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.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices, maybe others, are texting camera photos to random contacts through the Samsung Messages app without user permission.
Gentoo Linux distribution GitHub repository was compromised. Attacker removed out all the maintainers, who realized the intrusion only 10 minutes after he gained access. He add
rm -rf /* to build scripts, changed README and some minor things.
Since January 2017, Stylish browser extension has been augmented with spyware that records every single website that its 2 million other users visit, then sends complete browsing activity back to its servers, together with a unique identifier.
Digicert Withdraws from the CA Security Council (CASC), because they "feel that CASC is not sufficiently transparent and does not represent the diversity of the modern Certificate Authority (CA) industry. Improving the ecosystem requires broad participation from all interested stakeholders, and many are being excluded unnecessarily."
Great step Digicert!
CryptoCurrency Clipboard Hijacker malware discovered by Bleeping Computer monitors for more than 2.3 million Bitcoin addresses, then replace them in memory, with the attacker address.
Local root jailbreak, authorization bypass & privilege escalation vulnerabilities in all ADB broadband routers, gateways and modems. The patch is already available.
A Microsoft Security division published an analysis of the malware sample which exploited the Adobe Reader software and the Windows operating system using two zero-day exploits in a single PDF file.
Blog about why it is not helpful to use the Canvas Defender extension, a browser canvas fingerprinting countermeasure.
Blog about the cryptographic primitives used by the North Korean Red Star operating system. The OS is mostly uses AES-256 Rijndael with dynamic S-Box modifications, but the design is evolving and the latest version of the algorithm has more differences.
Interesting technique how to bypass web-application firewalls by abusing SSL/TLS. An attacker can use an unsupported SSL cipher to initialize the connection to the webserver which supports that cipher, but the WAF would not be able to identify the attack because it can't view the data.
Good introduction to the Linux ELF file format with some practical examples how sections look like, how to shrink the size during compilation and more.
Marcus Brinkmann demonstrated how some configuration options in the GnuPG allow remote attackers to spoof arbitrary signature. He used the embedded “filename” parameter in OpenPGP literal data packets, together with the verbose option set in their gpg.conf file.
Tapplock Smart Lock has critical bugs making it a trivial protection. They are using the AES key derived from the MAC address, so anyone with a Bluetooth enabled smartphone can pick up the key upon getting to a smart lock Bluetooth range.
Crooks are injecting credit card stealing backdoor to the config files of a hacked Magento e-commerce platforms. They can reinfect the rest of code base over and over again with the config load.
Updated Satori botnet began to perform network wide scan looking for exploitable XiongMai uc-httpd 1.0.0 devices (CVE-2018-10088).
Baby Monitors in the USA were hacked via obscure Chinese IoT cloud. The woman from the Facebook post claims that someone controlled the camera remotely and spied on her, possibly listened in to conversations.
OpenBSD disables Intel's hyper-threading due to possible exploitable spectre-class bugs in the architecture.
Linux is getting support for in-kernel hibernation encryption. Encrypts disk-image memory, thereby increasing the general security of full-disk encryption on Linux and reducing the attack surface.
OTSECA - (ot)her (sec)urity (a)wareness is an open source security auditing tool to search and dump system configuration. It allows you to generate reports in HTML or RAW-HTML formats.
Australian government drafts new laws, that will force technology giants like Facebook, Google to give government agencies access to encrypted data.
A security researcher at Telspace Systems, Dmitri Kaslov, discovered a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows JScript component, that can be exploited by an attacker to execute malicious code on a target computer.
IBM X-Force Research has uncovered a new Brazilian, Delphi-based MnuBot malware active in the wild. It downloads it's functionality during the execution dynamically from the remote C&C server, so its functionality can be upgraded on the fly.
The US Department of Homeland Security and FBI issues alert over two new malware, Joanap remote access tool and Brambul SMB worm, linked to the Hidden Cobra hacker group.
A Toronto-based investment firm alleges that a rival company hired the Israeli companies tied to state intelligence agencies, to help sway a business dispute over a 2014 bid for a telecommunications company.
Google announced a project Capillary: End-to-end encryption for push messaging in Android. It should be available backward to API level 19 - KitKat.
Engineers from the University of Toronto have built a filter that slightly alters photos of people’s faces to keep facial recognition software from realizing what it's looking at. https://joeybose.github.io/assets/adversarial-attacks-face.pdf
Research paper about the business model of a botnet operation, even with a business model canvas!
New research takes on the problem of habituation to security warnings. They have used eye tracking and fMRI data to find out how people react to the security warnings in the software.
A new paper by Bonnetain and Schrottenloher giving improved quantum attack on a newly proposed Commutative Supersingular Isogeny Diffie–Hellman (CSIDH) key exchange. According to the paper, they show, that the 128-bit classical, 64-bit quantum security parameters proposed actually offer at most 37 bits of quantum security.
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.
A loud sound emitted by a gas-based fire suppression system deployed in the data center has destroyed the hard drives of a Swedish data center, downing NASDAQ operations across Northern Europe.
Signal for iOS, version 126.96.36.199 and prior, is vulnerable to the screen lock bypass (CVE-2018-9840).
The blog explains how the vulnerability can be exploited in practice.
Good summary about the integrated circuits Counterfeiting, detection and avoidance methods by hardware engineer Yahya Tawil.
A new python-based cryptocurrency mining malware PyRoMine (FortiGuard Labs) is using the ETERNALROMANCE exploit attributed to the NSA, to propagate Monero cryptocurrency miner.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics tracked people by their mobile device data to enrich their collection of data.
BGP hijack affected Amazon DNS and rerouted web traffic for more than two hours. Attackers used the hijack to serve fake MyEtherWallet.com cryptocurrency website.
Embedi researchers analyzed the security of a Huawei Secospace USG6330 firewall firmware. Good insight on how to analyze devices in general.
The ISO has rejected SIMON and SPECK symmetric encryption algorithms designed and proposed by the NSA. They are optimized for small and low-cost processors like IoT devices.
The Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton Announced IoT Inspector - an ongoing initiative to study consumer IoT security and privacy.
There is a Proof of Concept for Fusée Gelée - a coldboot vulnerability that allows full, unauthenticated arbitrary code execution on NVIDIA's Tegra line of embedded processors. This vulnerability compromises the entire root-of-trust for each processor, leading to full compromise of on-device secrets where USB access is possible.
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 Fidelis Cybersecurity researcher Jason Reaves demonstrated how covertly exchange data using X.509 digital certificates. The proof of concept code is using SubjectKeyIdentifier and generating certificates on the fly.
The "UDPoS" Point of Sale malware is using DNS traffic to exfiltrate stolen credit card data.
Talos analyzed malware threat targeting Olympic computer systems during the opening ceremony. The main purpose was information gathering and destroying the system.
Zero-day vulnerability in the Bitmessage messaging client was exploited to steal Electrum cryptocurrency wallet keys.
Trustwave analyzed multi-stage Microsoft Word attack which is NOT using macros. Really creative technique.
Microsoft can't fix Skype privilege escalation bug without the massive code rewrite, so they postponed it for a while.
Facebook is advertising their Onavo VPN application, but there are a few reasons why it is really not a good idea to use it.
Facebook is spamming users via SMS registered for two factor authentication (2FA). Then posts their responses on a wall.
(Not only) Performance analysis of a Retpoline mitigation for Spectre vulnerability.
A guide on how to brutefoce Linux Full Disk Encryption (LUKS) volumes using Hashcat software.
Proof of concept of LibreOffice remote arbitrary file disclosure vulnerability. It is possible to silently send any files. All operating systems affected before 5.4.5/6.0.1 versions.
Daniel Shapira from Twistlock wrote a blog about exploiting a Linux kernel vulnerability in the waitid() syscall (CVE-2017-5123) in order to modify the Linux capabilities of a Docker container, gain privileges and escape the container jail.
There is a critical hardware bug in the Intel chips, which enables a user level process to access kernel address space, thus read other processes memory. Cloud providers and OS makers are preparing software patches, but the performance penalty could be significant. According to the Wired:
"[researchers] confirmed that when Intel processors perform that speculative execution, they don't fully segregate processes that are meant to be low-privilege and untrusted from the highest-privilege memory in the computer's kernel. That means a hacker can trick the processor into allowing unprivileged code to peek into the kernel's memory with speculative execution."
The guy dumped PlayStation 4 kernel by leaking arbitrary memory into accessible crashdumps.
ACM published article about more than 2 decades old ransomware experiments with the name "Cryptovirology: The Birth, Neglect, and Explosion of Ransomware".
Nice write up about exploit development for the arbitrary command execution on a BMC Server Automation remote agent software.
MacOS-only 0day vulnerability published on a last day of 2017. It is an IOHIDSystem kernel vulnerability that can be exploited by any unprivileged user.
Edward Snowden’s open source Haven application uses smartphone sensors to detect physical tampering.
PiKarma detects wireless network attacks performed by KARMA module (fake AP). Starts deauthentication attack (for fake access points).