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RE: "Free" pen-test
From: "Zach Forsyth" <Zach.Forsyth () kiandra com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 12:12:46 +1000

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/31220.html

Be very careful...



-----Original Message-----
From: Pete [mailto:pen_test_list () petesmithcomputers com] 
Sent: Thursday, 19 June 2003 19:54 PM
To: pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: "Free" pen-test


I'm looking for a bit of advice. I was tipped off that company X had
minimal security for their large bundle of IP addresses running on
Micro$oft servers. I got my mate Fred (!) to have a look and he reckoned
they were _very_ vulnerable. So, we went to the security director and
"sold" him a free penetration test. Fred then got admin access to their
web server plus bucketloads of info about their DMZ and even their
192.168.0.x network. I went back to Mr Director thinking he'd wet
himself and he said "I'm not too worried about that....just carry on if
you can".

Well. Fred is keen to keep going. But I reckon that someone who is "not
worried" that his web server could have been taken down in about 4 hours
is not worth wasting time on. Needless to say, the cunning plan was to
sell him a pile of stuff once he was scared enough.

My question is this: how do white-hatters usually approach these things?

Grateful for any tips (and thanks for reading if you got to here)

Pete

Pete Smith
www.petesmithcomputers.com



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