Until the release of BackTrack 4 r2, it was possible to get Metasploit working with MYSQL but it was not an altogether seamless experience. Now, however, Metasploit and MYSQL work together “out of the box” so we thought it would be great to highlight the integration. With the Metasploit team moving away from sqlite3, it is vital to be able to make use of a properly threaded database. There have also been quite a number of additional database commands added to Metasploit and documentation tends to be rather sparse online when it comes to the less “glamorous” side of database management.
This past month has been busy yet we have been steadily updating the free Metasploit Unleashed Training course with the largest growing area being the Module Reference section. This month has also seen updates to the Fast-Track and Social-Engineer Toolkit sections of the wiki.
Aloha Offsec students! You’ve been slapped around by Bob, abused by Nicky and crushed by NNM. Just as you thought it was over, Offensive Security now comes up with a brand new type of pain. This one is for all your hardcore exploit developers out there, who want a real challenge – an Offsec “Exploit Weekend”.
The guys at the Exploit Database posted an awesome writeup on a Winamp 5.58 Exploit Development storming session – with some really cool results. In the end, they ended up writing a short assembly sequence to walk through the payload and replace bad characters with original shellcode bytes. Read more – Winamp 5.58 from Dos to Code Execution
It’s not often we wake up and find a massive 0day submitted to the Exploit Database – but today was different. Abysssec security released an Adobe Shockwave player 0day. We verified the exploit as part as our verification process in the Exploit database and made a short movie to demonstrate the the vulnerability.
As promised, our free Metasploit Unleashed Training course is now being regularly maintained and has seen many new additions in the past month. As new features are being added to the Metasploit Framework, we are attempting to add them to the Wiki in order to keep our content fresh and up-to-date to ensure we are providing a valuable resource to our readers. One of the more significant and ambitious changes is the addition of a Module Reference section where we will be adding coverage for as many modules as we can, allowing readers to get a better idea of what results they can expect from a given module.
Penetration Testing with BackTrack – There has been a lot of focus on high quality training for security professionals lately in the news. Even the US Government has issued statements about the need for security training to be different in the market today. Much of their research has led them to say that a real-world, hands-on approach to training is more effective than the typical multiple choice training that is out there.
Once again, we have a few exciting updates we would like to inform you about. First and foremost, our Metasploit Unleashed Free Training course is going through a major overhaul, and will be updated and maintained on a monthly basis. You can expect a whole lot of new content being added onto the Metasploit Unleashed Wiki in the next few months.
Each year companies lose millions in security breaches. High quality Information Security Awareness is probably one of the most important remedies for these attacks. For a long time we have held to the thought that the human element is the weakest link in the chain, and the Social Engineering Contest at Defcon 18 really drove the point through.
Just a quick update on getting your favorite tools on iOS 4 – Metasploit and SET. You need to have a Jailbroken iPhone with SSH access for this. You will also need to install nano and APT 0.7 Strict via Cydia. Unlike all other major revisions of Cydia, getting everything up and running is a breeze now.
The Offsec crew is back from BlackHat and Defcon, alive and well. The PWB and AWE trainings were a blast and the crowd was awesome. The BackTrack R1 BlackHat edition release went well, with over 5500 DVDs distributed. We thank everyone who came to our booth – it was nice to put a face to some of those names…
A great start for our EDB DEV group. Last week we dug into some published HP vulnerabilities, and came out with 3 exploits which were published this week. Our highlight this week is an awesome writeup about a OSX ROP Exploit case study by didn0t. Check it out!
Several people have been asking for instructions on updating hard drive installs of BackTrack – here’s a quick set of commands to upgrade your BackTrack machine – and prepare the kernel sources – for example VMWare tools or VirtualBox tools kernel module compilations.