- Tom Ptacek and Dave Goldsmith, “Do Enterprise Management Applications Dream of Electric Sheep?” If enterprise agents don’t make you nervous yet, they will.
This is bad enough, but taken as a backdrop to the Matasano presentation on attacks behind the firewall — ridiculously insecure enterprise management agents — it’s terrifying enough to send me whimpering into a corner.
The usual network admin concern with perimeter security is insufficient. The likelihood of running across cross-site scripting over the course of a day of surfing is pretty high; cross-site request forgeries are likely everywhere. They can blast undetected right through your network perimeter and tackle all the fun stuff on the inside. Even trusted web sites are not safe, and the consequences are getting worse every day. Remember: script kiddies are not the danger anymore. The real threat is well-trained and funded crime syndicates motivated by scads of cash.
I’m barely scratching the surface but wanted to give you at least some idea of what’s been banging around in my head. Read Jeremiah Grossman, RSnake, pdp (architect) to start if you’re interested in studying up.