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Black Hat Briefly




Black Hat Briefly
Black Hat Briefly



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=== CONTENTS ==================================================
IN FOCUS: Black Hat Briefly

NEWS AND FEATURES
   - Windows Server Service Still Vulnerable to DoS Attacks
   - Cult of the Dead Cow Puts Malware Samples Online
   - Name That Computer!
   - Recent Security Vulnerabilities

GIVE AND TAKE
   - Security Matters Blog: Shine Some Light on Potential UAC Problems
   - FAQ: Process Explorer
   - Share Your Security Tips

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=== IN FOCUS: Black Hat Briefly ============================   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

The Black Hat USA 2006 conference ended August 3. Several presentations 
at the show made some big waves. This week, I'll briefly summarize some 
of the more notable happenings in relation to Microsoft. 

You might have read any of the dozens of news stories about the Wi-Fi 
driver problems. David Maynor and Johnny Cache (a pseudonym used by 
John Ellch) demonstrated that they could hijack an Apple MacBook system 
even when it wasn't connected to a wireless Access Point (AP). Some of 
the stories implied that the flaw was within Mac OS X. But as Maynor 
pointed out in his presentation, "Don't think however that just because 
we're attacking an Apple that the flaw is in an Apple. We're actually 
using a third-party wireless card." Maynor and Ellch also discovered 
flaws in third-party Wi-Fi drivers for Windows platforms. So the 
problems aren't with any particular OS but instead reside firmly with 
third-party driver developers whose code contains significant flaws. 

Maynor and Ellch played a recording of their presentation at the 
conference instead of doing it live because they didn't want to risk 
having someone intercept Wi-Fi packets at the conference to discern the 
exact nature of their attack while various vendors are working on 
solutions for their problematic drivers. If you want to see Maynor and 
Ellch's presentation, you can watch it at YouTube: 
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Another interesting presentation was given by Dan Kaminsky, who 
demonstrated a method of probing TCP/IP networks to determine whether a 
given Internet backbone provider is manipulating traffic based on its 
type or origin. Backbone providers have made noise recently about 
wanting to charge content providers, such as those who provide large 
amounts of audio and video, more money to carry high-bandwidth traffic. 
Kaminsky's tool would help reveal which backbone providers are already 
practicing traffic shaping. He plans to release the tool as part of his 
Paketto Keiretsu toolkit, which he intends to update in the next half 
year. You can learn more about Paketto Keiretsu at his Web site. 
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Joanna Rutkowska made some waves too when she demonstrated how to load 
unsigned code into Windows Vista. Her attack requires that the code run 
under an account with administrative privileges, and Vista's new User 
Account Control (UAC) feature will help defend against such attacks, 
provided users don't make mistakes answering a plethora of prompts. 
Also, Microsoft has reportedly fixed Rutkowska's path of attack in 
later builds of Vista. I'm not sure whether she'll post her 
presentation online, but you can monitor her Web site if you're 
interested:
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Microsoft was out in force at Black Hat watching presentations and 
giving eight presentations that touched on various aspects of Vista 
security and Microsoft's changing security landscape. During his 
presentation, John Lambert, security group manager in Microsoft's 
Security Engineering and Communications Group, said the company is 
putting Vista through the biggest penetration testing process in 
history. 

I remember years ago when people (myself included) cried out for 
Microsoft to hire hackers instead of opposing them when they discovered 
and released vulnerability reports. Well, now Microsoft has reportedly 
hired numerous companies and many well-known hackers to help with 
various aspects of security, including penetration testing--and I must 
say, it's about time!


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=== SECURITY NEWS AND FEATURES ================================
Windows Server Service Still Vulnerable to DoS Attacks
   Microsoft released a dozen security updates this month (which 
incidentally fix nearly two dozen flaws), but the updates don't include 
a fix for a known Denial of Service (DoS) attack that could cause an 
affected system to crash.
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Cult of the Dead Cow Puts Malware Samples Online
   Offensive Computing, an offshoot of Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc), 
which labels itself a "technology activist group," offers a new malware 
library on its Web site. 
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=== GIVE AND TAKE =============================================
SECURITY MATTERS BLOG: Shine Some Light on Potential UAC Problems 
by Mark Joseph Edwards, http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=3528B:7EB890 

Windows Vista introduces User Account Control (UAC), which might cause 
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FAQ: Process Explorer
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