Posts tagged Windows

5 min Windows

Are You Still Running End-of-Life Windows Servers?

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 reached their end of life (EOL) on Jan. 14, 2020, but what does that mean in practice?

4 min Vulnerability Management

Windows DNS Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2020-1350): What You Need to Know

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Microsoft released a patch for a 17-year-old remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in Windows Domain Name System (DNS) servers discovered by Check Point researchers.

2 min Vulnerability Management

Windows CryptoAPI Spoofing Vulnerability (CVE-2020-0601): What You Need to Know

In this blog, we discuss everything you need to know about the CVE-2020-0601: Windows CryptoAPI Spoofing Vulnerability.

18 min Windows

Heap Overflow Exploitation on Windows 10 Explained

Heap corruption can be a scary topic. In this post, we go through a basic example of a heap overflow on Windows 10.

3 min Windows

Microsoft Windows RDP Network Level Authentication Bypass (CVE-2019-9510): What You Need to Know

CERT/CC has released an advisory regarding discovered behavior in the Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), which can allow an attacker to bypass the lock screen on some remote sessions.

8 min Windows

The PowerShell Boogeyman: How to Defend Against Malicious PowerShell Attacks

By implementing basic controls, you can keep your data safe from potential PowerShell attacks and better detect malicious behavior trying to circumvent said controls.

4 min Microsoft

Petya-like Ransomware Explained

TL;DR summary (7:40 PM EDT June 28): A major ransomware attack started in Ukraine yesterday and has spread around the world. The ransomware, which was initially thought to be a modified Petya variant, encrypts files on infected machines and uses multiple mechanisms to both gain entry to target networks and to spread laterally. Several research teams are reporting that once victims' disks are encrypted, they cannot be decrypted [

5 min Microsoft

Wanna Decryptor (WNCRY) Ransomware Explained

Mark the date: May 12, 2017. This is the day the “ransomworm” dubbed “WannaCry” / “Wannacrypt [!rsm] ” burst — literally — onto the scene with one of the initial targets being the British National Health Service []. According to The Guardian [] : the “

4 min Microsoft

Attacking Microsoft Office - OpenOffice with Metasploit Macro Exploits

It is fair to say that Microsoft Office and OpenOffice are some of the most popular applications in the world. We use them for writing papers, making slides for presentations, analyzing sales or financial data, and more. This software is so important to businesses that, even in developing countries, workers that are proficient in an Office suite can make a decent living based on this skill alone. Unfortunately, high popularity for software also means more high-value targets in the eyes of an at

1 min Nexpose

CVE-2017-3823: Remote Code Execution Vulnerability in Cisco WebEx Browser Plugin

On January 21st 2017, Google's Project Zero disclosed a vulnerability in Cisco's WebEx browser plugin extension that could allow attackers to perform a remote code execution (RCE) exploit on any Windows host running the plugin. An initial fix was pushed out by Cisco that warned a user if they were launching a meeting from a domain other than * or *, however, the fix was questioned by April King from Mozilla [

7 min Haxmas

The Twelve Pains of Infosec

One of my favorite Christmas carols is the 12 Days of Christmas []. Back in the 90's, a satire of the song came out in the form of the 12 Pains of Christmas [], which had me rolling on the floor in laughter, and still does. Now that I am in information security, I decided it is time for a new satire, maybe this will start a new tradition, and so I am presenting, the 12 Pains of Infosec. ----------------------

4 min Penetration Testing

Pentesting in the Real World: Local File Inclusion with Windows Server Files

This is the 5th in a series of blog topics by penetration testers, for penetration testers, highlighting some of the advanced pentesting techniques they'll be teaching in our new Network Assault and Application Assault certifications, opening for registration this week. For more information, check out the training page at [] First

5 min Windows

Revoking and Pinning Certificate Authorities in Windows

Situations come up relatively frequently where a specific certificate authority, trusted by browsers and operating systems, acts in a way that the users of those products would consider untrustworthy. In the enterprise, with services exposed to the Internet and employees traveling, working from Wi-Fi and other insecure connections, this is also a very important issue, as the use of some of these less than tasteful certificates could lead to data (and credential!) interception. Fortunately, if

2 min Windows

Nexpose Remote Registry Activation for Windows

The Windows Registry is a database which stores all settings for a Windows system, e.g. hardware, software installed, Windows updates installed and preferences for users and their applications.  During normal day to day use a standard user will inadvertently push changes into this database when they update the system, add/remove applications and so on. Remote Registry is a Windows service which allows a non-local user to read or make changes to the registry on your Windows system when they are

2 min Windows

Metasploit Framework Open Source Installers

Rapid7 has long supplied universal Metasploit installers for Linux and Windows. These installers contain both the open source Metasploit Framework as well as commercial extensions, which include a graphical user interface, metamodules, wizards, social engineering tools and integration with other Rapid7 tools. While these features are very useful, we recognized that they are not for everyone. According to our recent survey of Metasploit Community users, most only used it for the open source comp