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Library | WHITEPAPER | July 1, 2013

Best Practices for using Adobe Reader 9.0

Adobe products have long touted how they enable organizations to collaborate and share information in heterogeneous environments. However, a recent stream of vulnerabilities identified in Adobe products has caused a great deal of concern about the overall security threat associated with using these products. IOActive security experts offer suggestions for how to best protect your computer.

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Library | WHITEPAPER | March 24, 2013

Compromising Industrial Facilities from 40 Miles Away

This paper reviews the most commonly implemented key distribution schemes, their weaknesses, and how vendors can more effectively align their designs with key distribution solutions. We also demonstrate some attacks that exploit key distribution vulnerabilities, which we recently discovered in every wireless device developed over the past few years by three leading industrial wireless automation solution providers. These devices are widely used by many energy, oil, water, nuclear, natural gas, and refined petroleum companies.

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Lucas Apa & Carlos Penagos
Library | WHITEPAPER | July 1, 2012

Reversal and Analysis of the Zeus and SpyEye Banking Trojans

Although the core functionality of SpyEye is similar to its main rival Zeus, SpyEye incorporates many advanced tricks to hide its presence on the local system. This document includes a deep technical analysis of the bot’s advanced hooking and injection mechanisms, as well as its core functionality used to hijack and steal user information. Zeus is an advanced piece of malware, so getting it to a reversible state was not a trivial exercise since it incorporates multiple layers of custom, portable, executable encryption. IOActive reverse engineers stripped each encryption layer…

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Library | WHITEPAPER | February 8, 2012

Traffic Analysis on Google Maps with GMaps-Trafficker

This paper describes a high-level approach to identifying which geographical coordinates a user sees on Google Maps when using an SSL-encrypted channel. Provided you have built the correct profile, the GMaps-Trafficker tool allows you to identify which geographical coordinates a user is looking at on Google Maps, even though the user is accessing Google Maps over SSL.

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The Genie in the Market

The Android Market is an open and friendly variation on the app stores spreading across the mobile phone industry. These applications appear safe on the surface, but they exact a price for developer accessibility that is paid by unsuspecting Android consumers and vendors. This article discusses the threats presented by native libraries included by Android Market applications and covers how these vulnerabilities were exploited by the Unrevoked app to jailbreak the latest generation of Android phones.

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Scott Dunlop
Library | WHITEPAPER | May 30, 2010

Securing the Smart Grid: To Act Without Delay

This presentation, delivered at Infosecurity Europe by Joshua Pennell, discusses risks identified, research performed, and remediation efforts suggested around the Smart Grid and meters.

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Joshua Pennell
Library | WHITEPAPER | March 1, 2010

Top Threats to Cloud Computing V1.0

The purpose of this document is to provide needed context to assist organizations in making educated risk management decisions regarding their cloud adoption strategies. In essence, this threat research document should be seen as a companion to “Security Guidance for Critical Areas in Cloud Computing.” As the first deliverable in the CSA’s Cloud Threat Initiative, this document will be updated regularly to reflect expert consensus on the probable threats that customers should be concerned about.

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Library | WHITEPAPER | December 1, 2009

Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing

What follows is our initial report, outlining areas of concern and guidance for organizations adopting cloud computing. The intention is to provide security practitioners with a comprehensive roadmap for being proactive in developing positive and secure relationships with cloud providers. Much of this guidance is also quite relevant to the cloud provider to improve the quality and security of their service offerings. As with any initial foray, there certainly will be guidance that we can improve, and we will likely modify the number of domains and change the focus of…

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Library | WHITEPAPER | October 1, 2009

Exploitation in the ’New’ WIN32 Environment

With the release of Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2003, Win32 auditing, exploitation and research became far more complex. Data Execution Protection, a host of new security measures within the compilers, and the .NET Framework’s implications on development as a whole all signaled the end of “simple” core system exploits. This paper focuses on these architecture changes-which were made to prevent exploitation of win32 processes-and how to break them. It reiterates what the author learned about general Win32 exploitation and provides detailed techniques to evade stack protections in Windows XP…

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Walter Pearce

Biometric Security: Facial Recognition Testing

IOActive has conducted extensive research and testing of facial recognition systems on commercial mobile devices. Our testing included setups for 2D- and 3D-based algorithms, including technologies using stereo IR cameras. Discovering the underlying algorithms to find setups to bypass them, then calculating the Spoof Acceptance Rate (SAR).