[Full-Disclosure] Script Kiddies
From: Uncle Scrotora Balzac (scrotora_at_hushmail.com)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 08:23:38 -0800
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I love hearing security people talk about script kiddies. It's the funniest
thing to see them walking around with their chests pushed out like peacocks,
as they scoff the silly little kiddy.
Funny because 99.9 percent of the people using the term so loosely have
no idea how to *really* find vulnerabilities in systems, compromise,
gain control, hide their presence, then use it for whatever they want.
Hell, a significant percent of those "security [engineers/professionals/consultants/researchers]"
(circle one) have trouble compiling exploits (if they even know where
to find them in the first place), much less figure out offsets, return
addresses, etc.. The same exploits those "kiddies" use!! What these people
don't realize is that the "kiddies" they so affectionately refer to have
learned this practice by reading comments, headers, and cryptic help
messages in code and scripts. Not by completely out-of-touch and wickedly
outdated texts like their CISSP study guides, vendor whitepapers, and
books by aging whitehat hackers. Irony.
But like I said, this practice is funny, not annoying. It's funny because
of the false sense of superiority these people get from referring to
95%+ of the hacking community as kiddies. It's funny because of how much
they *really* don't know - and advertise the fact with huge neon signs
by getting on lists like this and asking for things like SSH exploit
code so they can "learn how exploits work!" (By the way, to the whitehat
who was arguing with everyone after getting char grilled flamed for this
- - if you want to learn how exploits work, there's about 1000 of them
at www.packetstormsecurity.com.) Funny every time a box on their network
gets whacked, and they talk about the script kiddy that did it. How ironic
is that, and what does it say about them? But that's right, it's not
their fault. Always someone else's, which makes me wonder why any of
these people have jobs in the first place. I'm glad they can't hear themselves.
Then they might stop.
"...we have smuggled a word into the dictionary which ought not to be
there at all--Self-Sacrifice. It describes a thing which does not exist...
We ignore and never mention the Sole Impulse which dictates and compels
a man's every act: the imperious necessity of securing his own approval,
in every emergency and at all costs." - Samuel L. Clemens
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