GDPR and Apache logs, remove last octet of an IP address

For a new project I had to identify the source network of visitors of an http site, served via Apache. I did not need their individual IP address. This is something you’ll encounter when dealing with logs in light of the GDPR and having to store only the minimum amount of personal data necessary.

In essence it meant I needed a way to store the log requests and remove the last octet of the IPRead more.

Feed honeypot data to MISP for blocklist and RPZ creation

I run a couple of honeypots which allow me to map some of the bad actors and scanners on the internet. The most popular honeypots are Dioanea, Cowrie (ssh, previously kippo) and Conpot (ICS). So far I’ve not really used this honeypot data that much for defensive purposes but a recent writeup on using ModSecurity and MISP gave me inspiration to transform this data into information that I can use as a defender.

The coreRead more.

How to Patch BlueKeep and Get to Know Your Company’s Critical Assets

I published an article on the IBM SecurityIntelligence blog on How to Patch BlueKeep and Get to Know Your Company’s Critical Assets

The post has a very brief introduction to Remote Desktop Protocol and what caused the BlueKeep vulnerability. I then cover how to protect against blueKeep, which measures you can take to be prepared for the regular patch Tuesday and which tools and techniques are available to keep track of your (vulnerable) assets.

Keeping a Git fork up-to-date

I sometimes contribute to open source projects on Github. The workflow then often consist of creating a fork, adding my own code and then submitting pull requests.p

Unfortunately sometimes when you do this the upstream (meaning, the ‘original’ repository) has changed so much that it’s not possible to easily submit (or include) your changes. You then need to sync your fork with the upstream repository.

For what concerns the repositories related to MISP, these areRead more.

Bind Certificates to Domain Names for Enhanced Security With DANE and DNSS

I published an article on the IBM SecurityIntelligence blog on Bind Certificates to Domain Names for Enhanced Security With DANE and DNSS

The post has a very brief introduction to HTTPS and the flaws in the certificate validation process. I then cover solutions to the problem by publishing certificates in DNS via DANE, DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities. DANE is a protocol that uses DNSSEC and that can enhance the security of your email (transport).

Sync sightings between MISP instances

MISP sighting is a system allowing people to react on attributes on an event. It was originally designed to provide an easy method for users to tell when they see a given attribute, giving it more credibility. As such, the sighting system in MISP allows you to get feedback from your community on the quality of the data (the indicators).

There is not immediately an option within MISP to sync sightings between instances.You can syncRead more.

Submit malware samples to VMRay via MISP – Automation

End 2016 I contributed a module to extend MISP, the Open Source Threat Intelligence and Sharing Platform, with malware analysis results from VMRay : Submit malware samples to VMRay via MISP. VMRay provides an agentless, hypervisor-based dynamic analysis approach to malware analysis. One of it great features is the API, allowing you to integrate it with other tools.

One of the drawbacks of the module was that it required a two step approach : firstRead more.

Dark Web TLS/SSL Certificates Highlight Need for Shift to Zero Trust Security

I published an article on the IBM SecurityIntelligence blog on Dark Web TLS/SSL Certificates Highlight Need for Shift to Zero Trust Security

The post has a very brief introduction to HTTPS and TLS/SS, takes a look at the ‘black market’ for TLS/SSL certificates and concludes with some protection measures that you can take.

Missed DNS Flag Day? It’s Not Too Late to Upgrade Your Domain Security

I published an article on the IBM SecurityIntelligence blog on Missed DNS Flag Day? It’s Not Too Late to Upgrade Your Domain Security. The post gives some insights on DNS Extension mechanisms, Backward Compatibility and DNS Flag Day and which steps you need to take to be (and remain) ready for DNS Flag Day. I also includes an introduction on other DNS features as DNS cookies and DNSSEC.

Breaking Down the Incident Notification Requirements in the EU’s NIS Directive

I published an article on the IBM SecurityIntelligence blog on Breaking Down the Incident Notification Requirements in the EU’s NIS Directive. The posts focus specifically on the aspects of incident notification contained in the NIS Directive as they apply to operators of essential services (OES).