I will be co-presenting “Getting Social with the Smart Grid” at this year’s DEF CON in Las Vegas. Littered with endless threats and vulnerabilities surrounding both social networking and the Smart Grid, the marriage of these two technologies is official, despite protests by the security community. Consumers love it because they can brag to their friends about how green they are. Businesses love it more because it provides fresh material for their marketing departments.
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.
Luckily I was able to escape Washington DC’s 3rd round of snow to enjoy the tropical 40 degree weather here in Tampa today and write this post. Despite the blizzard and its many names, the ShmooCon faithful came out in full force to make another great conference. As usual, ShmooCon featured interesting presentations, shenanigans, and a chance to hang out with those friends you usually only see at Cons. I want to thank everyone who attended the Stealing Guests…The VMware Way talk, especially since no one threw shmooballs at us.
Justin and I will be on the Security Weekly podcast tonight to discuss the latest developments with GuestStealer and the Smart Grid book. For more information, check out tonight’s episode guide and join the live discussion tonight. Also, GuestStealer v1.1 is now available for download. This is a bug fix release that improves the error handling and prevention of downloading the same vmdk file twice (when that vmdk self-references itself). Thanks to the efforts by Ron at Skull Security, the new version is available on the tools page.
In addition to the previously mentioned Nmap script, GuestStealer has now made its way into a Nessus plugin and a Metasploit module. Nessus Plugin 44646 was released by Tenable a few weeks ago and the Metasploit module was pushed up to the trunk last week. GuestStealer has been mentioned in several articles and blog posts recently, including DarkReading – Tech Insight: Securing The Virtualized Server Environment and The Hacker News Network.
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.
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.