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Automation for Bug Hunters

Mohammed Diaa
November 29, 2017

Automation for Bug Hunters

Mohammed Diaa

November 29, 2017

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  1. Who am I? • Mohammed Diaa / @mhmdiaa • Bug

    hunter • Web developer • Tool creator
  2. Outline • Why do we need automation? • What can

    we automate? • Monitoring (the past & the future) • How to do it? • Introducing Bounty Machine • How can the community be more efficient? • Takeaways
  3. Why? Repetitive work may exhaust you away from doing what’s

    really worth your time https://bugbountyforum.com/blog/ama/avlidienbrunn/
  4. Why? Keep an eye out for changes / new assets

  5. What? Environment setup • Kali rolling on AWS • Docker

    • Shell scripts Reporting • Template Generator • Bug Bounty Templates • Bounty Report Generator Recon and basic testing There are many tools; the trick is to make them work together.
  6. Monitoring the past • Google time filter (thanks almoroot and

    avlidienbrunn) • WaybackMachine (WaybackUnifier) ◦ robots.txt (thanks zseano) ◦ API documentation (thanks filedescriptor) ◦ JS files ◦ HTML (comments / more JS / endpoints / input names) • Old mobile app versions ◦ Creds ◦ Endpoints
  7. Monitoring the future • API documentation • JS code (thanks

    Jobert) • Mobile app updates (thanks Arne) • Dev blogs • Google News • Everything else (more on that later)
  8. Bounty Machine Anshuman Bhartiya and I are working on a

    cool project. Project objective: allow researchers to compose complex workflows in a modular fashion. It will implement all the mentioned workflows and more. We will hopefully demo it soon.
  9. Features • Runs multiple tools in a chain • Fully

    modular (you can plug in the new hot tool) • Monitoring • Customized notifications (get notified only when something interesting comes up)
  10. How to add a new tool 1. Build a Docker

    image for your tool. 2. Define what data it needs. 3. Define what data it produces. 4. Specify whether you want to get notified when it finds something. 5. Find a place for it in the workflow where it can play with other tools (optional).
  11. What happens behind the scenes 1. Run the tool 2.

    Translate its output into something that other tools can use. 3. Check if the output has changed since the last time. 4. Notify the user about newly-found results. 5. Pass it to other tools to perform further checks. 6. Do this all the time for all targets.
  12. What we do wrong The community rebuilds existing tools too

    often. If your new tool isn’t more helpful, you’re probably wasting your time. We should focus more on building new tools and extending existing ones.
  13. Why do we rebuild tools? • Unawareness of the existence

    of a tool • Boredom • Unmaintained projects • Different requirements
  14. List of tools we have https://bugbountyforum.com/tools/ Purpose: 1. Help beginners

    and experts alike find new tools to add to their arsenal. 2. Inform tool developers about existing tools so they don’t set out to build them. Updated regularly
  15. List of tools we need https://ideas.bugbountyforum.com Contribute new ideas. If

    you like an idea, build a new tool for it. You can find interesting problems to solve. No more Less duplicate tools!
  16. Takeaways • If something can be automated, automate it. •

    Always monitor your target’s online assets. • Dig into the past of your target. • Your tools are good, but they’re better together. • If you have a tool suggestion, share it. • Tools should be easily connectable. • Don’t reinvent the wheel (unless your wheel is rounder).