Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Endpoint

Are Software Houses Infecting Their Customers?

New virus infects source code written in popular Delphi language, Sophos says

A new virus may cause software to be infected even before it is distributed by software houses or in-house development teams, according to researchers at security vendor Sophos.

The virus " identified by Sophos as W32/Induc-A " injects itself into the source code of any Delphi program it finds on an infected computer, and then compiles itself into a finished executable. Delphi is a variant of the Pascal language originally developed by Borland, and is now used to quickly develop Windows programs such as database applications.

The virus is not just a threat to software developers that use Delphi, but to any computer running programs written in Delphi, Sophos says.

Researchers at SophosLabs have received more than 3000 unique infected samples of programs infected by W32/Induc-A, which suggests that the malware has been active for some time, and that a number of software houses specializing in Delphi apps must have been infected.

Ironically, Sophos has also seen a number of banking Trojan horses -- which are often written in Delphi -- infected by Induc-A, indicating that malware authors themselves could also have been affected.

"Although most people aren't Delphi developers, there may be many computer users running programs written in Delphi that have been contaminated," says Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "It's possible that affected applications are available for download from the net on legitimate shareware sites or on magazine CD ROMs."

Sophos advises businesses that use Delphi apps to update their antivirus software. If a W32/Induc-A infection is found in a program, its developers should be contacted immediately -- it's possible that the infection could be passed on to other customers, Sophos says. Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message. Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
NSA Appoints Rob Joyce as Cyber Director
Dark Reading Staff 1/15/2021
Vulnerability Management Has a Data Problem
Tal Morgenstern, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Vulcan Cyber,  1/14/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
2020: The Year in Security
Download this Tech Digest for a look at the biggest security stories that - so far - have shaped a very strange and stressful year.
Flash Poll
Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises
Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises
COVID-19 has created a new IT paradigm in the enterprise -- and a new level of cybersecurity risk. This report offers a look at how enterprises are assessing and managing cyber-risk under the new normal.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-27852
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-20
A stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the survey feature in Rocketgenius Gravity Forms before 2.4.21 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via a textarea field. This code is interpreted by users in a privileged role (Administrator, Editor, etc.).
CVE-2021-3137
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-20
XWiki 12.10.2 allows XSS via an SVG document to the upload feature of the comment section.
CVE-2020-27850
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-20
A stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability in forms import feature in Rocketgenius Gravity Forms before 2.4.21 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the import of a GF form. This code is interpreted by users in a privileged role (Administrator, Editor, etc.).
CVE-2020-27851
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-20
Multiple stored HTML injection vulnerabilities in the "poll" and "quiz" features in an additional paid add-on of Rocketgenius Gravity Forms before 2.4.21 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTML code via poll or quiz answers. This code is interpreted by users in a privile...
CVE-2020-13134
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-20
Tufin SecureChange prior to R19.3 HF3 and R20-1 HF1 are vulnerable to stored XSS. The successful exploitation requires admin privileges (for storing the XSS payload itself), and can exploit (be triggered by) admin users. All TOS versions with SecureChange deployments prior to R19.3 HF3 and R20-1 HF1...