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Responding To The Unexpected

Published: 2010-03-21
Last Updated: 2010-03-21 15:09:52 UTC
by Chris Carboni (Version: 1)
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We all know that having an Incident Response plan in place helps to minimize the damage caused by a security incident.

We also know that not everyone has one.

I was fortunate to attend fellow handler Lenny Zeltser's talk on "How To Respond To An Unexpected Security Event"  at SANS 2010 in Orlando earlier this month.

If you don't have an IR plan in place, take a look at his presentation, which is available in pdf form on his web site.

 

Christopher Carboni - Handler On Duty

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Skipfish - Web Application Security Tool

Published: 2010-03-21
Last Updated: 2010-03-21 00:05:56 UTC
by Scott Fendley (Version: 1)
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Michal Zalewski (lcamtuf), a Polish security researcher and author of many tools and books, is at it again.  On Friday, he released a fully automated, active web application security tool known as skipfish.  This tool allows developers and security professionals to have a solid reconnaissance tool which scans at high speed tools, easy to use, and has a number of different security checks with limited false positives.  In my particular environment, we are extremely budget poor (taking a 2nd budget cuts within under 6 months left in the fiscal is bad and I know others have it worse than we do).  So having the possibility to increase my tool set without spending a lot of money sits very well with our administration. From my initial testing yesterday, it did detect a few issues within a sample website which had not been detected prior. So in my book, this is a great plus.

The tool is under the Apache 2.0 license and is located at http://code.google.com/p/skipfish/  .  I see that today there has been a number of changes today to correct a number of issues since it was initially released yesterday.  I expect that this tool will be much more stable within the next few days. 

Scott Fendley ISC Handler

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