Our courses are taken directly from the work we do. When we compromise networks, or applications with new techniques, they're turned into modules in the appropriate course. We also don't use trainers; every course is given by one of our analysts to keep it authentic.
For our fifteenth year, we've decided it was time to retire the ‘Hacking by Numbers' name and just call it was it really always has been: SensePost Training.
We've also simplified the path to offensive security mastery with our artisanal, fair trade, hand crafted training courses:
The beginner course lies at the start of the journey. This course doesn't assume anything of the student other than desire to learn. The course will present the background information, technical skill and basic concepts to get a student going in the field of information security (we can't bring ourselves to say “cyber”).
Students will start at learning how to use the command line interface for Linux to get the best out of an offensive Linux tool-set, then delve into networking fundamentals and vulnerability discovery and finally, learn how to exploit common weaknesses within the network, application, mobile and wireless arenas.
The course will serve those wanting to understand the offensive security world as well as those looking to join it. It's a fun course with plenty of hands on exploitation and owning stuff. For more information, visit Blackhat's USA training page here.
‘A journeyman is an individual who has completed an apprenticeship and is fully educated in a trade or craft, but not yet a master' Wikipedia.
The Journeyman layer is where you learn the trade in order to become a master. This layer is where our decade and a half of experience in gaining access to everything from ships to data centers is most evident. Each of the journeyman courses are hands on, fully interactive and teach the latest approaches and techniques for exploiting everything! We've completely revamped the courses and our analysts typically add new techniques as they happen, sometimes even during the course.
The journeyman series contain several courses focused on specific areas of specialisation, from hacking networks and applications, to securing code, to signals (wireless) and advanced second order compromises (spec ops).
If you are looking to expand your skill-set then these courses are for you.
At the top of the learning tree is our brand new Master course. This course is aimed at those students who've completed one or more of the Journeyman courses, or are working senior penetration testers. Nmap's man page, Metasploits internals, or network pivoting should not be new concepts.
This course sets about teaching students how to hack like an APT; with strong offensive focus drawing on the techniques employed in recent industry hacks. Students will be thrown into environments they've never seen before, and forced to rely on wits, or shown how to turn the mundane into the extraordinary.
To learn more about this course being offered at Blackhat USA, head over to here.
When you love what you do, you love showing others how to do it; training is at the heart of what we do at SensePost. Using our decade of BlackHat training experience, we've put a lot of thought into creating some awesome courses for our fellow hackers. We hope to seeing you in one at BlackHat USA Las Vegas 2015.
SensePost today is proud to announce the completion of a contract that will see the company recognized as the world's first “Approved Maltego Solution Provider” (AMSP) and the exclusive provider of this kind in the UK and Southern Africa.
SensePost was founded in 2000 and has developed into one of the worlds leading Information Security Services companies with offices in London, Cape Town and Pretoria. As trusted advisors it has always been our mission to provide our customers with insight, information and systems to enable them to make strong decisions about Information Security that support their business performance. Whilst this mission has traditionally expressed itself in technical security analysis services like Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing we recognise that the threat landscape is constantly changing and that new and more complex realities necessitate the use of sophisticated new skills, tools and techniques with which to support our clients.
“This strategic alliance perfectly fits the ‘Assess-Detect-Protect-Respond' framework that drives the way we design, sell and deliver our service. It's the perfect evolution of our growing services offering.” says Etienne Greef, CEO of the SensePost group holding company SecureData, who's strategy is at the core of this new initiative.
‘Maltego', built by Paterva, is a powerful suite of software tools used for data mining, link analysis and data visualization, giving the user the ability to extract large volumes of data from diverse sources and then analyze it to understand the patterns and relationships it reveals. In the modern digital age these techniques are used to convert data into information and thereby extract concrete value that can be used for effective decision-making.
Maltego is a highly regarded and popular platform used extensively in Open Source Intelligence Gathering, Infrastructure Analysis for Penetration Testing, Cyber Attack Analysis, Fraud Detection and Investigation, Security Intelligence, Information Security Management, Research and more.
This partnership between SensePost and Paterva (who produce the Maltego software) builds on the companies' shared roots and intellectual heritage and will allow both companies to serve their customers and fulfil their respective missions better.
As an AMSP SensePost will be authorised to provide integration, consulting, support and training for the Maltego tools with full endorsement, support and assistance directly from Paterva. This new capability, combined with an existing wealth of information security skills and experience, uniquely positions SensePost to advise and support clients seeking to exploit the unique strategic advantage the Maltego toolset can offer.
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: