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Blogs | INSIGHTS | September 11, 2012

Malware Doesn’t Care About Your Disclosure Policy, But You Better Have One Anyway

All over the world, things are changing in ICS security—we are now in the spotlight and the only way forward is, well, forward. Consequently, I’m doing more reading than ever to keep up with technical issues, global incidents, and frameworks and policies that will ensure the security of our future. From a security researcher’s perspective, one exciting development is that .gov is starting to understand the need for disclosure in some cases. They have found that by giving companies lead time to implement fixes, they often get stonewalled for months…

Eireann Leverett
Blogs | INSIGHTS | August 29, 2012

Stripe CTF 2.0 Write-Up

Hello, World! I had the opportunity to play and complete the 2012 Stripe CTF 2.0 this weekend. I would have to say this was one of the most enjoyable CTF’s I’ve played by far.  They did an excellent job. I wanted to share with you a detailed write-up of the levels, why they’re vulnerable, and how to exploit them. It’s interesting to see how multiple people take different routes on problems, so I’ve included some of the solutions by Michael Milvich (IOActive), Ryan O’Horo(IOActive), Ryan Linn(Spiderlabs), as well as my own (Joseph…

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Blogs | INSIGHTS | August 17, 2012

One Mail to Rule Them All

This small research project was conducted over a four-week period a while back, so current methods may differ as password restoration methods change. While writing this blog post, the Gizmodo writer Mat Honan’s account was hacked with some clever social engineering that ultimately brought numerous small bits and pieces of information together into one big chunk of usable data. The downfall in all this is that different services use different alternative methods to reset passwords: some have you enter the last four digits of your credit card and some would…

Lucas Lundgren
Blogs | INSIGHTS | August 8, 2012

Impressions from Black Hat, Defcon, BSidesLV and IOAsis

A week has passed since the Las Vegas craziness and we’ve had some time to write down our impressions about the Black Hat, Defcon and BSidesLV conferences as well as our own IOAsis event. It was great for me to meet lots of people—some of who I only see once a year in Las Vegas. I think this is one of the great things about these events: being able to talk for at least a couple of minutes with colleagues and friends you don’t see regularly (the Vegas craziness doesn’t…

Cesar Cerrudo
Blogs | INSIGHTS | July 19, 2012

IOActive Las Vegas 2012

That time of the year is quickly approaching and there will be nothing but great talks and enjoyment. As a leading security and research company, IOActive will be sharing a lot of our latest research at BlackHat USA 2012, BSidesLV 2012, and IOAsis.  And, of course, we’ll also be offering some relaxation and party opportunities, too!   This year we are proud to be one of the companies with more talks accepted than anyone else at BlackHat USA 2012, an incredible showing that backs up our team’s hard work:  …

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Blogs | INSIGHTS | July 16, 2012

The Value of Data

Have you ever entered an office and seen a pile of money sitting unattended and easily accessible on a desk? How many people in your company have a key or combination to a safe with money inside and can open that safe without any controls? Do you leave money in a non-secure place that everyone knows about and can freely access? Your probable answer to all these questions is NO, which makes sense—what doesn’t make sense is how so many companies don’t think the same way about data….

Cesar Cerrudo
Blogs | INSIGHTS | June 28, 2012

Inside Flame: You Say Shell32, I Say MSSECMGR

When I was reading the CrySyS report on Flame (sKyWIper)[1], one paragraph, in particular, caught my attention:   In case of sKyWIper, the code injection mechanism is stealthier such that the presence of the code injection cannot be determined by conventional methods such as listing the modules of the corresponding system processes (winlogon, services, explorer). The only trace we found at the first sight is that certain memory regions are mapped with the suspicious READ, WRITE and EXECUTE protection flags, and they can only be grasped via…

Ruben Santamarta
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Thoughts on FIRST Conference 2012

I recently had the opportunity to attend the FIRST Conference in Malta and meet Computer Emergency Response Teams from around the world. Some of these teams and I have been working together to reduce the internet exposure of Industrial Control Systems, and I met new teams who are interested in the data I share. For those of you who do not work with CERTs, FIRST is the glue that holds together the international collaborative efforts of these teams—they serve as both an organization that makes trusted introductions, and vets new…

Eireann Leverett
Blogs | INSIGHTS | June 13, 2012

Old Tricks, New Targets

Just a few days ago, Digitalbond announced that they had been victims of a spear phishing attack. An employee received an email linking to a malicious zip file, posing as a legitimate .pdf paper related to industrial control systems security. Therefore, the bait used by the attackers was supposedly attracting targets somehow involved with the ICS community.

Ruben Santamarta

Arm IDA and Cross Check: Reversing the 787’s Core Network

IOActive has documented detailed attack paths and component vulnerabilities to describe the first plausible, detailed public attack paths to effectively reach the avionics network on a 787, commercial airplane from either non-critical domains, such as Passenger Information and Entertainment Services, or even external networks.

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