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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 36, 2018

USB media shipped with the Schneider Electric Conext ComBox and Conext Battery Monitor solar products were infected with malware.
https://www.schneider-electric.com/en/download/document/SESN-2018-236-01/

Two days after the proof-of-concept exploit for the Windows Task Scheduler vulnerability appeared online, malware developers have started using it.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/windows-task-scheduler-zero-day-exploited-by-malware/

Five Eyes, an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, officially warns the tech world that they should build interception capabilities voluntarily or governments will legislate.
https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/646059/five-eyes-tech-industry-make-access-online-communications-possible-else/

Security researchers from the Kaitiaki Labs presented exploitation techniques against the automation in the LTE mobile networks.
https://gsec.hitb.org/materials/sg2018/D1%20-%20Exploiting%20Automation%20in%20LTE%20Mobile%20Networks%20-%20Altaf%20Shaik%20&%20Ravishankar%20Borgaonkar.pdf

.NET Framework remote code injection vulnerability (CVE-2018-8284) enables low privileged SharePoint users to execute commands on the server.
https://www.nccgroup.trust/uk/our-research/technical-advisory-bypassing-workflows-protection-mechanisms-remote-code-execution-on-sharepoint/

A good blog post by a bug hunter Steven Seeley - Analyzing and Exploiting an Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability in Docker for Windows (CVE-2018-15514).
https://srcincite.io/blog/2018/08/31/you-cant-contain-me-analyzing-and-exploiting-an-elevation-of-privilege-in-docker-for-windows.html

Thousands of MikroTik routers are forwarding owners’ traffic to unknown attackers.
https://blog.netlab.360.com/7500-mikrotik-routers-are-forwarding-owners-traffic-to-the-attackers-how-is-yours-en/

A great insight into the world of WW2 women code breakers who unmasked the Soviet spies.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-code-breakers-unmasked-soviet-spies-180970034/

ProtonMail released a major new version (4.0) of OpenPGPjs which introduces streaming cryptography.
https://protonmail.com/blog/openpgpjs-4-streaming-encryption/

Bruce Schneier announced the publication of the latest book with the name "Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World".
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2018/09/new_book_announ.html

There is a new collection of botnet source codes on GitHub.
https://github.com/maestron/botnets

InfoSec Week 21, 2018

500,000 routers in more than 50 countries are infected with the malware targeting routers. Primarily home devices like Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link.
Cisco's Talos Security attributed malware to the future Russian cyber operations against the Ukraine. The US FBI agents seize control of the botnet.
https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2018/05/VPNFilter.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/exclusive-fbi-seizes-control-of-russian-botnet

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine is deleting evidence on the malware sellers. They have removed from their archive a webpage of a Thailand-based firm FlexiSpy, which offers desktop and mobile malware.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nekzzq/wayback-machine-deleting-evidence-flexispy

According to the McAfee team, North Korean threat actor Sun Team is targeting defectors using the malicious Android applications on Google Play.
https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/malware-on-google-play-targets-north-korean-defectors/

Don't use sha256crypt & sha512crypt primitives as shipped with GNU/Linux, they're leaking information about the password via time duration of a hashing operation.
Not critical vulnerability, but good to know.
https://pthree.org/2018/05/23/do-not-use-sha256crypt-sha512crypt-theyre-dangerous/

The Intercept published an interesting article about the Japanese signals intelligence agency, based on Snowden's leaks.
https://theintercept.com/2018/05/19/japan-dfs-surveillance-agency/

The US FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress and the public.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-repeatedly-overstated-encryption-threat-figures-to-congress-public/2018/05/22/5b68ae90-5dce-11e8-a4a4-c070ef53f315_story.html

The US internet provider Comcast was leaking the usernames and passwords of customers’ wireless routers to anyone with the valid subscriber’s account number and street address number.
https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/21/comcast-is-leaking-the-names-and-passwords-of-customers-wireless-routers/

Amazon is pitching their facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies, saying the program could aid criminal investigations by recognizing suspects in photos and videos.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/22/technology/amazon-facial-recognition.html

Great blog about the SMS binary payloads and how SMS is weakening mobile security for years.
https://www.contextis.com/blog/binary-sms-the-old-backdoor-to-your-new-thing

Researchers from the Eclypsium found a new variation of the Spectre attack that can allow attackers to recover data stored inside CPU System Management Mode. They have even published Proof-of-concept.
https://blog.eclypsium.com/2018/05/17/system-management-mode-speculative-execution-attacks/

InfoSec Week 10, 2018

Google is contracted by the US Defense Department to apply its artificial intelligence solutions to drone strike targeting.
https://theintercept.com/2018/03/06/google-is-quietly-providing-ai-technology-for-drone-strike-targeting-project/

PacketLogic Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) devices manufactured by Sandvine are being used to deploy government spyware in Turkey and Syria, and redirect Egyptian Users to affiliate advertising networks and browser cryptocurrency miners.
https://citizenlab.ca/2018/03/bad-traffic-sandvines-packetlogic-devices-deploy-government-spyware-turkey-syria/

The researchers from Purdue University and the University of Iowa have discovered new attacks against the 4G LTE wireless data communications technology for mobile devices. The attack an be used to for impersonating existing users, device location spoofing, fake emergency and warning message delivery, eavesdropping on SMS communications, and more.
https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/03/05/lte-attacks/

Blog about the irresponsible handling of the sensitive data by airlines on-line booking system.
https://medium.freecodecamp.org/how-airlines-dont-care-about-your-privacy-case-study-emirates-com-6271b3b8474b

Wire messenger application passed an extensive application level security audit by X41 D-Sec and Kudelski Security. No critical vulnerabilities were found in the iOS, Android or the web part.
https://www.x41-dsec.de/security/report/2018/03/06/projects-x41-wire-phase2/

With the older firmware, it was possible to extract private keys from the cryptocurrency Ledger Nano hardware wallet.
https://twitter.com/i/web/status/970977060134023168

password_pwncheck is an enterprise Kerberos, Windows AD and Linux PAM password quality checking tool. It is able to check against breached lists like Have I Been Pwned and others.
https://github.com/CboeSecurity/password_pwncheck

The Harpoon is a command line tool to automate threat intelligence and open source intelligence tasks.
https://github.com/Te-k/harpoon

InfoSec Week 6, 2018

A buffer overflow vulnerability in older Starcraft version enabled modders to create new maps, so Blizzard tasked reverse engineer to safely emulate the bug in the newer, fixed version.
The author says it all: "This is a tale about what dedication to backward compatibility implies."
https://plus.google.com/+MartinSeeger/posts/HYmY8gPCYJT

A bug in the Grammarly chrome extension (approx ~22M users) exposes user authentication token to all websites, so everybody collecting user data can access their cloud data at grammarly.com.
https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=1527&desc=2

With the release of Google Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as a “not secure” in the status bar.
https://security.googleblog.com/2018/02/a-secure-web-is-here-to-stay.html

Article about the Australian startup Azimuth Security which sells hacking software to the "Five Eyes" police and intelligence agencies.
Rumors are that they are able to remotely hack Android devices and iPhones.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8xdayg/iphone-zero-days-inside-azimuth-security

SEC Consult researchers found multiple vulnerabilities in their smart sex toys security review. Customer database, clear passwords, vulnerable remote controllers...
http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2018/Feb/0

Metasploit integrated EternalRomance, EternalSynergy, and EternalChampion Windows (MS17-010) vulnerabilities leaked from the NSA by Shadow Brokers.
https://blog.rapid7.com/2018/02/02/metasploit-wrapup-26/

Someone leaked the source code of Apples' iBoot iOS trusted boot program on GitHub. It is a critical part of iOS system. Meanwhile, Apple filed a copyright takedown request with GitHub.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a34g9j/iphone-source-code-iboot-ios-leak

Hackers infected water utility SCADA systems in Europe with the cryptocurrency mining software.
http://www.eweek.com/security/water-utility-in-europe-hit-by-cryptocurrency-malware-mining-attack

Security researchers discovered vulnerabilities in an automated gas management system that allowed them to hijack credit card payments, steal card numbers and more.
https://www.scmagazine.com/gas-pump-vulnerabilities-in-widespread-software-grant-low-prices-and-credit-card-data/article/741764/

APT Simulator is a Windows Batch script that uses a set of tools and output files to make a system look as if it was the victim of an APT attack.
https://github.com/NextronSystems/APTSimulator

InfoSec Week 4, 2018

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.
https://electronjs.org/blog/protocol-handler-fix

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.
https://www.volkskrant.nl/media/dutch-agencies-provide-crucial-intel-about-russia-s-interference-in-us-elections~a4561913/

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.
http://blog.ptsecurity.com/2018/01/running-unsigned-code-in-intel-me.html

It's possible to bypass the Cloudflare protection by scanning internet for misconfigured customers' servers.
https://blog.christophetd.fr/bypassing-cloudflare-using-internet-wide-scan-data/

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.
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/pedrib/PoC/master/advisories/asuswrt-lan-rce.txt

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.
https://www.checkmarx.com/2018/01/23/tinder-someone-may-watching-swipe-2/

Oracle has released patches for ten vulnerabilities in VirtualBox, which allows guest to host virtual machine escape.
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/10-new-vm-escape-vulnerabilities-discovered-in-virtualbox/

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.
https://labs.detectify.com/2018/01/12/how-i-exploited-acme-tls-sni-01-issuing-lets-encrypt-ssl-certs-for-any-domain-using-shared-hosting/

Blog by Joanna Rutkowska on a future Qubes Air operating system architecture roadmap. They want to provide compartmentalized secure Qubes OS as a service.
https://www.qubes-os.org/news/2018/01/22/qubes-air/

There is a cryptographic analysis of the WireGuard protocol. WireGuard is a layer 3 replacement for the IPsec, OpenVPN solutions. Interesting project.
https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/080

Nice introduction on how to fuzz TCP servers by Robert Swiecki.
http://blog.swiecki.net/2018/01/fuzzing-tcp-servers.html