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6th No-Spy Conference

Last friday Florian and me attended the 6th No-Spy Conference in Stuttgart, Germany. We gave a talk about surveillance and censorship on modern devices in North Korea and discussed various aspects with the attendees. The atmosphere was very welcoming and we had some nice discussions about various topics which allowed us to better clarify some things. The slides are available here.

Thanks to the organizers for having us!

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One Step Closer – RDNSS (RFC 8106) Support in Windows 10 Creators Update

Good Afternoon,

It is a pleasant surprise for many (us included) that Microsoft implemented support for the RDNSS (RFC 8106) option in Router Advertisements beginning with the Windows 10 Creators Update. Interestingly, I wasn’t able to find any official documents from Microsoft stating this. As we are involved in a lot of IPv6 related projects for our customers, the lack of RDNSS support for Windows and DHCPv6 for Android is a major pain point when implementing IPv6 in mixed client segments, as you need to implement both mechanisms to ensure that all clients do get the relevant network parameters. I won’t beat on the dead horse, but Microsoft’s decision is a huge step in the right direction and one can hope that one day Google finds a “compelling use case” to implement at least stateless DHCPv6 for Android. Continue reading “One Step Closer – RDNSS (RFC 8106) Support in Windows 10 Creators Update”

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(Mostly) New, Interesting, and Security-focused Open Source Projects

Troopers ’17 – the 10th edition – madness is over and hopefully all of you are well rested and recovered after this special week. Of course the rest of the world did not stand still and thus Google lifted the curtains on a new public portal collecting and promoting the Open Source Software projects developed by employees of Google: opensource.google.com. There are a lot of interesting projects that might incubate new interesting developments. And even security oriented tools and projects (51 at the time of writing to be precise) are publically available Continue reading “(Mostly) New, Interesting, and Security-focused Open Source Projects”

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Exploitation of IMS in absence of confidentiality and integrity protection

IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) offers many multimedia services to any IP-based access network, such as LTE or DSL. In addition to VoLTE, IMS adds service provider flexibility, better QoS and charging control to the 4th generation of mobile networks. IMS exchanges SIP messages with its users or other IMS and usually these communications are secured by TLS or IPSec. But if an attacker manages to break the confidentiality and the integrity with IMS, he would find it vulnerable to several attacks. Continue reading “Exploitation of IMS in absence of confidentiality and integrity protection”

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Whitepaper on Incident Handling First Steps, Preparation Plans, and Process Models

We just published my Whitepaper about First Steps, Preparation Plans, and Process Models for Incident Handling, that I wrote to pass the time between Christmas and New Year. The whitepaper sums up information that I consider to be useful to prepare for IT security incidents as a conclusion from the incidents in which we supported over the past year. Continue reading “Whitepaper on Incident Handling First Steps, Preparation Plans, and Process Models”

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Woolim – Lifting the Fog on DPRK’s Latest Tablet PC

Niklaus, Manuel and me had a great time speaking about one of the latest Tablet PCs from DPRK at 33C3 this year. Our work on RedStar OS from last year revealed a nasty watermarking mechanism that can be used to track the origin and distribution path of media files in North Korea. We have seen some interesting dead code in some of RedStar’s binaries that indicated a more sophisticated mechanism to control the distribution of media files. We got hands on a Tablet PC called “Ul-lim” that implemented this advanced control mechanism.

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Research Diary: Bluetooth. Part 2

Recently we posted first part of our Bluetooth research diary. Today, we want to continue on that topic and tell you about Bluetooth proxying and packet replay with a new tool.

This time we had a new gadget to play with: our colleague Florian Grunow shared with us a curious IoT device – Bluetooth socks… real socks that you control with an app to heat your feet. The future is here… 😉 Continue reading “Research Diary: Bluetooth. Part 2”

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