Welcome to the Tenable Network Security Podcast - Episode 44
Hosts: Paul Asadoorian, Product Evangelist & Kelly Todd, Compliance Analyst
- Several new blog posts have been published this week, including:
- New Nessus training is now being offered at conferences! - The new course titled "Advanced Vulnerability Scanning Techniques Using Nessus" will be at BruCon 2010. It's a two-day course that will put students into a real-world environment where they will have to solve problems and identify vulnerabilities using the advanced features of the Nessus vulnerability scanner.
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- More Badge Hacking Fun! - Dennis Brown had some fun with the Ninja Party badges, which all used ZigBee with little authentication, meaning you could change player levels and messages on other people's badges.
- GSM Catcher gets a run at Defcon - I saw a Tweet this weekend that describes GSM as Telnet and 3G as SSH. This is pretty scary as GSM is still in widespread use.
- VxWorks Vulnerability Details Released - VxWorks is a very popular embedded operating system. Vulnerabilities were recently discovered that allow a remote attacker to read memory from a device over a UDP port. This also allows you to gain access to the device and trivially crack the password hash that uses proprietary encryption (which is a no-no). I also found this to be the scariest part: "it became obvious that an unknown party had already spent most of 2006 scanning for this service". While we all hem and haw about disclosure, I've always had a sneaking suspicion that the real bad guys are one step ahead of us, and in this case they were about four years ahead.
- Malware for Nintendo DS and Wii - Researchers demonstrated how they could upload code into these devices and then in turn cause them to attack the network. Most people don't think about their gaming console getting a "virus", but I am glad someone is doing this research and publishing it because I've always speculated about this attack vector.
- Android Rootkit - Really cool use cases, like reading all phone history and text messages, make calls on the phone without the user knowing (e.g. 900 numbers). The rootkit is a Linux kernel module that can hide its presence.
- Marcus Ranum: Be Serious About "Cybersecurity" - Pretty neat interview with Marcus covering a lot of different topics. One thing that bothers me though is the two-factor authentication and using to protect endpoints. I think if the endpoint is compromised, it doesn't matter how many factors of authentication you have: your data is compromised. Since I can compromise an endpoint and gain direct access to memory, the network traffic, and keyboard strokes it means I can bypass all the security you have in place.