Monday, September 25, 2023

Black Hat USA 2023 NOC: Community Assurance


The Black Hat Community Operations Middle (NOC) supplies a excessive safety, excessive availability community in one of the tough environments on the planet – the Black Hat match.

The NOC companions are decided on through Black Hat, with Arista, Cisco, Corelight, Lumen, NetWitness and Palo Alto Networks turning in from Las Vegas this 12 months. We admire Iain Thompson of The Check in, for taking time to wait a NOC presentation and excursion the operations. Take a look at Iain’s article: ‘Throughout the Black Hat community operations middle, volunteers paintings in geek heaven.’

We additionally supply built-in safety, visibility and automation: a SOC (Safety Operations Middle) within the NOC, with Grifter and Bart because the leaders.

Integration is vital to good fortune within the NOC. At every convention, we have now a hack-a-thon: to create, turn out, take a look at, toughen and in any case put into manufacturing new or advanced integrations. To be a NOC spouse, you will have to be prepared to collaborate, proportion API (Computerized Programming Interface) keys and documentation, and are available in combination (at the same time as marketplace competition) to protected the convention, for the nice of the attendees.

XDR (eXtended Detection and Reaction) Integrations

At Black Hat USA 2023, Cisco Protected used to be the legitimate Cell Instrument Control, DNS (Area Title Carrier) and Malware Research Supplier. We additionally deployed ThousandEyes for Community Assurance.

As the wishes of Black Hat developed, so have the Cisco Protected Applied sciences within the NOC:

The Cisco XDR dashboard made it simple to peer the standing of every of the hooked up Cisco Protected applied sciences, and the standing of ThousandEyes brokers.

Beneath are the Cisco XDR integrations for Black Hat USA, empowering analysts to research Signs of Compromise (IOC) in no time, with one seek. We admire, Pulsedive and Recorded Long term donating complete licenses to the Black Hat USA 2023 NOC.

For instance, an IP attempted AndroxGh0st Scanning Visitors in opposition to the Registration server, blocked through Palo Alto Networks firewall.

Investigation of the IP showed it used to be identified malicious.

Additionally, the geo location in RU and identified affiliated domain names. With this data, the NOC management licensed the shunning of the IP.

Document Research and Teamwork within the NOC

Corelight and NetWitness extracted just about 29,000 recordsdata from the convention community circulation, which have been despatched for research in Cisco Protected Malware Analytics (Risk Grid).

It used to be funny to peer the choice of Home windows replace recordsdata that have been downloaded at this premier cybersecurity convention. When report used to be convicted as malicious, we’d examine the context:

  • Is it from a study room, the place the subject is expounded to the habits of the malware?
  • Or, is from a briefing or a demo within the Industry Corridor?
  • Is it propagating or confined to that unmarried space?

The pattern above used to be submitted through Corelight and investigation showed a couple of downloads within the coaching category Home windows Opposite Engineering (+Rust) from Scratch (0 Kernel & All Issues In-between), a certified process.

The ABCs of XDR within the NOC, through Ben Greenbaum

One of the most many Cisco gear in our Black Hat package used to be the newly introduced Cisco XDR. The robust, multi-faceted and dare I say it “prolonged” detection and reaction engine allowed us to simply meet the next targets:

One of the most much less public-facing advantages of this distinctive ecosystem is the power for our engineers and product leaders to get face time with our friends at spouse group, together with those who would generally – and rightfully – be thought to be our competition. As at Black Hat occasions previously, I were given to take part in significant conversations in regards to the intersection of utilization of Cisco and threerd birthday party merchandise, tweak our API plans and obviously specific the wishes we have now from our spouse applied sciences to higher serve our consumers in commonplace. This collaborative, cooperative venture lets in all our groups to toughen the way in which our merchandise paintings, and the way in which they paintings in combination, for the betterment of our consumers’ talents to fulfill their safety targets. In reality a singular state of affairs and one during which we’re thankful to take part.

Protected Cloud Analytics in XDR, through Adi Sankar

Protected Cloud Analytics (SCA) permits you to achieve the visibility and steady risk detection had to protected your public cloud, non-public community and hybrid atmosphere. SCA can locate early signs of compromise within the cloud or on-premises, together with insider risk process and malware, in addition to coverage violations, misconfigured cloud belongings, and consumer misuse. Those NDR (Community Detection and Reaction) features have now develop into local capability inside of Cisco XDR. Cisco XDR used to be to be had beginning July 31st 2023, so it used to be a good time to place it thru its paces on the Black Hat USA convention in August.

Cisco Telemetry Dealer Deployment

Cisco Telemetry Dealer (CTB) routes and replicates telemetry knowledge from a supply location(s) to a vacation spot client(s). CTB transforms knowledge protocols from the exporter to the patron’s protocol of selection and on account of its flexibility CTB used to be selected to pump knowledge from the Black Hat community to SCA.

Usually, a CTB deployment calls for a dealer node and a supervisor node. To scale back our on-prem foot print I proactively deployed a CTB supervisor node in AWS (Amazon Internet Products and services) (despite the fact that this deployment isn’t to be had for purchasers but, cloud controlled CTB is at the roadmap). For the reason that supervisor node used to be deployed already, we simplest needed to deploy a dealer node on premise in ESXi.

With the 10G succesful dealer node deployed it used to be time to put in a unique plugin from engineering. This package deal isn’t to be had for purchasers and remains to be in beta, however we’re fortunate sufficient to have engineering fortify to check out the most recent and biggest generation Cisco has to provide (Particular shoutout to Junsong Zhao from engineering for his fortify). The plugin installs a float sensor inside of a docker container. This permits CTB to ingest a SPAN from an Arista transfer and develop into it to IPFIX knowledge. The float sensor plugin (previously Stealthwatch float sensor) makes use of a mixture of deep packet inspection and behavioral research to spot anomalies and protocols in use around the community.

Along with the SPAN, we asked that Palo Alto ship NetFlow from their Firewalls to CTB. This permits us to seize telemetry from the threshold gadgets’ egress interface giving us insights into site visitors from the exterior web, inbound to the Blackhat community. Within the CTB supervisor node I configured each inputs to be exported to our SCA tenant.


Non-public Community tracking within the cloud


First, we want to configure SCA through turning on the entire NetFlow founded indicators. On this case it used to be already achieved since we used the similar tenant for a Blackhat Singapore. Then again, this motion can also be automatic the use of the API api/v3/indicators/publish_preferences/ through atmosphere each “should_publish” and “auto_post_to_securex” to true within the payload. Subsequent, we want to configure entity teams in SCA to correspond with interior Blackhat community. Since subnets can trade convention to convention, I automatic this configuration the use of a workflow in XDR Automate.

The subnets are documented in a CSV report from which the workflow parses 3 fields: the CIDR of the subnet, a reputation and an outline. The use of those fields to execute a POST name to the SCA /v3/entitygroups/entitygroups/ API creates the corresponding entity teams. A lot quicker than manually configuring 111 entity teams!

Now that we have got community telemetry knowledge flowing to the cloud SCA can create detections in XDR. SCA begins with observations which become indicators which might be then correlated into assault chains sooner than in any case developing an Incident. As soon as the incident is created it’s submitted for precedence scoring and enrichment. Enrichment queries the opposite built-in applied sciences equivalent to Umbrella, Netwitness and risk intelligence resources in regards to the IOC’s from the incident, bringing in more context.

SCA detected 289 indicators together with Suspected Port Abuse, Inside Port Scanner, New Odd DNS Resolver,and Protocol Violation (Geographic). SCA correlated 9 assault chains together with one assault chain with a complete of 103 indicators and 91 hosts at the community. Those assault chains have been visual as incidents throughout the XDR console and investigated through risk hunters within the NOC.


Cisco XDR collects telemetry from a couple of safety controls, conducts analytics on that telemetry to reach at a detection of maliciousness, and lets in for an effective and efficient reaction to these detections. We used Cisco XDR to its fullest within the NOC from automation workflows, to inspecting community telemetry, to aggregating risk intelligence, investigating incidents, maintaining a tally of controlled gadgets and a lot more!

Hunter summer time camp is again. Talos IR risk looking all through Black Hat USA 2023, through Jerzy ‘Yuri’ Kramarz

That is the second one 12 months Talos Incident Reaction is supporting Community Operations Centre (NOC) all through the Black Hat USA convention, in a risk looking capability.

My purpose used to be to make use of multi-vendor generation stacks to locate and forestall ongoing assaults on key infrastructure externally and internally and establish attainable compromises to attendees’ methods. To perform this, the risk looking crew considering answering 3 key hypothesis-driven questions and coupled that with knowledge modeling throughout other generation implementations deployed within the Black Hat NOC:

  • Are there any attendees making an attempt to breach every different’s methods in or out of doors of a study room atmosphere?
  • Are there any attendees making an attempt to subvert any NOC Techniques?
  • Are there any attendees compromised, and may just we warn them?

Like remaining 12 months, research began with figuring out how the community structure is laid out, and what sort of knowledge get admission to is granted to NOC from more than a few companions contributing to the development. That is one thing that adjustments yearly.

Nice many thank you pass to our pals from NetWitness, Corelight, Palo Alto Networks, Arista and Mandiant and lots of others, for sharing complete get admission to to their applied sciences to be sure that looking wasn’t contained to simply Cisco apparatus and that contextual intelligence may well be accumulated throughout other safety merchandise. Along with generation get admission to, I additionally won nice lend a hand and collaboration from spouse groups enthusiastic about Black Hat. In numerous circumstances, a couple of groups have been contributing technical experience to spot and test attainable indicators of compromise.

Bouncing concepts around the crew to reach at conclusion

For our personal generation stack, Cisco presented get admission to to Cisco XDR, Meraki, Cisco Protected Malware Analytics, 1000’s Eyes, Umbrella and Protected Cloud Analytics (previously referred to as StealthWatch).

The Hunt

Our day-to-day risk hunt began with accumulating knowledge and taking a look on the connections, packets and more than a few telemetry accumulated throughout all of the community safety stack in Cisco applied sciences and different platforms, equivalent to Palo Alto Networks or NetWitness XDR. Given the infrastructure used to be an agglomeration of more than a few applied sciences, it used to be crucial to broaden a risk looking procedure which supported every of the distributors. Via combining get admission to to on the subject of 10 other applied sciences, our crew received a better visibility into site visitors, however we additionally known a couple of attention-grabbing cases of various gadgets compromised at the Black Hat community.

One such instance used to be an AsyncRat-compromised gadget discovered with NetWitness XDR, according to a particular key phrase positioned within the SSL certificates. As noticed within the screenshot under, the software lets in for robust deep-packet-inspection research.

AsyncRAT site visitors document.

After sure identity of the AsyncRat process, we used the Arista wi-fi API to trace the consumer to a particular coaching room and notified them about the truth that their tool gave the impression to be compromised. Every so often a majority of these actions can also be a part of a Black Hat coaching categories, however on this case, it gave the impression obtrusive that the consumer used to be ignorant of the professional compromise. This little snippet of code helped us to find out the place attendees have been within the study rooms, according to Wi-fi AP connection, so shall we notify them about their compromised methods.

A easy Arista API implementation that tracked the place customers have been positioned at the convention flooring.

Right through our research we additionally known some other example of direct malware compromise and comparable community verbal exchange which matched the process of an AutoIT.F trojan speaking over a command and keep an eye on (C2) to a well-know malicious IP [link to a JoeBox report]. The C2 the adversary used used to be checking on TCP ports 2842 and 9999. The instance of AutoIT.F trojan request, noticed at the community can also be discovered under.

Instance of AutoIT.F trojan site visitors.

Above site visitors pattern used to be decoded, to extract C2 site visitors document and the next decoded strings gave the impression to be the general payload. Understand that the payload incorporated {hardware} specification, construct main points and gadget identify at the side of different main points.

AutoIT.F decoded trojan site visitors pattern

Likewise, on this case, we controlled to trace the compromised gadget during the Wi-Fi connection and notifiy the consumer that their gadget gave the impression to be compromised.

Transparent Textual content authentication nonetheless exists in 2023

Even if indirectly associated with malware an infection, we did uncover a couple of different attention-grabbing findings all through our risk hunt, together with a large number of examples of clean textual content site visitors disclosing e mail credentials or authentication consultation cookies for number of programs. In some cases, it used to be imaginable to watch clear-text LDAP bind makes an attempt which disclosed which group the tool belonged to or direct publicity of the username and password mixture thru protocols equivalent to POP3, LDAP, HTTP (Hyper Textual content Switch Protocol) or FTP. These types of protocols can also be simply subverted through man-in-the-middle (MitM) assaults, permitting an adversary to authenticate in opposition to services and products equivalent to e mail. Beneath is an instance of the obvious textual content authentication credentials and different main points noticed thru more than a few platforms to be had at Black Hat.

Cleartext passwords and usernames disclosed in site visitors.

Different examples of clean textual content disclosure have been noticed by means of elementary authentication which merely used base64 to encode the credentials transmitted over clean textual content. An instance of this used to be spotted with an City VPN (Digital Non-public Community) supplier which seems to seize configuration recordsdata in clean textual content with elementary authentication.

Base64 credentials utilized by City VPN to get configuration recordsdata.

A couple of different cases of more than a few clean textual content protocols equivalent to IMAP have been additionally known at the community, which we have been stunned to nonetheless be use in 2023.

iPhone Mail the use of IMAP to authenticate.

What used to be attention-grabbing to peer is that a number of fashionable cell programs, equivalent to iPhone Mail, are glad to simply accept poorly configured e mail servers and use insecure services and products to serve elementary functionalities, equivalent to e mail studying and writing. This led to a large number of emails being provide at the community, as noticed under:

Electronic mail reconstruction for clean textual content site visitors.

This 12 months, we additionally known a number of cell programs that now not simplest supported insecure protocols equivalent to IMAP, but additionally carried out direct verbal exchange in clean textual content, speaking the whole lot in clean textual content, together with consumer footage, as famous under:

Photographs transmitted in clean textual content.

In numerous cases, the cell utility additionally transmitted an authentication token in clean textual content:

Authentication token transmitted in clean textual content.

Much more attention-grabbing used to be the truth that we have now known a couple of distributors making an attempt to obtain hyperlinks to patches over HTTP, as effectively. In some cases, we have now noticed authentic requests despatched over HTTP protocol with the “Location” header reaction in clean textual content pointing to an HTTPS location. Even if I might be expecting those patches to be signed, speaking over HTTP makes it slightly simple to change the site visitors in MitM state of affairs to redirect downloads to split places.

HTTP obtain of suspected patches.
HTTP obtain of suspected patches.

There have been a large number of different examples of HTTP protocol used to accomplish operations equivalent to studying emails thru webmail portals or downloading PAC recordsdata which divulge interior community main points as famous at the screenshots under.

Transparent textual content e mail inbox get admission to.
PAC recordsdata noticed in clean textual content, disclosing interior community setup.

Cisco XDR generation in motion

Along with the standard generation portfolio presented through Cisco and its companions, this 12 months used to be additionally the primary 12 months I had the excitement of running with Cisco XDR console, which is a brand new Cisco product. The theory in the back of XDR is to present a unmarried “pane of glass” evaluate of the entire other indicators and applied sciences that paintings in combination to protected the surroundings. A few of Cisco’s safety merchandise equivalent to Cisco Protected Endpoint for iOS and Umbrella have been hooked up to by means of XDR platform and shared their indicators, so shall we use those to realize a snappy figuring out of the whole lot that is occurring on community from other applied sciences. From the risk looking standpoint, this permits us to briefly see the state of the community and what different gadgets and applied sciences could be compromised or execute suspicious actions.

XDR console on the very starting of the convention.
XDR console on 10:35 a.m. on Aug. 5, 2023.

Whilst taking a look at interior site visitors, we additionally discovered and plotted slightly a couple of other port scans operating around the interior and exterior community. Whilst we’d now not forestall those except they have been sustained and egregious, it used to be attention-grabbing to peer other makes an attempt through scholars to seek out ports and gadgets throughout networks. Just right factor that community isolation used to be in position to forestall that.

The instance under presentations fast exterior investigation the use of XDR, which led to a hit identity of this sort of process. What brought on the alert used to be a chain of occasions which known scanning and the truth that suspected IP additionally had relationships with a number of malicious recordsdata noticed in VirusTotal:

XDR correlation on suspected port scanner.

In response to this research, we briefly showed that port scanning is certainly legitimate and decided which gadgets have been impacted, as noticed under. This, mixed with visibility from different gear equivalent to Palo Alto Networks boundary firewalls, gave us more potent self belief in our raised indicators. The additional contextual data associated with malicious recordsdata additionally allowed us to verify that we’re coping with a suspicious IP.

XDR correlation mapping to further attributes.

Right through the Black Hat convention, we noticed many various assaults spanning throughout other endpoints. It used to be useful so as to filter out on those assaults briefly to seek out the place the assault originated and whether or not it used to be a real sure.

XDR correlation on explicit IP to spot connectivity to malicious area and site visitors path.

The use of the above view, it used to be additionally imaginable to at once follow what contributed to the calculation of malicious rating and what resources of risk intelligence may well be used to spot how used to be the malicious rating calculated for every of the elements that made up the entire alert.

A breakdown of XDR correlation of risk intelligence on explicit IP.

It’s now not on the subject of interior networks

Relating to the exterior assaults, Log4J, SQL injections, OGLN exploitation makes an attempt, and a wide variety of enumeration have been a day-to-day prevalence at the infrastructure and the programs used for attendee registration, at the side of different standard web-based assaults equivalent to trail traversals. The next desk summarizes one of the noticed one of the effectively blocked assaults the place we have now noticed the most important quantity. Once more, our because of Palo Alto Networks for giving us get admission to to their Landscape platform, so we will follow more than a few assaults in opposition to the Black Hat infrastructure.

A abstract of essentially the most widespread exterior assaults noticed all through Black Hat 2023.

General, we noticed a sizeable choice of port scans, floods, probes and a wide variety of information superhighway utility exploitation makes an attempt appearing up day-to-day at more than a few top hours. Thankfully, they all have been effectively known for context (is that this a part of a coaching category or demonstration?) and contained (if suitable) sooner than inflicting any hurt to exterior methods. We even had a suspected Cobalt Strike server (179.43.189[.]250) [link to VirusTotal report] scanning our infrastructure and on the lookout for explicit ports equivalent to 2013, 2017, 2015 and 2022. Given the truth that shall we intercept boundary site visitors and examine explicit PCAP (packet seize) dumps, we used these kind of assaults to spot more than a few C2 servers for which we additionally hunted internally, to be sure that no interior gadget is compromised.

Community Assurance, through Ryan MacLennan and Adam Kilgore

Black Hat USA 2023 is the primary time we deployed a brand new community efficiency tracking answer named ThousandEyes. There used to be an explanation of idea of ThousandEyes features at Black Hat Asia 2023, investigating a file of gradual community get admission to. The investigation known the problem used to be now not with the community, however with the latency in connecting to a server in Eire from Singapore. We have been requested to proactively carry this community visibility and assurance to Las Vegas.

ThousandEyes makes use of each desk bound Undertaking Brokers and cell Endpoint Brokers to measure community efficiency standards like availability, throughput, and latency. The picture under presentations one of the metrics captured through ThousandEyes, together with moderate latency data within the most sensible part of the picture, and Layer 3 hops within the backside part of the picture with latency tracked for every community leg between the Layer 3 hops.

The ThousandEyes information superhighway GUI can display knowledge for one or many TE brokers. The screenshot under presentations a couple of brokers and their respective paths from their deployment issues to the Black web page.

We additionally created a collection of customized ThousandEyes dashboards for the Black Hat conference that tracked combination metrics for all the deployed brokers.

ThousandEyes Deployment

Ten ThousandEyes Undertaking Brokers have been deployed for the convention. Those brokers have been moved right through other convention spaces to observe community efficiency for essential occasions and services and products. Endpoint Brokers have been additionally deployed on laptops of NOC technical affiliate workforce and used for cell diagnostic data in several investigations.

Entering Black Hat with wisdom of the way the convention can be arrange used to be key in figuring out how we’d deploy ThousandEyes. Earlier than we arrived on the convention, we made a initial plan on how we’d deploy brokers across the convention. This incorporated what sort of tool would run the agent, the relationship kind, and tough places of the place they’d be arrange. Within the symbol under you’ll be able to see we deliberate to deploy ThousandEyes brokers on Raspberry Pi’s and a Meraki MX equipment

The plan used to be to run the entire brokers at the wi-fi community. After we arrived on the convention, we began prepping the Pi’s for the ThousandEyes symbol that used to be equipped within the UI (Person Interface). The under symbol presentations us getting the Pi’s out in their packaging and atmosphere them up for the imaging procedure. This incorporated putting in heatsinks and a fan.

In spite of everything the Pi’s have been prepped, we began flashing the ThousandEyes (TE) symbol onto every SD-Card. After flashing the SD-Playing cards, we had to boot them up, get them hooked up to the dashboard after which paintings on enabling the wi-fi. Whilst we had a trade case that known as for wi-fi TE brokers on Raspberry Pi, we did need to clean a hurdle or wi-fi now not being formally supported for the Pi TE agent. We needed to undergo a strategy of unlocking (jailbreaking) the brokers, putting in a couple of networking libraries to allow the wi-fi interface, after which create boot up scripts to start out the wi-fi interface, get it hooked up, and alter the routing to default to the wi-fi interface. You’ll be able to to find the code and information at this GitHub repository.

We showed that the wi-fi configurations have been running correctly and that they’d persist throughout boots. We began deploying the brokers across the convention as we deliberate and waited for all of them to come back up on our dashboard. Then we have been able to start out tracking the convention and supply Community Assurance to Black Hat. A minimum of that’s what we concept. About half-hour after every Pi got here up in our dashboard, it could mysteriously pass offline. Now we had some problems we had to troubleshoot.

Troubleshooting the ThousandEyes Raspberry Pi Deployment

Now that our Pi’s had long past offline, we wanted to determine what used to be occurring. We took some again with us and allow them to run in a single day with one the use of a stressed connection and one on a wi-fi connection. The wi-fi one didn’t keep up all night time, whilst the stressed one did. We spotted that the wi-fi tool used to be considerably warmer than the stressed one and this led us to the realization that the wi-fi interface used to be inflicting the Pi’s to overheat.

This conundrum had us at a loss for words as a result of we have now our personal Pi’s, without a heatsinks or enthusiasts, the use of wi-fi at house and so they by no means overheat. One concept we had used to be that the heatsinks weren’t cooling adequately since the Pi kits we had used a thermal sticky label as a substitute of thermal paste and clamp like a normal laptop. The opposite used to be that the fan used to be now not pushing sufficient air out of the case to stay the inner temperature low. We reconfigured the fan to make use of extra voltage and flipped the fan from pulling air out of the case to pushing air in and onto the elements. Whilst a fan positioned at once on a CPU will have to pull the recent air off the CPU, orienting the Raspberry Pi case fan to blow cooler air at once onto the CPU may end up in decrease temperatures. After re-orienting the fan, to blow onto the CPU, we didn’t have any new heating disasters.

Working a few Pi’s with the brand new fan configuration right through the day proved to be the answer we wanted. With our mounted Pi’s now staying cooler, we have been ready to finish a strong deployment of ThousandEyes brokers across the convention.

ThousandEyes Use Case

Connectivity issues of the educational rooms have been reported all through the early days of the convention. We applied a number of other find out how to accumulate diagnostic knowledge at once from the reported troublesome areas. Whilst we had ThousandEyes brokers deployed right through the convention middle, drawback studies from person rooms regularly required a right away manner that introduced a TE agent at once to the issue space, regularly focused on a particular wi-fi AP (Get admission to Issues) to assemble diagnostic knowledge from.

One explicit use case concerned a file from the Jasmine G coaching room. A TE engineer traveled to Jasmine G and used a TE Endpoint Agent on a pc to hook up with the Wi-Fi the use of the PSK assigned to the educational room. The TE engineer talked to the instructor, who shared a particular information superhighway useful resource that their coaching consultation relied on. The TE engineer created a particular take a look at for the room the use of the web useful resource and picked up diagnostic knowledge which confirmed excessive latency.

Throughout the choice of the knowledge, the TE agent hooked up to 2 other wi-fi get admission to issues close to the educational room and picked up latency knowledge for each paths. The relationship thru one of the most APs confirmed considerably upper latency than the opposite AP, as indicated through the pink strains within the symbol under.

ThousandEyes can generate searchable studies according to take a look at knowledge, equivalent to the knowledge proven within the prior two screenshots. After shooting the take a look at knowledge above, a file used to be generated for the dataset and shared with the wi-fi crew for troubleshooting. 

Cell Instrument Mangement, through Paul Fidler and Connor Loughlin

For the 7th consecutive Black Hat convention, we equipped iOS cell tool control (MDM) and safety. At Black Hat USA 2023, we have been requested to regulate and protected:

  • Registration: 32 iPads
  • Consultation Scanning: 51 iPads
  • Lead Retrieval: 550 iPhones and 300 iPads

Once we arrived for arrange 3 days sooner than the beginning of the educational categories, our project used to be to have a community up and operating once is humanly imaginable, so get started managing the 900+ gadgets and test their standing.

Wi-Fi Concerns

We needed to modify our Wi-Fi authentication schema. Within the prior 4 Black Hat meetings, the iOS gadgets have been provisioned with a easy PSK founded SSID that used to be to be had in all places right through the venue. Then, as they enrolled, they have been additionally driven a certificates / Wi-Fi coverage (the place the tool then went off and asked a cert from a Meraki Certificates Authority, making sure that the personal key resided securely at the tool. On the similar time, the certificates identify used to be additionally written into Meraki’s Cloud Radius.

Because the tool now had TWO Wi-Fi profiles, it used to be now unfastened to make use of its in-built prioritisation record (extra main points right here) making sure that the tool joined the extra protected of the networks (802.1x founded, reasonably than WPA2 / PSK founded). After we have been positive that each one gadgets have been on-line and checking in to MDM, we then got rid of the cert profile from the gadgets that have been simplest used for Lead Retrieval, because the programs used for this have been web dealing with. Registration gadgets hook up with an utility that’s if truth be told at the Black Hat community, therefore the adaptation in community necessities.

For Black Hat USA 2023, we simply didn’t have time to formulate a plan for the gadgets that will permit those who had to have increased community authentication features (EAP-TLS in all probability), because the gadgets weren’t connecting to a Meraki community anymore, which might have enabled them to make use of the Sentry capacity, however as a substitute an Arista community.

For the longer term, we will do one among two issues:

  1. Provision ALL gadgets with the similar Wi-Fi creds (both Registration or Attendee) Wi-Fi on the time of enrolment and upload the related extra protected creds (cert, perhaps) as they sign up to the Registration iPads ONLY
  2. Extra laboriously, provision Registration gadgets and Consultation Scanning / Lead Retrieval gadgets with other credentials on the time of enrolment. That is much less optimum as:
    • We’d want to know forward of time which gadgets are which used for Consultation Scanning, Lead Retrieval or Registration
    • It will introduce the risk of gadgets being provisioned with the unsuitable Wi-Fi community creds

When a Wi-Fi profile is presented on the time of Supervision, it stays at the tool all the time and can’t be got rid of, so choice 2 actually does give you the chance to introduce many extra problems.

Automation – Renaming gadgets

Once more, we used the Meraki API and a script that is going off, for a given serial quantity, and renames the tool to compare the asset choice of the tool. This has been slightly a hit and, when matched with a coverage appearing the Asset quantity at the House Display, makes discovering gadgets fast. Then again, the spreadsheets will have knowledge mistakes in them. In some circumstances, the anticipated serial quantity is the tool identify and even an IMEI. While we will specify MAC, Serial and SM tool ID as an identifier, we will’t (but) provide IMEI.

So, I’ve needed to amend my script in order that it, when it first runs, will get all of the record of enrolled gadgets and a elementary set of inventories, permitting us to appear up such things as IMEI, tool identify, and so forth., returning a FALSE if nonetheless now not discovered or returning the Serial if discovered. This used to be then amended additional to look the Title key if IMEI didn’t go back anything else. It might, theoretically, be expanded to incorporate any of the tool attributes! Then again, I believe we’d run briefly into false positives.

The similar script used to be then copied and amended so as to add tags to gadgets. Once more, every tool has a personality:

  • Registration
  • Lead Retrieval
  • Consultation Scanning

Each and every personality has a unique display screen format and alertness required. So, to make this versatile, we use tags in Meraki Techniques Supervisor talk. Which means when you tag a tool, and tag a atmosphere or utility, that tool will get that utility, and so forth. As Techniques Supervisor helps a complete bunch of tag varieties, this makes it VERY versatile in relation to advanced standards for who will get what!

Then again, manually tagging gadgets within the Meraki Dashboard would take without end, so we will utilise an API to do that. I simply needed to trade the API name being made for the renaming script, upload a brand new column into the CSV with the tag identify, and a few different sundry issues. Then again, it didn’t paintings. The issue used to be that the renaming API doesn’t care that the ID this is used: MAC, Serial or SM Instrument ID. The Tagging API does, and also you will have to specify which ID that you just’re the use of. So, I’d modified the Choice Instrument ID seek way to go back serial as a substitute of SM tool ID. Serial doesn’t exist when doing a tool search for, however SerialNumber does! A handy guide a rough edit and a number of other hundred gadgets were retagged.

In fact, subsequent time, all of this can be achieved forward of time reasonably than on the convention! Having just right knowledge forward of time is useful, however you’ll be able to by no means depend on it!

Caching Server

Downloading iOS 16.6 is a hefty 6GB obtain. And while the delta replace is a trifling 260MB, that is nonetheless impactful at the community. While the obtain takes a while, this may well be hugely advanced through the use of a caching server. While there’s many various ways in which this may well be accomplished, we’re going to analysis the use of the caching capacity constructed into macOS (please see documentation right here). The rational for that is that:

  1. It helps auto uncover, thus there’s no want to construct the content material caching on the fringe of the community. It may be constructed anyplace, and the gadgets will auto uncover this
  2. It’s astoundingly easy to arrange
  3. It is going to be caching each OS (Running Machine) updates AND utility updates

While there wasn’t time to get this arrange for Black Hat USA 2023, this can be put into manufacturing for long term occasions. The only factor we can’t clear up is the humongous period of time the tool must get ready a tool replace for set up!


Predictably (and I simplest say that as a result of we had the similar factor remaining 12 months with Meraki as a substitute of Arista doing the Wi-Fi), the Registration iPads suffered from astoundingly deficient obtain speeds and latency, which may end up in the Registration app putting and attendees now not with the ability to print their badges.

We’ve 3 necessities in Registration:

  • Common Attendee Wi-Fi
  • Lead Retrieval and Consultation Scanning iOS gadgets
  • Registration iOS gadgets

The problem stems from when each Attendee SSID and Registration SSID are being broadcast from the similar AP. It simply will get hammered, ensuing within the aforementioned problems.

The takeaway from that is:

  1. There must be a devoted SSID for Registration gadgets
  2. There must be a devoted SSID right through Black Hat for Periods Scanning and Lead Retrieval (This can also be the similar SSID, simply dynamic or id (naming adjustments relying on seller) PSK)
  3. There must be devoted APs for the iOS gadgets in heavy site visitors spaces and
  4. There must be devoted APs for Attendees in heavy site visitors spaces

Lock Display Message

Once more, some other finding out that got here too overdue. On account of the vulnerability that used to be mounted in iOS 16.6 (which got here out the very day that the gadgets have been shipped from Choose2Rent to Black Hat, who ready them), a large amount of time used to be spent updating the gadgets. We will upload a Lock Display message to the gadgets, which present states: ASSET # – SERIAL # Belongings of Swapcard

For the reason that a seek advice from to a easy webpage used to be sufficient to make the tool inclined, it used to be crucial that we up to date as many as shall we.

Then again, while shall we see very easily the OS model in Meraki Techniques Supervisor, this wasn’t the case at the tool: You’d have to move and open Settings > Common > About to get the iOS Model.

So, the ideas passed off to me to make use of the Lock Display Message to turn the iOS model as effectively! We’d do that with a easy trade to the profile. Because the OS Model adjustments at the tool, Meraki Techniques Supervisor would see that the profile contents had modified and push the profile once more to the tool! One to put in force for the following Black Hat!

The Unpleasant….

At the night time of the day of the Industry Corridor, there used to be a brand new model of the Black Hat / Lead Retrieval app printed within the Apple App Retailer. Sadly, in contrast to Android, there’s no profiles for Apple that resolve the concern of App updates from the App Retailer. There’s, alternatively, a command that may be issued to test for and set up updates.

In 3 hours, we controlled to get just about 25% of gadgets up to date, however, if the consumer is the use of the app on the time of the request, they’ve the ability to say no the replace.

The Irritating…

For the primary time, we had a couple of gadgets pass lacking. It’s unsure as as to whether those gadgets are misplaced or stolen, however…

In previous Black Hat occasions, after we’ve had the synergy between Machine Supervisor and Meraki Wi-Fi, it’s been trivial, as inbuilding GPS (International Positioning Machine) isn’t existent, to have a unmarried click on between tool and AP and vice versa. We’ve clearly misplaced that with some other seller doing Wi-Fi, however, on the very least, we’ve been ready to feed again the MAC of the tool and get an AP location.

Then again, the opposite irritating factor is that the gadgets are NOT in Apple’s Computerized Instrument Enrollment. Which means we lose one of the safety capability: Activation Lock, the power to drive enrollment into control after a tool wipe, and so forth.

All isn’t misplaced regardless that: Since the gadgets are enrolled and supervised, we will put them into Misplaced Mode which locks the tool, lets in us to place a power message at the display screen (even after reboot) and be sure that the telephone has an audible caution although muted.

You’ll be able to to find the code and information at this GitHub repository and the information in this weblog publish.

SOC Cubelight, through Ian Redden

The Black Hat NOC Cubelight used to be impressed through a number of initiatives basically the 25,000 LED Adafruit Matrix Dice (Evaluation | RGB LED Matrix Dice with 25,000 LEDs | Adafruit Finding out Machine). Rather than the mounting and orientation of this 5-sided dice, this is the place the Cubelight differs from different initiatives.

The Raspberry 0 2W powered mild makes use of customized written Python to show indicators and statistics from:

  • Cisco Umbrella
  • NetWitness
    • Selection of clear-text passwords noticed and protocol breakdown
    • TLS encrypted site visitors vs non-encrypted site visitors
  • Cisco ThousandEyes
    • BGP Reachability
    • Overall Indicators
    • DNS Answer in milliseconds
    • HTTP Server Availability (%)
    • Endpoint Reasonable Throughput (Mbps)
    • Endpoint Latency

Automating the Control of Umbrella Inside Networks, through Christian Clausen

The Black Hat community is in truth a choice of over 100 networks, every devoted to logical segments together with the NOC infrastructure, person coaching categories, and the general public attendee wi-fi. DNS answer for these kind of networks is supplied through Umbrella Digital Home equipment: native resolvers deployed onsite. Those resolvers helpfully give you the interior IP deal with (and due to this fact community subnet) for DNS queries. This data comes in handy for enrichment within the SOAR and XDR merchandise utilized by NOC group of workers. However reasonably than having to manually reference a spreadsheet to map the precise community to a question, we will routinely label them within the Umbrella reporting knowledge.

Cisco Umbrella lets in for the advent of “Inside Networks” (a listing of subnets that map to a specific web site and label).

With those networks outlined, NOC group of workers can see the identify of the community within the enriched SOAR and XDR knowledge and feature extra context when investigating an match. However manually developing such a lot of networks can be error susceptible and time-consuming. Fortuitously, we will use the Umbrella API to create them.

The community definitions are maintained through the Black Hat NOC group of workers in a Google Sheet; and is incessantly up to date because the community is constructed, and get admission to issues deployed. To stay alongside of any adjustments, we leveraged the Google Sheets API to repeatedly ballot the community data and reconcile it with the Umbrella Inside Networks. Via striking this all in combination in a scheduled activity, we will stay the community location knowledge correct even because the deployment evolves and networks transfer.

DNS Visibility, Statistics, and Sneakers through Alex Calaoagan

Every other Black Hat has come and long past, and, if DNS site visitors is any indication, this used to be through a long way the most important with on the subject of 80 million DNS requests made. When put next, remaining 12 months we logged simply over 50 million. There are a number of elements within the soar, the principle being that we now, because of Palo Alto Networks, seize customers that hardcode DNS on their machines. We did the similar factor in Singapore.

If you happen to overlooked it, right here’s the gist: Palo Alto Networks NAT’ed the masked site visitors thru our Umbrella digital home equipment on web site. Visitors up to now masked used to be now visual and trackable through VLAN. This added visibility advanced the standard of our statistics, supplying knowledge that used to be up to now a black field. Take a look at again in 2024 to peer how this new data tracks.

Digging into the numbers, we witnessed simply over 81,000 safety occasions, an enormous drop off from contemporary years. 1.3 million requests have been logged remaining 12 months, alternatively that quantity used to be closely pushed through Dynamic DNS and Newly Noticed area occasions. Remove the ones two excessive quantity classes, and the numbers monitor a lot better.

As at all times, we proceed to peer a upward thrust in app utilization at Black Hat:

  • 2019: ~3,600
  • 2021: ~2,600
  • 2022: ~6,300
  • 2023: ~7,500

Two years got rid of from the pandemic, it sort of feels that Black Hat is again on its herbal expansion trajectory, which is superior to peer.

Having a look at Social Media utilization, you’ll be able to additionally see that the group at Black Hat remains to be ruled through Gen X-ers and Millennials with Fb being #1, regardless that the Gen Z crowd is making their presence felt with TikTok at #2. Or is that this a sign of social media managers being savvier? I’m guessing it’s a little bit of each.

Curious what relationship app ruled Black Hat this 12 months? Tinder outpaced Grindr with over double the requests made.

Some of the many traits I noticed at the display flooring, one actually caught with me, and it’s one all Distributors optimistically paid shut consideration to.

Of the entire displays and demoes I watched or noticed accumulated, one unmarried giveaway drew the most important and maximum constant crowds (and maximum leads).

It’s an merchandise close to and expensive to my center, and if it’s now not close to and expensive for your center, I’m positive it’s to any person to your circle. Whether or not it’s on your children, spouse, spouse, or shut pal, whilst you’re away out of your family members for a longer duration, not anything suits higher as an” I overlooked you” convention present, except the attendee goes after it for themselves.

What’s it, you ask? Sneakers. Nikes to be explicit. Jordans, Dunks, and Air Maxes to be much more explicit. I counted 3 cubicles gifting away customized kicks, and each drawing I witnessed (signed up for 2 myself) had crowds flowing into aisles, status room simplest. And sure, like any person you most probably know, I’m a Sneakerhead.

Black Hat has at all times had a pleasant subculture twang to it, regardless that it has dulled through the years. You don’t see many excessive mohawks or Viking hats this present day. Perhaps that amusing nonetheless exists at Defcon, however Black Hat is now all Company, always. So much has modified since my first Black Hat at Caeser’s Palace in 2011, it actually is a disgrace. That’s why seeing sneaker giveaways makes me smile. They job my memory of the subculture that outlined Black Hat again within the day.

The Black Hat display flooring itself has develop into a Nerd/Sneakerhead show off. I noticed a couple of Tiffany Dunks and a number of other other iterations of Travis Scott’s collabs. I even noticed a couple of De Los angeles Soul Dunks (one among my non-public favorites, and really uncommon). I believe excessive finish kicks have formally develop into socially appropriate as trade informal, and it warms my center.

The ethical of this little commentary? Distributors, when you’re studying this and feature had bother within the lead accumulating division, the solution is modest. Sneakers. We want extra footwear.

Cheers from Las Vegas ????.


We’re happy with the collaboration of the Cisco crew and the NOC companions. Black Hat Europe can be in December 2023 on the London eXcel Centre. 


Thanks to the Cisco NOC crew:

  • Cisco Protected: Christian Clasen, Alex Calaoagan, Aditya Sankar, Ben Greenbaum, Ryan Maclennan, Ian Redden, Adam Kilgore; with digital fortify through Steve Nowell
  • Meraki Techniques Supervisor: Paul Fidler and Connor Loughlin
  • Talos Incident Reaction: Jerzy ‘Yuri’ Kramarz

Additionally, to our NOC companions: NetWitness (particularly David Glover, Iain Davidson and Alessandro Zatti), Palo Alto Networks (particularly Jason Reverri), Corelight (particularly Dustin Lee), Arista (particularly Jonathan Smith), Lumen and all of the Black Hat / Informa Tech group of workers (particularly Grifter ‘Neil Wyler,’ Bart Stump, Steve Fink, James Pope, Mike Spicer, Sandy Wenzel, Heather Williams, Jess Stafford and Steve Oldenbourg).

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