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Namechk – A Domain Searching & Recon Tool

Namechk –  A Domain Searching & Recon Tool

So I came across a new tool that I found particularly interesting. And, especially for someone that may be working on a pen test during the recon stage. Recon is very important, since it allows you to gather as much intel as possible before you start to look for weaknesses.

What is the tool?

I came across a website called Namechk (https://namechk.com). And, started to realize the power it gives you when conducting recon for particular companies or people. This site basically allows you to search for company names and personal names of people. Now the site isn’t made to conduct recon on anyone or any entity. But, it seems like some cyber security analysts and pen testers are starting to utilize it for recon purposes. And, why not? It’s a tool and various tools can be used for various purposes.

What is its real purpose?

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Automating NMAP Scans

Automating NMAP Scans

 

Why do I need automation ?

Security analysts just don’t have the time to always run manual tests. Let’s say I wanted to monitor my ports and services open on my external lab IP address. It is not feasible for me to run a scan at 3am every day for the rest of my life. Therefore, if I had a tool that could automatically run a scan, check to see if anything suspicious is found and can alert me if that is the case would be hugely beneficial. In my case, I have created a method to do this and it is a very simple and straight forward method that virtually any one can use!

 

How can I create a NMAP scanning server ?

Servers are pretty easy to put up whether it’s a Virtual Image that’s spun up on a bare box, desktop, or in the cloud. In my case a Linux Ubuntu Server was used. It has a firewall and is assigned an external public IP address. It then has the ability to scan my lab network public IP address to be able to identify any open ports/services. It’s a great way to gain some visibility into knowing if any new ports were opened that shouldn’t have been or were missed.

*WARNING* please be sure that the network you are scanning is your own, or that you have WRITTEN PERMISSION to scan the network you desire. Scanning networks where you have no written permission can lead to legal issues, so please be sure you have permission or ownership of a network before doing so.

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Wappalyzer – Identify technology on websites

Wappalyzer – Identify technology on websites

During one of my SANS vLive courses I am currently taking part in. My instructor introduced us to a nifty tool called Wappalyzer. He said he does use it as “one” of his tools of arsenal for pentesting servers and websites. I decided to take a look for myself since it wasn’t part of our SANS course. And, when you have a SANS instructor discussing a tool they use… well you just can’t go wrong by checking it out for yourself.

Finding technologies on a website

One of the most important aspects of pen testing online is to conduct proper recon. You need information to be able to devise a plan to more forward with the pen test. Information gathering is key and Wappalyzer can definetly help with recon. I decided to use Stealthbay.com as an example to see what type of technologies would show up. (more…)

DNSTwist – Domain Phishing Enumeration

DNSTwist – A Look at Domain Phishing Enumeration

A few weeks ago, I happened to stumble upon a tool called DNSTwist. And, like every tool I ever encounter, I always like investigate more into a tools capabilities and what it can offer. After reading more about the tool through another blog I was reading at that time. I was pointed towards the official Github page for DNSTwist. The tool itself is great and something every company should at least look at on a yearly basis. Phishing attacks are on a rise, and the expectation is that they will continue to increase over time. So, I’ve decided to create a very quick tutorial on how to use DNSTwist, and what it can offer for anyone that wants to make use of it. This is a great tool for Pen Testers and Security Analysts!

What can DNSTwist do for me?

I found using this tool gave me great insight into major phishing attacks that could be conducted against users or companies. Now how is this a good thing? Well, if you know the type of attacks that can take place, or how a certain attack can take place. Then, you are better able to find ways to defend against this type of attack. At the minimum, you can at least detect this specific type of attack. In my experience there are more stats revealing that there is now a rise in phishing attacks against companies and users.

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BurpSuite & ZAP Bypass Proxy

BurpSuite & ZAP Bypass Proxy

I wanted to make this tutorial for users that might get stuck in a similar situation.

I was security testing a website using Burpsuite and would end up with SSL Handshake failures. And, it really made no sense at first since Burpsuite uses Java. And, I had the latest version of Java installed on my machine. Burpsuite was giving me SSL Handshake failure alerts and was asking me to install JCE Strong Cipher policies. Turns out the website was using VERY strong ciphers (which is a very good thing). And, they were using no medium or outdated ciphers.

Now, these ciphers are so strong that even the latest Java package does not contain them….yet.

So that meant I had to find another way to use Burpsuite, but still have the ability to make a proper SSL handshake using the strong ciphers. I then turned to another similar product called OWASP ZAP. This is a great product and I have used it back when I didn’t quite have the funds to purchase Burpsuite. What I realized was that I could use Burpsuite and have ZAP filter my traffic for me. For some reason ZAP has all of the strong ciphers and did not fail the SSL handshake, which meant I could transfer traffic as:

 Browser -> Burpsuite -> ZAP -> Webserver

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