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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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7 Nmap NSE Scripts for Recon

  As with any security testing, make sure you fully understand what the script will do and how it might affect a target system. Only test systems you have permission to scan! Information Gathering 1. DNS Brute Force Find sub-domains with this script. Detecting sub-domains associated with an organizations domain can reveal new targets when […]
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Parse Nmap XML to get SSL Certificate details

Extract SSL certificate details from a range of IP addresses using Nmap XML and a simple python script. The python script parses the Nmap XML output from the ssl-cert.nse script and produces csv output with the target SSL certificate details. When compiling Nmap you will need to have the libssl-dev package installed as Nmap nse […]
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List all IPs in Subnet with Nmap

testsystem:~$ nmap -sL -n 192.168.1.0/30 Starting Nmap 6.25 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2014-05-17 23:33 EST Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.0 Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.1 Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.2 Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.3 Nmap done: 4 IP addresses (0 hosts up) scanned in 0.00 seconds In the second example the results are piped […]
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500K HTTP Headers

Recently we crawled the Top 500K sites (as ranked by Alexa). Following requests from readers we are making available the HTTP Headers for research purposes. Download Headers (75MB) The publication of the statistics of WordPress usage is an example of the research that can be conducted. It is possible to determine Web Applications, Web Servers, […]
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Install OpenVAS 7 on Ubuntu 14.04

Get started with OpenVAS version 7 with this straight forward installation guide. Ubuntu 14.04 is a LTS release meaning it is a good option for any server including an OpenVAS vulnerability scanning server.  Update - jump to latest install OpenVas version 9 on Ubuntu 16.04 released 2017. A nice change in the latest version of […]
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WPScan Install on Ubuntu

WPScan can test a WordPress installation for security vulnerabilities. The tool is a black box scanner, it allows remote testing of a WordPress installation. Find vulnerable plugins and themes, security configuration issues and attack users by brute forcing passwords. Installation on Ubuntu Linux is pretty straight forward and you will be up and running in […]
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Defending WordPress with OSSEC

In a recent post I covered the ways a WordPress site can be attacked. Using the open source OSSEC the majority of those attacks can be detected and even blocked at the system level. Note that using OSSEC requires you to have full control of your server, generally this means either hosting on a dedicated […]
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