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Networking | 2013-05-07 21:30:27

Following on from the previous article I wrote about CCM7 in VirtualBox I can confirm that CCM9 can be installed in a similar manner. Both 9.0.1 and 9.1.1 have been installed with all services running perfectly.

I will post up a detailed guide on how to install and configure CCM9 in VirtualBox shortly.

Other | 2013-05-07 03:28:50

For the sake of shits the site has been moved to a new host 🙂

IT | 2013-04-19 03:08:51

I’m a pretty big fan of TeamViewer.

There are heaps of remote desktop apps like GoTo Assist and the like that are able to punch through NAT by creating a reverse tunnel, but each to their own.

The latest Ubuntu install 8.0.17864 creates a daemon to bring your machine online. Maybe I’m just being a fritata but whenever the daemon was active, the machine would show online, but I could never connect to it. Even when the machine was a added as a partner it would show online, but it would always sit at “Connecting” when you try and remote into it.

The only way I could get into the remote machine was to open the GUI on the remote machine. Once the GUI was open the machines “online” status never changed, but I could remote in.

Due to the nature of a remote machine, you’ll never have remote access to open the GUI in order to remote to it. So the below startup script will launch the GUI upon login so you can successfully remote in. It is exactly the same script that is run when you click on the GUI icon for TV.



IT | 2013-04-19 03:00:39

I’ve had an annoying problem with my Linux VirtualBox Host + Guest combo for some time and have now only just got around to solving it, so hopefully this can help others in the same situation.

My Host runs Ubuntu 11.04 Desktop, but I run this headless. Unfortunately when it’s run headless and you VNC/TeamViewer/Weaponofchoice you get an 800×600 res. The latest version of VirtualBox + guest additions for Windows guests lets you define resolutions up to 6400×1200 without having to resize the guest window from the host GUI of VirtualBox.

Unfortunately my Ubuntu 12.04 guest wasn’t so lucky, and it defaulted to 800×600 even with the guest additions. The resizing of the guest window from the host worked, but in my case my host was at 800×600 and resizing was a massive pain in the ass.

I spent many hours scouring for how to manually resize a guest and came across many answers, none of which worked for me. I’ll throw what didn’t work below just in case anyone tries the same thing.

x90@ban-roy-x90-vm:~$ cvt 1280 102
# 1280×1024 59.89 Hz (CVT 1.31M4) hsync: 63.67 kHz; pclk: 109.00 MHz

Modeline “1280x1024_60.00”  109.00  1280 1368 1496 1712  1024 1027 1034 1063 -hsync +vsync

x90@ban-roy-x90-vm:~$ xrandr –newmode “1280x1024_60.00” 109.00  1280 1368 1496 1712  1024 1027 1034 1063 -hsync +vsync
x90@ban-roy-x90-vm:~$ xrandr –addmode VBOX0 1280x1024_60.00
x90@ban-roy-x90-vm:~$ xrandr –output VBOX0 –mode 1280x1024_60.00

vboxmanage setextradata global GUI/MaxGuestResolution 1280,1024
vboxmanage setextradata “VM name” “CustomVideoMode1” “1280x1024x16”

None of these worked. In the end I had to create a custom xorg.conf file that manually specified the resolution. As newer versions of Ubuntu did away with a default xorg.conf file I created:


Which contained the below:

Section “Device”
Identifier      “Configured Video Device”
Driver   “vboxvideo”
Section “Monitor”
Identifier      “Configured Monitor”
Option   “DPMS”
Section “Screen”
Identifier      “Default Screen”
Monitor  “Configured Monitor”
Device   “Configured Video Device”
DefaultDepth    24
SubSection      “Display”
Depth   24
Modes   “1280×1024”

I guess I could have restarted gdm but after a reboot everything was finally working as expected without ever having to resize the guest window!

Security | 2012-07-21 00:13:10

WARNING: This will be a very long (hopefully) and comprehensive series on rolling your own security distribution from picking hardware to installation and exploitation.

NOTE: This page will be most likely edited every time a change is committed so as to keep the information up to date in the real world. If anything major changes (new version of breaking WPA/WPA2 etc a new post will most likely be made to feature the tool/method). Check the modified date on the post to find the latest updates.

As mentioned in the first part of the series, any of these steps can be completed in either a virtual or physical environment. In fact, I have done the below in both environments and everything is working as well as can be expected.

Just to re-iterate my requirements were:
– VMware Workstation/Physical install.
– Ubuntu 12.04 base.
– Alfa AWUS036H wireless adapter.
– Ability to audit wireless networks (aircrack, reaver etc).
– Ability to audit generic network devices (metasploit, openvas etc).
– Ability to audit VoIP networks (ucsniff etc) .

Therefore this guide will show you how to install and configure:
– Ubuntu 12.04 i386 (explained as a note).
– VMware tools for those inside VMware workstation.
– Patched rtl8187 drivers to fix the channel -1 issue in airodump-ng.
– Nmap.
– Kismet.
– Aircrack-ng with Wesside-ng.
– Reaver.
– Gerix Wifi Cracker.
– UCSniff.
– Metasploit.
– TeamViewer.
– Chrome.

NOTE: As mentioned, I’m installing the i386 version of 12.04. Typically I would stick with the amd64 version, however the installation notes on UCSniff mention that 64bit 12.04 is not supported. I have yet to test UCSniff under 64bit (because perhaps 1 or 2 functions fail to work?) however, just for now, I have opted for the safe option in going i386.

As the post defines this is how to roll your own distro, I’m going to assume that everyone know how to install Ubuntu, but just in case, I’ve thrown a screenshot for every step along the way. As the screenshots for just the OS install are self explanatory there is no text to go with these steps.

NOTE: The screenshots were taken when installing into a VM. There are slightly different steps when installing to an external HDD or a different partition. If you want to try something else, watch out for step 3.

Installing Ubuntu 12.04

Installing VMware Tools

Obviously this is only applicable to those inside a VM.

A rough outline of steps:
1. Mount the VMware tools .iso.
2. Copy the tar to the desktop.
3. Open a shell as root.
4. execute tar zxvf <vmwaretoolsfilename>.
5. cd <vmwaretoolsfilename>.
6. execute ./install.pl.
7. Enter on all defaults.
8. Say yes to configure.
9. Enter on all defaults.
10. Reboot the machine by executing shutdown -r now.

NOTE: Most of the below steps require root for installation, file editing etc. I’m going to leave out the sudo on most commands but if you run into problems, just use your head and su or sudo.

Patching The RTL8187

There is a bug in the rtl8187 drivers that are distributed with the 12.04 distribution. Injection works straight out the box, but when trying to explicitly run an airodump-ng on a particular channel, airodump complains that the channel your card is bound to is -1. Luckily there is still an old patch for this driver which fixes the issue. For anyone wanting to dig into the details you can follow the process here: http://www.aircrack-ng.org/doku.php?id=compat-wireless

Here is the process I used:

wget http://www.orbit-lab.org/kernel/compat-wireless-3-stable/v3.5/compat-wireless-3.5-rc5-1.tar.bz2
tar -jxf compat-wireless-3.5-rc5-1.tar.bz2
cd compat-wireless-3.5-rc5-1
wget http://patches.aircrack-ng.org/mac80211.compat08082009.wl_frag+ack_v1.patch
patch -p1 < mac80211.compat08082009.wl_frag+ack_v1.patch
make install
make wlunload
modprobe rtl8187
wget http://www.orbit-lab.org/kernel/compat-wireless-3-stable/v3.5/compat-wireless-3.5-rc5-1.tar.bz2tar -jxf compat-wireless-3.5-rc5-1.tar.bz2cd compat-wireless-3.5-rc5-1wget http://patches.aircrack-ng.org/mac80211.compat08082009.wl_frag+ack_v1.patchpatch -p1 < mac80211.compat08082009.wl_frag+ack_v1.patchmakemake installmake wlunloadmodprobe rtl8187


The next is an easy one. Nmap just install directly from the ubuntu repository.

apt-get install nmap


I still love using Kismet for wireless mapping. I’m sure there are more fancy graphical tools for wireless (which I don’t know about – so please let me know about them!) but at the moment, I’m still preferring Kismet. Kismet also installs from the ubuntu repository which is nice. After installation we will edit the source interface to capture from. Obviously if you’re using a different card type or interface number adjust accordingly.

apt-get install kismet
nano /etc/kistmet/kistmet.cfg
edit line 28

Aircrack-ng with Wesside-ng

I am still yet to review pyrit properly, but for a while now aircrack-ng has been the default standard for wireless auditing. We need to install some decencies first and then compile from source.

NOTE: I have yet to have success with wesside-ng on 12.04, however I still have hope as it has to be the easiest way to break WEP encryption. If you don’t want to try wesside (or easside for that matter) then don’t build unstable=true.

apt-get install build-essential
apt-get install libssl-dev
wget  http://download.aircrack-ng.org/aircrack-ng-1.1.tar.gz
tar zxvf aircrack-ng-1.1.tar.gz
cd aircrack-ng-1.1
nano common.mak
at line 70 replace
CFLAGS ?= -g -W -Wall -Werror -O3
CFLAGS ?= -g -W -Wall -O3
make install
make install unstable=true
make install
cp src/wesside-ng /usr/local/sbin


Reaver is our next tool, which is an interesting vector attack on WPA2 devices. Reaver attempts to bruteforce the WPS auto-provisioning feature of the router to gain access and expose the PSK. For Reaver we will install some dependencies then compile from source. The details for this install were originally found here: http://nakedproof.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/installing-reaver-12-on-ubuntu.html

apt-get install libpcap-dev aircrack-ng sqlite3 libsqlite3-dev
Download the latest Reaver from: https://code.google.com/p/reaver-wps/downloads/list
tar zxvf 
cd src
make install

Gerix Wifi Cracker

I first stumbled across Gerix whilst in Backtrack. Gerix is neat python based tool for automating the process of aircrack/airodump commands. There is a fair bit of information on the net/youtube videos on how to use Gerix (which I have yet to nail down) but for now just having it on the system is good enough. There is a python dependency for Gerix before downloading and moving the app.

apt-get install python-qt3
wget https://github.com/TigerSecurity/gerix-wifi-cracker/zipball/master
mv master gerix.zip
unzip gerix.zip
mv  /opt/
cd /opt/
ln -s gerix.py /usr/local/sbin


As mentioned in my previous posts from ages ago, UCSniff is an awesome tool for testing VoIP security. It is heavily focused on the Cisco Call Manager arena, but it works on other platforms too. In recent versions, they’ve wrapped a pretty easy to use GUI around the app and have pretty good video support. As mentioned earlier, the UCSniff team mentioned that they only support UCSniff under i386, so that’s what I’m working with. As from their site, we need to install some dependencies from the ubuntu repository and then compile from source.

apt-get install zlib1g-dev liblzo2-dev libpcap0.8-dev libnet1-dev libasound2-dev libbz2-dev libx11-dev libxext-dev libfreetype6-dev vlc libvlc-dev libavformat-dev libavdevice-dev libswscale-dev libavfilter-dev libx264-dev libav-tools
apt-get remove pulseaudio
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/ucsniff/ucsniff/ucsniff-3.2%20src/ucsniff-3.20.tar.gz
tar -zxvf ucsniff-xxx.tar.gz
cd ucsniff-xxx
./configure –enable-libvlc –enable-gui
make install


No security distro would be complete without Metasploit. Back in the day Metasploit was a little difficult to install, but now it’s dead simple. Nothing too hard here just download, chmod, run and do as the screenies say.

download metasploit for linux (either 32 or 64bit)
chmod 775 metasploit-latest-linux-installer.run
sudo ./metasploit-latest-linux-installer.run

TeamViewer & Chrome

Even though this is a security distro, I’m personalising it with my own apps. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in an environment waiting for something to happen with no niceties from a normal distro.

Chrome can be installed via the Ubuntu Software Centre while TeamViewer can be installed by opening the .deb that you download from their website.

Keep in mind that this page will be added to when more software is needed/discovered/remembered.

Security | 2012-07-21 00:12:55

WARNING: This will be a very long (hopefully) and comprehensive series on rolling your own security distribution from picking hardware to installation and exploitation.

NOTE: This page will be most likely edited every time a change is committed so as to keep the information up to date in the real world. If anything major changes (new version of breaking WPA/WPA2 etc a new post will most likely be made to feature the tool/method). Check the modified date on the post to find the latest updates.

The reason that this has come about is I was messing with the latest Backtrack 5 R2 in a VM. I’m not sure whether it is only a problem with the prebuilt live VM distro or 5R2 as a whole, but I could not for the life of me get OpenVAS reports to export. After digging around the closest I came to solving the issue was to find that the user running OpenVAS could not write the temporary report to /tmp. In the log files I could see

/bin/bash /usr/local/share/openvas/openvasmd/global_report_formats/b993b6f5-f9fb-4e6e-9c94-dd46c00e058d/generate /tmp/openvasmd_OHKB4T/report.xml > /tmp/openvasmd_OHKB4T/report.out 2> /dev/null

When I tried to run the command from the commandline it reported “No such file or directory found”. After trying to contact OpenVAS via IRC and not getting any response, reading through multiple sites and blog posts I came to the conclusion that OpenVAS would not work under BT5 and that if I wanted it to work I would have to roll my own.

So I concluded to roll my own security distro, one that I could build how I wanted with the tools that I needed. This would also give me a good insight into the tools that are available for different exploits etc.

For anyone wanting to follow this process, these are the requirements that I was working with – and I will post the details using these requirements – so your mileage may vary depending on your requirements.

– Ubuntu 12.04 base. The BT5 apps have had good support running an Ubuntu base for the last 2 iterations and this is my distro of choice for every day use.
– VMware Workstation/Physical install.
– Alfa AWUS036H wireless adapter.
– Ability to audit wireless networks (aircrack, reaver etc).
– Ability to audit generic network devices (metasploit, openvas etc).
– Ability to audit VoIP networks (ucsniff etc) .

Any of the below processes outlined will work in either a virtual or physical environment, however, 2 things to note is that any form of wired NIC manipulation (macchanger, ucsniff, VLAN hopping etc) will NOT work in a virtual machine. Also, when trying to run aircrack-ng against a wordlist, or pyrit for CUDA based cracking is very slow and limited inside a VM. It was due to this that I explored the variables in installing the new security distro to an external drive.

External Installation Variables

Installing a distro to external harddrive is nothing new. In fact I blogged about doing a persistent install for BT4 to a 500GB USB HDD. However, my recent research at work has led me to explore other options that I would not have though about.

In a blanket statement, for Operating System installs, you want the highest number of read and write IOPS that you can get your hands on. In a nutshell, you can test for IOPS by reading and writing 4kb packets randomly to a disk. This is much different than testing sequential read/writes which most disk types are quite good at these days.

Obviously, different disk types will give you different IOPS readings. When exploring installing Cisco Call Manager to a SAN, Cisco advised us that the SAN must support 100 IOPS per operating system you wanted to host. Obviously in a SAN using 15K SAS disks the IOPS will be in the thousands but this was good starting point for me.

I started off by wanting to test a SD card, USB thumbdrive, USB harddrive and a SATA attached 2.5″ drive. Obviously anyone will undoubtedly say that the SATA drive will be the best option. True. However, I didn’t have the luxury of re-partitioning my internal disk.

I fired up HDTune to test the disks that I had on hand. As a warning, different disk types, manufacturers and individual disks will give you different mileage so don’t take this as gospel.

I have posted a photo of each device that I remembered to, so that anyone can match up the results if they have the same drive. The first screenshot shows sequential read time and drive access time. The second screenshot show sequential read/write times and 4k read/write IOPS.

USB – Toshiba TransMemory 1GB

USB – SanDiskCruzer Edge 8GB

NOTE: I would love to do this test again, perhaps on a brand new Cruzer. The IOPS far outweigh any others that I tested, so I’m not sure whether this is an anomaly or not.

USB – Toshiba USB Drv 16GB

SD – Sandisk Class 2 SDHC Card

USBHDD – Seagate Portable USB2 500GB

USBHDD – Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB3 500GB

USB HDD – Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB3 1TB

SATA HDD – Western Digital WD3200BEVT-22ZCT 320GB

From these tests you will notice that:
– Sequential read for all the drives are actually quite good.
– The old, cheap USB thumbdrives had quite poor sequential write, but I’m sure newer drives would be much better.
– Any flash based memory has excellent access speeds
– Most flash based memory has excellent 4kb read speeds creating a high IOPS read rate.
– Most flash based memory has absolutely shit 4kb write speeds creating very a low IOPS write rate.
– External USB harddrives are “ok” at everything.
– Internal SATA or any physically attached disks are where you want to be at.

The option that I opted for was to use the 500GB USB3 Seagate GoFlex HDD. Mainly because IOPS and sequential read/writes are quite OK, I have enough storage space to hold rainbow tables (unlike small USB thumbdrives), it was relatively cheap, and I’m a sucker for the GoFlex interface.

Wireless NIC’s

Unfortunately, I do not have much information on the wireless NIC front. A while ago I opted to buy the Alfa AWUS036H 1000Mw. Anyone who does some sort of research on the backtrack forums etc will pick up that the Alfa cards are highly powerful and capable of injection. There are newer cards available like the AWUS036NH 2000Mw, but I have not tried these, nor know whether they are capable of injection as they use newer RTL chipsets.

The Running System

IT | 2012-06-27 00:57:57

A while ago I was working on a project to decommission the old TACACS server and we chose to replace it with Radius for Cisco router authentication.

After trying a few different radius packages (on Linux) one of our engineers said that he had luck in the past with Radiator – a closed source radius package for Linux. The Radiator software http://open.com.au/radiator/index.html is probably under-utilised for basic authentication, but has been rock solid in our production environment for 6 months+.

What we now have is a radius server that accepts authentication requests from our Cisco devices, checks whether the username or Calling-Station-Id is in a blacklist, authenticates them against LDAP to our Domain Controller and then checks the users group membership to allow them to authenticate. All failed and accepted attempts are also logged.

Whilst the documentation is huge and detailed (376 pages) I couldn’t find any specific examples on the net to tie everything we wanted together. So below is a sample configuration for what we are running as detailed above. Essentially we make a Radius user on the domain who can read LDAP (because we don’t allow anon ldap queries right?). We also make a RadiusSG security group which will contain the users that we want to allow login to our devices (because we don’t want to allow a terminal login for all our other AD users).

Note, I have also included a clients-group1.cfg file to specify each NAS into nice groups. I use this option to create multiple includes to split devices by region/country.

file: /etc/radiator/radius.cfg

LogDir          /var/log/radius
DbDir           /etc/radiator
# Use a low trace level in production systems. Increase
# it to 4 or 5 for debugging, or use the -trace flag to radiusd
Trace           3
# You will probably want to add other Clients to suit your site,
# one for each NAS you want to work with
include %D/clients-group1.cfg
# LOG ALL FAILED REQUESTS TO /var/log/radius/<YEAR>-<MONTH>-attempts-failed.log
<AuthLog FILE>
Filename %L/%Y-%m-attempts-failed.log
LogFailure 1
LogSuccess 0
FailureFormat %d/%m/%Y %H:%M:%S FAIL Username: %U Password: %P from %{Calling-Station-Id} on %{NAS-IP-Address}
# LOG ALL ACCEPTED REQUESTS TO /var/log/radius/<YEAR>-<MONTH>-attempts-ok.log
<AuthLog FILE>
Filename %L/%Y-%m-attempts-ok.log
LogSuccess 1
LogFailure 0
SuccessFormat %d/%m/%Y %H:%M:%S  OK  Username: %U Password: <hidden> from %{Calling-Station-Id} on %{NAS-IP-Address}
<AuthBy GROUP>
AuthByPolicy ContinueUntilReject
<AuthBy FILE>
Filename %D/reject-usernames
<AuthBy FILE>
AuthenticateAttribute Calling-Station-Id
Filename %D/reject-ip
<AuthBy LDAP2>
SSLVerify none
Port 3268
AuthDN cn=Radius, OU=Service Accounts, DC=<DOMAINHERE>, DC=prd
UsernameAttr sAMAccountName
SearchFilter (&(%0=%1)(memberOf=CN=RadiusGroup SG,  OU=Security Groups, DC=<DOMAINHERE>, DC=prd))
</AuthBy GROUP>

I have also created some scripts to poll for top IP offenders (bruteforce attempts etc) so I will most likely post these details soon.

Networking | 2012-06-25 23:01:09

I wanted to share some info on a recent issue I faced with Microsoft Hyper-V Server SP1 and trunking.

We are in an environment where we wanted to deploy a Hyper-V host to a site and have a trunk from a Cisco switch so that we could throw guests into different VLAN’s. Sounds relatively simple, and in the VMware environment it is, but Hyper-V proved a little more difficult to grasp.

Let me just run through a brief explanation of how the host is setup. We built the Hyper-V Server host, gave it an IP, added it to the domain and registered it in DNS. In SMVMM 2012 we defined a logical network in the fabric and added the VLAN and IP subnet (in CIDR) to the network site. We did not define an IP address pool for the logical network, as DHCP will be taking care of this for us. Next we added the host to VMM. We then deployed the host to the site and proceeded to modify the network settings to configure trunking remotely.

This was our downfall.

Remotely – in the host properties, we enabled logical network connectivity from out logical network, changed the NIC to trunk and made sure the subnet and VLAN details were correct. We then added the virtual network interface and granted host access through a VLAN so that we could still manage the host. Then we applied all the changed to the host.

What we did not know is that the host would apply settings one by one, and NOT send all config to the host to apply. What happened was that the host applied the trunking details and then could not apply the virtual network details as the host became offline.

After reading a tonne of unhelpful articles we solved the problem via the following:

  • Cabling the second NIC.
  • The second NIC got an IP via DHCP and hence moved the DNS record for the host.
  • As the host was added to VMM using DNS, the network settings were applied properly which meant that the virtual network was created, bringing our trunked host back online.
  • Once the host was up DNS had registered both IP’s so that we could safely shut down the second NIC, or allocate it to a management only NIC.

Hope this helps either explain a brief overview of trunking in Hyper-V or provide a solution to a similar problem.

IT | 2012-04-03 22:54:05

Two weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend Cisco Live (previously networkers).

Part of my goal there was to get clued up on IPv6 transition methods, addressing and all related matter. One of the breakout sessions I attended was on IPv6 security threats and mitigation. All in all very informative, but the major advice for networks not currently running IPv6 was to monitor your IPv6 flows to see what applications and operating systems were doing. Technologies like ISATAP are bound to break security boundaries by tunneling via IPv4 and this is something you should be aware of on your network.

Today I started this quest just by running a regular wireshark session filtering via IPv6. Without a tap or a port span I could only observe multicast traffic, but I picked up on the below packets.

My immediate thought was a users PC was infected with a virus that was acting as part of a botnet and that this PC was using IPv6 to perform its DNS lookups. I went searching for 10 character IPv6 DNS lookups. Luckily what I found meant it wasn’t part of a botnet but I definitely wasn’t expecting what I found. This case has been documented before, so this is definitely nothing new and the fact that this happens in both IPv4 and IPv6 isn’t a suprise. Here are the references I found:

As the reports suggest it’s a feature of Chrome to perform fake DNS lookups to determine if your ISP is performing DNS hijacking. In my case our DNS suffix provided by our DHCP server did not get appended, nor was the request a truncation of a proper URL nor was it over IPv4 – but it is most definitely the cause of the events I saw on the network.

As the quest for IPv6 and related security problems goes on I’m sure to throw more stuff up here.

IT | 2012-03-07 21:49:53

Just scrolling through /. and noticed this article:

“Michael Geist reports that last week State of Maryland prosecutors were able to obtain a warrant ordering Verisign, the company that manages the dot-com domain name registry, to redirect the website to a warning page advising that it has been seized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The message from the case is clear: all dot-com, dot-net, and dot-org domain names are subject to U.S. jurisdiction regardless of where they operate or where they were registered. This grants the U.S. a form of ‘super-jurisdiction’ over Internet activities, since most other countries are limited to jurisdiction with a real and substantial connection.”

I’ve been fearful of this for a while and watching this develop over the last year or so. I’ve never understood the legailities involved with the US seizing a site with it’s information when it’s clearly hosted in another country. I guess the loophole has been the ownership of the .com registrar, allowing a pivot for governments to obtain the remainder of the information past the actual domain name. A loophole which is now firmly stated.

I guess the only hope now is one that comes from more awareness. If you don’t want to have your domain seized due to the content on your site – don’t register it through a .com .net or .org.