Automation Testing With Ansible, Molecule, and Vagrant

December 3, 2019
There is an old rule that if you find yourself doing anything more than twice, you should automate it. For developers, this may be software builds or the environments into which they will be deployed; for penetration testers, it may be the need to create a phishing host or a lab environment for testing. In...

Creating Honey Credentials with LSA Secrets

November 21, 2019
As an attacker, I frequently leverage LSASecrets to escalate privileges within the context of an ongoing compromise. Generally, the attack path is something like this: Gain Initial Foothold > Escalate to Limited User > Dump LSASecrets on Systems Where Credentials are Administrator A pretty slick way to identify targets to dump LSASecrets on is to...

Finding and Identifying JScript/VBScript Callable COM Objects

November 7, 2019
Microsoft JScript and VBScript are two languages that can be used for initial code execution on a new target. This may be done through the use of a phishing payload that leverages .hta files or through the use of trusted binaries to execute a payload on a new target. The use of .hta files specifically...

Working With the Department of Defense in 2020? Start Planning for the New Certification.

November 5, 2019
In what is certain to be a wakeup call for many organizations involved in Department of Defense contracts, The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is set to become a part of life in 2020. Much like previous requirements, the CMMC requirements will also apply to subcontractors, and all Requests for Proposal (RFPs) will require CMMC...

Incident Response Ransomware Series – Part 3

November 1, 2019
So far in this series, we have looked at what ransomware is, what it does after it has compromised a system, and what organizations can do to detect and prevent ransomware. (Catch up with Part 1 & Part 2 before continuing!) However, that is only half the story. Organizations need to assume that they will...

A Message of Support: Coalfire Consultants Charged

October 30, 2019
If you haven’t been following recent news, two Coalfire employees, Gary DeMercurio and Justin Wynn, were performing a Physical Penetration Test against a Judicial Branch Building, the Dallas County Courthouse in the state of Iowa. The two employees were engaged by the Iowa State Judicial Branch to conduct the Physical Penetration Test, which is an...
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