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Critical SQLite Flaw Leaves Millions of Apps Vulnerable to Hackers

Critical SQLite Flaw Leaves Millions of Apps Vulnerable to Hackers

December 15, 2018Swati Khandelwal
Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a critical vulnerability in widely used SQLite database software that exposes billions of deployments to hackers. Dubbed as ' Magellan ' by Tencent's Blade security team, the newly discovered SQLite flaw could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary or malicious code on affected devices, leak program memory or crash applications. SQLite is a lightweight, widely used disk-based relational database management system that requires minimal support from operating systems or external libraries, and hence compatible with almost every device, platform, and programming language. SQLite is the most widely deployed database engine in the world today, which is being used by millions of applications with literally billions of deployments, including IoT devices, macOS and Windows apps, including major web browsers, such as Adobe software, Skype and more. Since Chromium-based web browsers—including Google Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, and
Update Google Chrome Immediately to Patch a High Severity Vulnerability

Update Google Chrome Immediately to Patch a High Severity Vulnerability

June 06, 2018Mohit Kumar
You must update your Google Chrome now. Security researcher Michał Bentkowski discovered and reported a high severity vulnerability in Google Chrome in late May, affecting the web browsing software for all major operating systems including Windows, Mac, and Linux. Without revealing any technical detail about the vulnerability, the Chrome security team described the issue as incorrect handling of CSP header ( CVE-2018-6148 ) in a blog post published today. "Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven't yet fixed," the Chrome security team notes. Content Security Policy (CSP) header allows website administrators to add an extra layer of security on a given web page by allowing them to control resources the browser is allowed to load. Mishandling of CSP headers by your web brow
This Phishing Attack is Almost Impossible to Detect On Chrome, Firefox and Opera

This Phishing Attack is Almost Impossible to Detect On Chrome, Firefox and Opera

April 17, 2017Mohit Kumar
A Chinese infosec researcher has reported about an "almost impossible to detect" phishing attack that can be used to trick even the most careful users on the Internet. He warned, hackers can use a known vulnerability in the Chrome, Firefox and Opera web browsers to display their fake domain names as the websites of legitimate services, like Apple, Google, or Amazon to steal login or financial credentials and other sensitive information from users. What is the best defence against phishing attack? Generally, checking the address bar after the page has loaded and if it is being served over a valid HTTPS connection. Right? Okay, then before going to the in-depth details, first have a look at this demo web page  ( note: you may experience downtime due to high traffic on demo server ), set up by Chinese security researcher Xudong Zheng, who discovered the attack. “ It becomes impossible to identify the site as fraudulent without carefully inspecting the site's URL o
Chrome Zero-day Exploit leaves MILLIONS of Android devices vulnerable to Remote Hacking

Chrome Zero-day Exploit leaves MILLIONS of Android devices vulnerable to Remote Hacking

November 13, 2015Mohit Kumar
Hackers have found a new way to hack your Android smartphone and remotely gain total control of it, even if your device is running the most up-to-date version of the Android operating system. Security researcher Guang Gong recently discovered a critical zero-day exploit in the latest version of Chrome for Android that allows an attacker to gain full administrative access to the victim's phone and works on every version of Android OS. The exploit leverages a vulnerability in JavaScript v8 engine , which comes pre-installed on almost all (Millions) modern and updated Android phones. All the attacker needs to do is tricking a victim to visit a website that contains malicious exploit code from Chrome browser. Once the victim accessed the site, the vulnerability in Chrome is exploited to install any malware application without user interaction, allowing hackers to gain remotely full control of the victim’s phone. Also Read:   This Malware Can Delete and Replace Yo
Hacker 'Pinkie Pie' successfully compromised Chrome on Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Hacker 'Pinkie Pie' successfully compromised Chrome on Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4

November 14, 2013Mohit Kumar
A Mysterious Hacker who goes by the " Pinkie Pie " handle is rewarded with $50,000 USD for hacking into the Google Chrome browser for Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4 . At Information Security Conference PacSec 2013 in Tokyo, during the HP's Pwn2Own contest, a zero-day exploit  showcased by " Pinkie Pie ", that took advantage of two vulnerabilities: An integer overflow that affects Chrome. Chrome vulnerability that resulted in a full sandbox escape. For successful exploitation, you have to get your victim to visit a malicious website e.g. clicking a link in an email, or an SMS or on another web page. He demonstrated this zero-day attack with remote code execution vulnerability on the affected devices. It is not known whether other Android phones are also vulnerable to same flaw or not. Vulnerability has been disclosed to Google by the Contest organizers and the company is working to address the issue as soon as possible. Researchers from
Google pays $31,336 bounty to hacker for reporting critical vulnerabilities in Chrome

Google pays $31,336 bounty to hacker for reporting critical vulnerabilities in Chrome

April 30, 2013Mohit Kumar
Google has fixed a series of serious vulnerabilities in its Chrome OS , including three high-risk bugs that could be used for code execution on vulnerable machines. Bug bounties is the cash prizes offered by open source communities to anyone who finds key software bugs have been steadily on the rise for several years now. As part of its reward program, Google paid out $31,336 to a researcher who found three of the vulnerabilities . Google's post notes : " We're pleased to reward Ralf-Philipp Weinmann $31,336 under the Chromium Vulnerability Rewards Program for a chain of three bugs, including demo exploit code and very detailed write-up. We are grateful to Ralf for his work to help keep our users safe. " The three-bug chain credited to Weinmann exploited O3D, a JavaScript API (application programming interface) designed for crafting interactive 3-D graphics-based Web applications. The API and supporting browser plug-in were created by Google, with a preliminary ve
Chrome 23 Released, 14 vulnerabilities patched

Chrome 23 Released, 14 vulnerabilities patched

November 06, 2012Mohit Kumar
Google today released Chrome version 23 to the Stable Channel. 23.0.1271.64 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame. Update includes patch for 12 vulnerabilities in the Windows version and two vulnerabilities in Mac OS X version. Chrome 23 is the support of the Do Not Track (DNT) protocol, number of new features including GPU accelerated video decoding on Windows and easier website permissions. " We recently enabled GPU-accelerated video decoding for Chrome on Windows. Dedicated graphics chips draw far less power than a computer's CPU, so using GPU-accelerated video decoding while watching videos can increase battery life significantly ." Out of  14 vulnerabilities , 6 vulnerabilities rated as high and rest are of either medium or low severity. CVE number of all bugs are - CVE-2012-5128, CVE-2012-5126, CVE-2012-5125, CVE-2012-5124, CVE-2012-5123, CVE-2012-5115, CVE-2012-5127, CVE-2012-5120, CVE-2012-5116, CVE-2012-5118, CVE-2012-5121, CVE-2012-5117,CVE-2012-5119, CVE-2
‘Pinkie Pie’ discovered second Chrome exploit worth $60k at Pwnium 2

‘Pinkie Pie’ discovered second Chrome exploit worth $60k at Pwnium 2

October 10, 2012Mohit Kumar
Hacker known as " Pinkie Pie " produced the first Chrome vulnerability at the Hack In the Box conference on Wednesday, just ahead of the deadline for the competition this afternoon. The exploit, if later confirmed by Google’s US headquarters, will have earned the teenage hacker known as Pinkie Pie the top US$60,000 cash reward. In March, Pinkie Pie and Sergey Glazunov both won $60,000 for their exploits at the first Pwnium competition. Google established the Pwnium competition as an alternative to the Pwn2own contest in order to add the requirement that participants provide details of their exploit. Google will give away up to a total of US$2 million during the event. $60,000 - “Full Chrome exploit”: Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence using only bugs in Chrome itself. $40,000 - “Partial Chrome exploit”: Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence using at least one bug in Chrome itself, plus other bugs. For example, a WebKit bug combined with a Windows
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