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.
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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.
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).
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 sync … Read more.
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 : first … Read more.
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.
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.
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).
Mimikatz allows users to view and save authentication credentials like Kerberos tickets and Windows credentials. It’s freely available via Github. This post is not a tutorial on how to use Mimikatz, it lists the commands that I recently had to use during an assignment in an old Windows 7 environment.
Dump hashes from registry; Use this dump offline to extract the hashes with Mimikatz; Crack the hashes with hashcat.
Because most unaltered versions of Mimikatz … Read more.
DNS logging and monitoring is important! Monitoring DNS logs allows you to analyze and detect C&C traffic and have access to crucial information to reduce the dwell time and detect breaches. Combined with Passive DNS it’s a very valuable data source to be used during incident response.
But DNS logging comes at a price. Every log operation requires the system to write out an entry to disk (besides also properly formatting the log string). This … Read more.