Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017-010-Authors Amanda Berlin and Lee Brotherston of the "Defensive Security Handbook"


Our very own Ms. Berlin and Mr. Lee Brotherston (@synackpse), veteran of the show, co-authored an #O'Reilly book called the "Defensive Security Handbook"

We talk with Amanda and Lee (or Lee and Amanda :D ) about why they wrote the book, how people should use the book, and how you can maximize your company's resources to protect you.

The best thing is that you can pick up the ebook right now! It's available for pre-order on Safari books (Link), or pre-order on Amazon.com (Link)

Hope you enjoy!

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 Previous Lee Brotherston episodes:

Threat Modeling w/ Lee Brotherston

Is your ISP MiTM-ing you

 Lee fills in for Mr. Boettcher, along with Jarrod Frates

TLS fingerprinting application

 

#Bsides #London is accepting Call for Papers (#CFP) starting 14 Febuary 2017, as well as a Call for Workshops. Tickets are sold out currently, but will be other chances for tickets. Follow @bsidesLondon for more information. You can find out more information at https://www.securitybsides.org.uk/   

CFP closes 27 march 2017

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017-009-Dave Kennedy talks abotu CIAs 'Vault7', ISC2, and Derbycon updates!


Wikileaks published a cache of documents and information from what appears to be a wiki from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

This week, we discuss the details of the leak (as of 11Mar 2017), and how damaging it is to blue teamers.

To help us, we asked Mr. Dave Kennedy  (@hackingDave) to sit down with us and discuss what he found, and his opinions of the data that was leaked. Mr. Kennedy is always a great interview, and his insights are now regularly seen on Fox Business News, CNN, and MSNBC.

Dave isn't one to rest on his laurels. For many of you, you know him as the co-organizer of #derbycon, as well as a board member of #ISC2.  We ask him about initiatives going on with ISC2, and how you (whether or not you're a ISC2 cert holder). You can help with various committees and helping to improve the certification landscape. We talk about how to get involved.

We finish up asking about the latest updates to DerbyCon, as well as the dates of tickets, and we talk about our CTF for a free ticket to DerbyCon.

 

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--show notes--

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-10758578


WL: “CIA ‘hoarded’ vulnerabilities or ‘cyber-weapons’

    Should they not have tools that allow them to infiltrate systems of ‘bad’ people?

    Promises to share information with manufacturers

        BrBr- Manufacturers and devs are the reason the CIA has ‘cyber-weapons’

            Shit code, poor software design/architecture

            Security wonks aren’t without blame here either


http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39218393  -RAND report

        Report suggested stockpiling is ‘good’

            “On the other hand, publicly disclosing a vulnerability that isn't known by one's adversaries gives them the upper hand, because the adversary could then protect against any attack using that vulnerability, while still keeping an inventory of vulnerabilities of which only it is aware of in reserve.”

 

Encryption does still work, in many cases… as it appears they are having to intercept the data before it makes it into secure messaging systems…  

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/cia-wikileaks-dump-tells-us-encryption-works-46045668

 

(somewhat relevant? Not sure if you want to touch on https://twitter.com/bradheath/status/837846963471122432/photo/1)


Wikileaks - more harm than good?

    Guess that depends on what side you’re on

    What side is Assange on? (his own side?)

    Media creates FUD because they don’t understand

        Secure messaging apps busted (fud inferred by WL)

            In fact, data is circumvented before encryption is applied.

Some of the docs make you wonder about the need for ‘over-classification’




Vulnerabilities uncovered

 

Samsung Smart TVs “Fake-Off”

Tools to exfil data off of iDevices

    BrBr- Cellbrite has sold that for years to the FBI

        CIA appears to only have up to iOS 9 (according to docs released)

Car hacking tech

Sandbox detection (notices mouse clicks or the lack of them)

    Reported by eEye: https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_2621847.html

Technique: Process Hollowing: https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_3375167.html

    Not new: https://attack.mitre.org/wiki/Technique/T1093

**anything Mr. Kennedy feels is important to mention**


What can blue teamers do to protect themselves?

    Take an accounting of ‘smart devices’ in your workplace

        Educate users on not bringing smart devices to work

            And at home (if they are remote)

                Alexa,

        Restrict smart devices in sensitive areas

            SCIFs, conference rooms, even in ‘open workplace’ areas

           

    Segment possibly affected systems from the internet

    Keep proper inventories of software used in your environment

    Modify IR exercises to allow for this type of scenario?

    Reduce ‘smart’ devices

        Grab that drill and modify the TV in the conference room

        Cover the cameras on TV

            Is that too paranoid?

        Don’t setup networking on smart devices or use cloud services on ‘smart’ devices

    Remind devs that unpatched or crap code can become the next ‘cyber-weapon’ ;)


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

2017-008-AWS S3 outage, how it should color your IR scenarios, and killing the 'whiteboard' interview


If you were under a rock, you didn't hear about the outage that #Amazon #Web Services (#AWS) suffered at the hands of sophisticated, nation-state... wah?

 "an authorized #S3 team #member using an established #playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended."

Well... okay, so for companies that do regular IR response tests and have a good majority of their assets and production in cloud based services, is it time to discuss having the 'extreme' scenario of 'What do we do when [AWS|Azure|Google Compute] goes down?'

We also discuss an article about #developers who want to get rid of the #whiteboard #interview... is it as #discriminatory as they suggest, or is it just devs who aren't confident or lacking #skills trying to get hired? (see show notes below for links)

Finally, we talk about Ms. #Berlin's talk she will be giving at #AIDE on 6-7 April. It's gonna be a "hands-on" talk.  What do we mean? Listen to our show and find out.


#AIDE - https://appyide.org/events/ $60

more info: https://appyide.org/1313-2/

 

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AWS S3 outage (hopefully more information by the end of the week)

    Massive outages - many sites down

        IoT devices borked        https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/28/amazon-aws-s3-outage-is-breaking-things-for-a-lot-of-websites-and-apps/

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/happens-one-site-hosts-entire-internet/

 

TL;DR of the S3 outage - "an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended."

 

Brian: Water sprinkler story…

 

Do we put too much stock in Amazon?

        Email Story time: Recent IR exercise

            Mostly AWS shop

            “If we suspend reality” drinking game

            World War Z “the 10th man”

 

Not the 1st time AWS was involved in an outage:

    http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/content-tracks/security-risk/major-ddos-attack-on-dyn-disrupts-aws-twitter-spotify-and-more/97176.fullarticle

 

Realistic IR exercises need to examine the ‘ultimate’ bad…

    Even if you’re in ‘suspend reality’ mode

 

https://theoutline.com/post/1166/programmers-are-confessing-their-coding-sins-to-protest-a-broken-job-interview-process

http://blog.interviewing.io/you-cant-fix-diversity-in-tech-without-fixing-the-technical-interview/

 

No problem with copy/paste, hunting up functions, etc

    Problem comes when failure to understand the code you’re using, and the integration of that code therein

 

Programming Interviews Exposed

 

LOVED this idea….

https://letsjusthackshit.org/platypuscon2016.html

“In the spirit of what brought this community together, we’re aiming to build a super hands-on event: that is, instead of a series of talks while you plan on missing to catch up with your friends at the cafe down the road, we’re putting together a full day of hands-on workshops where you can get your hands dirty and we can all help each other learn something new.”

 

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Book club - Defensive Security Handbook - Starting 15 March


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017-007- Audio from Bsides Seattle 2017


Bryan had the pleasure of attending his 3rd Bsides Seattle a few weeks ago. Lots of great speakers, great discussion.

We have 3 interviews here this week:

Justin Case (@jcase) discusses some of his talk about hacking the Google Pixel, an HTC produced phone. We discuss why Android gets the 'insecure' moniker by the media, and whether it's warranted or not.

Next, Sam Vaughn (@sidechannel_org) talks about setting up the Crypto Village, why he does it, and what you can learn by solving these puzzles.

Finally, Matt Domko discusses his experiences with Bro, as well as using Bro for packet analysis and what is needed when analyzing packets...

If you are looking for some great content, a Bsides is nearby, just look around...

 

Other Twitter handles mentioned on the show...

@ben_ra
@firewater_devs  (both phone hackers)

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

2016-006- Joel Scambray, infosec advice, staying out from in front of the train, and hacking exposed


Joel Scambray joined us this week to discuss good app design, why it's so difficult, and what can be done to fix it when possible.

Joel also co-authored many of the "Hacking Exposed" series of books. We ask him about other books that could come from the well known series.

We also ask about why the #infosec person often feels like they need to protect their organization to the expense of our own position (or sanity) and how we as an industry should be not 'in front of the train', but guiding the train to it's destination, one of prosperity and security. Conversely, we also discuss why some positions in security are so short-lived, such as the role of CISO.

 

From SC magazine (https://www.scmagazineuk.com/joel-scambray-joins-ncc-group-as-technical-director/article/634098/):

"Security expert and author, Joel Scambray, has joined NCC Group as technical director. He will be based at the Austin, US office.

Scambray has more than 20 years of experience in information security. In his new role, he will work with some of the company's biggest clients using his experience in business development, security evangelism and strategic consultancy."

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Show Notes:

 

Joel Scambray

 

In a bio:

    Joel’s words of security wisdom: Security is a type of risk management, which is about informing a decision. The security professional’s challenge is to bring the most evidence possible to support those decisions, both technical and non.”

 

Building and maintaining a security program

    Which is better?

starting with a few quick wins

Or having an overarching project to head where you want to go

 

Starting companies (buyouts / stock options / lessons learned)

 

Hacking Exposed

    Will you stop at ‘7’?

    Will there be a “hacking exposed: IoT”?

        Medical devices

   

What leadership style works best for you?

 

Things we couldn’t cover due to time:

Security Shift from network layer to app layer

    Software defined networking, for example

        How to set policies to keep your devs from running amok

 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017-005-mick douglas, avoid bad sales people, blue team defense tools


Mick Douglas is always great to have on. A consummate professional, and blue team advocate for years now, he teaches SANS courses designed to help defenders against the forces of the red team, pentesters, and even bad actors.

But this week, we have a different Mr. Douglas.  This week, he's here to talk about sales tactics, #neuro #linguistic #programming, leading the question, and other social engineering techniques that salespeople will do to get you to buy maybe what your company doesn't need, but thinks it does. We have some good times discussing ways to ensure the buying of your new shiny box at work goes more smoothly, what you should look out for, and ways to tell if they are over-selling and under-delivering.

Also, Mick has been working on a project near and dear to his heart. After discussing with @carnalownage a year or so back, he's fleshed out a spreadsheet that tracks attack vectors, and depending on what controls are in your environment, can show you how well a particular attack is against your environment. This would be a great asset to blue teams who might want to shore up defenses, especially if they are vulnerable in a particular area. Mr. Douglas is looking for comments, suggestions, and additions to his spreadsheet, and you can even download a copy of the Google Doc to try in your own environment, free of charge.

Mick's document:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pI-FI1QITaIjuBsN30au1ssbJAZawPA0BYy8lp6_jV8/edit#gid=0

Mick refers the the MITRE ATTACK matrix in the show, here's our show discussing it:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/brakeingsecurity/2015-051-ATTACK_Matrix.mp3

https://attack.mitre.org/wiki/ATT%26CK_Matrix

 

 

Mick's last appearances on BrakeSec:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/brakeingsecurity/2015-024-Mick_Douglas.mp3

http://traffic.libsyn.com/brakeingsecurity/2015-025-Mick_douglas_part2.mp3

http://traffic.libsyn.com/brakeingsecurity/2015-032-Jarrod_and_Mick_DFIR.mp3

http://traffic.libsyn.com/brakeingsecurity/2016-026-exfiltration_techniques-redteaming_vs_pentesting-and-gaining_persistence.mp3

 

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

2017-004-sandboxes, jails, chrooting, protecting applications, and analyzing malware


This week, we discuss sandboxing technologies. Most of the time, infosec people are using sandboxes and similar technology for analyzing malware and malicious software.

Developers use it to create additional protections, or even to create defenses to ward off potential attack vectors.

We discuss sandboxes and sandboxing technology, jails, chrooting of applications, and even tools that keep applications honest, in particular, the pledge(8) function in OpenBSD

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Sandboxing tech  -  https://hangouts.google.com/call/yrpzdahvjjdbfhesvjltk4ahgmf

 

A sandbox is implemented by executing the software in a restricted operating system environment, thus controlling the resources (for example, file descriptors, memory, file system space, etc.) that a process may use.

 

Various types of sandbox tech

 

Jails - freebsd

    Much like Solaris 10’s zones, restricted operating system, also able to install OSes inside, like Debian

        http://devil-detail.blogspot.com/2013/08/debian-linux-freebsd-jail-zfs.html

 

Pledge(8)  - new to OpenBSD

    Program says what it should use, if it steps outside those lines, it’s killed

    http://www.tedunangst.com/flak/post/going-full-pledge

    http://man.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/man.cgi/OpenBSD-current/man2/pledge.2?query=pledge

    http://www.openbsd.org/papers/hackfest2015-pledge/mgp00008.html

 

Chroot - openbsd, linux (chroot jails)

    “A chroot on Unix operating systems is an operation that changes the apparent root directory for the current running process and its children”

    Example: “www” runs in /var/www. A chrooted www website must contain all the necessary files and libraries inside of /var/www, because to the application /var/www is ‘/’

 

Rules based execution - AppArmor, PolicyKit, SeLinux

    Allows users to set what will be ran, and which apps can inject DLLs or objects.

    “It also can control file/registry security (what programs can read and write to the file system/registry). In such an environment, viruses and trojans have fewer opportunities of infecting a computer.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seccomp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Security_Modules

 

Android VMs

 

Virtual machines - sandboxes in their own right

    Snapshot capability

    Revert once changes have occurred

    CON: some malware will detect VM environments, change ways of working

 

Containers (docker, kubernetes, vagrant, etc)

    Quick standup of images

    Blow away without loss of host functionality

    Helpful to run containers as an un-privileged user.

https://blog.jessfraz.com/post/getting-towards-real-sandbox-containers/

 

Chrome sandbox: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/master/docs/linux_sandboxing.md

 

Emulation Vs. Virtualization

 

http://labs.lastline.com/different-sandboxing-techniques-to-detect-advanced-malware  --seems like a good link

 

VMware Thinapp (emulator):

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1030224

 

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Malware lab creation (Alienvault blog):

https://www.alienvault.com/blogs/security-essentials/building-a-home-lab-to-become-a-malware-hunter-a-beginners-guide

 

https://www.reverse.it/

 

News: (assuming it goes short)

SHA-1 generated certs will be deprecated soon - https://threatpost.com/sha-1-end-times-have-arrived/123061/

 

(whitelisting files in Apache)

https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Whitelisting+File+Extensions+in+Apache/21937

 

http://blog.erratasec.com/2017/01/the-command-line-for-cybersec.html

https://github.com/robertkuhar/java_coding_guidelines

https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/South%20Korean%20Malware%20Attack_1.pdf#

 

https://www.concise-courses.com/security/conferences-of-2017/


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