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InfoSec Week 51, 2018

Google Project Zero published a blog about the FunctionSimSearch open-source library which is capable to find similar functions in the assembly.
They are using it to detect code statically-linked vulnerable library functions in executables.

London's police is testing facial recognition technology in central London this week. Feel free to get your face scanned and processed for the bright future.

Facebook gave Spotify and Netflix access to a users' private messages. Also shared user information with Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo without explicit consent.

Researchers published results of an investigation into Russian election interference on behalf of the US Senate Intelligence Committee. They have analyzed data sets from Facebook, Twitter, Google.

Adam Langley wrote about their further Google Chrome TLS experiments with the post-quantum lattice based cryptography.

Matthew Green wrote his thoughts on GCHQ’s latest proposal for surveilling encrypted messaging and phone calls.

Tencent Blade Team discovered a remote code execution vulnerability in SQLite. It was already fixed in Chromium.

Good story about the investigation of the Chinese industrial espionage.

University of California, Berkeley researchers are building open-source secure enclave using RISC-V.

Well-known cypherpunk movement founder Timothy May passed away.

Microsoft introduced Windows Sandbox for applications.

Interesting paper on systematic parsing of X.509 certificates with strong termination guarantees: "Systematic Parsing of X.509: Eradicating Security Issues with a Parse Tree".

A Dive into Cypherlock, a tool that could prevent forced decryption.

Instant, re-usable, generic MD5 collisions over different file formats. https://github.com/corkami/pocs/blob/master/collisions/README.md

InfoSec Week 20, 2018

Major (probably not only) US cell carriers are selling access to the real-time phone location data.
Because, you know the Electronic Communications Privacy Act only restricts telecommunication companies from disclosing data to the government, it doesn't restrict disclosure to other companies. Which can resell back to the gov. Hacker News discussion on a topic is quite informative.

Guardian wrote that according to the Oracle findings, Android devices send detailed information on searches, what is being viewed and also precise locations to the Google. Even if location services are turned off and the smartphone does not have a Sim card or application installed.

A new report details a widespread campaign targeting several Turkish activists and protesters by their government, using the government malware made by FinFisher.

A new set of vulnerabilities affecting users of PGP and S/MIME were published. The main problem lies in how email clients handle the output of the encryption tool, the protocol itself is not vulnerable, GnuPG should be fine.

Cryptocurrency mining malware was found in the Ubuntu Snap Store.

Essential reading on how spies are able to shape narrative of a journalistic pieces by document leaking.

The US media has learned the identity of the prime suspect in the Vault7 WikiLeaks CIA breach. Should be a 29-year-old former C.I.A. software engineer, government malware writer.

Great blog post about math behind and existing implementations of the homomorphic encryption.

There is an article about the common encryption workarounds in the criminal investigations written by Orin S. Kerr and Bruce Schneier.

Sunder is a new desktop application for dividing access to secret information between multiple participants using Shamir's secret sharing method.

DARKSURGEON is a Windows packer project to empower incident response, malware analysis, and network defense.

InfoSec Week 32, 2017

The lone Nigerian guy is responsible for an attack against at least 4000 gas, oil, banking, infrastructure organizations using phishing and NetWire trojan for remote access.

Alert Logic published report about the cloud security. Public cloud is generally more secure than private and on-premises networks. Attack vectors are the same as for most online applications - mostly SQL injection, remote code execution against the web applications.

Oxford University researchers published so called intra-library collusion (ILC) attack against the Android devices. From the research paper: "(intra-library collusion attack) occurs when a single library embedded in more than one app on a device leverages the combined set of permissions available to it to pilfer sensitive user data".

Four remotely exploitable vulnerabilities were identified in Siemens’ Molecular Imaging products running Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

A recent phishing campaign that is distributing Trickbot is using extremely plausible imitations of financial institutions and government sites.

WikiLeaks has published CIA tool CouchPotato that allows operators to remotely spy on video streams in real-time.

InfoSec Week 16, 2017

Crooks are already using recently leaked NSA hack tools to exploit thousands of unpatched Windows machines.

Bosch Drivelog Connector dongle could allow hackers to halt the engine.

Android MilkyDoor malware lets attackers infiltrate phone's connected networks via Secure Shell (SSH) tunnels.

The Hajime IoT worm is hardening IoT devices (closing open ports for now) to lock out other IoT malware. The code is not weaponised, contains only white hat's message.

The guy found out how to trade other customers' stocks due to the bad implementation of the iPhone trading app.

NVIDIA is shipping node.js under the name "NVIDIA Web Helper.exe". As it's signed by the NVIDIA key, the application is whitelisted by Microsoft AppLocker, and can be used for bypassing protection.

Criminals are spreading financial malware using spam emails disguised as a payment confirmation email from Delta Air. Looks genuine. https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/hancitor-malware-delta-airlines/

Some darkmarket real IP addresses can be found through the Shodan search.
"RAMP (Russian drug market, server in Russia) and Hydra (international drug market, server in Germany) are leaking.Anyone see other big ones?"
https://twitter.com/HowellONeill/status/855550034741309440 https://twitter.com/AlecMuffett/status/855542397165502464

Nice blog about the common mistakes done by developers when using encryption \ secrets.

Apple File System (APFS), introduced in March 2017, reverse engineered by Jonas Plum.

WikiLeaks publishes the User Guide for CIA's "Weeping Angel" tool - an implant designed for Samsung F Series Smart Televisions. Based on the "Extending" tool from MI5/BTSS, the implant is designed to record audio from the built-in microphone and egress or store the data.
https://wikileaks.org/vault7/#Weeping Angel

Funny research paper co-authored by Daniel J. Bernstein, "Post-quantum RSA", explores potential "parameters for which key generation, encryption, decryption, signing, and verification are feasible on today’s computers while all known attacks are infeasible, even assuming highly scalable quantum computers".
Funny part is that the actual parameters are "really" practical. Example: "For the 2Tb (256GB) encryption, the longest multiplication took 13 hours, modular reduction took 40 hours, and in total encryption took a little over 100 hours."

A local privilege escalation via LightDM found in Ubuntu versions 16.10 / 16.04 LTS.

fake sandbox processes (FSP) - script will simulate fake processes of analysis sandbox/VM software that some malware will try to avoid. Windows only. https://github.com/Aperture-Diversion/fake-sandbox