On 31 October 2020 at 1730 the Austrian government held a press release to announce new COVID-19 regulations. Since this press release was only the political message and the actual legally binding regulation is still not published we cannot give you an update yet. We don’t know when the regulation will be published. Given these circumstances we cannot give you any more details, but we are working on it. We hope to have more details on Tuesday/Wednesday. We assure you that we have contingency plans, because we expected this situation a few months ago.
Today begins the „darker half“ of the year. The harvesting season has ended. The year ends as well (depending on how you count the days and mark the start of the year). People celebrate Samhain, Halloween, or other festive days. In information security there is always a harvest season, and there is no darker half of the year. 2020 is no exception despite the extraordinary situation given the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. So how do you decide what exceptions look like? What is a trick? What’s the difference between a trick and a threat? If you supervise any kind of digital infrastructure or set of systems, then these questions are very important. Metrics is a hot topic – an euphemism for a dirty word – in computer science. It is used in other fields as well.
Interesting times call for extraordinary measures. Due to current restrictions DeepSec and DeepINTEL move to a new location. Both conferences will be at the Vienna Marriott Hotel right next to the inner city. The conference is easy to reach and a lot of historic places are in walking distance. Inside the hotel DeepSec and DeepINTEL will be conducted as a hybrid conference. We will have a mixture of on-site and virtual presentations. Information about participating (links and codes) will be sent to you after registration.
Administrivia: DeepSec and DeepINTEL Preparations, Anti-Virus Issues, Schedule, and digital Conference
We have been stuck in administrative tasks for the past weeks. So to break the radio silence: Yes, DeepSec and DeepINTEL will happen. We currently prepare the hybrid configuration for the streams and the virtual platforms to bring speakers to the audience and vice versa. The conference hotel has confirmed that we can conduct the event at the usual location. Claiming that things look good is a bit of an exaggeration. Nevertheless we would like to go forward. Exchanging ideas and discussing current threats has never been more important than now. We hope to give you this opportunity, and we hope that you are able to participate. We have also created a couple of mailing lists for informal news, official press releases/articles, and future Calls for Papers to keep you informed. All lists are
The current travel warnings and COVID-19 statistics have an impact on the DeepSec 2020 conference. As we expected, travel is the major obstacle. This means that DeepSec 2020, ROOTS, and DeepINTEL will turn into a hybrid event. We will still be on-site at the conference hotel. Presentations will be on-site and available by our conference streaming platform in parallel. Speakers that cannot be in Vienna will stream their presentations. Everything will be live, and everyone attending physically and virtually can participate. Furthermore, we constantly update our COVID-19 health protection in order to keep you and everyone here in Vienna at the conference safe. Two trainings are already virtually (right from the start). We are exploring which trainings can switch to a virtual mode and will update the schedule accordingly. In case you are interested
Reading the news can be very frustrating these days. Not that it was ever fun. We are monitoring the current COVID-19 situation in Europe and abroad. Given the questionable start of the Corona Traffic Light system in Austria, we want to offer you some facts. The training Black Belt Pentesting / Bug Hunting Millionaire: Mastering Web Attacks with Full-Stack Exploitation and Mobile Security Testing Guide Hands-On will be virtual. This has been our and the trainer’s decision from the start due to travel regulations. Depending on the travel situation other trainings may switch to a virtual training as well. It depends on the content, and the trainers need to agree. Some of the DeepSec 2020 presentations will be virtual. Again this is due to travel regulations. Most of the presentation will still be on-site
A race condition attack is one of the most dangerous and underestimated attacks on modern web applications. It’s related to concurrency and multithreading. As a result of this attack an attacker, who has $1000 in his bank account, can transfer way more than $1000 from his bank account. This is just one example, but it clearly shows how dangerous this attack is. If you develop or use software connected to a network, then this is for you. In a free video Dawid Czagan (DeepSec Instructor) will show you step-by-step how this attack works and tell you how to prevent this attack from happening. Watch this free video and feel the taste of Dawid Czagan’s Live Online Training ”Black Belt Pentesting / Bug Hunting Millionaire: Mastering Web Attacks with Full-Stack Exploitation” (DeepSec 2020; mind the date
We have been busy working on the schedule, the preparations for DeepSec/DeepINTEL, and our COVID-19 protection plan. As you may know, Austria has introduced a Corona „traffic light“ system to mark the spread of COVID-19 cases. We have added a section to our COVID-19 countermeasures describing what the traffic light colours mean. Since we rely on our own protection measures based on guidelines by health experts, DeepSec and DeepINTEL can happen unless a total lock-down is in place. The schedule has some updates. We have added two new presentations. Denis Kolegov will dissect IPSec UDP, a custom undocumented VPN protocol. It lacks the cryptographic strength and perfect forward secrecy. The protocol has severe flaws which allows attackers to reconstruct the keys and decrypt the whole network traffic. In addition Paula de la Hoz will
Content Security Policy (CSP) is the number one defensive technology in modern web applications. A good CSP offers a lot of possibilities, but it is hard to develop. Mistakes are common, too. Many developers add ajax.googleapis.com to CSP definitions, because they use libraries from this very popular content distributions network (CDN) in their web applications. The problem is that it completely bypasses the CSP and obviously you don’t want that to happen. Since CSP should be part of any modern application, you better get to work and brush up your knowledge. In a free video Dawid Czagan (DeepSec Instructor) will show you step-by-step how your CSP can be bypassed by hackers. Watch this free video and feel the taste of Dawid Czagan’s Live Online Training ”Black Belt Pentesting / Bug Hunting Millionaire: Mastering Web
In software development and system administration some data sets are periodically updated. This is true for our COVID-19 counter measures document. We updated some sections and whacked our reverse proxy a bit (i.e. reduced the caching limits). We can’t do much about the travel regulations and your company policy, but we gone through great efforts to make your stay at DeepSec and DeepINTEL as safe as possible. 1918 is the new 1984. Stay healthy! Keep yourself air-gapped!
PDF files are everywhere. No day goes by without someone having used a PDF document. This is why PDF files are the perfect hacking tool. They can even be used to hack your web application. Imagine that the attacker prepares a malicious PDF file which steals sensitive data from a user. The PDF file is uploaded to the web application, the user reads this PDF file, and finally sensitive data is exfiltrated from the user’s browser. It’s scary, isn’t it? In a free video Dawid Czagan (DeepSec Instructor) will show you-step-by step how this attack works and how you can check if your web application is vulnerable to this attack. Watch this free video and feel the taste of Dawid Czagan’s Live Online Training ”Black Belt Pentesting / Bug Hunting Millionaire: Mastering Web Attacks with
We have some news. The schedule for DeepSec is getting stable. 🎉 Juggling the presentations slots and keeping in touch with all speakers and trainers is always the most dynamic part of DeepSec events. The current situation puts an extra strain on the preparations. We intend to conduct as much on-site presentations as possible. So far only two trainings and selected talks will be virtual. The main part of the schedule will be physically on-site. Please note our updated counter COVID-19 measures document. We have some more features planned for anyone attending, because we want to keep you busy during the conference. The ticket shop is online and waiting for your orders. We know that most people book late. Usually this is not a problem. Nevertheless we like to ask you to book early
In Summer time slows down considerably. This has nothing to do with the theory of relativity. It’s just hot, people take some time off, and messaging latency significantly increases. In turn we have to speed up the reviews and come up with a selection. As always, this has been very hard. You sent us very high quality submissions. Thanks for making the selection process hard for us. 😍 The preliminary schedule is where it has always been in the past years. Please note that two trainings will be virtual trainings. All other trainings will be on-site unless we are forced to conduct them virtually as well. With COVID-19 being the Corona elephant in the room for all events all over the world, we created a document to address the health situation. DeepSec and DeepINTEL
Summer is always a bad time for getting things done. Usually people are on holiday, sweat, relax, or travel for recreation. Things are different due to the Covid-19 precautions. Unfortunately our Call for Papers ends on 31 July 2020. This means we have to remind you about the deadline. We plan to publish the schedule in mid-August, so we don’t have much choice to ask you again for research results, insights, incidents, weaknesses, helpful hints for defence, and more.. Tell us about your research. Keep our reviewers busy! We have some additional information. We added a mailing list system to our infrastructure. The server is run by our event partners, the Crowes. So you can get news by raven, not only figuratively. The mailing lists we created are a tool to keep you informed.
The Call for Papers of DeepSec, DeepINTEL, and ROOTS have a deadline. DeepSec and DeepINTEL have set he first deadline to 31 July 2020. We will accept submissions after this date, but everyone who submitted before the deadline will be reviewed first. Since all speakers are entitled to benefits which depend on their presence at the conference we decided to extend these offers. If you submit your presentation for the 2020 events and cannot attend, then all benefits such as entry to the conference, travel cost reimbursement, our famous speaker’s dinner, your stay at the hotel, and everything else will stay valid until DeepSec 2021. The only condition is that your content must be presented (either virtually or by proxy). The offer is valid for DeepSec and ROOTS. DeepINTEL is a special case, because