Newsletter compiled by Jon Munshaw.
Good afternoon, Talos readers.
In case you missed the Friday news drop last week, we have an update on the Lemon Duck cryptocurrency miner. It's not as eye-catching as the ransomware attacks that make the news, but Lemon Duck's exploitation of Microsoft Exchange servers shows that patching is still king, and a cryptocurrency attack shows there's room for additional attacks in the future.
Speaking of patching, it's time to update your Microsoft products if you haven't already. This month's Patch Tuesday included a wormable vulnerability in the HTTP protocol stack that has a severity score of 9.8 out of 10. Of course, it's important to always patch any and all vulnerabilities, but that's the one that most people came out of Tuesday talking about.
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Cybersecurity week in review
- The Colonial Pipeline, responsible for much of the petroleum products in the Eastern U.S., slowly came back online this week after suffering a ransomware attack. The company behind the pipeline said it could take "several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal."
- The FBI quickly identified the DarkSide ransomware group as being behind the attack. DarkSide's operators claimed in a statement that they are apolitical and their motivations are strictly financially driven.
- A new executive order from the U.S. president aims to improve the nation's cybersecurity by reducing barriers to information sharing and creating new standards. The order also establishes a new Cybersecurity Safety Review Board.
- The U.K.'s National Health Service was one of the largest targets of the WannaCry attack in 2017 that disrupted health care systems across the world. The NHS is now taking lessons learned from that incident to help other hospitals prepare for cyber attacks.
- Attackers leaked the information of 22 Washington, D.C. police officers in the continuation of an attempted extortion attempt. A recent cyber attack compromised sensitive files belonging to the law enforcement agency and released an initial round of files two weeks ago.
- MSI, a manufacturer of GPUs, warned users that attackers are using fake overclocking software to spread malware. The adversaries impersonating MSI's website and offer downloads disguised as downloads for MSI’s Afterburner software.
- A new study from MIT found that social media users correcting other users for spreading disinformation actually leads to the spread of additional fake news. The researchers instead found it was more effective to have users take an "accuracy nudge" quiz and judge the accuracy of random headlines.
- Microsoft's CISO recently touted the successes of the company's switch to passwordless security. Bret Arsenault said in an interview that 90 percent of Microsoft employees can access the company's corporate network without a password.
- Adobe patched a vulnerability it says was actively being exploited in the wild. The vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat Reader could lead to arbitrary code execution.
Notable recent security issues
Description: Microsoft released its monthly security update Tuesday, disclosing 55 vulnerabilities across its suite of products, the fewest in any month since January 2020. There are only three critical vulnerabilities patched in this month, while two are of “moderate” severity and the rest are “important.” All three critical vulnerabilities, however, are considered "more likely” to be exploited, according to Microsoft. This month’s security update provides patches for several major pieces of software, including Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Windows’ wireless networking. The most serious vulnerability exists in the HTTP protocol stack. An unauthenticated attacker could exploit CVE-2021-31166 by sending a specially crafted packet to a targeted server utilizing the stack. If successful, the adversary could gain the ability to execute remote code on the targeted server. According to Microsoft, the vulnerability is wormable and the company “recommends prioritizing the patching of affected servers.” It has a CVSS severity score of 9.8 out of 10.
Snort SIDs: 57539, 57540, 57542 – 57545, 57548 - 57550
Description: Cisco recently patched three critical security vulnerabilities between the SD-WAN vManage software and the HyperFlex HX platform. These vulnerabilities, if left unpatched, could allow an attacker to completely take over corporate networks that are using this software. vManage is a network management system that allows users to monitor and configure any devices and links they have in the broader SD-WAN. The most serious vulnerability in this group is CVE-2021-1468, which has a CVSS severity score of 9.8 out of 10. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by submitting a specially crafted input to the service, eventually allowing them to call privileged actions on the affected systems. The adversary could then also create new administrative-level accounts.
Snort SIDs: 57527 – 57530, 57535 - 57538
Most prevalent malware files this week
Typical Filename: ww31.exe
Claimed Product: N/A
Detection Name: W32.GenericKD:Attribute.24ch.1201
Typical Filename: SAService.exe
Claimed Product: SAService
Detection Name: PUA.Win.Dropper.Segurazo::95.sbx.tg
Typical Filename: SAntivirusService.exe
Claimed Product: A n t i v i r u s S e r v i c e
Detection Name: PUA.Win.Dropper.Segurazo::tpd
Typical Filename: svchost.exe
Claimed Product: N/A
Detection Name: Win.Exploit.Shadowbrokers::5A5226262.auto.talos
Typical Filename: mg20201223-1.exe
Claimed Product: N/A
Detection Name: RanumBot::mURLin::W32.5E46ECFFCF.in12.Talos
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