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Updates to my GREM Gold scripts and a new script

Published: 2009-11-25
Last Updated: 2009-11-25 23:27:17 UTC
by Jim Clausing (Version: 1)
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And finally, before those of us in the US trip out on tryptophan tomorrow, I've updated a few of the scripts that I wrote about in my GREM Gold paper and my SANSFIRE talk.  The biggest change is that I have finally integrated Michael Hale Ligh's malfind2 volatility plugin into the report and I have switched to using httpry for reporting on the HTTP traffic.  I've also put together another script to report on/decode DNS traffic out of a pcap.  The script can be found on my handler's page.  I recently used that and another script I wrote for the latest network forensics contest.  I'll post the other script and my solution (because I had a lot of fun working on it) after they release the results.  I highly recommend these contests and the other packet challenges we've told you about before for those who want more practice at playing with packets and network traces.

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Jim Clausing, jclausing --at-- isc [dot] sans (dot) org

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Microsoft Updates requiring reboot

Published: 2009-11-25
Last Updated: 2009-11-25 21:40:37 UTC
by Jim Clausing (Version: 1)
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We've been informed by several readers that they've received updates from Microsoft in the last 24 hours (via Automatic Update or similar) that required a reboot.  Microsoft has apparently updated several of their bulletins.  Two of them are related to previous updates MSXML (v3.0 or v6.0), one with MSXML Core Services 4.0 SP2, one is additional daylight saving time updates, and the 4th is also daylight saving time-related and has to do with an error in the Date and Time control panel on Vista and Windows Server 2008.  While it isn't unusual for Microsoft to make some minor updates to bulletins and patches (especially detection fixes) at times other than "Patch Tuesday" some of our readers (and some of us, handlers) were surprised by updates that required reboot.

References:
Microsoft KB 973685
Microsoft KB 973687
Microsoft KB 973688
Microsoft KB 976098
Microsoft KB 976470  

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Jim Clausing, jclausing --at-- isc [dot] sans (dot) org

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Tool updates

Published: 2009-11-25
Last Updated: 2009-11-25 04:25:46 UTC
by Jim Clausing (Version: 1)
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Rather than do 4 one-liners in a row, I'll just do this one regular story.  A number of our favorite tools have been updated recently.

Wireshark v1.2.4 was released a week ago, "this release fixes a problem with some interface drivers on Windows and a problem saving RTP streams."  The latest dev version v1.3.2 was released yesterday.

Truecrypt v6.3 was released a month ago and 6.3a Monday.  The 6.3a fixes some bugs, the 6.3 release provides support for Windows 7 and OS X 10.6.

Xplico v0.5.3 was released last week.  They have added support for Solaris snoop packet captures.  They've added DNS, NNTP, PPPOE dissectors among other things.

NetworkMiner v0.91 just came out, too.  I haven't found any release notes on what changed yet with this release.

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Jim Clausing, jclausing --at-- isc [dot] sans (dot) org

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