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InfoSec Week 45, 2018

A default VirtualBox virtual network device has a vulnerability allowing an attacker with root privilege to escape guest OS, execute commands in ring3 on a host.
All operating systems affected.
https://github.com/MorteNoir1/virtualbox_e1000_0day

Researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands have revealed encryption vulnerabilities in the solid-state drives (SSD).
Samsung nor Crucial manufacturers are producing buggy firmware where anybody who steals your drive is able to decrypt it on their own.
https://www.ru.nl/publish/pages/909275/draft-paper_1.pdf

Police in the Netherlands were able to decrypt more than 258,000 messages sent using proprietary IronChat end-to-end (probably not) encrypted messaging application.
Lessons learned: do not use custom, proprietary, "exclusive" application nobody else except your gang members have...
https://www.politie.nl/en/news/2018/november/02-apeldoorn-police-have-achieved-a-breakthrough-in-the-interception-and-decryption-of-crypto-communication.html

The first release of 5G (3GPP Release 15) includes protection against an active IMSI catching.
"But in a typical case where 5G UE also supports LTE, it is still vulnerable to LTE IMSI catchers."
https://arxiv.org/abs/1811.02293

New "PortSmash" CPU side channel vulnerability impacts all CPUs that use a Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT).
The vulnerability has been discovered by researchers from the Tampere University of Technology in Finland and Technical University of Havana, Cuba.
https://github.com/bbbrumley/portsmash

Troy Hunt published blog on how passwords are superior to many alternative methods, primarily because "everyone understands how to use it".
https://www.troyhunt.com/heres-why-insert-thing-here-is-not-a-password-killer/

US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) starts uploading unclassified foreign APT malware samples to VirusTotal.
https://www.cybercom.mil/Media/News/News-Display/Article/1681533/new-cnmf-initiative-shares-malware-samples-with-cybersecurity-industry/

Iran found CIA spies by Googling their online communication channels after double agent told them modus operandi.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/cias-communications-suffered-catastrophic-compromise-started-iran-090018710.html

Some explanation by Doug Madory of Oracle on how and when China Telecom hijacked BGP routing to send US-to-US traffic via mainland China.
https://internetintel.oracle.com/blog-single.html?id=China+Telecom%27s+Internet+Traffic+Misdirection

Early version of an open source, free WireGuard for iOS VPN tunneling implementation is in public testing.
https://lists.zx2c4.com/pipermail/wireguard/2018-November/003526.html

Microsoft releases a Linux version of their ProcDump Sysinternals Tool.
https://github.com/Microsoft/ProcDump-for-Linux

InfoSec Week 44, 2017

There are at least 14 newly discovered vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel USB subsystem. The vulnerabilities were found by the Google syzkaller kernel fuzzer. According to the researchers, all of them can be triggered with a crafted malicious USB device in case an attacker has physical access to the machine.
http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2017/11/06/8

Mozilla will remove root certificate of the Staat der Nederlanden (State of the Netherlands) Certificate Authority from Firefox browser if the Dutch government vote a new law that grants local authorities the power to intercept Internet communication using "false keys".
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/mozilla-wants-to-distrust-dutch-https-provider-because-of-local-dystopian-law/

Bug hunter Scott Bauer has published an in depth analysis of the Android remotely exploitable bug in the blog post named "Please Stop Naming Vulnerabilities: Exploring 6 Previously Unknown Remote Kernel Bugs Affecting Android Phones".
https://pleasestopnamingvulnerabilities.com/

Some web pages use textfield with the CSS "asterix" trick instead of the password field so they can bypass browser security warning when password field is on an unencrypted web page. Nonsense.
https://www.troyhunt.com/bypassing-browser-security-warnings-with-pseudo-password-fields/

More than 54 thousand have the same pair of 512-bit RSA keys as their DNS Zone Signing Keys.
https://lists.dns-oarc.net/pipermail/dns-operations/2017-October/016878.html

Good blog from the ElcomSoft about the history and current possibilities in the iOS and iCloud forensics.
https://blog.elcomsoft.com/2017/11/the-art-of-ios-and-icloud-forensics/

The Norwegian National Communications Authority reported GPS signal jamming activity in the Finnmark region near the Russian border.
https://twitter.com/aallan/status/926553232591159296/photo/1
https://rntfnd.org/wp-content/uploads/Norway-Comms-Auth-Report-GPS-Jamming-Sept-2017.pdf

Mac and Linux versions of the Tor anonymity software contained a flaw that can leak users real IP addresses.
https://blog.torproject.org/tor-browser-709-released

Software and HDL code for the PCILeech FPGA based devices that can be used for the Direct Memory Access (DMA) attack and forensics is now available on a GitHub. The FPGA based hardware provides full access to 64-bit memory space without having to rely on a kernel module running on the target system.
https://github.com/ufrisk/pcileech-fpga