WE HAVE YOU BY THE GADGETS presented at BlackHat USA 2012

by Toby Kohlenberg, Mickey Shkatov,

Tags: Malware Windows Windows Gadgets

Summary : Why send someone an executable when you can just send them a sidebar gadget?
We will be talking about the windows gadget platform and what the nastiness that can be done with it, how are gadgets made, how are they distributed and more importantly their weaknesses. Gadgets are comprised of JS, CSS and HTML and are application that the Windows operating system has embedded by default. As a result there are a number of interesting attack vectors that are interesting to explore and take advantage of.
We will be talking about our research into creating malicious gadgets, misappropriating legitimate gadgets and the sorts of flaws we have found in published gadgets.