Conference Talks – March 2022

This month, members of NCC Group will be presenting their work at the following conferences:

  • Juan Garrido, “Microsoft 365 APIs Edge Cases for Fun and Profit,” to be presented at RootedCon (March 10-12 2022)
  • Jennifer Fernick (NCC Group), Christopher Robinson (Intel), Anne Bertucio (Google), “Preparing for Zero-Day: Vulnerability Disclosure in Open Source Software,” to be presented at FOSS Backstage (March 17-18 2022)
  • Alma Rinasz, “You Got This: Stories of Career Pivots and How You Can Successfully Start Your Cyber Career,” to be presented at WiCys 2022 (March 17-19 2022)
  • James Chambers , “Reversing the Pokémon Snap Station without a Snap Station”, to be presented at ShmooCon (March 24-26 2022)

Please join us!

Microsoft 365 APIs Edge Cases for Fun and Profit
Juan Garrido
March 17-18 2022

Madrid, Spain

In this talk we describe and demonstrate multiple techniques for circumventing existing Microsoft 365 application security controls and how data can be exfiltrated from highly secure Microsoft 365 tenants which employ strict security policies.

That is, Microsoft 365 tenants with application policies to restrict access to a range of predefined IP addresses or subnets, or configured with Conditional Access Policies, which are used to control access to cloud applications. Assuming a Microsoft 365 configuration has enforced these types of security policy, we show how it can be possible to bypass these security features and exfiltrate information from multiple Microsoft 365 applications, such as OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, Yammer or even Exchange Online.

Preparing for Zero-Day: Vulnerability Disclosure in Open Source Software
Jennifer Fernick (NCC Group), Christopher Robinson (Intel), Anne Bertucio (Google)
FOSS Backstage
March 17-18 2022

Berlin, Germany + Virtual

Open source software is incredibly powerful – and while that power is often used for good, it can be weaponized when open-source projects contain software security flaws that attackers can use to compromise those systems, or even the entire software supply chains that those systems are a part of. The Open Source Security Foundation is an open, cross-industry group aimed at improving the security of the open source ecosystem. In this presentation, members of the OpenSSF Vulnerability Disclosure working group will be sharing with open-source maintainers advice on how to handle when researchers disclose vulnerabilities in your project’s codebase – and we’ll also take any questions you have about this often mysterious topic! 

Part 1 of this presentation will give an overview of the basics of Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) for open-source software maintainers, including some basics about security vulnerabilities, how to communicate securely and write patches without leaking vulnerability information, what you can expect during a disclosure with a researcher, and how to handle challenging scenarios like when you can’t patch, when a vulnerability is already being exploited by a threat actor in the wild, or when a vulnerability impacts many downstream dependencies.

Part 2 of this presentation will include a discussion about vulnerability disclosure best practices, pitfalls, and challenges. We will also welcome questions from the audience – ask us anything about dealing with vulnerabilities in open source!

You Got This: Stories of Career Pivots and How You Can Successfully Start Your Cyber Career
Alma Rinasz (NCC Group), Meghan Jacquot (Recorded Future), Jennifer Cheung (WiCyS), Jennifer Bate (Deloitte), Ashley S.Richardson (Palo Alto Networks)
WiCys Conference 2022
March 17-19 2022

Cleveland, OH

A panel of four women, none started in cybersecurity, and all have successfully pivoted to the industry, will be moderated by another cybersecurity professional who also has her own story to share, she had a long career gap and then returned to cybersecurity. Emphasis and care were given to put together a diverse panel with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and also a belief in #ShareTheMic. Two panelists are veterans and two panelists are BIPOC. Each panelist has her own story, but there are common threads of collaboration, curiosity, and determination. Questions will be carefully crafted in order to deliver a nuanced perspective to the audience. The hope is that the conference attendees have takeaways regarding representation (they can see themselves in the panel) as well as concrete ideas for how to pivot (if applicable), start in cyber, and be successful in the industry. The panel will end with time for a question and answer session this way attendees will have time for any questions they might have as well as the ability to network and get to know the panelists more. All panelists are involved in WiCySand encouraging women in tech and women in cybersecurity, so part of the focus of the panel will be to encourage the attendees that they too can be successful wherever they are in their journey. You’ve got this!

Reversing the Pokémon Snap Station without a Snap Station
James Chambers 
March 24-26 2022
Washington, DC

Back in 1999 when the original Pokémon Snap was released for Nintendo 64, one of its coolest features was that you could head to a local Blockbuster and use a “Snap Station” to print out stickers of the photos you took in-game. Snap Stations are now rare collector’s items that few have access to, rendering the printing feature inaccessible.

Learning that they consisted of a Nintendo 64 console hooked up to a printer via video cables and a controller port, I set out to reverse engineer Pokémon Snap to see if I could restore the print functionality without access to the original kiosk hardware. This project involved a combination of software and hardware reverse engineering, facilitated by using an FPGA to make a physical link interface for Nintendo’s proprietary Joy Bus protocol. The resulting FPGA- based tool can also be used to simulate and interface with other peripherals, such as the Transfer Pak accessory which can be used to dump Game Boy cartridge data.

This presentation will demonstrate the reverse engineering and tooling processes, including tips on how hackers with a software background can go from following basic FPGA tutorials to creating real world hardware hacking tools.

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