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As today is the official start of the Google Summer of Code, an introduction both to the project, and for myself seems to be in order. My name is Kevin Galloway, and I'm currently a graduate student, in Computer Science at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Most of my background is more on the security side of things, although, at the start, graphics were one of the main reasons I chose computer science. This project was a way to combine those two passions of mine.
As defined in gsoc proposal the first step was prepare PicViz-Gui to allow change axes order, including add duplicated axes. Even before start the codification process this feature is done. I hope this is a little sinal of we'll have success in all tasks that were defined. See a shot:
axis0, As first and last.
Finally updated the roo-base rpm to point at http://yum.honeynet.org/roo/repo-1.4/ for the location of the yum repository. Once I have access to the server, someone with an old deployment of roo 1.4, will be able to upgrade their honeywall as follows:
This will update the honeywall with all updated system rpms effective 25 April 2009.
Many people have asked us, how Conficker looks like. That's a tough question for something that's hidden and tries to be as stealthy as possible. The last time somebody asked me: "Can you show me Conficker?", I decided to visualize Conficker. Here is a little video that shows the evil core of Conficker.C.
Earlier this week I had the good fortune to be in Boston for LEET09, a workshop on exploits, malware, and large-scale trends. I presented on PhoneyC, the Python honeyclient I've been working on. The paper describes the architecture and features of the tool and a real world evaluation and test. The talk was well received, and many thanks to the organizers of the conference and the PC for their helpful reviews.
Usenix has made the full paper available to all for free.
The results for Google Summer of Code 2009 are out and the Honeynet Project are very excited to have been allocated 9 official slots by Google. You can view the project selection here:
Today we released version 2 of our Simple Conficker Scanner (SCSv2). It contains a new scanning method which allows for detection of machines infected with the recent Conficker version (D or E, depending on the naming scheme - the tool calls it D). Although the patch to the vulnerable function NetpwPathCanonicalize() was updated in the new variant, the RPC response codes for specially crafted requests are still different for infected machines.
The Honeynet Project is very excited to be a member of the Google Summer of Code. We are sponsoring at least eight GSoC projects and potentialy more, depending on how many other ideas we received. Google has just closed the application period, we are thrlled to see we received 55 applications. Our mentors will spend the next week reviewing and ranking each application. Then, on 15 April Google will select our top applicants. At this time we do not know how many applicants will be allowed in our program, but we are hoping it will be quite a few!
Joe Stewart from the Conficker Working Group has created an eye chart that allows for online identification of Conficker B and C infections. The idea of trying to load content from sites that are blocked by Conficker is really smart.
The Honeynet Project is excited to announce the release of Know Your Enemy: Containing Conficker. In this paper we present several potential methods to contain Conficker. The approaches presented take advantage of the way Conficker patches infected systems, which can be used to remotelydetect a compromised system. Furthermore, we demonstrate various methods to detect and remove Conficker locally and a potential vaccination tool is presented.