Threat Roundup for September 6 to September 13

Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between Sep. 6. to Sep 13. As with previous roundups, this post isn’t meant to be an in-depth analysis. Instead, this post will summarize the threats we’ve observed by highlighting key behavioural characteristics, indicators of compromise, and discussing how our customers are automatically protected from these threats.

Source: Threat Roundup for September 6 to September 13

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APIs Get Their Own Top 10 Security List

OWASP’s new list of API weaknesses focuses on issues that have caused recent data breaches and pose common security hazards in modern cloud-based applications.

Source: APIs Get Their Own Top 10 Security List

Netscout Warns of Increased APT Activity Targeting Airlines

A new threat report from Netscout identifies an increased level of APT activity targeting the airline and airport industries.

Their findings highlight that APT groups from China, Iran and Russia are targeting this sector to gather intelligence data from airports, airlines and aeroplane manufacturers.

The types of intelligence data and outcomes are:

  • Logistics about materials and trade;
  • Logistics of people and passengers, including travel origins and destinations of VIPs;
  • Passenger information and data;
  • Business information and data;
  • Intellectual property;
  • Smuggling of goods, including gemstones, endangered species and luxury items;
  • Sabotage, Destruction and Terrorism.

More Detail: Air APT

NetCAT: New Attack Lets Hackers Remotely Steal Data From Intel CPUs

Unlike previous side-channel vulnerabilities disclosed in Intel CPUs, researchers have discovered a new flaw that can be exploited remotely over the network without requiring an attacker to have physical access or any malware installed on a targeted computer.

Source: NetCAT: New Attack Lets Hackers Remotely Steal Data From Intel CPUs

Patch Tuesday Roundup

It’s monthly Microsoft patching time, with the software giant releasing updates to fix 79 vulnerabilities across their product range, with 17 critical and 61 important.

A couple of these were to fix vulnerabilities with a public exploit. One of these is probably CVE-2019-1235, the privilege escalation in Windows Text Service Framework (TSF), which was disclosed by Google.

Another two fixed vulnerabilities reported as actively exploited in the wild, which are both privilege escalations problems.

They also fixed four remote code execution bugs in the RDP client built-in to Windows (CVE-2019-0787 / CVE-2019-0788 / CVE-2019-1290 / CVE-2019-1291).

Other notable critical patches were for:

  • CVE-2019-1280 – RCE in processing .LNK files;
  • Chakra
  • VBScript (is that still going?)
  • Sharepoint server;
  • Scripting engine;
  • Azure DevOps; and
  • Team Foundation Server.

Another busy month for the MS team, and another busy month for operational teams deploying the fixes.

Good luck!

Mozilla Launches ‘Firefox Private Network’ VPN Service as a Browser Extension

Mozilla has officially launched a new privacy-focused VPN service, called Firefox Private Network, as a browser extension that aims to encrypt your online activity and limit what websites and advertisers know about you.

Firefox Private Network service is currently in beta and available only to desktop users in the United States as part of Mozilla’s recently expunged “Firefox Test Pilot”

Source: Mozilla Launches ‘Firefox Private Network’ VPN Service as a Browser Extension

Adobe Releases Security Patches For Critical Flash Player Vulnerabilities

It’s Patch Tuesday again—the day of the month when both Adobe and Microsoft release security patches for vulnerabilities in their software. Adobe has just released its monthly security updates to address a total of 3 security vulnerabilities in only two of its products this time—Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Application Manager (AAM).

Source: Adobe Releases Security Patches For Critical Flash Player Vulnerabilities

Robert Downey Jr’s Instagram account has been hacked

The Instagram account of Robert Downey Jr. has been hacked. He is the last celebrity to have their social media accounts compromised.

This time the attacker did not publish offensive content but attempted to monetize their efforts by posting fake giveaways for Apple products.

Source: Robert Downey Jr’s Instagram account has been hacked

Threat Roundup for August 30 to September 6

Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between Aug. 30 and Sep. 6. As with previous roundups, this post isn’t meant to be an in-depth analysis. Instead, this post will summarize the threats we’ve observed by highlighting key behavioural characteristics, indicators of compromise, and discussing how our customers are automatically protected from these threats.

Source: Threat Roundup for August 30 to September 6