Purism project introduced their own security token called the Librem Key. They have partnered with the Nitrokey manufacturer, but the firmware provides additional functionality, like a challenge response mode where the key informs you if the bios running on a PC has validated itself to the key.
Google built a prototype of a censored search engine which should be used in China, that links users’ searches to their phone numbers.
According to a Swiss officials, two Russian spies caught in the Netherlands had been plotting a cyber attack on a Swiss defense lab analyzing the Novichok nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning.
Citizen Lab has published a new report about the Pegasus spyware created by Israeli cyber-security firm NSO Group.
The malware is operating on both Android and iOS devices, and the researchers identified 45 countries in which operators of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware may be conducting operations.
Hackers were running cryptocurrency mining malware on the Indian government sites.
Every day this week, Cloudflare is announcing support for a new technology that uses cryptography.
They have introduced Onion service, BGP PKI (RPKI), IPFS node. Essentially, we can call them an active global adversary now.
The Western Digital My Cloud was affected by an authentication bypass vulnerability.
An unauthenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability to authenticate as an admin user without needing to provide a password.
NSS Labs filed an antitrust suit against CrowdStrike, Symantec, ESET and the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), because they found out that the "vendors have conspired to prevent testing of their products by placing clauses in their end user licensing agreements (EULA) that make testing of their products subject to their permission."
The new Necurs botnet spam campaign targets Banks with the malicious Wizard (.wiz) files used by Microsoft programs such as Word to guide users through complex or repetitive tasks.
Informative blog by the LineageOS engineers covering Qualcomm bootloader chain of trust to the point of Android OS being loaded.
GnuPG can now be used to perform notarial acts in the State of Washington.
A new CSS-based web attack will crash and restart your iPhone.
Interesting project - SlotBot: Hacking slot machines to win the jackpot with a buttonhole camera and brute-force search.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cloudflare analyzed the changes and improvements of a new TLS 1.3 (RFC 8446) standard that was finally published last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The academics have mounted a successful GPS spoofing attack against road navigation systems that can trick humans into driving to incorrect locations. The novel part is that they are using real map data to generate plausible malicious instructions.
Folks from Cloudflare, Mozilla, Fastly, and Apple during a hackaton implemented Encrypted Server Name Indication (SNI). There are implementations in BoringSSL, NSS and picotls.
Good insight on how credit card thieves use free-to-play apps to steal and launder money from the credit cards.
Chromium recently introduced Cross-Origin Read Blocking (CORB) that helps mitigate the threat of side-channel attacks (including Spectre).
For anybody interested in reverse engineering, nice write up about the Smoke Loader malware bot unpacking mechanism and communication with the C&C.
A research on how to bypass memory scanners using Cobalt Strike’s beacon payload and the gargoyle memory scanning evasion technique.
Eset researchers analyzed ongoing espionage campaign against the Ukrainian government institutions.
The intercept summarized what the public has learned about Russian and U.S. spycraft from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of hackers.
Security researchers have uncovered a highly targeted mobile malware campaign that has been operating since August 2015 and found spying on 13 selected iPhones in India.
There is an exploit for Ubuntu Linux (up to 4.17.4) where other users coredumps can be read via setgid directory and killpriv bypass.
There is a critical flaw in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (CVE-2018-0986). They have used the open source unrar code, changed all the signed ints, breaking the code. Remote SYSTEM memory corruption.
Blog by Latacora about the right choices and parameters when dealing with cryptography for backups, communication, authentication, etc. Nice summary, with the explanation and historical references.
An Italian football club Lazio has been scammed by a social engineering attack via email. The club sent out transfer bill of €2 million to a fraudster’s bank account instead of the Feyenoord Dutch club.
The people behind the Google Wycheproof project, which is testing crypto libraries against known attacks released test vectors for many crypto primitives.
Cloudflare announced consumer DNS service sitting on a 220.127.116.11 address. Supports DNS-over-TLS, also DNS-over-HTTPS.
Good explanatory blog about the oblivious DNS and why DNS should not require our trust at all.
There is a local privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2018-0492) in the Debian beep package. Yes, beep package for motherboard beeping. Escalation, because setuid + race condition.
LibreSSL 2.7.0 was accepting all invalid host names as correct. A vulnerability was found by Python maintainer Christian Heimes when running tests after porting new LibreSSL to the Python 3.7. Nobody affected.
VirusTotal launches a new Android Sandbox system VirusTotal Droidy to help security researchers detect malicious apps based on behavioral analysis.
MesaLink is a new memory-safe and OpenSSL-compatible TLS library written in Rust.
The city of Atlanta government has become the victim of a ransomware attack. The ransomware message demanding a payment of $6,800 to unlock each computer or $51,000 to provide all the keys for affected systems. Employees were told to turn off their computers.
The academic researchers have discovered a new side-channel attack method called BranchScope that can be launched against devices with Intel processors and demonstrated it against an SGX enclave. The patches released in response to the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities might not prevent these types of attacks.
Good insight into the ransomware business and how it operates, how it transfers Bitcoin funds, with data gathered over a period of two years.
The paper is named "Tracking Ransomware End-to-end"
Mozilla has created a Facebook Container extension for Firefox, which should enable users to protect their online habits by sandboxing Facebook webpage.
Interesting article about the North Korean army of hackers operating abroad with the mission to earn money by any means necessary.
Unified logs in the MacOS High Sierra (up to 10.13.3) show the plain text password for APFS encrypted external volumes via disk utility application.
SophosLabs researchers analyzed a new Android malware which is pretending to he a legitimate QR reader application, but actually is monetizing users by showing them a flood of full-screen advertisements. More than 500k apps were installed.
CloudFlare published a Merkle Town dashboard, Certificate Transparency logs visualization tool.
Facebook is tracking users' phone call information via their Android Messenger application.
There are multiple critical vulnerabilities in the Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) subsystem of Cisco IOS Software.
New version (4.0) of the most secure operating system on the planet - Qubes OS was released.
Wandera security researchers spotted a new sophisticated Android RedDrop malware hidden in at least 53 Android applications. It can intercept SMS, record audio and exfiltrate data to the remote server.
There is an experimental support for forward secure post-quantum Extended Hash-Based Signatures (XMSS) in the OpenSSH protocol.
Blog by Matthew Green on the probable encryption key handling by Apple in the China mandated cloud. Not really satisfied explanation, only guesses, as Apple is silent about the exact key handling methodology.
Cloudflare detected new Memcached based amplification DDoS attack vector. The attacker just implants a large payload on an exposed memcached server, then, the attacker spoofs the "get" request message with target Source IP address. The memcached server could be really huge - around 1MB.
A group of computer scientists from the US and China published a paper proposing the first-ever trojan for a neural network. It's called PoTrojan and is triggered by special network input. After that, the network start to work differently.
The Cisco Talos team analyzed attribution claims around Olympic Destroyer malware. The result is to not imply blindly to Russia. Attribution is hard.
New KeePassXC version 2.3.0 was released. There are lots of new features, like new Argon2 key derivation function, SSH agent integration, browser plugin.
Trustico SSL certificate reseller revoked 23000 customer certificates by sending private keys(?!) over email to the Digicert certification authority.
There are rumors that major U.S. government contractor Cellebrite is able to unlock all current iPhone models.
An advertising network has been using a well-known malware trick, a Domain Generation Algorithm (DGA), to bypass ad blockers and deploy in-browser cryptocurrency miners since December 2017.
A novel technique is using hardware branch predictor side channel attack to bypass ASLR protection:
"Jump Over ASLR: Attacking Branch Predictors to Bypass ASLR"
Electron applications designed to run on Windows that register themselves as the default handler for a protocol, like Skype, Slack and others, are vulnerable to the remote code execution vulnerability.
Dutch intelligence service AIVD provided the FBI with important information regarding Russian interference with the American elections. They have following the Cozy Bear APT for years.
Good blog about the exploitation of the Intel Management Engine 11 vulnerabilities. Researchers Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy were able to debug and analyse most of the Intel ME processes.
It's possible to bypass the Cloudflare protection by scanning internet for misconfigured customers' servers.
It is possible for an unauthenticated attacker in the LAN network to achieve remote code execution (CVE-2018-5999) in the AsusWRT router as the root user.
The Tinder dating application is not using encryption when accessing data on a backend server. Your naked photos could be seen by a waitress in a restaurant. The geeky one.
Oracle has released patches for ten vulnerabilities in VirtualBox, which allows guest to host virtual machine escape.
The guy was able to obtain TLS certificates from the Let's Encrypt certification authority for domains that he does not own, due to the TLS-SNI-01 challenge workflow in a cloud environment. Shared hosting providers like Heroku, AWS CloudFront affected.
Blog by Joanna Rutkowska on a future Qubes Air operating system architecture roadmap. They want to provide compartmentalized secure Qubes OS as a service.
There is a cryptographic analysis of the WireGuard protocol. WireGuard is a layer 3 replacement for the IPsec, OpenVPN solutions. Interesting project.
Nice introduction on how to fuzz TCP servers by Robert Swiecki.
Autodesk A360 cloud-based online storage misused as a delivery platform for multiple malware families.
Brian Krebs has done a good open source intel work on a shadowy past of Marcus Hutchins, author of the popular cybersecurity blog MalwareTech.
Wikileaks has published documents about the CIA Angelfire - "persistent framework that can load and execute custom implants on target computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system (XP or Win7)"
ESET has published a research paper about a Gazer, stealth cyberespionage trojan, attributed to the notoriously known Turla group. The group was spreading malware using watering hole and spearphishing campaigns. I cannot find any more direct attribution except the fact that it is targeting "embassies and consulates" which, I believe, are a very common target for every intelligence actor...
Zimperium Researcher Adam Donenfeld published a proof-of-concept for iOS Kernel Exploit.
Very good analysis of a group chat vulnerabilities in a popular IM applications:
"Insecurities of WhatsApp's, Signal's, and Threema's Group Chats"
Cloudflare's blog post about a quantum resistant supersingular isogeny Diffie-Hellman key agreement used in TLS 1.3.
A Phrack-style paper on research into abusing Windows token privileges for escalation of privilege. Deep down the rabbit hole.
Security researchers at Positive Technologies have discovered an undocumented configuration setting that disables the Intel Management Engine.
Malware samples recovered from watering hole attacks against the Polish financial regulator's website contain false flags that fraudulently suggest Russian actors are behind the campaign. BAE Systems Threat Research attributed the attack to the notoriously known Lazarus Group.
TeamSpy malware targets high-profile industrial executives, researchers and diplomats using phishing attack. If successful, the malware installs keylogger and hidden TeamViewer application.
The world's largest spam botnet Necurs, with 5 million infected hosts, has added a DDoS module.
Montenegro suffered massive cyberattacks against government and media websites.
This one about Cloudflare bug is all over the internet, but I found the report from the Google Project Zero engineer interesting.
Google announces first SHA1 collision attack, demonstrating it with two PDF files.
Short blog with the self explanatory headline "Why it sucks to be a Security Researcher" written by a Sakurity infosec guy.
Crackle is a tool to crack Bluetooth Smart Encryption (BLE). It exploits a flaw in the pairing mechanism that leaves all communications vulnerable to decryption by passive eavesdroppers.
The Mercure is a tool for generating and managing phishing campaigns. It includes email templates, attachments and landing page management.