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New Hugging Face Vulnerability Exposes AI Models to Supply Chain Attacks

New Hugging Face Vulnerability Exposes AI Models to Supply Chain Attacks
Feb 27, 2024 Supply Chain Attack / Data Security
Cybersecurity researchers have found that it's possible to compromise the Hugging Face Safetensors conversion service to ultimately hijack the models submitted by users and result in supply chain attacks. "It's possible to send malicious pull requests with attacker-controlled data from the Hugging Face service to any repository on the platform, as well as hijack any models that are submitted through the conversion service," HiddenLayer  said  in a report published last week. This, in turn, can be accomplished using a hijacked model that's meant to be converted by the service, thereby allowing malicious actors to request changes to any repository on the platform by masquerading as the conversion bot. Hugging Face is a popular collaboration platform that helps users host pre-trained machine learning models and datasets, as well as build, deploy, and train them. Safetensors is a  format  devised by the company to store  tensors  keeping security in mind, as oppo

Warning: PyTorch Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution via ShellTorch

Warning: PyTorch Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution via ShellTorch
Oct 03, 2023 Artificial Intelligence / Cyber Threat
Cybersecurity researchers have disclosed multiple critical security flaws in the  TorchServe tool  for serving and scaling PyTorch models that could be chained to achieve remote code execution on affected systems. Israel-based runtime application security company Oligo, which made the discovery, has coined the vulnerabilities  ShellTorch . "These vulnerabilities [...] can lead to a full chain Remote Code Execution (RCE), leaving countless thousands of services and end-users — including some of the world's largest companies — open to unauthorized access and insertion of malicious AI models, and potentially a full server takeover," security researchers Idan Levcovich, Guy Kaplan, and Gal Elbaz  said . The list of flaws, which have been addressed in  version 0.8.2 , is as follows - No CVE - Unauthenticated management interface API misconfiguration that binds it to 0.0.0.0 by default instead of localhost, making it accessible to external requests. CVE-2023-43654  (CVS

Code Keepers: Mastering Non-Human Identity Management

Code Keepers: Mastering Non-Human Identity Management
Apr 12, 2024DevSecOps / Identity Management
Identities now transcend human boundaries. Within each line of code and every API call lies a non-human identity. These entities act as programmatic access keys, enabling authentication and facilitating interactions among systems and services, which are essential for every API call, database query, or storage account access. As we depend on multi-factor authentication and passwords to safeguard human identities, a pressing question arises: How do we guarantee the security and integrity of these non-human counterparts? How do we authenticate, authorize, and regulate access for entities devoid of life but crucial for the functioning of critical systems? Let's break it down. The challenge Imagine a cloud-native application as a bustling metropolis of tiny neighborhoods known as microservices, all neatly packed into containers. These microservices function akin to diligent worker bees, each diligently performing its designated task, be it processing data, verifying credentials, or

PyTorch Machine Learning Framework Compromised with Malicious Dependency

PyTorch Machine Learning Framework Compromised with Malicious Dependency
Jan 02, 2023 Supply Chain / Machine Learning
The maintainers of the PyTorch package have warned users who have installed the nightly builds of the library between December 25, 2022, and December 30, 2022, to uninstall and download the latest versions following a  dependency confusion attack . "PyTorch-nightly Linux packages installed via pip during that time installed a dependency,  torchtriton , which was compromised on the Python Package Index (PyPI) code repository and ran a malicious binary," the PyTorch team  said  in an alert over the weekend. PyTorch, analogous to Keras and TensorFlow, is an open source Python-based machine learning framework that was originally developed by Meta Platforms. The PyTorch team said that it became aware of the malicious dependency on December 30, 4:40 p.m. GMT. The supply chain attack entailed uploading the malware-laced copy of a legitimate dependency named torchtriton to the Python Package Index (PyPI) code repository. Since package managers like pip check public code registr

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