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Archives of Security Research

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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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 provide practical examples to get you started using tshark and begin carving valuable information from the wire. Tshark examples Use […]
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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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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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Testing Heartbleed with the Nmap NSE script

Everywhere is buzzing with news of the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL. If you are living under a rock and have missed it just turn on the mainstream news. Not that you will get much detail there... this is a quick tutorial to show you how to test for the vulnerability using a handy Nmap NSE […]
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Defending WordPress with OSSEC

In a previous 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. OSSEC is a host based Intrusion Detection System (HIDS). It can also be installed as an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) as […]
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Attacking & Securing WordPress

Learn the tips and techniques used to attack and break into WordPress based websites. With knowledge of these hacker techniques, you will be better prepared to keep your sites secure. Penetration testers or red teams wishing to exploit WordPress targets will also find helpful pointers in this guide. Enumeration (Recon) 1. WordPress Core Version Enumeration […]
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Top WordPress sites vulnerable 6 wks after plugin patch released

Background on the Vulnerabilities W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache two of the WordPress communities most popular plugins were found to have a code execution vulnerability. An exploit that enables code execution is about as bad as it gets. New releases of the plugins were released on the 18th of April. The following caching […]
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