Abstracts

Angad: A Malware Detection Framework using Multi-Dimensional Visualization
Ankur Tyagi (@7h3rAm, https://github.com/7h3rAm)
Angad is a framework to automate classification of an unlabelled malware dataset using multi-dimensional modelling. The input dataset is analyzed to collect various attributes which are then arranged in a number of feature vectors. These vectors are then individually visualized, indexed and then queried for each new input file. Matching vectors are labelled as per their AV detection categories for now but this could be changed to a heuristics approach if needed. If dynamic behavior or network traffic details are available, vectors are also converted into activity graphs that depict evolution of activity with a predefined time scale. This results into an animation of malware/malware category’s behavior traits and is also useful in identifying activity overlaps across the input dataset.

 

Building a End-to-End Open Source Container Security Stack
Henri Dubois-Ferriere (@henridf, https://github.com/henridf)
Cloud Native platforms such as Kubernetes help developers to easily get started deploying and running their applications at scale. But as developers push out updates at a faster rate, and as the barrier between dev, ops, and sec gets blurrier, how you secure and maintain compliance standards in these environments becomes extremely important. To answer this question we’ll describe an end-to-end security stack, built only with open source components. We will cover the entire process, starting with approaches to do image scanning inside your continuous integration process. Then we’ll talk about runtime security and finally forensics, with a focus on volatile containers that are frequently started, migrated, and updated in an orchestrated environment like Kubernetes. Here we’ll dig into tools like Anchore, CoreOS Clair, and Sysdig Falco. Attendees will walk away with a good understanding of the challenges of securing a Cloud Native platform and practical advice on using open source tools as part of their security strategy.

 

Data Breaches: Barbarians in the Throne Room
Dave Lewis (@gattaca)
Often defenders worry about the intangible security problems. Defenders need to concentrate their efforts defending the enterprise by focusing on the fundamentals. Too often issues such as patching or system configuration failures lead to system compromise. These along with issues such as SQL injection are preventable problems. Defenders can best protect their digital assets by first understanding the sheer magnitude that a data breach can have on an enterprise. In this talk I review my findings after analyzing hundreds of data breach disclosures as it pertains to what went wrong. I had previously done this for 2016 and I will have the 2017 review ready by the time of this talk.

 

IoT PenetrationTesting – A Deep Dive into Hidden Flaws
Saurabh Swaroop
The presentation is aimed at disclosing the various hard to find vulnerabilities in IoT ecosystem. While we have billions of IoT device in cyberspace most still lack in basic security. One of the most important and hard to test part of IoT device is its firmware and vulnerabilities at hardware level. This talk will be aimed at understanding IoT ecosystem, identifying attack surfaces, reverse engineering the firmware, understanding firmware file systems, extracting standard and non standard sections from firmware, performing static, dynamic and behavioural analysis of firmware as well as hardware hacking. Talk will be accompanied with demo showing digging the firmware for various secrets, emulating cross platform binaries, fuzzing and finding buffer overflows, hardware hacking (SPI,UART,I2C). Talk and demo will be done with open source tools so audience can gain maximum from it. The major takeaways of the talk will be deep insight and understanding of pen testing IoT devices.

 

The Politics of Public Attribution
Florian Egloff (@egflo)
Doxing each other, dropping private information on the internet for the public to see, has cultural roots in the hacking community. However, cybersecurity researchers were surprised when intelligence agencies, who traditionally prized their secrecy, followed suit and revealed details on other countries’ cyber operations. An increasing number of states have published information regarding cyber espionage operations discovered on networks within their jurisdiction. So far, little research has been published analyzing what motivates such behavior. Understanding why states chose to publish sensitive details is important, as practices of strategic interaction in cybersecurity are only just emerging into public view. This talk will offer a rough account of the identified practices in selected empirical cases and offer first possible explanations on what the respective strategic communities may have wanted to achieve when releasing such information. The talk is based on a larger empirical research project looking into this question. Particularly, I will argue that more states investing in attribution capabilities (both on the intelligence and policy side) has changed the strategic context, the result of which we are now seeing. Drawing on research from political science, the talk contributes towards bridging the gap between policy and information security communities. The talk is aimed at information security professionals, who would like to better understand the politicization of their field. Focusing on a controversial topic, public attribution, this talk will contribute towards a more comprehensive understanding of what public attribution is used for at the state level.

 

SCION – an Internet Architecture to survive the 21st Century
Raphael M. Reischuk (@raphaelreischuk)
The Internet has been successful beyond even the most optimistic expectations. It permeates and intertwines with almost all aspects of our society and economy. The success of the Internet has created a dependency on communication as many of the processes underpinning the foundations of modern society would grind to a halt should communication become unavailable. However, much to our dismay, the current state of safety and availability of the Internet is far from commensurate given its importance. Although we cannot conclusively determine what the impact of a 1-day, or 1-week outage of Internet connectivity on our society would be, anecdotal evidence indicates that even short outages have a profound negative impact on society, businesses, and government. Unfortunately, the Internet has not been designed for high availability in the face of malicious actions by adversaries. Recent patches to improve Internet security and availability have been constrained by the current Internet architecture, business models, and legal aspects. Moreover, there are fundamental design decisions of the current Internet that inherently complicate secure operation. Given the diverse nature of constituents in today’s Internet, another important challenge is how to scale authentication of entities (e.g., AS ownership for routing, name servers for DNS, or domains for TLS) to a global environment. Currently prevalent PKI models (monopoly and oligopoly) do not scale globally because mutually distrusting entities cannot agree on a single trust root, and because everyday users cannot evaluate the trustworthiness of each of the many root CAs in their browsers. To address these issues, we propose SCION, a next-generation Internet architecture that is secure, available, and offers privacy by design; that provides incentives for a transition to the new architecture; and that considers economic and policy issues at the design stage. Within roughly 100 person years, we have implemented SCION and deployed it (among others) in the production networks of two Swiss ISPs.