NCC Group’s 2020 Annual Research Report

In this post, we summarize our security research findings from across the nearly 200 conference publications, blog posts, and tool releases published by researchers at NCC Group between January 1 2020 and December 31 2020. We present our findings and their impact in context, with links to the associated research papers, recorded conference presentations, publicly … Continue reading NCC Group’s 2020 Annual Research Report

Conference Talks – February/March 2021

Throughout February and March, members of NCC Group will be presenting their work at the following conferences: Jennifer Fernick (NCC Group), Rao Lakkakula (JPMorgan Chase), Christopher Robinson (Red Hat), & Kay Williams (Microsoft), "Frontiers in Securing the Open Source Ecosystem," to be presented at FOSS Backstage (Virtual - February 10-12 2021)Robert Seacord (NCC Group) & … Continue reading Conference Talks – February/March 2021

Public Report – BLST Cryptographic Implementation Review

In October 2020, Supranational, Protocol Labs and the Ethereum Foundation engaged NCC Group’s Cryptography Services team to conduct a cryptographic implementation review of the BLST library. This library implements support for the draft IETF specifications on Hashing to Elliptic Curves and BLS Signatures. The latter specification uses advanced cryptographic-pairing operations to feature aggregation properties for … Continue reading Public Report – BLST Cryptographic Implementation Review

ICS/OT Security & the evolution of the Purdue Model: Integrating Industrial and Business Networks

In this recording of a presentation by NCC Group's Damon Small at Hou.Sec.Con in October 2020, he outlines the evolution of the Purdue Reference Model in ICS/OT security, which draws the security boundaries between users, ICS networks, and business networks, and shows the dramatic ways in which these boundaries have blurred in recent years, necessitating … Continue reading ICS/OT Security & the evolution of the Purdue Model: Integrating Industrial and Business Networks

Conference Talks – December 2020

Editor's note: Updated December 14th 2020 to include CCC presentation and December 16th 2020 to include No cON Name presentation. This month, members of NCC Group will be presenting their work at the following conferences: Jon Szymaniak, "Guiding Engineering Teams Toward a More Secure Usage of U-Boot," to be presented at the Open Source Firmware … Continue reading Conference Talks – December 2020

Conference Talks – November 2020

This month, members of NCC Group will be presenting their work at the following conferences: Sourya Biswas, "Cybersecurity is War: Lessons from Historical Conflicts," to be presented at BSidesCT (Virtual - November 14 2020) Ian Coldwater (Independent), Duffie Cooley, Brad Geesaman (Darkbit), and Rory McCune (NCC Group), "Keynote: SIG-Honk AMA Panel: Hacking and Hardening in … Continue reading Conference Talks – November 2020

Public Report – Filecoin Bellman and BLS Signatures Cryptographic Review

In May 2020, Protocol Labs engaged NCC Group's Cryptography Services team to conduct a cryptography review of multiple Filecoin code repositories. Filecoin is a decentralized storage and content distribution network developed by Protocol Labs. These repositories implement finite field and group arithmetic, cryptographic pairings, SHA2 via intrinsics, BLS signatures and zk-SNARK operations. Taken together, these … Continue reading Public Report – Filecoin Bellman and BLS Signatures Cryptographic Review

Conference Talks – October 2020

This month, members of NCC Group will be presenting their work at the following conferences: Dirk-Jan Mollema, "Walking Your Dog in Multiple Forests: Breaking AD Trust Boundaries through Kerberos Vulnerabilities," to be presented at Black Hat Asia 2020 (Virtual - October 1 2020)Sanne Maasakkers, "Improve Security Awareness Campaigns by Applying Phishing Research," to be presented … Continue reading Conference Talks – October 2020

Tool Release – ICPin, an integrity-check and anti-debug detection pintool

by Nicolas Guigo ICPin is an Intel pintool leveraging the framework's JIT mode designed to track a binary's integrity checks. It records all reads and all writes performed by the target executable or dynamically loaded library on its text section and outputs a human readable text file describing each memory access with its type (R|W) … Continue reading Tool Release – ICPin, an integrity-check and anti-debug detection pintool

Public Report – Electric Coin Company NU4 Cryptographic Specification and Implementation Review

In June 2020, the Electric Coin Company engaged NCC Group to conduct a security review of the six Zcash Improvement Proposals (ZIPs) that constitute the core of the upcoming Canopy (https://z.cash/upgrade/canopy/) upgrade (also called "NU4") to the Zcash network. This upgrade coincides with the first Zcash halving and will initiate a new development fund for … Continue reading Public Report – Electric Coin Company NU4 Cryptographic Specification and Implementation Review