There is a serious skills shortage in our industry. There are just not enough skilled hackers out there to fill all the open positions. In November of last year, I proposed a new approach for us at SensePost to address these concerns. I looked at what we could do as a company to ensure the next generation of hackers were being educated correctly (no, it's not about how you use a tool) and moulded into what we, at SensePost, perceive to be good penetration testers.
I termed this the SensePost Academy and it is a structured training programme for all new recruits looking at a life at SensePost in the Assessment team. It is a combination of basic technical + offensive attack approaches and client interaction skills that provide an excellent stepping stone for those looking at starting a career as a penetration tester. The academy runs for a period of six months, finishing with a final culminating exercise (CULEX) before the decision is made to accept the recruit into the assessment team as an unmonitored penetration tester. The SensePost Academy Review Board (SARB) oversees each recruit and is responsible for grading and testing the recruit on each phase, in addition to mentoring (or should that be tormenting?) them.
Interviews were performed, we wanted the right recruit and had to turn down a lot of people in the process, but we did find two gentlemen, and as a team, decided on our first ever recruits:
This theme tune would be played whenever they were addressed and as often as possible.
Over the past six months, they've been on many training courses internally, been shown the ways of the pwnage by the assessment team, presented at conferences and also developed and broken applications. Each phase was carefully monitored by the review board to ensure they were being moulded into a form we felt was right.
Finally, the CULEX week was upon us. A client application assessment (fictitious German company) and client feedback meeting. No hand holding, just perform the test like you've been shown and don't mess up.
After making them sweat, we took a vote this morning and I'm happy to welcome both Johan and Dane to our assessments team as Junior penetration testers.
If you think you'd be a good addition to the next academy intake, we've love to hear from you. Tweet us on @sensepost or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We recently ran our Black Hat challenge where the ultimate prize was a seat on one of our training courses at Black Hat this year. This would allow the winner to attend any one of the following:
Simply trying out this feature and viewing how it functions. Viewing the feed tester result, we noticed that the contents of the XML formatted RSS feed were echoed and it became clear that this may be vulnerable to XXE. The first step would be to try a simple XML payload such as:
It looks like we have some more XML being submitted.. Again we tried XXE and found that using "file://" in our payload created an error. There were ways around this, however the returned data would be truncated and we would not be able to see the full contents of flag2.txt... When stuck with XXE and not being able to see the result (or complete result) there is always the chance that we can get the data out via the network. To do this we needed to generate a payload that would allow us to fetch an external DTD and then "submit" the contents of our target file to a server under our control. Our payload on our server looked like this:
As soon as the XML decoder parsed our malicious payload, we would receive the base64 encoded contents on our server:
Now it was a simple matter of decoding the payload and we had the second flag. This was not the only way to get flag 2! It was the most "fun" way of doing it though and used a really handy method. Remember it for your next pentest...
The two runners up who both can claim one of our awesome 2014 t-shirts:
Vitaly aka @send9
Sash aka @secdefect
Starting-point: Read the contents of /home/spuser/flag1.txt
Once you've completed the challenge, email us with a screenshot of your victory and a short overview of how you did it.
The prize: The winner of this challenge will be offered a free seat on any one of the SensePost training courses at Black Hat 2014.
It's almost Black Hat time again and as always SensePost will be presenting numerous Hacking by Numbers training course, which we've rewritten this year. For more information on the training courses on offer at Black Hat this year, check out:
The course has undergone the full reloaded treatment, with our trainers pouring new tips, tricks and skills into the course, along with incorporating feedback from previous students.
The training introduces all the core skills required to test applications across the major mobile platforms, particularly:
For a full break-down of the course structure check-out our BlackHat training page (https://www.blackhat.com/us-14/training/hacking-by-numbers-reloaded-mobile-bootcamp.html)
Your trainers will be Etienne (@kamp_staaldraad) and Jurgens, both crazy about mobile security and have executed numerous killshots on all the major mobile platforms.
- Etienne and Jurgens -
Why Infrastructure Hacking Isn't Dead
If you work in IT Security you may have heard people utter the phrase,
“Infrastructure hacking is dead!”
We hear this all the time but in all honesty, our everyday experience of working in the industry tells a completely different story.
With this in mind we've decided to factor out our “infrastructure related h@x0ry” from our Bootcamp Course and create a brand spanking new one, completely dedicated to all things ‘infrastructure'.
What You'll Learn
We've re-loaded this course to not only reinforce basic footprinting methodologies - which to be honest, are essential for target acquisition - but to also enable you to exploit common, real-world vulnerabilities.
But that's not all.
We've also highlighted methods for compromising Microsoft Active Directory infrastructures - something that's typical for corporate environments. The way in which we approach this is thorough, effective and shows you how to become DA without necessarily pulling all of your hair out.
A complete company takeover is really just a matter of time.
Get Hands-On Experience
As with all SensePost training courses, we don't just want you to sit there and watch us talk for a few days. Where's the fun in that and how on earth will you get real, tangible experience if you're just sat in a chair?
Not only will we all be doing practicals at the end of each topic, we've also created a brilliant culmination exercise:
“You'll need to compromise a company via the Internet and steal as much data as possible!”
The Bottom Line
The brand new Bootcamp Reloaded Infrastructure will provide you with a thorough introduction to real world hacking of corporate environments. You'll learn everything you need to successfully compromise most corporate networks out there.
For more information on our training offering, head over to here.