Black Hat Rust - Early Access
Deep dive into offensive security with the Rust programming language
Whether it be in movies or in mainstream media, hackers are often romanticized: they are painted as black magic wizards, nasty criminals, or, in the worst cases, as thieves with a hood and a crowbar. In reality, the spectrum of the profile of the attackers is extremely large, from the bored teenager exploring the internet to sovereign State’s armies as well as the unhappy former employee.
What are the motivations of the attackers? How can they break seemingly so easily into any network? What do they do to their victims? We will put on our black hat and explore the arcanes of offensive security, whether it be cyber attacks, cybercrimes or cyberwar. Scanners, exploits, phishing toolkit, implants... From theory to practice, we will explore the arcanes of offensive security and build our own offensive tools with the Rust programming language, Stack Overflow’s most loved language for five years in a row.
Rust is turning a new page in the history of programming languages by providing unparalleled guarantees and features, whether it be for defensive or offensive security. I will venture to say that Rust is the long awaited one-size-fits-all programming language. Here is why.
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Who this book is for
This is NOT a 1000th tutorial about sqlmap and Metasploit nor it will teach you the fundamentals of programming.
Instead it's a from-theory-to-practice manual and you may enjoy it if any of the following:
- You keep screaming "show me the code!" when reading about cyber attacks and malwares
- You want to learn real-world and idiomatic rust practices
- You believe that the best defense is thinking like an attacker
- You learn by building and love to look under the hood
- You develop your own tools and exploits with Python, Ruby, C, Java...
- You want to learn real-world offensive security, not just pentesting
- You want to start your career in bug bounties or offensive security
As of today, the book is work in progress. You can think of it as a Kickstarter campaign, but with 100% of the revenues going to the author.
If for any reason the project has to shut down before its completion, you'll receive a full refund.
estimated final publication: July 2021
estimated number of pages: ~320
In order to thank all the people who will help me make this book a reality, all early access buyers will also receive the following bonus:
- A curated list of advanced malware analyses. You will find inside great inspiration when developing your own offensive tools.
Table of contents
1 - Introduction
Part I: Reconnaissance
2 - Multi-threaded attack surface discovery
How to perform effective reconnaissance? In this chapter we will build a multi-threaded scanner in order to automate the mapping of the target.
3 - Going full speed with async
Unfortunately, when a program spends most of it time in I/O operations, multi-threading is not a panacea. We will learn how async makes Rust code really, really fast and refactor or scanner to async code.
4 - Adding modules with Trait objects
We will add more heterogeneous modules to our scanner and will learn how Rust’s type system helps create properly designed large software projects.
5 - Crawling the web for OSINT
Leveraging all we learned previously, we will build an extremely fast web crawler to help us find the needles in the haystack the web is.
Part II: Exploitation
6 - Finding vulnerabilities with Fuzzing
Once the external reconnaissance performed, it’s time to find entry points. In this chapter we will learn how automated fuzzing can help us to find vulnerabilities that can be exploited to then gain access to our target’s systems.
7 - Exploit development
Rust may not be as fast as python when it comes to iterate on quick scripts such as exploits, but as we will see, its powerful type and modules system make it nonetheless a weapon of choice.
8 - Writing shellcodes in Rust
Shellcode development is an ungrateful task. Writing assembly by hand is definitely not sexy. Fortunately for us, Rust, one more time, got our back! In this chapter we will learn how to write shellcodes in plain Rust with no_std.
9 - Phishing with WebAssembly
When they can’t find exploitable hardware or software vulnerability, attackers usually fall back to what is often the weakest link in the chain: Humans. Again, Rust comes handy and will let us create advanced phishing pages by compiling to WebAssembly.
Part III: Implant development
10 - A modern RAT
A RAT (for Remote Access Tool), also known as implant or beacon, is a kind of software used to perform offensive operations on a target's machines. In this chapter we will build our own RAT communicating to a remote server and database.
11 - Securing communications with end-to-end encryption
The consequences of our own infrastructure being compromised or seized can be disastrous. We will add end-to-end encryption to our RAT’s communication in order to secure its communications and avoid leaving traces on our servers.
12 - Going multi-platforms
Today’s computing landscape is extremely fragmented. From Windows to macOS we can’t target only one Operating System to ensure the success of our operations. In this section we will see how Rust’s ecosystem is extremely useful when it comes to cross-compilation.
13 - Turning into a worm to increase reach
Once the initial targets compromised, we will capitalize on Rust’s extraordinarily reusability to incorporate some parts of our initial scanner to turn our RAT into a worm and reach more targets only accessible from the target's internal network.
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