Detecting AMSI Bypass

AMSI is a Windows feature used by programs such as PowerShell to ask an Anti-Virus engine, while a process is running, “Is this line of code I’m about to run malicious?” It is an effective tool against certain obfuscation and evasion techniques, as AMSI is queried...

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Searching Network Shares for Domain Admin

Currently one of the most effective methods of domain privileges escalation is finding open shares with sensitive information, server backups, database passwords, user passwords, or modifiable executables or scripts. This method often gets us Domain Admin privileges...

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Ionize and Cogito Group Strategic Partnership

Ionize and Cogito Group today announced a strategic partnership that will enable both companies to significantly strengthen the breadth and depth of their cyber security capabilities. Ionize and Cogito Group are both successful Australian cyber security companies with...

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Cisco Pivoting for Penetration Testers

On a recent engagement we faced a difficult target with minimal external attack surface. Their website had a few flaws, but it was hosted externally with a third party. Even if we could compromise the site, it likely wouldn't result in the internal network access we...

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Deserialisation Vulnerabilities

Seemingly one of the most overlooked security vulnerabilities in the web applications that we test is the deserialization of untrusted data. I say overlooked because awareness of this issue seems to be comparatively low among web developers. Contrast that with the...

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