Secure Messaging Apps and Group Protocols, Part 1

Today's communications are, as frequently requested by users, more and more secure. In this first part of the blogpost, we will detail some key features of instant messaging applications, in the setting where (only) two parties want to communicate.

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Digging Into Runtimes – runc

Everyone knows about Docker but not a lot of people are aware of the underlying technologies used by it. In this blogpost we will analyze one of the most fundamental and powerful technologies hidden behind Docker - runc.

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Commit Level Vulnerability Dataset

In this blog post, we present a new vulnerability dataset composed of thousands of vulnerabilities aimed at helping security practitioners to develop, test and enhance their tools. Unlike others, this dataset contains both the vulnerable and fixed states with source data.

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A Brief Overview of Auditing XCMv2

Parity Tech mandated Quarkslab to audit XCM version 2 (XCMv2), a cross consensus communication mechanism. This messaging protocol is a cornerstone of the Polkadot ecosystem as it enables communications between chains on a network. This blog post summarizes few security aspects related to this technology and its implementation. The full audit report is available in PDF format at the end of this article.

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Heap Overflow in OpenBSD's slaacd via Router Advertisement

In this blog post we analyze a heap overflow vulnerability we discovered in the IPv6 stack of OpenBSD, more specifically in its slaacd daemon. This issue, whose root cause can be found in the mishandling of Router Advertisement messages containing a DNSSL option with a malformed domain label, was patched by OpenBSD on March 21, 2022. A proof-of-concept to reproduce the vulnerability is provided.

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Kubernetes and HostPath, a Love-Hate Relationship

This article traces the history of three Kubernetes-related vulnerabilities. Explaining what they are, how they were patched, and how they are related. The exploitation of these vulnerabilities allowed access to the underlying host filesystem for users that were not properly authorized.

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Smali the Parseltongue Language

When analyzing an Android application, we often end up playing with the Smali intermediate representation... Way more human readable than the binary DEX code itself, but still not that user friendly. This blog post gives some guidelines on how to read Smali, and start writing you own Smali code!

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Audit of the MimbleWimble Integration Inside Litecoin

The Litecoin Foundation mandated Quarkslab to audit the implementation of the MimbleWimble protocol in the Litecoin blockchain. This protocol acts as a sidechain in which privacy of the transactions is improved compared to the privacy on the classical chain.

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Why is Exposing the Docker Socket a Really Bad Idea?

It is written almost everywhere: do not expose the Docker socket on Linux! This is followed by the statement that doing so grants root access to the host. But why? What can be done and how? This is what we are about to explore in this article.

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Status of post-quantum cryptography implementation

Post-quantum cryptography is an active field of research, especially since the NIST Call for Submissions in 2016 to design new standards for asymmetric key cryptography. The aim of post-quantum cryptography is to mitigate the risk of a large-scale quantum computer which may break all the asymmetric cryptography that is deployed today. This blogpost will present the activity state of the post-quantum cryptography field and sketch the challenges for the deployment of post-quantum safe standards for the industry, both in term of internal infrastructures and security products.

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