Bypass Kiosk Mode with Libre/Open Office

Given you have restricted access to a computer and can only open certain programs.¬†Usually this is caused by the Kiosk Mode that has a white list which contains only trusted programs.¬†Libre/Open Office is a widely used/unlocked program on such Kiosk Modes. Some vendors unlock the whole Libre/Open Office folder: “C:\Program Files\LibreOffice 5\program” or “C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenOffice 4\program” including all other binary files. Python version 3.5.4 (Libre Office) / 2.7.13 (Open Office) is automatically included in the default installation of Libre/Open Office. Now a user can create a Libre/Open Office macro to run a python shell: Continue reading “Bypass Kiosk Mode with Libre/Open Office”

Using Whitelisting to control file access in Apache Webserver


Fuseki has started his career as software developer, but quickly switched over to network administration. After 7 years as network engineer, incl. one year in a management position, he entered a new team, working as penetration tester and security consultant. In addition to this, malware analysis and digital forensics are becoming more and more part of Fusekis daily work.

Fuseki has studied Information Technology as well as Software Technology and holds a diploma in each of these.

The aim

You want to control which files on your webserver can be accessed by whom, but you don’t want to use blacklisting. You want to say, i.e., external users can access files whose names end with .php, .jpg and .png. All other files must not be accessible, no matter which name they have.

You can use LocationMatch and FilesMatch to control access to files. In this example, we will use FilesMatch, because we care about files which are stored on the filesystem. But the same approach also applies to files, which are generated when requested.

The problem

When apache finds a FilesMatch entry in its configuration which matches the requested filename, the corresponding rules are applied. There is no problem with that as long as you do not try to create a catch-all rule Continue reading “Using Whitelisting to control file access in Apache Webserver”