Cyber Security, IT Security, Cyber Defence

ExeFilter - an open-source tool and framework to filter files and active content

ExeFilter is an open-source tool and python framework to filter file formats in e-mails, web pages or files. It detects many common file formats and can remove active content (scripts, macros, etc) according to a configurable policy.

CanSecWest08 - ExeFilter

This is a presentation at the CanSecWest08 conference about ExeFilter, an open-source tool and framework to filter files and active content.

EUSecWest 2010 - Fighting PDF malware with ExeFilter

This is a presentation given at the EUSecWest 2010 conference in Amsterdam on the 16 June about recent PDF vulnerabilities and malware, showing how a tool such as ExeFilter may be used to provide additional protection as a complement to antivirus engines.

Origapy - a Python module to sanitize PDF files

Origapy is a Python interface to Origami, a PDF parser written in Ruby. It provides access to pdfclean.rb, in order to sanitize PDF files by disabling all active content (javascript, launch actions, embedded files, etc). Because Origami is a full PDF parser, it is much more effective than PDFiD (when sanitizing/disarming PDF files), but also quite slower.

PDFiD - a Python module to analyze and sanitize PDF files

PDF files may be used to trigger malicious content, as described here. PDFiD is a Python tool to analyze and sanitize PDF files, written by Didier Stevens. Here is PDFiD_PL, a version that I have slightly modified so that it can be imported as a module in Python applications (originally for ExeFilter).

SSTIC10 - Visualization and Dynamic Risk Assessment for Cyber Defence

Paper and presentation about visualization and dynamic risk assessment for cyber defence, presented at the SSTIC symposium on June 9 2010.

pyxmldsig - a Python module to create and verify XML Digital Signatures (XML-DSig)

pyxmldsig is a Python module to create and verify XML Digital Signatures (XML-DSig). This is a simple interface to the PyXMLSec library, aiming to provide a more pythonic API suitable for Python applications.

SSTIC03 - Malware and file formats

This article explains how many common file formats (DOC, XLS, PDF, HTML, XML, RTF, ...) may hide or trigger malicious code (virus, Trojan horse, ...) using their native features such as active content (macros, Javascript, etc). It was presented at the SSTIC symposium and OSSIR in 2003.

ExeFilter vs. the Escape from PDF (CVE-2010-1240)

On the 29 March 2010, Didier Stevens revealed in his blog that he found a way to launch an executable file stored in a PDF document, without using any JavaScript or buffer overflow. This short article shows how ExeFilter can be used to sanitize such PDF files to block this type of attack.

ODF / OpenDocument format security

This article describes the OpenDocument file format (ODF), related security issues and useful resources. [WORK IN PROGRESS]

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