Archive | February, 2007

Sun Solaris 10 – Free Offer – Media DVD

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It’s good to have a variety of Operating Systems in your hacking lab at home, it helps you get familiar with them..as to break things, you have to know how they work first.

So get to know Solaris, they have some pretty neat security related software inside their OS and generally are pretty good when it comes to having a secure architecture with stuff like Trusted Extensions and DTrace.

As they say:

How else to explore and discover for yourself the many innovations and features that Solaris 10 has to offer, than by running Solaris 10 yourself?

So go ahead, grab a copy and start hacking.

To obtain a copy of Solaris 10 Media DVD visit the site below and fill up the form.

Solaris 10

Posted in: UNIX Hacking

Topic: UNIX Hacking


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ADTool – Active Directory Domain Listing Tool

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ADtool is a neat tool to help you list all the machines that are part of an Active Directory driven domain or network.

It is intended to help pentesters and admins in their day to day work, there are some other tools that can accomplish the work for listing domain servers, but unfortunately all other tools are GUI based, which makes it difficult to script actions based on the ouput and is difficult to export a list of machines.

So this tool is for the work day to day, when you need to get a simple and easy to use list of all machines in a domain.

ADtool doesn’t need any special membership, or user in the desired domain, just be connected on the same network, and information will come to you!.


You can download ADTool here:

ADTool BETA 1.0

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Defense Workers Warned About Spy Coins for Espionage

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This is a pretty cool new development, something straight out of a Tom Clancy thriller or a spy/hacker movie.

Introducing Spy Coins! People are actually being warned about picking up stray coins as they might have surveillance devices inside.

Can the coins jingling in your pocket trace your movements? The Defense Department is warning its American contractor employees about a new espionage threat seemingly straight from Hollywood: It discovered Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden inside.

In a U.S. government report, it said the mysterious coins were found planted on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances on at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006 as the contractors traveled through Canada.

It’s not the best way to hide a surveillance device though as someone might actually spend it…then your plan is foiled, they could also easily lose it, leave it on a desk, put it in a donation box or simply give it away.

“It wouldn’t seem to be the best place to put something like that; you’d want to put it in something that wouldn’t be left behind or spent,” said Jeff Richelson, a researcher and author of books about the CIA and its gadgets. “It doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense.”

Canada’s physically largest coins include its $2 “Toonie,” which is more than 1-inch across and thick enough to hide a tiny transmitter. The CIA has acknowledged its own spies have used hollow, U.S. silver-dollar coins to hide messages and film.

The government’s 29-page report was filled with other espionage warnings. It described unrelated hacker attacks, eavesdropping with miniature pen recorders and the case of a female foreign spy who seduced her American boyfriend to steal his computer passwords.

Anyway just be wary, people are getting more ingenious, you might not know who is tracking you.

CIA hollow coin: CIA Archive – Hollow Coin

*THE FACTS WITHIN THIS ARTICLE MAY NOT BE TRUE, THE US GOVERNMENT HAS STATED IN ANOTHER ARTICLE THIS REPORT IS UNKNOWN TO THEM*

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LFT – Layer Four Traceroute and WhoB

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LFT

LFT, short for Layer Four Traceroute, is a sort of ‘traceroute’ that often works much faster (than the commonly-used Van Jacobson method) and goes through many configurations of packet-filters (firewalls). More importantly, LFT implements numerous other features including AS number lookups through several reliable sources, loose source routing, netblock name lookups, et al.

What makes LFT unique?

LFT is the all-in-one traceroute tool because it can launch a variety of different probes using both UDP and TCP layer-4 protocols. For example, rather than only launching UDP probes in an attempt to elicit ICMP “TTL exceeded” from hosts in the path, LFT can send TCP SYN or FIN probes to target arbitrary services. Then, LFT listens for “TTL exceeded” messages, TCP RST (reset), and various other interesting heuristics from firewalls or other gateways in the path.

LFT also distinguishes between TCP-based protocols (source and destination), which make its statistics slightly more realistic, and gives a savvy user the ability to trace protocol routes, not just layer-3 (IP) hops. With LFT’s verbose output, much can be discovered about a target network.

WhoB

WhoB is a likable whois client (see whois(1)) designed to provide everything a network engineer needs to know about a routed IP address by typing one line and reading one line. But even so, it’s worth typing a few more lines because WhoB can do lots of other cool things for you! It can display the origin-ASN based on the global routing table at that time (according to Prefix WhoIs, RIPE NCC, or Cymru), the ‘origin’ ASN registered in the RADB (IRR), the netname and orgname, etc. By querying pWhoIs, WhoB can even show you all prefixes being announced by a specific Origin-ASN.

WhoB performs the lookups quickly, the output is easily parsed by automated programs, and it’s included as part of the Layer Four Traceroute (LFT) software package. LFT uses WhoB as a framework (and you can too, quite easily–see whois.h). Recent LFT releases (as of version 2.5) include WhoB functionality through a standalone “whob” client/command placed in the LFT binary directory.

LFT and WhoB continue to evolve and provide more and more useful data to network engineers and to anyone else that cares how IP datagrams are being routed. With the advent of smarter firewalls, traffic engineering, QoS, and per-protocol packet forwarding, LFT and WhoB have become invaluable tools for many network managers worldwide.

You can download LFT & WhoB and read more here:

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Serious XSS Flaw in Google Desktop Allows Data Theft

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Google has fixed a security flaw in its desktop search software that created a means for hackers to rifle through personal files on users’ PCs.

A failure in Google Desktop to “properly encode output containing malicious or unexpected characters” created a means for hackers to cross from the web environment to the desktop application environment.

So if you are running Google Desktop we suggest you update it ASAP.

The attack, outlined in a paper (PDF) released by the firm, uses a cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw in the Google Desktop application in conjunction with any other XSS flaw in the Google.com domain to install malicious JavaScript on the user’s computer. Using the technique, an attacker could create a JavaScript program that Google Desktop repeatedly runs, allowing the attacker to search a victim’s computer using terms most likely to dredge up interesting data.

Google released an updated version of Google Desktop that fixes the local cross-site scripting flaw earlier this month, but many users may not have gotten the patch, said Danny Allan, director of security research for Watchfire. Because of the popularity of Google Desktop, there could be a large number of users with vulnerable systems.

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Posted in: Exploits/Vulnerabilities, Hacking News

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Why Blurring or Mosaicing Important Information is a BAD Idea

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I saw a pretty interesting article a few days attempting to reverse engineer the mosaic tool used often online to obscure sensitive or confidential information.

The article shows that the mosaic isn’t actually very random, and in a way you can brute force reverse engineer the mosaic to reveal the contents before they were obscured.

It’s ok for faces, but when it comes to letters/numbers and text it can be uncovered.

For the most part this is all fine with peoples’ faces as there isn’t a convenient way to reverse the blur back into a photo so detailed that you can recognise the photo. So that’s good if that is what you intended. However, many people also resort to blurring sensitive numbers and text. I’ll illustrate why that is a BAD idea.

Suppose someone posted a photo of their check or credit card online for whatever awful reason (proving to Digg that I earned a million dollars, showing something funny about a check, comparing the size of something to a credit card, etc.), blurring out the image with the far-too-common mosaic effect to hide the numbers.

Which is true, it is very common.

There is some ubermath geek stuff after this, analysing the brightness vector of the mosaic areas.

In this case, the account number 0000001 creates mozaic brightness vector a(0000001)=[213,201,190,…]. We find the mozaic brightness vector for every account number in a similar fashing using a script to blur each image and read off the brightnesses. Let a(x) be the function of the account number x. a(x)_i denotes the ith vector value of the mozaic brightness vector a obtained from account number x. Above, a(0000001)_1 = 213.

We now do the same for the original check image we found online or wherever, obtaining a vector we hereby call z=[z_1,z_2,…z_n]:

Anyway go ahead and check the article out, a very interesting read and a real example of proper hacking, thinking of a solution to something, thinking how to break something..

You can read more in the full article here:

Why blurring sensitive information is a bad idea

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