Shreddy2 – The Raspberry Pi storage scrub station for USB thumb drives

"Delete early, delete often" is the slightly adapted slogan reminding to minimize data leakage via lost or stolen USB thumb drives by frequently cleaning them. Are you tired of being focused to not accidentally erase the wrong USB device on your local computer when formatting an USB stick? To simplify the process, we implemented an USB eraser station software, which runs on a Raspberry Pi and that cleans USB sticks. Therefore, shreddy, ready, go!

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Password reset code brute-force vulnerability in AWS Cognito

The password reset function of AWS Cognito allows attackers to change the account password if a six-digit number (reset code) sent out by E-mail is correctly entered. By using concurrent HTTP request techniques, it was shown that an attacker can do more guesses on this number than mentioned in the AWS documentation (1587 instead of 20). If the attack succeeds and the attacked accounts do not have multi-factor authentication enabled, a full take-over of the attacked AWS Cognito user accounts would have been possible. The issue was fixed by AWS on 2021-04-20.

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Burp Suite - solving E-mail and SMS TAN multi-factor authentication with Hackvertor custom tags

Why bother investing time to automate work when doing IT security testing? On one hand, manual testing is a tedious work, where you spend time doing vulnerability tests that could be done by a machine. On the other hand, letting a machine decide fully on its own on how to do tests will mostly result in the machine doing nothing useful. This is especially true for security testing, where manually checking every parameter for injection attacks is very laborious and automated security scanners go on scanning for hours while a human would have aborted the scan for various reasons. However, if we teach automated tools to do things correctly each time, we get the sweet middle spot of semi-automated security testing, where the tools do the automatic and systematic security tests and the analyst can focus on the parts of a security test, where the tools are likely insufficient.

Burp Suite Pro is one of the main tools to do all kind of HTTP related security analysis and that supports a semi-automated testing. But now and then it lacks certain features. Burp extensions can again add some of them. In this post we would like to show how to use one of the most powerful extensions, Hackvertor by Gareth Hayes and its relatively new feature of Python scripting.

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