Forwarded from: Thomas C. Greene <tcgreeneat_private> that's what i like about maiffret -- always quick with a shallow "so's-your-old-man" reply to a serious question. i actually did stumble upon the discussion on bugtraq (though Heaven knows how a dumb hack like me even heard of the place). richard smith raised an important issue. i don't agree with him, but that hardly means the guy doesn't have a point worth debating. i was surprised that elias closed the thread when he did. maiffret's reply boils down to "shut up, asshole, i'm smarter than you." well -- except for a bit of gibson-esque doubletalk: "Someone found an unknown buffer overflow vulnerability within the IIS .htr ISAPI filter, without any data from eEye. Someone exploited that unknown buffer overflow vulnerability in order to execute code on remote systems, without any data from eEye. Someone took that exploit even further and turned it into a worm (Which is what CodeRed is explicitly based off of) and launched it at the Internet, without any data from eEye." but that's the delivery mechanism, not the sploit. that shit won't flush. a better argument would have been that the actual code-red exploit is different from the .ida hole as described by eeye, meaning that the CR author (or more properly, assembler) would have done some creative work instead of mechanically applying what he learned from eeye's noisy .ida hole announcements. i sense that this is what maiffret was trying to say. maybe he was writing in haste and it just didn't come out right. of course, he seems to do an awful lot of writing in haste, and sounds progressively more defensive and paranoid as time goes by. i just wonder -- assuming he's half the genius he thinks he is -- why he can't mount a simple, effective argument in defence of his actions. chrz, t. -----Original Message----- From: owner-isnat_private [mailto:owner-isnat_private] On Behalf Of InfoSec News Sent: Monday, August 13, 2001 1:21 AM To: isnat_private Subject: RE: [ISN] The Code Red hype Hall of Shame Forwarded from: Marc Maiffret <marcat_private> Wow. Two writers fighting over who wrote an inaccurate story first. What fun. Since neither Tommy nor Danny have any technical understanding of CodeRed nor the .ida exploit (yet write about it and point fingers anyway) they both might want to go look at the thread called "Can we afford full disclosure of security holes?" that was on Bugtraq just recently. You will actually see knowledgeable people who understand the topic rather than two writers just looking to meet their weekly quota of articles. http://www.securityfocus.com/templates/archive.pike?list=1 Signed, Marc Maiffret Chief Hacking Officer eEye Digital Security T.949.349.9062 F.949.349.9538 http://eEye.com/Retina - Network Security Scanner http://eEye.com/Iris - Network Traffic Analyzer http://eEye.com/SecureIIS - Web Application Firewall | -----Original Message----- | From: owner-isnat_private [mailto:owner-isnat_private]On Behalf | Of InfoSec News | Sent: Friday, August 10, 2001 11:40 PM | To: isnat_private | Cc: thomas.greeneat_private | Subject: Re: [ISN] The Code Red hype Hall of Shame | | | Forwarded from: Dan Verton <Dan_Vertonat_private> | | Greene Writes: | | We're still at a loss to explain how eEye Digital Security, which | discovered and publicized the .ida hole that Code Red and Code Red | Junior exploit, has managed to escape questioning by the press for its | part in the whole fiasco. Indeed, their role is tantamount to a | pharmaceutical company unintentionally releasing a disease germ. | | I throw this out as an FYI... I raised the issue as far back as July | 20 and when I was done I felt like a mailman who had just walked into | a yard full of rabid dogs. | | Story is here and was one of the early ones. | "Security experts question release of Code Red worm's exploit data" | http://www.computerworld.com/storyba/0,4125,NAV47_STO62453,00.html | | Unfortunately, the commentators who comment on the commentators, don't | always get it either. The truth, like politics, is local. Perceptions | are reality and most perceptions differ greatly. Like the sys admin | who had to spend 30 hours cleaning up his system in the aftermath of | Code Red because he did'nt have the patch installed. But he was warned | like the rest of them. Unfortunately, he probably thought it was all | just more FUD. He, like hundreds of thousands of others, was wrong. | | Dan Verton - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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