DeepSec Video: Hacking Cookies in Modern Web Applications and Browsers

René Pfeiffer/ February 9, 2016/ Conference, Internet, Security

Cookies are solid gold when it comes to security. Once you have logged in, your session is the ticket to enter any web application. This is why most web sites use HTTPS these days. The problem is that your browser and the web applications needs to store these bits of information. Enter cookie hacking. A lot has changed since 1994,  and Dawid Czagan of Silesia Security Lab held  presentation at DeepSec 2015 about what you can and cannot do with cookies in modern web applications and browsers. Learn about user impersonation, remote cookie tampering, XSS and more. .

DeepSec Video: 50 Shades of WAF – Exemplified at Barracuda and Sucuri

René Pfeiffer/ January 30, 2016/ Conference, Security

Sometimes your endpoint is a server (or a couple thereof). Very often your server is a web server. A lot of interesting, dangerous, and odd code resides on web servers these days. In case you have ever security-tested web applications, you know that these beasts are full of surprises. Plus the servers get lots of requests, some trying to figure out where the weaknesses are. This is how web application firewalls (WAF) come into play. Firewalls have come a long way from inspecting layer 3/4 traffic up to all the peculiarities of layer 7 protocols. Once your firewall turns ALG and more, things get complicated. Since security researchers love complexity Ashar Javed has taken a look at WAF systems. Here is his presentation held at DeepSec 2015. He found 50 ways to bypass the

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DeepSec Workshops: Digitale Verteidigung – Wissen ist Macht

René Pfeiffer/ October 20, 2015/ Conference, Internet, Training

Wann haben Sie Ihren letzten Geschäftsbrief geschrieben? Und wann haben Sie das letzte Mal Stift und Papier dazu benutzt? Es macht nichts wenn Sie sich nicht daran erinnern können: Digitale Kommunikation ist Teil unseres Alltagslebens, nicht nur in der Geschäftswelt. Wir haben uns so sehr daran gewöhnt ständig online zu kommunizieren, das offline sein sich schon fast unnatürlich anfühlt. Das heißt natürlich auch, dass wir ständig irgendwelchen Netzwerken ausgeliefert sind, vor allem dem Internet. Unsere Tür steht Tag und Nacht offen. Wir können sie nicht mehr schließen und laden somit offen auch ungebetene Gäste ein, die dieselben Netzwerke nutzen wie wir. Es ist Zeit ernsthaft darüber nachzudenken. Was für Bedrohungen gibt es da draußen? Und wie können wir uns vor Ihnen schützen? Cyber Kriminalität und Datenschutz Alles ist „Cyber“ heutzutage. Kriminalität genauso wie Sicherheitsbestrebungen.

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DeepSec2015 Talk: Hacking Cookies in Modern Web Applications and Browsers – a short Interview with Dawid Czagan

Sanna/ October 1, 2015/ Discussion, Interview, Security

You don’t have to be the cookie monster to see cookies all around us. The World Wide Web is full of it. Make sure not to underestimate their impact on information security. Dawid Czagan will tell you why. 1) Please tell us the top 5 facts about your talk. The following topics will be presented: – cookie related vulnerabilities in web applications – insecure processing of secure flag in modern browsers – bypassing HttpOnly flag and cookie tampering in Safari – problem with Domain attribute in Internet Explorer – underestimated XSS via cookie – and more 2) How did you come up with it? Was there something like an initial spark that set your mind on creating this talk? I noticed that cookie related problems are underestimated. People claim, for example, that XSS via cookie requires

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DeepSec 2014 Workshop: Hacking Web Applications – Case Studies of Award-Winning Bugs

René Pfeiffer/ October 14, 2014/ Conference, Training

The World Wide Web has spread vastly since the 1990s. Web technology has developed a lot of methods, and the modern web site of today has little in common with the early static HTML shop windows. The Web can do more. A lot of applications can be accessed by web browsers, because it is easier in terms of having a client available on most platforms. Of course, sometimes things go wrong, bugs bite, and you might find your web application and its data exposed to the wrong hands. This is where you and your trainer Dawid Czagan come in. We offer you a Web Application Hacking training at DeepSec 2014. Have you ever thought of hacking web applications for fun and profit? How about playing with authentic, award-winning bugs identified in some of the

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DeepSec 2013 Video: Hack The Gibson – Exploiting Supercomputers

René Pfeiffer/ February 22, 2014/ Conference, Security

Hey, you! Yes, you there! Want to get root on thousands of computers at once? We know you do! Who wouldn’t? Then take a good look at supercomputers. They are not a monolithic and mysterious as Wintermute. Modern architecture links thousands of nodes together. Your typical supercomputer of today consists of a monoculture of systems running the same software. If you manage to break into one node, the chances are good that you have access to all nodes. That’s pretty neat. At DeepSec 2013 John Fitzpatrick and Luke Jennings of MWR InfoSecurity talked about their tests with supercomputers. Their presentation covers the research and demonstrates some of the most interesting and significant vulnerabilities they have uncovered so far. They also demonstrated exploits and previously undocumented attack techniques live so you can see how to

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DeepSec 2013 Video: CSRFT – A Cross Site Request Forgeries Toolkit

René Pfeiffer/ February 14, 2014/ Conference

While Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) is an attack that is primarily targeted at the end user, it still affects web sites. Some developers try to avoid it by using secret cookies or restricting clients to HTTP POST requests, but this won’t work. The usual defence is to implement unique tokens in web forms. CSRF is often underestimated, because their presence is more common than anticipated. At DeepSec 2013 Paul Amar introduced his Cross Site Request Forgeries Toolkit (CSRFT). The toolkit helps you to study and prototype CSRF interaction with web servers. Paul’s talk was one of the U21 submissions accepted at DeepSec 2013.

DeepSec 2013 Video: Trusted Friend Attack – (When) Guardian Angels Strike

René Pfeiffer/ February 6, 2014/ Conference, Internet, Security, Stories

We live in a culture where everybody can have thousands of friends. Social media can catapult your online presence into celebrity status. While your circle of true friends may be smaller than your browser might suggest, there is one thing that plays a crucial role when it comes to social interaction: trust. Did you ever forget the password to your second favourite social media site? If so, how did you recover or reset it? Did it work, and were you really the one who triggered the „lost password“ process? In a world where few online contacts can meet each other it is difficult for a social media site to verify that the person requesting a new password is really the individual who holds the account. Facebook has introduced Trusted Friends to facilitate the identity

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DeepSec 2013 Video – Relax Everybody: HTML5 Is Securer Than You Think

René Pfeiffer/ January 14, 2014/ Conference

A lot of tags have been created since the 1980s when the foundation of the modern World Wide Web was born. HTML5 is being deployed on servers around the world. Just like the many 802.11xyz wireless standards it is being used before the stable standard has been released by the W3C. Moving targets attract all kinds of developers and information security enthusiasts. This is why we invited Sebastian Lekies of SAP to hold a presentation about HTML5. He systematically explores security relevant HTML5 APIs and summarises what web developers need to know when designing, implementing and deploying web applications. We will see at DeepSec 2014 if HTML5-based sites will be still featured in talks. ☺

DeepSec 2013 Talk: CSRFT – A Cross Site Request Forgeries Toolkit

René Pfeiffer/ November 9, 2013/ Conference, Security

Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) is a real threat to web users and their sessions. To quote from the OWASP web site: „CSRF is an attack which forces an end user to execute unwanted actions on a web application in which he/she is currently authenticated.“ Combined with social engineering this is a very effective attack tool. Believe it or not, web sites prone to CSRF are very common. If your web developers do not know what „unique web form“ means, you will have to deal with CSRFs eventually. Paul Amar is a student of computer science, and at DeepSec 2013 he will present a framework to study and prototype CSRF interaction with web servers. The tool presented is the Cross Site Request Forgeries Toolkit (CSRFT). It has been developed in Python and Node.JS. The

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DeepSec 2013 Workshop: Exploiting Web Applications Protected By $WAFs

René Pfeiffer/ October 11, 2013/ Conference, Security, Training

We all use web applications on a daily basis. Search engines, portals, web sites, blogs, information pages and various other content accessible by web browsers accompany us every day. This means that web server are the first exposed systems you will have to protect when deploying web applications. Usually you would add filters to your network that inspect access to the software and block any malicious requests. Packet filters were the tool of choice. Now we have application level firewalls to deal with content and protocols used. In the case of web applications the market has introduced a new kind of device: the web application firewall (WAF). In theory WAFs understand HTTP and know how a web browser talks to a web server. In practice no two web applications are alike, because they may

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DeepSec 2013 Talk: The Boomerang Effect – Using Session Puzzling To Attack Apps From The Backend

René Pfeiffer/ October 10, 2013/ Conference, Security

In past centuries attackers used battering rams to break down doors and siege artillery to blast holes into solid fortification walls. These were very tedious undertakings, so using alternate routes – possibly back-doors – were always highly regarded. Nowadays wonderful World of „Cyber“™ is no exception. The modern web-obsessed infrastructure has seen web browsers in local networks being compromised to access web-based back-end systems (through DNS rebinding attacks for example). Management consoles are a prime target, because once you gain access you probably can make the most out of elevated privileges. What about turning the back-end around and attack applications by it? Shay Chen has explored this attack vector and will present details in his talk at DeepSec 2013. Applications security mechanisms, secure software development processes, web application firewalls – collections of countermeasures that turn hacking

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DeepSec 2012 Articles and Slides

René Pfeiffer/ December 20, 2012/ Conference, Press

We have collected links to articles covering DeepSec 2012. If we missed one, please let us know. Arron Finnon’s Report on the DeepSEC Conference “Breaking SAP Portal” by Alexander Polyakov DeepSec 2012: Insecurity? It’s just a matter of time (in German) DeepSec 2012: IT-Sicherheitskonferenz in Wien (in German) DeepSec 2012: Services of cyber crime and cyber weapons in the Cloud (in German) DeepSec 2012: Wargames in the Fifth Domain (in German) DeepSec 2012: When I Grow up I want to be a Cyberterrorist (in German) “Malware Analysis on a shoestring budget” commented by Michael Boman The Evolution of e-Money (by Jon Matonis) SAP Slapping (by Dave Hartley) Sicherheitschecks von iPhone-Apps für fast jeden möglich (in German) Übernahme des Hypervisors über ein Gastsystem (in German) The slides of DeepSec 2012 can be found for download

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DeepSec 2012 Workshop: Web Application Penetration Testing

René Pfeiffer/ October 11, 2012/ Conference, Training

If eyes are the window to your soul, then web applications are the gateways to your heart. Of course this is only a figure of speech, but once you take a look at security incidents and the role of web applications, then you get the idea of the analogy. Web applications are everywhere. It’s not always about your favorite intranet application. A lot of devices run web applications, too. And there are portals which really give you access to a whole variety of information and services. Speaking of services, you can have application programming interfaces (APIs), too. APIs usually do not talk to humans, but maybe they can be automated to do Bad Things™. This is where penetration testing comes in. Ari Elias-Bachrach will teach you how to approach web applications in the context

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Of Web Apps, Smartphones and Data Leaks

René Pfeiffer/ October 6, 2011/ High Entropy

Just digging through the backlog of the past days. Someone shot me a quick link to a web site showing an administrative interface. I failed to see the significance right away, because the link was sent by chat with an URL obfuscator shortener. I know discovered the corresponding blog post to this issue. Coincidentally I was talking on the phone today about AnonAustria’s latest publications. Apparently they found the addresses of Austrian police staff online. The claim is that the data was sitting on a web server and could be downloaded simply by guessing links. Yesterday the Austrian Chamber of Commerce confirmed a data leak covering more than 6.000 data sets of customers (400 of them complete with bank accounting information). The data leak looks like a web server „glitch“, too. AnonAustria referred to

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