Archive | March, 2007

Metasploit Exploit Framework Version 3.0 Released


Finally it’s out of BETA, Metasploit Framework Version 3.0 has been released and it’s a lot more Windows friendly.

The Metasploit Framework (“Metasploit”) is a development platform for creating security tools and exploits. Version 3.0 contains 177 exploits, 104 payloads, 17 encoders, and 3 nop modules. Additionally, 30 auxiliary modules are included that perform a wide range of tasks, including host discovery, protocol fuzzing, and denial of service testing.

Metasploit is used by network security professionals to perform penetration tests, system administrators to verify patch installations, product vendors to perform regression testing, and security researchers world-wide. The framework is written in the Ruby programming language and includes components written in C and assembler.

Metasploit runs on all modern operating systems, including Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and most flavors of BSD. Metasploit has been used on a wide range of hardware platforms, from massive Unix mainframes to the tiny Nokia n800 handheld. Users can access Metasploit using the tab-completing console interface, the command line scripting interface, or the AJAX-enabled web interface. The Windows version of Metasploit includes all software dependencies and a selection of useful networking tools.

Metasploit 3 is a from-scratch rewrite of Metasploit 2 using the Ruby scripting language. The development process took nearly two years to complete and resulted in over 100,000 lines of Ruby code.

Metasploit is now released under the Metasploit Framework License. This license allows anyone to use the framework for almost anything, but prevents commercial abuse and outright code theft. The Metasploit Framework License helps keep the platform stable and still allows module developers to choose their own licensing terms for their code (commercial or open source). For more information, please see the license document included in the distribution.

You can find more and download the latest Metasploit here:

http://framework.metasploit.com/

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Agnitum Outpost Firewall PRO Review


Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro is a software based firewall I respect a lot, and used to actually use…It used to be fairly light weight, secure and had some good features the other firewalls at the time didn’t have (system file integrity checking and so on).

Outpost Firewall

But nowadays with NAT routers, the need for desktop firewalls is minimal in my opinion as very few desktops are actually exposed to the Internet with public IP addresses.

To be safe though you should use a desktop or software firewall to police outgoing connections, but then again as a savvy user, I don’t feel the need to have this ‘protection’ as I’m not about to surf some dodgy site with Internet Exploder Explorer or download and run any random executables that I see on the web or receive via E-mail.

I did use Outpost until they started using Microsoft Access database files to store the logs, within the first day of using Outpost with this new system…the database had become corrupt 3 times.

I think most of the things a software or desktop firewall protects against can be mitigated with a little education and good Anti-Virus software such as Avast! or BitDefender (both free for home users).

Outpost does have a vast array of features which I wont list here, you can read them yourself on the Outpost Features page.

It covers all of the important stuff.

Agnitum Outpost

The download is a reasonable 13mb and it’s simple enough to install, it does require a reboot however like most firewalls as they hook in deep with some system level DLLs.

After playing around with it, I’d have to say Outpost is still one of the most powerful and configurable software firewalls out there. It’s still a bit bloaty however, but I no longer have any problems with corrupted MDB files.

It also has some pretty cool anti-spyware software built in which gave my system a full sweep on first run.

It has a bunch of default rules for most common applications which allow secure operation without limiting the main functionality (MSN Messenger, Firefox, Thunderbird and so on).

All in it’s a good product and if you are in the market for a desktop/software firewall or need to recommend one I think it’s about the best you can get.

You can view flash demos of the various firewall functions here.

You can download Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro here.

The trial is available for a 30 day period, after that it will cost $39.95 for a single computer and a year worth of updates. Full pricing information including a family package is available here.

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FireCAT – Firefox Catalog of Auditing Tools


After the web 2.0 hacking with firefox and its plugins article I wrote some months ago, recently I found a new way to transform firefox in the ultimate pen-testing tool… actually it has been lying in my inbox for days…

…new Firefox Framework Map collection of the most useful security oriented extensions. We called the framework FireCAT. It stands for FireFox Catalog of Auditing Toolbox.

It is based upon a paper we wrote some weeks before (Turning firefox to an ethical hacking platform) and downloaded more than 25 000 times. We also thank all folks that encouraged us and sent their suggestions and ideas to make this project a reality.

This initial release is presented as a mindmap and we are open to all your suggestions to make it a really good framework for all the community of security auditors and ethical hackers.

this is the mail I got from the securityfocus pen-testing mailinglist…

download the book at: http://www.security-database.com/

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JBroFuzz 0.5 from OWASP – Stateless Network Protocol Fuzzer


OWASP JBroFuzz is a stateless network protocol fuzzer that emerged from the needs of penetration testing. Written in Java, it allows for the identification of certain classess of security vulnerabilities, by means of creating malformed data and having the network protocol in question consume the data.

The purpose of this application is to provide a single, portable application that offers stable network protocol fuzzing capabilities. A number of frameworks as well as APIs exist for fuzzing; these require a certain skill level to understand and use, which often acts as a barrier when constrained by time.

The goal of the JBroFuzz project is straight forward: Create a simple, easy to use, stable network fuzzer for stateless protocols. JBroFuzz aims to offer a wide range of fuzzing capabilities as seen in the features below.

Fuzzing with JBroFuzz can take place on any part of a socket request by means of specifying one or more generators. These generators can are classified into two broad categories, those being recursive and replasive.

The current version (0.5) supports the ability to perform web enumeration over HTTP and HTTPS. By default, the following are included within the application:

  • A list of ~58000 popular directories
  • Basic cross site scripting (XSS) checks
  • Basic SQL injection (SQL) checks
  • Buffer overflows (BFO) checks
  • Format string errors (FSE) checks
  • Integer overflows (INT) checks

You can download the latest version of JBroFuzz from SourceForge JBroFuzz Download Page.

There is a Java version and a Windows Executable version available.

The flash tutorial available for download typically serves a very good starting point for any new user familiar or not so with fuzzing.

You can find out more here:

JBroFuzz Site

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Hackers Attack Root Servers and Slow Internet Key Traffic


Well at least it shows the Internet is not very susceptible to such attacks due to its distributed nature, even if the root nameservers are down, the DNS system still functions.

This was a pretty heavy attack though and the most significant in the past 5 years or so, someone testing their ego I guess.

I CAN H4XOR YOUR INTERWEBNETS!

The attack, which began Tuesday at about 5:30 a.m. Eastern time, was the most significant attack against the root servers since an October 2002 distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack, said Ben Petro, senior vice president of services with Internet service provider Neustar. Root servers manage the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), used to translate Web addresses such as Amazon.com into the numerical IP addresses used by machines.

Thankfully the Internet didn’t crash, if it did I’d be very sad!

“Two of the root servers suffered badly, although they did not completely crash; some of the others also saw heavy traffic,” said John Crain, chief technical officer with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in an e-mail interview

The two hardest-hit servers are maintained by the U.S. Department of Defense and ICANN, he added.

The botnet briefly overwhelmed these servers with useless requests, causing them to occasionally hang, but did not disrupt Internet service, Petro said. By 10:30 a.m., Internet service providers were able to filter enough of the traffic from the botnet machines that traffic to and from the root servers was essentially back to normal.

It seems the attack wasn’t that strong and they managed to filter it out, it was in terms of MB rather than GB frequently seen in modern DDoS attacks.

It was just very focused, targeting only the root servers.

Source: Network World

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ObiWaN – Web Server Brute Forcing from Phenoelit


This Phenoelit tool called ObiWaN is written to carry out brute force security testing on Webservers.

The idea behind this is webservers with simple challenge-response authentication mechanism mostly have no switches to set up intruder lockout or delay timings for wrong passwords. In fact this is the point to start from. Every user with a HTTP connection to a host with basic authentication can try username-password combinations as long as he/she likes.

Like other programs for UNIX system passwords (crack) or NT passwords (l0phtcrack) ObiWaN uses wordlists and alternations of numeric or alpha-numeric characters as possible passwords. Since Webservers allow unlimited requests it is a question of time and bandwith to break in a server system.

The most interesting targets are web based administration frontends like Netscapes Server Administration. If you can break in, you are able to create accounts, stop the server and modify its content. Real fun.

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