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Disabling Viewstate’s MAC: why you deserve having now a broken ASP.NET web application

Lots of things happened since my first (and unique) blog post about ASP.NET Viewstate and its related weakness. This blog post will not yet disclose all the details or contain tools to exploit applications, but give some ideas why it’s really mandatory to both correct your web applications and install the ASP.NET patch. Back in […]

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Introduction to Windows Exploits

As part of the Compass research week, I dived into Windows exploit development. Conclusion is, that the basic exploiting principles from unix also apply on Windows. The biggest difference is the availability of much more advanced security tools, primarily debuggers and system analysis utilities, and some additional attack vectors like SEH. Also different versions of […]

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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-067 – Critical

As part of today’s monthly patch day, Microsoft fixed an issue I reported in September 2012 around (ASP).NET and SharePoint. The vulnerability opens a new type of attack surface on ASP.NET if a given precondition regarding the Viewstate field is met. The impact is at least a breach of data integrity on the server side resulting […]

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Access control in Windows

According to [Access Control, 2013], “Access control refers to security features that control who [sic] can access resources in the operating system. Applications call access control functions to set who can access specific resources or control access to resources provided by the application.” The Windows access control model is founded on two base components: access […]

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