[Owasp-sanantonio] April Meeting: Google Desktop Hacking
dan at denimgroup.com
Tue Apr 17 02:05:36 EDT 2007
We are very fortunate to have Guy Podjarney (Guypo) from Watchfire
Corporation presenting to our chapter this month. Full details of the
presentation are below. Guypo will be talking about a recent flaw found
by Watchfire in the Google Desktop and the talk will look at some very
interesting a nuanced issues that cross the boundaries between web-based
desktop applications (like Google Desktop) and the web. This will be be
Please note that we are starting a little early (11am) due to room
availability issues. Hope to see folks there and feel free to invite
anyone who might be interested.
San Antonio OWASP Chapter: April 2007 Meeting
Topic: Overtaking Google Desktop
Presenter: Guy Podjarney (Watchfire Corporation)
Date: April 26th, 2007, 11:00am - 12:30pm
San Antonio Technology Center (Web Room)
3463 Magic Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
This presentation will describe an innovative attack methodology against
Google Desktop which enables an attacker to achieve remote, persistent
access to virtual all data on the victim machine, and can further lead
to full system control as well.
The attack leverages vulnerabilities in Google.com web site and Google
responses. In addition, it leverages the integration between Google.com
and Google Desktop.
A significant aspect of this attack is that it emphasizes the danger of
the integration between desktop applications and Web based applications,
as this opens an aperture for a malicious attacker to escalate his/her
privileges by crossing from the Web environment to the desktop
The attack also highlights the risks associated with a fully Web based
desktop application, and with a tool like Google Desktop which allows
easy access to virtual all information on the host machine.
In the presentation we'll review the different steps of the attack,
demonstrating skipping from the Web to Google Desktop, overcoming
various protection mechanisms built into Google Desktop, and finally
exploiting the vulnerability in various ways.
Guy Podjarny is Senior Security Analyst with Waltham-based Watchfire, a
provider of software and service to help ensure the security and
compliance of websites.
Guy joined Watchfire in 2004 bringing with him several years of senior
product development and web application security expertise from previous
roles including Sanctum. As senior security analyst Guy is integral to
the development and evolution of Watchfire's market leading AppScan
solution. He is also closely involved with researching and evaluating
technologies and helping define and influence strategic directions for
Watchfire's security solutions.
Guy has spoken at security events, participates in industry working
groups and has contributed to several whitepapers and articles on
Sodas and snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a brown-bag
Please RSVP: E-mail owasprsvp at denimgroup.com or call (210) 572-4400.
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