New Internet Explorer vulnerability Microsoft confirms

This is considered  client side vulnerability.

Where the user on their computer can click on a webpage or link using Flash and then the system will be compromised (a malware would kick off and the system will do the master program bidding).

this is a good reason why I use Chrome  and firefox to reduce some exposure liability.

KrebsonSecurity has some more info.

Hackers – explaining what it is and some hacks

this blog is an interesting tips and tricks site:  http://tipstrickshack.blogspot.com/  (also explains hackers terminology a bit)

The author describes several hacks on vulnerabilities within wordpress 3.51 (today latest is 3.8).

So if you never upgrade your software (wordpress) then it will get hacked

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that is how it is, one always needs to be aware of their software updates, where if a vulnerable software will get hacked if not updated.

what kind of attacks can come?

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attacks will come in all types and methods, some will be standard – and some turbo charged.

The reason a new vulnerability is such a big deal, is that any little problem vulnerability can cause a hacker to get a small connection with your systems. And unfortunately any small connection can led to larger ones, and pretty soon it is a tidal wave, or “turbo charged” and then soon enough you are on the headlines.

Denial of Service(DoS) attacks can seem innocuous, as the attack may just slow you down, or make you reboot, which is inconvenient, but not deadly.

But the problem is DoS attacks are a feint or are set to overload the system so a different attack can occur. And then the real attacks occur, we test attacks in our closed environments to review these items for ourselves.

 

this is a classic attack – actually Kevin Mitnick the famous hacker who got caught and the attack outlined on mcmaster.ca

Pentesting – what is it actually?

serverinfrastructurePenetration testing are several acts on various computers and systems.

 

First in “recon”  one checks the public profile of the company.

Use scan tools, nmap, hping, scapy, burp suite,  and others to check the target computers out.  (this is the Alpha scan)

 

Then one can use a few pre-built tools to review vulnerabilities like Nessus, maltegoo, Metasploit or Armitage(a good GUI to Metasploit), OWASP and Tshark/Wireshark are also good tools to review what is going on in the network.  (Sigma scan)

 

Each tool can be used to further your knowledge of the network, or to find out more about how to investigate/exploit the systems.

 

Little by little a dossier is created with more and more information compiled.

 

Then at some point the pentester may also use some Social engineering.  (custom scan – Omega scan)

 

Here is where the custom portion of a pentest occurs.

Incidentally the process of pentest “almost” mirrors the hackers methods.