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Tactical Exploitation and Response

Course Description

This  is  not  your  traditional  SCADA  security  course!   How  many  courses  send  you  home  with  your  own  PLC and  a  set  of  hardware/RF  hacking  tools?!?   This  course  teaches  hands-­‐on  penetration  testing  techniques used to  test  individual  components  of  a  control  system,  including  embedded  electronic  field  devices,  network protocols,  RF  communications,  and  master  servers.   Skill  learned  apply  directly  to  systems  such  as  the  Smart Grid,  PLCs,  RTUs,  smart  meters,  building  management,  manufacturing,  Home  Area  Networks  (HAN),  smart appliances,  SCADA,  substation  automation,  and  synchrophasors.   This  course  is  structured  around  the  formal penetration  testing  methodology  created  by  UtiliSec  for  the  United  States  Department  of  Energy.   Using  this methodology  and  SamuraiSTFU  (Security  Testing  Framework  for  Utilities),  an  open  source  Linux  distribution for  pentesting  energy  sector  systems  and  other  critical  infrastructure,  we'll  perform  hands-­‐on  penetration testing  tasks  on  user  interfaces  (on  master  servers  and  field  device  maintenance  interfaces),  control  system protocols  (modbus,  DNP3,  IEC  60870-­‐5-­‐104),  RF  communications  (433MHz,  869MHz,  915MHz),  and embedded  circuit  attacks  (memory  dumping,  bus  snooping,  JTAG,  and  firmware  analysis).   We’ll  tie  these techniques  and  exercises  back  to  control  system  devices  that  can  be  tested  using  these  techniques.   The course  exercises  will  be  performed  on  a  mixture  of  real  world  and  simulated  devices  to  give  students  the most  realistic  experience  as  possible  in  a  portable  classroom  setting.  

Advances  in  modern  control  systems  such  as  the  energy  sector’s  “Smart  Grid”  brings  great  benefits  for asset owners/operators  and  customers  alike,  however  these  benefits  come  at  a  cost  from  a  security  perspective. With  increased  functionality  and  addition  inter-­‐system  communication,  modern  control  systems  bring  a greater risk  of  compromise  that  both  asset  owners/operators  and  customers  must  accept  to  realize  the desired benefits.   To  minimize  this  risk,  penetration  testing  in  conjunction  with  other  security  assessment types  must be  performed  to  minimize  vulnerabilities  before  attackers  can  exploit  critical  infrastructures  that exist  in  all countries  around  the  world.   


  • Attendees  will  be  able  to  explain  the  steps  and  methodology  used  in  performing  penetration  tests  on

Industrial  Control  and  Smart  Grid  systems.

  • Attendees  will  be  able  to  use  the  free  and  open  source  tools  in  SamuraiSTFU  to  discover  and  identify

vulnerabilities  in  web  applications.

  • Attendees  will  be  able  to  exploit  several  hardware,  network,  user  interface,  and  server-­‐side


Course Contents



Students must have:

  • Familiarity with scripting languages such as Python/Perl/Ruby
  • A familiarity with Windows and Linux administration
  • Familiarity with the malware analysis and reverse engineering malware processes

Software and hardware requirements

Student machines must be able to run at least 2 virtual machines utilizing VMware Workstation 8.0 and above (which can be obtained through a demo license). To run multiple machines usually means at least 4 gigs of memory is needed. Student laptops must be running either OSX, Linux, or Windows and must have the ability to disable all antivirus, sniff traffic, adjust firewalls, etc. Students are responsible for bringing a XP or Windows 7 VMware virtual machine that can be instrumented and infected with malware.

Trainer Biography

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Russ Gideon has many years of experience in information security fulfilling many diverse roles from being a core component of an Incident Response operation to managing an effective Red Team. Russ excels both at malware reverse engineering, which enables him to deeply understand how the attackers do what they do, as well as at high end Red Teaming where he has to penetrate sophisticated and well protected high value systems. Russ currently serves as the Director of Malware Research at Attack Research, LLC.

More information is available on carnal0wnage

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Links :

Mon. 5 - 7 October 2015 (09:00 - 17:00)


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