Resources: Whitepapers

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Penetration Testing Whitepapers
Paper Author Certification
Espionage - Utilizing Web 2.0, SSH Tunneling and a Trusted Insider Abdel-Aziz, Ahmed GCIH
From Security Perspective, the Quickest Way to Assess Your Web Application Alduhaymi, Mohammed GWAPT
WU-FTPD Heap Corruption Vulnerability - HONORS Allen, Jennifer GCIH
Using OSSEC with NETinVM Allen, Jon Mark GCIH
Securely deploying Android devices Alonso-Parrizas, Angel GCIH
Forensic Analysis On Android: A Practical Case Alonso-Parrizas, Angel GMOB
Detecting Incidents Using McAfee Products Andrei, Lucian GCIH
Detecting Security Incidents Using Windows Workstation Event Logs Anthony, Russell GCIH
A Study of the o_wks.c Exploit for MS03-049 Arnoth, Eric GCIH
M@STER@GENTS: Masters of "SPAM" Ashland, Joanne GCIH
Anna Kournikova Worm Ashworth, Robert GCIH
Psychology and the hacker - Psychological Incident Handling Atkinson, Sean GCIH
IP Masquerading Vulnerability for Linux 2.2.x - CVE-2000-0289 Baccam, Tanya GCIH
Effectiveness of Antivirus in Detecting Metasploit Payloads Baggett, Mark GCIH
Robbing the Bank with ITS/MHTML Protocol Handler Balcik, James GCIH
Multi-Tool DVD Sets: An important addition to the Incident Handler/ Pen Tester's toolkit Bandukwala, Jamal GCIH
Exploiting Internet Explorer via IFRAME Becher, Jim GCIH
Jolt2 or "IP Fragment Re-assembly Beciragic, Jasmir GCIH
The SirEG Toolkit Begin, Francois GCIH
System infiltration through Mercur Mail Server 4.2 Ben Alluch Ben Amar, Jamil GCIH
Windows Internet Naming Service - An Exploit Waiting to Happen Berger, Jeremy GCIH
Incident Illustration Black, Ronald GCIH
Rapid Triage: Automated System Intrusion Discovery with Python Bond, Trenton GCIH
Exploiting Vulnerabilities in Squirrelmail Bong, Kevin GCIH
Anomaly Detection, Alerting, and Incident Response for Containers Borhani, Roozbeh GCIH
Malicious Android Applications: Risks and Exploitation Boutet, Joany GPEN
Dsniff and Switched Network Switching Bowers, Brad GCIH
Event Monitoring and Incident Response Boyle, Ryan GCIH
Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling Brooker, Denis GCIH
Widespread SNMP Vulnerabilities Brooks, Greg GCIH
Which Disney© Princess are YOU? Brower, Joshua GCIH
Active Security Or: How I learned to stop worrying and use IPS with Incident handling Brown, Douglas GCIH
DNS Sinkhole Bruneau, Guy GCIH
Computer Security Education The Tool for Today Burke, Ian GCIH
Neptune.c the Birth of SYN Flood Attacks Cardinal, Steven GCIH
Winquisitor: Windows Information Gathering Tool Cardosa, Michael GCIH
Node Router Sensors: What just happened? Cary, Kim GCIH
Penetration Testing: Alternative to Password Cracking Catanoi, Maxim GPEN
Investigative Tree Models Caudle, Rodney GCIH
Exploiting Microsoft Internet Explorer Cursor and Icon File Handling Vulnerability Chen, Jerry GCIH
Incident Ilustration Chervenka, Dan GCIH
Boiling the Ocean: Security Operations and Log Analysis Chisholm, Colin GCIH
Bypassing Malware Defenses Christiansen, Morton GPEN
Stack Based Overflows: Detect & Exploit Christiansen, Morton GCIH
Baselines and Incident Handling Christianson, Chris GCIH
War Pi Christie, Scott GCIH
Using windows crash dumps for remote incident identification Chua, Zong Fu GCIH
The Microsoft IIS 5.0 Internet Printing ISAPI Extension Buffer Overflow Clemenson, Christopher GCIH
BGP Hijinks and Hijacks - Incident Response When Your Backbone Is Your Enemy Collyer, Tim GCIH
Using GUPI to Create A Null Box Comella, Robert GCIH
Remote installation of VMware GSX and a virtual machine Condon, Ed GCIH
A Heap o' Trouble: Heap-based flag insertion buffer overflow in CVS Conrad, Eric GCIH
rLogin Buffer Overflow Vulnerability - Solaris Corredor, Juan GCIH
Web Application Injection Vulnerabilities: A Web App's Security Nemesis? Couture, Erik GWAPT
First Response: An incident handling team learns a few lessons the hard way Cragg, David GCIH
The t0rn Rootkit Craveiro, Paulo GCIH
Preventing Incidents with a Hardened Web Browser Crowley, Chris GCIH
An Approach to Detect Malware Call-Home Activities Cui, Tianqiang GCIH
Detecting Crypto Currency Mining in Corporate Environments D'Herdt, Jan GCIH
What is Santy bringing you this year? HONORS Danhieux, Pieter GCIH
ICQ URL Remote Exploitable Buffer Overflow de Beaupre, Adrien GCIH
Valentine's Surprise Firedragging in Action de Nie, Paula GCIH
BackGate Kit: The Joy of "Experts" DePriest, Paul GCIH
Applying Data Analytics on Vulnerability Data Dhinwa, Yogesh GCIH
Post Exploitation using Metasploit pivot & port forward Dodd, David GPEN
Introduction to the OWASP Mutillidae II Web Pen-Test Training Environment Druin, Jeremy GWAPT
FreeBSD 4.x local root vulnerability -- exec() of shared signal handler Durkee, Ralph GCIH
Identifying and Handling a PHP Exploit Edelson, Eve GCIH
Using Software Defined Radio to attack "Smart Home" systems Eichelberger, Florian GCIH
Human Being Firewall EL-HarmeeL, Muhammad GCIH
0x333hate.c: Samba Remote Root Exploit Embrich, Mark GCIH
Relative Shell Path Vulnerability Evans, Earl GCIH
Pass-the-hash attacks: Tools and Mitigation Ewaida, Bashar GCIH
Cisco Security Agent and Incident Handling Farnham, Greg GCIH
Microsoft RPC-DCOM Buffer Overflow Attack using Dcom.c Farrington, Dean GCIH
IIS 5 In-Process Table Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Fatnani, Kishin GCIH
Windows Shell Document Viewer shdocvw.dll Feature or Trojan Horse? Fenwick, Wynn GCIH
Incident Handling in the Healthcare Cloud: Liquid Data and the Need for Adaptive Patient Consent Management Filkins, Barbara GCIH
Simple Network Management Protocol: Now More than a "Default" Vulnerability Fluharty, Daniel GCIH
Are there novel ways to mitigate credential theft attacks in Windows? Foster, James GCIH
Tunneling, Pivoting, and Web Application Penetration Testing Fraser, Gordon GWAPT
Support for the Cyber Defense Initiative Fresen, Lars GCIH
Effective Use Case Modeling for Security Information & Event Management Frye, Daniel GCIH
Quick and Effective Windows System Baselining and Comparative Analysis for Troubleshooting and Incident Response Fuller, Kevin GCIH
Eradicating the Masses & Round 1 with Phatbot? Fulton, Lora GCIH
Incident Illustration - Mstream Gallo, Kenneth GCIH
Exploiting BlackICE When a Security Product has a Security Flaw Gara-Tarnoczi, Peter GCIH
Incident Analysis in a Mid-Sized Company Garvin, Pete GCIH
Shedding Light on Security Incidents Using Network Flows Gennuso, Kevin GCIH
Port 1433 Georgas, Mark GCIH
Using Windows Script Host and COM to Hack Windows Ginos, Alexander GPEN
False Alarm...Or Was It? Lessons Learned from a Badly Handled Incident Graesser Williams, Dana GCIH
Nachi to the Rescue? Griffith, Russ GCIH
Testing Web Applications for Malicious Input Attack Vulnerabilities Grill, Robert GCIH
Auto-Nuke It from Orbit: A Framework for Critical Security Control Automation Hainly, Jeremiah GCIH
Incident Illustration - Corporate Compromise Hall, Russell GCIH
Incident Tracking In The Enterprise Hall, Justin GCIH
A Picture is Worth 500 Malicious Dwords Hall, Timothy GCIH
Back-Door'ed by the Slammer Hally, John GCIH
Breaking Windows 2000 Passwords via LDAP Password Crackers Hamby, Charles GCIH
Inside-Out Vulnerabilities, Reverse Shells Hammer, Richard GCIH
GIAC GCIH Assignment - Pass Harrison, Daniel GCIH
Incident Handler Case File: A New Twist to Social Engineering Hawkins, Ray GCIH
SQL Slammer Worm Hayden, Chris GCIH
Author Intruder Alert: Why Internal Security must not take a back seat. Hendrick, Jim GCIH
All Your Base Are Belong To Someone Else: An Analysis Of The Windows Messenger Service Buffer Overflow Vulnerability Hewitt, Peter GCIH
Open Shares Vulnerability Hill, Siegfried GCIH
Scareware Traversing the World via a Web App Exploit Hillick, Mark GCIH
Website Security for Mobile Ho, Alan GWAPT
An Attacker On RPC Compromised Remote VPN Host Runs Arbitrary Code on Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 Ho, Wai-Kit GCIH
Web Application Penetration Testing for PCI Hoehl, Michael GWAPT
Cyber Breach Coaching Hoehl, Michael GCIH
Incident Handling Annual Testing and Training Holland, Kurtis GCIH
SQL Server Resolution Service Exploit in Action Hoover, James GCIH
IBM AIX invscout Local Command Execution Vulnerability - HONORS Horwath, Jim GCIH
Attack of Slammer worm - A practical case study Huang, Dongmei GCIH
Identity Theft Made Easy Huber, Eric GCIH
Why Crack When You Can Pass the Hash? Hummel, Christopher GCIH
Visualizing the Hosting Patterns of Modern Cybercriminals Hunt, Drew GCIH
Network Printers: Whose friend are they? Hutcheson, Lorna GCIH
Knitting SOCs Imbert, Courtney GCIH
Creating a Threat Profile for Your Organization Irwin, Stephen GCIH
Ramen Worm Ives, Millie GCIH
A Weak Password And A Windows Rootkit: A Recipe For Trouble Ives, John GCIH
Home Field Advantage: Employing Active Detection Techniques Jackson, Benjamin GCIH
Exploit Analysis Jenkinson, John GCIH
Accessing the inaccessible: Incident investigation in a world of embedded devices Jodoin, Eric GCIH
Combating the Nachia Worm in Enterprise Environments Johnson, Brad GCIH
FTP Port 21 "Friend or Foe" Support for the Cyber Defense Initiative Karrick, Stephen GCIH
Remote Access Point/IDS Kee, Jared GCIH
SMS, iMessage and FaceTime security Khalil, George GCIH
Security Incident Handling in High Availability Environments Kibirkstis, Algis GCIH
Penetration Testing Of A Web Application Using Dangerous HTTP Methods Kim, Issac GWAPT
SMBdie'em All - Kill That Server Kirby, Craig GCIH
iPwn Apps: Pentesting iOS Applications Kliarsky, Adam GPEN
Responding to Zero Day Threats Kliarsky, Adam GCIH
Analysis and Reporting improvements with Notebooks Knowles, Ben GCIH
Tracking the Back Orifice Trojan on a University Network Knudsen, Kent GCIH
Exploiting Samba Buffer Overflow Vulnerability via MetaSploit Framework Ko, James GCIH
Web Application File Upload Vulnerabilities Koch, Matthew GWAPT
My First Incident Handling Experience Kohli, Karmendra GCIH
Mutated Code Kopczynski, Tyson GCIH
In-house Penetration Testing for PCI DSS Koster, Jeremy GPEN
A J0k3r Takes Over Larrieu, Heather GCIH
Real Network's Remote Server Remote Root Exploit Lastor, Michael GCIH
Stay Alert While Browsing the Internet LaValley, Jim GCIH
The enemy within: Handling the Insider Threat posed by Shatter Attacks Layton, Meg GCIH
Port 443 and Openssl-too-open Lee, Chia-Ling GCIH
Importance of a Minor Incident: W32/Goner@MM Legary, Michael GCIH
Robots.txt Lehman, Jim GWAPT
SMTP - Always a victim of a good time Lock, James GCIH
Attack and Defend: Linux Privilege Escalation Techniques of 2016 Long II, Michael GCIH
Fun with Batch Files: The Muma Worm Mackey, David GCIH
Donald Dick 1.55 with Last Updated GUI Component from Version 1.53 Maglich, Ryan GCIH
The Tactical Use of Rainbow Crack to Exploit Windows Authentication in a Hybrid Physical-Electronic Attack Mahurin, Mike GCIH
iPhone Backup Files. A Penetration Tester's Treasure Manners, Darren GPEN
The fascinating tale of a lame hacker, a Linux Box, and how I received permission to deploy my IDS Markham, George GCIH
Cisco IOS Type 7 Password Vulnerability Massey, Lee GCIH
Small devices needs a large Firewall Mastad, Paul GCIH
A Two Stage Attack Using One-Way Shellcode Mathezer, Stephen GCIH
Local Privilege Escalation in Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 via Buffer Overflow in passwd(1) McAdams, Shaun GCIH
Incident Handling Without Guidelines McKellar, Neil GCIH
Freezing Icecast in its Tracks McLaren, Jared GCIH
BIND 8.2 NXT Remote Buffer Overflow Exploit Mcmahon, Robert GCIH
Utilizing "AutoRuns" To Catch Malware McMillan, Jim GCIH
Expanding Response: Deeper Analysis for Incident Handlers McRee, Russ GCIH
Enterprise Survival Guide for Ransomware Attacks Mehmood, Shafqat GCIH
Once Bitten Twice Sly - Common Exploits Fueled by Common Mishap Melvin, John GCIH
Hijacked Server Serves Up Foreign Bootlegged Pornography Meyer, Russell GCIH
Sun snmpXdmi Overflow Miller, Kevin GCIH
Wireless LAN Honeypots to Catch IEEE 802.11 Intrusions Mitchell, Gordon GCIH
Incident Illustration - HTTP Services Vulnerabilities Modelo Howard, Gaspar GCIH
Virtual Rapid Response Systems Mohan, Chris GCIH
PCI DSS and Incident Handling: What is required before, during and after an incident Moldes, Christian GCIH
Talking Out Both Sides of Your Mouth: Streamlining Communication via Metaphor More, Josh GCIH
Solution Architecture for Cyber Deterrence Mowbray, Thomas GPEN
Session stealing with WebMin Murdoch, Don GCIH
Using DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) to Protect your Email Reputation Murphy, Christopher GCIH
Traveling Through the OpenSSL Door Murphy, Keven GCIH
A Case Study in Solaris Sadmind Exploitation Nathoo, Karim GCIH
Incident Report for a Rootkit attack on a Fedora workstation Norman, Bonita GCIH
An Overview Of The Casper RFI Bot O'Connor, Dan GCIH
Animal Farm: Protection From Client-side Attacks by Rendering Content With Python and Squid. OConnor, Terrence GCIH
Penetration Testing in the Financial Services Industry Olson, Christopher GPEN
Phising Attack in Organizations: Incident Handlers Perspective Ong, Leonard GCIH
Deployment of a Flexible Malware Sandbox Environment Using Open Source Software Ortiz, Jose GCIH
Sub Seven: A Risk to Your Internet Security Ostrowski, Paul GCIH
An approach to the ultimate in-depth security event management framework Pachis, Nicolas GCIH
Penetration Testing of a Secure Network Pakala, Sangita GCIH
Burp Suite(up) with fancy scanning mechanisms Panczel, Zoltan GWAPT
AIX for penetration testers Panczel, Zoltan GPEN
Preparing to withstand a DDoS Attack Pandya, Gaurang GCIH
Securing Aviation Avionics Panet-Raymond, Marc GCIH
PHP-Nuke: From SQL Injection to System Compromise Paynter, Eric GCIH
Catch the culprit! Perez, David GCIH
Microsoft Windows Cursor and Icon Format Handling Vulnerability Perkins, Matthew GCIH
Discovering Rogue Wireless Access Points Using Kismet and Disposable Hardware Pesce, Larry GAWN
Document Metadata, the Silent Killer... Pesce, Larry GCIH
Discovering a Local SUID Exploit Pike, Jeff GCIH
Getting Started with the Internet Storm Center Webhoneypot Pokladnik, Mason GWAPT
Getting Started with the Internet Storm Center Webhoneypot Pokladnik, Mason GWAPT
An Incident Handling Process for Small and Medium Businesses Pokladnik, Mason GCIH
Automated Defense - Using Threat Intelligence to Augment Poputa-Clean, Paul GCIH
Lotus Notes Penetration Rademacher, Karl GCIH
The Information We Seek Ramos, Jose GCIH
SQL Slammer and Other UDP Port 1434 Threats In support of the Cyber Defense Initiative Ray, Edward GCIH
Following Incidents into the Cloud Reed, Jeffrey GCIH
Incident Illustration - Firewall Attack Reed, Bill GCIH
Success Rates for Client Side Vulnerabilities Risto, Jonathan GCIH
Wireless Networks and the Windows Registry - Just where has your computer been? Risto, Jonathan GAWN
Polymorphic, multi-lingual websites: A theoretical approach for improved website security Risto, Jonathan GWAPT
SMTP Loop Moderate Denial of Service: InterScan VirusWall NT & Lotus Domino Environment Roberts, Brian GCIH
Practical OSSEC Robertson, Chad GCIH
PDF Obfuscation - A Primer Robertson, Chad GPEN
H.O.T. | Security Rocha, Luis GCIH
An Analysis of the Remote Code Execution Vulnerability as Described in Microsoft's MS05-002 Security Bulletin Rose, Jerome GCIH
IOSTrojan: Who really owns your router? Santander Pelaez, Manuel Humberto GCIH
How to identify malicious HTTP Requests Sarokaari, Niklas GWAPT
Apache Web Server Chunk Handling Apache-nosejob.c Sarrazyn, Dieter GCIH
Demystifying Malware Traffic Saxena, Sourabh GCIH
Network Covert Channels: Subversive Secrecy Sbrusch, Raymond GCIH
Nimda - Surviving the Hydra Schmelzel, Paul GCIH
Correctly Implementing Forward Secrecy Schum, Chris GCIH
Covering the Tracks on Mac OS X Leopard Scott, Charles GCIH
Solaris in.lpd Remote Command Execution Vulnerability Seah, Meng Kuang GCIH
Covert Channels Over Social Networks Selvi, Jose GCIH
A Guide to Encrypted Storage Incident Handling Shanks, Wylie GCIH
MS IIS CGI Filename Decode Error Vulnerability Shenk, Jerry GCIH
A Management Guide to Penetration Testing Shinberg, David GCIH
Real World ARP Spoofing Siles, Raul GCIH
Internet Explorer HTML Elements BoF Vulnerability Sims, Stephen GCIH
Incident Handling Preparation: Learning Normal with the Kansa PowerShell Incident Response Framework Simsay, Jason GCIH
Local Exploit: dtprintinfo for Solaris 2.6 and 7 Sipes, Steven GCIH
Bad ESMTP Verb Usage Equals Bad Times for Exchange Smith, Aaron GCIH
Windows Media Services NSIISLOG.DLL Remote Buffer Overflow Smith, Steve GCIH
Pros and Cons of using Linux and Windows Live CDs in Incident Handling and Forensics Smith, Ricky GCIH
Netscape Enterprise Server Denial of Service Exploit Smith, Tony GCIH
DreamFTP - The Nightmare Begins! Sorensen, Robert Peter GCIH
Linux NTPD Buffer Overflow Stadler, Philipp GCIH
A Qradar Log Source Extension Walkthrough Stanton, Michael GCIH
Employees Are Crackers Too Stapleton, Curt GCIH
How to Gain Control of a Windows 2000 Server Using the In-Process Table Privilege Escalation Exploit Stidham, Jonathan GCIH
A Buffer Overflow Exploit Against the DameWare Remote Control Software Strubinger, Ray GCIH
Creating Your Own SIEM and Incident Response Toolkit Using Open Source Tools Sweeny, Jonny GCIH
A Practical Application of SIM/SEM/SIEM Automating Threat Identification Swift, David GCIH
Buffer overflow in BIND 8.2 via NXT records Talianek, Chris GCIH
Differences between HTML5 or AJAX web applications Thomassin, Sven GWAPT
BruteSSH2 - 21st Century War Dialer Thompson, Bill GCIH
phpMyAdmin 2.5.7 - Input Validation Vulnerability Thurston, Tracy GCIH
Let's face it, you are probably compromised. What next? Thyer, Jonathan GPEN
Exploiting the Microsoft Internet Explorer Malformed IFRAME Vulnerability Tu, Alan GCIH
Phone Phreaking and Social Engineering Tuey, Richard GCIH
IOScat - a Port of Netcat's TCP functions to Cisco IOS Vandenbrink, Robert GCIH
One Admin's Documentation is their Hacker's Pentest Vandenbrink, Robert GPEN
Digital Certificate Revocation Vandeven, Sally GCIH
Automated Security Testing of Oracle Forms Applications Varga-Perke, Balint GWAPT
Practical El Jefe Vedaa, Charles GCIH
Testing stateful web application workflows Veres-Szentkiralyi, Andras GWAPT
0day targeted malware attack Villatte, Nicolas GCIH
The December Storm of WMF: Preparation, Identification, and Containment of Exploits Voorhees, James GCIH
An Analysis of Meterpreter during Post-Exploitation Wadner, Kiel GCIH
Web Log Analysis and Defense with Mod_Rewrite Wanner, Rick GCIH
InfiniBand Fabric and Userland Attacks Warren, Aron GCIH
Using Sulley to Protocol Fuzz for Linux Software Vulnerabilities Warren, Aron GXPN
The Search for "Kozirog" Weaver, Greg GCIH
FTP Security and the WU-FTP File Globbing Heap Corruption Vulnerability Webb, Warwick GCIH
Revisiting the Code Red Worm White, Ravila GCIH
Incident Illustration - Missing Files White, Scott GCIH
KaZaA Media Desktop Virus: W32/kwbot Will, Rita GCIH
Exploiting the SSH CRC32 Compensation Attack Detector Vulnerability Williams, R. Michael GCIH
Automated Execution of Arbitrary Code Using Forged MIME Headers in Microsoft Internet Explorer Winters, Scott GCIH
Exploiting the LSASS Buffer Overflow Wohlberg, Jon GCIH
GIAC Certified Incident Handling Practical Yachera, Stanley GCIH
Secure Design with Exploit Infusion Yew, Wen Chinn GCIH
Attributes of Malicious Files Yonts, Joel GCIH
The Integration of Information Security to FDA and GAMP 5 Validation Processes Young, Jason GCIH
Using Open Source Reconnaissance Tools for Business Partner Vulnerability Assessment Young, Sue GCIH
Reverse Engineering Srvcp.exe Zeltser, Lenny GCIH