Learning to Hack | TechSNAP 56

Learning to Hack | TechSNAP 56

In Barnes and Noble attempt to censor a magazine article about hacking, that have propelled it into the spotlight. We’ve got the details on this great write up!

PLUS: Moving big files around the world, faster torrents, and Microsoft’s hotmail flaw.

All that and more, in this week’s TechSNAP!

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Show Notes:

OpenSSL fixes land for most distros

Barnes and Noble pulls magazine for article on how to hack

  • Issue #154 of Linux Format magazine has been pulled off shelves at Barnes and Noble stores in the US after complaints about the cover article, ‘Learn To Hack’
  • The content of the article has been posted online
  • The article walks the user through using the BackTrack Linux, the Penetration Testing distribution in order to exploit a virtual machine, specifically the ‘Metaspoitable’ image, which was setup specifically to contain vulnerabilities for the user to test against and exploit
  • The tutorial then walks the user through exploiting a PHP vulnerability to get a shell, and then further exploiting the Debian SSH Key weakness to gain root access to the virtual machine
  • The tutorial then moves on from attacking servers to attacking desktop machine
  • If you have physical access to a machine, is it trivial to boot from a live cd/usb and access the files on the disks, however if the user has encrypted their home directory (a simple option in newer versions of Ubuntu), then you need to be a bit more devious
  • The tutorial walks through using the LiveCD to creating a reverse-tcp shell to allow you to access the system at a later time, once the user has mounted their encrypted /home partition, giving you access to the files
  • The tutorial goes on to explain using WireShark to capture unencrypted HTTP credentials and quite a bit more
  • Metasploit Testing Lab Setup Instructions
  • Metasploitable VM Image

Microsoft patches widely exploited 0-day flaw in hotmail password reset system

  • Researchers discovered a problem with the way hotmail handles password resets
  • When you reset a hotmail password, they provide you with a token that allows you to set a new password on the account, the issue is that their code did not properly check the token, and pretty much any non-null value allowed any user to reset any other users’ password
  • Microsoft was notified of the flaw on April 20th and responded with a fix within hours, but not before the flaw was widely exploited
  • It can be particularly difficult to recover your account from an attack like this if the attacker changed the secret answer questions, removing your further ability to reset the password
  • Flaw was discovered by Vulnerability-Lab.com


In this week’s feedback segment, we discuss how ScaleEngine handled the unique challenges of delivering large video files to a global audience in both the short and long term.

Round Up:

11 Responses to “Learning to Hack | TechSNAP 56”

  1. gecko333 Says:


    any chance to get it on:


    THX and greetings from Austria

  2. gecko333 Says:

     Hmm the link may be a bit obfuscating, I mean iTunes Potcast “TechSNAP large Video”

  3. gecko333 Says:

     THX works now … Have a nice day …

  4. Gerald Hopf Says:

    Allan, you talked about your troubles mounting a 2,5″ SSD into the 3,5″ Backplanes and mentioned a $15 part that allowed you to do this.

    I cannot find something in the show notes on what part you exactly used for this. I would really like to know since this is a somewhat common problem in other systems – not only in servers but for example also in some All-In-One Desktop PCs (iMac style PCs) and in some NAS Boxes.

    Or was it a part highly specific to that very rack you used?

  5. Rewarp Says:

    The torrent isn’t uploaded yet it seems.

  6. Chris Says:

    So all the links are broken. Do you know that and when will this be fixed?

  7. ChrisLAS Says:

    Not sure when it will be fixed, but we are working on it! 

    Sorry about that, hopefully soon!

  8. max360se Says:

    It’s working 😀

  9. Chris Says:

    It is ok I love you guys and you do great work. I am always impressed at what you manage to do. You Inspire me and I hope to do something like you do some day to but in my own native language.

  10. Boop Says:

    Why not put the other shows on bittorrent too? 

  11. Fredo Says:

    If you guys are ever starved for war stories, you can find tons of stories on http://www.reddit.com/r/talesfromtechsupport/

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