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  • Tool Release – Project Kubescout: Adding Kubernetes Support to Scout Suite

    September 22, 2022 by

    tl;dr You can now have Scout Suite scan not only your cloud environments, but your Kubernetes clusters. Just have your kubeconfig ready and run the following commands: $ pip3 install –user $ scout kubernetes Background NCC Group’s Container Orchestration Security Service (COSS) practice regularly conducts Kubernetes cluster configuration reviews spanning platform-managed Kubernetes clusters across… Read more

  • Technical Advisory – Multiple Vulnerabilities in Juplink RX4-1800 WiFi Router (CVE-2022-37413, CVE-2022-37414)

    September 22, 2022 by

    Juplink’s RX4-1800 WiFi router was found to have multiple vulnerabilities exposing its owners to potential intrusion in their local WiFi network and complete overtake of the device. An attacker can remotely take over a device after using a targeted or phishing attack to change the router’s administrative password, effectively locking the owner out of their… Read more

  • A Guide to Improving Security Through Infrastructure-as-Code

    September 19, 2022 by

    Modern organizations evolved and took the next step when they became digital. Organizations are using cloud and automation to build a dynamic infrastructure to support more frequent product release and faster innovation. This puts pressure on the IT department to do more and deliver faster. Automated cloud infrastructure also requires a new mindset, a change… Read more

  • Tool Release – ScoutSuite 5.12.0

    September 13, 2022 by

    We are excited to announce the release of a new version of our open-source, multi-cloud auditing tool ScoutSuite (on Github)! This version includes multiple bug fixes, dependency updates and feature enhancements for AWS, Azure and GCP. It also adds and updates several rules for these three cloud providers, alongside improved finding templates and descriptions. The… Read more

  • Public Report – Penumbra Labs Decaf377 Implementation and Poseidon Parameter Selection Review

    September 12, 2022 by

    During the summer of 2022, Penumbra Labs, Inc. engaged NCC Group to conduct a cryptographic security assessment of two items: (i) the specification and two implementations of the decaf377 group, and (ii) a methodology and implementation of parameter generation for the Poseidon hash function. Decaf377 is a prime-order group obtained by applying the Decaf construction… Read more

  • Tool Release – Monkey365

    September 7, 2022 by

    by Juan Garrido Editor’s note: This tool was originally released at Black Hat USA 2022 (Arsenal) in August 2022, and was created by Juan Garrido (GitHub: @silverhack, Twitter: @tr1ana). Monkey 365 is an Open Source security tool that can be used to easily conduct not only Microsoft 365, but also Azure subscriptions and Azure Active Directory… Read more

  • Sharkbot is back in Google Play 

    September 6, 2022 by

    Authored by Alberto Segura (main author) and Mike Stokkel (co-author) Editor’s note: This post was originally published on the Fox-IT blog. Introduction  After we discovered in February 2022 the SharkBotDropper in Google Play posing as a fake Android antivirus and cleaner, now we have detected a new version of this dropper active in the Google… Read more

  • Constant-Time Data Processing At a Secret Offset, Privacy and QUIC

    September 5, 2022 by

    Introduction NCC Group Cryptography Services team assessed security aspects of several implementations of the QUIC protocol. During the course of their reviews, the team found a number of recurrent cryptography side channel findings of arguably negligible privacy risk to users, across these implementations. However, repetition in itself makes these findings somehow worth having a deeper… Read more

  • There’s Another Hole In Your SoC: Unisoc ROM Vulnerabilities

    September 2, 2022 by

    UNISOC (formerly Spreadtrum) is a rapidly growing semiconductor company that is nowadays focused on the Android entry-level smartphone market. While still a rare sight in the west, the company has nevertheless achieved impressive growth claiming 11% of the global smartphone application processor market, according to Counterpoint Research. Recently, it’s been making its way into some… Read more

  • Conference Talks – September/October 2022

    September 1, 2022 by

    Throughout September and October, members of NCC Group will be presenting their work at SANS CyberThreat, 44CON, ResponderCon, BSides St John’s, ICMC, DevOps World, RootCon, Hexacon, and NL. Please join us! Enterprise IR: Live free, live large Ollie Whitehouse & Eric Shamper SANS CyberThreat 22 September 12-13, 2022Abstract forthcoming. Mastering Container Security NCC Group… Read more

  • SETTLERS OF NETLINK: Exploiting a limited UAF in nf_tables (CVE-2022-32250)

    September 1, 2022 by

    Introduction netlink and nf_tables Overview Sets Expressions Set Expressions Stateful Expressions Expressions of Interest nft_lookup nft_dynset nft_connlimit Vulnerability Discovery CVE-2022-32250 Analysis Set Creation Set Deactivation Initial Limited UAF Write Exploitation Building an Initial Plan Offsets We Can Write at Into the UAF Chunk Hunting for Replacement Objects What Pointer Do We Want to Arbitrary Free?… Read more

  • Writing FreeBSD Kernel Modules in Rust

    August 31, 2022 by

    At present all major operating system kernels are written in C/C++, languages which provide no or minimal assistance in avoiding common security problems. Modern languages such as Rust provide better security guarantees by default and prevent many of the common classes of memory safety security bugs. In this post we will take a brief look… Read more

  • NCC Con Europe 2022 – Pwn2Own Austin Presentations

    August 30, 2022 by

    Cedric Halbronn, Aaron Adams, Alex Plaskett and Catalin Visinescu presented two talks at NCC Con Europe 2022. NCC Con is NCC Group’s annual private internal conference for employees. We have decided to publish these 2 internal presentations as it is expected that the wider security community could benefit from understanding both the approach and methodology… Read more

  • Tool Release – JWT-Reauth

    August 25, 2022 by

    [Editor’s note: This post is a part of our blog series from our NCC Group summer interns! You can see more posts from consultants in our internship program here.] When testing APIs with short-lived authentication tokens, it can be frustrating to login every few minutes, taking up a consultant’s time with an unnecessary cut+paste task… Read more

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