Threat Intelligence

11/26/2018
01:40 PM
50%
50%

USPS Web Vuln Exposes Data of 60 Million

The US Postal Service recently fixed a security bug that allowed any USPS.com account holder to view or change other users' data.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) last week patched a vulnerability in the API for a program called "Informed Visibility," which enabled anyone with an account for USPS.com to view and, in some cases edit, information of other users, KrebsOnSecurity reports.

KrebsOnSecurity was alerted to the bug by an anonymous researcher who reportedly informed USPS of the problem more than a year ago and didn't receive a response. In this case, the vulnerability was in the API of Informed Visibility, an online application designed to provide package tracking data to businesses, advertisers, and other organizations sending mail in bulk.

The bug exposed "near real-time data" about mail in transit from commercial users. It also let any USPS online account holder to query its system for other users' account details: usernames, phone numbers, email and physical addresses. If multiple accounts shared a common trait, like a street address, searching for that one piece of data unearthed multiple user records.

Setu Kulkarni, vice president of strategy and business development at WhiteHat Security, points out how when not secure, APIs can prove dangerous for organizations. He advises companies to perform security tests against potential weak spots, like APIs, network connections, mobile apps, websites, and databases.

"APIs are turning out to be a double-edged sword when it comes to internet scale B2B connectivity and security," he explains. "APIs, when insecure, break down the very premise of uber connectivity they have helped establish."

In a statement, USPS said it has no data indicating this bug was used to exploit user records.

Read more details here.

 

Black Hat Europe returns to London Dec 3-6 2018  with hands-on technical Trainings, cutting-edge Briefings, Arsenal open-source tool demonstrations, top-tier security solutions and service providers in the Business Hall. Click for information on the conference and to register.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
'PowerSnitch' Hacks Androids via Power Banks
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  12/8/2018
How Well Is Your Organization Investing Its Cybersecurity Dollars?
Jack Jones, Chairman, FAIR Institute,  12/11/2018
Starwood Breach Reaction Focuses on 4-Year Dwell
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  12/5/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
10 Best Practices That Could Reshape Your IT Security Department
This Dark Reading Tech Digest, explores ten best practices that could reshape IT security departments.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-1480
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
IBM BigFix Platform 9.2.0 through 9.2.14 and 9.5 through 9.5.9 does not set the 'HttpOnly' attribute on authorization tokens or session cookies. If a Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability also existed attackers may be able to get the cookie values via malicious JavaScript and then hijack the user sessi...
CVE-2018-1481
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
IBM BigFix Platform 9.2.0 through 9.2.14 and 9.5 through 9.5.9 stores sensitive information in URL parameters. This may lead to information disclosure if unauthorized parties have access to the URLs via server logs, referrer header or browser history. IBM X-Force ID: 140763.
CVE-2018-1484
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
IBM BigFix Platform 9.2.0 through 9.2.14 and 9.5 through 9.5.9 does not set the secure attribute on authorization tokens or session cookies. Attackers may be able to get the cookie values by sending a http:// link to a user or by planting this link in a site the user goes to. The cookie will be sent...
CVE-2018-1485
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
IBM BigFix Platform 9.2.0 through 9.2.14 and 9.5 through 9.5.9 does not renew a session variable after a successful authentication which could lead to session fixation/hijacking vulnerability. This could force a user to utilize a cookie that may be known to an attacker. IBM X-Force ID: 140970.
CVE-2018-1901
PUBLISHED: 2018-12-12
IBM WebSphere Application Server 8.5 and 9.0 could allow a remote attacker to temporarily gain elevated privileges on the system, caused by incorrect cached value being used. IBM X-Force ID: 152530.