Monthly Archives: May 2018

John the Ripper

John the Ripper is a fast password cracker, currently available for many flavors of Unix (11 are officially supported, not counting different architectures), DOS, Win32, BeOS, and OpenVMS. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords. Besides several crypt(3) password hash types most commonly found on various Unix flavors, supported out of the box are Kerberos AFS and Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 LM hashes, plus several more with contributed patches.

You can get JTR Here

Nessus Remote Security Scanner

Recently went closed source, but is still essentially free. Works with a client-server framework.

Nessus is the world’s most popular vulnerability scanner used in over 75,000 organizations world-wide.

Many of the world’s largest organizations are realizing significant cost savings by using Nessus to audit business-critical enterprise devices and applications.

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Nmap Tool

Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is a free open source utility for network exploration or security auditing. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, although it works fine against single hosts.

Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. Nmap runs on most types of computers and both console and graphical versions are available.

Nmap is free and open source.

Can be used by beginners (-sT) or by pros alike (–packet_trace). A very versatile tool, once you fully understand the results.

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How to access Tor, even when your country says you can’t

Censorship is nothing new, but as many governments and law enforcement agencies tighten the noose, anti-surveillance solutions need to get creative.

The Tor Project, which runs the anti-surveillance Tor network, is one such being.

The non-profit runs a network designed to disguise the original locations of users through traffic and relay points, and is often used by journalists, activists, and those attempting to circumvent censorship.

Nima Fatemi, an independent security research and member of the Tor Project, highlighted in a recent blog post how users in countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, and Iran can still try to access the network.

As noted by Motherboard, governments including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iran, Russia, and China often attempt to block the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) in an effort to keep an eye on their citizen’s online activities.

However, blocking Tor is a more complicated problem due to the use of volunteer-ran nodes and relays used to reroute traffic and disguise original IP addresses.

According to Fatemi, the Tor Browser spoofs the UserAgent identity feature to make users look alike and avoid spying, as well as fingerprint attacks. However, Tor is still an open network where anyone can get a list of relay points — and so governments can simply block them.

“They can simply get the list of Tor relays and block them,” Fatemi noted. “This bars millions of people from access to free information, often including those who need it most. We at Tor care about freedom of access to information and strongly oppose censorship.”

As a result, Tor has developed what the organization called Pluggable Transports (PTs). PTs are a type of “bridge” into the Tor network which “make encrypted traffic to Tor look like not-interesting or garbage traffic,” according to the developer.

If users already want to try out this censorship-thwarting tool, they are in luck — as PTs are already included in the Tor Browser.

Tor has provided a step-by-step guide, as shown in the image below:


If you need additional bridges, you can email the project here or visit the BridgeDB website.


Tor has hit the spotlight recently after a scandal involving one of the “core” members of the project’s development team rocked the very foundations of the organization. Jacob Appelbaum, a 33-year-old developer, stepped down from his position after being accused ofalleged inappropriate sexual misconduct.

While Appelbaum has denied the claim as a “calculated and targeted attack,” an investigation conducted by an external law firm found that “many people inside and outside the Tor Project have reported incidents of being humiliated, intimidated, bullied, and frightened by Jacob,” according to Tor executive director Shari Steele.

As a result of the scandal, the full Tor board has been replaced with new faces including security expert Bruce Schneier, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Cindy Cohn, and Matt Blaze, a computer and information science professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

IoT: A hacker’s dream come true?

There’s a lot more to the web than the cat-video-laden sites we normally see. In fact, according to most sources, the web that we can typically get to via our browser of choice represents only a small fraction of what’s out there.

This deep web is an ocean of content that is not visible to search engines and cannot be easily stumbled over – existing as it does behind locked forms, encrypted connections, and hidden systems. Yet, even within the deep web there are darker corners, where the information isn’t just difficult to find, but actively hidden, and often for good reason.

This is the dark web, the stuff of breathless news reporting and nervous collar-fingering in the halls of power. And on the dark web, along with people who legitimately don’t want the government – *any* government – peering over their shoulders, are those whose stock-in-trade are things best not discussed in polite company.

The dark web is the home of illegal sales and bot-net rental services. It’s a place you don’t get to by accident, and it exists because, if there’s anything we can guarantee about human nature, it’s that for every sunny plaza we build, there’ll be a dark alley around the corner.

And that same tendency towards misuse and misappropriation will inevitably affect that next great technology deployment, the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is likely to be the hacker’s dream come true. A massive expansion in technology and systems, with little oversight, no real rules, and rolled out in many cases by companies with little or no history is cybersecurity. The IoT will consist of billions of devices existing in every nook and cranny of our public, work, and private lives, constantly on, and yet without anything in the way of legislative or industry mandates to keep it safe and secure.

Most “things” will likely operate safely and securely without interference, but there will be some portion of the IoT that will attract the attention of the very same people and organizations who build botnets, steal IP, and carry out pay-for-DDOS attacks using the far less extensive internet we see now. If there is an IoT, a “dark IoT” will follow as inevitably as dusk follows dawn.

I suspect that the dark IoT will consist of a body of compromised devices that are either explicitly feeding information to illicit sources, or are perhaps laying dormant for some future use. Whether it’s commercial devices acting as vulnerable Achilles heels to a corporate network, or some city control system doing double time as bot nets, the uses for the dark IoT will evolve in the same way as the purposes for the dark web have changed.

Just like the dark web, the dark IoT will operate quietly, under the radar, without most of us knowing. And just like the dark web, once it exists, the dark IoT will likely be with us for a long, long time. Of course, the better security we build into devices now, and indeed, the better able we are to detect when a device is compromised, the more we can manage the growth of a dark IoT. Rather like weeds in a garden, it’s far easier to control the initial growth than it is to eradicate them once they are established.

The key here, I believe, is to establish a method that enables us to do two things:

1. Monitor the lifecycle and behavior of devices so that we can better understand when and if they have been compromised. This will especially important for IoT devices that are within or around critical infrastructure.

2. Establish method of updating security (or simply taking the device offline) once we can identify that a device has “gone over to the dark side.” This is actually more important than attempting to build in perfect security out the box, since the complexity of the IoT will probably preclude perfect security from the start line.

If we fail to do both, we are back to playing the same fruitless blame game we’ve been playing for the past decade when it comes to general cyber security – only on a much bigger scale.

The IoT will change much about the way we use technology, but if we want to keep some degree of security and privacy, we have to accept that the human tendencies embodied in the dark web represent something too fundamental for us to expect the IoT to change.

DMitry – Deepmagic Information Gathering Tool

DMitry (Deepmagic Information Gathering Tool) is a UNIX/(GNU) Linux Command Line program coded purely in C with the ability to gather as much information as possible about a host.

DMitry has a base functionality with the ability to add new functions, the basic functionality of DMitry allows for information to be gathered about a target host from a simple whois lookup on the target to UpTime reports and TCP portscans.

DMitry - Deepmagic Information Gathering Tool

The application is considered a tool to assist in information gathering when information is required quickly by removing the need to enter multiple commands and the timely process of searching through data from multiple sources.

Base functionality is able to gather possible sub-domains, email addresses, uptime information, TCP port scan, WHOIS lookups, and more.



The information is gathered with following methods:

  • Perform an Internet Number whois lookup.
  • Retrieve possible uptime data, system and server data.
  • Perform a SubDomain search on a target host.
  • Perform an E-Mail address search on a target host.
  • Perform a TCP Portscan on the host target.
  • A Modular program allowing user specified modules


You can download DMitry here:


fping 3 – Multi Target ICMP Ping Tool

fping is a program like ping which uses the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) echo request to determine if a target host is responding.

fping 3 - Multi Target ICMP Ping Tool

fping differs from ping in that you can specify any number of targets on the command line, or specify a file containing the lists of targets to ping. Instead of sending to one target until it times out or replies, fping will send out a ping packet and move on to the next target in a round-robin fashion. In the default mode, if a target replies, it is noted and removed from the list of targets to check; if a target does not respond within a certain time limit and/or retry limit it is designated as unreachable.

fping also supports sending a specified number of pings to a target, or looping indefinitely (as in ping). Unlike ping, fping is meant to be used in scripts, so its output is designed to be easy to parse.

The binary named fping6 is the same as fping, except that it uses IPv6 addresses instead of IPv4.


You can download fping 3 here:


miranda-upnp – Interactive UPnP Client

Miranda is a Python-based UPnP (Universal Plug-N-Play) client application designed to discover, query and interact with UPNP devices, particularly Internet Gateway Devices (aka, routers). It can be used to audit UPNP-enabled devices on a network for possible vulnerabilities.

miranda-upnp -  Interactive UPnP Client

Miranda was built on and for a Linux system and has been tested on a Linux 2.6 kernel with Python 2.5. However, since it is written in Python, most functionality should be available for any Python-supported platform. Miranda has been tested against IGDs from various vendors, including Linksys, D-Link, Belkin and ActionTec. All Python modules came installed by default on a Linux Mint 5 (Ubuntu 8.04) test system.


Some of its features include:

  • Interactive shell with tab completion and command history
  • Passive and active discovery of UPNP devices
  • Customizable MSEARCH queries (query for specific devices/services)
  • Full control over application settings such as IP addresses, ports and headers
  • Simple enumeration of UPNP devices, services, actions and variables
  • Correlation of input/output state variables with service actions
  • Ability to send actions to UPNP services/devices
  • Ability to save data to file for later analysis and collaboration
  • Command logging


You can download miranda-upnp here:

WOL-E – Wake On LAN Security Testing Suite

WOL-E is a suite of tools for Wake on LAN security testing related to the WOL features of network attached computers, this is now enabled by default on many Apple computers.

WOL-E - Wake On LAN Security Testing Suite

This allows you to easily scan for Apple devices on a network (based on their MAC addresses).


These tools include:

  • Bruteforcing the MAC address to wake up clients
  • Sniffing WOL attempts on the network and saving them to disk
  • Sniffing WOL passwords on the network and saving them to disk
  • Waking up single clients (post sniffing attack)
  • Scanning for Apple devices on the network for WOL enabling
  • Sending bulk WOL requests to all detected Apple clients


You can download WOL-E here:


MODULE 5.5 Unix and Linux Enumeration

Linux and Unix systems are no different from Windows systems and can be enumerated as well. The difference lies in the tools and the approach. In this section you will take a look at a handful of the tools that have proven useful in exploring these systems.



The finger command is designed to return information about a user on a given system. When executed it returns information such as the user’s home directory, login time, idle times, office location, and the last time they received or read mail.

The command line for the finger command looks like this:  finger <switches> username 

Switches that can be used with the finger command include the following:

  • -b removes the home directory and shell from the user display.
  • -f removes header information from the display.
  • -w removes the full name from the display.
  • -l returns the list of users.


The rpcinfo command enumerates information exposed over the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) protocol.

The command line for rpcinfo looks like this:

  • rpcinfo <switches> hostname

Switches that can be used with rpcinfo include the following:

  • -m displays a list of statistics for RPC on a given host.
  • -s displays a list of registered RPC applications on a given host.


The showmount command lists and identifies the shared directories present on a given system.

showmount displays a list of all clients that have remotely mounted a file system.

  • The command line for showmount looks like this:
    /usr/sbin/showmount [- ade ] [hostname]

Switches that can be used with showmount include the following:

  • -a prints all remote mounts.
  • -d lists directories that have been remotely mounted by clients.
  • -e prints the list of shared file systems.