The Cuckoo Sandbox is an automated malware analysis sandbox where malware can be safely run to study its behavior. The benefits of setting up a Cuckoo Sandbox is immense. Having a private and an open source malware sandbox means that you can run any suspicious file without worrying about sensitive data being leaked to a public forum such as VirusTotal. Plus, this malware sandbox can be tailored toward your business security needs and tools. This guide will provide you with a basic installed and configured Cuckoo Sandbox to begin dynamically analyzing malware in a safe environment. (more…)
If you read my article on Security Onion planning and the mention of Snort/Suricata, Bro, and ELSA left you with questions, or if you haven’t read my Security Onion (SO) planning article but are looking for explanations of the various detection and analysis tools then this is the article for you. This is a Security Onion primer, and not part of the installation and configuration series. (more…)
Security Onion is used for network security monitoring in which it analyses network traffic and computer logs sent to it by OSSEC, a host intrusion detection system (HIDS). The Overview section of Security Onion’s Github page describes it as a proactive tool, “Network Security Monitoring (NSM) is, put simply, monitoring your network for security-related events. It might be proactive when used to identify vulnerabilities or expiring SSL certificates, or it might be reactive, such as in incident response and network forensics. Whether you’re tracking an adversary or trying to keep malware at bay, NSM provides context, intelligence and situational awareness of your network.”
Security Onion (SO) was designed and is maintained by Doug Burks and is helped with maintenance by Wes Lambert (testing). Support for SO is handled through Google Groups, and you can expect a response within 24 hours but typically less. (more…)
Password cracking might be my favorite attack vector in the modern IoT landscape. There’s just something magical about firing up hashcat or John the Ripper and pitting your hardware against the product of questionable, human password choices.
Let’s begin with a brief walkthrough of hashcat. For those unfamiliar, a hash is an encrypted string of text, usually password text in the context of Information Security. Supporting a lot of different hashing algorithms, hashcat has an option for cracking almost any kind of hash. (more…)