Tuesday, September 25, 2012

if you want to be a hacker, go read this

Alex, a good friend of mine and a former Eastern Michigan IA student, wrote a great article for his company's blog. You really should go read it

"The first few months of penetration testing, what they don't teach you in school."

Friday, September 21, 2012

One of the ones I didn't like

So I mentioned in the Plan for IA240 blog post, I had some other ideas. Ones that I decided to not go with for various reasons.

One to those ideas that I rejected:

Using a tablet, with my cell phone as a tether. I tried using my cellphone in class the first night. It didn't work too well. It was rather slow Googling questions the professor was asking.

I also didn't like the idea for a hand full of reasons. I could be wrong, because I don't understand all the tech.

First the tethering. I have a rooted (running cyanogen mod) cell phone, but every time I tried, I get messages saying the network I have for service is blocking it.

I'm still creating a wireless network that someone could try attacking. Other people wanting to connect. Not saying people would, but hacking wifi isn't that hard, and if they're willing to go after a laptop, why not go easier with a wifi connection.

I've only used Shark for Root sparingly. As I understand it, it can do 3g packet captures. I'm not sure if that's only for the phone it's on, or if it can grab any 3g signal. I also haven't found much documentation on it. I also don't have the equipment to test it properly at this time. Maybe we can set something like that up to EMU's IA Club, where we can play around with it and see what it does.

Just one of the ideas, I tossed to the side. I'll talk about another one some other time.

Well Tails works...

Sitting at Eastern Michigan University on the wireless network using T.A.I.L.S. It's a little slow, but that's ok. I'm riding across TOR to an exit node in germany.

To get this to work:
I loaded the system from the Live CD.

Then using the unsafe browser, I was able to get to the capture portal. To do that, you need to go to a non-https site. I like to use www.sluggy.com. Going to www.google.com got grabbed by HTTPSeverywhere, and was dragged to encrypted.google.com. Sadly that doesn't work with EMU's capture portal.

After that, started the ice-weasel browser to make sure it worked right. Which it did. Then shutdown the unsafe browser.

So this works.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Can't wait for Friday

I found out tonight that the IASA (Information Assurance Student Association) is having their kick off meeting Friday. At 5. Time sucks, but meh.

I'm actually thinking of tossing my id in the bit-bucket for an officer position. Don't know which one yet. I'm sure that'll fly like the NX37602. There are some things I think we could do better as students. Yeah it means more work for us, but in the long run, it makes us better students. No it's not hacking each other. Although some Saturday CTF in L6 would't be too bad. If allowed.

I also got to do some reading on T.A.I.L.S. tonight. I figured I could't be the only one that was having problems with capture portals (have to log in to use wireless). Looks like I was right. And I have something to test on Friday now.

Also, new version of T.A.I.L.S came out tonight. Version 0.13.0.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Need to look in to T.A.I.L.S some more.

I couldn't get T.A.I.L.S to work on campus tonight. The wireless would assoicate, but I then have to log in to the back end server. However I was never seeing a re-direct. I think I managed to disable tor, in case that was the problem. But I have also seen problems with other systems like that in the past and HTTPS everywhere.

I need to find some time to look in to it.

Monday, September 17, 2012

There will be some more posts coming

So I've tested T.A.I.L.S, it comes with sshfs pre-installed. It's also really easy to use. It looks like all the traffic goes through T.O.R. Next step will to see if it works with the University's wifi.

I've been asked to do a talk on it.

I'm also going to do some write ups on the options I didn't use and why I didn't want to use them.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Plan for IA-240 at Eastern Mi.

** This has been updated:

So one of the classes I'm taking this term is required for my degree. And I have to worry about protecting my computer in it.

The course:
IA 240. The main point of the class, that I took away from the first night, is to learn how to write Analyst reports. The over all goal is to give us the skills required to go work for a government agency. (The program has a lot of students leave and get jobs in the public sector).

The Final:
The professor will assign us something to do an analysis report on at the end of the semester. To teach us on Operational Security, we have to protect our final project from our class mates. He gives extra credit for each student we got information from.

The Problem:
The professor has already said we are required to bring laptops to class, and class mates, as in the past, will try hacking that computer to get your final project. **Update-1: This was said in a warning, not in a you will be hacking each other in this class.

Over all, knowing the above, one really wants to get your hacks in early, get a back door, and be able to come in to the classmates boxes at will. Lots of way to do that. But I'm about not being an easy target. In fact I don't want my system compromised.

Options to protect me:
- Change operating systems every class, either local install, from USB, or DVD / CD.
- Run Backtrack, and use that as the the desktop (not meant for that).
- buy dedicated machine, and use nothing on it, doing forensics on it at the end of the semester, and keep nothing on it.
- Be really evil... (run vm or a dedicated box with a sticky honeypot).

The Plan:
I don't have the money for the dedicated machines.

I thought about putting my money where my mouth is and installing Backtrack, on an old hard drive, then harden it. This would fit in with my Linux Hardening applied to BackTrack talk. However don't like the idea of swapping the hardware that often. Trying to hack my class mates would be un-ethical in my eyes anyway.

I don't have an interest in hacking my class mates. Just not being hacked.

So, I've already got Full Disk Encryption, I'm going run with The Amnesic Incognito Live System (TAILS). I'll take an energy hit, the main hard drive won't be touched.

The only thing I have to worry about is saving my work from class (not that I type much in class, I'm more about pen and paper). But if there is something I need to save, I have things for that. I'm using Google's two factor authentication. I also could look into doing File System over SSH. Not sure if I'll have to go that far.

*Update-1: the professor was not giving permission. he was giving a warning.