Vulnerabilities / Threats
7/27/2011
12:24 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Black Hat Pwnies Nominate LulzSec, Anonymous

Hacker groups among nominees for "Epic 0wnage" award, while Sony is sole nominee for "Epic Fail" distinction.

Black Hat
10 Massive Security Breaches
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: 10 Massive Security Breaches
Anonymous, LulzSec, and Sony are among the nominees for this year's Pwnie Awards, which will be bestowed on August 3 at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, a UBM TechWeb event. Award recipients receive gold-painted My Little Ponies.

Dubbed by its organizers as "an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community," Pwnies are meant to bring fame and shame to individuals, businesses, malware (and the people who discovered it), and more that have been featured in the year's security headlines--for good or bad.

For 2011, nine Pwnies will be awarded--covering the period from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011--in such categories as best server-side bug, most innovative research, lamest vendor response, lifetime achievement, and best song. The list of nominations reads like a 12-months-in-review of notable security discoveries, failures, and trends.

In terms of individual categories, expect a fierce battle for the award of "Epic 0wnage," which according to contest organizers "goes to the hackers responsible for delivering the most damaging, widely publicized, or hilarious 0wnage." This year there are four nominees: Anonymous, for hacking HBGary Federal; LulzSec, "for hacking everyone"; Bradley Manning, for allegedly leaking enormous quantities of documents to WikiLeaks via fake Lady Gaga CDs; and Stuxnet, which has the distinction of being the first known malware to scuttle centrifuges.

Best client-side bugs include, amongst others, Vupen's Google Chrome sandbox bypass, Comex's exploit of a FreeType vulnerability in iOS, enabling device owners to jailbreak their devices, and Jon Oberheide's discovery that via an Android Market XSS vulnerability, he could forcibly install applications on Android users' phones, if he first tricked them into clicking on a link.

Meanwhile, the "lamest vendor response" nominees include Novell, for mischaracterizing a remotely exploitable stack overflow in OpenSSH on Novell NetWare as a denial of service attack. It's joined by RSA, for its assurances after the theft of SecurID information that it had the problem under control, after which hackers used the stolen information to attack Lockheed-Martin.

Interestingly, Sony has a lock on the "Epic Fail" award, as it's the only nominee. That said, Sony earned five nominations, ranging from its PlayStation 3 jailbreaking lawsuit, to its failing to properly protect its PlayStation Network site security, to its laying off multiple security professionals, not long before it was hacked.

The awards will be judged by a panel of eight security researchers, dubbed by the Pwnies organizers as "the closest to a jury of peers a hacker is likely to ever get." For 2011, judges include HD Moore, chief security officer at Rapid7 and chief architect of Metasploit, the leading open-source penetration testing toolkit, as well as bug hunters Mark Dowd and Dino Dai Zovi.

Black Hat USA 2011 presents a unique opportunity for members of the security industry to gather and discuss the latest in cutting-edge research. It happens July 30-Aug. 4 in Las Vegas. Find out more and register.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
Partner Perspectives
What's This?
In a digital world inundated with advanced security threats, Intel Security seeks to transform how we live and work to keep our information secure. Through hardware and software development, Intel Security delivers robust solutions that integrate security into every layer of every digital device. In combining the security expertise of McAfee with the innovation, performance, and trust of Intel, this vision becomes a reality.

As we rely on technology to enhance our everyday and business life, we must too consider the security of the intellectual property and confidential data that is housed on these devices. As we increase the number of devices we use, we increase the number of gateways and opportunity for security threats. Intel Security takes the “security connected” approach to ensure that every device is secure, and that all security solutions are seamlessly integrated.
Featured Writers
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading's October Tech Digest
Fast data analysis can stymie attacks and strengthen enterprise security. Does your team have the data smarts?
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-7407
Published: 2014-10-22
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the MRBS module for Drupal allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of unspecified victims via unknown vectors.

CVE-2014-3675
Published: 2014-10-22
Shim allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (out-of-bounds read) via a crafted DHCPv6 packet.

CVE-2014-3676
Published: 2014-10-22
Heap-based buffer overflow in Shim allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted IPv6 address, related to the "tftp:// DHCPv6 boot option."

CVE-2014-3677
Published: 2014-10-22
Unspecified vulnerability in Shim might allow attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted MOK list, which triggers memory corruption.

CVE-2014-3828
Published: 2014-10-22
Multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities in Centreon 2.5.1 and Centreon Enterprise Server 2.2 allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary SQL commands via (1) the index_id parameter to views/graphs/common/makeXML_ListMetrics.php, (2) the sid parameter to views/graphs/GetXmlTree.php, (3) the session_id...

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Follow Dark Reading editors into the field as they talk with noted experts from the security world.