Category: security

Testing CVE-2019-11043 (php-fpm security vulnerability) with LXD system containers

CVE-2019-11043 is a buffer overflow in php-fpm that under certain conditions, can lead to remote execution. There is an exploit at PHuiP-FPizdaM that targets certain nginx and php-fpm configurations. On their page, the describe how to use Docker to test this exploit. In this post, we use LXD to test the exploit and verify whether …

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Cloud-init support in LXD container images

cloud-init is a tool to help you customize cloud images. When you launch a cloud image, you can provide to it with your cloud-init instructions, and the cloud image will execute them. In that way, you can start with a generic cloud image, and as soon as it booted up, it will be configured to …

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Using the LXD Kali container image

If you have a look at the list of container images for LXD (repository images:), you will notice the recent addition of the Kali container images. These were added by Re4son (@kali.org). But Kali is a security distribution, does it make sense to create system containers with Kali? LXD offers system containers, which are similar …

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Checking the Ubuntu Linux kernel updates on Spectre and Meltdown

Here is the status page for the Ubuntu updates on Spectre and Meltdown. For a background on these vulnerabilities, see the Meltdown and Spectre Attacks website. In this post we are trying out the Spectre & Meltdown Checker on different versions of the stock Ubuntu Linux kernel. Trying the Spectre & Meltdown Checker before any …

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A closer look at the new Hetzner cloud servers, by running LXD

Hetzner just announced a new set of cloud servers at good competitive prices. Let’s try them out and run LXD! Cloud server information Here is the lineup of the new cloud servers, The cheapest is a single-core, 2GB RAM and 20GB disk Virtual Private Server, with practically unlimited traffic. This is good enough to run …

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Installing retdec on Ubuntu

retdec (RETargetable DECompiler) is a decompiler, and it is the one that was released recently as open-source software by Avast Software. retdec can take an executable and work back into recreating the initial source code (with limitations). An example with retdec Let’s see first an example. Here is the initial source code, that was compiled …

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