Facebook, Google, Cisco, WhatsApp and other industry partners get together to create Message Layer Security as an open standard for end-to-end encryption with formal verification. Messaging Layer Security is now an IETF working group as well.
Long read about the takedown of Gooligan, Android botnet that was stealing OAuth credentials back in 2016.
The Israeli security company CTS Labs published information about a series of exploits against AMD chips just one day after they have notified the AMD.
Russia orders company behind the Telegram messaging application to hand over users’ encryption keys.
Hacker behind Guccifer 2.0 pseudonym, known for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the US Democratic National Committee, was an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate.
Fascinating in depth blog about the breaking security of the Ledger cryptocurrency hardware wallet.
There was a Facebook bug which made persistent XSS in Facebook wall possible by embedding an external video using the Open Graph protocol.
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA worked to “track down” Bitcoin users.
Dark Web Map - a visualization of the structure of 6.6k Tor's onion services, a.k.a. hidden services, a.k.a. the dark web.
A cyberattack on a Saudi Arabian petrochemical company was probably planed with the physical explosion in mind.
They have attributed Iran, and didn't mention Stuxnet at all, so a little bit one-sided view of this cyberwarfare exchange.
There is a critical vulnerability in Credential Security Support Provider protocol (CredSSP) that affects all versions of Windows. Due to cryptographic flaw, man-in-the-middle attack could allow remote procedure calls attack and data exfiltration against the RDP and WinRM.
A vulnerability (CVE-2018-1057) in Samba allows authenticated users to change other users' password.
Kubernetes vulnerability (CVE-2017-1002101) allows containers using subpath volume mounts with any volume type to access files/directories outside of the volume, including the host’s filesystem. Updated version is already available.
Quite good exchange on the encryption policy and the government backdoor proposals between the US National Academy of Sciences and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Relevant for all democratic regimes.
Kaspersky has discovered PlugX remote access tool (RAT) malware installed across the pharmaceutical organizations in Vietnam, aimed at stealing drug formulas and business information.
Encrypted Email Service provider ProtonMail is being blocked by internet service providers in Turkey.
CTS-Labs security researchers has published a whitepaper identifying four classes of potential vulnerabilities of the Ryzen, EPYC, Ryzen Pro, and Ryzen Mobile processor lines.
Adam Langley's blog post about the inability of the TLS 1.3 to snoop on proxy traffic.
Hacker Adrian Lamo dies at 37. He was known for his involvement in passing information on whistleblower Chelsea Manning, a former US Army soldier who leaked sensitive information to the WikiLeaks.
To find assault suspect, police in the Raleigh, North Carolina used search warrants to demand Google accounts not of specific suspects, but from any mobile devices that veered too close to the scene of a crime in specific time.
Kaspersky releases Klara, a distributed system written in Python, designed to help threat intelligence researchers hunt for new malware using Yara rules.
Nice paper about the simple manual cipher that should be resistant against the modern cryptanalysis.
LC4: A Low-Tech Authenticated Cipher for Human-To-Human Communication https://eprint.iacr.org/2017/339
The "Janus" Android vulnerability (CVE-2017-13156) allows attackers to modify the code in applications without affecting their signatures. The root of the problem is that a file can be a valid APK file and a valid DEX file at the same time. The vulnerability allows attackers to inject malware into legitimate application and avoiding detection.
According to the research by Hanno Böck, Juraj Somorovsky and Craig Young, the Bleichenbacher’s attack on RSA PKCS#1v1.5 encryption still works on almost 3% of the Alexa top million most visited websites. The researchers were even able to sign a message using Facebook’s private TLS key. Vendors like Citrix, F5, Cisco, and multiple SSL implementations are affected.
HP had a keylogger in the Touchpad driver, which was disabled by default, but could be enabled by setting a registry value.
There is a remote root code execution flaw (CVE-2017-15944) in the Palo Alto Networks firewalls.
Researchers from the Group-IB spotted the operations of a Russian-speaking MoneyTaker group that stole as much as $10 million from US and Russian banks.
Recorded Future analyzed costs of various cybercriminal services sold on the dark market.
Internet traffic for organizations such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitch were briefly rerouted to Russia.
Microsoft started rolling out an update for Malware Protection Engine to fix a remotely exploitable bug discovered by the British intelligence agency.
Avast open-sources RetDec machine-code decompiler for platform-independent analysis of executable files. It's based on LLVM.
Wireless network sniffer Kismet now supports the DJI DroneID UAV telemetry extensions.
Wazuh - Wazuh helps you to gain deeper security visibility into your infrastructure by monitoring hosts at an operating system and application level.
It supports log management and analysis, integrity monitoring, anomaly detection and compliance monitoring.
Wifiphisher is an automated victim-customized phishing attacks against Wi-Fi clients.
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.
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.
Elcomsoft wrote an insight about the drastically degraded security of the Apples iOS 11 operating system.
Chinese drone maker D.J.I. is potentially sharing collected data with the Chinese government.
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.
Swiftype written a good blog about their infrastructure risk assessment and threat modeling.
Nvidia published a paper about the clustering of a benign and malicious Windows executables using neural networks.
Bucket Stream - Find interesting Amazon S3 Buckets by watching certificate transparency logs.
Sysdig Inspect – a powerful interface for container troubleshooting and security investigation
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.
There is a great probability that if you used Outlook’s S/MIME encryption in the past 6 months, plaintext of your emails was leaked to the mail exchange because of Outlook S/MIME CVE-2017-11776 vulnerability.
The Kaspersky anti-virus was allegedly stealing NSA secrets using a silent signature mode that detected classified documents. Israel hacked the Kaspersky, and notified the NSA.
A custom OxygenOS Android fork that comes installed on all OnePlus smartphones, is tracking users, allowing OnePlus to connect each phone to its customer.
Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are affected by a bug in certain Infineon Trusted Platform Module (TPM) firmware versions. RSA keys generated by the TPM being vulnerable to a computationally expensive attacks. Targeted attacks are possible.
KovCoreG hacking group used advertising network on Pornhub to redirect users to a fake browser update websites that installed malware.
Apple released a security patch for macOS High Sierra 10.13 to fix vulnerabilities in the Apple file system (APFS) volumes and Keychain software. The patch also addresses a flaw in the Apple file system that exposes encrypted drive’s password in the hint box.
Yet another part of the reverse engineering blog post series analyzing TrickBot with IDA.
Keybase has launched a nice new feature - encrypted Git. There are no services like website, pull requests, issue tracking or wiki, just simple git. Encrypted.
The ZNIU Android malware is exploiting Linux kernel "Dirty COW" vulnerability to install itself on a device and collect money through the SMS-enabled payment service.
Good introduction blog into the art of binary fuzzing and crash analysis demonstrated by fuzzing famous open-source Mimikatz software.
Security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire has gained access to company team pages by exploiting faulty business logic in popular third-party on-line helpdesks.
Server part of the Wire end-to-end encrypted instant messenger application is now open-source, but there are lots of external dependencies and no documentation yet.
A brief description behind the technology of a private contact discovery used in Signal messenger.
X41 IT Security company has released an in-depth analysis of the three leading enterprise web browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer.
A nice list of a various open-source honeypot projects available on-line.
SigThief - The script that will rip a signature off a signed PE file and append it to another one, fixing up the certificate table to sign the file. It's not a valid signature BUT it's enough for some anti-viruses to flag the executable as trustworthy.
The security researcher Pierre Kim has discovered ten critical zero-day vulnerabilities in D-Link routers.
There is a new research paper published on a security of a Bluetooth stack named "The dangers of Bluetooth implementations: Unveiling zero day
vulnerabilities and security flaws in modern Bluetooth stacks." Really alarming vulnerabilities discussed.
From a paper: "BlueBorne allows attackers to take control of devices, access corporate data and networks, penetrate secure “air-gapped” networks, and spread malware to other devices. The attack does not require the targeted device to be set on discoverable mode or to be paired to the attacker’s device."
FireEye has analyzed a malicious Microsoft Office RTF document that leveraged CVE-2017-8759, a SOAP WSDL parser code injection vulnerability leveraged by attackers to distribute notoriously known FinFisher / FINSPY malware.
I have included exploit example that is published on a GitHub.
Kaspersky Labs have analyzed the trend of malicious cryptocurrency mining practices on an infected machines.
The Android BankBot malware found on Google Play store is targeting multiple UAE banking applications.
NSA had developed the capability to decrypt and decode Kazaa and eDonkey file-sharing apps traffic to determine which files are being shared, and what queries are being performed over those P2P networks.
Formally verified implementation of Curve25519 made it into Firefox 57. And it is 20% faster on 64-bit architectures.
A nice curated list of IDA plugins.
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.
WikiLeaks has published documents detailing two alleged CIA implants, BothanSpy and Gyrfalcon, designed to steal SSH credentials from Windows and Linux.
Popular article about the background of iPhone Jailbreaking. Really interesting.
Domains for an authoritative name servers of .io domain was free, so guy registered one, and published blog about the possibility of .io domains takeover.
The author of the original variant of the Petya ransomware has published the master key via Twitter.
Security researcher Nitay Artenstein has discovered a serious Broadcom Wi-Fi chip bug CVE-2017-9417.
Chinese researchers published an attack on a satellite phone encryption that enable them to decrypt communication encrypted by GMR-2 cipher in real-time.
API Security Checklist is the checklist of the most important security countermeasures when designing, testing, and releasing an online API.
Horcrux: A Password Manager for Paranoids is an research project and experimental implementation of a highly secure password manager. Credentials are secretshared over multiple servers, the passwords are filled by modifying outgoing POST requests.