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FIRST 2008

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

The Honeynet Project were asked to present at the 20th FIRST conference in Vancouver last week, as part of their Network Monitoring Special Interest Group on Fast Flux Service Networks. We set up a two hour session broken down into three equal sections:

  1. An introduction to the basic mechanics of fast flux (David Watson, UKHP)
  2. Current ATLAS fast flux statistics (Jose Nazario, Arbor)
  3. Detection and mitigation (Christian Gorecki, University of Mannheim)

The NM-SG session was open to FIRST members only, so the slides are not publicly available, but we hope to have a public release of similar material shortly. We had a number of questions, and feedback from the attendees seems to have been positive.

There were three additional short demos:

  1. Florian Weimer of RUS-CERT showed some new passive DNS tracking information
  2. Tillmann Werner from the German Giraffe Honeynet Project Chapter demonstrated how Honeytrap, LibEmu and Nebula can be used to analyze unknown attacks, which is looking very promising as a long term replacement for Nepenthes
  3. Piotr Kijewski of the Polish CERT/NASK gave a brief demonstration of their still under development HoneySpider web interface, which shares many of the features of client honeypot systems that we are currently working on but instead uses Java and Rhino instead of Python and SpiderMonkey

Overall it was an interesting event, with some good talks and lot of opportunities to meet up with a different group of people very active in the security operations and incident response fields. Quiet a few Honeynet Project members were also present, which always encourages a little extra R&D discussion. Hopefully we’ll see some spin off activity in the coming weeks.

Many thanks to Carol Overes from GovCERT in Holland for the invite.

EuSecWest08 roundup

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

EuSecWest08 is over and seems to have been another success. The change of venue from the Victoria Park Plaza to Leicester Square and the Sound nightclub was an interesting move, which could of gone either way but seemed to work for most people and gave the event a slightly more underground, edgy feel. It was also a great location for after hours socialising.

The standard of presentations and content was generally good, with a number of interesting topics and useful new tools being released. Highlights for me were:

  • Saumil Shah’s Teflon browser extension, which hooks javascript system calls such as document.write and replaces evil Javascript with harmless divs. This fits well with some of the recent evil JS research we have been doing, and we are going to do some collaboration here in the coming months.
  • Alberto Revelli gave an excellent talk on taking SQL Injection vulnerabilities on Windows platform to the next level and using SQLNinja to establish a working remote graphical desktop. Good to see old techniques like building executables from ASCII HTTP requests plus debug.exe coming back into fashion, and an excellent example of how to escalate control from an initial foothold.
  • Martyn Ruk’s review of IBM’s MQ middleware and identication of some surprisingly simple potential vulnerabilities in a number of areas. Good to see someone looking at MQ security and building tools for auditing MQ systems.

Hot topics for the press were Justin Ferguson’s talk on exploiting interpreted languages like Python and PERL, resulting in potentially remotely exploitable vulnerabilities in services like the recently released Google App Engine, and Sebastian Muniz’s talk on developing the first public Cisco IOS rootkit. Both were impressive and it will be interesting to see what happens in this space over the next few months.

I gave another lightning talk on Evil Javascript and SpamMonkey, which we hope to start making public soon. You can find the slides here.

As always, one of the best things about the event was the opportunity to meet up with interesting people in a relaxed environment and discuss what they were working on. It was also good to get a chance to catch up with friends and various industry people. Lots of interesting contacts and discussions, and hopefully we’ll release some research in the coming months that will have benefited from them. All in all, another interesting and enjoyable (sleep deprived) SecWest event.

First WOMBAT workshop

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Jamie and myself from the UK Honeynet Project plus Max Kilger and Thorsten Holz from the UNCC and German Honeynet Project Chapters were in Amsterdam this week for the first workshop held by the European Commission’s 7th Framework WOMBAT project (see previous posts for more details).

The workshop was held at Vrije University south of the city centre and included members of the WOMBAT consortium and invited guests who were active in the fields of honeynet deployments, malware analysis and large scale data collection. Over two days we were introduced to the three year WOMBAT project, its goals and members and a number of short presentations were given by the invited guests from the EU, US, Asia and Australia. David spoke about the Honeynet Project’s various data collection initiatives, including the Global Distributed Honeynet Project (GDH), and Max spoke about attacker profiling models. The proceedings will be published in the journals of IEEE Computer Society later in the year and we’ll post them when we are able to.

Overall an interesting event with lots of opportunity for collaboration and information sharing that will hopefully come to fruition. Of particular interest was the honeyclient work that the Polish CERT NASK were involved in, which was remarkably similar to our own recent activity on Evil Javascript and SpamMonkey that I gave a lightning talk on at CanSecWest08 last month. Like us, they hope to release their code as open source in the coming weeks and months, so we are look forward to seeing it.


Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

I was in Vancouver last week as a backup speaker for CanSecWest08 . Once again, this was an good event, with plenty to keep me interested. It was also a great chance to catch up with Honeynet Project members, various friends in the security community and also to meet up with new people and exchange ideas. Kudos to Dragos for another excellent event, and also to Honeynet Project alumni Shane for winning the Pwn20wn contest for the second year in a row. Presentations should be on the web site shortly.

In the end, and for the first time ever, all the speakers made it to the event and I didn’t need to give a repeat performance of my PacSec07 GDH presentation. However, I did give a lightning talk entitled Evil Javascript and SpamMonkey that introduced a couple of projects the UK Honeynet Project team have been working on recently. You can find the slides here and hopefully we’ll be releasing the code and some sample results in the coming months.

Global Distributed Honeynet talk at PacSec07

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

I was the first international speaker at PacSec07 in Tokyo last week, and gave our initial public talk about the first phase of our Global Distributed Honeynet (GDH) research.

The abstract for the talk was:

A review of Phase One of the Honeynet Project’s latest research
initiative, the deployment and operation of a global network of
distributed high interaction research honeypots. An overview of the
architecture, challenges faced, technical tools and new
analysis/reporting procedures developed. Discussion of observed
malicious activity during operation of eleven high interaction research
honeynets around the world for six months (Jan-Jun 2007), including
attacker activity, malware collection summary, etc. Sharing of practical
operational experiences gained to date, unsolved issues and goals for
the future.

GDH was the first (publicly declared) real world distributed high
interaction research honeynet with nodes on most continents, designed
and operated by the Honeynet Project. It enables the rapid deployment of
identical honeypots over wide ranges of IP network space, monitoring of
network activity and analysis of attacks against a range of distributed
systems. The techniques and operational experience should be useful to
many organizations interested in global sensor networks and better
understanding the threats posed to their networks. A “Know Your Enemy:
GDH” white paper and other supporting material will be released in 2008.

Slides will be available online from the both the PacSec07 and Honeynet Project web sites shortly, or they can be downloaded directly from here.

The presentation was an hour long, and hopefully provided an introduction to what GDH Phase One was, why and how we built and operated it, then summarized some of our initial results and plans for the future. The audience questions were of a good standard, as were follow-up discussions at the party afterwards. Any offline feedback or questions are also welcome.

Overall the conference was enjoyable, with good presentations in a number of areas and an interesting mix of both Japanese and international attendees (and the obligatory late night social activities). Hopefully we’ll see some spin off honeynet research in 2008 in a couple of areas. It was also great to have the opportunity to visit Tokyo and meet local security researchers, plus presenting to a Japanese audience with live translation was entertaining. I’d particularly like to thank Ryo Hirosawa and the other translators for all their last minute help with slide translation. Thanks once again guys!

You can find further coverage and some photographs of the event here:

  • Cedric Blancher’s Blog
  • Cedric Blancher’s Photos
  • Ryo Hirosawa’s Photos
  • Toshiharu Harada’s Photos
  • “Web application attacks” article published in Network Security (Part 2)

    Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

    The November edition of Elsevier’s Network Security publication contains the second part of an article on web application attacks written by David Watson of the UK Honeynet Project and can be downloaded as part of their current free online trial (as can a previous article on Honeynets as Counter-intelligence tools).

    PacSec07 schedule announced

    Monday, October 22nd, 2007

    The line-up for this years PacSec07 conference in Tokyo on November the 29th was announced today, and will include a presentation on deploying and operating a global distributed honeynet by David Watson of the UK Honeynet Project. This presentation will follow up on previous EuSec and CanSec lightning talks about GDH and will hopefully coincide with the release of more public information about the GDH research initiative.

    Trends in Web Attacks presentation

    Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

    Arthur Clune presented on “Trends in Web Attacks” on behalf of the UK Honeynet Project at the 2007 Institutional Web Management Workshop, held at the University of York 16-18 July 2007. An on-line copy of Arthur’s presentation can be found here.