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RE: Mpack
From: "Matt Steer" <Matt.Steer () marstons co uk>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 11:11:02 +0100

Erin and List,

In my opinion a comprehensive Pen test is seen from the eyes of an
attacker and I cannot see a reason for an attacker to consider the
ethicality of launching an attack from a tool, be it MPack, Metasploit
or any other program that could be used with malicious intent.

I have not conducted any professional pen tests so please, people with
the experience speak up!

I thought the whole idea I would be employed to conduct a Pen test would
be to disclose information on the clients network(s) through the eyes of
a person, or a piece of code, with malicious intent and, should it be
required, information on how to patch any vulnerability I find. 
(I actually find this is a little narrow minded, but you catch my drift)

To answer your questions,

Is using the "bad guy" tools for "good guy"
purposes wrong?

I would use any tools and techniques I see fit to provide the most
complete, accurate report I could within the given timeframe.

And if so, where do we draw the line?

I thought the contract that the client and I would have signed was the
proverbial line itself! 

My two cents.

Regards,
 
Matt Steer

 
-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Erin Carroll
Sent: 27 June 2007 06:41
To: kish_pent () yahoo com; 'Nikolaj'; pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Mpack

All,

Any discussion or information on where to obtain the Mpack tookit for
purchase or malicious means will be rejected outright. The pen-test list
will not be used to facilitate illegal activities.

That said, I don't see danger in discussing the capabilities and
potential
of this or similar toolkits. I'm interested in malicious code. I need to
be
interested in malicious code to know how to help clients defend against
it.
Some of the newest malware out there is amazingly complex and
sophisticated.
To be blunt, the "bad guys" will always be slightly ahead of the "good
guys"
in this arms race. I have pondered for quite some time the potential of
using "malware" toolkit platforms (Mpack, Agobot, etc) for legitimate
pen-testing purposes and this thread does provide a nice segue into that
realm. To paraphrase an oft-quoted phrase, "the tool isn't the problem,
it's
how it is applied."

If the scope and legal contractual needs are such from a client to
approve
utilizing social engineering or other "grey" methodologies which would
normally be construed as illegal (depending on local laws... yadda yadda
yadda) outside of that legal agreement, how is creating custom exploits
using Mpack different than creating exploit payloads for a Metasploit or
Core Impact toolkit? Are there practicing pen-test professionals out
there
who have done this legally? I'm aware that the "bad guys" use "good guy"
tools for nefarious purposes... Is using the "bad guy" tools for "good
guy"
purposes wrong? And if so, where do we draw the line?

I'm interested to hear your responses.

--
Erin Carroll
Moderator
SecurityFocus pen-test list
"Do Not Taunt Happy-Fun Ball" 


-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com 
[mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com] On Behalf Of Kish Pent
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 9:56 PM
To: Nikolaj; pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Mpack

Please go away :)

It's a polite request, and you've come to the other side, to 
ask what you want. This is a list for professionals, not 
people who are interested in malicious code.

Cheers :)
Kish

PS: Erin, delete this thread ASAP, in the best interest of 
the list's reputation. ;)

--- Nikolaj <lorddoskias () gmail com> wrote:

Anyone has some first-hand info about this exploitation toolkit? Or 
any info where it can be bought?



Kishore
Penetration Tester
Smart Security
T.Nagar , Chennai
Phone: 91 98841 80767


 
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