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100K WordPress Powered Sites

Analysis of the 100K Top WordPress Sites provides us with insight into the technology and the security posture of these Internet properties. While WordPress Powered sites number in the millions around the world, the focus here are sites that have significant Internet traffic. Web Servers of the Top WordPress Powered Sites These statistics are based […]
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OpenVAS 9 install on Ubuntu 16.04

If you are installing OpenVAS into an Ubuntu virtual machine I suggest adding as much CPU as you can as this will speed up your scan times. A suggested minimum is 8GB of RAM and 4 cores. An interesting new feature mentioned in the latest release is the development towards build a distributed system for […]
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11 Offensive Security Tools for SysAdmins

Offensive security tools are used by security professionals for testing and demonstrating security weakness. Systems Administrators and other IT professionals will benefit from having an understanding of at least the capabilities of these tools. Benefits include preparing systems to defend against these types of attacks and being able to identify the attacks in the case […]
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Enable OSSEC Active Response

Many OSSEC users start of running with active response disabled to ensure that the OSSEC agent does not affect the server especially when running in a live production environment. Once you have an understanding of the number of alerts and types of alerts you are seeing, it is a good idea to enable active response. […]
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Proxy your Phone to Burp

In this guide we configure Burp Suite to proxy all the traffic from your phone, tablet or other wifi device. As a bonus you will also have full access to all the WIFI packets for consumption by Wireshark or your traffic analysis tool of choice. Use this traffic analysis technique to hunt bug bounties in […]
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Exploring the Hacker Tools of Mr Robot

The debut season of Mr Robot has received a nod from the security focused twitters for its attempts at trying to keep things for the most part realistic. In the episodes so far we have seen hacker types communicating using IRC, there are Linux boxes as far as the eye can see and the main […]
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Quietly Mapping the Network Attack Surface

When assessing the network security of an organization it is important to understand the breadth of the attack surface. A single forgotten host or web application in the network will often become the initial foothold for an attacker. Passively Mapping the Network Attack Surface Using open source intelligence (OSINT) techniques and tools it is possible […]
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tshark tutorial and filter examples

tshark is a packet capture tool that also has powerful reading and parsing features for pcap analysis. Rather than repeat the information in the extensive man page and on the wireshark.org documentation archive, I will focus on providing practical examples for how you can get started using tshark and begin carving valuable information from the […]
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WordPress Security Testing with Nmap

With the popularity of WordPress as a publishing platform, security testing is an important part of ensuring the installation is secure. Nmap has a couple of NSE scripts specifically for the testing of WordPress installations. Using those scripts as a base I have developed a couple more that expand the capabilities of using Nmap to […]
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28 Days After Drupal Exploit

Last month a critical Drupal security exploit was released. Critical vulnerabilities in the core of content management systems are not as common as they once were, as can be seen in the amount of media coverage that this one generated. Using a custom Nmap NSE script I surveyed the top 10 thousand sites that are […]
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