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Tor-nonymous - Using Tor for Pen Testing

[Editor's Note: In this article, Chris Crowley provides some really useful tips for using Tor to anonymize your penetration testing. He provides details on strategy and tactics, along with some helpful configuration settings and scripts. His discussion of Privoxy is especially useful. Thanks, Chris! --Ed.]

By Chris Crowley

Pen testing derives its value from being able to emulate the behavior of real world attackers. We pen testers need to train ourselves to behave like those with malicious intent, but simultaneously maintain appropriate decorum and sensitivity to the operations of the networks we're trying to improve. Malicious attackers have no such restrictions.

This post is to share a method I use for obscuring the source IP address of my computer. Pen testers have two basic reasons for obscuring their source IP address. First, is to connect to malicious (or suspected malicious) resources when we perform research. Second, is to obscure the

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Building a Pen Test Lab - Hardware for Hacking at Home on the Cheap

[Editor's Note: Jeff McJunkin shares some insight into building a good virtualization infrastructure for practicing your pen test skills, evaluating tools, and just plain becoming a better penetration tester, all without breaking the bank. Nice! --Ed.]

By Jeff McJunkin

Practical, hands-on experience is a good thing, right? As good as it is though, it doesn't excuse accidentally taking down your employer's production environment while doing some testing.

While NetWars (obligatory plug for my new employer) is great for getting this experience, it doesn't fit every situation. For example, if one of your servers crashed while being scanned by Nessus, you might want to isolate exactly which plugin is causing the crash, while avoiding future production outages.

Having a home lab with a trial version of the software creates a safe environment for otherwise disruptive testing and facilitates fast

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Security ADD - Offense, Defense, Or What?

[Editor's Note: In this post, theunparalleledSeth Misenar tackles the question of whether it's OK for a security professional to walk the line between offense and defense, or whether someone should take the plunge on one of these two sides. He lays bare hisverysoul as he debates the options before us all.]


By Seth Misenar

I was recently asked by Ed Skoudis and Mike Poor to serve on a panel discussion at SANS Security West 2014. The panel topic is Offense Informs Defense, and is kind of a face off wherein SANS Pen Test instructors shoot out a bunch of new techniques and SANS Cyber Defense instructors discuss practical ways of handling the onslaught.

Sounds fun, so I immediately confirmed. Only later did it occur to me, that I wasn't sure which side I was supposed to rep. Hmm...my security ADD seems to rear its ugly head again.

I often joke with students that I appear to

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Pen-Test-A-Go-Go: Integrating Mobile and Network Attacks for In-Depth Pwnage

Josh Wright and I presented a webcast a few months back that is chock full of useful pen testing techniques from the mobile and network arenas. Based on the new SANS course, SEC561: Intense Hands-on Skill Development for Pen Testers, this webcast covers numerous useful techniques, such as:


  • Exploiting and automating data harvesting from iOS devices

  • Extracting stored secrets from iTunes backups

  • Effective Anti Virus evasion with Veil

  • Windows host compromise and privilege escalation, along with UAC bypass


The slides below cover all the tools and techniques for doing all that great stuff, and more.

The SANS SEC 561 course is 80% hands-on skill development, showing how security personnel such as penetration testers, vulnerability assessment personnel, and auditors can leverage in-depth techniques to

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Pen Test Tips, Tricks, and Tools - Pulling it All Together

[Editor's Note: Here is our final installment of tips from the SANS Pen Test Poster, this time focussed on Pulling It All Together in your pen tests. If youare interested in this type of information, you should know that I'm going to be teaching my SANS SEC 560 course on network penetration testing & ethical hacking in New Orleans in January 2014. From January 20 to 25, we'll cover in-depth technical approaches for penetration testing, plus tons of tips for maximizing your effectiveness as a pen tester. If you are looking to take a SANS course where the student-to-instructor ratio is fairly low so we can have more detailed and personalized discussions, this is a great one to register for. Plus, New Orleans is a fantastic town, with lotsa wonderful restaurants and fascinating history. It's gonna be a GREAT time. Registration details are

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