Condolences and Sympathies to Families of the Victims #wienATTACK #0211w

René Pfeiffer/ November 3, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

We wish to express our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured of last nights attacks in Vienna. Our thoughts are with them and the many women and men protecting the everyday life in the city. Vienna is one of the safest cities in Europe. Since 2007 the DeepSec team enjoys bringing you all to this wonderful city. We will continue to do this. Information security is a team effort and so is creating safe places for everyone. Don’t give the extremists the stage. Ignore them and care about the ones deserving your attention. Stay safe, stay healthy!

DeepSec 2020 Talk: TaintSpot: Practical Taint Analysis and Exploit Generation for Java – Dr. – Ing. Mohammadreza Ashouri

Sanna/ November 2, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

“In this talk I will introduce a scalable and practical security analysis and automatic exploit generation approach, which is called TaintSpot. It works based on an optimized hybrid taint analysis technique that combines static and dynamic vulnerability analysis. TaintSpot generates concrete exploits based on concolic testing for programs written for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) ecosystem.TaintSpot is specially designed for operating on large-scale proprietary executable binaries with multiple external dependencies. TaintSpot is under development system; for now, it targets JVM binaries, but I plan to extend it to android applications.” We asked Mohammadreza a few more questions about his talk. Please tell us the top 5 facts about your talk. Static and dynamic taint analysis have various advantages and disadvantages; I consider consolidating the best of these techniques to improve the effectiveness and scalability

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Administrivia: Update on COVID-19 Regulations concerning DeepINTEL and DeepSec

René Pfeiffer/ November 2, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

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.

World of Metrics: Trick or Threat? How do you know for sure?

René Pfeiffer/ October 31, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

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.

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DeepSec2020 Talk: What’s Up Doc? – Self Learning Sandboxes to Defeat Modern Malwares Using RSA: Rapid Static Analysis – Shyam Sundar Ramaswami

Sanna/ October 30, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

“Catch me if you can!” is the right phrase to describe today’s malware genre. Malwares have become more stealthy, deadly and authors have become more wiser too. What if sandboxes started performing rapid static analysis on malware files and passed on the metadata to spin a sandbox environment based on malware attributes and the malware does not evade? Well, the talk deals with about how to do RSA (Rapid Static Analysis, i coined it), pass on the attributes and how we defeat modern malwares by dynamically spinning sandboxes. RSA embedded in “H.E.L.E.N” and “Dummy” and how we extracted the real IOC from Ryuk forms the rest of the talk and story! The talk also covers how these key “attributes” that are extracted are used for ML, how we build bipartite graphs, build instruction based

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DeepSec 2020 Talk: “I Told You So!” – Musings About A Blameless Security Culture – Tim Berghoff, Hauke Gierow

Sanna/ October 29, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

The concept of a blameless culture is familiar to agile software development teams the world over. Going blameless has lots of merits, yet in many organizations and management teams true blamelessness is far from being the norm. This is especially true for the security sector, where the thinking is perhaps even more linear than elsewhere in an organization. This way of thinking is not necessarily bad, but not always helpful. On the other hand, sugarcoating any shortcoming will not help things along either. In truth, the security industry is still facing a lot of work when it comes to dealing with people. This talk will address and explore some of the fundamental problems of corporate security culture and why it keeps companies from moving forward. We asked Tim and Hauke a few more questions

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DeepSec 2020 Talk: No IT Security Without Free Software – Max Mehl

Sanna/ October 28, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

IT security is one of the most challenging global issues of recent years. But apart from the establishment of countless “cyber security” authorities, politics doesn’t seem to come up with something substantial. However, Free Software can be the solution to many pressing security problems. In this session, we will look at pros and cons and use concrete examples to illustrate why security and openness are not contradictory. For security professionals, the growing complexity of today’s digital world is no big surprise. But decision-makers are often overwhelmed by these new challenges and the uncertainties they entail. As a result, many fall for cheap selling arguments for black-boxed solutions and lose sight of a general strategy. We don’t know the exact security threats in five or ten years, but it is obvious that nobody can face

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Administrivia: Welcome to the Vienna Marriott Hotel – DeepSec & DeepINTEL move to a new Location

René Pfeiffer/ October 27, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

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.

DeepSec2020 Talk: Pivoting – As an Attack Weapon – Filipi Pires

Sanna/ October 27, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

Demonstrating an exploit in a container environment (three dockers) across three different networks, I will demonstrate different pivot, vulnerability exploit, and privilege escalation techniques on all machines using Alpine linux, Gogs app, and other Linux platforms using Pentest methodologies such as recon, enumeration, exploitation, post exploitation. By the end of this presentation everyone will be able to see different ways that exist in working with a single form of pivot and how to overcome different obstacles in different networks within this “new” environment called Docker. We asked Filipi a few more questions about his talk. Please tell us the top 5 facts about your talk. During this presentation, we are looking at some important facts such as: Observability in different environment, vulnerability exploit, use of privilege escalation techniques, some misconfigurations or maybe no good

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DeepSec 2020 Talk: Journey Into Iranian Cyber Espionage – Chris Kubecka

Sanna/ October 26, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

Welcome to the new Cold War in the Middle East. In 2012, Iran’s first Shamoon attacks almost crashed every world economy, nearly bringing the world to its knees. Since then, the game of spy vs. spy has intensified. Join Chris on a 2.5 year Iranian espionage campaign attempting to recruit her for the most innocent of jobs; teaching critical infrastructure hacking with a focus on nuclear facilities. A journey of old school espionage with a cyber twist. Bribery, sockpuppets, recruitment handlers, propaganda VVIP luxury trip mixed with a little IOT camera revenge. We asked Chris a few more questions about his talk. Please tell us the top 5 facts about your talk. Governments friendly, friendemy and enemy actively recruit for cyber offensive talent Finding the correct place to report active espionage and illegal bribery

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DeepSec 2020 Talk: The Great Hotel Hack: Adventures In Attacking The Hospitality Industry – Etizaz Mohsin

Sanna/ October 23, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

Have you ever wondered if your presence might be exposed to an unknown entity even when you are promised full security and discretion at a hotel? Well, it would be scary to know that the hospitality industry is a prime target nowadays for cyber threats as hotels offer many opportunities for hackers and other cybercriminals to target them and therefore resulting in data breaches. Not just important credit card details are a prime reason, but also an overload of guest data, including emails, passport details, home addresses and more. Marriot International where 500 million guests’ private information was compromised is one of the best examples. Besides data compromise, surgical strikes have been conducted by threat actors against targeting guests at luxury hotels in Asia and the United States. The advanced persistent threat campaign called

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DeepSec2020 Talk: Faulting Hardware from Software – Daniel Gruss

Sanna/ October 22, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

Fault attacks induce incorrect behavior into a system, enabling the compromise of the entire system and the disclosure of confidential data. Traditionally, fault attacks required hardware equipment and local access. In the past five years multiple fault attacks have been discovered that do not require local access, as they can be mounted from software. We will discuss the Rowhammer attack and how it can subvert a system. We then show that a new primitive, Plundervolt, can similarly lead to a system compromise and information disclosure. We asked Daniel a few more questions about his talk. Please tell us the top 5 facts about your talk. Software-based fault attacks, like Rowhammer, enables unprivileged attackers to manipulate hardware Hardware flaws can lead to privilege escalation and a full system compromise Plundervolt is another fault attack we

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DeepSec Press Release: DeepSec and DeepINTEL 2020 as a hybrid conference. IT security in unusual times – events enable virtual access.

Sanna/ October 21, 2020/ Conference, DeepIntel/ 0 comments

There’s nothing like “business as usual” in information security. Vulnerabilities in software, malware, campaigns to attack companies and organizations as well as defending your own infrastructure know no break. In recent months, digital networking has been put to the test as the most important pillar of society and working life. It is often forgotten that not every chic app, every portal and digital trend is trustworthy. For security reasons the annual DeepSec and DeepINTEL conferences will run as a hybrid event. Virtual lectures and face-to-face presentations will be equally accessible to all participants and speakers. Digital protection has never been more important Digitization is quickly pronounced. Software is even faster labelled as secure. Unfortunately, the last few decades of security research have shown that weak points can only be reduced through consistent secure design

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DeepSec2020 talk: Ransomware: Trends, Analysis and Solutions – Josh Pyorre

Sanna/ October 9, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

My talk on ransomware will be technical, but also tells the story of how it’s evolved, highlighting specific and interesting infections. I’ll walk through the history of ransomware, its relationship to cryptojacking, and the supporting software made up of malspam and exploit kits. We’ll also address the recent phase of ransomware data extortion. There will be demonstrations of current malware infections as well as unique methods and ideas for detection and hunting. We’ll end with multiple methods of prevention and mitigation, some using paid products, but with the focus primarily on opensource options. Since I work with approximately 15% of the internets DNS traffic in my job, I will be using some of that data to show statistics. Despite that, I’ve done my best to make sure this is not a talk about products from my company, and aim

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Administrivia: DeepSec and DeepINTEL Preparations, Anti-Virus Issues, Schedule, and digital Conference

René Pfeiffer/ October 8, 2020/ Conference/ 0 comments

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

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