Vulnerabilities / Threats

9/22/2017
10:30 AM
Connect Directly
Twitter
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

10 Security Product Flaw Scares

CCleaner compromise puts the crown on several years' worth of headlines about cybersecurity product weaknesses.
Previous
1 of 11
Next

Image Source: Adobe Stock

Image Source: Adobe Stock

This week's news that a legitimate version of Avast's CCleaner tool was compromised to deliver malware offers a stark example of how damaging security tools can be when the bad guys' subvert them to act maliciously.

For several decades now, we've heard the dangers of security tools that don't properly recognize malware or malicious activities. But the last few years have flipped the script as more security researchers and black hats have discovered that many security tools can also act as a very convenient tool for compromising the enterprise.

In order to properly work, these tools usually need very high administrative privileges and typically run processes at the lowest levels of the system. This makes them a prime target for attackers.

In the past two years, a number of embarrassing zero-days have come to light that had the criminals, or cyber spies, licking their chops at the thought of the complete ownage that such flaws can afford them.

 

Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 11
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
martin.george
50%
50%
martin.george,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/25/2017 | 11:12:29 AM
Re: Regarding this post By MSchatsupport
well, I can totally agree with you - the post is really great, nothing to say)
mschatsupport
100%
0%
mschatsupport,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/24/2017 | 5:51:13 PM
Regarding this post By MSchatsupport
Thanks. This really a nice post you have very well presented your thought. I really appreciate you work.
Is Threat Intelligence Garbage?
Chris McDaniels, Chief Information Security Officer of Mosaic451,  5/23/2018
New Mexico Man Sentenced on DDoS, Gun Charges
Dark Reading Staff 5/18/2018
What Israel's Elite Defense Force Unit 8200 Can Teach Security about Diversity
Lital Asher-Dotan, Senior Director, Security Research and Content, Cybereason,  5/21/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: Shhh!  They're watching... And you have a laptop?  
Current Issue
Flash Poll
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
Most enterprises are using threat intel services, but many are still figuring out how to use the data they're collecting. In this Dark Reading survey we give you a look at what they're doing today - and where they hope to go.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-3018
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-24
The AXIS webapp in deploy-tomcat/axis in IBM Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager (TADDM) 7.1.2 and 7.2.0 through 7.2.1.4 allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive configuration information via a direct request, as demonstrated by happyaxis.jsp. IBM X-Force ID: 84354.
CVE-2013-3023
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-24
IBM Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager (TADDM) 7.1.2 and 7.2.0 through 7.2.1.4 might allow remote attackers to obtain sensitive information about Tomcat credentials by sniffing the network for a session in which HTTP is used. IBM X-Force ID: 84361.
CVE-2013-3024
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-24
IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) 8.5 through 8.5.0.2 on UNIX allows local users to gain privileges by leveraging improper process initialization. IBM X-Force ID: 84362.
CVE-2018-5674
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-24
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Foxit Reader before 9.1 and PhantomPDF before 9.1. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file. The specific flaw...
CVE-2018-5675
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-24
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Foxit Reader before 9.1 and PhantomPDF before 9.1. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file. The specific flaw...