[fw-wiz] nmapbot: using instant messaging as a remote administration tool

From: Abe Usher (abe.usher_at_sharp-ideas.net)
Date: 10/05/04

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    Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2004 00:53:14 -0400
    
    

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    I've created a small proof of concept named "nmapbot" that shows it is
    possible to use instant messaging as a platform for remote command and
    control of computer systems.

    Purpose:
    - --------
    To create a semi-intelligent security bot that uses instant messaging as
    a platform for receiving commands and returning results.

    Method:
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    Using Python, the AOL TOC protocol, Bayesian language processing, and
    nmap 3.70, I hacked together a little bot that can run nmap and ping.
    Future editions will include additional commands =)

    Security pundits have been promoting the idea that IM is unsafe for
    several years...

    nmapbot provides some new considerations to an old idea -- using
    ordinarily legitimate communication channels for unintended purposes.

    The nmapbot rests squarely on the shoulders of python and projects such
    as Py-AIML, AIMLBayes, GrokItBot, and Reverend. Many thanks to fyodor
    et al. for the excellent tool suite in nmap 3.70.

    If you are interested, you can find source code and documentation for
    nmap bot at:
    http://www.sharp-ideas.net

    Cheers,
    Abe Usher, CISSP

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