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My name is Jeremy Brown, you can call me Jeremy or jbrown if you'd like. I am a security researcher currently studying communications and networking, and a decent writer/poet. I love sports, computers, and computer security. You can catch me on msn or aim, or we may meet @ your next netstat =)

Ipswitch Means Business

A while back I was fuzzing with Hzzp and found a remote format string vulnerability in Ipswitch’s WS_FTP. But, I couldn’t find a security contact for Ipswitch. I waited a few months and made the vulnerability public. The day afterwards, a representative from Ipswitch contacted me and I explained why I hadn’t contacted them previously. He was eager to get the vulnerability fixed and made the comment that they’ll need to do a better job publicizing the security contact information. I was happy to have had received a more professional, non-automated email from someone who seemed to care about the security of their company’s product.

I didn’t worry too much about the update process. I know it can take some companies months or even years to release new patches for vulnerabilities in their products, which most of the time is completely unreasonable. Then, a little more than two weeks later, I received an email from that same Ipswitch representative informing me that a new release of WS_FTP was available and the date in the Help->About window should say Sept 18th (10 days after we discussed the vulnerability). What an excellent example of how vendors should handle security issues within their products.

Fast response, efficient security policy, good business. Thanks Ipswitch!

Linux Kernel Bashing

This summer may have caused a few burden’s on linux administrators. By all the patching necessary to keep their systems out of the hands of those who would choose to exploit it, unless your using something like Ksplice, you’ve more than likely rebooted many times already. Well, here is one more reason to wake this early this morning…

New exploits for the “Linux NULL pointer dereference due to incorrect proto_ops initializations” vulnerability have been released, here and here. I just tried the second one out myself on a (currently) fully updated Ubuntu Jaunty workstation, with (_default_) successful results.

linux@ubuntu:~/2009-proto_ops$ sh
run.c: In function ‘main’:
run.c:13: warning: missing sentinel in function call
padlina z lublina!
# id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=4(adm),20(dialout),24(cdrom),46(plugdev)
# exit

A reliable local root exploit for that affects all linux kernels 2.x. Feels like 2003 all over again :X

Phrack #66 is out!

0x01 Introduction
0x02 Phrack Prophile on The PaX Team
0x03 Phrack World News
0x04 Abusing the Objective C runtime
0x05 Backdooring Juniper Firewalls
0x06 Exploiting DLmalloc frees in 2009
0x07 Persistent BIOS infection
0x08 Exploiting UMA : FreeBSD kernel heap exploits
0x09 Exploiting TCP Persist Timer Infiniteness
0x0A Malloc Des-Maleficarum
0x0B A Real SMM Rootkit
0x0C Alphanumeric RISC ARM Shellcode
0x0D Power cell buffer overflow
0x0E Binary Mangling with Radare
0x0F Linux Kernel Heap Tempering Detection
0x10 Developing MacOSX Rootkits
0x11 How close are they of hacking your brain ?

You can check it out here.

Now we have something to keep us busy while the net neutrality debates are going on…