Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays 2015 - Favorite Drone Videos

About two years ago drones where beginning to receive some attention in the press my son, a college student, started working on me to purchase one.  Drones were cool but I thought I would loose interest in flying so I resisted.  He worked on me for awhile longer.  Eventually, I gave in and purchased a few toy drones to experiment with flying.  I settled on a really great toy drone that flies like the more expensive drones, Hubsan X4.  I still use my X4 today and X4 series is amazing for price.  My X4 provided me experience on the stick learning to fly which helped as I transitioned to more sophisticated aircraft.  Flying was more fun than I imagined.  I decided to build my own multi-rotor aircraft.

I like electronics and projects, programming, and security so I figured I would build my own multi-rotor.  By building my own aircraft I force myself to learn all about aircraft.  It's been more than a year building.  My experience is more like the Wright Brothers.  Lots of failures and crashes over the course of the year.  Some crashes from as high as 200ft(61m).  I have broken and rebuilt aircraft many, many times.  Twice my speed controllers(ESC's) bursted into balls of flame on my desk.  I don't know anyone in my area building their own multi-rotors so it's been a learning adventure.

The point of the post is to share some of the videos I find most interesting that helped to spark my interest and enthusiasm for building and flying multi-rotor aircraft.  I hope you enjoy them.  Happy Holidays and thanks for following my blog over the years!




FPV - Kiss chasey, I love the chase scenes in this video complete with bad ass crashes.  Juz70 is one of my favorite pilots.




Blackout Hex - One Take Wonder, Adam Potts shows us his backyard.  Amazing!




FPV - super cool, Juz70 finds something amazing on this beautiful leisure morning flight.




Blackout Spider Hex, dem0n1k sold me a Blackout Hex for my first project.  This was a bit of a mistake since I should have started with an easier aircraft to build.




Kiss 30A 6S Blackout Mini H, FinalGlideAus shows off some experimental Kiss ESC's and overclocks his mini H.  Somewhat related, Tiger Motor announced a new "F" series motor designed for racing multi-rotors that's likely to power a 250mm quad over 200mph(322km/h).



FPV - Haunted, juz70 is an awesome pilot and also knows how to make an interesting video.  There are a few clues on the walls why this home was abandoned.  Can you find them?




Turkey Hunter // Blackout Mini Spider Hex // MN1806 //, Blackout makes awesome carbon fiber multi-rotor frames.  In this park video he encounters a crazy wild turkey.




BLACKOUT 330 . COBRA 2000KV, Metaldanny tearing up the skies.




BLACKOUT . TEST Higher Rates . (RAW), Metaldanny showing us some real Starwars Pod Racing.  Metaldanny is one of the worlds best FPV multi-rotor pilots.




FPV - elixir, I want to end on a strong video.  Juz70 flies through and around his home.  Amazing flying (and a nice house).

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Facebook Hijacks Your Camera Roll

I generally don't comment much on privacy these days.  Why?  I'm equipped to fight security but privacy, sigh, that's an entirely different battle.  However, I'm making an exception since Facebook's new feature is a hot mess from a personal privacy perspective.  The new mobile application feature presents your private camera roll photos to you for, I presume, easy publishing.  There are a number of points that concern me.

1) Unauthorized processing of mobile camera roll.  Let me explain, I did provide Facebook authorization to my camera roll but that was so I could select and upload the individual photos I choose for publishing.  Processing the entire camera roll and offering up private photos without end-user consent is begging for an accident.  The application could have a bug or the end-user could click the wrong button.  People take a lot of photos and there's no good reason to assume they want recent photos published.

2) Mixing private photos with public photos.  Facebook provides a lock icon and notes only I can see my private photos.  This is terrible design!  Your private photos are a heartbeat from accidental publishing.  It's already easy to publish photos from your camera role using Facebook's mobile application.  Whatever the reason for the new feature, it provides Facebook an opportunity to data mine private offline camera rolls.  We need Apple to create better sandboxes for personal data and how applications can use personal data.  We also need all operating systems vendors to provide better controls to increase transparency into applications running on their operating systems and platforms.  The all or none approach to our personal data (e.g., camera roll, contacts, etc) is no longer good enough.  We need to design our application environments from the perspective that every application is hostile.

3) Increased potential for data leakage and exfiltration.  We have no idea how Facebook's mobile application works.  It's possible it could be holding images, reprocessed thumbnails, or similar in private caches.  Any vulnerabilities in the application (and every application has them) could lead to data leakage and exfiltration.  Without access to the closed source and testing we don't know if a vulnerability exists.  All we know for sure is that the risk of data leakage and exfiltration is greater with more data within the applications tendrils.

4) Abused trust of Facebook's end-user community.  Software vendors wield tremendous power.  In running their applications on our systems we place our sensitive personal information under their care.  Most assume mobile application vendors handle personal information with care and more or less in accordance with end-user expectations.  There is no basis of fact for this belief.  End-users have been lead to believe they must give up personal information for continued use of free software.  Perhaps end-users need to give up something but there should be much more transparency around how our information is used.  Free software is no justification for betraying public trust.

I don't keep much in the way of private information on my mobile but it's a matter of principle.  Facebook continually surprises me, and I'm betting others, around how it uses personal information.  I'm seriously considering deleting all my Facebook mobile applications until the privacy climate improves.  I will continue to use Facebook but, only through the web browser, and only where I can tightly control the diet of personal information I feed to the beast.

Friday, December 18, 2015

2015 Remembered

I am a little early for the new year but I have been thinking about 2015.  I noticed I made 62 posts in 2015 not counting this post.  I thought I would review some posts throughout the year for those that may have missed them.







OWASP Security Logging Project

What is it?  Open source SLF4J compliant security logging API for application.  Use it with log4j or logback in your applications.

Benefits?  Extends popular logging systems and adds specific functionality for security like message classification (e.g., secret, confidential, public, etc).  Catches sensitive information developers log by accident like passwords.  Extend to catch SSN or other types of personal information and more.

Future Thoughts?  Improvement code proposed to log information like thread information, heap space, etc. using a background thread at regular intervals for diagnostic/forensic purposes.  Currently under review.  We have many more so check out the project web site.

Links: project announcement, project roadmap

Multi-Rotor Aircraft Project (aka Drone)

What is it?  Ongoing project to build a flying robot

Benefits?  Build a 100+mph(158+kmh) multi-rotor flying aircraft from scratch.  Fly this high speed carbon fiber aircraft beyond line of sight using a video system that transmits to VR goggles worn by the remote pilot.  Two builds are provided, a hexcopter and quadcopter.  Follow me on my adventures and learn about the systems and principles of fly by wire technology and robots.  Advanced project.

Future Thoughts? With basic aircraft complete, I plan to focus on building a microwave ground station in a backpack.  The man packable ground station uses larger batteries, duel receivers, and high gain antennas to improve video reception.

Links: DIY Drone Bootcamp Learning to Fly, DIY Drone Bootcamp Build Log, Drone Flight Training Continues, Drone Flight Training Continues 3, Drone Flight Training Continues 4ZMR250 Quad Racing Drone Build Log


DeepViolet Project

What is it? SSL/TLS DAST tool

Benefits?  Open source Java source code and binaries to introspect a SSL/TLS connection to identify weaknesses.  Works like a web browser, type in a HTTPS URL, point and click.  Enumerate the servers cipher suites to spot weaknesses, display site certificate information, CA trust chains, HTTP/S headers, DNS information, and more.  When your done save scan reports to ASCII files for offline viewing.  Alternatively, run headless from command line and script your stairway to heaven.

Future Thoughts? I am considering including some support for Certificate Transparency.  I also like the idea of including support for flagging certificates that are about to expire.

Links: Public source code and binaries in GitHub, background and screenshots of GUI and command line.

Noteworthy Articles/Events
The Case of Symantec's Mysterious Digital Certificates, Symantec certificate flap.  The story of a certificate authority too big to fail.

Java Security Track Highlights by Yolande Poirier and David Lopez

HTTPS Party at Blogspot, Google includes HTTPS support for the default domain.  No support for offered for custom domains.

Webdriver Torso, super strange videos.

Media/Memes
Application Security, I Want To Believe,  a spoof I developed based upon the UFO poster in Fox Mulder's office from the X-Files TV show.









Pathological Security, if a model for constructing towns and buildings are helpful for software design patterns then why not apply them to security?
















The Future of Software Security?  Ever seen a TV advertisement for prescription drugs in the United States?  Essentially, 45-second rants on every negative effect known with no discussion about intended purpose or patient benefits.  Are you confused?  American's are too.  I tried to imagine how this technique could be applied to security.













Application Security Complaint Department, a special behind the scenes look.  A friend passed this along since it say's "Milton" on the desk.  I have no idea where this photo comes from.  It's not mine but funny.










My DEFCON 23 T-Shirt, the front and back of my t-shirt I made for DEFCON 23.  CustomInk is so cool.






Hacked Meme, is my frustration at the card industry and retailers around their response to mass customer exploitation.  Often retailers offer identity theft protection as a remedy for a time period after the incident.  The problem with the approach it does not address customer concerns - prevention.  Retailers provide no idea what went wrong or even why customers should trust them again.







Application Security Meme, the point here is that many people make judgement calls on security that should be consulting a professional.  A business leader who "thinks" they understand security can destroy a security program before it even begins.  If you can't afford a professional perhaps you can find some free advice or work a deal to get some ideas for future positive directions.  Be a detective, find a pro on OWASP, and message them on LinkedIn.  Sure, we all need to eat but almost all my friends don't mind answering a free question or two to see someones project move in a positive direction.  Security professionals are like doctors in the sense that we are cyber health professionals and promote application health for the betterment of society.


Article image: Happy New Year! by Rones on ClipArt.com

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