FIRST AGM and Annual Conference 2010

The annual FIRST conference provides a setting for conference participants to attend a wide range of presentations delivered by leading experts in both the CSIRT field and from the wider global security community. The conference also creates opportunities for networking, collaboration, and sharing technical information and management practices. Just as importantly, the conference enables attendees to meet their peers and build confidential relationships across corporate disciplines and geographical boundaries.

We did it again 🙂 and this year, I presented on “Portable Destructive File (PDF): Attacks and Analysis”. The abstact of the presentation can be found  here. The presentation is about how attacks on PDF readers are (generally) carried out and how analysis can be performed on malicious PDF documents.

There are many ways of attacking pdf documents. Exploiting vulnerabilities such as stack overflow (libtiff) and javascript engine bug (util.printd/newplayer/etc/etc) inside PDF application engine are some of the common techniques used. Exploiting features such as /Launch is also possible. During the presentation, I demonstrated how to quickly analyze malicious PDF document using a couple of small tools such pdftk, (patched) SpiderMonkey and sctest.

The conference is awesome and I am already looking forward for next year’s event.  It was good to meet with usual suspects and of course new friends. 🙂

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