Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Truecrypt 7.0 gets Hardware Acceleration and more

Truecrypt - The free open source encryption tool which gives many commercial encryption tool providers to run for their money has once again proved it's worthiness! Just released Version 7.0 has got some really commendable features such as Hardware-accelerated AES, Auto Mounting of the encrypted volumes and partition/device-hosted volumes to utilise different sectors sizes. Though hardware-accelerated AES is currently applicable only for Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors, it is worthwhile to enable it because it provides up to 4-8 times faster performance compared to the normal open source version of the AES implementation.
It uses the embedded AES-NI (aka "AES New Instructions") instruction set for performing the crypto operations, but it is clear that the key generation does not use the AES-NI Instructions. (Thank god! :))
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Use this amazing tool to safe guard your data be it confidential or not! You'll agree with me if you have the habit of carrying your portable Operating systems, Tools sets, Working data and Documents on multiple USB thumb drives wherever you go/roam! :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Netsparker provides Free Web Application Vulnerability Scanner! No strings attached!!

While companies charge a hefty amount for web vulnerability scanners, Netsparker has made a difference by offering one of the best vulnerability scanner for free! (Free as in Free Beer! :)) No strings attached. The community edition of Netsparker Web Application vulnerability scanner is available for download. The community version too boasts the unique features of the commercial edition which includes False Positive Free, Javascript / AJAX / Web 2.0 support, SQL Injection, Cross Site Scripting.

It can be downloaded from: site.

Metasploit 3.4.1 Released!

Metasploit - One of the most widely used penetration testing framework has released the Version 3.4.1 with adding 16 exploits, 22 auxiliary modules, and 11 meterpreter scripts. All 587 exploit modules have been updated to include the Disclosure Date field. Major features added since 3.4.0 include the RAILGUN meterpreter extension by Patrick HVE and the PHP Meterpreter payload by egypt. The Windows installer now ships with support for PostgreSQL database backends.

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v3.4.1 Release notes (copied from the above site):

  • Metasploit now has 567 exploits and 283 auxiliary modules (up from 551 and 261 in v3.4)
  • Over 40 community reported bugs were fixed and numerous interfaces were improved
  • The Windows installer now ships with a working Postgres connector
  • New session notifications now always print a timestamp regardless of the TimestampOutput setting
  • Addition of the auxiliary/scanner/discovery/udp_probe module, which works through Meterpreter pivoting
  • HTTP client library is now more reliable when dealing with broken/embedded web servers
  • Improvements to the database import code, covering NeXpose, Nessus, Qualys, and Metasploit Express
  • The msfconsole "connect" command can now speak UDP (specify the -u flag)
  • Nearly all exploit modules now have a DisclosureDate field
  • HTTP fingerprinting routines added to some exploit modules
  • The psexec module can now run native x64 payloads on x64 based Windows systems
  • A development style guide has been added in the HACKING file in the SVN root
  • FTP authentication bruteforce modules added
  •  Some Meterpreter scripts (notably persistence and getgui) now create a resource file to undo the changes made to the target system.
  • Meterpreter scripts that create logs and download files now save their data in the ~.msf3/logs/scripts folder.
  • New Meterpreter Scripts:
    • enum_firefox - Enumerates Firefox data like history, bookmarks, form history, typed URLs, cookies and downloads databases.
    • arp_scanner - Script for performing ARP scan for a given CIDR.
    • enum_vmware - Enumerates VMware producst and their configuration.
    • enum_powershell - Enumerates powershell version, execution policy, profile and installed modules.
    • enum_putty - Enumerates recent and saved connections.
    • get_filezilla_creds - Enumerates recent and saved connections and extracts saved credentials.
    • enum_logged_on_users - Enumerate past users that logged in to the system and current connected users.
    • get_env - Extracts all user and system environment variables.
    • get_application_lits - Enumerates installed applications and their version.
    • autoroute - Sets a route from within a Meterpreter session without the need to background the sessions.
    • panda_2007_pavsrv53 - Panda 2007 privilege escalation exploit.
  • Support for a dns bypass list added to auxiliary/server/fakedns. It allows the user to specify which domains to resolve externally while returning forged records for everything else. Thanks to Rudy Ruiz for the patch.
  • Railgun - The Meterpreter "RAILGUN" extension by Patrick HVE has merged and is now available for scripts.
  • PHP Meterpreter - A protocol-compatible port of the original Meterpreter payload to PHP. This new payload adds the ability to pivot through webservers regardless of the native operating system
  • Token impersonation now works with "execute -t" to spawn new commands with a stolen token.

Known Issues
  •  Interacting with a meterpreter session during a migration will break the session. See #1360.
  • There is no simple way to interrupt a background script started by AutoRunScript
  • Command interaction on Windows causes a PHP Meterpreter session to die. See #2232 

Using NK2Edit to edit Oulook Autocomplete entries

When Outlook is used as an email client, at times, there might arise a need to edit the auto complete entries while selecting users. If any of the attributes needs to be changed in the selected email addresses or if an old entry needs to be removed, Microsoft has not provided any direct method. In such cases Nirsoft's NK2Edit comes in handy.
It can be used to edit the outlook's .NK2 files for any duplicate entries, stale entries, or for modifying any existing entries.
It can be downloaded from : page.

Information from the site:

Every time that you type an email address or name in the message window of MS-Outlook, it automatically offer you a list of users and email address that you can choose. This feature is known as 'AutoComplete' and Outlook automatically build this emails list according to user activity and save it into a file with .NK2 extension.

In some circumstances, you may need to repair or modify the values appeared in the AutoComplete list, or you may want to remove unwanted email addresses and/or to add new email addresses. MS-Outlook doesn't provide any ability to edit this AutoComplete list, so this is where NK2Edit software can help you.

NK2Edit Features
Easily modify or fix all information stored in the NK2 file, including the display name, the email address, the exchange string, the Drop-Down display name, and the search string.
Easily remove unwanted single quote characters from the display name and from the Drop-Down list.
Delete unwanted emails, as well as add new emails, by typing them manually, or by choosing them from the address book of Outlook.
Copy NK2 records from one NK2 file to another - simply by copy and paste !
Build a completely new NK2 file and add the desired emails into it, by typing them manually, by adding them from your address book, or by copying records from another NK2 file.
Extract data from corrupted NK2 files that Outlook cannot read anymore (When Outlook AutoComplete stopped working) and even repair them so Outlook will be able to read them again.
Export all data stored in the NK2 file into a special Unicode text file in a stucture similar to .ini file of Windows. You can open it any text editor you like, make the changes you need, and then convert it back into NK2 file that Outlook can use.
Export the emails information stored inside NK2 file into HTML/Text/csv/xml file.
Copy the selected NK2 records in tab-delimited format and then paste the information into Excel.
Change the order of the records in the NK2 file, which also affects the order they appear in the drop-down. You can also sort the list in alphabetical order of the Drop-Down display names. (However, be aware that Outlook change the order again when the user send emails)
Command-Line Support: Write simple scripts that can add, remove, or modify records inside the NK2 file, without displaying any user interface.
NK2Edit is a portable application that can be used from any computer with Windows operating system (Starting from Windows 2000) without need of any installation process, and without making changes in the Registry.

System Requirements
NK2Edit works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000 and up to Windows 7/2008. NK2Edit is a Unicode based application, and thus it cannot work under Windows 95/98/ME.
NK2Edit can read, write, and create NK2 files for Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, and Outlook 2010 Beta.
Outlook installation is not required on the computer that you run NK2Edit, except of "Add Records From Address Book" feature, which cannot work without Outlook. NK2Edit can also be used to open, edit, and save NK2 files on remote computers in your network, as long as you have read/write permission to the remote NK2 file.