially for open source tool developers. Deep packet inspection is an extremely niche area and requires great expertise (and a lot of R&D of course). I hope a new project can spawn from this, it has many interesting applications. I think it’d be a good addition to Wireshark and IDS projects […]

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AVG Stepping Up Consumer Anti-Virus Offerings

AVG used to be THE anti-virus software a few years ago, especially with it being the first major vendor offering a free solution for home users. If you asked any techie back in 2002 which AV should you use, the answer would invariably be AVG free (or perhaps Panda). After that AVG just got bloated, […]

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Samhain v.2.5.9c – Open Source Host-Based Intrusion Detection System (HIDS)

We’ve only mentioned one HIDS before, that was OSSEC HIDS, so I thought I’d do some updates on the others. Samhain has always been one of my favourites, before that of course I was using Tripwire like everyone else. The Samhain open source host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS) provides file integrity checking and logfile monitoring/analysis, […]

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Graudit – Code Audit Tool Using Grep

Graudit is a simple script and signature sets that allows you to find potential security flaws in source code using the GNU utility grep. It’s comparable to other static analysis applications like RATS, SWAAT and flaw-finder while keeping the technical requirements to a minimum and being very flexible. Usage Graudit supports several options and tries […]

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Trafscrambler – Anti-sniffer/IDS Tool

Trafscrambler is an anti-sniffer/IDS LKM(Network Kernel Extension) for OSX, licensed under BSD. Features Injection of packets with bogus data and with randomly selected bad TCP cksum or bad TCP sequences Userland binary(tsctrl) for controlling trafscrambler NKE SYN decoy – sends out number of SYN pkts before the original SYN pkt TCP reset attack – sends […]

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GFI LANguard 9 Review – Network Security Scanner & Vulnerability Management Tool

GFI LANguard is a product that has been around for a LONG time, I remember using it way back at version 3 or 4 and it was always my choice of platform if I was auditing a Windows based network. Especially internal Windows LAN setups with a domain, for Linux I always felt there were […]

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Multiple Bugs In Anti-Virus Software Revealed

A spate of bugs have popped up recently in quite a few of the major anti-virus brands, some are old bugs which have just been made public and some are apparently new bugs – just discovered. Nothing too serious it seems (no remote takeover vulnerabilities) mostly just crashes and annoyances. Included are Symantec’s Norton Anti-virus, […]

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Lynis 1.2.6 Released – UNIX System & Security Auditing Tool

Lynis is an auditing tool for Unix (specialists). It scans the system and available software, to detect security issues. Beside security related information it will also scan for general system information, installed packages and configuration mistakes. This software aims in assisting automated auditing, software patch management, vulnerability and malware scanning of Unix based systems. It […]

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Microsoft Puts Hold on Forefront Security Product Range

Microsoft is in the news again, but this time for holding back on something security related. It seems like they want to have some extra time for development, and well perhaps some business related factors come into play too. A lot of Windows networks use ISA (as it used to be called) – in the […]

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How to Scan for Conficker Worm

A bit of an update to the conficker worm that is supposedly scheduled for new updates and instructions today wednesday 1st. April 2009 and that nobody except for the bad guys knows what those instructions would be. Fyodor has rolled out a new nmap beta release to the nmap scripting engine that enables it to […]

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