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  • Bryan Petty 11:09 on Wednesday, 8 August 2007 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    DefCon 15 Report 

    It’s that time of the year again when hackers of all types get together for their annual celebration of discoveries made throughout the year. We call this DefCon, and every year, new exploits in software and hardware are released to the public.

    I had the opportunity to attend the conference for my sixth year there (for the 15 years it’s been held now) along with more than 8,000 other hackers at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Presentations were given on about 120 different subjects ranging from drive reanimation to international information warfare. More than $15,000 was raised to support the EFF. Breakout sessions were held for two full days on both wireless WEP and WPA cracking as well as lock picking.

    Contests are also held every year including the infamous Capture the Flag contest designed to find the best team of network and server security gurus that runs continuously from the beginning of the conference to the very end. Hacker Jeopardy provides a test of knowledge of both technical details as well as political and related events. More than 10 other contests are also run including WarDriving, Lock Picking, DefconBots (build an automated robot to accomplish a specific task in the shortest amount of time possible), and a Mystery Box Challenge (you have no clue what you’re up against until the competition starts).

    Highlights from this year’s conference included:

     
  • wade 18:31 on Friday, 11 June 2004 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    PHP Security Mistakes 

    Dev Shed has an article about common PHP security mistakes, and how to avoid them. It’s fairly basic stuff — but a good review for even the most expert programmers. If you’re not following their advice, you should be.

    On a completely unrelated note, I noticed that Dev Shed appears to be using mod_rewrite or something with very similar behaviour. I checked it out at Netcraft, on the off chance that Dev Shed had that information exposed. Interestingly, Netcraft replied that it has been asked not to report on Dev Shed — which is a request I didn’t even know could be made. You learn something every day . . .

     
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