By default, VMware Player will use Network Address Translation (NAT) to provide your virtual machine (VM) with network connectivity. At a basic level, this means that your VM will share an IP address with your host operating system (OS). Your host will then use the concept of NAT to ensure that responses to traffic emanating from your VM are directed to it accordingly. Using NAT is fine for the majority of VM usage, however, there are some circumstances where it’s better to have your VM in bridged mode. When bridged, a VM will … Read More »
Without doubt, there are many small business owners who realize the benefits of a penetration test and want to secure their infrastructure; however, many more will be of the opinion that they need not concern themselves with the security of their network as they have no information a hacker would ever find useful. This mindset, that of ‘security through anonymity’, is inherently flawed as in reality, every business network, regardless of size, likely contains something useful for a hacker. It can be … Read More »
Greetings! Continuing from my first blog about the journey of reverse engineering, I’d like to make a quick post about the fundamentals of code analysis as an expansion of the reverse engineering topic at the end of my first blog. I believe that if you want to be a true hacker or forensic investigator, the understanding of how software works at a code level is essential. You need to be able to either break down the exploit code, … Read More »
Simple question, hopefully a simple answer: it is an Information Security discipline where the aim is to identify ways to compromise you and/or your organisation. There is more to it than that, obviously, but that should provide a good starting point! Many people involved in the industry, such as penetration testers, sales people, information security consultants, etc. all have their own interpretation of penetration testing, and there is a wide ranging view of what it is and … Read More »
Want to check how good your organisation’s security is? Click here. Having passed the rigorous CESG application procedure we are extremely pleased to announce that Perspective Risk is now a CESG CHECK accredited company. Achieving CHECK accreditation is a major milestone in our company’s development and complements our existing Crest and ISO accreditations, allowing Perspective Risk to provide the best possible service to all of our customers. Want to know more? Get in touch with one of … Read More »
Introduction and Grey Hat Hacking Book Review Greetings! I’m Minh, one of the penetration testers at Perspective Risk. This is my first blog post and I feel it would be fitting to share a little about myself and my voyage with Perspective Risk. My first year at Perspective Risk has just come round and what a year it has been, filled with exciting work and the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with people from around the globe, … Read More »
Creating a Penetration Testing Web Server Using Gearman & Supervisor Part 1 Installation & Basic Usage I was tasked with building a pen test web server for my company, i.e. an easy to use and relatively attractive web interface that allows our employees to quickly and quietly launch various tools, using predefined settings and a few user supplied parameters. The following requirements formed version 0.1: Minimal effort required by the user for each tool, i.e. … Read More »
Hello and welcome to the new Perspective Risk blog! I thought I’d begin with a series of posts on Cross Site Scripting (XSS) as this is an area of web security I’m particularly interested in. We’re going to start with the very basics, by taking a look at what XSS actually is and the three different varieties of it. XSS Cross Site Scripting (XSS) attacks occur when a website fails to properly prevent attackers from inserting malicious code … Read More »
The Perspective Risk blog has been created to provide information security resources to the penetration testing community and customers alike. We will endeavour not to swamp you with corporate information but from time to time and where we believe we have something of value to say we will post it here. One aspect of the blog is to chart the progress of one of our graduates, Dave, and he will be making regular posts on vulnerabilities, pen … Read More »
Whilst we are ardent supporters of maintaining a healthy balance between work and life and well aware of the advantages of remote working, at Perspective Risk we still believe a great team spirit is necessary in order to deliver the best service possible. With this in mind, every year the whole team at Perspective Risk convene in one location to get face time in a more social environment. Our event is normally split over two days, the … Read More »
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