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Blogs | RESEARCH | December 9, 2015

Maritime Security: Hacking into a Voyage Data Recorder (VDR)

In 2014, IOActive disclosed a series of attacks that affect multiple SATCOM devices, some of which are commonly deployed on vessels. Although there is no doubt that maritime assets are valuable targets, we cannot limit the attack surface to those communication devices that vessels, or even large cruise ships, are usually equipped with. In response to this situation, IOActive provides services to evaluate the security posture of the systems and devices that make up the modern integrated bridges and engine rooms found on cargo vessels and cruise ships. [1]  …

Ruben Santamarta
Blogs | RESEARCH | November 25, 2015

Privilege Escalation Vulnerabilities Found in Lenovo System Update

Lenovo released a new version of the Lenovo System Update advisory (https://support.lenovo.com/ar/es/product_security/lsu_privilege) about two new privilege escalation vulnerabilities I had reported to Lenovo a couple of weeks ago (CVE-2015-8109, CVE-2015-8110). IOActive and Lenovo have issued advisories on these issues.   Before digging into the details, let’s go over a high-level overview of how the Lenovo System Update pops up the GUI application with Administrator privileges.   Here is a discussion of the steps depicted above: 1 – The user starts System Update…

Sofiane Talmat
Blogs | RESEARCH | November 19, 2015

Breaking into and Reverse Engineering iOS Photo Vaults

Every so often we hear stories of people losing their mobile phones, often with sensitive photos on them. Additionally, people may lend their phones to friends only to have those friends start going through their photos. For whatever reason, a lot of people store risqué pictures on their devices. Why they feel the need to do that is left for another discussion. This behavior has fueled a desire to protect photos on mobile devices. One popular option are photo vault applications. These applications claim to protect your photos, videos, etc….

Michael Allen
Blogs | EDITORIAL | October 16, 2015

Five Reasons Why You Should Go To BruCON

BruCON is one of the most important security conferences in Europe. Held each October, the ‘Bru’ in ‘BruCON’ refers to Brussels, the capital of Belgium, where it all started. Nowadays, it’s held in the beautiful city of Ghent, just 55 mins from its origin. I had the chance to attend this year, and here are the five things that make it a great conference, in my opinion. You can check out BruCON’s promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySmCRemtMc4. 1. The conference Great talks presented by international speakers; from deeply…

Alejandro Hernandez
Blogs | RESEARCH | September 22, 2015

Is Stegomalware in Google Play a Real Threat?

For several decades, the science of steganography has been used to hide malicious code (useful in intrusions) or to create covert channels (useful in information leakage). Nowadays, steganography can be applied to almost any logical/physical medium (format files, images, audio, video, text, protocols, programming languages, file systems, BIOS, etc.). If the steganographic algorithms are well designed, the hidden information is really difficult to detect. Detecting hidden information, malicious or not, is so complex that the study of steganalytic algorithms (detection) has been growing. You can see the growth in scientific…

Alfonso Muñoz
Blogs | RESEARCH | September 15, 2015

The iOS Get out of Jail Free Card

If you have ever been part of a Red Team engagement, you will be familiar with the “Get out of Jail Free Card”. In a nutshell, it’s a signed document giving you permission to perform the activity you were caught doing. In some instances, it’s the difference between walking away and spending the night in a jail cell. You may be saying, “Ok, but what does a Get out of Jail Free Card have to do with iOS applications?” Well, iOS mobile application assessments usually occur on jailbroken devices, and…

Michael Allen
Blogs | INSIGHTS | September 8, 2015

The Beauty of Old-school Backdoors

Currently, voodoo advanced rootkit techniques exist for persistence after you’ve got a shell during a pen test. Moreover, there are some bugdoorsimplemented on purpose by vendors, but that’s a different story. Beautiful techniques and code are available these days, but, do you remember that subtle code you used to use to sneak through the door? Enjoy that nostalgia by sharing your favorite one(s) using the #oldschoolbackdoors on social networks.   In this post, I present five Remote Administration Tools (RATs) a.k.a. backdoors that I personally used and admired. It’s important…

Alejandro Hernandez
Blogs | INSIGHTS | August 25, 2015

Money may grow on trees

Sometimes when buying something that costs $0.99 USD (99 cents) or $1.01 USD (one dollar and one cent), you may pay an even dollar. Either you or the cashier may not care about the remaining penny, and so one of you takes a small loss or profit.   Rounding at the cash register is a common practice, just as it is in programming languages when dealing with very small or very large numbers. I will describe here how an attacker can make a profit when dealing with the rounding mechanisms…

Fernando Arnaboldi
Blogs | INSIGHTS | July 30, 2015

Saving Polar Bears When Banner Grabbing

As most of us know, the Earth’s CO2 levels keep rising, which directly contributes to the melting of our pale blue dot’s icecaps. This is slowly but surely making it harder for our beloved polar bears to keep on living. So, it’s time for us information security professionals to help do our part. As we all know, every packet traveling over the Internet is processed by power hungry CPUs. By simply sending fewer packets, we can consume less electricity while still get our banner grabbing, and…

Vincent Berg
Blogs | EDITORIAL | July 29, 2015

Black Hat and DEF CON: Hacks and Fun

The great annual experience of Black Hat and DEF CON starts in just a few days, and we here at IOActive have a lot to share. This year we have several groundbreaking hacking talks and fun activities that you won’t want to miss! For Fun Join IOActive for an evening of dancing Our very own DJ Alan Alvarez is back – coming all the way from Mallorca to turn the House of Blues RED. Because no one prefunks like IOActive. Wednesday, August 5th 6–9PM House of Blues Escape to the…

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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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