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.

Vulnerabilities / Threats

2/3/2011
05:08 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Report: Exploits Rate Reaches 61 Percent

Attackers exploited more new vulnerabilities in January than usual, writing exploits for half of 'critical' vulnerabilities

The number of exploited vulnerabilities jumped dramatically last month, with more than 60 percent of new vulnerabilities being exploited, a new report says.

Exploit activity is typically at a rate of 30 to 40 percent, according to Fortinet's newly released January 2011 Threat Landscape report. Close to half of "critical" vulnerabilities were exploited by attackers, the report found.

"It is no secret that software vulnerabilities continue to be disclosed in large numbers on an ongoing basis -- especially critically rated ones," said Derek Manky, senior security strategist at Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs. "Hackers are sinking their teeth into unprotected systems, thanks to readily available exploit code and attack frameworks that support these new vulnerabilities. Since they are freshly disclosed, not everyone may have up-to-date signatures or proper patches in place."

At the top of the list of malware detected by Fortinet were the Feebs, Buzus, and Virut families. "These are not new threats, yet they remain quite persistent and active. Feebs is a mass mailer that uses Javascript to infect systems: the mail will contain a password protected archive, along with the information in the mail body. Buzus continues to be active in the spam scene, sending infected attachments of itself using a variety of spam campaigns linked to Twitter, Facebook, Google, Hallmark and Hi5. They’re clearly putting more effort into their social engineering tactics by leveraging well known names," Manky blogged.

Virut is especially difficult because it contains a bot component, he said in his post. "FortiGuard Labs observed Virut downloading other botnets (VBCF) -- meaning an infected system would soon have multiple pieces of malware in place. Virut is one of the most persistent botnets we see today, since it is tough to remove from an infected system, uses a public IRC domain (has not been taken offline during its four-year run), and has hybrid spreading capabilities."

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Add Your Comment" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
News
Inside the Ransomware Campaigns Targeting Exchange Servers
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  4/2/2021
Commentary
Beyond MITRE ATT&CK: The Case for a New Cyber Kill Chain
Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Omdia,  3/30/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-27180
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-14
An issue was discovered in MDaemon before 20.0.4. There is Reflected XSS in Webmail (aka WorldClient). It can be exploited via a GET request. It allows performing any action with the privileges of the attacked user.
CVE-2021-27181
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-14
An issue was discovered in MDaemon before 20.0.4. Remote Administration allows an attacker to perform a fixation of the anti-CSRF token. In order to exploit this issue, the user has to click on a malicious URL provided by the attacker and successfully authenticate into the application. Having the va...
CVE-2021-27182
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-14
An issue was discovered in MDaemon before 20.0.4. There is an IFRAME injection vulnerability in Webmail (aka WorldClient). It can be exploited via an email message. It allows an attacker to perform any action with the privileges of the attacked user.
CVE-2021-27183
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-14
An issue was discovered in MDaemon before 20.0.4. Administrators can use Remote Administration to exploit an Arbitrary File Write vulnerability. An attacker is able to create new files in any location of the filesystem, or he may be able to modify existing files. This vulnerability may directly lead...
CVE-2021-29449
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-14
Pi-hole is a Linux network-level advertisement and Internet tracker blocking application. Multiple privilege escalation vulnerabilities were discovered in version 5.2.4 of Pi-hole core. See the referenced GitHub security advisory for details.