InfoSec Week 39, 2018

Posted on 28 September 2018
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Linux had officially committed to implementing and obeying the Code of Conduct — which is immediately misused to remove top Linux coders.
Some of the Linux developers are now threatening to withdraw the license to all of their code.
https://lulz.com/linux-devs-threaten-killswitch-coc-controversy-1252/

Bug in Twitter sent users' private direct messages to third-party developers who were not authorized to receive them. Some brand accounts should be affected.
https://blog.twitter.com/developer/en_us/topics/tools/2018/details-for-developers-on-Account-Activity-API-bug.html

Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing chip secrets for the purpose of helping Intel overcome engineering flaws in its chips.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/25/qualcomm-accuses-apple-of-giving-its-chip-secrets-to-intel.html

Australian government pushes for the smartphone spyware implanted by Telco vendors, manufacturers.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/companies/spyware-on-phone-fears-as-dutton-pushes-new-security-laws-20180924-p505oc.html

At least the sixth backdoor account was removed from Cisco devices this year.
This time it's "hardcoded credentials" in the Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) Software.
https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20180921-vsm

ESET researchers discovered, that the Kodi Media Player add-ons are misused for the cryptocurrency mining malware distribution.
https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/09/13/kodi-add-ons-launch-cryptomining-campaign/

According to a stackexchange post, "the Chinese police is forcing whole cities to install an Android spyware app Jingwang Weishi.
They are stopping people in the street and detaining those who refuse to install it."
https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/194353/police-forcing-me-to-install-jingwang-spyware-app-how-to-minimize-impact

Researchers proved that the security of PKCS #1 Digital Signatures is as secure as any of its successors like RSA-PSS and RSA Full-Domain.
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2018/09/evidence_for_th.html

There is a novel cache poisoning attack on WiFi by a remote off-path mitm attack vector.
Takes only 30 seconds and is using interesting multi-packet injection for timing side channel inference for injection. Works on Windows, OSX and Linux.
https://www.usenix.org/conference/usenixsecurity18/presentation/chen-weiteng


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