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InfoSec Week 49, 2018

Apple included support for the WebAuthentication API in the latest Safari Release 71 (Technology Preview). The new WebAuthentication as implemented supports USB-based CTAP2 devices.
https://webkit.org/blog/8517/release-notes-for-safari-technology-preview-71/

Critical Kubernetes privilege escalation bug (CVE-2018-1002105) was found and patched during this week. When exploited, the bug allows anonymous users as well a authenticated one to use admin privileges over the cluster API.
There is an exploit published on a GitHub already.
https://gravitational.com/blog/kubernetes-websocket-upgrade-security-vulnerability/
https://github.com/evict/poc_CVE-2018-1002105

British Telecom will not use Huawei's 5G kit within the core of the network due to security concerns.
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46453425

Security agencies in Australia will gain greater access to encrypted messages due to a new legislative.
https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-06/labor-backdown-federal-government-to-pass-greater-surveillance/10591944

US National Security Archive published a complete index of all 1504 items in the declassified collection of NSA internal Cryptolog periodical.
https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/cyber-vault/2018-12-04/cyber-brief-cryptolog

Security researchers released attacks on 7 TLS implementations, making use of Bleichenbacher and Manger's attack.
The research with a name "The 9 Lives of Bleichenbacher’s CAT: New Cache ATtacks on TLS Implementations" also includes a TLS 1.3 downgrade attack.
http://cat.eyalro.net/

Ransomware Infected 100k computers in China then demands WeChat Payment and is using XOR as an "encryption". Author was probably identified because he registered domain to his own name.
https://movaxbx.ru/2018/12/05/ransomware-infects-100k-pcs-in-china-demands-wechat-payment/

It looks like 13 years old Virut botnet is resurrected in the wild.
https://chrisdietri.ch/post/virut-resurrects/

Great blog on how guy scammed the scammer to send him photo of his ID.
https://medium.com/@hackerfantastic/scamming-the-scammers-2fb934099ccc

Nearly 250 Pages of internal Facebook documents, emails and statistics were posted online by the UK Parliament.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/59vwez/nearly-250-pages-of-devastating-internal-facebook-documents-posted-online-by-uk-parliament

A User Data of the question-and-answer website Quora were compromised.
https://help.quora.com/hc/en-us/articles/360020212652

The records of 500 million customers of the Marriott International hotel group were compromised.
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46401890

Interesting revisited paper: "From Keys to Databases -- Real-World Applications of Secure Multi-Party Computation."
https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/450

GTRS - is a tool that uses Google Translator as a proxy to send arbitrary commands to an infected machine.
https://github.com/mthbernardes/GTRS

InfoSec Week 44, 2018

The US federal prosecutors say that Chinese spies hacked dozen firms to steal aviation engineering secrets for the Chinese aerospace company.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/feds-say-chinese-spies-and-their-hired-hackers-stole-aviation-secrets/

Apple's ICMP packet-handling code contains a heap buffer overflow vulnerability (CVE-2018-4407).
Exploit can DoS any Mac, iOS device on a network by sending a crafted packet. The ping of death is back.
https://lgtm.com/blog/apple_xnu_icmp_error_CVE-2018-4407

Microsoft is sharing Indian bank customers' data with U.S. intelligence agencies.
Looks like the banks were aware of it, when they have signed the Office 365 license agreements.
https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-has-been-sharing-indian-bank-customers039-data-with-us-intelligence-agencies

Google announced the launch of reCAPTCHA v3, which aims to improve user experience by removing the need for challenges. It uses the score based on the user on-site interactions.
https://developers.google.com/recaptcha/docs/v3

The end-to-end encrypted instant messaging application Signal introduced a new "Sealed sender" privacy feature that is protecting the sender before traffic observation.
https://signal.org/blog/sealed-sender/

Multiple malicious python libraries found and removed from PyPI. Guys are typo-squatting popular repository names and deliver malware.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/twelve-malicious-python-libraries-found-and-removed-from-pypi/

Great list of lessons learned over 20 years of red teaming by security expert Matt Devost.
https://www.oodaloop.com/ooda-original/2015/10/22/10-red-teaming-lessons-learned-over-20-years/

Cisco Talos researchers found a code execution vulnerability in the anti-malware tool Sophos HitmanPro.Alert.
https://www.scmagazineuk.com/vulnerability-found-sophos-anti-malware-product/article/1497367

Researcher Jay Rosenberg documents clear connection between one of Lazarus Group's tools and an open source Chinese CasperPhpTrojan remote access trojan.
https://www.intezer.com/paleontology-the-unknown-origins-of-lazarus-malware/

Apple releases specification of T2 security chip.
https://www.apple.com/mac/docs/Apple_T2_Security_Chip_Overview.pdf

Researchers announced a fast attack breaking OCB2, an ISO-standard authenticated encryption scheme.
https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/1040

InfoSec Week 42, 2018

The Czech Security Intelligence Service (BIS) shuts down Hezbollah servers in the Hezbollah hacking operation. Hackers used female Facebook profiles to trick victims into installing spyware.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/czech-intelligence-service-shuts-down-hezbollah-hacking-operation/

More than 420K compromised MikroTik routers can be found on the Internet with half of them mining cryptocurrencies, according to the results of Censys scanner.
Also, there is anonymous gray-hat researcher patching them remotely.
https://twitter.com/bad_packets/status/1050533001824595968
https://www.zdnet.com/article/a-mysterious-grey-hat-is-patching-peoples-outdated-mikrotik-routers/

Fake Adobe updates are circulating that will actually update the Windows version of a plugin on your computer, but also install cryptocurrency mining malware.
https://researchcenter.paloaltonetworks.com/2018/10/unit42-fake-flash-updaters-push-cryptocurrency-miners/

According to a new research, if you're an American of European descent, there's a 60% chance you can be uniquely identified by public information in DNA databases. This is not information that you have made public; this is information your relatives have made public. https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2018/10/how_dna_databas.html

The Pentagon travel system has been hacked. Personal information and credit card data of at least 30K U.S. military and civilian personnel are affected.
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/10/12/pentagon-reveals-cyber-breach-of-travel-records/

A PoC exploit for a Windows (CVE-2018-8495) remote code execution vulnerability that can be exploited via Microsoft Edge has been published.
https://leucosite.com/Microsoft-Edge-RCE/

There is a serious SSH bug discovered in LibSSH library.
Basically a client can bypass the authentication process by telling the server to set the internal state machine maintained by the library to authenticated.
https://www.libssh.org/security/advisories/CVE-2018-10933.txt

Electron just merged fix enabling position independent executable build (PIE) on Linux, so all Electron-Apps on Linux can soon leverage Address space layout randomization (ASLR) protection.
https://github.com/electron/electron/pull/15148

On this site, you can find "every byte of a TLS connection explained and reproduced".
Really interesting project.
https://tls.ulfheim.net/

Researcher Lance R. Vick started a spreadsheet to compare relative security, privacy, compatibility, and features of various messenger systems.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-UlA4-tslROBDS9IqHalWVztqZo7uxlCeKPQ-8uoFOU/edit

Recorded Future published analysis of a Russian and Chinese illegal hacking Communities.
https://www.recordedfuture.com/russian-chinese-hacking-communities/

Firefox Nightly now supports encrypting the TLS Server Name Indication (SNI) extension, which helps prevent attackers on a network from learning users browsing history.
https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2018/10/18/encrypted-sni-comes-to-firefox-nightly/

Swedish kids can read about the DNSSEC on a milk carton.
https://twitter.com/recollir/status/1051480941171003392/photo/1

InfoSec Week 41, 2018

Memory corruption bug in WhatsApp's non-WebRTC video conferencing implementation can screw you. Just answering a call from an attacker could completely compromise WhatsApp.
https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=1654

Great story about the spear phishing scheme against the MacEwan University in Canada. Investigators were able to track stolen money to China and back to the Canadian real estate investments.
https://www.thestar.com/edmonton/2018/10/09/how-a-fraudster-got-12-million-out-of-a-canadian-university-they-just-asked-for-it.html

Millions of Xiongmai video surveillance devices can be easily hacked. Devices can be discovered because of predictable cloud ID derived from the MAC address, then compromised by using malicious firmware images delivered by fake update server.
https://sec-consult.com/en/blog/2018/10/millions-of-xiongmai-video-surveillance-devices-can-be-hacked-via-cloud-feature-xmeye-p2p-cloud/

US Department of Defense published some findings from the weapons systems pentesting.
Weak passwords, port scans that caused the weapons system to fail, etc.
https://www.gao.gov/mobile/products/GAO-19-128

"Making sense of the alleged Supermicro motherboard attack" published by researchers at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory is explaining the possible technical aspects behind the recent Bloomberg story about the hardware backdoors shipped from China.
https://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2018/10/05/making-sense-of-the-supermicro-motherboard-attack/
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies

US Police used victims' Fitbit data to charge 90-Year-Old man in stepdaughter’s killing.
They knew about the suspect, but the Fitbit data made the investigation easier.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/03/us/fitbit-murder-arrest.html

New Zealand can now fine travelers who refuse to unlock their digital devices for a search.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-04/nz-customs-can-force-travellers-to-unlock-digital-devices/10338662

Microsoft patches zero day vulnerability (CVE-2018-8453) in the win32k.sys discovered by Kaspersky Lab back in August.
The exploit is used to target victims in the Middle East.
https://securelist.com/cve-2018-8453-used-in-targeted-attacks/88151/

There are multiple severe vulnerabilities reported in the Juniper network devices.
https://kb.juniper.net/InfoCenter/index?page=content&channel=SECURITY_ADVISORIES

Red Hat's Flatpak used for application distribution on Linux is implementing some questionable security practices.
https://flatkill.org/

Exploit for MikroTik router WinBox vulnerability gives full root access.
https://thehackernews.com/2018/10/router-hacking-exploit.html

Congratulations to ICANN for the first-ever DNSSEC root key signing key rollover that took place on 11 October 2018.
https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/ksk-rollover

Mozilla decided to delay distrust of the Symantec TLS certification authority from their browsers.
https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2018/10/10/delaying-further-symantec-tls-certificate-distrust/

ADAPE-Script - Active Directory Assessment and Privilege Escalation Script can automate your AD recon and pentesting.
https://github.com/hausec/ADAPE-Script

InfoSec Week 33, 2018

There is an OpenSSH user enumeration attack against all software versions on all operating systems.
It's a timing attack with proof of concept already published.
http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2018/08/15/5
https://bugfuzz.com/stuff/ssh-check-username.py

The so-called RedAlpha malware campaign targeting the Tibetan community is deploying a novel “ext4” Linux backdoor. The group is using infrastructure registered with Tsinghua1 University, China and is believed to be conducted by Chinese state-sponsored actors in support of China’s economic development goals.
https://www.recordedfuture.com/chinese-cyberespionage-operations/

The Australia’s Assistance and Access Bill, introduced this week, want to jail people for up to 10 years if they refuse to unlock their phones.
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/08/16/australians-who-wont-unlock-their-phones-could-face-10-years-in-jail/

A new research paper named "Piping Botnet - Turning Green Technology into a Water Disaster" demonstrate that the researchers were able to manipulate commercial smart IoT systems used for regulating water and electricity resources.
https://arxiv.org/abs/1808.02131

The guy with his BMW car encountered the theft attempt, where something that looked like a vandalism was actually a really smart attack against the modern alarm system.
https://mrooding.me/a-dutch-first-ingenious-bmw-theft-attempt-5f7f49a96ec8

Cloudflare analyzed the changes and improvements of a new TLS 1.3 (RFC 8446) standard that was finally published last week.
https://blog.cloudflare.com/rfc-8446-aka-tls-1-3/

New Foreshadow attack demonstrates how speculative execution can be exploited for reading the contents of Intels' SGX-protected memory as well as extracting the machine’s private attestation key.
https://foreshadowattack.eu/

Practical dictionary attacks are possible against the main mode of IPsec IKEv1/v2 standard. Successful exploitation of a weak password requires only a single active man-in-the-middle attack.
https://web-in-security.blogspot.com/2018/08/practical-dictionary-attack-on-ipsec-ike.html

If you are interested how cryptographic key management is practically done, I have written a blog Commercial Cryptographic Key Management in 2018, where I am explaining a little bit about the hardware, people and processes behind it.
https://www.malgregator.com/key-management.html

Google published BrokenType, the font fuzzing toolset that helped find lots of vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel. It includes a font mutator, generator and loader.
https://github.com/google/BrokenType

InfoSec Week 5, 2018

A.P. Moller–Maersk Group, the world's largest container shipping company, reinstalled 45000 PCs and 4000 Servers to recover from the NotPetya ransomware attack.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/maersk-reinstalled-45-000-pcs-and-4-000-servers-to-recover-from-notpetya-attack/

The U.S. Secret Service is warning financial institutions that ATM jackpotting attacks are targeting cash machines in the United States. Attackers are able to empty Diebold Nixdorf and possibly other ATM machines with malware, endoscope and social engineering skills.
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/01/first-jackpotting-attacks-hit-u-s-atms/

Microsoft disables Spectre software mitigation released earlier this month due to system instability.
http://www.securityweek.com/microsoft-disables-spectre-mitigations-due-instability

Data from the fitness tracking app Strava gives away the location of sensitive locations like army bases.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/28/fitness-tracking-app-gives-away-location-of-secret-us-army-bases

China built African union building for free, but the building is riddled with microphones and computers are transmitting all voice data back to servers in Shanghai.
https://twitter.com/i/web/status/957879611513278464

Journalist Marc Miller has interviewed one of the hackers of the ICEMAN group behind "Emmental" phishing campaign targeting bank clients.
https://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/64349/cyber-crime/iceman-hacker-interview.html

Errata Security blog about the political nature of the cyber attack attribution. Mostly about the WannaCry and North Korea connection, but it is a good overview on attribution bias in general.
http://blog.erratasec.com/2018/01/the-problematic-wannacry-north-korea.html

Great article about the largest malvertising campaign of a last year. So called Zirconium group operated up to 30 different ad agencies which enabled them to redirect users to the exploit kits, malware downloads and click fraud websites.
https://blog.confiant.com/uncovering-2017s-largest-malvertising-operation-b84cd38d6b85

AutoSploit is an automated exploitation tool written in python. It is able to search for targets using Shodan.io API and exploiting them with Metasploit.
https://github.com/NullArray/AutoSploit

InfoSec Week 48, 2017

The German Interior Minister is preparing a law that will force device manufacturers to include backdoors within their products that law enforcement agencies could use at their discretion for legal investigations.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/government/germany-preparing-law-for-backdoors-in-any-type-of-modern-device/

According to the Citizen Lab, Ethiopian dissidents in the US, UK, and other countries were targeted with emails containing sophisticated commercial spyware sold by Israeli firm Cyberbit.
https://citizenlab.ca/2017/12/champing-cyberbit-ethiopian-dissidents-targeted-commercial-spyware/

Elcomsoft wrote an insight about the drastically degraded security of the Apples iOS 11 operating system.
https://blog.elcomsoft.com/2017/11/ios-11-horror-story-the-rise-and-fall-of-ios-security/

Chinese drone maker D.J.I. is potentially sharing collected data with the Chinese government.
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/technology/dji-china-data-drones.html

Crooks are installing cryptocurrency miners by using typosquatting npm package names. They are searching for the unregistered package names with the difference of one bit from a well known packages.
https://medium.com/avahowell/bitsquatting-npm-packages-533c988d568f

Swiftype written a good blog about their infrastructure risk assessment and threat modeling.
https://swiftype.engineering/threat-modelling-and-infrastructure-risk-assessment-at-swiftype-6c1b337c7df1

Nvidia published a paper about the clustering of a benign and malicious Windows executables using neural networks.
https://devblogs.nvidia.com/parallelforall/malware-detection-neural-networks/

Bucket Stream - Find interesting Amazon S3 Buckets by watching certificate transparency logs.
https://github.com/eth0izzle/bucket-stream

Sysdig Inspect – a powerful interface for container troubleshooting and security investigation
https://github.com/draios/sysdig-inspect/

InfoSec Week 20, 2017

Researchers published WannaCry ransomware decryption tool for older Windows (XP, 2003, 7). It uses bug in the Windows Crypto API which does not immediately erase private key. The application is crawling the computer memory, looking for the prime numbers which can divide the public key used for the encryption.
https://github.com/gentilkiwi/wanakiwi/releases

Google introduced behavior-based malware scanner to every Android device. It's part of the Google Play Service and scans installed apps and provides phone tracking in the case of theft.
https://blog.google/products/android/google-play-protect/

Croatian CERT honeypot detected a new SMB worm which uses seven tools from the NSA hacking toolkit. It uses Tor based C&C server, currently only beaconing the server, and spreading using the SMB exploit.
https://github.com/stamparm/EternalRocks

Research by the Recorded Future and the Intrusiontruth group concludes that so-called APT3, widely believed to be a China-based threat actor, is directly connected to the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS).
https://www.recordedfuture.com/chinese-mss-behind-apt3/
https://intrusiontruth.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/apt3-is-boyusec-a-chinese-intelligence-contractor/

Sophos discovered malware infecting Seagate NAS devices which turn them into Monero cryptocurrency miners. However, “This threat is not targeting the Seagate Central device specifically; however, the device has a design flaw that allows it to be compromised. Most all of these devices have already been infected by this threat.” https://www.sophos.com/en-us/medialibrary/PDFs/technical%20papers/Cryptomining-malware-on-NAS-servers.pdf?la=en

Wikileaks released another CIA malware spying framework. Called 'Athena', the program "provides remote beacon and loader capabilities on target computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system (from Windows XP to Windows 10)."
https://wikileaks.org/vault7/#Athena

Maltrail is a malicious traffic detection system, utilizing publicly available lists containing malicious and generally suspicious trails, along with static trails compiled from various AV reports and custom user defined lists.
https://github.com/stamparm/maltrail