Archive | May, 2014

Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner 9.5 Released


Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner (WVS) is an automated web application security testing tool that audits your web applications by checking for exploitable hacking vulnerabilities. Automated scans may be supplemented and cross-checked with the variety of manual tools to allow for comprehensive web site and web application penetration testing.

This week the latest version was released, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner 9.5.

Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner

Features

  • AcuSensor Technology
  • Industry’s most advanced and in-depth SQL injection and Cross site scripting testing
  • Advanced penetration testing tools, such as the HTTP Editor and the HTTP Fuzzer
  • Visual macro recorder makes testing web forms and password protected areas easy
  • Support for pages with CAPTCHA, single sign-on and Two Factor authentication mechanisms
  • Extensive reporting facilities including PCI compliance reports
  • Multi-threaded and lightning fast scanner – processes thousands of pages with ease
  • Intelligent crawler detects web server type, application language and smartphone-optimized sites.
  • Acunetix crawls and analyzes different types of websites including HTML5, SOAP and AJAX
  • Port scans a web server and runs security checks against network services running on the server

This new release adds the ability to run security scans on applications built with Google Web Toolkit (GWT). It can also automatically test JSON and XML data objects for vulnerabilities. In addition, vulnerabilities are now also classified using CVE, CWE and CVSS, and AcuSensor has been updated for .NET 4.5 web applications.

There are more technical details regarding scanning a GWT based app here:

Scan Google Web Toolkit Applications with Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner

A free 14-day trial is available for anyone who wants to test the latest capabilities of Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner.

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MagicTree v1.3 Available For Download – Pentesting Productivity


Have you ever spent ages trying to find the results of a particular portscan you were sure you did? Or grepping through a bunch of files looking for data for a particular host or service? Or copy-pasting bits of output from a bunch of typescripts into a report? We certainly did, and that’s why we wrote MagicTree – so that it does such mind-numbing stuff for us, while we spend our time hacking.

MagicTree is a pentesting productivity tool. It is designed to allow easy and straightforward data consolidation, querying, external command execution and (yeah!) report generation. In case you wonder, “Tree” is because all the data is stored in a tree structure, and “Magic” is because it is designed to magically do the most cumbersome and boring part of penetration testing – data management and reporting.

MagicTree v1.3 - Pentesting Productivity

Changelog for v1.3

  • Fix for #307 “Cannot create a working report template in LibreOffice 3.5.4.2”.
  • Better parsing of Imperva Scuba XML
  • Fixed NullPointerException in FileFilter
  • Added debugging to idTracker and sanity checking to TreeController to catch the integrity bug
  • Fix for NullPointerException when handling MtSimpleObjects with no text
  • Fixes for data integrity bugs causing duplicated ids and broken xrefs
  • Added support for AppScan XML – contributed by VienHa Tran

Installation

No installation is required for MagicTree. The application is distrubuted as a single JAR file which has to be executed with JRE. Just save the file on your desktop. Double-click on it to execute it or, for less user-friendly OSes, issue “java -jar MagicTree.jar’ command.

Can’t get much better than that really, penetration testing report generation! Who wants to do that manually. IF you combined this with using something like Kvasir the Penetration Testing Data Management Tool, you’d be onto a pretty good process I reckon.

You can download MagicTree here:

MagicTree-build1814.jar

Or read more here.

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Teen Accused Of Hacking School To Change Grades


So an interested piece of news I spotted today is about Jose Bautista, an 18 year old from Miami-Data, USA who was arrested and charged with hacking school to change grades.

It seems he’s being dealt with fairly harshly, which is a trend with ‘hacking’ related crimes nowadays.

Jose Bautista - School Hacker

We did have a story similar to this way back in 2007 – Class President Hacks School Grades, he was also 18 and charged/arrested for what he did.

A South Florida teen was taken into custody after, authorities said, he illegally accessed the Miami-Dade Public Schools database and changed four students’ grades.

Eighteen-year-old Jose Bautista, a senior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Northeast Miami-Dade, faced Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Thomas J. Rebull, Friday. “You’ve been arrested on four counts of offenses against intellectual property, public records exemption and four counts of offenses against computer users,” Rebull told Bautista at the bond hearing.

Miami-Dade Schools Police arrested Bautista on Thursday. They said the teen took money, hacked into the school’s computer system and changed students’ grades. Police said each of the counts Bautista is charged with represents one of the students for whom he altered grades.

“It’s not fair to the people that really try,” said Mayan Dehry, a student at Bautista’s school. “Like, I know a lot of kids are in AP classes, and they try really hard to get the grades that they get. I don’t know, if you’re just going to be lazy and then change your grades, that’s not what learning is about.”


We ALWAYS get e-mails about this kind of stuff, there’s one here – Retarded E-mails – Brute Force, Change School Grades, Hack US Military & MORE.

So we know there’s a LOT of kids out there who want to do this kind of stuff, some to actually change their grades (but that’s unlikely, if they can hack the system they are probably smart enough to get high grades without much effort), some to prove a point to the school (Antiestablishmentarianism) and some for peer recognition (yo I hacked school I’m cool dawg).

Fellow student Brett Curtis said Bautista’s actions are not representative of the majority of his peers. “We have almost 3,000 kids here who come to school every single day, who work hard for every single grade that they earn,” he said.

News of Bautista’s arrest spread through the school Friday, even reaching the ears of faculty members. “I’m not surprised. The way that kids today are able to [use computers],” said teacher George Lesperance. “All I can say is, I’d have to get more information.”

Curtis said he is certain school officials will make sure the students involved will be brought to justice. “If it is true, it’s definitely not fair to the rest of the students,” he said. “It certainly makes me angry. Like I said, I can’t guarantee or tell you if it happened or not, but we have an amazing administration that will get to the bottom of it.”

When Bautista was booked into jail, his eyes were red and watery in his mug shot. In bond court Friday, a public defender spoke on the teen’s behalf. “There’s no legal basis for four counts of either of the charges,” said the attorney, “since there’s nothing specifically alleged as to the number of times this was allegedly done.”

Bautista’s bond has been set at $5,000.

The teen remained behind bars on Friday. Once released, he will be on house arrest and will be required to wear a GPS monitor.

I honestly don’t think he’s much of a flight risk, and his bail is fairly low – so it’s not too bad. At least they aren’t trying to pin some kind of bullshit terrorism charge on him like poor old Gary McKinnon.

It shows though school systems are pretty secure as we get to see this kind of news pretty rarely, and we know there are people trying to change their grades every day. Either that, or there are a lot of smart kids out there changing their grades without getting caught!

Source: WSVN.com

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Host-Extract – Enumerate All IP/Host Patterns In A Web Page


host-extract is a little ruby script that tries to extract all IP/Host patterns in page response of a given URL and JavaScript/CSS files of that URL.

With it, you can quickly identify internal IPs/Hostnames, development IPs/ports, cdn, load balancers, additional attack entries related to your target that are revealed in inline js, css, html comment areas and js/css files.

This is unlike a web crawler which looks for new links only in HTML anchor tags or the like. Using that method you might miss many additional targets if you ever use such web crawler or other GUI-based tools that shows you your main target and its relationship with its linked sub/off-site domains.

Host Extract

In some cases, host-extract may give you false positives when there are some words like – main-site_ver_10.2.1.3.swf. With the -v option, you can ask the tool to output html view-source snippets for each IP/Domain extracted. This will shorten your manual analysis time.

Usage

There are other tools that do similar things, some overlap, but nothing exactly like this. host-extract would be well combined with the following:

wsScanner – Web Services Footprinting, Discovery, Enumeration, Scanning and Fuzzing tool
theHarvester – Gather E-mail Accounts, Subdomains, Hosts, Employee Names – Information Gathering Tool
Web-Sorrow v1.48 – Version Detection, CMS Identification, Enumeration & Server Scanning Tool

You can grab host-extract via SVN here:

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Microsoft Confirms Internet Explorer 0-Day


So during the past weekend, Microsoft confirmed an Internet Explorer 0-day that is actually being used in targeted online attacks.

Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution

It will be interesting to see if they push an out of band patch for this one or just wait for the next Patch Tuesday.

Internet Explorer 0-Day

It’s pretty serious as it effects the whole family including Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11.

On Saturday, late in the evening, Microsoft issued a public advisory confirming the existence of a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer that’s being used in targeted attacks online.

The vulnerability was disclosed by researchers at FireEye, who observed attacks against Internet Explorer versions 9 though 11. While criminals seem to be focused on the later releases, all versions of Internet Explorer are affected.

Exploits leveraging the use-after-free vulnerability will bypass protections in ASLR and DEP and gain code execution privileges.

In a blog post, FireEye explains:

“Threat actors are actively using this exploit in an ongoing campaign which we have named Operation Clandestine Fox. However, for many reasons, we will not provide campaign details. But we believe this is a significant zero day as the vulnerable versions represent about a quarter of the total browser market. We recommend applying a patch once available.”


The focus does seem to be on IE9 and 11 (which would be the most commonly used versions on newer operating systems (Windows 7 & 8).

EMET will help Microsoft says..

I would expect them to be pushing out a patch for this ASAP as it’s a pretty serious flaw.

In addition, FireEye researchers stated the group responsible for this exploit has had access to “a select number of browser-based 0-day exploits in the past.”

Moreover, the group is proficient at lateral movement, and have been difficult to track as they rarely reuse command and control infrastructure.

Until a patch is released, Microsoft has said that EMET will help mitigate attacks against this flaw.

Further, versions of Internet Explorer running with the default Enhanced Security Configuration are not at risk, provided that the malicious website used to target the vulnerability isn’t listed in the Trusted sites zone.

This is typically the case for Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 (and 2008 R2), and Windows Server 2012 (and 2012 R2).

Microsoft hasn’t said if they will release an out-of-cycle patch for this flaw, only that they’ll take the “appropriate action” once the investigation is completed.

The next Patch Tuesday is due almost two weeks from now on Tuesday 13th May 2014, so that’s a fair bit of exposure if this exploit goes public.

We shall have to wait and see what happens, knowing Microsoft – not a lot.

Source: Network World

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