DEF CON 18 – Getting Social with the Smart Grid Slides Posted

Posted in Conferences, DEFCON, Smart Grid with tags , , , on August 10, 2010 by Tony Flick

My co-presenter, Justin Morehouse, just posted our slides here on SlideShare. I hope to have the iNergy code posted to Google Code later this week. Enjoy and feedback is always appreciated!


Getting Social with the Smart Grid @ DEF CON 18

Posted in Conferences, DEFCON, Smart Grid with tags , , , on July 6, 2010 by Matthew Flick

Tony will be co-presenting “Getting Social with the Smart Grid” at this year’s DEF CON in Las Vegas.

Littered with endless threats and vulnerabilities surrounding both social networking and the Smart Grid, the marriage of these two technologies is official, despite protests by the security community. Consumers love it because they can brag to their friends about how green they are. Businesses love it more because it provides fresh material for their marketing departments. Hackers love it the most because it opens up attack vectors, both new and old.

During this presentation we dissect readily available social Smart Devices, examining where they get things right, and where they fail. We expand on the failures, discussing and demonstrating attacks against consumers (think, the Smart Devices themselves, and the social networking sites they communicate with. We want consumers, device manufactures, and social networking sites to understand how to get social with the Smart Grid securely, and prevent social networking privacy from becoming even more complex. The tools we release during this presentation will allow consumers to review their Smart Devices’ social footprint, and provide device manufacturers with recommendations that can be implemented immediately. Attendees will leave our presentation armed with a deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of social Smart Devices, how to attack their current weaknesses and leverage their current strengths, and utilize our tools to further research how we all can better secure the social side of the Smart Grid.

Tony’s slated for the last speaking slot on Sunday, so for those of you who will be sticking around, make sure you drop by.

We’re Doing It Wrong

Posted in Application Security, Events, Security Awareness on May 12, 2010 by Matthew Flick

As an industry, we have failed. Miserably. Web application security professionals–yes, including myself–have implemented a broken methodology and graduated from failing to properly identify the problem to failing to present an effective solution. The net sec methodology of: 1. Scan for Vulnerabilities, and then 2. Apply Security Patch, simply does not work for the custom web application environment. This statement may seem obvious, but it’s exactly what the industry has tried to do.

Our first failure was in identifying the problem. Early warning professionals considered web application vulnerabilities similar to those of other applications, and that they could be identified with vulnerability scanning tools and then remediated with a patch (albeit a custom patch). They were at least partially correct in theory; the problem was in the practice. This failure led to the development of web application vulnerability scanning products as the basis of the web application security industry.

We finally realized that the root cause of the problem was related to application development. More specifically, the security of an application is in the hands of its developers. And what was our solution to this problem? Inject security people into the development process. We trained developers how to break their applications. We tested pre-alpha code that will be significantly changed another dozen times. And some people did threat modeling, which I still have not found to produce useful results.

Security comes down to control. For application security, this means who is in control of the functionality and data available within the application. This is why it is necessary that current and future application developers and computer security professionals learn the foundation of how to build secure applications from the start. To promote this effort, we are offering a discounted AppTrust Developer Training course at Virginia Tech this summer to ensure that the next generation doesn’t fall into the trap of doing it wrong and starts off doing it right.

To learn more visit the event site.

GuestStealer Wrapup

Posted in Cloud Computing, GuestStealer, Penetration Testing, ShmooCon, Virtualization Security, VMware, Vulnerability Assessment on March 1, 2010 by Tony Flick

In addition to the previously mentioned Nmap script, GuestStealer has now made its way into a Nessus plugin and a Metasploit module. Nessus Plugin 44646 was released by Tenable a few weeks ago and the Metasploit module was pushed up to the trunk last week.

GuestStealer has been mentioned in several articles and blog posts recently, including DarkReading – Tech Insight: Securing The Virtualized Server Environment and The Hacker News Network. While most have been accurate, several early blogs stated that GuestStealer used a cross site scripting attack to steal the guests. So to clarify and avoid any confusion, GuestStealer exploits the directory traversal vulnerability described in CVE-2009-3733. For further information, check out the presentation slides or presentation video.

GuestStealer 1.1 and PaulDotCom Webcast

Posted in Cloud Computing, Conferences, GuestStealer, ShmooCon, Virtualization Security, VMware, Vulnerability Assessment with tags , , , on February 18, 2010 by Tony Flick

Justin and I will be on the PaulDotCom podcast tonight to discuss the latest developments with GuestStealer and the Smart Grid book. For more information, check out tonight’s episode guide and join the live discussion tonight.

Also, GuestStealer v1.1 is now available for download. This is a bug fix release that improves the error handling and prevention of downloading the same vmdk file twice (when that vmdk self-references itself). Thanks to the efforts by Ron at Skull Security, the new version is available on the tools page.

ShmooCon 2010 Stealing Guests… Slides Online

Posted in Conferences, ShmooCon, Virtualization Security, VMware on February 10, 2010 by Tony Flick

Luckily I was able to escape Washington DC’s 3rd round of snow to enjoy the tropical 40 degree weather here in Tampa today and write this post. Despite the blizzard and its many names, the ShmooCon faithful came out in full force to make another great conference. As usual, ShmooCon featured interesting presentations, shenanigans, and a chance to hang out with those friends you usually only see at Cons.

I want to thank everyone who attended the Stealing Guests…The VMware Way talk, especially since no one threw shmooballs at us. For those of you who haven’t done so yet, head on over to the Tools section of the Web site to grab GuestStealer and try it out yourself. Also, Ron over at Skull Security created an Nmap script to identify vulnerable VMware systems. Visit his blog to download the script and view instructions for installing the script.

For those of you who were unable to attend the talk…or find a video, here are the slides.

I would also like to thank everyone who came up to the FYRM booth and talked to Matt and I. The security bug killing/reaction time testing flash game appeared to be a big hit, which drew many contestants…some more determined than others. For those of you that didn’t win this time, check back often to find out details for round 2!

Stealing Guests…For a Free Hard Drive

Posted in Conferences, Events, ShmooCon on February 2, 2010 by Tony Flick

During the Stealing Guests…The VMware Way presentation at ShmooCon this weekend, FYRM will be holding a contest to give away an external hard drive. The first person to exploit the discussed vulnerability on the target virtual machine and yell out the hidden phrase will win the hard drive.

In the presentation, a Perl script will be released to easily exploit the vulnerability. The to-be-released tool runs on Mac OS X (with MacPorts) and most Linux distros. Currently, the tool requires the following Perl dependencies:

  • LWP::Simple
  • XML::Simple
  • Data::Dumper
  • Crypt::SSLeay

Bring your laptops and netbooks to the presentation to try the tool and win the hard drive. Check back often for any updates.