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Unpatched Python and Java Flaws Let Hackers Bypass Firewall Using FTP Injection

Unpatched Python and Java Flaws Let Hackers Bypass Firewall Using FTP Injection

February 21, 2017Swati Khandelwal
This newly discovered bugs in Java and Python is a big deal today. The two popular programming languages, Java and Python, contain similar security flaws that can be exploited to send unauthorized emails and bypass any firewall defenses. And since both the flaws remain unpatched, hackers can take advantage to design potential cyber attack operations against critical networks and infrastructures. The unpatched flaws actually reside in the way Java and Python programming languages handle File Transfer Protocol (FTP) links, where they don't syntax-check the username parameter, which leads to, what researchers call, protocol injection flaw. Java/Python FTP Injection to Send Unauthorized SMTP Emails In a blog pos t published over the past week, security researcher Alexander Klink detailed the FTP protocol injection vulnerability in Java's XML eXternal Entity (XXE) that allows attackers to inject non-FTP malicious commands inside an FTP connection request. To demonst
CVE-2014-4877: Wget FTP Symlink Attack Vulnerability

CVE-2014-4877: Wget FTP Symlink Attack Vulnerability

October 30, 2014Swati Khandelwal
The open-source Wget application which is most widely used on Linux and Unix systems for retrieving files from the web has found vulnerable to a critical flaw. GNU Wget is a command-line utility designed to retrieve files from the Web using HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP, the most widely used Internet protocols. Wget can be easily installed on any Unix-like system and has been ported to many environments, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, OpenVMS, MorphOS and AmigaOS. When a recursive directory fetch over FTP server as the target, it would let an attacker " create arbitrary files, directories or symbolic links " due to a symlink flaw. IMPACT OF SYMLINK ATTACK " It was found that wget was susceptible to a symlink attack which could create arbitrary files, directories or symbolic links and set their permissions when retrieving a directory recursively through FTP ," developer Vasyl Kaigorodov wrote in a Red Hat Bugzilla comment . A remote unauthentica
DuckDuckGo Goodies that every SysAdmin Should Know

DuckDuckGo Goodies that every SysAdmin Should Know

February 04, 2014Anonymous
DuckDuckGo , a private search engine that doesn't track your data over the internet and respects your online privacy ,  offers hundreds of Goodies that let you quickly do certain things like Programming, Math, Geek, Music related things. In our previous article, we have posted Cryptography hacks using DuckDuckGo search engine and today we are going to give another tutorial on DuckDuckGo Goodies for Sysadmins . Meaning of FTP Code: Being a system administrator, you might need to connect to a number of FTP servers. While handling FTP service you must be aware of the response code that it will give you when you initiate a connection or a new command. The FTP server response code will be of three digits and each digit has a special meaning. First digit denotes whether the response is good, bad or incomplete. There are hundreds of such FTP response codes. DuckDuckGo provides system administrators a facility to find the meaning of the response code received from the FTP
Warning: Malicious version of FTP Software FileZilla stealing users' Credentials

Warning: Malicious version of FTP Software FileZilla stealing users' Credentials

January 29, 2014Unknown
Malware code can be very small, and the impact can be very severe! The Antivirus firm AVAST spotted a malicious version of the open source FTP (File Transfer Protocol) software ' FileZilla ' out in the wild. The software is open source, but has been modified by the hackers that steal users' credentials, offered on various hacked sites for download with banner or text ads. Once installed, the software's appearance and functionalities are equal to the original version, so a user cannot distinguish between the fake or real one, and the malware version of the “ .exe ” file is just slightly smaller than the real one. " The installed malware FTP client looks like the official version and it is fully functional! You can’t find any suspicious behavior, entries in the system registry, communication or changes in application GUI ." The only difference is that the malware version use 2.46.3-Unicode and the official installer use v2.45-Unicode , as
Security Risks of FTP and Benefits of Managed File Transfer

Security Risks of FTP and Benefits of Managed File Transfer

December 10, 2013Swati Khandelwal
File transfer services such as FTP or HTTP has been the most common way of file transfer for business requirements. Typically what a file transfer means is that a file transfer protocol such as FTP or HTTP is used to send the stream of bits stored as a single unit in a file system including file name, file size, timestamp and other metadata from one host to another host over a TCP-based network such as the Internet. But this process is not foolproof. FTP, by itself, is not a secure file transfer protocol and it has a lot of security vulnerabilities. It’s a known fact that FTP doesn’t provide any encryption for data transfer. Most of the times, the requirement in any business is pretty simple: to transfer files between two endpoints in different locations, and the parties involved do not think much about how secure the file transfer process is going to be. Using FTP for official file transfer can leave your data transmission exposed to many security attacks: FTP Bounce Attack Gener
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