Mainframe Hacking in 2019
2019-05-17, 16:45–17:45, Conf 2

Over the past 5 years tactics, techniques and procedures have been developed to help you pentest a Mainframe. This talk will cover new tools not yet released and new techniques to help you hack yours.


Mainframes, the once thought unhackable are now anything but. This talk will cover the following:

  • History of mainframe hacking
  • New TTPs since previous NorthSec talk
  • About Mainframes - A quick overview
  • TCP/IP to SNA and Logical Unit ENUM
  • Getting access - How to get a shell
  • Operating system enumeration (REXX/HLASM), privilege escalation and detection avoidance
  • Unix enumeration and privilege escalation