A few months ago I read the paper “Technical analysis of client identification mechanisms” . The paper is really interesting and it is really worth investing your time and reading. Just a brief excerpt from the abstract:
“In common use, the term “web tracking” refers to the process of calculating or assigning unique and reasonably stable identifiers to each browser that visits a website. In most cases, this is done for the purpose of correlating future visits from the same person or machine with historical data.
Thug 0.6 was released just a few hours ago. The most important change introduced during the 0.5 branch was a complete redesign of the logging infrastructure which is now completely modular. This makes adding (or removing) new logging modules extremely easy.
I did this change for a couple of reasons. The first one is that the logging code before Thug 0.5 was developed without a proper design but just adding the modules as soon as I needed them.
Vagrant and Docker and wonderful tools that enable security practitioners to easily dive into the DevOps world and use them for InfoSec projects. Continuing from the previous blog post Thug in 5 minutes, here is a Vagrant configuration to setup Thug honeyclient.
It’s essentially a simple shell script to automate the installation of Thug, which is applied to a virtual machine (created with VirtualBox) upon launch. To use it, first install VirtualBox and Vagrant itself for your OS version.
Thug 0.4.0 was released on June, 8th 2012 and a huge number of really important features were added since then. During the last two years I had a lot of fun thinking and designing the future of the project and I’m really proud of what Thug is now. I have to thank a lot of persons who contributed with their suggestions, ideas, bug reports and sometimes patches. You know who you are.
Ever wanted to run up a quick instance of Thug on a couple of malicious web sites or try it out but lacked the sys op knowledge or time to install it? Here is the opportunity. Thanks to Docker you can run Thug up in a matter of minutes. Jose Nazario and me have created two docker images which are in the Docker Hub ready to run.
So this is how to do it:
Pietro wrote a nice post about him finding Android malware while visiting the theatre. Thanks to Thug (thank you Angelo) and HoneyProxy, he was able to get some interesting details about their infrastructure. I was curious what kind of malware you find in a theatre, so I quickly looked at one of the samples that he mentioned: f6ad9ced69913916038f5bb94433848d.
Virus Total already provides some nice information for Android.
The SEND_SMS permissions already gives a solid hint that this application is probably sending to premium numbers.
Some nights ago I was heading to a local theater with some (non-nerd) friends. We did not recall very well the address, so I brought out my phone (LG Nexus 4 with Android 4.4.2 and Google Chrome) and googled for it. I found the theater’s official site and started looking for the contact info, when Chrome suddenly opened a popup window pointing me to a Russian web site (novostivkontakte.ru) urging me to update my Flash Player.
Two years are passed from the first commit and taking a look at the number of committed patches I realized that right now the patch number 1000 was committed. Let me say it’s really impressive realizing it. In the last two years I had a lot of fun thinking and designing the future of this project and I’m really proud of what Thug turned to be. I have to thank a lot of persons who contributed with their suggestions, ideas, bug reports and sometimes patches.