Find and correct WordPress vulnerabilities using WPScan

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If you run a WordPress based website then you should sit up, pull out your notepad, and carefully consider the idea of running WPScan on your site in order to if you have any security vulnerabilities that may require your attention. This is not to say that WordPress is vulnerable per say, but the fact is all software contains some level of vulnerabilities and the more you know, the more you will understand and be able to better protect your site. You may be surprised to learn that CVE has 177 documented vulnerabilities over the years concerning WordPress. If you …

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They Live at DEFCON22

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Every year in August thousands upon thousands of people flock to Las Vegas, NV for the anual DEFCON conference. This is my second year attending and I knew once I attended DEFCON21 that I was forever hooked. I cannot begin to describe what the experience is like, because the experience is what you make of it. Last year, I had fun, but I did sit back and try to determine what I should and should not do. At the end of DEFCON21, I knew that I was going to jump head first into DEFCON22 and that is exactly what I …

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Metagoofil makes metadata extraction easy

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Metagoofil is an information gathering tool designed for extracting metadata of public documents (pdf, doc, xls, ppt, docx, pptx, xlsx) belonging to a given target or victim website. The tool will perform a search in Google to identify and download the documents to local disk and then will extract the metadata with different libraries like Hachoir, PdfMiner and others. With the results it will generate a report with usernames, software versions and servers or machine names that will help Penetration testers in the information-gathering phase. Metadata serves five purposes: resource description; information retrieval; management of information; rights management, ownership and …

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Homebrew and not the beer kind

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Recently I had a need to install wget and Python on OS X Mavericks and anyone running a Mac can understand the pain point with installers outside of the Apple App Store. Before anyone starts asking the question why not use curl? That is like asking why not use Microsoft Windows? Now I am not bashing Windows because I use this  operating system depending upon my needs and task at hand. As a side note, it is possible to use Xcode and curl to compile and install wget, but why work harder rather than smarter? If you wish to take …

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TrueCrypt goes dark

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Today was an interesting day in term of security within the encryption community. The developers of TrueCrypt have made the following statement: “WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues.” It is not clear exactly what is driving this decision and one can only guess at this point unless the development team comes out an conclusively comments on what the driving factor was. What makes this even more interesting, at least from my perspective, is the fact a security audit was just completed in April 2014. At that time, the phase 1 audit did not …

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20 introductory Nmap command examples for the technology professional

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I’m not going to attempt to cover what Nmap is and what it can do. Rather the author states: Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is a free and open source (license) utility for network discovery and security auditing. Many systems and network administrators also find it useful for tasks such as network inventory, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of …

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