Metasploit creator seeks crowds help for vuln scanning
Metasploit creator seeks crowds help for vuln scanning: Security outfit Rapid7 has decided that theres just too much security vulnerability information out there for any one group to handle, so its solution is to try and crowd-source the effort.
Announcing Project Sonar, the company is offering tools and datasets for download, with the idea that the community will provide input into the necessary research.The brainchild of Metasploit creator HD Moore, the aim of Project Sonar is to scan publicly-facing Internet hosts, compile their vulnerabilities into datasets, mine those datasets, and share the results with the security industry.
Even though theres widespread insecurity across the Internet, Rapid7 says “at the moment there isn’t much collaboration and internet scanning is seen as a fairly niche activity of hardcore security researchers.
“We believe that the only way we can effectively address this is by working together, sharing information, teaching and challenging each other. Not just researchers, but all security professionals.”
None of the tools HD Moores blog post lists are brand-new: theyre familiar names like ZMap led by the University of Michigan, Nmap and MASSCAN. The first three datasets Rapid7 collected for the project cover IPv4 TCP banners and UDP probe replies; reverse DNS PTR records; and SSL certificates.