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OWASP Israel June 2015

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Our second meeting in 2015 for the Israel chapter of OWASP took place on June 16, at 17:00, in Microsoft's Herzeliya office, 13 Shenkar St., Building Gev-Yam 5. Around 120 people attended.

This time, OWASP Israel joined forces with the Israel chapter of CSA! This was a joint meeting, with both chapters hosting. This was a great opportunity to expand our horizons, hear different relevant topics, and network with slightly different group of people.

Some pictures from the event:


17:00 – 17:45
Gathering, food, and drinks (KOSHER)

17:45 – 18:10
Introductions and Opening Notes

18:10 – 18:50
One Key to Rule Them All: Detecting the Skeleton Key Malware
Itai Grady & Tal Be’ery, Microsoft (download presentation)

Identity is one of the cornerstones of application security. On Windows domains, identity is managed through Active Directory (AD) Domain service on the Domain Controller (DC), and many applications are integrated with AD. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that attackers are actively targeting the DC in order to gain rogue access to applications and servers.

Earlier this year, Dell Secureworks had shared a report on an advanced attack campaign utilizing a dedicated DC malware, named “Skeleton Key” Malware. The Skeleton Key malware modifies the DC behavior to accept authentications specifying a secret ”Skeleton key” (i.e. “master key”) password, thus enabling the attackers to login to any application as any domain user without installing any additional malware while keeping the original users’ authentication behavior.

In this talk, we will explore the unique interaction between such malware functionality and the Kerberos authentication protocol; We will put a special emphasis on its manifestation over the network traffic. We will also share a script that implements the remote detection of the skeleton key malware functionality.

18:50 – 19:30
Software Defined Networks are emerging – How will it affect security?
Almog Ohayon, Javelin Networks (download presentation)

Software-Defined Networking beyond its technological impact is first of all a mindset changer, it makes network engineers think like developers and push them into a world of API’s and automation.

SDN and NFV will help companies to achieve faster deployments, better security, better performance, and reduction of capital and operational expenses.

We live in a world where business growth and agility are strong requirements from investors and owners and no one wants infrastructure slower him down.

I spent 4 months in the Silicon Valley trying to have better understating from the world most advanced business and technical leaders, people who created the SDN “world”, startup companies who are trying to disrupt the market with new solutions and I will share with you my technical and business perspective of the last 2 years.

19:30 – 19:50
Coffee break & desserts

19:50 – 20:30
Outsmarting researchers: Fraudsters and their security practices
Julia Karpin, F5 Networks (download presentation)

Attackers, or “fraudsters” as we call them in the financial malware world are security people too. They are proficient in cryptography, software developing paradigms and security concepts. They incorporate these well-known concepts into their infrastructure although not always very successfully 

During the research of different malware types, we encountered interesting ways and tricks the fraudsters implement in order to protect their “proprietary” software and secure their communication channels, the details of these tricks will be the main focus of this talk. Of course the banking institutes they are targeting have a few tricks up their sleeves as well. This arms race will also be discussed during this talk.