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T2’12 infosec conference, day 1

I am attending to T2 infosec conference this year and here is a wrap-up of the first day.

T2 is a small yet really high profile international conference at Helsinki, Finland. There are only 99 seats available each year, so it is really great opportunity to have a word or two with speakers if you want to. This is my first time at T2.

Day started with opening words from the organizer Tomi Tuominen.

Keynote was given by Rick Falkvinge (twitter: @falkvinge) the founder of the Pirate Party movement. Falkvinge is a good speaker. He spoked about early stages of the Pirate Party, how to make a change and few words about leadership. Good keynote.

Then we moved to something more technical. Second speaker was Felix FX Lindner of Recurity Labs GmbH. He had studied Huawei VRP platform used in Huawei routers. Results: huawei copied code from Cisco IOS platform, session hi-jacking of web-UI, buffer overflow that could be used for owning the router and last but not least hardcoded passwords. Not the kind of list you would like to hear from your router provider.

Next I was attending was “Secure exploit payload staging” by Georg Wichersky from CrowdStrike. Georg talked about their attendance to Defcon 2011 CTF. Interesting story about obfuscation, encryption etc. they used at the competition. Quite technical stuff.

After lunch I attended to Stonesoft / Olli-Pekka Niemi session about testing IPS systems. Session was called “Game of Lies”. Olli-Pekka pointed out some problems that most of the IPS providers are not handling properly. It seems to be possible to bypass most of the IPS systems by using evasion. This is not detected in normal certification testing these days. Stonesoft has recently released their testing system for public use. Interesting points there.

After the coffee break it was time for the last presentation. Presentation was titled PinPadPwn and was presented by Nils of MWR InfoSecurity. MWR guys had bought bunch of used pinpads from various sources like eBay and studied security. Results were impressive: it is basically possible to run own code stored in specially crafted smart card in the pinpads. Nice three demos were presented two of the a live. Hope these demos can be found on-line soon.

I left after the drinks and networking (great conversations by the way). Some of the attendees headed for dinner after that.

Great first day, really looking for tomorrow.


Ryan Naraine’s blog post about day 1: