I was the 546th person to complete Stripe's web security CTF and again had a ton of fun applying my theoretical knowledge of web security issues to the (semi-)real world. As I went through the levels I thought about what red flags jumped out at me (or should have) that I could apply to future code reviews:
|Level||Issue||Code Review Red Flags|
|0||Simple SQL injection||No encoding when constructing SQL command strings. Constructing SQL command strings instead of SQL API|
|1||extract($_GET);||No input validation.|
|2||Arbitrary PHP execution||No input validation. Allow file uploads. File permissions modification.|
|3||Advanced SQL injection||Constructing SQL command strings instead of SQL API.|
|4||HTML injection, XSS and CSRF||No encoding when constructing HTML. No CSRF counter measures. Passwords stored in plain text. Password displayed on site.|
|5||Pingback server doesn't need to opt-in||n/a - By design protocol issue.|
|6||Script injection and XSS||No encoding while constructing script. Deny list (of dangerous characters). Passwords stored in plain text. Password displayed on site.|
|7||Length extension attack||Custom crypto code. Constructing SQL command string instead of SQL API.|
|8||Side channel attack||Password handling code. Timing attack mitigation too clever.|
More about each level in the future.
When they went to the Moon, they received the same per diem compensation as they would have for being away from base in Bakersfield: eight dollars a day, before various deductions (like for accommodation, because the government was providing the bed in the spaceship).
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dnsxss tool helps you inject via DNS
Stripe is running a web security capture the flag - a series of increasingly difficult web security exploit challenges. I've finished it and had a lot of fun. Working on a web browser I knew the theory of these various web based attacks, but this was my first chance to put theory into practice with:
Here's a blog post on the CTF behind the scenes setup which has many impressive features including phantom users that can be XSS/CSRF'ed.
I'll have another post on my difficulties and answers for the CTF levels after the contest is over on Wed, but if you're looking for hints, try out the CTF chatroom or the level specific CTF chatroom.
Say goodbye to these!
Gangnam Style looks like he’s riding a horse but actually its satire.
Also, the making of video: http://youtu.be/9HPiBJBCOq8
CGI for the IKEA catalog:
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Brief history and scope of the Internet Archive.
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Winterton, a senior entomologist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has seen a lot of bugs. But he hadn’t seen this species before.
There’s no off switch when you’re the senior entomologist. If you’re browsing the web you find your way to Flickr photos of insects or start correcting Wikipedia articles on insects.
Zineth Release Trailer (by Russell Honor)
This is a student game. Amazing design and music. A more abstract, massive and fast Jet Set Radio.
A python script that d3crypt5 the input pipe’s ASCII content from ASCII garbage slowly into the correct output.
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We believe Knight accidentally released the test software they used to verify that their market making software functioned properly, into NYSE’s live system.
I get chills breaking the build at work. I can’t imagine how much worse it would feel to deploy your test suite and destroy the company you work for.