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Bringing the dead back to life
In early 2005 the SURFids Framework, later renamed to SURFcert IDS, was developed (http://ids.surfnet.nl/wiki/doku.php). The unique concept was the centralised detection approach, based on honeypots, with decentralised sensors running OpenVPN. From a marketing perspective ‘IDS’ was chosen in the name, in that age a popular term. Many organisations worldwide have used this open-source framework, however with a last update on the code in 2011, the project slowly died.
In early 2015, several members of the HoneyNED project (https://www.honeyned.nl/), being part of HoneyNet (https://www.honeynet.org/), decided to revitalize SURFids under a new name: Anansi
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The Conpot development team is proud to announce the 0.5.0 release. Highlights of this release are the support for two new protocols and one additional device. Peter Soóky did a major contribution with support for the BACnet protocol, which is used for building automation and control networks, and support for IPMI, which is used an interface to a computer subsystem that provides management and monitoring capabilities independently of the host system's CPU, firmware and operating system (consider the insights you can get from someone exploiting this). As mentioned in an earlier blog post, we also added support to emulate a Guardian AST device. This is based on the research from Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt.
Another goal of this release was to improve the ease of deployment. Therefore we added a Docker container template. Thanks to our contributors, we also have documentation on how to run Conpot on CentOS.
To avoid some easy fingerprinting, we added the feature to modify the MAC address of the interface Conpot is listening on. So now your hardware address can match the device manufacturer you are intending to emulate.
As with every other release, we tried to improve our test coverage and code quality in order to increase the honeypots stability.
If you are enjoying Conpot, please consider enabling HPFeeds in order to share data with us. We are also looking for new developers to join, so don’t be shy and get in touch!
Posting this blogpost on behalf of Dmitry Rodionov.
Hi there! I'm Dmitry Rodionov and this summer I've been working on an OS X analyzer for Cuckoo Sandbox project.
First things first: what is Cuckoo Sandbox? Imagine a box you can put any suspicious program or script into and immediately receive a complete description of what this program is and what it does. Well, that's Cuckoo! Read more »
1. Hello Andre and congratulations on getting the CEO job ! Can you please tell us a bit more about yourself. What is your background for instance ? Read more »
The Conpot team is following closely the latest developments in Honeypot research and the methods and technologies used. If you look at the topics presented on security conferences, you might have also noticed an increased interest in ICS security and honeypot technologies in the last two years. One presentation from this years Blackhat’15 conference caught my attention also knowing previous research done by Kyle and Stephen: “The little pump gauge that could: Attacks against gas pump monitoring systems” [link] If you are interested in their findings, I recommend their white paper: “The GasPot Experiment: Unexamined Perils in Using Gas-Tank-Monitoring Systems“ [link, pdf] by Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt from Trend Micro’s Forward-Looking Threat Research team.
So we had the great idea to add exactly that feature to Conpot... Read more »
TL;DR: Low interaction honeypots are designed to emulate vulnerable services and potentially detect attacks without exposing full operating system functionality. Although they have evolved in many ways over the past 15 years, understanding their limitations and sometimes inherent design weaknesses is important when you consider deploying them. Read more »
Marie has a Ph. D. in information security and is passionate about incident handling and information sharing. She has experience as a team leader at NSM NorCERT, the Norwegian national CERT. Marie also teaches a class on incident management and contingency planning at Gjøvik University College. Read more »
Francesca Bosco earned a law degree in International Law and joined UNICRI in 2006 as a member of the Emerging Crimes Unit. She is responsible for cybercrime prevention projects, and in conjunction with key strategic partners, has developed new methodologies and strategies for researching and countering computer related crimes. Read more »
Lukas Rist is a software engineer with Blue Coat Norway where he develops behavioral malware analysis systems. In his spare time, he works on web application and ICS/SCADA honeypots and botnet monitoring tools under the umbrella of the Honeynet Project where he is also a Director. He recently developed an interest in deployment automation, ephemeral file systems and exotic industrial communication protocols.
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