Next Event 28 April (Tuesday)
Location:' Bellevue Las Margaritas
437 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Speaker: Scott Stender
Securing our Legacy - Responding to the call to provide practical security assurance
Every few months witnesses the release of a much-hailed report from an industry organization, think tank, or government agency calling for the software that runs our critical infrastructure to be secured. Making the call is easy, acting on it is only slightly harder, but succeeding at it is incredibly difficult.
Of all of the tasks that must be undertaken to truly meet the call, the single biggest challenge I have seen companies face is delivering security assurance on legacy code. This talk will explore the challenge of providing security assurance for these old, little-loved, but heroic systems that power our lives. More importantly, It will include guidance for software development managers and engineers seeking to gain insight into the operation of their legacy systems, mechanisms by which important security assertions can be gathered, and practical methods for carrying out penetration tests and code reviews with the aim of providing a high degree of security assurance.
Scott Stender is a co-founder and Partner of iSEC Partners, a strategic digital security organization. Scott brings with him several years of experience in large-scale software development and security consulting, having worked at @stake and Microsoft in previous lives.
In his research, Scott focuses on secure software engineering methodology and analysis of core technologies. Scott has been published in publications such as IEEE Security & Privacy, and has presented at Microsoft Blue Hat and at Black Hat conferences on several occasions. Scott holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Speaker: Ashok Misra
Application Issues with encryption of PANs
There are unique application issues related to the storage and processing of credit card numbers for ecommerce transaction processing. This talk focuses on issues with the various cryptographic primitives used for PANs.
Ashok Misra is an Ecommerce professional with more than 10 years experience delivering results for leading ecommerce merchants.
He is currently Sr. Manager Payments & Security in the Media Applications Platform Development Division for e-Commerce products for Real Networks, Inc in Seattle, Washington. He brings an unusually comprehensive insight into security and payments processing.
Ashok is responsible for the Billing for Real’s Consumer Divisions. He takes a leadership role in identifying new opportunities in the consumer payments domain. He has extensive hands on experience in merchant integration with several leading payment providers.
Prior to working with Real Networks he built backend components for ecommerce for Amazon.com.
He has comprehensive domain knowledge in consumer payments over the internet with Credit Cards, EU Direct Debit , Real time Bank Transfers , Redirect Payment Instruments, Fraud Detection and PCI Compliance.
Previous Event 23 October (Thursday)
Location: 810 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Conference room on the first floor
Speaker: Michael Eddington
Fuzzing is one of the hot new buzzwords in the security industry and if your clients had not already ask for it they will. This talk will introduce the subject, talk about different types of fuzzers, integration into SDL, when to fuzz and also talk a bit about the Peach Fuzzing Platform. Questions and interaction requested :)
Michael Eddington is a founding principal of Leviathan Security Group with over ten years experience in computer security, with expertise in application and network security, through threat modeling. Michael founded the security services practice for IOActive and co-founded the Security Services Center for Hewlett-Packard's services division. Michael is also an accomplished software developer, having participated in a number of open-source security development projects ranging from the Trike threat modeling conceptual framework to the Peach Fuzzer Platform.
Speaker: Chris Weber
Exploiting Unicode-enabled Software
This talk will showcase some of the ways that Unicode has been leveraged to cause software to break. We will survey the security issues outlined in Unicode Technical reports 36 and 39. The issues highlighted will be illustrated by examples of historical Unicode-related security flaws in popular software and Web applications. For each vulnerability we will assess the damage that was inflicted, describe how the exploit worked, and discuss the root cause. Examples will include demonstrations of how clever attackers can exploit Unicode-enabled software to run arbitrary code or takeover the machine.
Chris Weber co-founded Casaba Security who focuses on security testing for some of the world's leading software development companies and online properties. He has authored several security books, articles and presentations. He has worked as a security researcher and consultant for seven years and has identified hundreds of security vulnerabilities in many widely used software products
Previous Event 12 June (Thursday)
Location: Bellevue Las Margaritas
437 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Speaker: Taylor McKinley
Dynamic Taint Propagation: Finding Vulnerabilities Without Attacking
Dynamic taint propagation allows testers to find vulnerabilities without modifying existing functional tests. It enables true security testing inside a QA organization because it allows tight integration with existing QA infrastructure and solid usability for non-security experts. This talk will:
- Explain how dynamic taint propagation works.
- Show how to retrofit an existing executable to perform dynamic taint propagation.
- Demonstrate how a tester can use a typical suite of functional tests to find vulnerabilities, without the need for malicious input or security expertise.
- Compare this approach with the effectiveness of popular penetration testing tools--particularly those acquired by IBM and HP in 2007--when deployed in a QA environment.
The talk will conclude with a look towards the future of security testing in the QA environment and an overview of how multiple analysis techniques, both static and dynamic, can work together to provide better software assurance.
Taylor McKinley, Product Manager, Fortify Software
Mr. McKinley brings a rich business and technology background to Fortify Software, including strategic advisory roles at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, New England Capital Partners and as a Principal at The Parthenon Group. Mr. McKinley has a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Speaker: Scott Stender
Concurrency Attacks in Web Applications
Modern web application frameworks are designed for developer productivity and performance. They are highly scalable, object-oriented, and can be used to create a usable web site in a matter of minutes.
Highly parallelized, object-oriented web application frameworks encourage programming practices that make managing state difficult for a typical programmer. In order to have a web application that is robust in a multi-threaded environment, the developer must carefully manage access to all resources that can shared by threads. Global variables, session variables, database access, and back-end systems are common examples of such resources, not to mention application-specific resources.
Concurrency flaws result when security-sensitive resources are not managed properly. As we have seen with almost every other prevalent class of security flaws, mistakes happen often when doing the right thing is difficult. To make things worse, concurrency flaws are often subtle and are identified only through difficult targeted testing.
This presentation will provide brief technical background against this class of flaw and enumerate testing techniques that help identify when flaws are present.
Scott Stender is a founding partner of iSEC Partners, a strategic digital security organization. Scott brings with him several years of experience in large-scale software development and security consulting, having worked at companies such as @stake and Microsoft. Scott is a noted researcher who focuses on secure software engineering and security analysis of core technologies. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Previous Event 4 March (Tuesday)
Location: Bellevue Las Margaritas
437 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Speaker: Billy Rios
Bad Sushi - Beating Phishers at Their Own Game
This talk will expose tactics and tools used by phishers, show how easy it is to hack into servers that are used to perform phishing, demonstrate how easy it is so follow a phsisher's trail to find out how they share information on US Citizens including SSNs, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, ATM PINs, you name it.
Phishers usually setup their sites on servers they have compromised. In other words, the phishers have already done the hard work and it is easy to gain access to these servers. Due to the sheer volume of sites that need to be setup to perform a successful phish, phishers tend to be sloppy and leave traces everywhere.
This talk will expose some of the tactics and tools used by phishers. Actual walk-through of how compromised hosts were accessed to gain information about the phishers will be presented.
This talk will also show how easy it is to construct a trail from a compromised host to obtain information about individuals that is spewed on hacker message boards located outside the United States.
Billy Rios lives in a phish bowl and is constantly being sent emails from acquaintances all over the world. Billy has won the Internet lotto several times, is expecting large sums of abandoned money from a long lost relative in the Congo, and has received checks accidentally made out for 30,000 instead of 30 US dollars.
Speaker: Jon McClintock
Session management is one of the most overlooked areas of web application security, and yet it can also be the most challenging feature to get right in your web application. This talk will provide a brief overview of web session management, followed by an exposition into how several common web application frameworks implement session management, finishing with a discussion of several classes of vulnerabilities that can arise through poor session management.
Jon McClintock is a Senior Consultant for Leviathan Security Group, where he specializes in application security from design through implementation and into deployment. Prior to Leviathan, Jon was a Senior Software Engineer on Amazon.com's Information Security team, where he worked with software teams to define security requirements, assess application security, and educate developers about security software best practices.
Waqas Nazir, DigitSec
Waqas Nazir has been working as an Information Security Consultant for clients such as Microsoft where he has delivered services in various arenas of information security. These include code reviews, black box assessments, product reviews, custom tools development for complex security problems, policy and process development. He has also worked with Microsoft Research (MSR) to develop a code analysis tool used for identifying areas of vulnerabilities in code. He has also been featured in Microsoft's Information Security Newsletter.
Presentation Title: Emerging threats in Web 2.0
Web 2.0 applications provide many rich features today such as hosting third party RSS Feeds, hosting third party web pages, translation services, and cross domain communication. While these rich features provide great functionality to end users, they can have serious security implications if not designed properly. Moreover, implementation flaws plague many of these features. This presentation will focus on some new emerging threats to Web 2.0 applications from a design and implementation perspective, leaving out the often covered Web 2.0 Vulnerabilities (Ajax, XSRF, etc).
Chris Clark, iSEC Partners
Chris Clark is a Senior Security Consultant at iSEC Partners, Inc. He possesses several years of experience in secure application design, penetration testing, and security process management. Most recently Chris worked for Microsoft performing security analysis and verification on enterprise management software and was previously responsible for the security of a web-based payment platform processing over 20 million credit card transactions per day. Chris has extensive experience in developing and delivering security trainings for large organizations, software engineering utilizing Win32 and the .Net Framework, and analyzing threats to large scale distributed systems. At Microsoft, Chris was responsible for the coordination of multiple product groups following the Microsoft Secure Development Lifecycle.
Presentation Title: Ruby on Rails Security
Ruby on Rails has been hailed for its ability to increase developer productivity by making web development easier. Though Ruby on Rails may help developers create sites more quickly, it is no more immune to security threats than other web development frameworks. Chris Clark will present the means by which the OWASP Top Ten manifest themselves in a Ruby on Rails environment, provide best practices for preventing these attacks, and discuss his ongoing research in Ruby-specific security concerns.
11/29/2007 @ 6:30PM PST - Seattle chapter meeting
Location: Bellevue Las Margaritas
437 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Tom Gallagher has been intrigued with both physical and computer security from a young age. He is currently the lead of the Microsoft Office Security Test team. This team is primarily focused on penetration testing, writing security testing tools, and educating program managers, developers, and testers about security issues. Tom recently co-authored the MSPress title "Hunting Security Bugs".
Presentation Title: Hunting security bugs in your code
Description: Finding security bugs is often regarded as an activity requiring secret powers or extremely specialized knowledge. Some security bugs are difficult to uncover and require deep knowledge. However, with basic knowledge many areas can be tested without much effort. This presentation will show how to perform basic security testing using simple tools and the difference in effort between finding a bug and exploiting it.
David E Stevens III, Senior ROI Analyst, Symplified Inc.
In 2006, Symplified recruited Stevens for his expertise and ability to clearly explain concepts like Return On Investment (ROI) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Over the past 5 years Stevens has given dozens of presentations regarding ROI, and is a confident and charismatic speaker. Stevens is touring the U.S. representing Symplified and teaching how ROI can be applied to security and Identity investments to technical security user groups.
Synopsis of "Understanding ROI, TCO and other key financial aspects of IT Security"
In this presentation, Stevens teaches how security and IT professionals can obtain financing for important security initiatives using accounting principles such as Return On Investment (ROI) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). In this 30-minute presentation, the group learns what these terms mean and how they can be used to show the value of security software purchases. He concludes by sharing other tips on how the technology professional can better communicate with their business counterparts. This non-sales presentation is intended to equip attendees with useful tools that articulate the benefits of investing in IT security. Learn from Symplified's more than 30 years combined experience in Identity Management at hundreds of Fortune 500 organizations worldwide. Attendees receive a useful ROI calculator for IDM investments. This is a must attend presentation for anyone who has ever had trouble getting the funding they needed for a security software investment!
09/06/2007 @ 6PM PST - Seattle chapter meeting
Details: Location: Bellevue Las Margaritas 437 108th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 453-0535
Time: 6 o'clock
- Rob Rachwald - Rob is a 10-year veteran of the high tech industry. Rob started his tech career at Intel, where he worked on automating their complex supply chain. Rob managed US product marketing for Commerce One and managed their marketing efforts in Asia Pacific. Rob, then, managed marketing for Coverity and joined Fortify as the Director of Product Marketing focusing on security and financial services.
- Online Banking - Abstract: Banks, often the biggest target of cyber attacks, have set an example for responsible security strategies. How do the world's leading financial institutions balance risk against the pressures of delivering software to customers quickly? How are developers trained to write code securely? How are software security tools, such as dynamic and static analysis, deployed for optimal use?
- Damon Cortesi - Damon has worked in network and application security risk management for nearly a decade, beginning with his work as Systems and Security Administrator at his alma mater. Following school, he entered the professional arena as an Information Security Consultant for one of the top 10 CPA firms serving financial institutions including banks, credit unions, and event the major credit reporting bureaus. Most recently at IOActive, Mr. Cortesi has been serving the specialized needs of top technology companies in addition to standard penetration testing, web application security assessments, source code reviews, and PCI assessments.
- Web Hacking 101 introduces the basic concepts of web application security including SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), and typical application logic flaws found in an ASP-based web application. These concepts are then put to use in a live demonstration that illustrates the all-too-common ways of attacking a web application and gaining unauthorized access to sensitive information or restricted areas of a website. Demos will included manual SQL Injection techniques as well as the use of free/open-source tools used to expedite the extraction process, examples of both reflected and stored XSS that can be used to elevate the privileges of a user, and standard authorization bypass issues that developers often ignore. Finally, basic mitigation techniques will be discussed that can be put into place by developers to prevent these common hacking techniques.
2/28/2007 @ 6PM PST - Seattle chapter meeting
Location: Bellevue Las Margaritas (http://www.lasmargaritasbellevue.com/)
Time: 6 o’clock.
- Dinis Cruz (Chief OWASP Evangelist) - Directly from London, Dinis will be doing two presentations at this event:
- Buffer Overflows on .Net and Asp.Net - One of the common myths about the .Net Framework is that it is immune to Buffer Overflows. Although this might be correct in pure managed and verifiable .Net code, large percentage of .Net and Asp.Net applications code is unmanaged code. In this talk Dinis will show the areas in .Net and Asp.Net applications that are vulnerable to Buffer Overflows (including the demo of a .Net Buffer Overflow Fuzzer).
- OWASP, the Open Web Application Security Project - The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is an open community dedicated to enabling organizations to develop, purchase, and maintain applications that can be trusted. All of the OWASP tools, documents, blogs, and chapters are free and open to anyone interested in improving application security. In this presentation Dinis will show the latest guides and tools from OWASP which should be part of every company's security efforts.
- 0wning Vista's userland - The CAS / UAC missed opportunity, and what I think MS should had done - In this presentation Dinis will explore the missed opportunity by Microsoft to use technologies like .Net's CAS (Code Access Security) and Vista's UAC (User Access Control) to create secure and trustworthy userland environments that protect the user's assets. In the hope that might make a small difference, ideas and solutions for the future will also be presented.
- Brad Hill (Senior Security Consultant with iSEC Partners), will be speaking on:
- XML Digital Signature and Encryption: Use and Abuse - The WS-Security set of standards is on the threshold of ubiquitous deployment and XML applications have already taken over the world. This presentation looks at two underlying technologies, XML Digital Signature (XMLDSIG) and XML Encryption (XMLENC), their place in the Web Services stack and their applicability to non-SOAP XML applications. Beginning with a basic overview of the standards, we will uncover some surprising caveats and risks in the use of these technologies.
1/8/2007 @ 6 o'clock - Seattle chapter meeting.
Details: Location: Bellevue Las Margaritas (http://www.lasmargaritasbellevue.com/) Time: 6 o’clock.
Ward Spagenberg of IOActive on the topic "Unraveling PCI".
Since there will be free food, beer and pop please let Mike de Libero know so we know how much to order. We look forward to seeing you all there!