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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Summit08 Wraps!

Puff, puff... It's a heck of a lot of work putting on a conference - hats off to the folks who do it year in and year out and actually smile through the process (they must have some strong meds). You are a sick lot, you know! Anyone care to guess how many pieces of bacon, sodas and beers were downed during the two-day Troubleshooting and Security Summit08 conference (November 4-5)? Me neither.

One of the highlights of the conference was having Gerald Combs (creator of Wireshark) join us to talk about capturing traffic in a virtual environment and Tom Quilty (BD Investigations) talking about the steps to take before and after a network breach occurs. Who ya gonna call?

It was great sitting around a table at the vendor party with those two as well as Ron Nutter from Network World as we swapped geeky war stories and shared some of the inside scoop on cybercrime events and Wireshark development (which are mutually exclusive topics, by the way). He he...
For those of you who didn't join us, you missed a great time. We played with VoIP reassembly, some ugly WLAN communications, loads of ugly file transfers caused by packet loss/high latency, a DHCP server gone awry, nasty SNMP traffic (that we configured to see using the MIB printer configuration), problems with autonegotiation, SMB2 protocol negotiation during a Vista client/Server 2008 connection, lost packets, totally pathetic websites, evidence of a "DNS walking" application, a redirector infection, SNMP scanning host and traffic hidden through port swapping.

Two nights before the conference I added a set of trace files taken at a client and a server - I really wanted to show how to alter the timestamps because one analyzer was off on the timesync and then merge the two traces together, colorizing the two sets to differentiate them. I love this stuff!

Now my days are spent buiding the Summit 08 Wrap-Up site - if you attended Summit 08 you will receive your login credentials by the end of the week. I've put together four videos covering the MS08-067 vulnerability, the trace file merging process, building and sending custom packets and the Summit 08 Wrap-Up Checklist. In addition, I have a discount code for NetScanTools Pro and Pilot/Pilot+AirPcap EX3 bundle also going up on your Wrap-Up site (you already should have the code for 50% off the Wireshark University self-paced courses - good through December 31st).

So... would we ever do the conference again? Absolutely! We've already started planning based on the feedback we received. Register for notification at and I'll send you an email when Summit 09 registration opens and details on the Early Bird Special pricing. Alumnae will get special discounted pricing on Summit 09.

Now... just a couple more days until I head off to Portugal for the Vantagem conference. After that, it's the ATT Live conferences in Salt Lake City and then... well... then it's 2009 and time to start development on Summit 09!

[off to the Wrath of the Lich King launch party... 2 hours and counting...]