The 5 Hacking NewsLetter 86
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Hey hackers! These are our favorite resources shared by pentesters and bug hunters last week.
This issue covers the week from 26 of April to 03 of May.
5 super important main-app testing tips for bug bounty hunters with STOK&Haddix
Any video by @stokfredrik & @jhaddix is a must watch! This one has 5 crucials things you want to do as a bug hunter:
But this is not all. Watch the video. It’s short but full-packed with information!
Nullcon Goa 2019, especially:
I really recommend watching the talk “How To Use Bug Bounty To Start A Career In Silicon Valley”. It has awesome advice on leveraging bug bounty hunting to build a solid resume and find a job in Silicon Valley (or anywhere else). This includes which bugs and programs to focus on, which pitfalls to avoid, etc.
“Best Of Google VRP 2018” is also a good resource for bug hunters who want to succeed with Google VRP. Some of the advice applies to other programs too (like specializing in a product/attack vector).
Meet the Hacker: Inti De Ceukelaire - “While everyone is looking for XSS I am just reading the docs.”
This is an excellent interview of @securinti. What I like about it most is that the interviewer, @_zulln, is also a hacker. So unlike most interviews of this sort, the questions and answers are very technical and mindblowing for anyone starting out as a bug hunter.
I highly recommend this read if you want to find out what sets apart successful bug hunters from beginners.
Here are some interesting excerpts:
Many hackers look for bugs, I look for attack scenarios and then for the bugs. And it works for me as I get fewer duplicates. The downside is that I spend time researching ideas that sometimes yield nothing.
Scanners do not detect logical bugs, because to detect them you need context, you need to understand the application and the business logic. While everyone is looking for XSS I am just reading the docs.
If you’re interested in Android app hacking, checkout this workshop. It’s about reverse engineering Android apps and includes both theory and exercises. Just awesome!
So many hackers suffer from at least of the mental struggles mentioned in this article: imposter syndrome, burnout, anxiety and depression.
I hear/read more and more testimonies on this especially on Twitter, and I have similar experience myself. Hacking involves so much learning/change/stress…
So it’s nice to know that I am/we are not alone in this. And it is helpful to read a fellow hacker’s perspective on these issues, and how he deals with them.
See more writeups on The list of bug bounty writeups.
We created a collection of our favorite pentest & bug bounty related tweets shared this past week. You’re welcome to read them directly on Twitter: Tweets from 04/26/2019 to 05/03/2019
Have a nice week folks!
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