Posts tagged Exploits

1 min Exploits

Adobe Flash CVE-2016-4171 Patch Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Adobe is expected [] to release a patch for CVE-2016-4171 [], which fixes a critical vulnerability in Flash that Kaspersky reports is being used in active, targeted campaigns. Generally speaking, these sorts of pre-patch, zero day exploits don't see a lot of widespread use; they're too valuable to bu

2 min Exploits

Social Attacks in Web App Hacking - Investigating Findings of the DBIR

This is a guest post from Shay Chen [], an Information Security Researcher, Analyst, Tool Author and Speaker. The guy behind TECAPI [] , WAVSEP [] and WAFEP [] benchmarks. Are social attacks that much easier to use, or is it the technology gap of exploitation engines that make social attacks more appealing? While reading t

2 min Microsoft

On Badlock for Samba (CVE-2016-2118) and Windows (CVE-2016-0128)

Today is Badlock Day You may recall that the folks over at [] stated about 20 days ago that April 12 would see patches for "Badlock," a serious vulnerability in the SMB/CIFS protocol that affects both Microsoft Windows and any server running Samba, an open source workalike for SMB/CIFS services. We talked about it back in our Getting Ahead of Badlock [/2016/03/30/getting-ahead-of-badlock] post, and hopefully, IT administrators have taken advantage of the pre-releas

2 min Microsoft

Getting Ahead of Badlock

While we are keeping abreast of the news about the foretold Badlock vulnerability [], we don't know much more than anyone else right now. We're currently speculating that the issue has to do with the fundamentals of the SMB/CIFS protocol, since the vulnerability is reported to be present in both Microsoft's and Samba's implementations. Beyond that, we're expecting the details from Microsoft as part of their regularly scheduled patch Tuesday. How Bad Is It? Microsoft and the S

3 min IoT

What's In A Hostname?

Like the proverbial cat, curiosity can often get me in trouble, but often enough, curiosity helps us create better security. It seems like every time I encounter a product with a web management console, I end up feeding it data that it wasn't expecting. As an example, while configuring a wireless bridge that had a discovery function that would identify and list all Wi-Fi devices in the radio range, I thought: "I wonder what would happen if I broadcast a service set identifier (SSID) [https://en

4 min Metasploit

12 Days of HaXmas: Metasploit End of Year Wrapup

This is the seventh post in the series, "The 12 Days of HaXmas." It's the last day of the year, which means that it's time to take a moment to reflect on the ongoing development of the Metasploit Framework, that de facto standard in penetration testing, and my favorite open source project around. While the acquisition of Metasploit way back in 2009 was met with some healthy skepticism, I think this year, it's easy to say that Rapid7's involvement with Metasploit has been an enormously positive

5 min Vulnerability Disclosure

CVE-2015-7755: Juniper ScreenOS Authentication Backdoor

On December 18th, 2015 Juniper issued an advisory [] indicating that they had discovered unauthorized code in the ScreenOS software that powers their Netscreen firewalls. This advisory covered two distinct issues; a backdoor in the VPN implementation that allows a passive eavesdropper to decrypt traffic and a second backdoor that allows an attacker to bypass authentication in the SSH and Telnet daemons. Shortly

3 min Exploits

What is SQL Injection?

The SQL Injection [] is one of the oldest and most embarrassing vulnerabilities web enabled code faces. It is so old that there really is no excuse for only a niche of people (namely web security professionals) to understand how it works. Every time I think we've beat this topic to death, SQL Injection finds its way back into the news. This post is my attempt to help anyone and everyone understand how it works and why it's such a persist

3 min Exploits

Watch your SaaS: Partial parameter checking or the case of unfinished homework

“Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.” – Otto von Bismarck I'm not sure how many of you have kids or how diligent they are with their homework but I'm sure you've heard stories of parents observing that their kids have finished their homework in a remarkably short period of time.  However, upon investigation, you quickly discover that your child has only finished half of their homework. Sadly, this state of affairs can also be true for SAAS providers offering web app

2 min Exploits

SQL Injection Vulnerabilities: 4 Reasons Security Teams Can't Stop Them

SQL injection vulnerabilities [] have threatened application security for over 15 years and most security experts and many developers alike understand SQLi very well. So why are they still quite common, despite the fact that we, as an industry, know how to prevent them? Related Resource: Download our SQL Injection Basics Toolkit [] SQLInjection is a com

2 min Exploits

Why SQL Injection Vulnerabilities Still Exist: 8 Reasons Developer's Can't Eliminate Them

Knowing how to prevent a SQL injection vulnerability [] is only half the web application security battle. A multitude of factors come into play when it comes to writing secure code, many of which are out of the developers' direct control. That's why common vulnerabilities like SQL injection continue to plague today's applications, and why application security testing software is so important. These problems can be overcome – with a little

2 min Exploits

R7-2015-17: HP SiteScope DNS Tool Command Injection

This is a vulnerability advisory for the HP SiteScope DNS Tool Command Injection vulnerability, made in accordance with Rapid7's disclosure policy []. Summary Due to a problem with sanitizing user input, authenticated users of HP SiteScope running on Windows can execute arbitrary commands on affected platforms as the local SYSTEM account. While it is possible to set a password for the SiteScope application administrator, this is not enforced upon installation

13 min Metasploit

Using Reflective DLL Injection to exploit IE Elevation Policies

As you are probably aware, sandbox bypasses are becoming a MUST when exploiting desktop applications such as Internet Explorer. One interesting class of sandbox bypasses abuse IE's Elevation Policies. An example of this type of sandbox bypass is CVE-2015-0016 []. The vulnerability has already been analyzed by Henry Li, who published a complete description in this blog entry [

2 min Penetration Testing

Top 3 Takeaways from the & Campfire Horror Stories: 5 Most Common Findings in Pen Tests & Webcast

Penetration Tests are a key part of assuring strong security, so naturally, security professionals are very curious about how this best practice goes down from the pen tester perspective. Jack Daniel, Director of Services at Rapid7 with 13 years of penetration testing under his belt, recently shared which flaws pen testers are regularly using to access sensitive data on the job in the webcast, “Campfire Horror Stories: 5 Most Common Findings in Pen Tests [

5 min Exploits

Revisiting an Info Leak

Today an interesting tweet [] from Greg Linares [] (who has been posting awesome analysis on twitter lately!) came to our attention, concerning the MS15-080 [] patch: This patch (included in MS15-080) may have been intended stop one of the Window kernel bugs exploited by Hacking Team. But, after our analysis, it appears that there is