In previous article we’ve learned about owasp 10, basic attack techniques and overall idea of penetration testing. And you might ask, what should I do next? Am I a pentester now? Well, you’re not. But it’s only a matter of time when you will.
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How do you know that your site works as it supposed to? How do you know if it’s down? I was thrilled to realize that most of admins say – well, if nobody calls me on the phone, then it’s fine. But what if you’re in charge of a web hosting platform with thousands of web sites? And let’s say one-minute downtime costs a million? You’d better start planning some monitoring solution before it’s too late.
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You’ve done it! Congratulations! Your code is nearly perfect and secure, it was tested by a dozen pairs of eyes and money spent on code analyzing software was not in vain. It’s just one final step – let DevOps deploy it and let your customers work with the amazing web site you’ve made.
Next morning you’ve got an email from your boss and he’s not angry. He’s in rage! He’s not impressed with progress you made, but asks a single burning question – what’s that huge white face with stupid mustache he sees instead of a web site?
Your site was defaced overnight. You call DevOps and now it’s your turn to ask questions – guys, what web server do you deploy it on? Is it secure? Do you update it from time to time? Never? Oh …
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The serialization is the process of turning some objects into a data format that can be restored later. For example, you have a forum, online shop or any other web site and you have to send objects between different parts of this site. So, during the serialization you transform an object to a byte stream, so it was in a right form to traverse around HTTP traffic or send to be stored in database.
So, the deserialization is the exact opposite process in which we take structured data from some format and rebuild it to an object.
So, what can go wrong, why is that a problem?
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Every public speech I make, every lecture I present, I always start with a demo. I know there are highly trained professionals out there with outstanding public speaking and presentation skills who write articles and books about art of public speaking. But I guess for most of us it’s more about finding our own way of speaking to audience.
I start with a demo because I think it makes people more involved. And demos of setting some system up or pentesting with visual results are always entertaining and eye-catching for everybody in the room.
So, when it comes to a demo of XSS there’s no better example than use BeEF.
No, not that one. BeEF as Browser Exploitation Framework
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Most of the time scripts come from other places than web site itself. These scripts are allowed to operate on the page and usually there’s some mechanism in place to control their behavior. You can think of it as a sand box – each web site runs pretty much independently. This also means that one site opened in a tab of browser isn’t allowed to access data from another site in a tab next to it. So, in theory Cross-Site Script (or XSS) is basically a violation of this principle. And it’s much worse in practice.
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Security misconfiguration is a blanket term for a broad specter of vulnerabilities. We won’t look at specific examples today. I want to draw some scenarios that you might find interesting, so you can avoid them.
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Alright then, we’re half way through OWASP 10 and I would like to take a break. Let’s talk about different kinds of pentest. What if I tell you that you can penteset … a person? Wait, what? Let’s take a look.
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XML is a very good way to store and to organize data, and XXE vulnerability takes advantage of XML parsers not data itself. It works like every other injection, but has its own features. Overall in my opinion, it’s little more complex than any other injection around.
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It is an exaggeration to say that my road to CISSP began when I decided to study Cyber Security at my local University. People at the age of 17 are generally very bad at planning their lives, especially when it comes to some new professions.
In fact, the decision to obtain CISSP was taken in 2017, when it became obvious that professional certificates of major vendors have finally ceased to fulfill their main function – to confirm the knowledge and experience of specialists. I have no idea whom to blame – online collections of dumps, the general level of questions in the tests, unscrupulous test centers and a lot of other factors.
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