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Creating your own private botnet for scanning.

[ UPDATE]  The tool has been re-written.  New details can be found here: Often while scanning a network with nmap or other similar tools, at some point a NIDS or firewall will detect and block me.  This is irritating.  I wondered, what would happen if I could route my scans/attacks through a series of proxy […]

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Circle City Con: 2015 CTF Writeup

The shellntel team attended Circle City Con this year and participated in their second annual Capture The Flag tournament.  While there was many great things at the conference, this event held our attention for its majority as we spent the majority of our time solving the puzzles.  In the end, we ended up taking second […]

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Qualys Scanner API In Powershell Including External Ticket Creation

So you would like to automate your vulnerability management lifecycle?  Good luck.  But if you are motivated hopefully this little bit of powershell will help.  Here are the prereqs: - Must have powershell v3 - Must use Qualys for vulnerability scanning.  - For added functionality an additional cmdlet has been included to generate tickets with an […]

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Validating the Effectiveness of Your Controls

About six years ago, social engineering penetration tests became the norm for the A-Team.  In many of these tests, our team would attempt as many as 10-20 unique exploits against various applications and operating system functions.  This often included exploits against Flash, Java, Adobe Reader, MS Office and IE.  While one or two exploit attempts […]

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Dragon: A Windows, non-binding, passive download / exec backdoor

In my many years of participating in CCDC, I keep running into the same problem.  If you've red teamed for one of these events, I'm sure you've probably encountered similar issues.  You've gotten a shell on a system, you've even installed a backdoor either through a bind listener, or through a reverse connection that calls back periodically. However, savvy […]

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