New research has found a flaw in a group messaging part of a Signal protocol used by Signal, WhatsApp and Threema. It’s hardly exploitable, but the server (attacker) could be, in some theoretical scenario, able to silently join an encrypted group chat.
Janit0r, author of the mass internet scanning campaign known as Internet Chemotherapy, released two more blogs about the campaign. Interesting.
A tale about the npm package which crawled user entered credit card information from the websites. It is a work of fiction, but published few hours after dozens of npm packages stopped working due to missing dependencies... Scary.
HC7 Planetary Ransomware is probably the first known ransomware asking for Ethereum as a ransom payment. It's for Windows users only.
There is a hardwired network backdoor in the Western Digital MyCloud drives (user: mydlinkBRionyg, password: abc12345cba). Vendor probably patched it six months after reported.
Wi-Fi Protected Access III - WPA3 will be forced on a marked this year. Hopefully a lot of security enhancements to wi-fi protocol will be delivered by the WPA3-certified devices.
Let's Encrypt certification authority has temporarily disabled TLS-SNI-01 authorization challenge due to reported exploitation technique possible on a shared hosting infrastructure.
Google Cloud security engineers reported remote code execution vulnerability in the AMD Platform Security Processor.
Brian Krebs wrote a blog about the flourishing online markets with the stolen credentials.
VirusTotal has a new feature, a visualization tool for the relationship between files, URLs, domains and IP addresses.
A Meltdown vulnerability proof of concept for reading passwords out of Google Chrome browser.
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).
The AWS team published blog about the recent improvements to the secure random number generation in Linux 4.14, OpenSSL and libc.
Really good introduction to the anonymous communication network design and mix nets in general, published by Least Authority.
Those guys reverse-engineered the Furby Connect DLC file format and are able to remotely upload their own logos, songs to the device over Bluetooth.
There is a critical vulnerability in the MacOS High Sierra, anyone can login as root with empty password after clicking on login button several times. For now, it could be mitigated by just changing the root password.
Very good investigative journalism about the mysterious NSA contractor which could provided top secret documents to the Shadow Brokers.
Uber paid hackers $100k to delete stolen data on 57 million people and shut up. They have even tried to fake it as an bug bounty payment.
Someone published remote code execution exploit for the Exim Mail server (CVE-2017-16944) on GitHub. Shodan.io shows more than 400k servers with the vulnerable CHUNKING feature.
Some good souls are selling Ransomware as a service. It has own logo, support, bug tracker, and a clean website.
The webpage of the open-source video transcoder application Handbrake was compromised and served malware for the Mac users.
Comparison of the "http81 IoT botnet" against the Mirai source code. The C&C code is different, but they took some parts of the published source code.
IBM shipped malware infected USB flash drives to the customers.
Shodan can now find malware C&C servers.
Deep insight into use-after-free vulnerability and many possibilities how to exploit it. https://scarybeastsecurity.blogspot.ch/2017/05/ode-to-use-after-free-one-vulnerable.html
Critical remotely exploitable vulnerability found in the Microsofts' Malware Protection service.
The criminals are stealing 2FA tokens by abusing widespread telecommunications network equipment.
Guido Vranken found a vulnerability (CVE-2017-8779) that allows an attacker to allocate any amount of bytes (up to 4 gigabytes per attack) on a remote RPCBIND host, and the memory is never freed unless the process crashes or the administrator halts or restarts the RPCBIND service.
Good summary of an iCloud Keychain Secrets vulnerability (CVE-2017–2448). From the blog:
"This allows an adversary to craft an OTR message which can negotiate a key successfully while bypassing the actual signature verification...Considering that OTR uses ephemeral keys for encryption, this flaw implies that a syncing identity key is no longer required for an adversary with Man In The Middle capabilities to negotiate an OTR session to receive secrets."
Researchers developed the cheapest way so far to hack a passive keyless entry system, as found on some cars. No cryptography broken.
OpenSnitch is a GNU/Linux port of the Little Snitch application firewall.
Linux Malware Detect (LMD) is a malware scanner for Linux designed around the threats faced in shared hosted environments.