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Welcome to Mark Baggett - In Depth Defense



I am the course Author of SANS SEC573 Automating Information Security with Python. Check back frequently for updated tools and articles related to course material.

Senior SANS Instructor
GSE #15
Internet Storm Center Handler
Penetration Testing and Incident Response Consultant
Technical Advisor to DoD for The SANS Institute
Founding President of the Greater Augusta ISSA
Cofounder of BSidesAugusta Security Conference


Tools:
FREQ SERVER - Tool and technique for detecting Malware Command and Control domains
DOMAIN_STATES - Tool for detecting "Baby Domains" used for phishing and Malware distribution
SRUM_DUMP - Forensics tool for extracting System Resource Utilization Monitoring artifacts
LIAM_NEESON - Proof of Concept Linux Hash Protection
HONEY_HASHES - Certainly Honey Tokens have been around since 2003 but I created a cool technique for creating fake SATs in memory that was turned into Dell Secure Works DCEPT framework.
VSSOWN - Tool & Technique for Using Microsoft Volume Shadow Copies for hiding malware and extracting artifacts
SDB Hacking - Using Application Compatibility in unexpected ways.
SET-KBLED - Utility for Managing Clevo and Sager Laptop LED Backlit Keyboards
Reassembler.py - Scapy based fragement reassembly engine
eapmd5crack.py - A password cracker for the EAP protocol


and more. Most of these tools are available on my github page. Follow me on twitter @markbaggett





Worst cognitive password?

Cognitive passwords are those questions your bank and other accounts have you setup so that you can reset your password or verify your identity if you have forgotten your password.   I personally am not a big fan of these.   If forced to implement a solution based on these I would go with several "In the Wallet" questions.   Questions that would require the individual pull something from there wallet to answer the question.   Things like:
"What are the last 6 digits of your library card number?" 
"What is the last name of the issuer of your fitness club card?" 
"What is the last 6 digits on your favorite Shopping club card?"
If you use these types of questions you have to give the user many choices.   Not everyone has a shopping club card  or a library card, so a broad set of questions works best.   The goal of coming up with the questions should be to have answers that can not be easily guessed or looked up on the internet.   Here are some examples of horrible questions.

Looked up with some simple information about the user:
"So Sarah Palin, where did you meet your spouse?"
"What is your voting precinct or district?"

Easily brute forced or guessed:
"What is your favorite baseball team?"   Guess what 80% of the people in Atlanta say.
"What is your favorite color?"   Come on, who isn't madly in love with one of the primary colors?

The last category of question that suck is those tha only a few possible answers that could be right.   Today I renewed by subscription to a prominent computer SECURITY magazine that asked me, "How many siblings do you have?"  With the exception of a few families we can pretty much rule out anything greater than 4.  And all of those families have their own discovery channel show, so we know their answers.   The best I can hope for is that my answer wont be brute-forced in the first 5 attempts!

Summary:  Avoid cognitive passwords if you can.  If you have to use them, be very careful with the questions you choose.



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https://github.com/MarkBaggett/srum-dump/tree/python3

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In moving to Python3 you will find the process to be faster.

If you would like to run the tools from source instructions for doing so are in the README on the github page.

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