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In a switched network environment packets are sent to their destination port by MAC address. This requires that hardware be able to create and maintain a table associating MAC addresses to ports. In a switched environment packets are only sent to devices that they are meant for. Even in this switched environment there are ways to sniff other devices' packets. One such way is to spoof your MAC address and poison the arp table. Since there is no state information about ARP traffic kept, as it's a simple protocol, the arp cache can be overwritten (unless the entry was explicitly marked as permanent). Arp cache poisoning puts the attacker in position to intercept communications between the two computers. Computer A believes it is communicating with Computer B, but because of the poisoned arp table, the communication actually goes to the attacker's computer. The attacker ... (more)

Tutorial: OpenSSL Command

The OpenSSL is based on SSLeay library developed by Eric A. Young and Tim J. Hudson and licensed under an Apache-style license. OpenSSL has lots of features but I will cover encoding, checksums, encryption, passwords and pass phrases. Many Linux distributions have OpenSSL as part of the bundled packages and is most likely located in /usr/bin. To find it on your system type: $ which openssl /usr/bin/openssl $ openssl version OpenSSL 1.0.0a 1 Jun 2010 Versions may vary and currently openssl-1.0.0d Feb 8 is the current version. Most of the examples that are found in this document sh... (more)

Metasploit Nessus Bridge on Ubuntu

Nessus is a vulnerability scanner program; it is free for personal use using the nessus for home. They also have a nessus for business which requires a fee. I will be discussing the nessus for home use and using it with the popular metasploit framework. Acquire the latest release of nessus homefeed Nessus-4.4.1-ubuntu1010_i386.deb and register for the activation code. Follow the instructions listed in the document ion for installing with Ubuntu and start to configure. Nessus daemon cant be started until nessus has been registered and the plugin download has occurred. $ sudo /opt... (more)

RDP Exploitation Using Cain

The Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) provides remote display and input capabilities over network connections for Windows-based applications running on a server.  RDP is designed to support different types of network topologies and multiple LAN protocols.  Remote Desktop Services formerly know as Terminal Services on Windows 2000 Server allow a server to host multiple, simultaneous client sessions.  Remote Desktop uses Remote Desktop Services technology to allow a single session to run remotely.  Thus a user can connect to a Remote Desktop Session Host server by using Remot... (more)

Capture File Filtering with Wireshark

Intrusion detection tools that use the libpcap C/ C++ library [1] for network traffic capture (such as Snort [2] and Tcpdump [1]) can output packet capture information to a file for later reference. The format of this capture file is known as pcap. By capturing packet data to a file, an investigator can return later to study the history of an intrusion attempt – or to turn up other important clues about clandestine activity on the network. Of course, the traffic history data stored in a pcap file is much too vast to study by just viewing the file manually. Security experts use spe... (more)