List of Security Conferences


I wanted to have a list of all the security conferences around the world for a quick reference so I compiled together a list.

DefCon http://www.defcon.org
BlackHat http://www.blackhat.com/
shmoocon http://www.shmoocon.org/
ToorCon http://www.toorcon.org/
you sh0t the sheriff http://www.ysts.org/
Hack.lu http://hack.lu
WOOTCon http://www.usenix.org/event/woot08/
Source Conferences http://www.sourceconference.com/
InfoSecurity Europe http://www.infosec.co.uk/
SyScan http://www.syscan.org
CONFidence http://confidence.org.pl/
CEICConference http://www.ceicconference.com/
RSA Conference http://www.rsaconference.com/
CanSecWest http://cansecwest.com/
EUSecWest http://eusecwest.com/
PACSec http://pacsec.jp/
BA-Con http://ba-con.com.ar/
Hack in the box http://www.hackinthebox.org/
Clubhack http://clubhack.com/
Xcon http://xcon.xfocus.net/
T2 Conference http://www.t2.fi
LayerOne http://layerone.info/
Owasp Conference http://www.owasp.org
DeepSec Conference https://deepsec.net/
FrHack conference http://www.frhack.org/
Shakacon http://www.shakacon.org/
Secrypt conference http://www.secrypt.org/
HackerHalted Conference
SecTor Conference http://www.sector.ca/
Microsoft Bluehat http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bluehat/default.mspx
ReCon http://recon.cx/
Hacker space festival http://www.hackerspace.net
RAID Conference http://www.raid-symposium.org/
Sec-T Conference http://www.sec-t.org/
BruCon http://www.brucon.org
DIMVA Conference http://www.dimva.org
SeaCure Conference http://seacure.it/
ColSec http://www.univ-orleans.fr/lifo/Manifestations/COLSEC
Auscert http://conference.auscert.org.au
RuxCon http://www.ruxcon.org.au/
uCon http://www.ucon-conference.org/
Chaos Communications Congress http://www.ccc.de/
Bellua Cyber Security http://www.bellua.com/bcs/
CISIS Conference http://www.cisis-conference.eu/
ATC Conference http://www.ux.uis.no/
NDSS Conference http://www.isoc.org/isoc/conferences/
EkoParty Conference http://www.ekoparty.com.ar/
No Con Name http://www.noconname.org/
KiwiCon http://www.kiwicon.org/
VNSecon http://conf.vnsecurity.net
EC2nd Conference http://www.ec2nd.org/
IMF Conference http://www.imf-conference.org/
BugCon http://www.bugcon.org/
Cyber Warfare http://www.ccdcoe.org
POC Conference http://www.powerofcommunity.net/
QuahogCon http://quahogcon.org/
NotaCon http://www.notacon.org
PhreakNic http://www.phreaknic.info
PlumberCon http://plumbercon.org/
Internet Security Operations and Intelligence http://isotf.org/isoi7.html

Metasploit Veritas BackupExec Dumping


In metasploit there’s a plugin admin/backupexec/dump. This plugin uses the default credentials to login to Veritas backupexec agent and download an arbitrary file. The catch is it downloads it in the MTF (Microsoft Tape Format) file. You need a utility called NTBackup to restore this file. Metasploit authors have conveniently made this available for us at http://metasploit.com/tools/msbksrc.tar.gz.
However, if you compile this file you get an error:
msqic.c:814: error: conflicting types for ‘bques’
This happens because the function prototype is missing.
Goto line 169 of msqic.c file in the source code and add the following line:
int bques(char);
Once you add this, you should be able to make the client and should be able to extract the file from the .mtf file.


MS Word and Printed Watermarks – Stupidity


Using watermarks in word documents looks really cool. But the problem occurs when the documents become too big. In such cases, the document becomes exceedingly slow to react to scrolling. Adobe PDF conversion is an even bigger problem.
To remove the watermark it is simple enough : Format -> Background -> Printed Watermark. Then click on “No watermark” and you are golden (or you should be golden).
I’ve observed that the watermark does not get removed many times when you have too many sections in the document.
In such cases: Goto View -> Header and Footer. Click on “Show/Hide Document Text”.
You should see that all your text has disappeared except the watermark. Click on the watermark and you should be able to select it like a floating image. Press the “delete” key and lo! behold! the watermark is gone.
This took me a while to figure out and it was quite frustrating. I hope this post helps someone!


Yosemite trip


Yosemite National Park located in Northern CA, USA is like a heaven on earth, as I found out this long weekend. From LA to Yosemite, we started our trip in early hours of morning at 12:30 am in a Dodge Caravan rented from Fox Rentals.
The trip was more like serendipity of fortunate events (not that this means anything ;-). 14 of us lonesome souls set out for an adventure of the hitherto unknown. The reason I say unknown is we had no clue as to what we were doing. We set out with no reservation for campgrounds with the free spirit of desis! Reached there at around 7:00 am and noticed a huge line to get the campground reservations. Well, patience eventually paid off, when Nimesh and I got our name in the waitlist for campgrounds we saw our window of opportunity. Our name was 32nd on the list and we came to know from other people that they generally released around 10-15 campsites daily. We went off to glacier point (After loads of arguments)….will be continued in later blogs!


Converting Java Key Store into X.509 certificates


Web services security has been very much talked about in the recent times. Especially, with the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) gaining increasing importance. One of the interesting ways to protect these web services encapsulated in SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is using digital client-side authentication certificates. Programmers typically use Java Key Store (.JKS) files to establish connectivity to these applications. However, if we want to create a custom client using some scripting it creates an issue as we tend to use languages such as perl, bash, etc. to create connectivity. So I ran into this excellent tool called KeyTool IUI. This tool helps you import the Java Key Store (Tools -> Keystore Manager -> JKS Keystore) and export it in the PKCS#12, X.509 PEM, and DER formats. You can further use OpenSSL to change the formats as you please or separate out the components of the certificates.
You could even take these certificates in X.509 or PFX formats and convert into JCEKS, JKS formats! Pretty cool huh? 🙂 Nice software!


BackTrack4 R2 iwlagn error


i updated my backtrack 4 R1 finally using the directions mentioned here. However, after the upgrade my Intel Corporation Wireless WiFi Link 5100 wireless adapter stopped working. My first thought was that the driver was corrupted or something after the upgrade.
But looking through the ‘dmesg‘ command output it became clear that during the startup a particular file iwlwifi-5000-2.ucode could not be located. I thought a reinstall will do it (always works right?).
# apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi
No luck yet! Searching for these files showed me that they were in two locations and both of these were identical (verified via md5sum) :

So I just added a symbolic link as follows:
ln -s /lib/firmware-2.6.34/iwlwifi-5000-2.ucode /lib/firmware-
Voila! It now worked! Hope it helps!


DefCon CtF Quals 2014 writeup – hackertool


hey, we need to check that your connection works, torrent this file and md5 it


The torrent file when loaded into Vuze showed that the file name was every_ip_address.txt. So I downloaded some of the file and observed the format. The format of the file was “\n0.0.0.2\n…. “.

So I wrote a quick python script to calculate the md5:

import hashlib
m = hashlib.md5()
fsize = 0
a = ''
for i in xrange(256):
    for j in xrange(256):
        for k in xrange(256):
            for l in xrange(256):
                a = str(i)+'.'+str(j)+'.'+str(k)+'.'+str(l)+'\n'
                fsize += len(a)
                m.update( a )
print m.hexdigest()

The flag was “1a97f624cc74e4944350c04f5ae1fe8d”.