Category Archives: Solved

When ping size matters

Over the couple of days I’ve been fighting with sluggish internet performance from my office. The first thing I do, is the same as you, I start pinging. There is 0% packet loss and latency is a steady 10 ms. So where is the sluggishness coming from? I test the whole network stack from top to bottom and then back up again, router, vpn, switch, virtual network … everything checks out at 0% packet loss. Why are things so slow when ping is showing they should be fine?

I only figured it out when I started to play around with packet size. As I started increasing it, packet loss showed up

  • 10 bytes ~ 0% packet loss
  • 100 bytes ~ 5% packet loss
  • 1000 bytes ~ 30% packet loss
  • 10000 bytes ~ 80% packet loss

Now it made sense, I wasn’t seeing the packet loss because little packets sneak in on time. It was only when I start doing real work with large packets that the slow down occurs

Looking back, sometimes it’s best to keep things simple. I got side tracked because I initially blamed a weird hypervisor NIC driver glitch, that I was fighting with a couple years ago, but this time it was a “good” old ISP issue.

Migrating ZFS backed VMs between Proxmox Clusters

Migrating VMs inside a proxmox cluster is easy. But what to do when you need to migrate a VM to another proxmox cluster? With a bit of command line, the rest is easy as long as you’re using ZFS. Even for the largest VMs the amount of down time required is mimimal.

#Example scenario #
#Source cluster host: PVEA
#Source cluster VM ID: 199 (WARNING! make sure your IDs don't overlap on clusters otherwise you may overwrite your data)
#Destination cluster host PVEB

#on PVEA take snapshot and call it "migrate"

#confirm you're migrating the right one
PVEA>zfs list

#send data. This command may run very long time, but it's ok because the source VM keeps running
PVEA>zfs send rpool/data/vm-199-disk-0@migrate  | ssh PVEB zfs recv rpool/data/vm-199-disk-0

#when it finishes shutdown VM ID 199
#on PVEA take snapshot and call it "migrate2"

#send incremental data
PVEA>zfs send -i rpool/data/vm-199-disk-0@migrate rpool/data/vm-199-disk-0@migrate2 | ssh PVEB zfs recv rpool/data/vm-199-disk-0

#check that you got the data (this transfer should be super fast)
PVEB>zfs list -t snapshot

#send config over
PVEA>scp 199.conf PVEB:/etc/pve/qemu-server/199.conf 

#on PVEB start VM ID 199 (and optionaly delete snapshots)

Fixing email display name spoofing

The words “email” and “security” have never mixed, but some things are just too ridiculous to be left as they are.

There are several ways to spoof email, each with their own countermeasures:

  • Sender email address -> DKIM and SPF
  • Sender email display name -> Solution below

While researching ways to fix this, I came across different methods, ranging from database lookups of valid names to looking for suspicious patterns in the display name. None of those methods get to the root of the problem which is that

senders email display name should never have been a “field” that existed in the first place.

Whose idea was it to create a field where anyone can type in “John Smith” as their name, and to top it all off, the recipients mobile device happily says “you have email from John Smith”. Really? From John Smith? Are you sure? No? Not even little bit sure? Is that because anyone can type in anything they want and there is nothing to verify it against? Then why would you show such information as if it’s the truth? No thanks.

To reverse this horrible mistake, the solution is obvious. Let’s remove email display name from existence and display only email addresses (which can still be spoofed, but at least there are countermeasures in place for anyone trying to get away with it)

vi /etc/postfix/header_checks
/^FROM:.<(.@.)>/ REPLACE From: <$1>
/^REPLY-TO:.<(.@.)>/ REPLACE Reply-to: <$1>
postmap -r header_checks
postfix reload

SSL Sniffing with Android x86 and frida

  1. Install Android x86 (I used 8.1r3)
  2. Configure with virtwifi
  3. Long press to access advanced menu’s proxy settings
  4. Proxy traffic to BurpSuite or similar
  5. Install frida-server on Android x86
    1. follow
    2. frida-ps -aiH 192.168.x.x #find the target’s application identified ex:
    3. download file bypass.js into current directory
    4. frida -H 192.168.x.x -f -l bypass.js –no-pause
  6. burpsuite should now see plain text requests coming in

Using Frida to Bypass SSL Pinning on Android

Most modern apps rely on SSL pinning to make sniffing SSL traffic through proxy more difficult. This is great security-in-depth practice, but it’s a real pain when trying to inspect app’s traffic as a part of vulnerability assessment or penetration test. Luckily there if Frida.

  1. Run frida-server
  2. frida-ps -Uai #find the target’s application identified ex:
  3. download file bypass.js into current directory
  4. frida -U -f -l bypass.js –no-pause
  5. done

HTTPs Inspection of Android APK

With increased security, it’s getting trickier to intercept HTTPs traffic send by Android Apps. For that reason most methods rely on rooting Android. But what to do when you don’t have a rooted Android on hand?

Use Android Emulator from Android Studio:

  1. Go to “Settings->Wireless & Networks->More”
  2. Go to “Cellular Network Settings”
  3. Go to “Access Point Names”
  4. Edit Proxy and Port fields
  5. Install root cert from BurpSuite or whatever tool you are using to intercept the traffic
  6. Install and run your APK

WAF Proxy with ModSecurity and Apache

When you need to protect an application against XSS and other nasty attacks, but you can’t modify the source code, ModSecurity can save the day.

  1. Install apache
  2. Install ModSecurity
  3. Setup apache as a proxy with the following configuration
    <Location />
    #SecRuleRemoveById 999999 whitelist any rules here
  4. Turn on /etc/modsecurity/modsecurity.conf
SecRuleEngine On

#SecRuleEngine DetectionOnly

5. Turn on CRS blocking in /etc/modsecurity/crs/crs-setup.conf

SecDefaultAction "phase:1,log,auditlog,deny"
SecDefaultAction "phase:2,log,auditlog,deny"

#SecDefaultAction "phase:1,log,auditlog,pass"
#SecDefaultAction "phase:2,log,auditlog,pass"

6. Watch /var/log/apache2/modsec_audit.log for false positives and tweak rules accordingly

Convert Proxmox .raw to HyperV .vhdx

Show raw device names

zfs list 
#example output may look something like this

Export to file

dd if=/dev/zvol/rpool/data/vm-100-disk-1 of=/file.raw

Convert to HyperV

qemu-img convert -f raw /file.raw -O vhdx -o subformat=dynamic /file.vhdx

Mount file.vhdx on HyperV and start

One liner method:

Forget about the export and feed the raw device directly to qemu-img

qemu-img convert -f raw /dev/zvol/rpool/data/vm-100-disk-1 -O vhdx -o subformat=dynamic /file.vhdx