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Insomni’hack 2018 Wrap-Up

As every year, some Compass Security Analysts travelled to Geneva and attended the Insomni’hack conference and it’s enjoyable CTF.

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Insomni’hack 2018 – guessflag

For this task, we had SSH access to the server guess.insomni.hack and the task was to read the flag in the /home/flag directory. We were able to get the flag without even solving the challenge 🙂

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Insomni’hack 2018 – vba02-bitminer

Similar to the previous challenge we were provided with an Excel spreadsheet (vba02-bitminer_4052500b4f2120d3d3ae458b339ec1f16e89e870.xls) that again contained macro code that would be executed when opening the document.

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Insomni’hack 2018 – vba01-baby

In this challenge we were provided with an Excel spreadsheet (vba01-baby_272038055eaa62ffe9042d38aff7b5bae1faa518.xls). Analyzing the document using olevba (https://github.com/decalage2/oletools/wiki/olevba) quickly revealed that it contains obfuscated VBA macro code that is executed when the document is opened. Challenge Description Our Solution

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Insomni’hack 2018 – vbaby

The vbaby challenge was a simple ASP web application that accepted a single page parameter. We initially thought that it could be a local file inclusion vulnerability and therefore tried a path traversal attack:

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Insomni’hack 2018 – Authentication Service

This challenge was about LDAP injection.

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Insomni’hack 2018 – PHuck

In this challenge we were given the source of a vulnerable PHP page and were tasked with the exploitation.

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Insomni’hack 2018 – Conference

This year again a small delegation of Compass Security was present at Insomni’hack in Geneva. On the novelties this year, the workshops spanned  over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) and the conference followed the same direction (Thursday and Friday). There was also a new kind of CTF, labeled blue-team CTF, called Boss of the SOC. […]

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No need to break in, use the backdoor

The idea Some time ago I read a tweet about hunting so-called “sticky-keys backdoors”, referencing a presentation at DEFCON 24, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAYtRQKfna0 In addition to the presentation, the team released a tool called “Sticky Keys Slayer” that is publicly available on GitHub, https://github.com/linuz/Sticky-Keys-Slayer/ The sticky-keys backdoor is using a simple trick. On a Windows system, it is possible […]

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How to lose money with cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies are getting more and more popular nowadays. Price increases of more than fifty percent in a day, something that does not happen on other markets, is nothing uncommon in the world of virtual currencies. Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, has multiplied its value about 15 times throughout 2017, whereas other currencies, Ethereum for example, […]

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