Sponsor – Kudelski Security
Patrick Charters gave a short presentation on Kudelski Security. He can be reached at 512-740-6502 or Patrick.Charters@KudelskiSecurity.com.
Presentation – Daniel Crowley, Intro to Python for Security Professionals
Daniel Crowley is the Research Baron at IBM X-Force Red. He belongs to Austin Hacker’s Anonymous and encouraged our membership to attend a meeting. Information about AHA meetings is posted at http://takeonme.org/.
He gave an introduction on Python, which was geared toward someone who knew at least 1 language. He introduced several terms, such as “duck typing,” which means that type declarations are not used. He recommended reading the official Python documentation at https://www.python.org/doc/. He discussed differences between Python 2 and Python 3. He showed some methods for converting Python 2 code to Python 3. Then he segued into how to leverage that into scripts than an Infosec professional would find useful, such as how to fingerprint a server, write Scapy modules (documentation available here: https://scapy.readthedocs.io/en/latest/), build a ICMP tunnel to send data, which could evade detection, and how to print all ICMP payloads. It was a fascinating overview! Slides are not available for this meeting.
Don’t forget that the Austin ISSA chapter meeting has a raffle every month for chapter members. Someone is going to win! Join us next month and it could be you.