October 31, 2012

Google Chrome for Android — UXSS and Credential Disclosure

Here we go.
In July 2011, Roee Hay and Yair Amit from the IBM Research Group found the UXSS vulnerability in the default Android browser. This bug allows a malicious application to insert JavaScript code in the context of an arbitrary domain and stole Cookies or to do some evil things. Anyway, this bug was fixed in Android 2.3.5.

On June 21, 2012, Google Chrome for Android was released. I’ve found some interesting bugs there. Just have a look.

October 25, 2012

Random Number Security in Python

This is the second article devoted to the vulnerabilities of pseudorandom number generators (PRNG).
A series of publications describing the PRNG vulnerabilities from the basic ones ([1]) to vulnerabilities in various programming languages implemented in CMS and other software ([2],[3],[4]) have appeared recently.

These publications are popular because PRNG is the basis of web application security. Pseudorandom numbers/character sequences are used in web application security for:

  • Generation of different tokens (CSRF, password reset tokens, and etc.)
  • Generation of random passwords
  • Generation of a text in CAPTCHA
  • Generation of session identifiers

The previous article, relying on the research of George Argyros and Aggelos Kiayias ([3]), explained how to guess random numbers in PHP using PHPSESSID and taught various methods to reduce pseudorandom number entropy.

Now we are going to consider PRNG in web applications written in the Python language.

October 24, 2012

Your Flashlight Can Send SMS — One More Reason to Update up to iOS 6

Today I'm not going to tell you how the security system of iOS 5 is organized. We will not gather bits of information using undocumented features either. We'll just send an SMS from an application behind the user's back.

October 8, 2012

SIEM + scanner. Headache Pills?

Security systems are developed and adjusted to new threats all the time. The number of information resources, from which the data on the current security state is transferred, is getting bigger day by day. However, if you fail to detect and prevent threats timely, even hundreds of intrusion detection systems will be useless. And here the SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) systems come at help. These systems are in the focus of the article.