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Drupal: Attacks Started Within Hours Of Patch Release
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Robert McDougal,
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10/31/2014 | 5:38:01 PM
That was fast....
I find it amazing the speed at which criminals can operate today, truly astounding.  Did Drupal release any information to customers so they can detect backdoors on their systems?
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RetiredUser,
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11/3/2014 | 2:19:08 PM
No Surprises Here - Time to Change the Game
The cyber criminal toolkts are getting more flexible and advanced, as are the scripting skills in languages like Python, thus making the jump from published exploit to application of it much faster.  As quickly as the vulnerability is released and the site compromised, it is pushed to anonymous sales boards and admin/root accounts are sold/resold.  The surprises here are actually that 1) more ownership for secure coding/testing/end-user fixes isn't applied to projects like Drupal and other CMS, let alone FOSS (free and open source software) in general, and 2) that the international community isn't applying more pressure to cyber criminals by thoroughly destroying the infrastructure that allows such blackmarket shops to easily pop up and profit from these crimes.

Go to Packet Storm Security and drop in Drupal or WordPress.  Every exploit database out there is full of examples of the myriad ways in which vulnerabilities in LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) and variations on that platform can be exploited.  Proprietary software isn't necessarily more secure, but what makes code more secure is accountability.  Here I go again with an incredibly unpopular viewpoint, but if the Internet was better regulated, there would be standards and audits applied to code released to the Internet that could help (not solve) maintain a more secure code base for applications that can cause serious damage when compromised.  These activities are threats to our National security, make no mistake, and the buyers in these underground markets could have more in mind than simply obtaining a springboard to tag other sites, or steal a few hundred dollars in digital goods. 

This is just another vulnerability, but a good example of how cyber criminals are improving their "time to blackmarket" with our stolen digital goods.  The question is, whose buying these goods and how long before their intentions move from theft to acts of terror?   


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