REPTILEHAUS at Hacktivity Budapest ’18
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Having attended tons of blockchain and crypto related conferences all over the world I thought it was about time to visit a hacking conference.

During the Summertime of 2018 I was invited to a private soiree in Berlin by Ing. Mario Heidelberg, of Berlin based penetration testing firm Cure53, which was a fantastic event and a great time to network and put faces to what had up until this point been known to myself by their Twitter names – This was my first un/official hacking conference that I attended and I thought it was time to change that so when I saw that there was a conference happening in Budapest that claims to be “The IT Security Festival in Central & Eastern Europe” I thought why not and booked a ticket.

REPTILEHAUS at Hacktivity Budapest '18

Zoltan Balazs talk “Explain Ethereum Smart Contract Hacking Like I Am Five”

I was especially interested to see anything related to Blockchain, Solidity etc and it did not disappoint, Zoltan Balazs CTO of MRG Effitas gave a nice talk and intro to Smart Contract hacking entitled “Explain Ethereum Smart Contract Hacking Like I Am Five” which did exactly as it said on the tin and although I am extremely familiar with all the latest hacks and pitfalls like re-entrancy, integer underflow/overflow (you really should be using OpenZeppelins SafeMath in 2019),  lack true randomness (not a hack but relying on non-deterministic block information as a source of entropy – can be interfered with by validators), The DAO hack, The Parity hack etc it was still very informative and nicely delivered.

Check out his slides below:

Also noteworthy was one of the workshops on finding and exploiting XSS vulnerabilities delivered by Péter Zsíros, XSS is not a vulnerability that excites me so much, most of the time its just popping alert boxes and I get that it can be chained as part of a more elaborate attack vector but the majority of the time its not so high priority (personal opinion), that being said I really enjoyed this workshop and the hands on demo’s he supplied, he went from beginning to post exploitation using Beef and other automated tools as well as a whole host of examples that he went through, I definitely learned a thing or two during this class.

REPTILEHAUS at Hacktivity Budapest '18

Drone hacking “Drone Tale: All Your Drones Belong To Us” by Paolo Stagno

REPTILEHAUS at Hacktivity Budapest '18

Promotional stands in the hallways

REPTILEHAUS at Hacktivity Budapest '18

One of the hands on hacking labs on Day 1

REPTILEHAUS at Hacktivity Budapest '18

Hacking lab Day 2 – Electronics hacking

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Hacking lab Day 2 – Lock picking

 

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