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14 August 2006 | 4,216 views

OpenOffice.org Security ‘Insufficient’

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It seems people are turning some attention towards the security of Open Office finally, I for one say this is a good thing as it means it’s making inroads, it’s becoming popular, it’s getting to be a contender.

If people are seriously considering the security implications of using Open Office it means they are actually really interested in using it.

With Microsoft Corp.’s Office suite now being targeted by hackers, researchers at the French Ministry of Defense say users of the OpenOffice.org software may be at even greater risk from computer viruses.

“The general security of OpenOffice is insufficient,” the researchers wrote in a paper entitled “In-depth analysis of the viral threats with OpenOffice.org documents.”

“This suite is up to now still vulnerable to many potential malware attacks,” they wrote.

The paper describes four proof-of-concept viruses that illustrate how maliciously encoded macros and templates could be created to compromise systems running the open-source software. “The viral hazard attached to OpenOffice.org is at least as high as that for the Microsoft Office suite, and even higher when considering some … aspects,” they wrote.

This is an interesting paper, I’m glad someone did take a rather more in-depth look at the flaws in the Open Office suite.

At least they patch the flaws almost instantly.

A number of the problems described in the report have to do with the basic design of the software. For example, OpenOffice.org does not perform adequate security checks on the software it runs, the researcher said. And because of the extreme flexibility of the free office suite, there are many ways for writers to create malicious macros, the researchers found.

The OpenOffice.org team has already fixed a software bug discovered by the French researchers, and the two groups are in discussions about how to improve the overall security of the software, said Louis Suarez-Potts, an OpenOffice.org community manager.

“The one real flaw in the programming logic has been fixed,” Suarez-Potts said. “The others are theoretical.”

I’d be interested to see some more focus on OpenOffice.Org and it’s security architecture, and of course following this to see all the flaws fixed to make it a strong contender.

Source: InfoWorld

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13 August 2006 | 4,398 views

Microsoft Takes an Effort at Cutting Down Blogspam – Splogs

Splogs are becoming a huge problem, half the stuff you search for nowadays returns a splog, mostly auto syndicated content.

I find a lot of my own entries on there, surrounded by Adsense ads.

New age scrapers I guess.

Technorati returns a lot of results from splogs too, but at least they have made some efforts to clean that up and Google and being making sign-ups for blogspot much stricter so people are having to resort to their own domains, like the scrapers.

Microsoft today released new research on the epidemic of spam blogs — or “splogs” — as well as the “comment spam” that dodgy marketers splatter all over blogs in a bid to improve their sites’ search-engine rankings. Redmond’s research team found that splogs hosted on Google’s Blogspot.com appear to be widely spammed and fairly effective at jacking up the search results for the spammers’ Web sites.

Comment spam is also getting pretty bad, I can get a couple of hundred a day on some sites.

I’m glad they are making some kind of effort to sort it out.

Yi-Min Wang, manager of Microsoft’s cybersecurity and systems management research group, told me that the goal of Search Defender is to help the software giant automate the filtering of splogs and comment spam links in search results returned on MSN.com.

“We now have a method to identify spammers so that before they get indexed into search results, we can block them,” Wang said. “When this is fully automated, the spammers will need to spend a lot more effort trying to get into our search results.”

We ourselves as writers also have to take measures to curb the comment spam, I use Akismet and find it extremely effective!

But that’s just a start: Sitepoint has some excellent tips on fighting comment spam. Also, most of the major blogging sites now include pointers on how to use antispam features. Blogger.com lets users require commenters to follow a verification process — essentially a captcha — to help weed out automated processes. WordPress has its own tips here, or users can outsource their blogspam patrol (well, sort of) with Akismet, a free (for personal use) tool that compares any link, trackback or comment left on your WordPress blog to a service “which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down.” SixApart, which runs TypePad and LiveJournal, also lists a number of tips for users fed up with blogspam.

At least everyone is aware of it now, we just need to get back to fighting it.

Source: Washington Post


12 August 2006 | 9,173 views

TCPReplay suite 3.0.beta10. Released

Another good tool updated! TCPReplay suite 3.0.beta10 has been released.

For those that don’t know Tcpreplay is a suite of BSD licensed tools written by Aaron Turner for *NIX operating systems which gives you the ability to use previously captured traffic in libpcap format to test a variety of network devices. It allows you to classify traffic as client or server, rewrite Layer 2, 3 and 4 headers and finally replay the traffic back onto the network and through other devices such as switches, routers, firewalls, NIDS and IPS’s. Tcpreplay supports both single and dual NIC modes for testing both sniffing and inline devices.

Tcpreplay is used by numerous firewall, IDS, IPS and other networking vendors, enterprises, universities, labs and open source projects.

Beta10 contains a number of major enhancements as the code continues to stabilize for the 3.0 stable release. The big changes include removing Libnet as a requirement, tcpprep and tcprewrite no longer requiring root access and improved packet timings for tcpreplay. There are also a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes.

Also a lot of time has been spent updating the online manual on the wiki which covers most if not all the features of tcpreplay, tcpprep and tcprewrite.

This should be the final beta release and it’s expected to have the first release candidate in a month or so. Please download and test!

You can download it here:

TCPReplay

The new Wikified manual is here.

Download: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/tcpreplay/tcpreplay-3.0.beta10.tar.gz?download


10 August 2006 | 4,557 views

OWASP – Fortify Bug Taxonomy

Ah at last a good solid collaborative effort to identify and categorise software vulnerabilities with a solid taxonomy and good organisation!

It seems very well written too in terms that anyone familiar with software development or programming can understand.

Fortify Software, which identifies and remediates software vulnerabilities, has contributed its collection of 115 types of software security errors to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a six-year old non-profit with almost 5,000 members whose “mission is to find and fight the causes of insecure software.”

The work will become part of OWASP’s Honeycomb Project.

This is a very good thing.

The OWASP Honeycomb project.

In the Honeycomb project, OWASP is assembling the most comprehensive and integrated guide ever attempted to the fundamental building blocks of application security (principles, threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, and countermeasures) through collaborative community efforts.

You can find the taxonomy itself here:

The Fortify Taxonomy of Software Security Errors

This site presents a taxonomy of software security errors developed by the Fortify Software Security Research Group together with Dr. Gary McGraw. Each vulnerability category is accompanied by a detailed description of the issue with references to original sources, and code excerpts, where applicable, to better illustrate the problem.

Source: Zdnet Blog


08 August 2006 | 5,077 views

Cyberwar Efforts Step-Up – NASA Sites Hacked

Ah cyberwar, cyber terrorism, efforts are ramping up, more sites are going down.

The war in Lebanon is now showing its consequences in the digital world and a huge number of websites has been attacked and defaced as a protest against the invasion of Lebanon by Israel.

Today two NASA websites were attacked as well. The intrusion was carried out by the Chilean group of crackers known as Byond Hackers Crew through a leak in the SQL Injection they entered the system and subtracted user names, passwords and e-mails from the NASA web server.

Seems like a pretty straight forward attack..but a high profile government site being prone to SQL injection that allow admin escalation?

That’s pretty bad..

After that these information had been stolen, they managed in entering the administrative area by using an administrator user ID and password , and finally they made the defacement replacing the homepage with their message.

This group goes with the others that in last days carried out attacks against governmental and commercial websites both from America and Israel, whereas other blackhat groups attacked Israeli websites provoking a denial of service (DDoS) of that particular webpage.

Let’s hope things don’t boil over to attacking powerstations or anything that will cause collateral damage.

Source: Zone-H


07 August 2006 | 11,766 views

Wapiti – Web Application Scanner / Black-box testing

Wapiti allows you to audit the security of your web applications.

It performs “black-box” scans, i.e. it does not study the source code of the application but will scans the webpages of the deployed webapp, looking for scripts and forms where it can inject data.

Once it gets this list, Wapiti acts like a fuzzer, injecting payloads to see if a script is vulnerable.

Wapiti can detect the following vulnerabilities :

  • File Handling Errors (Local and remote include/require, fopen, readfile…)
  • Database Injection (PHP/JSP/ASP SQL Injections and XPath Injections)
  • XSS (Cross Site Scripting) Injection
  • LDAP Injection
  • Command Execution detection (eval(), system(), passtru()…)
  • CRLF Injection (HTTP Response Splitting, session fixation…)

Wapiti is able to differentiate ponctual and permanent XSS vulnerabilities. Wapiti prints a warning everytime it founds a script allowing HTTP uploads. A warning is also issued when a HTTP 500 code is returned (useful for ASP/IIS). Wapiti does not rely on a vulnerability database like Nikto do. Wapiti aims to discover unknown vulnerabilities in web applications. It does not provide a GUI for the moment and you must use it from a terminal.

Efficiency

Wapiti is developed in Python and use a Python library I made called lswww. This web spider library does the most of the work.
Unfortunately, the html parsers module within Python only works with well formated html pages so lswww fails to extract informations from bad-coded webpages.

You can read more here:

Wapiti


04 August 2006 | 4,798 views

419 Scammers Duplicate Interpol Site

Scammers are getting more inventive and so it seems more technically advanced. They have actually duplicated the Interpol site to dupe people.

419 advanced fee scammers have created an exact copy of the Interpol website, which is expected to be used to dupe victims into believing they are dealing with the real International Criminal Police Organisation.

A spokesman for Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations, a Netherlands-based firm which has been studying 419 matters since the mid 90s, says Interpolglobal is “the best scam site we’ve seen so far. They’ve totally looted the original Interpol site, by taking 200 megabytes or so of content and copied it to a remote server”.

They have totally ripped it.

The fake site is http://www.interpolglobal.com/

The website – registered last December by “Interpol” based in “London, Beijing, GB” – went up last week, but removing it won’t be easy as it is running from a server in China.

“419 scammers now include people with PhDs, well capable of creating good looking websites and running them from bullet proof servers,” says Frank Engelsman of Ultrascan.

The real Interpol has already responded to the new site.

“Interpol would like to draw your attention to a series of recent email scams sent to members of the public using the Interpol name,” the organisation warns.

Interesting stuff.

Source: The Register


03 August 2006 | 4,472 views

eEye Duster – Dead/Uninitialized Stack Eraser

Duster is the Dead/Uninitialized Stack Eraser, an injectable DLL that causes uninitialized stack and heap memory in its host process to be wiped over with a specific value. It is intended as a crude tool to assist in the run-time discovery of uninitialized memory usage problems by increasing the chances that the host process will raise an exception when a value in uninitialized memory is used. To use Duster, just inject it into the target process (using the DLLInject utility), or add it to AppInit_DLLs (possible but not recommended).

Duster is a quick and dirty implementation of its concept, and as such, it has a number of limitations:

Stack wiping is accomplished by overwriting all memory between the stack commit “ceiling” and ESP, whenever RtlAllocateHeap, RtlReAllocateHeap, or RtlFreeHeap is called, an exception occurs, or a system call is dispatched, which seriously limits the execution flow “granularity” with which stack wiping occurs. Additionally, system call dispatch hooking is accomplished by replacing specific “INT 2Eh” or “MOV EDX, 7FFE0300h” instructions, the first of which currently relies upon a two-byte privileged instruction which is handled specially by the exception handler hook, resulting in some overhead but mostly making it difficult to use a debugger in conjunction with Duster on Windows 2000.

Heap wiping, in addition to a limited amount of heap and argument validation, is performed whenever a heap block is allocated or freed. This is roughly a subset of the functionality provided by the Windows heap manager in debug mode, with the most significant deficiency on Duster’s part being that it does not wipe memory following a call to RtlReAllocateHeap.

You can download here:

Duster


02 August 2006 | 7,106 views

eEye Binary Diffing Suite (EBDS)

The eEye Binary Diffing Suite (EBDS) is a free and open source set of utilities for performing automated binary differential analysis. This becomes very useful for reverse engineering patches as well as program updates.

The first tool is BDS, the Binary Diffing Starter from Andre Derek Protas. This tool helps reverse engineers with batch-analysis of patches by dispatching IDA with its many powerful plugins against groups of binaries. This especially comes in useful for Update Rollups or Service Packs, where automation is necessary to be able to reverse engineer the updates in a reasonable amount of time.

The second tool is DarunGrim, a code-analysis tool to actually find the distinct code-changes between two binaries. In Korean, DarunGrim translates to “difference in picture”. DarunGrim performs multiple matching techniques against functions in order to find function pairs and analyze the differences/similarities between the functions.

This allows reverse engineers to pinpoint code changes between two binaries with a graphical interface, much more rapid than “side-by-side” disassembly instances. Much like most powerful disassembly tools, DarunGrim is also using the power of IDA Pro for analysis.

You can download it here:

EBDS v1.0.1

More info here, IDA.


02 August 2006 | 14,342 views

Firefox Extension Spyware – FormSpy

The antivirus specialists at McAfee have warned of a Trojan that disguises itself as a Firefox extension. The trojan installs itself as a Firefox extension, presenting itself as a legitimate existing extension called numberedlinks.

It then begins intercepting passwords and credit card numbers entered into the browser, which it then sends to an external server. The most dangerous part of the issue is that it records itself directly into the Firefox configuration data, avoiding the regular installation and confirmation process.

The file attached to the email consists of an executable Windows program, the AXM downloader. Once launched, it fetches the extension from the Internet and records itself directly into the Firefox configuration data, avoiding the regular installation process. Firefox extensions are normally distributed as XPI files, which ask the user for confirmation after forcing a pause of several seconds.

You should be extremely careful when installing unsigned Firefox extensions from unknown sources.

Websites were found to be linking to the FormSpy website hosted at IP address 81.95.xx.xx and installing FormSpy using an old VBS/Psyme exploit targeting Internet Explorer. These websites are believed to have been penetrated and modified by hackers

You can read the McAfee info on Formspy here.

Source: Heise Security