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Misadventures in AWS

By Christian Demko on 17 January 2020

When performing security assessments of AWS environments, it is typical to do configuration reviews of AWS services. Several well-known tools exist already that assist in these reviews and are best used with broad access to the environment.

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Hackin' around the Christmas tree

By Stefano Farletti on 24 December 2019

This year at F-Secure Consulting's offices, Christmas came early. Dave Hartley, our local Santa Claus, gifted us some new shiny smart devices to break.

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Opening Up the Samsung Q60 series smart TV

By Aliz Hammond on 20 December 2019

F-Secure has a long-standing record of success in ZDI’s pwn2own contests. This year’s event in Tokyo was no different – the same team scored major points across the board, pwning everything from the TP-Link router all...

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Digital lockpicking - stealing keys to the kingdom

By Krzysztof Marciniak on 11 December 2019

In the era of smart devices, it should come as no surprise that more and more appliances "turn" smart. The KeyWe Smart Lock is no exception.

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AWS: Such auspices are very hard to read

By Craig Koorn on 4 December 2019

If you’ve ever looked into AWS security, you’ll know that getting it right is far from easy. If you don’t believe me, just search for anything along the lines of “S3 leaks” and look at the...

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Uncommon SQL Database Alert - Informix SQL Injection

By Ken Gannon on 20 November 2019

A client was looking to upgrade their Cisco UCM software and wanted assurance that their implementation was configured securely. During the assessment, we had discovered an authenticated SQL Injection issue within the Cisco UCM administrator portal.

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Prince of the Honeycomb

By Fabian Beterke on 15 November 2019

This story begins with a request for an internal penetration test in November of last year: Countercept[1] (F-Secure’s Managed Detection and Response service) implemented a few new features in Honeycomb (its client-facing Ruby on Rails web application).

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OU having a laugh?

By Petros Koutroumpis on 6 November 2019

Overviewtl;dr When we have permission to modify an OU, we can modify its gpLink attribute in order to compromise any computer or user that belongs to that OU or its child OUs.Before writing SharpGPOAbuse, I wanted...

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Automating Pwn2Own with Jandroid

By Pallavi Sivakumaran on 1 November 2019

In this post, we describe a purpose-built tool for automatically (or, more accurately, semi-automatically) identifying exploitable logic bugs within Android applications.BackgroundFirstly, what are logic bugs and why do we care about them?A logic bug is a...

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Hunting for C3

By James Dorgan on 6 September 2019

The ability to detect and identify adversary Command and Control (C2) channels has always been one of the most important elements to a strong defensive capability.

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How Secure is your Android Keystore Authentication ?

By Kamil Brenski, Krzysztof Pranczk and Mateusz Fruba on 21 August 2019

Privileged malware or an attacker with physical access to an Android device is a difficult attack vector to protect against. How would your application maintain security in such a scenario?

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Getting Real with XSS

By Oliver Simonnet on 8 August 2019

The times of “<script>alert(1)</script>” and making use of “python –m SimpleHTTPServer” have well faded away. The practicality of these methods for achieving Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and exfiltrating/loading data are becoming less practical outside of your local host.

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