Let's Encrypt recapitulated the last year in the operation of their ACME based certification authority, and summarized the challenges that they will work on in 2019.
They intend to deploy multi-perspective validation, checking multiple distinct Autonomous Systems for domain validation, preventing potential BGP hijacks. They also plan to run own Certificate Transparency (CT) log.
According to the consultant Nathan Ziehnert, "CenturyLink 50 hour outage at 15 datacenters across the US — impacting cloud, DSL, and 911 services was caused by a single network card sending bad packets."
Great blog by Artem Dinaburg, where he is resurrecting 30 years old fuzzing techniques from the famous research papers to run them on on the current Linux distro. Successfully.
An article by Wired about the fake murder for hire services on dark web and a freelance security researcher that took them down. As it turned out, some clients killed their targets themselves.
Multiple newspaper publishers in the US were hit by a ransomware attack, delaying their operations.
The European Union starts running bug bounties on Free and Open Source Software.
Foxit Readers' proof of concept exploit for the Use-After-Free vulnerability (CVE-2018-14442) was published on Github.
Attacker launched multiple servers that return an error message to the connected Electrum clients, which then turn them into a fake update prompt linking to a malware.
Adam Langley published blog about the zero-knowledge attestation when using FIDO based authentication. It could prevent a single-vendor policy some sites started to require.
Interesting blog post by Wouter Castryck on "CSIDH: post-quantum key exchange using isogeny-based group actions".
The security researcher Bruno Keith published a a proof of concept for a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Edge browser (CVE-2018-8629).
If you are interested in older car hacking/tuning, check this article about overcoming the speed limitation on an old Japanese Subaru Impreza STi.
Jonathan “smuggler” Logan published study on the future of black markets and cryptoanarchy named "Dropgangs, or the future of darknet markets".
There is a first ransomware which is taking advantage of a new Process Doppelgänging fileless code injection technique. Working on all modern versions of Microsoft Windows, since Vista. This variant of a known SynAck ransomware is using NTFS transactions to launch a malicious process by replacing the memory of a legitimate process.
Security researchers from the Dutch information security company Computes has found that some Volkswagen and Audi cars are vulnerable to remote hacking. They were able to exploit vehicle infotainment systems. The possible attackers could track car location as well as listen to the conversations in a car.
Twitter found a bug that stored user passwords unmasked in an internal log, there is no indication of a breach, but all Twitter users should change their passwords.
There is a breakthrough cryptographic attack on 5-round AES using only 2^22 (previous best was 2^32) presented at CRYPTO 2018. It is joint work of Nathan Keller, Achiya Bar On, Orr Dunkelman, Eyal Ronen and Adi Shamir. This kind of attack is good when evaluating the security of a cipher, it does not have any real world implication as the AES is using at least 10 rounds in production implementations.
Bug hunter which found multiple vulnerabilities in the 7-zip software used by anti-virus vendors wrote an blog on how to exploit one of such bugs. Interesting read.
The 360 Core Security Division response team detected an APT attack exploiting a 0-day vulnerability and captured the world’s first malicious sample that uses a browser 0-day vulnerability (CVE-2018-8174). It is a remote code execution vulnerability of Windows VBScript engine and affects the latest version of Internet Explorer.
Microsoft patched this vulnerability few days ago and credited Chinese researchers.
Source code of TreasureHunter Point-of-Sale malware leaks online.
The ssh-decorator package from Python pip had an obvious backdoor (sending ip+login+password to ssh-decorate[.]cf in cleartext HTTP).
Luke Picciau wrote about his experience with Matrix and it's Riot messenger for one year.
There is a first official version 1.0 RC of Briar for Android.
Briar is an open-source End-to-end encrypted Bluetooth / WiFi / Tor based mesh-networking (decentralized) messaging application.
The Infection Monkey is an open source security tool for testing a data center's resiliency to perimeter breaches and internal server infection.
SensePost researchers found out that the Microsoft Office home page is able to compromise user by loading ActiveX component with VBscript.
Microsoft security department were contacted by a worried user that found 2 seemingly identical µTorrent executables, with valid digital signatures, but different cryptographic hashes. As they have found out there were marketing campaign identifier in "a text file inside a ZIP file inside a PE file, BASE64 encoded and injected in the digital signature of a PE file.". Quite complicated...
A vulnerability (CVE-2017-15361) in generation of RSA keys used by a software library adopted in cryptographic smartcards, security tokens and other secure hardware chips manufactured by Infineon Technologies AG allows for a practical factorization attack, in which the attacker computes the private part of an RSA key. The attack is feasible for commonly used key lengths, including 1024 and 2048 bits, and affects chips manufactured as early as 2012, that are now commonplace.
The rolling code in electronic keys for Subaru Forester (2009) and some other models are not random. Keys can be cloned, cars unlocked, with the hardware costs of $25. https://github.com/tomwimmenhove/subarufobrob
Microsoft reintroduced a Pool-based overflow kernel vulnerability on Windows 10 x64 (RS2) Creators Update which was originally patched in 2016. The guys wrote an exploit with rich explanation.
Blog about the "Exploding Git Repositories" that will crash your git process.
MediaTek and Broadcom Wi-Fi AP drivers have a weak random number generator, allowing prediction of Group Temporal Key. Practical attack requires a LOT of handshakes.
How to hide a process from SysInternals without the admin rights, but with the privilege escalation.
Adam Langley blogged about the low level testing of the FIDO U2F security keys, namely Yubico, VASCO SecureClick, Feitian ePass, Thetis, U2F Zero, KEY-ID / HyperFIDO.
Good introductory blog about the (in)security of Intel Boot Guard. The author also published source code of the UEFITool with visual validation of Intel Boot Guard coverage.
A script that tests if access points are affected by Key Reinstallation Attacks (CVE-2017-13082) was published on a GitHub by researcher Mathy Vanhoef.
The Miscreant is a Misuse-resistant symmetric encryption library supporting the AES-SIV (RFC 5297) and CHAIN/STREAM constructions.