Archive | July, 2006

WebScarab – Web Application Analysis – New Version


WebScarab is a framework for analysing applications that communicate using the HTTP and HTTPS protocols. It is written in Java, and is thus portable to many platforms. WebScarab has several modes of operation, implemented by a number of plugins.

In its most common usage, WebScarab operates as an intercepting proxy, allowing the operator to review and modify requests created by the browser before they are sent to the server, and to review and modify responses returned from the server before they are received by the browser.

WebScarab is able to intercept both HTTP and HTTPS communication. The operator can also review the conversations (requests and responses) that have passed through WebScarab.

As WebScarab is a framework more than an actual tool it’s very extensible. Each feature above is implemented as a plugin, and can be removed or replaced. New features can be easily implemented as well.

There is a long list of current features.

The new version has a couple of bug fixes, a logo finally!

And a new memory utilisation widget that runs across the bottom (it does have some memory leaks).

Read more about WebScarab here.

You can download the new version here:

WebScarab

Posted in: Hacking Tools, Web Hacking

Topic: Hacking Tools, Web Hacking


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‘Free’ USB Drives Defeat Company Security


This is an excellent case of Social Engineering, you could also consider it playing on human greed/ignorance/stupidity.

Whatever you want to label it really ;)

USB drives are a real security risk..

We recently got hired by a credit union to assess the security of its network. The client asked that we really push hard on the social engineering button. In the past, they’d had problems with employees sharing passwords and giving up information easily. Leveraging our effort in the report was a way to drive the message home to the employees.

The client also indicated that USB drives were a concern, since they were an easy way for employees to steal information, as well as bring in potential vulnerabilities such as viruses and Trojans. Several other clients have raised the same concern, yet few have done much to protect themselves from a rogue USB drive plugging into their network.

They had to think up something a little different though as they had to bait employees that were already on high alert as they knew they were being audited.

I made my way to the credit union at about 6 a.m. to make sure no employees saw us. I then proceeded to scatter the drives in the parking lot, smoking areas, and other areas employees frequented.

Once I seeded the USB drives, I decided to grab some coffee and watch the employees show up for work. Surveillance of the facility was worth the time involved. It was really amusing to watch the reaction of the employees who found a USB drive. You know they plugged them into their computers the minute they got to their desks.

The stats are amazing, out of 20 drives, 15 were found…out of the 15 found ALL FIFTEEN were plugged into company computers.

A neat way to get in eh, next time you are asked to push the social engineering buttons during a penetration test or vulnerability assessment perhaps you can do this.

All you need is a few cheap USB drives and a custom trojan.

Source: Dark Reading

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A Forensic Analysis of the Lost Veteran’s Administration Laptop


An interesting speculative post on the forensics techniques that would most likely be used by the FBI during the investigation of the recovered Veteran’s Administration laptop.

Most of them are pretty straight forwards if you have any kind of experience with digital forensics and data recovery (disaster recovery, incident response etc.)

As a former Computer Forensic Specialist, I wanted to explain what’s probably going on with this laptop now that the FBI has the system and is forensically examining it. This explanation assumes the data was present on the hard drive (not a CD-Rom or other storage medium).

The two main areas cover physical examination and digital examination, physical would be looking for fingerprints and looking for evidence of tampering (screw heads, case scratches etc.).

A little discussion on MAC times and so on, if anyone is interested in this area, I might elaborate later.

As I said in the previous article, there isn’t much they can do if someone knew what they were doing.

The laptop thieves really know what they are doing. They remove the hard drive from the laptop, and mount it read-only (no modifications to the file system) on another computer, access the sensitive data and re-insert the hard drive into the stolen laptop. This is the same process the forensic examiner would use to prevent the examination from modifying the data contained on the laptop — and this is why I mentioned what the FBI might look for during the physical examination — marks on the screws or finger prints on the internal hard drive casing.

Indeed.

Source: Zonelabs

Posted in: Countermeasures, Forensics

Topic: Countermeasures, Forensics


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Veterans Administration Chief Says Laptop Recovered


Ah, so finally they got it back, from a street corner of all places.

Let’s hope they shall be a little more careful in the future yah?

The missing laptop and hard drive that contained veterans’ personal information has been found, Veterans Administration Chief Jim Nicholson announced Thursday.

The announcement came at the beginning of a hearing before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing.

“It was confirmed to me by the deputy attorney general that law enforcement has in their possession the … laptop and hard drive,” Nicholson said in a statement at the hearing. “The serial numbers match.”

Of course the FBI will roll out it’s forensics experts to testify the data has not been accessed, but let’s face it, how hard is it to mount the drive read only and clone it?

Not very right..

Experts were conducting forensic tests on the laptop and hard drive, Nicholson said. It was not immediately clear if the data on the equipment had been copied or compromised, but Nicholson said “there is reason to be optimistic.”

He did not say how the equipment was recovered, on where it’s been during the past two months. The equipment was found Wednesday; Nicholson said he wasn’t aware of any arrests made in connection with the incident.

An FBI spokesman said the laptop computer was recovered “in the area,” but could not provide more specific information. Forensics tests showed “the sensitive files were not accessed,” according to special agent in charge Bill Chase.

We’ll look at the forensics techniques in more depth later.

Source: MSNBC

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Month of Browser Bugs (MoBB)


Get ready for a complete month of fun with H D Moore’s Month of Browser Bugs.

Quoting from Browser Fun blog:

This blog will serve as a dumping ground for browser-based security research and vulnerability disclosure. To kick off this blog, we are announcing the Month of Browser Bugs (MoBB), where we will publish a new browser hack, every day, for the entire month of July. The hacks we publish are carefully chosen to demonstrate a concept without disclosing a direct path to remote code execution. Enjoy!

He say’s he has plenty of vulnerabilities to go around.

You can also read his post at Metasploit’s blog.

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