Nov 03 2023
Welcome to Gone Phishing, your daily cybersecurity newsletter that looks forward to the day when cybercrime is no longer in the news… like the war in Ukraine. Except for the right reasons, not just because something bigger happened and people stopped caring 😔
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!! 🐣🐣🐣
Atlassian has issued a warning about a severe security flaw, CVE-2023-22518, affecting Confluence Data Center and Confluence Server. A public exploit is now available, posing a significant risk to unpatched instances exposed on the internet. 🌐😱
🔒 Severity and Impact:
This improper authorisation vulnerability rates 9.1/10 in severity and can be exploited for data destruction attacks on affected servers. However, it cannot be used for data theft. Confluence Cloud sites accessed via atlassian.net are unaffected. 🔐💾
👩💻 Action Required:
Admins must act immediately to protect their instances. Update to patched versions, including Confluence Data Center and Server versions 7.19.16, 8.3.4, 8.4.4, 8.5.3, and 8.6.1.
If immediate patching is not possible, apply mitigation measures like backups and blocking internet access to unpatched servers. These are temporary solutions; patching is essential. 🚀
Now, on to today’s hottest cybersecurity stories:
✈️ Cybercrime is really taking off. Boeing suffers ransomware attack 💰
🖥️ 34 Windows drivers are vulnerable to FULL DEVICE TAKEOVER 👨💻
🐱 HelloKitty ransomware group is exploiting Apache ActiveMQ flaws 🚁
Aerospace giant Boeing is grappling with a "cyber incident" shortly after being linked to the LockBit ransomware gang's leak site. 😱
🔒 Boeing Confirms Attack:
Boeing spokesperson Jim Proulx verified that the attack targeted "parts and distribution business" elements. Importantly, flight safety remains unaffected. Boeing is actively investigating the incident, collaborating with law enforcement and regulatory authorities, and notifying customers and suppliers. ✈️🔍
🔐 LockBit's Involvement:
The Russia-linked LockBit gang claimed responsibility for the cyberattack on Boeing. 🇷🇺 Recent U.S. government reports show LockBit's widespread impact, targeting over 1,800 systems worldwide since late 2019. 😮
💻 Ransom Threats:
LockBit threatened to publish stolen data if Boeing didn't meet their ransom demand by November 2. Although the listing was removed, whether Boeing paid or not remains undisclosed. The U.S. government sanctions paying ransoms to such groups, as with Evil Corp, believed to be affiliated with LockBit. 🚫💰
📈 Uncertain Details:
LockBit claimed not to have contacted Boeing, while Boeing remains mum about the compromise and data exfiltration. However, they confirm being affected by a cybersecurity incident involving data exfiltration. 🤐🔓
🛫 Past Incidents:
Boeing's subsidiary Jeppesen faced a cyber incident last year, leading to disruptions in flight planning. ✈️🛠️
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing situation! 📰🚨
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A recent cybersecurity research by VMware Carbon Black has uncovered 34 vulnerable Windows Driver Model (WDM) and Windows Driver Frameworks (WDF) drivers. 😱
👾 Potential Device Takeover:
These vulnerabilities can be exploited by non-privileged threat actors to gain full control over devices and execute arbitrary code on the underlying systems. This means they could erase/alter firmware and elevate operating system privileges. 😨💻
🔍 Expanding Previous Research:
This study builds upon earlier research efforts like ScrewedDrivers and POPKORN, which used symbolic execution to identify these risky drivers. It specifically focuses on drivers with firmware access through port I/O and memory-mapped I/O.
🔒 Vulnerable Driver Examples:
Some of the vulnerable drivers include:
dellbios.sys, and more. 😬
🛡️ Security Implications:
Of the 34 drivers, six provide kernel memory access that can be exploited to elevate privilege and bypass security measures. Twelve drivers could undermine security mechanisms like KASLR. Seven drivers, including Intel's stdcdrv64.sys, can erase firmware, rendering the system unbootable. 😵
🔑 Elevated Threat with WDF Drivers:
VMware also identified WDF drivers like WDTKernel.sys and H2OFFT64.sys that, while not vulnerable in terms of access control, can be easily weaponized by privileged threat actors, enabling BYOVD (Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver) attacks. 🤯
FYI, in BYOVD attacks, threat actors abuse vulnerabilities in legitimate, signed drivers, on which security products rely, to achieve successful kernel-mode exploitation and disable defence solutions.
🌐 Wider Security Concerns:
These vulnerabilities can be leveraged by malicious actors to evade detection and gain elevated privileges, posing significant cybersecurity threats.
Stay vigilant, and ensure your systems are up to date with security patches! 🛡️💻🌐
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Cybersecurity experts have issued a warning about a critical security flaw in Apache ActiveMQ, an open-source message broker service. This vulnerability, identified as CVE-2023-46604, allows hackers to execute remote code, and it has a severity rating of 10.0 (the maximum). 😨
💡 What Happened:
Hackers have been exploiting this flaw to deploy ransomware on targeted systems. The ransomware family responsible is HelloKitty, whose source code was leaked in October. 🦠
🔑 Affected Versions:
The vulnerability impacts various versions of Apache ActiveMQ, including 5.18.0 before 5.18.3, 5.17.0 before 5.17.6, and others. It's essential to check if your system is vulnerable.
🛡️ Protect Yourself:
To stay safe, update your ActiveMQ to the fixed versions released in the past month. The flaw has been actively exploited, and there's a proof-of-concept exploit code available. 🚀
🗺️ Global Reach:
This issue affects thousands of internet-accessible ActiveMQ instances worldwide, with a significant number in China, the U.S., Germany, South Korea, and India. 🌍
🕵️♂️ What to Do:
If you're using Apache ActiveMQ, act swiftly. Update to the patched versions and scan your network for any signs of compromise. Your security is paramount! 🔒💻
That’s all for this week, folks. Stay safe, cyber squad 🤖
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