????️???? Espionage: What came first, the Dragon ???? or the Egg? ????????

Oct 06 2023

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Welcome to Gone Phishing, your daily cybersecurity newsletter that’s celebrating the first Friday of #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth by… updating our virus definitions and running a full scans on all our machines ???? And so should you! Party on, Wayne ???? Party on, Garth ????????????

It’s Friday, folks, which can only mean one thing… It’s time for our weekly segment!

It goes by many names. Patch of the Week, Tweak of the week. Okay, that’s it.

Congrats, the cybercriminals are no match… for your patch! ????????????

Check out these freshly hatched patches!! ????????????

Paranoid Android ????

Google has released security updates for Android in October 2023, fixing 51 vulnerabilities, including two zero-day flaws that were actively exploited.

One issue, CVE-2023-4863, was exploited to deliver spyware to iPhones and was reported by Apple and the Citizen Lab group.

The second flaw, CVE-2023-4211, could allow unauthorised access to memory and may also be related to spyware attacks. Users are advised to update their devices to the 2023-10-06 security patch level to stay protected. ????????️

Quality Commtrol ????

Qualcomm’s recent security updates address 17 vulnerabilities, with three zero-days actively targeted ????️. While 13 issues are rated High and one is Medium, three Critical flaws were also patched ????. Users are urged to promptly apply updates from their device manufacturers for protection. ????????

At long lassian! ????

Atlassian has released critical fixes for a zero-day flaw (CVE-2023-22515) in Confluence, allowing remote attackers to create unauthorised admin accounts. The issue affects certain versions, and Atlassian suggests updating to secure versions promptly ????. Customers are urged to update or implement mitigations, as this vulnerability has been targeted in the past ????.

How do you like them Apples? ????

???? Apple has swiftly patched a zero-day flaw (CVE-2023-42824) in iOS and iPadOS that was actively exploited, allowing local attackers to elevate their privileges. The update, iOS 17.0.3 and iPadOS 17.0.3, is available for various devices ????????. To stay safe, users are advised to enable Lockdown Mode to reduce exposure to spyware exploits ????️???? 

Busy week eh!!!

Now, on to today’s hottest cybersecurity stories:

-???? DragonEgg Android spyware linked to LightSpy iOS ‘surveillanceware’ ????️

-???? Looney Tunables: New Linux bugs (Bunny?) enable privilege escalation????

-????⛏️ GoldDigger Android trojan targets banking apps in Asia Pacifically ????

Game of Phones ????????????

????️???? Espionage: What came first, the Dragon ???? or the Egg? ????????

???? New connections have been discovered between Android spyware DragonEgg and iOS surveillanceware LightSpy, shedding light on their shared attributes and tactics.

????️ DragonEgg, associated with the Chinese nation-state group APT41, collects sensitive data from Android devices. LightSpy, on the other hand, was previously used in targeted surveillance campaigns against Apple iPhone users.

???? Both spyware strains employ a trojanized Telegram app to deliver payloads, with LightSpy’s core module (DragonEgg) acting as an orchestrator. It manages device fingerprinting, server communication, and plugin updates.

???? LightSpy’s command-and-control infrastructure spans various countries, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Russia. Intriguingly, 13 unique Chinese phone numbers were linked to the servers, raising questions about their significance.

???? The links between DragonEgg and LightSpy are based on shared configuration patterns, runtime structures, plugins, and communication formats.

???? ThreatFabric, the Dutch mobile security firm, noted that the initial distribution method of LightSpy through a popular messenger was a clever strategy, as it inherited the app’s access permissions, including camera and storage access.

????️ This revelation underscores the sophistication of spyware tactics, emphasising the importance of mobile security and vigilance against evolving threats. Stay safe, cyber squad!


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That’s mal, folks! ????

???????? “Looney Tunables” Linux Vulnerability Threatens Root Privileges ????????

???????? A new Linux security vulnerability, named “Looney Tunables” (CVE-2023-4911), has emerged in the GNU C library’s dynamic loader, potentially allowing local privilege escalation to root level. Cybersecurity firm Qualys revealed this buffer overflow issue, introduced in an April 2021 code commit.

“Don’t be glibc, Matt” ????

???? The GNU C library, or glibc, is a critical component in Linux systems, providing essential functions for various operations. The dynamic loader plays a pivotal role in running programs, managing shared object dependencies, and linking them at runtime.

Don’t caught out by a headshot from Linux Lewis ????????‍????

???? Affected Linux distributions include Fedora 37 and 38, Ubuntu 22.04 and 23.04, and Debian 12 and 13. Other distributions may also be at risk, except for Alpine Linux, which uses musl libc.

????️ Saeed Abbasi, Qualys Threat Research Unit’s product manager, warned that this vulnerability poses substantial risks to Linux systems, as it affects performance, reliability, and security. The flaw allows local attackers to execute code with elevated privileges when launching binaries with SUID permission.

???? Red Hat issued an advisory offering a temporary mitigation that terminates setuid programs invoked with GLIBC_TUNABLES in the environment, providing a stopgap solution to the problem.

???? “Looney Tunables” joins a growing list of privilege escalation flaws in Linux, highlighting the ongoing importance of monitoring and patching Linux systems for security.

???? Catch of the Day!! ????????????

Our new segment where we pick out some cool sites we like, reply to the mail and let us know what you think.

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???? Digital Ocean: If you build it they will come. Nope, we’re not talking about a baseball field for ghosts ???????? (Great movie, to be fair ????). This is the Digital Ocean who’ve got a really cool platform for building and hosting pretty much anything you can think of. If you check out their website you’ll find yourself catching the buzz even if you can’t code (guilty ????). But if you can and you’re looking for somewhere to test things out or launch something new or simply enhance what you’ve got, we’d recommend checking out their services fo’ sho ???? And how can you not love their slogan: Dream it. Build it. Grow it. Right on, brother! ???? (LINK)

Now, I ain’t saying she a GoldDigger… ????????????




???? New Android Banking Trojan “GoldDigger” Targets Finance Apps ????????

???? A new Android banking trojan called GoldDigger has emerged, targeting over 50 financial apps in Vietnam and potentially expanding its reach to the wider APAC region and Spanish-speaking countries, according to cybersecurity firm Group-IB.

???? The trojan, first detected in August 2023 but believed to be active since June, disguises itself as a Vietnamese government portal and an energy company to gain intrusive permissions, mainly exploiting Android’s accessibility services. This allows it to interact with targeted apps, steal banking credentials, intercept SMS messages, access user actions, view account balances, capture 2FA codes, log keystrokes, and enable remote device access.

???? GoldDigger’s attack chains rely on fake websites mimicking Google Play Store pages and Vietnamese corporate sites, potentially spread through phishing tactics. However, the success of the campaign depends on enabling the “Install from Unknown Sources” option to install apps outside the official storefront.

???? What sets GoldDigger apart is its use of the advanced protection mechanism Virbox Protector, making it challenging to detect and analyse, further adding to the growing list of Android banking trojans circulating in the wild.

Users are advised to exercise caution and avoid granting excessive permissions to apps ????️????????

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So long and thanks for reading all the phish!

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