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Security Awareness for Fourth Graders

Back in November, I had the opportunity to take part in the Great American Teach In. This event takes place at schools around the Tampa, FL area and invites local volunteers to come into the classrooms to teach kids about their job. The objective is to familiarize kids with differing careers and hopefully get them excited so that they do well in school. For my experience, I spoke to a group of 4th graders regarding online safety and security.

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ShmooCon 2010 Sponsor

ShmooCon 2010 will be taking place in a few weeks and I am excited to make the annual trek up to D.C. to co-present the “Stealing Guests… The VMware Way” talk. I am also pretty excited about the activities and contest setup at our booth. Make sure you stop by before you start drinking.

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Introducing AppTrust

FYRM Associates is proud to announce our new AppTrust offering that enables organizations to produce secure applications in Agile environments, in a cost-cutting manner. The typical, flawed approach to application security is based on the network security model of “when we find a vulnerability, we patch it.” This forces your organization into a never-ending game of catch-up with attackers that is nothing more than a costly and time-consuming strategic failure.

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XAB – Cross Site Scripting Anonymous Browser updated and seeking help

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A new release of XAB, the framework that allows one to browse the web via XSS has been updated. This release will now accommodate all content-types, thus allowing any file format to be transferred through the framework. The latest release can be found at sourceforge: xab.sourceforge.net. We’re seeking volunteers to help out with development. We’d like to take this from a small research project to a community driven effort to expand the possibilities of what can be done with XSS.

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XAB Presentation @ OWASP DC Chapter Meeting on 9/2

I will be giving an update on XAB (Cross Site Scripting Anonymous Browser) with Jeff Yestrumskas at the OWASP DC Chapter’s next meeting on September 2 at 6:30PM. More details can be found here. See you there!

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OWASP AppSec DC 2009 Sponsor

OWASP just launched the official AppSec DC 2009 site @ http://appsecdc.org. We’ll be out in force and will most definitely have some type of party/event. Check back here often or follow us on Twitter (getFYRM) for updates. We’ll see you there!

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Bluetooth 3.0 + HS: Compromising Your Security at 24 Mbps

On April 21, 2009, the Bluetooth 3.0 specification was adopted by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). This new specification includes new attributes such as: *High speed data transfer of large files (~24 Mbps) *Bluetooth low energy The new specification achieves these new attributes by including an 802.11 radio, aka Wi-Fi, that allows lower energy usage when attempting to transfer large amounts of data. While ultra-wideband (UWB provides ~480Mbps) was widely rumored to be included in the upcoming specification, it was absent from the final release.

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Cross Site Scripting Anonymous Browser (XAB) Proof-of-Concept Released

Today I finally found the time to release the XAB Proof-of-Concept code. An apology to those of you who have been emailing us wondering when we would publish it. For the time being, it’s hosted at sourceforge and you can download the code from the XAB project page located at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/xab We’ve submitted talks to Black Hat and Defcon for the updates we’re working on, so hopefully we’ll have the chance to catch everyone up, solicit some more feedback, and grab a brew.

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Black Hat / DEF CON 2009 Reception

We’ll be hosting an informal reception at the Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas on Thursday, July 30 to celebrate Tony, Matt, and Jeff’s Black Hat and DEFCON presentations. Please RSVP to rsvp[shift+2]fyrmassociates.com or talk to one of the guys wearing the FYRM Associates shirts at Black Hat. The beer will start flowing at 6 PM and we’ll be around until at least 8 PM.

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Black Hat DC 2009 Presentation

My abstract for this year’s Black Hat DC was picked up. I’ll be presenting the XSS Anonymous Browser tool, or XAB for short. I’m currently hammering out some of the more technical aspects of the tool, but I’ll have a working proof of concept ready for the conference. Plus if there’s time (who am I kidding?), I’ll release a second tool that is a great defense against the attack vectors that XAB utilizes.

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